Republic of Turkey Targets Houston-Based Charter School by Kiah Collier May 19, 2016 The Texas Tribune
The Republic of Turkey, where President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is waging a well-documented war against critics, hired London-based Amsterdam & Partners last fall “to conduct a global investigation into the activities of the organization led by moderate Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen,” according to the firm’s website. Gulen is a reclusive Turkish expatriate living in Pennsylvania whom news reports have linked to Harmony and other U.S. charter schools. Harmony, which focuses on science and math education, is the second-largest charter network in the United States and the largest in Texas. It operates 46 schools here where nearly 31,000 students are enrolled.
Looks like the warning signs were flying high!
U.S.-Based Cleric Fethullah Gulen Blamed by Erdogan in Turkey Coup. NBC News JUL 16 2016, 2:21 AM ET
When elements of Turkey’s military attempted a coup Friday night, the Turkish government accused a cleric living in exile in Pennsylvania of being involved in the turmoil.
“Turkey won’t be frightened with this kind of uprising and Turkey cannot be governed from Pennsylvania,” President Tayyip Erdogan said after arriving in Istanbul’s airport early Saturday.
“They were being told what to do from Pennsylvania,” Erdogan said of those involved in the coup. Turkish officials also blamed the attempted coup on followers of the cleric, Fethullah Gulen.