Saturday, December 26, 2015


EXCERPT: "The Fethullah Gulen movement, which seeks to restore the Ottoman Empire, has found a friend and benefactor in Bill Gates of Microsoft fame. Mr. Gates is ranked the third wealthiest person on planet earth.
In 2007, through the Texas High School Project, the Gates Foundation shelled out $10,550,000 to the Cosmos Foundation, a Gulen enterprise that operates 25 publicly funded charter schools in Texas.
The Internal Revenue Service Form 990 for Cosmos shows that the Cosmos Foundation received $41,570,721 from taxpayers.
At present, there are 85 Gulan madrassahs (Islamic schools) in the United States, and all operate with public funding.
At the Gulen schools, students are indoctrinated in Turkish culture, language, and religion so that they may be of service in making Fethullah Gulan’s dream of a universal caliphate a reality. The madrassahs sponsor Turkish clubs, Turkish language societies, Turkish dance groups, and annual trips to Istanbul."

Over the past decade, followers of the mysterious Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen have opened scores of charter schools in the U.S., inspired by a man who is as powerful as he is reclusive. Lesley Stahl reports

Is Your Child Being Trained by an Islamic State?
Published on Dec 14, 2015
The largest Charter School network in the US, receiving over $500 Million in taxpayer money annually is being run by an Islamic cleric, Fetaullah Gulen, exiled from Turkey in 1999 for trying to establish an Islamic State, a transnational caliphate. Is he educating your child? Are you paying for him to educate your neighbor’s children?
We interview filmmaker Mark Hall, producer and director of “Killing Ed”, an investigative documentary on Charter Schools, corruption and the Gulen movement.

Charters, Privatization Of Education & The Gulen Schools In The US: Sharon Higgins Speaks Out
Published on May 13, 2012
The largest charter school chain within the public school system in the United States is run by a secretive Islamic Imam called Fethullah Gulen. His charter school chain is getting tens of millions of dollars from the public for their schools and there are a growing number of examples of systemic corruption and siphoning off public funds into their financial empire.
Sharon Higgins is a researcher and blogger from Oakland, California who became concerned about the growing use of charters to privatize education and began to expose them in her
blog Http://­m.
She discusses her investigation of the Gulen schools, how they operate and the
threat they are to public education in the United States.
Other sites are at
Also more video on these issues at:
Production Of Labor Video Project

Published on Jul 18, 2013
Sharon Higgins, a school parent and researcher on public education and the Gulen schools gave a presentation at a United Public Workers For Action Forum on July 13, 2013 in San Francisco.

Professor Ergil speaks on Gulen Movement
at Boston College
Published on Sep 23, 2013
[Gulen Movement | Prof. Dogu Ergil | Peace Islands Institute | Boston College]

At an event organized by Peace Islands Institute at Boston College, Professor Dogu Ergil speaks on and answers the questions surrounding the Gulen Movement.

In Fethullah Gulen and the Gulen Movement in 100 Questions Ergil addresses the frequently voiced questions regarding Gulen and the movement. Understanding both Fethullah Gulen, a moderate Turkish Muslim scholar, and the Gulen Movement, a global network of volunteers, teachers, students, intellectuals and business people who are inspired by Gulen's philosophy based on dialog and peaceful coexistence, is vital to making any sort of predictions about the direction that Turkey might be headed in the next years. Who is Fethullah Gulen? What is Gulen's world view and what are his fundamental ideas about society and the state? How does Gulen view history and what does he consider the most important events? What are the basic principles of the Gulen Movement? These questions and more are posed and answered in detail in this book.

Dogu Ergil served as a professor of political sociology at Ankara University for more than twenty years; he is currently teaching at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Fatih University in Istanbul. Ergil has worked with various NGOs on developing more effective leadership, conflict management, and creative problem solving. He has won awards for his work in international organizations promoting peace and democracy.

More videos on Fethullah Gulen & Gulen Movement:

Latest news, academic excerpts, commentary, book reviews and interviews on the Hizmet Movement (aka the Gulen Movement) and Fethullah Gulen:

Gulen Movement
An Analysis by Professor Helen Rose Ebaugh

Gulen Movement "Where Is The Money Coming From" Answered By Dr. Ebaugh Who is Fethullah Gulen? What is Gulen Movement? What about Gulen inspired schools? Learn more by watching my unofficial video collection not just from CBS 60 minutes Gulen video.

PBS featured a story on Gulen Movement

Gulen Charter School FOX NEWS 8 Bribery Claims Sexual Misconduct

Gulen Charter School Turkish Principal
Belittles Student for Catholic Religious Beliefs
(We Thought Muslims & Catholics Were Brothers & Sisters)

Gulen Charter Schools A Wolf In Sheep Clothing
CBN NEWS Reports

Gulen Charter Schools raided by FBI - Concept Schools operated by Gulencis
Published on Oct 26, 2014
19 Concept Schools operated by the Gulen Movement have been raided by the FBI (June 2014) This raid was assisted by DOE, FCC under fraud for E Rate Technology Grants. They included 3 states: Ohio, Illinois and Indiana. Ohio having the largest amount of Horizon Science Academies who are no stranger to Visa Fraud, Labor abuses, Low performance. If you are a parent, teacher or member of Cemaat looking to give information please contact your FBI field office. Gulen Movement is heavily tied into politics with layers of NGOS (Non Governmental Organizations) around each school. Learn more here at:http://www.gulencharterschools.weebly...

Gulen Charter School closures and American Politicians
Published on Jun 16, 2012
The Gulen Movement has managed to manipulate the American Education system and now operates over 130 charter schools in the USA. However, they are currently under investigation and have to date had over 95 charter schools denied their renewals, expansion and applications. Many feel they can make it as a private school without all of that money from American Tax Payers, the bond financing and state construction loans for schools.
Every week another of their schools is under investigation, or scrutiny. They cry "victim" or the same old miserable story "We have no connections to Gulen" Yet these connections have paper trails, to Gulen, known Gulen followers and to the web of Gulen front groups around each school.
Educate yourself on this group. http://www.gulencharterschools.weebly...

Fulton Science Academy Shut Down
Gulen Charter School

Should Virginia Taxpayers Fund
a Gulen Charter School?
Published on Dec 13, 2012
This presentation is designed to inform the Loudoun County School Board's consideration of a proposal for a charter school known as the Loudoun Math and Information Technology Academy (or LMITA). For the reasons we'll discuss, however, it has relevance far beyond that Virginia suburb of Washington, D.C.

For more information, see: http://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.or...

Fethullah Gulen Exposed
By Erkan1  |  Posted July 14, 2013  
SEE: below 
in full unedited for informational, educational, and research purposes:

As many as 400 peaceful Turkish origin American protestors poured into the neighborhood of Imam Gulen's compound in Poconos.  They came from all parts of US.  A convoy of around hundred cars jammed the street, Mt Eaton Rd, where the entry to the mansion was.  The police conducted their duties in a very professional manner that earned thanks from some protestors. However, lacking curbside, police did not allow walking on the street, nor standing right in front of the entrance, except for about 10 people, who were very active chanting loud slogans against the Imam.

The protestors argued that he is the most dangerous Islamist on the face of the earth. The group emphasized his influence on the turmoil that Turkey has been facing for the past decade and most recently the brutal attacks by Turkish militia police on ordinary people who have been protesting to prevent Taksim Gezi Park from being converted into a shopping mall. Since then the police - so-called Imam's Army - who was joined by civilians who were supporters of Gulen movement and Erdogan's fascistic regime, has killed at least 5 teenagers or ones in early twenties, who were peacefully demonstrating. Thousands injured including at least 11 people losing eye from tear gas canisters which the police directly aimed at the protestors instead of to the air. The group carried signs commemorating those killed.

"Gulen fled Turkey in 1998 to avoid prosecution on charges that he was attempting to undermine Turkey’s secular government with the objective of establishing an Islamic government."

Few concerned American parents also joined the protestors charging Gulen to fraud Americans through his more than 100 charter schools throughout the US. They said his illegal activities included forcing teachers/employees to pay back certain percentage of their salary to the Movement, called 'Hizmet' in accordance with 'Tuzuk' (, bringing unqualified teachers from Turkey leaving out American teachers in places where unemployment reaches double digits, to teach at charter schools that are funded by American taxpayers. They also claimed one of his schools in Minnesota expelled scores of special-need students.

The group then drove to Saylorsburg city hall to continue the protest. They concluded the daylong event with the decision to file a 520-page criminal complaint.

For more see the following links on Gulen:

Introduction to Gulen charter schools

by C.A.S.I.L.I.P.S. - Citizens Against Special Interest Lobbying in Public Schools CASILIPS on TwitterSlideshare
Note that this website has two companion websites:
A Guide to the Gulen Movement's Activities in the US      and     Gulen in the International Press

What is a Gulen charter school?  

A Gulen charter school is a publicly-funded charter school that was founded and is run by individuals who are secretly followers of a Turkish imam named Fethullah Gulen.  Gulen's followers are called Gulenists, and collectively they form a worldwide covert network called the Gulen Movement.  The key defining feature of Gulen charter schools is that control of the schools' policies and (most importantly) finances lies entirely in the hands of Gulenists.  This allows the Gulenists to use the schools in ways that further the Gulen Movement's goals.  The infiltration of the Gulen Movement into our publicly-funded education system has been made possible by a perfect storm of very lax charter school regulation; the current political climate favoring expansion of charter schools; the Gulenists' unparalleled skills at marketing, deception, and intimidation; the presence of influential sympathizers in our government and in academia; and an extreme reluctance on the part of many journalists, academicians and government officials to involve themselves in this issue for fear they might be labeled as Islamophobic or xenophobic.

Where are the Gulen charter schools, and how many are there?

The list of names of Gulen charter schools currently in operation in the US is given here at our companion site, which is about the Gulen Movement.  Another blogger is also keeping count of the number of schools.  At last count (Jan 12, 2014) 139 are currently in operation, in 26 different states, and the Gulenists are actively proposing and founding new ones (at least 18 are currently in the works, and another 121 are known to have been attempted but never materialized).

What sort of information can I find here?

One of the most controversial aspects of these schools has been the public denials made by Gulenist administrators that there is any connection with the Gulen Movement.  Many of the pages here are compilations of evidence that a strong connection exists.  Other pages explore additional issues of concern about these publicly-funded schools.  Our companion site, A Guide to the Gulen Movement's Activities in the US, has more information about the Gulen Movement in general, as the charter schools are only one aspect of this movement's growing influence in our country and around the world.  For updates, follow CASILIPS on Twitter.

What are the characteristics of Gulen charter schools?

The following characteristics apply to nearly all of the over 100 Gulen charter schools across the country.  Some exceptions exist; for example, the Young Scholars of Central Pennsylvania charter school appears to emphasize languages instead of the usual math/science emphasis.  Some of the newer Harmony schools in Texas have names suggesting themes such as art, nature or political science.  Nevertheless, there are strong commonalities among all these schools.

  • Emphasis on math 
  • School advertised as emphasizing science, yet laboratory facilities are inferior to comparable schools and science classes have minimal or nonexistent experimental component
  • Small select group of students receives intense math coaching and attends numerous math competitions, including Mathcounts; awards generate much positive publicity for school
  • Free after-school tutoring; in a few cases Gulenist teachers tutor in students' homes
  • Automated online information system for students' grades and assignments is highly touted as allowing for parental involvement, yet system is not kept current, and may be inconsistent, inaccurate or difficult to navigate
  • Emphasis on science fairs; for most students science project is mandatory
  • Students encouraged to participate in ISWEEEP (Gulenist-run science fair); hotel stay in Houston paid by school.  Similar for the GENIUS competition in Oswego.
  • Students have much higher chance of winning awards at Gulenist competitions (ISWEEEP, GENIUS, others) than students from schools unaffiliated with the Gulen Movement
  • Robotics clubs; participation in robotics competitions
  • Home visits offered to all families
  • Major emphasis on awards, mostly won by small fraction of the students
  • Unusually high scores on standardized tests, even with very challenging student demographics
  • Classes divided according to ability in math
  • Turkish language classes; Turkish mandatory in some grade levels; very limited selection of foreign language classes besides Turkish
  • Turkish culture emphasis, e.g., Turkish dance clubs
  • School-sponsored Turkey trips
  • Large number of Turkish/Turkic teachers
  • Participation of students in Turkish Language Olympics
  • Unusually high number of H1B visa applications
  • Many teachers have poor English skills
  • High teacher turnover
  • Gulenist teachers spend unusual amounts of time with students in extracurricular activities or socializing
  • Sleepovers, especially for select group of students participating in math competitions
  • In communications with parents, school awards and achievements are relentlessly emphasized and not put into perspective relative to other non-Gulenist schools
  • Chronic problems with special education compliance
  • Turkish/Turkic teachers and administrators have no work experience in education outside of the Gulen school network
  • School not under local control
  • Application forms are excessively detailed, requiring information that legally cannot be used to determine admission
  • Relentless promotion of school through frequent press releases 
  • Press releases and news articles emphasize the activities of small group of students in after-school clubs or extracurricular activities; no mention that most students do not participate in these activities and have a very different experience in the regular classroom
  • Continual courting of public officials by administration
  • School administration nearly exclusively Gulenist males of Turkish or Turkic ethnicity
  • Hiring practices favor Gulenists over equally qualified American teachers or administrators
  • Achievements of female teachers minimized or ignored
  • Opportunities for career development much greater for Gulenist teachers and administrators than for American employees
  • Parental involvement encouraged in principle, but steered towards fundraising and supporting school; administration is authoritarian while attempting to appear otherwise
  • Character education classes
  • School inaccurately claims to have few or no discipline or bullying problems
  • Gulenist teachers often highly inexperienced in classroom management
  • In some schools, excessive use of out-of-school suspensions for discipline
  • No trained school counselors
  • School uniforms required; must be purchased from school
  • Dwindling enrollment with each successive year of high school
  • Sophisticated school security systems in established schools
  • In geographical areas where chain of schools has been established, flagship school is usually of higher quality
  • Administrators persistently deny any connection to Gulen and the Gulen Movement, despite massive evidence showing this connection
  • Administrators persistently deny Connections to the nationwide network of Gulen charter schools and worldwide network of Gulen schools, despite massive evidence showing this connection

Who Is Behind The Privatization Of Education:Gates, Broad, KIPP, Pearson, WestEd & The Gulen Schools
Published on Aug 5, 2012
Who Is Behind The Privatization Of Education: Education, Privatization, Bill Gates, Broad, KIPP, Pearson, EdWest And The Gulen Schools.
A massive national and international organized plan to privatize education has been implemented over several decades. Billionaires, such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Broad Foundation and the Pearson corporation among others, have infiltrated hundreds of governmental bodies including school boards, city councils and our local, state and regional governments. They seek to turn our education system into a profit center worth tens of billions of dollars. This also includes the Gulen Islamic cult led by Imam Fethullah Gulen, which runs the largest chain of charters in the United States funded by public money. We will also look at the criminal conflicts that have allowed politicians to personally benefit from using their public positions to profit from their votes and actions. This forum will look at how this has come about, who did it, how it is affecting us and who is profiting from it at the cost of public education and finally how to stop this attack on our public education system.
Madeline Mueller, Professor SF City College, AFT2121
Susan Miesenhelder, CFA CSU Longbeach
Kathleen Carroll, Lawyer and Whistleblower At Commission On Teacher Credentialing
Bruce Neuberger, AFT 4681 San Mateo Adult School
Sharon Higgins, Researcher and Blogger On Charters, Parents Across America
Danny Weil, Journalist and author on charters & privatization
For further information go to:
The Privatization Assault On Community Colleges-Interview With Lawyer Kathleen Carroll
Production of Labor Video Project
Sponsored By United Public Workers For Action



Estimates are that there are 300 Gulen schools in Turkey and 1,000 worldwide


Arrangement Between Gülen Schools
And The CIA Exposed!
Published on Jan 10, 2016
A memoir by a top former Turkish intelligence official claims that a worldwide moderate Islamic movement based in Pennsylvania has been providing cover for the CIA since the mid-1990s.

The memoir, roughly rendered in English as “Witness to Revolution and Near Anarchy,” by retired Turkish intelligence official Osman Nuri Gundes, says the religious-tolerance movement, led by an influential former Turkish imam by the name of Fethullah Gulen, has 600 schools and 4 million followers around the world.
* Joe Biggs Report