Friday, June 15, 2012

Why Americans should learn about the Gulen movement

Beyond the issues with the Gulen movement’s stealth acquisition of the operation of the largest network of U.S. charter schools (as reported by CBS News 60 Minutes, The New York Times, and elsewhere), Americans should also become aware of the influence of this cult in Turkey.* A great deal has been written about the increased power of the Gulen movement in Turkey, its connection to the rise of political Islam there, and the GM's relationship to the AKP, Turkey's ruling party. All of this bears close watching. Please watch this excellent report from Worldfocus, a production of WNET, and read some of the following pieces about the social shifts.