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Monday, March 25, 2013

Gulen School in Ethiopia opens dormitory

The ground breaking ceremony of a new 150-bed capacity high school dormitory for Ethiopian-Turkish schools’ Alem Gena campus was held in Ethiopia.

In addition to Turkish businessmen residents of Ethiopia, Turkish Ambassador to Addis Ababa Kenan Ipek was in attendance at the ceremony. Ipek said “What distinguishes us from other nations is that we do not seek self-interest but sharing, just like what we witness here today.”

The ground breaking of the building followed the remarks. Afterwards, Ambassador Ipek planted a tree in the soon-to-be dormitory’s yard. The construction financed by Turkish businessmen and entirely supervised by Turkish engineers is planned to be completed by July 2013.

NOTE: This school was financed and constructed by Turkish businessmen (aka TUSKON)  and only by Turkish engineers.  They plan on staying in Christian Ethiopia long enough to rape the land and destroy the Christian population. 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Gulen Turkish School in Morocco

Former Republican People’s Party leader Deniz Baykal visited the Turkish school in Morocco. Highly impressed by the students’ Turkish, Baykal expressed his gratitude to their teachers.

During his stay in Morocco for Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly meeting, Deniz Baykal -now Republican People’s Party deputy of the province Antalya- visited Casablanca Muhammad Al Fatih Educational Institutions. Morocco Turkish Schools General Manager Ibrahim Aktas and the school administration greeted Baykal accompanied by Turkish Ambassador to Morocco Ugur Ariner.

Baykal asked questions to students displaying special Turkish song and poetry performances for him and was highly impressed by their Turkish proficiency. Expressing his pleasure to visit the schools, Baykal said, “I would like to express my gratitude to the teachers who represent our country in Morocco by bringing our values and language.” Further in his remarks he commented that these schools are extending bridges of love between Turkey and Morocco and contribute to the mutual relations greatly. Conversing with the students and teachers, Baykal gave his special thanks to the English language teacher, Selda Karagoz, who voluntarily came to Morocco after graduating from a university in Mongolia.

PKK leader gives greetings to exiled Gulen


Sirri Sureyya Onder, a Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) member of parliament from Istanbul who was among the delegation that visited jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan at Imrali island, has revealed to the press that Ocalan sends his greetings to Fetullah Gulen.

Gulen is a Turkish Islamic scholar well known for his teachings that promote mutual understanding and tolerance between different cultures and faiths. Now residing in the US, Gülen has pioneered educational activities in a number of countries, along with efforts to promote intercultural and interfaith activities around the world. The Turkish Olympiads are an initiative pioneered by schools associated with him. Gülen is in self-imposed exile in the US.

Onder told the press, “Mr. Ocalan send his greetings to Fethullah Gülen. Fethullah Gulen’s approach ‘there is goodness in peace’ is also [Ocalan’s] approach. ‘We can work together toward a democratic politics and peace throughout the Middle East, send my greetings to the revered Fethullah Gulen. I understand him best," he said.

When the new negotiation process undertaken with Ocalan for the disarmament of the PKK became known to the public, Gulen had immediately made a public assessment titled “there is goodness in peace” during the early days of January.

In the assessment in which he referred to the Treaty of Hudaybiyya, the treaty between Prophet Muhammad and the Meccans in March 628 AD, Gulen stated, “it is necessary to avoid the fragmentation of the country.”

Abdullah Ocalan’s statement regarding Gulen, which the former says were taken out of context, were revealed to the public as such: “The center of the Gulen movement is the United States. My being detained here was simultaneous with Gulen’s movement to the United States. Fethullah Gulen infiltrated into the Nur movement. Fethullah Gulen lives in the United States. Schools have been opened in 120 countries, where is the money coming from? Florida is the old center of counter-guerillas.”

After these statements’ disclosure to the public, Gulen's lawyer Nurullah Albayrak said, “Other than libel, these unfair and unfounded allegations are nothing but the fiction of a person or persons whose names take place in the leaked recordings,” referring to the leaked recordings of the meetings between Ocalan and the BDP delegation.


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Gulen Worldwide, the 3 most powerful men of Turkey

Turkey’s future is to be decided by the nation's three most powerful men, by the equilibrium they shape among themselves and by deals they forge with each other.

The first and the most powerful is already at the zenith of political power: Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He is also the most powerful, most capable civilian leader after the founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. His colleagues who know from his younger days speak of him as “reis,” [''president'' in formal usage and ''chief'' colloquially]. The people who joined him at his current post call him “patron” [the boss]. In official bureaucratic milieu, among party members and businessmen close to him he is “beyefendi” [sir or esquire]. Not only is he the most powerful man of Turkey, but because he enjoys exercising his power and doesn’t want to share it with anyone else, he is a personality that instills fear in his party AKP, in the state structure and the society.

The second most powerful man is serving a life sentence and has been in prison for 14 years: Abdullah Ocalan, who founded the separatist, armed Kurdish organization, the Kurdistan Workers Party [PKK] in 1978 and who personally led it until 1999 when he was apprehended in Kenya and handed over to Turkey. Since his imprisonment the PKK has changed drastically. The Kurdish issue became politicized and regionalized and has become a mass movement. Among many political and societal variables the key issue that hasn’t changed in the Kurdish movement has been the loyalty to Ocalan’s historical leadership. This is why the Kurds close to the PKK say “Honorable Ocalan’’ or in brief “the Leadership” when they speak of him. Ocalan is a figure that unites Kurdish nationalists.

The AKP rule and their media use a code for Ocalan that is derived from the name of the island where his private prison is: Imrali.

Those in the power, to avoid perceptions that they are in a dialogue with Ocalan through intelligence officials, refrain from using his name and prefer to say “Imrali.”

The third powerful man is a Sunni religious leader living in voluntary exile in the United States for 14 years: Fethullah Gulen. Gulen, who started out as a mosque imam, is the founder of an Islamic socio-political movement that is now spread worldwide. He is its spiritual leader. The movement has several labels: “Gulen Movement,” “Service” or the most popular version in Turkey, “Cemaat” [a congregation or faith community]. Their followers are known as “Gulenists.” Those who admire Fethullah Gulen call him “hocaefendi” [a scholar esquire].

Those who don’t like him call him ‘’Pennsylvania’’ after the state he moved to in 1999 when he left Turkey because of military pressure. Some call him “Across the Ocean.”

The main engine of the Gulen Movement that has long become globalized is education. They have close to 1,000 schools in more than 120 countries, including universities.

In Turkey they have a nationwide school and student hostel network with tens of thousands of teachers and hundreds of thousands of students. Vast majority of their students are on scholarships. The revenues that turns the wheels come from their capitalist ventures and donations collected by a network of organizations of powerful businessmen. The movement also has a strong media network with daily Zaman and Samanyolu TV channels as its flag ships.

But the most extraordinary political power attributed to the Gulen Movement is the network it has reportedly built inside the state mechanism, especially in judiciary and security sectors.

Today, many impartial observers agree that the current neo-Islamist rule of Turkey has been able to eliminate in just three years the military-bureaucratic tutelage power centers that saw themselves as the guardians of the Ataturk Republic with police actions and judicial procedures mainly thanks to harmonious work of the Gulenist cadres in the police and the judiciary.

Although their statures are widely divergent, there are commonalities in the leaderships of Erdogan, Gulen and Ocalan that render them powerful and consequential.

All three are extremely charismatic, all three have exceptional influence on their constituencies, all three are visionaries and finally all three have alternative societal projects. All three with their visions and leaderships carried changes they brought about to outside of Turkish borders.

And there is no fourth man who has similar attributes.

Until recent past, chiefs of general staff used to be counted among the powerful figures of the land but not anymore. Turkey has changed and will change more.

The change in Turkey now proceeds on two axes: Erdogan’s overly personalized authoritarian president project, and peace with the Kurdish movement.

What Turkey’s new regime will look like and status of Turkey’s relations with the Kurdish reality in the Middle East will largely be determined by the interaction between these two axes.

To make is clearer and more concrete we must say this: Although there was no cause-and-effect relationship, the a la carte presidential model Erdogan wants for himself and settlement of the Kurdish issue became linked to the peace negotiations at Imrali. Despite efforts to keep them under wraps, it is now known that the negotiations between Turkish intelligence officials who represented Erdogan’s authority and Ocalan have been going on since last October.

The negotiation platform of a “new constitution” on which the presidential system and peace issues were debated was in a format of give-and-take.

For the presidential system Erdogan desires, a constitutional amendment is required as well as for the settlement of the Kurdish issue. To meet the equality demands of the Kurds a neutral definition of citizenship that doesn’t require “Turkishness,” education in the mother tongue and partially fulfilling the demand for autonomy by empowering local administrations are all required constitutional adjustments.

If progress is wanted in the peace process, then the constitution has to be amended to meet these Kurdish demands. Erdogan’s AKP doesn’t have enough parliamentary seats to submit a constitutional draft to a public vote. AKP can negotiate only with the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party [BDP] for a presidential system. Other parties are categorically refusing to negotiate for such a system.

A reality emerged when the daily Milliyet on Feb. 28 published the minutes of the meeting three BDP parliamentarians held with Ocalan at Imrali a few days earlier. The topic of BDP supporting the presidential system was on the agenda of the Imrali meeting and Ocalan, despite some reservations, was amenable to support Erdogan’s presidency.

Nevertheless, it will not be easy for the Erdogan government to market a "AKP-BDP constitution” to majority nationalist conservative Turkish public unless the PKK military forces leave Turkey before a possible constitutional referandum in the fall and for Turkey’s 30-year terror question to be considered as done with.

An interesting feature of the “’Imrali Minutes” report was the harsh accusations of Ocalan against the Gulen Movement. Ocalan claimed the summons by the specially authorized prosecutor of Hakan Fidan, the undersecretary of National Intelligence Organization for questioning on Feb. 7, 2012, was “”actually a coup attempt” and implied it was the Gulen Movement behind it. Ocalan went as far as to claim that the objective of the summons was to arrest the prime minister on charges of treason and labeled the Gulen Movement as new “counter-guerrilla.”

We will perhaps understand better in the future why Ocalan made such severe accusations against the Gulen Movement. The Gulen media since 2009, especially after 2011, have been increasingly supportive of police operations that resulted in arrests of thousands of Kurdish activists, there has been a perceptible antipathy against the Gulen Movement in Kurdish public opinion. But this is not enough to explain Ocalan’s outburst.

What is definite is this: The crisis that began Feb. 7, 2012, with the summons for questioning of Hakan Fidan, the MIT undersecretary who happens to be one bureaucrat Erdogan trusts most, culminated in ending the de facto partnership for power between the Gulen Movement and the AKP.

It is true that the Gulen Movement, with its media assets, its undeniable influence over conservative voters and its potential power within the state, is a key actor. But what is apparent is that the movement has not yet decided its final position on Erdogan’s presidency and the peace process with the PKK and that they are somewhat undecided with these issues.

The Gulen Movement has adequate power to influence these processes this or that way once it makes up its mind.

The clarification of the interaction among “the three” also depends on the Gulen Movement to determine its inclination.

Kadri Gürsel is a contributing writer for Al-Monitor's Turkey Pulse and has written a column for the Turkish daily Milliyet since 2007. He focuses primarily on Turkish foreign policy, international affairs and Turkey’s Kurdish question, as well as Turkey’s evolving political Islam. He joined the Milliyet publishing group in 1997 as vice editor-in-chief of a newly launched weekly news magazine, Artı-Haber, and was Milliyet’s foreign news editor from 1999 until 2008. Gürsel was also a correspondent for Agence France-Presse between 1993 and 1997, and in 1995 was kidnapped by the PKK, an experience he recounted in his book Dağdakiler (Those of the Mountains), published in 1996. He is also chairman of the Turkish National Committee of the International Press Institute.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Turkish Schools in Mongolia considered the best

Mongolia selected the bests of 2012. Turkish schools that have served in the country for 18 years took the first place among high schools. The world wide Turkish schools, which are founded by philanthropists, keep being popular. The Turkish schools in Mongolia were founded in 1994. More than 3000 students have graduated so far. Students from all segments of the society get education at these schools.
On the occasion of the 850th birthday of Genghis Khan, the bests of 2012 were selected throughout the nation. The Turkish schools were selected as the best high schools.
There were 60 different categories and 650 institutions such as schools and hospitals competed in the contest. Turkish schools took the first place in the best high school category and took the second place among all institutions.
Turgut Karabulut, the director of the Empathy Education Foundation, received the prize on behalf of Turkish schools at the award ceremony in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia.
Source: Ihlas Son Dakika January 14, 2013
Disclaimer: The original news is in Turkish. Slight deviations from the original meaning may have occurred due to the difficulties in translating phrases and idioms. PII volunteers translated the article.

Gulen School in Ukraine

Spouse of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Emine Erdogan with delegation that included Turkish ministers and other high officials visited Gulen-inspired school in Ukraine. The school, International Meridian College was established in Kiev by Turkish and Ukrainian entrepreneurs. At the moment, the school, which gives education in English, Turkish, Russian and Ukrainian languages, is considered to be one of the most prestigious educational establishments in Ukraine. Students organized concerts and shows for the high guests from Turkey. Emine Erdogan admitted that she was very happy about the success of the school established by her compatriots and was very glad to be accepted with such warmth and hospitality by the school’s staff and students

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6 former school teachers for Gulen operated Fulton Science Academy sue for breach of contract  
Fulton County, Georgia
Case No. 2012CV216695


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Judge: Doris L. Downs
Current Status: Filed


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Chou, Rachel Lilly, Adam
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Downs, Courtney
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Romaine, Symphony
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Taylor, Kimberly

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Gulen Movement in Taipan has Hizmet conference


Taipei, Dec. 12 (CNA) Supporters of a civic movement inspired by Fethullah Gulen, one of the most important Muslim figures in Turkey, will not cease their efforts to build schools as long as there is a demand for such service around the world, according to a Turkish scholar dedicated to the movement.

The Hizmet movement places great emphasis on education, said Sait Yavuz, a lecturer and president of the Gulen Institute at University of Houston, in a recent interview with the CNA.

It was only in recent decades that Turkey began allowing the establishment of private schools, Yavuz said. He said the ban restricted the development of students with special talents.

"There are students who are promising students, who could become great scientists, but giving them the same curriculum is putting them into a narrow box," Yavuz said.

After the government lifted the ban on private schools, Gulen and others, many of them business people, began working on the idea of setting up private schools and they opened the first one in 1982, according to Yavuz.

Although the schools had to follow a government-set curriculum, they were able to employ dedicated teachers and thus offered a better education than public schools, he said.

Students from the Gulen-inspired schools won Turkey's first gold medal in the International Science Olympiads, Yavuz said.

Asked about the movement's next goal, Yavuz said "there is no next step, because this step is not going to end. ... It will end when we don't need any more educational facilities, which will not happen. So we'll continue."

Supporters of Gulen, an Islamic scholar, educator and author with millions of followers worldwide, are believed to have established schools and educational institutions in some 140 countries around the world.

The movement has also inspired the establishment of charities, hospitals and media enterprises, including one of Turkey's largest newspapers Zaman.

Gulen, 71, preaches a moderate brand of Islam and the need for interfaith and intercultural dialogue.

Mark Owen Webb, chairman of the Department of Philosophy at Texas Tech University, said he thinks the biggest appeal of the movement is its educational efforts to raise a golden generation of children.

Webb, who has visited schools established by Gulen's supporters and who has been involved in the movement for a decade now, said parents frustrated with public schools may find Gulen-inspired schools attractive.

He said that during a visit to one such a school in Ukraine, he noticed that the students spoke multiple languages.

"I met one of the kids and he was practicing English, and he could have passed for an American boy," Webb said, adding that dedicated teachers are the biggest advantage of the Gulen-inspired schools.

Asked about the Hizmet movement in a country like Taiwan that does not have a large Muslim population, Webb said many of Hizmet's values are similar to Buddhist philosophies, such as the idea of reducing suffering.

Anyone can also respect and understand the notion that justice and compassion are important, said Webb, who described himself as an agnostic.

Meanwhile, Jon Pahl, a Christianity history professor and director of MA programs at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, said he hopes Hizmet will contribute to "a growing movement toward interreligious understanding."

As a Christian, he said, he was impressed by the commitment of Hizmet volunteers.

Pahl said he thinks religious peace-building in the 20th century has largely been overlooked and that the Hizmet movement is part of the religious commitment to creating a more just and peaceful society.

The scholars were in Taiwan for an international conference that was held Dec. 8-9 to discuss the Hizmet movement and Gulen's philosophy.