There is not a day that we don’t see a news article or a column about Hizmet (Service) Movement inspired by Fethullah Gulen. Some of these appear with sensational headlines like “Hidden Agenda” or “Grand Ambition” of Gulen Movement and get refuted by many officials and scholars. There are so many different claims and opinions about Hizmet movement that the actual agenda of the movement is really lost in that noise. This short note is to point out the obvious fact that the actual agenda of the movement is hidden in its very name “Hizmet (Service)”.
To be or not to be... ..that would appear to be the question - to paraphrase Shakespeare. But what is it that it is to be? Here I am referring to the concept of what it takes or means to be a Gulen inspired organization. Can anyone profess to start a Gulen inspired organization? Can anyone label anything, any person or any organization - public, private or otherwise - as Gulen inspired? The short answer is no. Of course not! The ethos of and duty of individuals that have been inspired Fethullah Gulen’s ideas really needs to be evaluated.
Even though he claims himself as a PhD, anyone can easily understand when he/she reads his pieces that it is literally impossible for him to be a PhD. The quality of his writing, the choice of his wording, and the way he argues something cannot belong to academics that support his/her arguments with proofs or reasonable examples. In addition even though you spend hours on the web, you can’t find even a single academic paper of him. He only writes lies about Fethullah Gulen and Gulen Movement. I am sure he milks the money because of the crappy papers that he wrote but this is not the topic of today’s article.
It has been easily observed that in the last couple of months, the number of articles, which have been published on Gulen Movement, in the pro-PKK, pro-KCK media has significantly increased. The authors in these media organizations, who have been complaining from the deep state brutality for years, are in parallel line with the deep state when the issue comes to the Gulen Movement. In fact, they argue that the KCK arrestments are done in order to weaken organizations and structures (NGOs, BDP etc), which are rivals to the Gulen movement in southeast Anatolia. This is the silliest argument I have ever heard in the last couple of years.
The World Wide Web is a fascinating place; there is an awe inspiring amount of information and disinformation. There are things that seem pretty out of place; there are lies and baseless allegations as well as good information. How does one differentiate fallacies from correct information? Finding truth on the web is dependent upon one’s ability to spot disinformation and dig deeper in order to reach to the bottom of things.
I recently came across a webpage called Kurdish Aspect at http://www.kurdishaspect.com. As the name implies, this website is about Kurdish news and Kurdish views (this is actually their subtitle). There is a ton of news and articles about the Kurdish issues around the world, particularly in Turkey. The site has many contributors, but one of those, a fella named Dr. Aland Mizell, seems more worried about the American Education System then the Kurdish issue itself. Puzzled? I am too.
I know you are pretty angry with me, and yes, I exactly remember the reason to it. But, come on, it's been 28 years. You, an old lady at her 89, should have forgotten this a long time ago. You even do not remember my name, but at the same time have never left that cursed memory of my teenage hood behind. Besides, you've never admitted but it was also your fault. Who asked you o cook 'falafel' at home? Any teenager whose grandma cooks falafel would naturally call 911, right?! I was scared that you were preparing something to blow somewhere up. The 'thing' you were cooking sounded too much eastern and was just threatening. Wasn't it normal for a kid like me to get afraid?
I assume those, who can read this article, are familiar with the new way of living; a life-changing and dominating new type of doing business, communication, shopping and etc. This new paradigm is composed of three letters that have never been used this much before: w, w and w. The new reality has its own rules, own rights and own wrongs. The most important point here, which has the potential to cause far bigger ones in near future is that to what extent this new, virtual reality matches the real reality of real life.
A Turkish ex-intelligence officer's recent defamation campaign claiming that the Gulen Movement has been providing cover for the CIA since the mid-1990s is refuted by former US officials. Jeff Stein of the Washington Post has devoted his column, Spy Talk, this week to a hot debate going on in Turkey. What sparked the debate was a memoir by a former Turkish Intelligence Officer, Nuri Gundes. In his memoir, Gundes alleged that the movement sheltered 130 CIA agents at its schools in Central Asia. Post's Stein talked to former CIA officers about the accusations and asked them about their take on the issue. Stein says "Two ex-CIA officials with long ties to Central Asia cast doubt on Gundes’s charges.