Is Fethullah Gulen Turkey’s own Trotsky?

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A handout picture provided by Turkish President Press office shows, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaking during his rally in Istanbul, Turkey, midnight 18 July 2016.

Is Fethullah Gulen Turkey’s own Trotsky?


While the coup in Turkey was still underway, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan knew, with a remarkable degree of precision, who was responsible. He blamed Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish cleric who heads a philosophical movement that promotes interfaith dialogue, and who has been living in self-imposed exile in the United States since 1999.

In fact, the past year has been marked by various kinds of attacks against real or supposed Gulen friends, followers and institutions in Turkey. For insta...


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