August 12, 2017

‘Targeting of the Hizmet movement is extremely unfortunate; I see no reason other than jealousy’

Dr. Daniel Skubik*

“It's so extremely unfortunate, and from the best I can tell, so unnecessary, targeting those involved in civil society projects, particularly those involved -like Hizmet- in education, providing primary, secondary, even university schooling.

August 11, 2017

Turkey denying visas to Kyrgyz students at Gülen schools, families: deputy minister

Kyrgyz nationals who study at the schools affiliated with the Gülen movement as well as their families are being denied visas to Turkey, according to deputy Education Minister Orhan Erdem.

August 10, 2017

‘Hizmet is the best manifestation of Islam… Gov't suppression in Turkey is tantamount to terrorism’

Zaman Stanizai, Ph.D.*

“I think Hizmet is the best manifestation of what Islam ought to be and the way people ought to live it. Claiming a faith and a religion is one thing; giving slogans and bragging about religious identity, that’s something else. But, acting upon commitment to humanity, acting upon serving humanity, that’s what Hizmet means literally, and that’s what Hizmet Movement do. And I think that’s the best manifestation and ever since I have found out about the organization I have fallen in love with them.

August 9, 2017

ACU Gulen Chair Launch

Australian Intercultural Society (AIS), in partnership with the Australian Catholic University (ACU) celebrated the appointment of Associate Professor Salih Yucel to the Fethullah Gülen Chair in the study of Islam and Muslim – Catholic Relations on Monday, 31 July, 2017.

August 8, 2017

Properties of 4 media outlets seized from gov’t critic up for sale

Properties belonging to four of the media outlets that the Turkish government seized under post-coup emergency rule have been put up for sale by the state-run Savings Deposit Insurance Fund (TMSF).

August 5, 2017

Indialogue Internship Program 2017 has been a great success

The Indialogue Internship Program which has been conceived to engage with young minds and inculcate the understanding of interfaith and intercultural dialogue in them has been completed successfully. The four months long internship started on February 01, 2017 with four bright PhD and Mphil scholars – two from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and two from Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) – and ended on May 31, 2017. The interns Akanksha Verma (MPhil), JNU; Khairunnisa Aga (PhD), JNU; Mohammed Shabeer (PhD), JMI; and Prince Peter (MPhil), JMI were selected from among over a dozen applicants from several universities across India.

August 4, 2017

Turkish nationals in Bangladesh living in fear

Turkish nationals who are long-term residents in Bangladesh are living in fear of persecution by their home country’s government.

August 3, 2017

A theology of dialogue

Al Strong

Hizmet (service, in Turkish) is a faith-inspired social movements with schools and cultural centers around the world. Hizmet’s ideological framework is based on humanism and Islamic sources, and manifests in the form of selfless individuals dedicated to serving humanity. The group’s humanistic qualities stem from universal values such as love, respect, freedom, democracy, and human rights; its Islamic sources are based on Turkish scholar Fethullah Gülen’s reinterpretation of the Qur’an and hadith (ijtihad).

August 2, 2017

Turkey’s Erdogan and July 15 coup

Just few days ago, a chilling footage in one of the international television stations brought to the fore the ugly memories of the July 15, 2016, aborted coup in Turkey. It was during the one year’s commemoration of the coup, which saw to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowing to “rip the heads off” of terror groups and plotters who tried to put an end to his more than a decade-long dictatorial rule.

August 1, 2017

ARO completes its first ‘Female Homeless Shelter Project’

Australian Relief Organisation (ARO) has announced that its first ‘Female Homeless Shelter Project’ has been funded and required works for the shelter is now completed.

July 31, 2017

Legislator, mayor junk terrorist link claim vs Fil-Turkish NGO

Sen. Joseph Victor Ejercito has joined religious organizations and the San Juan City government in expressing support for a non-governmental organization (NGO) operating schools in the country that the Turkish Ambassador had accused of having links to terrorism.

July 30, 2017

Book review: Peace and Dialogue in a Plural Society

Justin Pahl

It is a difficult global moment for the Hizmet movement, the civil service group inspired by the ideas of Fethullah Gülen. Targeted in a far reaching witch hunt by the Turkish government, Hizmet has been forced to defend its noble goals of peacebuilding, dialogue, and religious tolerance. Thomas Michel’s book Peace and Dialogue in a Plural Society is a great source to discover these goals.

July 29, 2017

NGO accused of terror links gets more expressions of support

Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito and the San Juan City government have expressed support for a nongovernment organization (NGO) operating schools in the country that Turkish Ambassador Esra Cankorur had accused of links to terrorism.

July 28, 2017

Kyrgyz president: Those calling Turkish teachers terrorists should see a doctor

Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev has said those who view as terrorists teachers working at the Gülen-linked SAPAT educational institutions in the country need treatment and should see a doctor.

July 27, 2017

Globe editorial: Under Erdogan, Turkey descends into dictatorship

Turkey’s presidency is a ceremonial role, or it was until Recep Tayyip Erdogan became the country’s first directly-elected head of state in August of 2014.

July 26, 2017

Fethullah Gulen: Erdogan is not Fit to be President

Whenever the failed military coup which took place in Turkey on July 15, 2016, is talked about, his name will also be mentioned. But Muhammad Fethullah Gulen, 79, accused as being the brain behind the coupbelieves that event was in fact engineered to benefit Prime Minister (now President) Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

July 25, 2017

A warning from and for a troubled land – how easily a democracy can be dismantled

Recently a messenger came to Colorado with dark warnings from a troubled land: Abdulhamit Bilici, the former editor-in-chief of Zaman, Turkey’s go-to newspaper before President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s brutal crackdown.

July 24, 2017

Kyrgyz President Atambayev: Sebat Turkish schools won’t be shut down

We won’t be closing down the Sebat schools,” President Almazbek Atambayev reiterated on July 24 during his annual press conference.

July 23, 2017

Gülen, a man of peace, not behind attempted coup in Turkey

Mustafa Yucekaya

July 15 was the anniversary of the failed coup attempt in Turkey that resulted in the deaths of 249 people. From the first minute of the coup attempt, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accused U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gülen as the main plotter.

July 22, 2017

Turkish school to remain open

The Government of Liberian says the Turkish Light International School System remains a private institution of learning in Liberia and enjoys all the privileges provided all educational institutions operating in the country have until it concludes an investigation into allegations that operators of the school here were linked to a failed coup in Turkey.

July 21, 2017

PM Yıldırım admits did not know identity of putschists when he blamed Gülen movement

A year after a failed coup on July 15, 2016, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said he did not know who had attempted to carry out the coup when they blamed the Gülen movement, in an interview published in Hürriyet.

July 20, 2017

Turkey’s Curious Coup – positions of the Turkish Government, Gulen Movement and Turkey’s Western allies

A year after the Turkey’s coup attempt, there are still many questions that need to be considered. Below you could find a summary of what makes the coup attempt so curious and the positions of the Turkish Government, Gulen Movement and Turkey’s Western allies.

July 19, 2017

Religious leaders in Philippines defend Turkish NGOs being linked to terrorism

De La Salle Philippines president Bro. Armin Luistro and leaders of religious groups on Tuesday expressed support to two non-government organizations being linked to terrorist organizations, noting the NGOs’ track records in peace-building.

Chief General Eduardo Año: We don’t consider Gulen movement a terror group

Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año has confirmed that the movement linked to Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen is not labeled as a terror group.

July 18, 2017

Gulen admits meeting key figure in Turkey coup plot, dismisses Erdogan’s ‘senseless’ claims

In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24, Fethullah Gulen admitted meeting a key figure in Turkey’s July 2016 attempted coup. But the Turkish cleric said that a mere visit from one of his followers isn’t proof he orchestrated the failed coup.

July 17, 2017

Egypt Today's interview with Fethullah Gulen: Homesickness and

It is not easy to find a Turkish political dissident old man who is being chased by regimes and terrorist organizations from all over the world. Fethullah Gülen, leader of Hizmet movement who has been living as a Political refugee in Pennsylvania, USA for more than 20 years talked to Egypt Today through email about several issues, including the current political regime in Turkey, the real reasons of his dispute with Erdogan and his expectations for his country’s future:

July 16, 2017

Accused Turkish Cleric Urges West Stand Up to Turkey's Increasingly Authoritarian Leader

The reclusive cleric who was accused by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of planning a coup attempt one year ago from his gated U.S. compound urged in a rare interview that the West stand up to what he called Turkey’s increasingly authoritarian leader.

July 15, 2017

Fethullah Gulen’s Message on the Anniversary of the Coup Attempt in Turkey

Fethullah Gülen

Saturday is a sad moment in Turkish history as it marks one year since the deplorable coup attempt that resulted in the death of hundreds and injuries of thousands. On this occasion I reiterate my condemnation of the despicable putsch and its perpetrators, and extend my sincere condolences to the families and loved ones affected by this horrible tragedy.

July 14, 2017

Turkish coup was blessing for Erdogan

Selçuk Gültaşlı

It is now a year after Turkish democracy survived a military coup, but fell victim to another, which it was not familiar with.

July 13, 2017

Cleric Gulen says he would not flee U.S. to avoid extradition to Turkey

Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based Muslim cleric accused by Turkey of instigating last year's failed coup, says he has no plans to flee the United States and would accept extradition if Washington agrees to a request by Ankara to hand him over.

July 12, 2017

NPR interviews Fethullah Gulen [Full text and audio]

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KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

Now a rare interview with a man who stands accused of orchestrating an attempted coup in his native country, Turkey, all of this from his home in the Pocono Mountains. Yesterday, he sat down with our colleague Robert Siegel at his compound in Saylorsburg, Pa.

July 11, 2017

Fethullah Gulen, Cleric Accused Of Plotting Turkish Coup Attempt: 'I Have Stood Against All Coups'

On July 15 last year, in an attempted coup, a faction of the Turkish military bombed government buildings, blocked roads and bridges and attempted to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The coup attempt was quelled by the next day — but Turkey has been feeling the repercussions ever since.

July 10, 2017

4,806 passports owned by alleged Gülen followers seized at İstanbul airport in one year

Turkish police have seized 4,806 passports and detained 132 people at İstanbul Atatürk Airport as part of investigations into alleged followers of the faith-based Gülen movement, which is accused by the Turkish government of organizing a failed coup attempt last July, the pro-government Sabah daily reported on Monday.

July 9, 2017

Edmonton father who fled Turkey leaves on overseas mission to rescue family

An Edmonton father who fled the political turmoil in Turkey is putting his life in danger to return to the region to rescue his wife and young children — and he's pleading for help from the Canadian government.

July 8, 2017

Turkish Gov’t Seizes 965 Gülen Movement Affiliated Firms With $11.3 Billion Worth

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli said on Friday that the Turkish government has seized 965 companies which were affiliated to the Gülen movement. The value of assets belonging to companies seized by the Turkish state during the ongoing state of emergency is also announced as nearly 41 billion Turkish Liras (around $11.3 billion).

July 7, 2017

Rebecca Harms: Working in Gülen-linked educational institutions not a crime

Rebecca Harms, a member of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament, said on Thursday that the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) should take the necessary action to stop countries from extraditing Gülen followers to Turkey.

July 6, 2017

Gülen: The coup attempt was an outrageous scenario constructed by Erdoğan

Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999, has said a coup attempt in Turkey on July 15 was an “outrageous, heinous scenario constructed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his accomplices,” the Stockholm Center for Freedom (SCF) has reported.

July 5, 2017

A New Report In Sweden Reveals Erdoğan Orchestrated July 15 Coup In Turkey

Last year’s failed coup attempt in Turkey is nothing but a false flag orchestrated by Turkey’s autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his henchmen to create a pretext for a mass persecution of critics and opponents in a state of perpetual emergency, a new detailed study titled ‘July 15: Erdoğan’s Coup’ by Stockholm Center for Freedom (SCF) concluded.

June 30, 2017

EU calls on Turkey to Investigate abduction cases targeting Gülen Movement

The European Union (EU) on Thursday said it was closely following developments in Turkey including the abductions of people from the Gülen movement, reminding Ankara of its responsibility to investigate these reported cases.

June 29, 2017

BBC interviews families of abducted Gülen followers

The families of abducted Gülen followers, whose abductions have been confirmed by eyewitnesses, have spoken to BBC Turkish service.

June 28, 2017

London-Based Turkish Academic To Run 10,000 Meters To Raise Fund For Purge Victims In Turkey

İsmail Sezgin, a London-based Turkish academic has tweeted on Tuesday that he will run a total of 10,000 meters in support of the families hit by an ongoing purge by the Turkish government since a controversial coup attempt on July 15, 2016. Releasing a statement on moneygiving.com, Sezgin said that he aims at raising a fund of 10 thousand pounds to help purge-victim families in Turkey.

June 27, 2017

Turkey pushed Victorian MPs to boycott community dinner

The Erdogan regimen has ­attempted to exploit tensions in Victoria’s large Turkish community by pressuring federal and state parliamentarians to boycott an iftar, a Ramadan fast-breaking dinner, organised by an Australian community organisation ­inspired by exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen.

June 25, 2017

Erdoğan’s Crackdown Takes A Toll On Exchange Students In Turkey

Turkey’s relentless crackdown on government critics and opponents has caught up with foreign exchange students, disrupting their years of studies and even landing some in unlawful detentions in Turkish jails.

June 24, 2017

Qatar deports 45 Turkish nationals over Gülen links

Pro-government Sabah daily newspaper claimed on Saturday that 45 Turkish nationals were deported from Qatar for having links to the Gulen movement, which the government accuses of masterminding the July 15, 2016 coup attempt.

June 22, 2017

New Jersey’s Peace Islands Institute Holds Iftar At Community Center

The practice of fasting in religions other than Islam was explored June 17 during a Ramadan Iftar held at the township Community/Senior Center in the Municipal Complex.

June 21, 2017

The Gülen Community Who to Believe – Politicians or Actions?

Thomas Michel

On July 15, 2016, while President Erdoğan was vacationing in the Mediterranean coastal town of Marmaris, Istanbul and Ankara were shaken by an attempted coup d’état carried out by certain members of the Turkish armed forces

June 20, 2017

Religious leader: I was told to blame Gülen movement for police banning my group meeting

Alparslan Kuytul, president of the Furkan Foundation and leader of a religious group critical of the Turkish government, said he was advised to put the blame on the faith-based Gülen movement for a police intervention in a meeting of his followers in April and that the government would ultimately clear the way for his group to operate freely.

June 19, 2017

There’s No Alternative To One Nigeria

Eminent Catholic cleric, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, has said that it was too expensive for the country to break up, insisting that Nigerians have no choice but to live together.

June 18, 2017

A chief prosecutor in Turkey says Gülen movement like a Jewish organization

Çankırı Chief Public Prosecutor Hüsnü Aldemir likened the Gülen movement to a Jewish organization during a meeting with unit chiefs and muhtars, Haberci18 news reported on Friday.

June 17, 2017

Zandre Campos CEO of ABO Capital Announces Purchase of Turkish School in Angola

Zandre Campos, CEO of ABO Capital, a leading international investment firm headquartered in Angola, announced today that the company has purchased the Turkish school in Benfica, a neighborhood in the Samba district located just south of Luanda, the capital of Angola. Complexo Escolar Privado Internacional (CEPI), formerly Colégio Esperança Internacional, provides education excellence for pre-school through high school students.

June 16, 2017

Pro-Erdoğan journalists call for assassination of Gülen followers abroad

Journalists Cem Küçük and Fuat Uğur, who are staunch supporters of Turkey’s autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, made a call on Thursday for the assassination of the followers of the faith-based Gülen movement who are abroad during a live broadcast on TGRT news channel.

June 15, 2017

Turkey’s Deputy PM: 2.4 Pct Of Public Sector Employees Discharged Over Alleged Gülen Links

Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş has announced that some 2.4 percent of Turkish public sector workers have been discharged over their alleged links to the Gülen movement on Thursday.

June 14, 2017

Erdogan’s False Promises To Africa

In April last year, gunmen raided a school bus in Somalia’s troubled capital Mogadishu, killing two Turkish teachers. The killing of the teachers was a grim reminder of how thousands of teachers were defying odds to deliver quality education to world’s one of the most impoverished and dangerous countries.

June 13, 2017

An NBA Center Faces Imprisonment And Possible Execution In Turkey

John A. Tures

Normally, the Oklahoma City Thunder would be trying to find a replacement for Kevin Durant, or figure out how to get past the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs or Houston Rockets. They probably didn’t expect they’d have to struggle to keep their center Enes Kanter from being jailed and possibly executed in Turkey by an increasingly authoritarian leader.

June 12, 2017

Turkish family detained in Qatar as Erdogan steps up crackdown on Gulen followers abroad

Qatari police detained five members of a Turkish family who are linked to the faith-based Gülen movement while the family was on their way to South Africa, the yenihamle.com news website reported on Monday.