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.

June 11, 2017

66,000 students relocated after Turkish government shut down 15 universities over coup charges

Turkish government has closed down 15 universities across the country over their alleged links to the Gulen movement since last summer, leading 66,000 students to look for somewhere else to continue their education.

June 10, 2017

Pro-Gov’t Columnist Suggests Setting Turkey’s Silivri Prison Ablaze To Kill Inmates From Gülen Movement

Fatih Tezcan, a pro-government public speaker and columnist, said in a video message posted on social media on Friday that people should gather in front of Silivri Prison, which mainly hosts people jailed over links to the Gülen movement, and set it on fire, similar to the Madımak Hotel in Sivas when an angry mob in 1993 torched the hotel, killing 37 people, mostly members of the Alevi sect.

Azerbaijan detains Turkish teacher under UN protection as wife fears deportation

Taci Şentürk, a Turkish teacher who was working in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku, was taken by police to an unknown place after UN officials stopped his deportation to Turkey at Baku Heydar Aliyev International Airport on June 7, his wife said.

June 9, 2017

Fethullah Gülen writes for Politico Europe: Muslims have a unique responsibility in fighting terror

Fethullah Gülen

The brutal, deadly attacks in London and Manchester on innocent civilians are the latest in a series of senseless violent acts carried out by the so-called Islamic State, a group that deserves no designation other than the world’s most inhuman criminal network.

June 8, 2017

Erdoğan: Our people will punish Gülenists in the streets if they ever get out of jail

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in a public speech on Wednesday that if people affiliated with Turkey’s Gülen group are released from prison after completing their prison terms, the Turkish public will “punish them in the streets.”

June 7, 2017

Faiths come together at Ramadan fast-breaking in Welling and ‘send clear message’ to terrorists after London Bridge attack

A charity in Welling has held an inter-faith dinner to bring together the community in the wake of the horrific terror attacks that have shaken the country.

June 6, 2017

Celebrating Ramadan with Turkish asylum seekers

Every religious holiday has its’ rituals, and on Iftar, the evening meal after the daily fast during the Islamic holiday month of Ramadan, that ritual is to break the fast with eating a date – the small, dark and sweat fruit from a certain palm tree. The Quran has it that the Prophet Mohammed broke his own fast by eating a date and thus eating one is like living in the footsteps of the prophet.

Local NGOs urge Georgian gov’t to avoid returning Turkish teacher back home

Eight non-governmental organizations have called on the Georgian government to refrain from returning detained Turkish teacher to back home where “he will be possibly subjected to political persecution, torture, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment.

June 5, 2017

Arrest of Kanter’s father underscores deepening tensions between U.S., Turkey

Facing his father’s arrest, interrogation, potential imprisonment and much worse, Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter remained resolute Friday in his commitment to using his position as an NBA player to expose corruption in his home country of Turkey to a wider audience.

June 4, 2017

Erdogan’s Maarif Foundation To Contribute Radicalism, Exacerbate Muslim-Christian Tension In African Countries

Turkey’s autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has aimed at replacing the positive contributions of the schools opened by the Gülen (a.k.a. Hizmet) movement in Africa to preventing clashes in countries, where there is Christian-Muslim tension, with radical Islamist rhetoric and thus will create conflict rather than dialogue in African countries, stated a report recently released by London-based Center for Hizmet Studies.

June 3, 2017

Turkey’s Ankara Mayor Gökçek Hints ‘Genocide’ For Followers Of Gülen Movement

Melih Gökçek, the mayor of Turkey’s capital city Ankara, has hinted a kind of “genocide” for alleged members of faith-based Gülen movement, in an interview who gave to pro-Erdoğan Türkiye daily.

June 2, 2017

UN demands access to 3 Turks forcibly returned from Malaysia

The United Nations Human Rights Committee has urged Turkey to confirm the whereabouts of three Turkish nationals who were detained in Malaysia at Ankara’s request due to their ties to the faith-based Gülen movement, a statement by the Brussels-based Intercultural Dialogue Platform said.

June 1, 2017

A Prayer for the victims of Turkey

Joshua Ocheja*

God in heaven, I pray for the hundreds of thousands of Kurds, Alevis, Hizmet movement participants and minority Christians languishing in Turkish prisons for no justifiable reason. I also pray for their families and loved ones that have continued to live in fear on a daily basis. I pray for those outside Turkey who fear for their lives on a daily basis due to the threat of abduction and forcible deportation to Turkey. I also pray for those whose businesses have been either shut down or seized by the government. God in heaven, comfort them and let your light and glory be their pathway. Amen.

May 31, 2017

Turkey presses Afghanistan to hand over control of Gülen-inspired schools

Afghan authorities have drafted a deal giving the Turkish government control of more than a dozen schools in Afghanistan affiliated with the exiled cleric Fethullah Gülen.

May 29, 2017

Turkish-Americans in Tennessee worry about their homeland

If you haven’t heard much about the Turkish-American community in middle Tennessee, its no surprise.

It’s not that they’re not active. They host a big dialogue dinner, teach Turkish cooking lessons, have guest speakers and invite everyone to a end of Ramadan feast. They are constantly reaching out to build bridges.

May 28, 2017

Turkish family kept at Kiev airport for days at Turkey’s request

A Turkish family that was reportedly detained by Ukrainian authorities on Thursday, have been kept in a room at Kiev Boryspil Airport for three days, waiting to be deported to Turkey, according to a video recording the family members posted on social media.

May 27, 2017

US Congressman: No credibility in charges by Turkey against Gülen

US Congressman Brad Sherman said on Thursday that charges against US-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen by the Turkish government and Turkey’s autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan have no credibility and that he would not be treated with justice if he were in Turkey.

May 26, 2017

Myanmar-based family abducted by Turkish embassy from Yangon airport

Myanmar-based education professional M. Furkan Sökmen and his family were detained yesterday at the Yangon International Airport while trying to board a flight to Bangkok. The teacher appears to be the latest victim of the Turkish government’s worldwide “purge” targeting alleged followers of the Gülen opposition movement.

May 25, 2017

Australian Relief Organization completes orphanage refurbishment project in Malawi

Australian Relief Org‏anization is delighted to share that our organisation has completed a major orphanage refurbishment project Malawi. Undertaken project will help significantly improve the living conditions of 140 orphans residing in a 23 building complex at Lilongwe. While Australian Relief Organisation provided the necessary funding to purchase furniture, equipment and fixings for the complex, our local partner in Malawi; Bedir Education and Medical Foundation Trust has carried out the installation of the project.

May 24, 2017

Study Reveals Horrible Pattern Of Hate Speech By Erdoğan, The Chief Hatemonger In Turkey

The xenophobic feelings towards minorities, vulnerable groups, opposition figures and foreigners in today’s Turkey are being charged by country’s authoritarian leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan who spews hate speech effectively every day, giving rise to discrimination and stigmatization of millions of people in Turkey and around the world.

May 23, 2017

Fethullah Gülen’s Statement of Condemnation on the Bombing in Manchester, UK

I am deeply saddened by the bombing that took place at a concert at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England on May 22. I condemn this brutal assault in the strongest terms, and extend my deepest condolences to the 22 victims – some of whom, unthinkably, are innocent children – who lost their lives and the 59 others who were injured, as well as their families and loved ones. The Islamic State claimed credit for the attack and continues to be a scourge on our society, propagating senseless, appalling violence and terrorism.

May 22, 2017

Civil death: Amnesty report on social upheaval caused by Turkey’s purge of public servants

The dismissal of more than 100,000 Turkish public sector workers is arbitrary and has had a catastrophic impact on their lives and livelihoods, a new report published by Amnesty International reveals.

May 21, 2017

International Workshop: Hizmet Movement between Political Islam and Civil Islam

Hizmet-inspired European organizations are organizing an international conference to be held in November 2017 in Amsterdam. The workshop will examine the Hizmet Movement in the realm of political Islam and civil Islam.

May 19, 2017

South Africa is not a hunting ground for Erdogan

Shannon Ebrahim

South Africans know what it means to be detained without trial and tortured. With that history in mind, the ANC-led government is not about to extradite a list of Turkish expats working in South Africa to Turkey, where their detention and torture is likely.

May 17, 2017

Flynn stopped military plan against ISIS that Turkey opposed – after being paid as its agent

One of the Trump administration’s first decisions about the fight against the Islamic State, ISIS, was made by Michael Flynn weeks before he was fired – and it conformed to the wishes of Turkey, whose interests, unbeknownst to anyone in Washington, he’d been paid more than $500,000 to represent.

May 16, 2017

More evidence Erdogan behind coup

As Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets President Trump, top on his agenda is the extradition of ally-turned-rival Fethullah Gülen, a Turkish theologian with whom Erdogan fell out in 2013 after Gülen’s followers exposed Erdogan’s corruption. Erdogan blames Gülen and his followers for staging the abortive July 15 coup. In Turkey, Erdogan has imprisoned tens of thousands and fired many more. He called the coup “a gift from God” enabling him to purge society of political and ideological opponents.

May 15, 2017

The Turkey I no longer know

Fethullah Gülen

As the presidents of the United States and Turkey meet at the White House on Tuesday, the leader of the country I have called home for almost two decades comes face to face with the leader of my homeland. The two countries have a lot at stake, including the fight against the Islamic State, the future of Syria and the refugee crisis.

May 14, 2017

Report: Turkey adopts extrajudicial tactics to crack down on critics abroad

A new report by the Stockholm Center for Freedom (SCF) shows that Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) government has adopted a thuggish new tactic in persecuting its critics and opponents abroad by orchestrating abductions, enforced disappearances and extrajudicial renditions in addition to the profiling and harassment of Turkish expatriates by government institutions and clandestine groups.

May 13, 2017

Erdogan visit to US has Gulen supporters holding their breath*

Followers of the Pennsylvania-based Muslim cleric, Fethullah Gulen, whom Turkey accuses of orchestrating a failed coup last year, are being arrested, prosecuted or sacked in Turkey as part of a crackdown that extends as far as Saudi Arabia and Malaysia.

May 12, 2017

It’s clear that deportation of three Turks is to please Turkey’s president

Dr. P. Ramasamy*

What wrong have the three Turks done for the Malaysian authorities to deport them to Turkey? Is it because of their involvement in Islamic State activities or are they supporters of the exiled Turkish cleric, Fethullah Gulen?

May 11, 2017

Arab Students in Turkey Facing Arbitrary Arrest

Arab students who have previously studied at universities considered by Turkish security forces to have been influenced by the U.S-based cleric Fethullah Gülen are being arrested and threatened with deportation by police. Many such students have already been deported.

May 10, 2017

Amnesty Int’l demands urgent action for Turks at risk of extradition from Malaysia

Amnesty International has launched an “urgent action” for three Turkish nationals who were detained in Malaysia, asking people to call on Malaysian officials to avoid extradition.

May 9, 2017

Nigerian school wins 48 Olympiad medals in 1 year

The Nigerian Turkish International Colleges (NTIC) has won no fewer than 48 Olympiad medals in one year, Mr Muazu Omeji, Principal NTIC, Abuja has said.

May 8, 2017

Fethullah Gulen on attempts to associate Hizmet with terrorism and ISIS

Translation of Fethullah Gulen’s remarks on ‘ISIS accusation’ that was broadcasted on herkul.org on April 23, 2017.

May 7, 2017

SCF reveals mass torture and abuse in an unofficial detention facility in Turkey’s capital

Stockholm Center for Freedom (SCF), a monitoring group for rights violations in Turkey, has received credible reports of mass torture and abuse in an unofficial detention center in Turkish capital.

May 6, 2017

Turkish headmaster accused of Isis links met Malaysian PM, not fit profile of an Isis operative

Malaysia’s prime minister, Najib Razak, held a meeting with a Turkish man who has since been detained over his alleged links to Islamic State, photographs seen by the Guardian have revealed.

May 5, 2017

Saudi Arabia deports members of 16 Turkish families to Turkey over alleged links with Gülen movement

Saudi Arabian Kingdom has allegedly deported the members of 16 Turkish families to Turkey over their alleged affiliation with the Gülen movement, reported by Yeni Hamle news portal.

Malaysia re-detains Turkish academic for second time at Turkey’s request

İsmet Özçelik, a Turkish academic with a UNHCR refugee card, was detained again on Thursday in Malaysia amid news that two other Turkish citizens who were believed to have been kidnapped were in fact detained by the authorities.

CCTV shows school principal being ‘abducted’ as post-coup crackdown in Turkey spreads to Malaysia

A school principal has disappeared in the latest in a string of international arrests allegedly ordered by Turkey in a post-coup crackdown that has seen more than 100,000 people detained.

May 4, 2017

Fethullah Gulen’s statement on World Press Freedom Day

Fethullah Gulen

World Press Freedom Day is an occasion that shines a light on the importance of free speech and a free press. One truly cannot be considered a human being without freedom. Protection of essential freedoms, including the freedom of thought and expression are as important as the protection of life, freedom of religion, bodily and mental health, family and property. Free speech and an independent media are critical components of a peaceful and free society.

May 3, 2017

Fears grow Turks held in Malaysia may face unfair trial or torture at home

Oliver Holmes

Human rights group calls on Malaysian government not to extradite Turgay Karaman and İhsan Aslan to Turkey.

Two Turkish men have been arrested in Malaysia, raising fears they might by forcibly returned to Turkey, where a rights group warned they could face unfair trial and torture.

May 2, 2017

How Can Erdogan Advise India on Kashmir When He Has Failed Turkey

Dr. Kashif Hasan Khan

I would like to bring to your kind notice that I have been a victim of what happened on 15th July, 2016 on the streets of two beautiful cities of Turkey: Istanbul and Ankara.

May 1, 2017

Turkish officers speak: Erdogan may have staged coup

Michael Rubin

Controversy still surrounds last summer’s abortive coup in Turkey. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called it “a gift from God” and used the coup as an excuse to crackdown not only on one-time ally Fethullah Gülen, whom he fingered before the smoke even cleared, but also on tens of thousands of opponents from across the political spectrum.

April 30, 2017

17,000 women, 515 babies in Turkish prisons: SCF report

Thousands of women in Turkey, many with small children, have been jailed in an unprecedented crackdown and subjected to torture and ill-treatment in detention centers and prisons as part of the government’s systematic campaign of intimidation and persecution of critics and opponents, a new report titled “Jailing Women In Turkey: Systematic Campaign of Persecution and Fear” released by the Stockholm Center for Freedom (SCF) has revealed.

April 29, 2017

Erdogan vs Gülen: Predicament of Indian Muslims

Anwar Alam

The Indian Government must be cautious in responding to Erdoan’s anti-Gülen request from legal and political point of view but also must take into consideration the relevance of the Gülen movement for integration of Indian Muslims in the country.