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Fethullah Gülen: 'I Call For An International Investigation Into The Failed Putsch In Turkey'

Emre Celik | Posted 08.16.2016 | World
Emre Celik

Unfortunately, in a country where independent media outlets are shut down or taken under government custody, a significant portion of Turkish citizens were made to believe -- through relentless pro-government propaganda -- that I am the actor behind the July 15 coup. However, world opinion, which is shaped by objective information, clearly sees that what is going on is a power grab by the administration under the guise of a witch-hunt.

What To Know About The Secretive Group Turkey Blames For Coup Attempt

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 07.28.2016 | World

Hours after an attempted coup in Turkey on July 15, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his officials were already clear who was to blame: Fethullah Gu...

A Different Kind of Coup? Why You Should Care About A "Reclusive" Turkish Imam in Pennsylvania

John Barton | Posted 07.23.2016 | Religion
John Barton

Fethullah Gülen may be the most influential Muslim leader in the world that you've never heard of. Or, at least, that may have been true until last w...

The Gulen Movement Isn't a Cult -- It's One of the Most Encouraging Faces of Islam Today

Graham E. Fuller | Posted 07.22.2016 | World
Graham E. Fuller

The target of Erdogan's purge -- the movement led by U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen -- is not dangerous. It's one of the most moderate and socially constructive organizations in the Muslim world. In attacking it, Erdogan is planting the seeds for his own destruction.

Fethullah Gulen: Muslims, we have to critically review our understanding of Islam

Emre Celik | Posted 12.20.2015 | World
Emre Celik

This article by Fethullah Gulen first appeared in French newspaper, Le Monde on December 17, 2015. Words fall short to truly express my deep sadness ...

Dimensions of the Authoritarian Drift in Turkey

Alp Aslandogan | Posted 06.22.2015 | World
Alp Aslandogan

Turkey's journey of democratization toward EU membership stalled and made a U-turn during the third term of its ruling party AKP. Turkey's democratizing reforms have been both a state policy and a popular path throughout 90s and were accelerated under then-prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2003.

Is Anybody Out There?

Emre Celik | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Emre Celik

It's unfortunate when an organization tasked with providing help to the needy must ask for help itself. It's even more unfortunate when the help it seeks is rooted in deliberate and systematic suppression.

Hate Speech is Undermining Turkey's Fragile Democracy

Emre Celik | Posted 02.12.2015 | World
Emre Celik

Erdogan has employed a multidimensional effort to intimidate, silence and otherwise persecute every institution or individual remotely associated with Gulen.

Fethullah Gulen's Maxim: Live So That Others May Live

Emre Celik | Posted 11.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Emre Celik

Gulen places a great importance on the interdependence of individuals, communities, nations and systems on one another. Each fundamental unit within any system plays a role and has an inexplicable effect -- small or great -- on every other unit within such a system.

Standing by the Education Rights of Schoolgirls

Alp Aslandogan | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Alp Aslandogan

The kidnappings must serve as a reminder to all in the Muslim world of the important role that education plays in cultivating free societies and in protecting people against totalitarian, oppressive forces.

Fethullah Gulen: From Izmir to the Global Hizmet Movement

Emre Celik | Posted 05.07.2014 | Impact
Emre Celik

Gulen's name has progressively reached a wider Western audience. From the New York Times to 60 Minutes, there are thousands of references to his name in the world media. Attention is being paid.

Turkey's Fading Democracy

Alp Aslandogan | Posted 04.12.2014 | World
Alp Aslandogan

That the AKP's third term is mired in systemic corruption is discouraging for Turkey's democracy. Even more worrisome, though, is the fact that corruption has led to an authoritarian trend in which those who refuse political obedience are profiled and discriminated against.

Middle East's Struggle for Democracy: Going Beyond Headlines

Alp Aslandogan | Posted 02.11.2014 | World
Alp Aslandogan

As the Turkish experience shows, democracy is a messy process with a steep learning curve. It sometimes can seem like too much to ask of both governments and the governed to have patience to learn the difference between legitimate democratic opposition and rebellion; enforcement and oppression.

Too Good to Be True

Emre Celik | Posted 02.01.2014 | Religion
Emre Celik

Does such skepticism further ostracize the 'other' or does it give rise to greater motivation and encouragement for such communities, groups and organizations to be more proactive?