• What Erdogan and Khomeini Have in Common

    What Erdogan and Khomeini Have in Common

    The Turkish secular elite who have long feared an Iranian-style theocracy in their own country may finally be seeing the worst of their fears come true. The widespread purges under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan following last month’s failed coup attempt against his government suggest the Turkish state is moving toward authoritarian Islamist rule of the sort that Iran introduced in 1979.
  • A strong message for Erdogan

    A strong message for Erdogan

    Gulen, who has been living in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999, promotes a philosophy that comprises elements of moderate Islam and Sufi mysticism, free-market economics, and interfaith tolerance. That he has a wide following in Turkey (and elsewhere) is not in doubt. As for Erdogan, he can be an Islamist sultan or he can be the democratic leader of a trusted NATO ally. But he can’t be both, and the time has come to make him choose.
  • Turkish evidence for Gulen extradition pre-dates coup attempt

    Turkish evidence for Gulen extradition pre-dates coup attempt

    Turkey’s request for U.S. extradition of self-exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen refers only to his alleged activities before last month’s failed coup attempt, for which the Turks have not yet provided any evidence of his involvement, a senior administration official said.
  • Pro-gov’t daily proudly announces Gulenists put in ‘concentration camp’

    Pro-gov’t daily proudly announces Gulenists put in ‘concentration camp’

    Gulenists under custody as part of an investigation into Turkey’s July 15 coup attempt are kept in a “concentration camp” near Kayseri province, pro-gov’t Turkish news portal Kayseri Haber reported on Aug 13.
  • US Sees No Need to Choose Between Partnership With Turkey, Gulen Extradition

    US Sees No Need to Choose Between Partnership With Turkey, Gulen Extradition

    The United States does not need to choose between its alliance with Turkey and the extradition of Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, US Department of State spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said in a briefing on Thursday.

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