Category Archives: Fethullah Gülen

The bizarre American lobbying war over Turkish-run schools

The government of Turkey is seeking to discredit a network of US charter schools linked to exiled cleric Fethullah Gülen.

A law firm hired by the government of Turkey is lobbying state officials across the U.S. about what it alleges is a suspicious network of American charter schools run by a dangerous Turkish opposition leader.

Federal records show Turkey’s lawyers requested meetings in January 2018 with politicians in 26 states and the District of Columbia, including attorneys general, influential legislators and at least one governor — Michigan’s Rick Snyder. The legal team has already sat down with an official in the Arizona attorney general’s office, worked on legislation in Texas and attended school board meetings in California, Louisiana and Massachusetts.

Fethullah Gülen. Is he the USA’s “Lenin in a train”?

I have always found the tolerance of Gulen’s activities odd –  Are some U.S. charter schools helping fund controversial Turkish cleric’s movement?


Turkey Denies Plot To Kidnap Muslim Cleric From US

The Turkish embassy in Washington, D.C., denied allegations published in a Wall Street Journal story that Turkey plotted with Flynn, former U.S. national security sdviser, and his son Michael Flynn Jr., to have Turkish Muslim cleric Fethullah Gülen, who has lived in Pennsylvania for 20 years, kidnapped and moved to Turkey for up to $15 million, according to the Associated Press.


Canada rebuffs Turkish request for information on Gulen movement in Canada: Dion

“…Earlier Wednesday, Dion said Canada had rebuffed the Turkish government’s requests for information on the Gulen movement in Canada.

DionDion said the requests from the Turkish government came before and after last week’s coup attempt to overthrow the Erdogan government.

The Turkish president blames U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen as the instigator of the botched coup and he’s moved swiftly against Gulen supporters in his country’s institutions.”

Well they could start with this… Why Did Ontario’s Trillium Foundation Give Turkey’s Alleged Coup Plotter Fethullah Gülen $500,000.00 Of Tax Payer Money?


Who Is Fethullah Gülen?

Controversial Muslim preacher, feared Turkish intriguer—and “inspirer” of the largest charter school network in America

With the American economy in shambles, Europe imploding, and the Middle East in chaos, convincing Americans that they should pay attention to a Turkish preacher named Fethullah Gülen is an exceedingly hard sell. Many Americans have never heard of him, and if they have, he sounds like the least of their worries. According to his website, he is an “authoritative mainstream Turkish Muslim scholar, thinker, author, poet, opinion leader and educational activist who supports interfaith and intercultural dialogue, science, democracy and spirituality and opposes violence and turning religion into a political ideology.” The website adds that “by some estimates, several hundred educational organizations such as K–12 schools, universities, and language schools have been established around the world inspired by Fethullah Gülen.” The site notes, too, that Gülen was “the first Muslim scholar to publicly condemn the attacks of 9/11.” It also celebrates his modesty.

Yet there is a bit more to the story.

This is a CJ archives story but well worth a look.

h/t XB


US would consider Turkey’s extradition request for exiled cleric Fethullah Gülen

LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The Obama administration would entertain an extradition request for the U.S.-based cleric that Turkey’s president is blaming for a failed coup attempt, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday.

But he said Turkey’s government would have to prove Fethullah Gulen’s wrongdoing.

Visiting Luxembourg, Kerry said Turkey hasn’t yet requested that the United States send home Gulen, who left Turkey in 1999.

Gulen has harshly condemned the attempted coup attempt by military officers that resulted in a night of explosions, air battles and gunfire that left dozens dead. But Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government is blaming the chaos on the cleric, who lives in exile in Pennsylvania and promotes a philosophy that blends a mystical form of Islam with staunch advocacy of democracy, education, science and interfaith dialogue.

Erdogan has long accused Gulen, a former ally, of trying to overthrow the government. Washington has never found any evidence particularly compelling previously

Consider? I believe that means Gulen will never be extradited.

The US has harbored Gulen for a very long while, there has to be a reason.

Gulen’s chain of Islamist schools in the USA has faced numerous investigations:

120 American Charter Schools and One Secretive Turkish Cleric

The FBI is investigating a group of educators who are followers of a mysterious Islamic movement. But the problems seem less related to faith than to the oversight of charter schools.


Mystery surrounds Muslim cleric in US mountain compound

SAYLORSBURG, Pennsylvania (AP) — The influential Muslim cleric lives quietly on a gated 26-acre compound in the Pocono Mountains, where he prays, works, meets admirers and watches from afar as terrorism accusations that have landed him on Turkey’s most-wanted list unfold in court.

Rarely seen in public, Fethullah Gulen has long been one of Turkey’s most important scholars, with multitudes of followers in his native country and around the world. More recently, Turkey’s increasingly autocratic president, Recip Erdogan, has accused Gulen of plotting to overthrow the officially secular government from his Pennsylvania idyll some 5,000 miles away.

Gulen’s supporters call the charge baseless and, so far, the U.S. has shown little inclination to send him back to Turkey to face a trial that began without him Jan. 6 and is expected to last several months. A second trial, involving accusations that his movement took part in espionage, opened Monday.


Turks honour Gallipoli dead as passion for Ottoman past grows

Turks mark the Canakkale war on 100th anniversary, 2015

(Reuters) – Turkish jets flew overhead and warships cut through rough waters in the Dardanelles Straits on Wednesday to mark the centenary of one of the Ottoman Empire’s final victories, as fascination with the imperial past flourishes under President Tayyip Erdogan.

Record numbers of Turks have flocked to these headlands in recent years to pay homage to the defence of the Dardanelles during the Gallipoli campaign of World War One.

The area has long drawn visitors from Australia and New Zealand, whose ANZAC forces fought here under their own flags for the first time, and who honour their nations’ fallen in graveyards halfway around the world every April 25.

Turks mark what they call the Canakkale war on March 18, when Ottoman forces repelled an Allied assault on the Dardanelles — the sole maritime outlet for arch foe Russia — sinking a French battleship and destroying British warships.

“The fates of many peoples were determined in this strait, on this soil, but none more so than our fate as an empire collapsed,” Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told a crowd of officials, soldiers and veterans from later Turkish conflicts as winds whipped the tip of the peninsula.

“Our people fought shoulder to shoulder on these sacred lands to protect the heart of the people and the state. A hundred years later the Turkish state stands against those who seek to divide our people”…

Related: Turkish PM says brotherhood key legacy of Gallipoli on 100th anniversary

Don’t forget that by allying with Germany in WW I the Ottomans lost the war. This is an attempt to put a positive spin on a disastrous defeat.  

Note the reference to ‘those who seek to divide our people’ — no doubt more about Gülen, ‘interest rate lobby’ and other alleged conspiracies.


Turkish PM says country won’t give in to ‘Jewish lobby,’ says Mossad supports Gülen

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said his government will not succumb to the Jewish lobby, the Armenian lobby or the lobby of the Turkish-Greek minority, a sentence he said in regards to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s words on Jan. 31 that the Gülenists in the country, which he dubs “the parallel structure,” have joined forces with the Israeli intelligence service.

“I announce it from here: we have not and will not succumb to the Jewish lobby, the Armenian lobby or the Turkish-Greek minority’s lobbies,” said Davutoğlu during a speech at the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) provincial congress in Istanbul Feb. 8. “I call out to the parallel lobby that sent them a message: We will stand before you with dignity no matter where you are; you will be despicable for the treason you have done to this nation.”

While addressing a meeting of business leaders in Istanbul on Jan. 31, Erdoğan had said the U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen’s supporters, “the parallel structure,” was in cooperation with Israeli intelligence organization, the Mossad.

“The sincere people backing this parallel structure should see this structure is cooperating with … Shame on them if they still cannot see that this structure is cooperating with the Mossad,” Erdoğan said.

I think we can see clearly how the Armenian genocide got started: by people like this and their conspiracy theories. And don’t forget, conspiracies about Jews played a big role in post-WW I Germany as well (Jews “stabbed them in the back”)


Gülenists in Turkey cooperating with Israel’s Mossad, Erdoğan says

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erodoğan said Jan. 31 that the Gülenists in the country, which he dubs “the parallel structure,” have joined forces with the Israeli intelligence service.

“The sincere people backing this parallel structure should see with whom this structure is cooperating with,” Erdoğan said, while addressing a meeting of the All Industrialist and Businessmen’s Association (TÜMSİAD) in Istanbul.

“Shame on them if they still cannot see that this structure is cooperating with the Mossad,” he said.

Erdoğan accuses the followers of the U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen for illegal wiretappings and a “coup attempt,” starting from the revelation of a large corruption investigation in December 2013…


Turkey expects US to extradite Fethullah Gulen

Turkey expects the U.S. to extradite U.S.-based preacher Fethullah Gulen if Ankara filed a request, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said Wednesday.

Gulen is accused of trying to topple the Turkish government.

“Turkey expects the U.S. to honor bilateral agreements and extradite Gulen,” Bozdag told.

“As two allies, the U.S. and Turkey are cooperating in many fields, including mutual legal assistance. I believe they will respond positively if Turkey decides to extend a request for Gulen’s extradition,” he said.

“Of course, it is at their discretion. However, there are binding legal agreements, and we have the right to expect the U.S. to abide by those agreements just like Turkey does,” the minister said.

Pennsylvania-based preacher’s so-called Gulen movement is accused of forming a criminal gang within Turkey’s key institutions, including the judiciary and the police, in an attempt to undermine the Turkish government…

I don’t care whether or not Erdogan gets hold of Gulen, yet it would be a bad precedent to extradite him, since there is no proof. It is an internal vendetta between Gulen and Erdogan.


Erdogan tells Europe to stop criticizing Turkey

Turks protesting Internet censorship, February, 2014. Source.

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan slammed European countries on Friday for criticizing deteriorating press freedom in Turkey and said they should instead try to find a solution for what he said was increasing Islamophobia in the continent.

Turkish police earlier this month raided media outlets close to U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Erdogan accuses of forming a ‘parallel state’ to undermine his rule and orchestrating a graft scandal targeting his inner circle.

The European Union, which Turkey has been seeking to join for decades, said the media raids ran counter to European values, a criticism already dismissed by Erdogan. On Friday, the President repeated his discontent, with a visibly harsher tone.

“We are not Europe’s scapegoat,” Erdogan told a symposium of civil servants. “We are definitely not a country that Europe can point its finger at and scold. Instead of criticizing us, Europe should find a solution to increasing racism and Islamophobia”…

Related: Turkey has ‘world’s freest press,’ Erdogan claims


Erdoğan continues as kooky ever: continues to support the ‘Muslims discovered America’ line, and now blames Atatürk’s switching to the Latin alphabet for poor science results in Turkey

e61ece9d6a793f267ad90559d14bfbbfc48dfe36e4f8dcbd82fce497858d7ab1Turkish President Recep Tayyip has declared that his government is winning its battle over the Fethullah Gülen community, while vowing to continue efforts to eradicate members of what he calls the “parallel structure” from the bureaucracy and social life.

“Turkey has won its struggle against the parallel structure,” Erdoğan said, referring to Gülen’s followers, whom the government accuses of forming an organization in the Turkish bureaucracy and the police…

“This was a struggle for freedom and it was an important obstacle in front of us. Now it has been revealed. By overcoming it, politics, the economy, foreign policy, social life, as well as education and science, have a clearer path,” Erdoğan said in an address while distributing science awards in a ceremony at the presidency and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK)…

One of the key institutions the parallel group captured in recent years was TÜBİTAK, Erdoğan said: “Our intention was to support the TÜBİTAK and to increase the quality of science. But what happened? An undercover structure has grown sneakily within TÜBİTAK and nearly captured its body and started to serve for purposes”…

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Gülen: ‘Explode yourselves like a bomb against the US’

ISTANBUL — It has been discovered that Fethullah Gülen, the leader of the Gülen Movement who claims to base his movement on dialogue and tolerance amongst different religions, has previously made radical remarks encouraging Muslims to destroy “infidels.”

Gülen’s call for taking violent action against non-Muslims can be traced to the voice recording of a sermon which he preached in the 1980s following the 1980 coup d’etat, when he left the city of İzmir and traveled to different cities in Anatolia.

Allegedly preaching about the significance of Jerusalem for Muslims, Gülen can be heard crying and criticizing himself and all Muslims for failing to protect the holy city of Jerusalem and Masjid al-Aqsa Mosque.

I have long wondered why the US has sheltered Gulen, especially given the number of his schools under investigation throughout the US. I suppose he has been kept in reserve as part of the Great Game being played out throughout the Islamic world.

Accusations like those in the video have been repeatedly made against Gulen, he claims to have been reformed. This may be an Erdogan smear, I can’t know, but bet more from Gulen’s past will surface as the two former allies battle it out.


NYT is going after Erdogan again! ‘Turkey’s Descent Into Paranoia’

Supporters swarmed Ekrem Dumanli, the editor in chief of the newspaper Zaman, as he was taken into custody on Sunday, December 14, 2014

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, says mass arrests on Dec. 14 of journalists, screenwriters and television producers were necessary to eliminate agents of a “parallel state” bent on seizing power. But Mr. Erdogan’s efforts to stifle criticism and dissent show an authoritarian leader living in a parallel universe, one where being a democracy, a NATO ally and a candidate for membership in the European Union are somehow compatible with upending the rule of law and stifling freedom of expression.

The arrests closely follow wild accusations that the acclaimed Turkish novelists Orhan Pamuk and Elif Shafak are puppets of a mysterious “international literature lobby” dedicated to discrediting Mr. Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party, or A.K.P. The authors have been subjected to a social-media smear campaign labeling them as “projects” used by the West to slander Mr. Erdogan and his party.

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