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  • Obama speaks with Turkish leader, offers help after failed coup: White House

    07/19/2016 11:29:03 AM PDT · by Java4Jay · 45 replies
    President Barack Obama spoke to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday, offering U.S. assistance...
  • How the Clintons and the Rest of Washington Are Getting Rich From the Turkey Coup

    07/18/2016 4:05:47 PM PDT · by detective · 3 replies
    Heatstreet ^ | July 18, 2016 | Ira Stoll
    Here’s one outcome of the Turkish coup attempt that you can bet on: Washington lobbyists will be getting rich off it. The Podesta Group, a firm with close ties to Bill and Hillary Clinton, registered in May to lobby for the “Alliance for Shared Values.” That comically named organization supports Fethullah Gulen, the Pennsylvania-based imam that the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, blames, rightly or wrongly, for the coup.
  • Kerry Promises to 'Immediately Evaluate' Extradition of Coup-Accused Scholar

    07/17/2016 2:56:47 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    PJ Media ^ | July 17, 2017 | Bridget Johnson
    Secretary of State John Kerry said this morning that the Obama administration is "open" to considering the extradition of a Poconos scholar accused by the Turkish regime of being behind Friday's coup attempt.Kerry said on NBC's Meet the Press that the U.S. has asked President Recep Tayyip Erdogan not to become more authoritarian in response to the coup.Hurriyet Daily News reported that Erdogan has detained some 6,000 soldiers, judges and prosecutors in less than 48 hours. They're being charged with membership of an armed terrorist organization and attempting to overthrow the government of the Turkish Republic using force and violence...
  • Emails, Documents Tie Clinton Camp to Turkish Imam

    07/16/2016 5:42:18 PM PDT · by amorphous · 54 replies
    NewsMax.Com ^ | 14 July, 2016 | By Jason Devaney
    New emails and documents uncover ties between the Clintons and an Islamic imam from Turkey who has been in self-exile in Pennsylvania since 1999. According to The Daily Caller, several pieces of evidence tie the Clintons to Fethullah Gulen, against whom Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has launched a crackdown.
  • Did Erdogan STAGE the coup?

    07/16/2016 3:41:57 PM PDT · by SunStar · 70 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 15:04 EST, 16 July 2016 | Darren Boyle for MailOnline
    A US-based Turkish cleric accused of plotting a coup to overthrow the Ankara government has claimed President Recep Erdogan staged the rebellion himself to justify a major clampdown on opposition forces. Fethullah Gulen, who was a former key ally of Erdogan has been blamed by the politician of using his contacts to develop a 'parallel structure' to overthrow the state.
  • Erdogan calls on US to extradite Pennsylvania-based cleric after failed Turkey coup

    07/16/2016 2:12:23 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 16, 2016
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the U.S. Saturday to extradite a Muslim cleric living in Pennsylvania following a failed military coup. In a televised speech Saturday night, Erdogan said Turkey had never refused any request by the U.S. to extradite terrorists and invoked Washington and Ankara's relationship as "strategic partners" in an effort to force the return of Fethullah Gulen. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday the Obama administration would entertain an extradition request but Turkey would have to prove wrongdoing by Gulen.
  • Turkey threatens WAR with America over cleric blamed for masterminding failed coup

    07/16/2016 6:51:49 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 76 replies
    Express UK ^ | 6-16-2016 | Nick Gutteridge
    In an astonishing and reckless attack on the US the Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that the country considers itself at war with any nation that stands by the US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen. He said: "Any country that protects Fethullah Gulen will be an enemy to Turkey." Moderate cleric Gulen, who lives in Pennsylvania, has been a constant scapegoat for Erdogan who has accused him of trying to establish a parallel state to rival his own fiefdom. The statement by Mr Yildirim will be seen as a thinly veiled threat to America to give up Gulen, who lives...
  • Furious President of Turkey abandons Muhammad Ali funeral and flies home...

    06/10/2016 12:09:04 PM PDT · by drop 50 and fire for effect · 42 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10 June 2016 | Daily Mail Reporter
    ...after being cut from speech line-up and banned from laying a cloth on boxer's coffin during Muslim ceremony -Recep Tayyip Erdogan had specially flown to Louisville, Kentucky, to say farewell to Ali -But the presidents office said Erdogan left the United States for Turkey late Thursday after attending the prayer ceremony -He was due to speak at today's multi-faith service but lost his slot due to 'lack of program space' -Funeral organizers also 'refused to allow Erdogan to lay a cloth from the Kaaba on Alis coffin during the Thursday ceremony' -In addition he wanted the head of Turkey's religious...
  • Turkeys Erdogan wasnt allowed to speak at Muhammad Alis funeral. Now hes not going.

    06/10/2016 12:02:22 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    Erdogan was initially on the roster of speakers on the funeral a list that includes a number of famous names, such as former president Bill Clinton and comedian Billy Crystal. However, on Monday, Ali family spokesman Bob Gunnell had said that two unnamed speakers had been added to the program, meaning that foreign guests Erdogan and King Abdullah II of Jordan would no longer be able to make an address. Gunnell told reporters that the two world leaders had been gracious and understood. But there were a number of suggestions that perhaps Erdogan had been removed from the list...
  • Turkey Arrests over 100 in Probe of U.S.-Based Cleric and Erdogan Foe Fethullah Gulen

    04/22/2016 7:20:13 AM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 19 Apr 2016 | John Hayward
    Turkish police made a hundred arrests across Istanbul and nine other Turkish provinces connected with a wide-ranging investigation of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen. Gulen, 72, currently lives in Pennsylvania, but is considered a powerful arch-foe of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as the Rudaw news service puts it. Gulen runs an international Islamic network of schools, businesses, media outlets, and charity organizations from his exile home in Pennsylvania and is believed to be deeply influential in the Turkish judicial system and police, according to Rudaw. In fact, he is so influential that Erdogan has accused him of trying to...
  • Maryland Blessed With $100 Million Turkish Mega-Mosque

    05/22/2013 9:17:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    Last Resistance ^ | May 22, 2013 | John DeMayo
    On May 15, 2013, the Turkish Prime Minister, Erdogan, an anti-Semite, attended a ceremony a stones throw from our nations capital celebrating what he claims will likely become the largest and most striking example of Islamic architecture in the Western Hemisphere. Next year, when completed, the Turkish American Culture and Civilization Center, in Lanham, Maryland US of A, a project of the Islamist Turkish government, will be the grandest Islamic site in the Western Hemisphere. Allah Akbar! The 15-acre neo-Ottoman empire inspired complex will have five buildings and a mosque capable of serving over 750 faithful Muslim worshipers. I have...
  • Gülen Movement’s Atlantic Institute Infiltrates Maitland, FL Holocaust Center

    02/09/2016 6:10:31 PM PST · by Randall_S · 2 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | February 9, 2016 | Alan Kornman
    The Atlantic Institute will be partnering with the Maitland Holocaust Center and the Interfaith Council of Central Florida on a special program entitled, Is History Repeating Itself? Jewish and Muslim Immigrant Experiences in America, scheduled for Thursday February 25, 2016 at the Holocaust Center, 851 N Maitland Avenue in Maitland, FL. The Atlantic Institute is partnered with the Alliance for Shared Values which is openly affiliated with the Gülen Movements Hizmet social initiatives in the United States. The Atlantic Institute on their website, praises Mr. Fethullah Gülen as their Imam and political leader. Fact #1 Recently, FBI agents carried out...
  • In Poconos, Mysterious Turkish Cleric Shrouded in Mystery

    02/02/2016 9:39:56 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Monday, 1 February 2016
    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,...
  • Islamist running 140 tax-funded charter schools in U.S.

    01/17/2016 3:54:50 PM PST · by amorphous · 23 replies
    WND ^ | 17 Jan 2016 | Leo Hohmann
    Muhammad Fethullah Gulen is a Turkish Islamist, writer and preacher with a secret plan for bringing Shariah law to America. Arguably Turkey's most influential spiritual leader of the past 50 years, Gulen left that country in the late 1990s and now directs his cult-like Islamic movement from a guarded compound in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. Part of his empire consists of a thriving network of more than 140 charter schools in 26 states that sell themselves to parents as a secular and more academically rigorous alternative to public schools. As the second largest chain of charter schools in the...
  • Controversial Muslim cleric giving Clinton millions

    12/16/2015 5:28:16 PM PST · by WonkyTonky · 36 replies
    The Horn News ^ | December 16, 2016 | The Horn News
    The Clinton family and Hillary Clinton’s campaign are being accused of accepting millions of dollars from what at least one U.S. ally is calling a terrorist network. The U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen is a longstanding ally of Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, and their cozy relationship has included dinners and speaking arrangements throughout the years. He is suspected of controlling $25 billion in global assets and his followers have reportedly poured millions into the Clinton Foundation and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. But now Gulen has been accused in a U.S. court of being the ringleader...
  • Followers Of A Mysterious Turkish Islamic Cleric Have Donated Heavily To Hillary’s Campaign...

    11/23/2015 2:14:34 AM PST · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/23/15 | Chuck Ross
    Members of a secretive Turkish Islamic movement that is at the center of a congressional ethics committee investigation have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and to her family’s charity, a Daily Caller investigation has found.The largest donation from a leader of the Gulen movement, which is operated from Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains by a moderate Muslim cleric named Fethullah Gulen, came from Recep Ozkan. A former president of the Gulen-linked Turkish Cultural Center, Ozkan gave between $500,001 and $1,000,000 to the Clinton Foundation in recent months, the charity’s website shows. He also served as a national...
  • Glenists in Turkey cooperating with Israels Mossad, Erdoğan says

    01/31/2015 7:13:22 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 4 replies
    Hrriyet ^ | January/31/2015
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erodogan said Jan. 31 that the Gulenists 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,” Erdogan said, while addressing a meeting of the All Industrialist and Businessmen’s Association (TUMSİAD) 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 Gulen for illegal wiretappings and a “coup attempt,” starting from the revelation...
  • Turkey arrests 27 in swoop on anti-Erdogan media

    12/14/2014 3:18:44 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    yahoo ^ | Dilay Gundogan
    Turkish police on Sunday arrested the editor of Turkey's biggest-selling newspaper and 26 others in lightning raids on supporters of a US-based cleric who has become President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's top foe.
  • Turkey's Erdogan lashes out as lira tumbles

    12/13/2014 6:10:44 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Whirled Nut Daily ^ | December 12, 2014 | Daniel Dombey
    ...its lowest levels against the dollar for almost a year, amid investor nervousness about emerging markets. By evening trade in Istanbul the currency had fallen beyond TL2.30 to the US dollar, more than 1 per cent down on the day and the weakest level since January, when the Turkish central bank moved to increase interest rates -- a dramatic shift in policy that at the time halted a precipitous drop in its value. ...Turkey is far from alone in being affected by strong US economic data that has heightened expectations of a US Federal Reserve interest rate rise and so...
  • Representative of reportedly captured in Turkey (may have been involved in Benghazi attack)

    12/09/2014 5:39:17 PM PST · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    John Batchelor Show ^ | John Batchelor inteview Long War Journal journalists
    Capture of an Ayman al Zawahiri coordinator discussed with the journalists of Long War Journal. Discussion of whether he was involved in the Benghazi attack. Podcast.
  • Russia, Turkey pivot across Eurasia

    12/09/2014 6:54:41 PM PST · by dontreadthis · 9 replies
    veterans news now ^ | December 8, 2014 | Pepe Escobar
    The latest, spectacular Exit South Stream, Enter Turk Stream Pipelinistan gambit will be sending big geopolitical shockwaves all across Eurasia for quite some time. This is what the New Great Game in Eurasia is all about. In a nutshell, a few years ago Russia devised North Stream fully operational and South Stream still a project to bypass unreliable Ukraine as a gas transit nation. Now Russia devises a new sweet deal with Turkey to bypass the non-constructive (Putins words) approach of the European Commission (EC) concerning the European Third Energy Package, which prohibits one company from...
  • Four young Christians beheaded in Iraq, Turkey's PM tells pope Islamophbia to blame for ISIS

    12/02/2014 1:04:20 PM PST · by Fali_G · 37 replies
    Lisa Daftari Blog ^ | 12/02/14 | Lisa Daftari
    Pope Francis traveled on his first trip to Turkey over the weekend attempting to reach out to the Muslim community, warning that the Islamic State is a major threat to Christians in the Middle East and calling on moderate Muslims to join in constructive dialogue and solidarity with the rest of the world. Instead, Turkish President Recept Tayyp Erdogan, who had a message of his own for the Pope, greeted him at his $600 million palace and blamed the rise of ISIS and the recent violence in Syria and Iraq, including beheadings, enslavements, and the wholesale ethnic cleansing of the...
  • Turks Want to See a Mosque in Athens Before Reopening a Seminary in Istanbul

    11/30/2014 9:27:34 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 11/29/14
    Vatican's chief ecumenical officer speaks about implications of this weekend's papal visitPope Francis and Ecumencial Patriarch Bartholomew will sign a joint declaration Sunday, confirming the growing relationship between the long-separated Churches of Rome and Constantinople. The Pope's visit comes just six months after he and Bartholomew met in Jerusalem and singed a Joint Declaration about their commitment to the search for Christian unity. Accompanying Pope Francis on the journey to Turkey is the head of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Cardinal Kurt Koch, who said in a Vatican Radio interview this week that first of all ithe papal...
  • Turkish Minister: Muslims Discovered the Earth is Round

    11/30/2014 3:19:26 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 74 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/11/14 | Tova Dvorin
    The Turkish Science Minister has become the latest public figure to make outrageous claims over Islam's hand in science and technology, the Hurriyet Daily News reported Friday - this time, claiming that Muslims discovered that the world is round. "Some 700-800 years before Galileo, 71 Muslim scientists led by al-Khwarizmi convened by the order of the Caliph Al-Ma'mun and revealed that the Earth is a sphere," Minister Fikri stated on Thursday. Fikri further claimed that a copy of the original document proving Islam's role in astronomy is currently in the Museum of Islamic Science and Technology in Istanbul. The Earth...
  • Erdogan: Of course women arent equal to men ( Moslem Turkey )

    11/25/2014 11:13:41 AM PST · by george76 · 31 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 25, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    In case you were looking for an actual war on women as opposed to some fictional hysteria constructed for the entertainment of daytime cable news soap operas, you might want to take a look at Turkey. The new president of our ally in the region near Syria, Tayyip Erdogan, decided to opine on the subject of gender relations this week and he really wasnt worried about mincing words. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said women cannot be treated as equal to men, and has accused feminists of rejecting motherhood. You cannot put women and men on an equal footing,...
  • Rising Turkish Menace: U.S. and NATO Ally Wants Islamic Advance in Latin America

    11/25/2014 8:01:53 AM PST · by juliosevero · 27 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Rising Turkish Menace: U.S. and NATO Ally Wants Islamic Advance in Latin America By Julio Severo The president of Turkey has re-written history by claiming Muslim explorers, not Christopher Columbus, discovered America. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Recep Tayyip Erdogan, chief of Americas NATO ally, said November 15 that Islamic sailors found the New World in 1178. He said, Muslims discovered America in 1178, not Christopher Columbus. Turkey is the only Islamic nation in the NATO. His theory which is supported only by Islamic historians came to light in a televised speech during an Istanbul summit of...
  • Angry at Israeli raid on al-Aqsa, Turkish governor orders synagogue be turned into museum

    11/22/2014 6:40:56 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 7 replies
    The governor of the northwestern province of Edirne on the Turkish-Greek border has ordered a historical synagogue be turned into a museum, citing a recent Israeli raid on al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. “When those bandits blow winds of war inside al-Aqsa and slain Muslims, we build their synagogues,” Edirne Gov. Dursun Şahin told reporters on Nov. 21. “I say this with a huge hatred inside me. We clean their graveyards, send their projects to boards. The synagogue here will be registered only as a museum, and there will be no exhibition inside it.” A main opposition lawmaker has called for...
  • Turkey to Teach Muslim Discovery of America in Schools

    11/21/2014 8:56:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 11/21/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    The USSR claimed to have invented absolutely everything. Soviet children were taught that everything from the locomotive to the airplane had been invented in Russia. Muslims can’t seem to stop jumping headlong into the same xenophobic delusional propaganda. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday hit back at ridicule of his claim that Islamic explorers discovered the Americas three centuries before Columbus, accusing his Muslim critics of lacking “self-confidence”.In an aggressive rebuttal of the criticism heaped in some quarters on his comments, Erdogan also suggested that the purported “discovery” of the Americas by Muslims should be taught in schools.“A big...
  • NATO ally's president: Muslims discovered America

    Some historians and political observers were surprised over the weekend when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, chief of Americas NATO ally, said Muslims discovered the Americas more than 300 years before Christopher Columbus. But the Islamic leader was doing nothing more than stating publicly what Islamic historians have said, including some who believe Native Americans who spoke Arabic greeted Muslim adventurers hundreds of years before the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria sailed. Among those reporting Erdogans statement was the BBC, which noted his AK Party is rooted in political Islam. Erdogan said, Muslim sailors arrived in America in 1178, but...
  • Protest Against Anti-Semitism in Turkey

    11/17/2014 6:53:04 AM PST · by Adam Taxin · 17 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 11/17/14 | Michael Rubin
    Turkey was once one of the most religiously tolerant majority Muslim societies in its attitude toward Jews. The reason wasnt so much tolerant political culture, but rather a belief that the Jews were a tranquil, loyal minority. After all, Turkish school books taught that while Greeks, Armenians, and Arabs all rose up against the Ottomans, the Jews did not. Hence, Turkey boasted along with Iran either the second or third largest Jewish community in the Middle East after Israel itself. In recent years, of course, this has changed. Just as...
  • Turkey's Erdogan: Muslims discovered Americas

    11/17/2014 12:41:00 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 16, 2014 | Associated Press (AP)
    ISTANBUL Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is claiming that Muslim sailors reached the Americas more than 300 years before explorer Christopher Columbus. Speaking Saturday at a gathering of Muslim leaders from Latin America, Erdogan said that contact between Islam and Latin America dates to the 12th century. "It is alleged that the American continent was discovered by Columbus in 1492," Erdogan said. "In fact, Muslim sailors reached the American continent 314 years before Columbus, in 1178."
  • Erdogan: Muslims Discovered America

    11/15/2014 2:30:53 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 108 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/11/14 | Gil Ronen
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that the Americas were discovered by Muslims in the 12th century, nearly three centuries before Genoese explorer Christopher Columbus claimed the discovery in the name of Spain. "Contacts between Latin America and Islam date back to the 12th century. Muslims discovered America in 1178, not Christopher Columbus," the president said in a televised speech during an Istanbul summit of Muslim leaders from Latin America. "Muslim sailors arrived in America from 1178. Columbus mentioned the existence of a mosque on a hill on the Cuban coast," Erdogan said. Erdogan said that Ankara was even...
  • Turkey declares protecting al-Aqsa its mission

    11/07/2014 10:14:32 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 18 replies
    Hrriyet ^ | November/07/2014
    Turkish leaders have said protecting Islamic sites in the Holy Land is a sacred mission for them, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan bluntly warning any attack against the 8th-century al-Aqsa Mosque is no different than an attack on the Kaaba in the holy city of Mecca. “The Israeli administration has to stop this despicableness, this barbarity; what would it say if this kind of attack had been launched against synagogues? The Masjid al-Aqsa is not only a shrine for Palestinians, but is the shrine of all Muslims,” Erdogan was quoted as saying on Nov. 7 during an official visit to...
  • Turkey could scrap controversial Chinese missile purchase

    11/12/2014 5:52:36 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 1 replies
    Hrriyet ^ | November/12/2014
    Turkey could scrap a controversial plan to buy missile defense systems from China that alarmed the United States and its Western allies, Turkish and European sources said on Nov. 12. Key NATO member Turkey said in September last year that it was entering negotiations with the China Precision Machinery Export-Import Corporation (CPMIEC) to acquire its first long-range anti-missile systems. However, the plan has deeply concerned the United States, which has already imposed sanctions on the Chinese company for supplying arms to Iran and Syria in defiance of an embargo. "Several options are on the table, including a cancellation of the...
  • For Turkey and U.S., at odds over Syria, a 60-year alliance shows signs of crumbling

    10/30/2014 11:05:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 29, 2014 | Liz Sly
    he increasingly hostile divergence of views between Turkey and the United States over Syria is testing the durability of their 60-year alliance, to the point where some are starting to question whether the two countries still can be considered allies at all. Turkeys refusal to allow the United States to use its bases to launch attacks against the Islamic State, quarrels over how to manage the battle raging in the Syrian border town of Kobane and the harsh tone of the anti-American rhetoric used by top Turkish officials to denounce U.S. policy have served to illuminate the vast gulf that...
  • Turkish PM says tapes of talk with son a fabrication (Turkey the next Ukraine?)

    02/25/2014 10:18:21 AM PST · by mojito · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/25/2014 | Samia Nakhoul and Nick Tattersall
    Turkey's Prime Minister accused political enemies of hacking encrypted state communications to fake a phone conversation suggesting he warned his son to hide large sums of money before police raids in a graft inquiry that reached into government. In a dramatic session of parliament after posting of an 11-minute audio tape on YouTube, Tayyip Erdogan described it as a shameless and treacherous "montage". He did not name those he held responsible but made it clear he was talking of a network run by former ally, Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen. The head of the main parliamentary opposition insisted the conversation was...
  • Turkish judicial purge brings corruption investigation to halt

    01/22/2014 12:15:42 PM PST · by mojito · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/22/2014 | Daren Butler and Nick Tattersall
    Turkey's purge of the judiciary and police has brought a corruption investigation shaking the government to a grinding halt and could undermine confidence in state institutions, senior legal figures and the opposition said on Wednesday. Ninety-six judges and prosecutors were reassigned overnight, the biggest purge of the judiciary since a graft scandal erupted on December 17 with the arrest of businessmen close to Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and three ministers' sons. Erdogan has portrayed the corruption inquiry as an attempted "judicial coup" orchestrated by U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whose network of sympathizers, known locally as "Cemaat" (religious community), hold considerable...
  • Turkish economy, interior, environment ministers resign amid graft scandal

    12/25/2013 9:29:10 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 5 replies
    Turkish Economy Minister Zafer Çağlayan, Interior Minister Muammer Güler and Environment and Urbanization Minister Erdoğan Bayraktar announced their resignations today. The first announcement came hours after Çağlayan returned from a trip to Pakistan, where he accompanied Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. “It is clear that the operation that was launched on Dec. 17 is a dirty [game] against our government, our party and our country,” Çağlayan said in a written statement. “I have left my duty as the economy minster to spoil this ugly game in which my son and my close aides were implicated and to allow the facts...
  • Maybe Now Theyll Pay Attention To The Gulen Schools

    12/12/2013 6:51:24 AM PST · by LSUfan · 5 replies
    The Hayride ^ | 11 Dec 13 | Christopher Holton
    Wednesday afternoon the story broke in Baton Rouge media that the Kenilworth Science & Technology School had been raided by the FBI. The FBI indicated that the raid, which evidently was conducted to gather material evidence in the form of documents and computers, was not a matter of public safety. As a result, it probably was not related to a report earlier this year that a teacher at the school was accused of having inappropriate pictures of children on his cell phone. Had those charges stuck, that would have been the second scandal of a sexual nature involving a Gulenist...
  • Owners of 'Terrorista #1' BMW license plate revealed as the SAME friends pictured ...in NYC

    04/28/2013 9:57:29 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 113 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | UPDATED: 04:11 EST, 27 April 2013 | By Daily Mail Reporter and Associated Press Reporter
    Full Title:*****************************************************Owners of 'Terrorista #1' BMW license plate revealed as the SAME friends pictured with the Boston bomber in Times Square***************************************** Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev are from Kazakhstan They were classmates of bombing suspect Dzhokhar TsarnaevDzhokhar may have slept at their house on the night of the bombingThey've been in custody since last Saturday and a lawyer says they are 'shocked' by the allegations against their friend Friends of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev arrested last week who cruised around in a car with the Terrorista #1 license plate have also been revealed to be two of the group of friends recently...
  • Lawmaker suggests Boston Bombers had training ahead of attack

    04/28/2013 9:08:40 AM PDT · by penelopesire · 46 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 28, 2013 | Fox News
    The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said Sunday he thinks the Boston Marathon bombing suspects were trained in carrying out the attack. Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul told Fox News Sunday he thinks suspects Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev had help, considering the devices level of sophistication and the type of device -- a shrapnel-packed, pressure-cooker bomb. That leads me to believe there was a trainer, the Texas Republican said. Homemade bombs built from pressure cookers have been a frequent weapon of militants in Afghanistan, India and Pakistan. Al Qaeda's branch in Yemen once published an online manual on how...
  • Fiasco

    10/27/2012 2:55:17 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 49 replies
    The John Batchelor Show ^ | October 27,2012 | John Batchelor
    My fresh information is how to explain the surprising scale of the errors at Benghazi. It is useful to stipulate that the building where Ambassador Stevens was attacked was not a consulate. It was a State Department residence that was maintained to provide an explanation for the presence of the CIA station that was about a mile distance -- The CIA station "annex" was responsible for recruiting and training Libyan assets in Benghazi, many of whom were directed to the so-called "Libyan Brigade" that is serving in Syria under the supervision of Turkish Military Intelligence. (This is part of the...
  • US Gulen Charter Schools Islamic Taxpayer Funded - 134 Schools in 26 States

    07/28/2012 9:25:07 AM PDT · by maggiesnotebook · 3 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | 7-27-12 | Maggie@MaggiesNotebook
    Fethullah Gülen is a Turkish imam, considered one of the most influential imams in the world, no doubt due to his brilliant creation of taxpayer funded chartered schools with more than a whiff of Islam in the curricula - in the United States. The experiment started with full U.S. taxpayer funding. Gülen Charters is the largest charter school network in the U.S. There were 134 U.S. Gülen charter schools in 2010, in 26 states with 45,000 students. They continue to receive taxpayer dollars and have the distinction of being the nation's largest users of H1B visas. Teachers with poor English...
  • Clinton Adviser Denies Endorsement of Turkish Islamist Paper [Zaman flagship-Glen's Islamist cult]

    01/17/2012 5:03:15 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 14 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 01.17.2012 - 12:50 PM | Michael Rubin
    Anne-Marie Slaughter, Secretary of State Hillary Clintons director of policy planning, now denies she endorsed Todays Zaman, the flagship newspaper of Fethullah Glens Islamist cult. Here is a google cache record with Prof. Slaughters endorsement, and here is the page now, with Professor Slaughters endorsement excised. Professor Slaughter denies she made the endorsementThere are two possible explanations: (1) Professor Slaughter is being truthful, and Todays Zaman simply made it all up. If so, this suggests that the ethics of Zaman and the organization which sponsors it are non-existent. (2) Professor Slaughter asked for the retraction only after learning about Todays...
  • Characteristics of Gulen charter schools

    09/10/2011 10:55:55 AM PDT · by B4Ranch · 6 replies
    Gulen Charter Schools Characteristics of Gulen charter schools by C.A.S.I.L.I.P.S. - Citizens Against Special Interest Lobbying in Public SchoolsWhat is a Gulen charter school? A Gulen charter school is a publicly-funded charter school that was founded and is run by individuals who are secretly followers of a Turkish imam named Fethullah Gulen. Gulen's followers are called Gulenists, and collectively they form a worldwide covert network called the Gulen Movement. The key defining feature of Gulen charter schools is that control of the schools' policies and (most importantly) finances lies entirely in the hands of Gulenists. This allows the Gulenists to...
  • Democracy in Turkey

    07/24/2011 1:39:26 PM PDT · by a_Turk · 13 replies
    The National Interest ^ | February 11, 2011 | Dani Rodrik
    Dani Rodrik has just returned from Turkey, shunned while defending his father-in-law, the main defendant in the military coup plot case. The Harvard professor explains his take. IN DECEMBER I traveled to Turkey with my wife and young son, as we do every year during winter break. This time, though, we had more than visiting family and friends in mind. We were on a mission to demonstrate that what many have called the trial of the century in Turkey is in fact a sham built on fabricated evidence. Nearly two hundred Turkish military officers stand accused of having plotted a...
  • What is Islam's Gulen movement?

    05/25/2011 5:26:59 AM PDT · by 1010RD · 12 replies
    BBC News ^ | 24 May 2011 | Edward Stourton
    Turkey's Gulen movement, which promotes service to the common good, may have grown into the world's biggest Muslim network. Is it the modern face of Islam, or are there more sinister undercurrents? SNIP Its supporters say they simply work together, in a loosely affiliated alliance inspired by the message of charismatic preacher Fethullah Gulen, who promotes a tolerant Islam which emphasises altruism, hard work and education. Turkish businessmen are attracted by what they see as his international outlook and pragmatic approach to issues like using credit. SNIP Mr Gulen's critics point to a video which surfaced in 1999, in which...
  • Islamic links to Utah's Beehive Academy probed

    06/02/2010 10:55:27 AM PDT · by lady lawyer · 24 replies · 629+ views
    Deseret News ^ | June 1, 2010 | Elizabeth Stuart
    SALT LAKE CITY By all appearances, it was a half-hearted attempt at a school protest. . . . Parents and students were upset with the State Office of Education's April 29 decision to shut down the financially struggling charter school . . . In the days since the state voted to revoke Beehive's charter, the Deseret News has scoured hundreds of pages of public records and interviewed dozens of people inside the Salt Lake City school. The emerging facts paint a troubling picture . . . . Beehive's financial problems came to the board's attention in July 2009 when...
  • Utah charter school once accused of having ties to terrorism shut down by state ( Fethullah Glen )

    05/02/2010 10:11:54 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies · 423+ views
    Deseret News ^ | May 2, 2010 | Elizabeth Stuart
    For the first time since the charter school movement began, the Utah State Charter School Board moved Thursday to shut down an operational school. The vote to revoke the Beehive Science & Technology charter, a state contract that grants the independently run school public education dollars, was unanimous. Beehive's troubles came to the board's attention in July 2009, when a former board member accused the school of having clandestine ties to a controversial Turkish Muslim preacher. Fethullah Glen, who doesn't recognize al-Qaida as a terrorist organization, was exiled from Turkey in 1998 for reportedly working to overthrow the secular government....
  • Islamic scholar voted world's No 1 thinker

    06/23/2008 9:50:29 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 7 replies · 61+ views
    Guardian.co.uk ^ | June 23, 2008 | Robert Tait
    Does the movement inspired by Fethullah Glen represent a modern brand of Islam, or a subtle attempt to infiltrate religion into secular Turkey? The Guardian's religious affairs correspondent, Riazat Butt, reports from Istanbul A hitherto largely unknown Turkish Islamic scholar, Fethullah Glen, has been voted the world's top intellectual in a poll to find the leading 100 thinkers. Glen, the author of more than 60 books, won a landslide triumph after the survey - which is organised by the British magazine, Prospect, and Foreign Policy, a US publication - attracted more than 500,000 votes. The top 10 individuals were all...