Ozcan Keles Musings of a British Muslim academic activist

Month / October 2016

Geçtiğimiz cumartesi (Ekim 21, 2016), yirmi terörle mücadele polisi Aksaray’da babama ait beş daireli bir apartmana, medya ekibi eşliğinde, baskın düzenledi. Birkaç saat içinde televizyon kanalları dahil otuza yakın medya kuruluşu baskın haberini girdi. Haberi ilk olarak Doğan (DHA) ve İhlas haber ajansları servis etti. DHA ve Hürriyet, haberi ‘’Fetullah Gülen’in sağ kolunun Aksaray’daki villasına […]

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On Saturday, October 21, 2016, twenty anti-terror police accompanied by a news crew raided a block of five flats in Aksaray, Turkey, that belongs to my father, Ömer Keleş. Within an hour, the story featured in no fewer than thirty media outlets, across Turkey. Doğan Media (DHA) and Ihlas News Agency supplied the story to […]

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President Erdogan has shut down 800 Hizmet-inspired schools in Turkey. He asks that foreign governments do the same. So what are these Gülen/Hizmet schools all about? Here I give a brief introduction to these schools, highlight three characteristics about them and offer some critique. Having studied at one of these schools, I draw on my personal […]

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Hurriyet Daily News ran a story titled “Followers discuss who will replace Gülen” based on anonymous “intelligence report prepared by analysts.” If you know the movement, you’ll know from the title of the story that it is fabricated. Any remaining doubts are quickly swept aside when you read the supposed successors. Either HDN’s source is […]

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