Der Spiegel: The Shadowy World of the Islamic Gülen Movement

By Maximilian Popp Millions of Muslims around the world idolize Turkish preacher Fethullah Gülen, who likes to present himself as the Gandhi of Islam. His Gülen movement runs schools in 140 countries and promotes interfaith dialogue. But former members describe … Continue reading

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The New York Times: Turkey Feels Sway of Reclusive Cleric in the U.S.

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25 April 2012 By DAN BILEFSKY and SEBNEM ARSU / The New York Times ISTANBUL — When Ahmet Sik was jailed last year on charges of plotting to overthrow the government, he had little doubt that a secretive movement linked to a … Continue reading

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INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE QUITE IMAM CASTING LONG SHADOW IN TURKEY  ” The movement has strong affiliations or sympathy in powerful parts of Turkey’s media, including the largest daily, Zaman, and, Turkish analysts say” ” We are concerned there is a a … Continue reading

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Tens of thousands march in Turkey for secular public education

On Feb. 8, tens of thousands in İstanbul, Turkey, rallied and marched to demand a secular public education and denounce the reactionary, anti-secular policies of the ruling AKP government. Led by the Federation of Alevi organizations and the United June … Continue reading

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From democrat to autocrat: NATO ally turns back on group’s ideals

By Andrew Finkel Police stage a dawn raid on a large-circulation newspaper armed with warrants to take the editor-in-chief into custody. There can be no image quite so potent of a government that has lost its democratic legitimacy or one … Continue reading

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Turkey’s emerging police state

Sinem Adar Sinem Adar is a Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar in Sociology at the University of South Florida. Staff members and supporters of Zaman newspaper shout slogans and hold placards reading ‘Free press can not be silenced’ during a protest against … Continue reading

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Erdogan Tells EU to ‘Mind own Business’ in Turkey Arrests

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday lashed out at the European Union for criticizing the mass arrests targeting opposition media outlets, telling Brussels to "mind its own business." "The European Union cannot interfere in steps taken … within the … Continue reading

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“We have no concern what the #EU might say” #Erdogan lashing out at Europe’s reaction to Gulen media raids

1 OF 2. A Zaman journalist holds a placard at the headquarters of Zaman daily newspaper in Istanbul December 14, 2014. CREDIT: REUTERS/MURAD SEZER (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that weekend raids on media outlets close … Continue reading

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An article from the recent past: “No panic ! The judiciary process is underway

March 07, 2011, Monday So the junta doesn’t have an arm in the media? EKREM DUMANLI The title of this article may prompt some people to hastily think that I am blaming Soner Yalçın, Nedim Şener and Ahmet Şık from … Continue reading

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Erdoğan poised to land blow on former ally Gülen

Erdoğan poised to land blow on former ally Gülen “Dec. 17 [2013] was not a corruption operation,” Erdoğan said in the same speech. “It was a coup attempt. They had even prepared the list for the Cabinet to take over … Continue reading

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Turkish novelists Orhan Pamuk and Elif Shafak accused of being Western stooges by pro-government press

Press reports say high-profile novelists are part of ‘international literature lobby’ recruited by western powers to attack Turkey’s government Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a session at the Turkish parliament. Photograph: Depo Photos/Rex Alison Flood Major Turkish authors … Continue reading

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Gezi and Ferguson: American historian Louis Fishman’s Reply to pro-AKP columnist Ceren Kenar

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Ever since Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, Turkish pro-government press has been quick to highlight injustices carried out by that city’s police department and lack of due process in the case. Sounds well intentioned, right? Unfortunately, not like much … Continue reading

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AKP lies exposed: How does AKP manipulate people about the opposition by using the Erdoğan controlled-media ?

AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN A keen competition among the political parties for the upcoming election continues. Prime Minister Erdogan refers to the history of CHP in his rallies. The arguments he keeps on and on are as follows: 1. … Continue reading

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