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I am appalled by the accusation of Turkey's president, Mr. Erdogan, singling out Rev. Fethullah Gülen as instigator of the recent military putsch. I am appalled because I am familiar with the work of this Turkish sage, have studied his thought and learned how he understands his mission in society.
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Family hasn't heard from him or his wife.
Canada has expressed sharp concerns over Turkey's imposition of a three-month state of emergency.
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"Any ground intervention in Syria, without the consent of the Syrian government, will be considered an aggression that should be resisted by every Syrian citizen."
Turkey held an election this past June and the AKP (remember, they've been in power since 2002) did not win a majority. Coalition talks were a bust, so a new election had to happen. It looked like Turkish voters were making a statement against Erdogan and his party in this election. But this time the AKP's I'm the strong man who can protect you message successfully swayed Turkish voters.
Many in the AKP and the Republican People's Party (Turkey's largest opposition party, known as the CHP) have long argued that the Gulen movement is a cult. Given their shadowy, cultish characterization, they've been accused of running the show behind the scenes, in selected professional circles, while excluding outsiders.
Anti-government protests raged on in Istanbul today, even after the deputy prime minister issued an apology for "excessive force" used by police against demonstrators. The protests, the biggest in Tu...