by Scott Creighton
UPDATE: Oh look. The brave “freedom fighters” in Syria are women… and KURDS… says Huffington Post (target demographic? what do you think?)
UPDATE: Just a reminder:ISIS™ Oil Continues to Flow to Israel While Turkish Stream Pipeline Deal Appears Dead
I’m starting to hate Steve Lendman.
Today Steve is screeching about Turkey shutting down more “free speech” because they targeted 3 CIA-linked publications, all owned by the same Gulenist corporation, for trying to destabilize the freely elected political party that is in power right now.
“Press freedom in Turkey is pure fantasy. Media operations critical of state policies risk regime takeover.
Independent journalists reporting information authorities want suppressed risk arrest, prosecution, imprisonment or assassination.
Last Friday’s takeover of Zaman and its English language Today’s Zaman edition was a serious blow to press freedom. World community and Western media reaction was deplorably mute.
Scant coverage followed Erdogan’s latest outrage. The New York Times and Wall Street Journal ignored his takeover of independent Cihan news agency…
Istanbul-based Cihan was Turkey’s only independent news agency, part of Feza Publications, owner of Zaman until regime takeover.” Steve Lendman
Only a fool or a liar would classify Zaman, Today’s Zaman and Cihan News Agency as “independent” media outlets.
As Lendman himself states, they are all part of the same organization, an organization dedicated to regime change in Turkey. And also dedicated to one, Fethullah Gulen, a long time CIA asset and free marketeer who lives here in the states until he can be successfully embedded back in Turkey.
Feza Publications Inc. (Feza Gazetecilik A.Ş) is a Turkish media conglomerate established in 1986. It owns the Zaman and Today’s Zaman newspapers, the Cihan News Agency, and the magazine Aksiyon, as well the book publisher Zaman Kitap.
Here’s a little background on Mr. Gulen (H/T Penny) who runs a bunch of neoliberal charter schools and has SERIOUS CIA connections:
Turkish preacher named Fethullah Gülen has been living in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania since 1999. Despite not having an education goes beyond the 5th grade, he has several hundred educational organizations such as K–12 schools, universities, and language schools (mostly English) that have been established around the world, mainly Central Asia, Caucasus, Balkans, and including U.S.A.
How did he receive his US residency status while he was ‘wanted’ by the –then- Turkish Government, is still a mystery. Now, this man owns and operates charter schools in USA –through various foundations- despite the fact his Madrasas were outlawed in countries like Russia and Uzbekistan. His schools were under investigation in the Netherlands. Plus, the origin of his immense wealth, which he used to open and operate these schools all over the world, is unclear.
A former CIA station chief in Kabul and the author of “The Future of Political Islam,” Graham Fuller was one of Gulen’s official references in Gulen’s Green Card application, along with another ex-CIA George Fidas and former U.S. ambassador to Turkey Morton Abromovitz, after Gulen rushed to U.S.A. from Turkey in 1999. It is curious how and why an Imam from Turkey had this sort of connections in U.S.A.
Ex-CIA Graham Fuller who served 15 years as an intelligence officer in various countries of the Middle East and Asia, wrote a book about Turkey, titled “The New Turkish Republic: Turkey as a Pivotal State in the Muslim World”, published in 2008. In his book, he fervently promotes the idea of “Moderate Islam”. The problem is, the man he helped escape to U.S.A. by providing references, Fethullah Gulen, was anything but a “moderate.”
Fuller was deeply involved in Afghanistan in the 1980s, encouraged the Reagan administration to begin arming Iran against Iraq during their slugfest, and suggested to the Clinton administration that it should use Muslims to further US interests in Central Asia. ” Progressive Press, April 2013
There are many other sources which expose Gulen’s CIA background and the insidious nature of his growing influence here and in Turkey and elsewhere across the Muslim world where his for-profit schools teach young Muslim children to love the West’s neoliberal, free market ideology.
- Exclusive: FBI Whistleblower and Teacher Expose Islamic Gülen Movement Infiltrating U.S. Through Charter Schools
- What is Fethullah Gülen’s real mission?
- Is Fethullah Gulen Working for the CIA?
- Tajikistan to discontinue CIA puppet Fethullah Gulen ‘schools’ citing ‘shadowy mission’
Turns out Gulen’s “moderate” schools where they teach the love of neoliberal Mammon, are actually Salafist schools, which makes sense because that’s the far, far right wing Mammon worshiping sect of REAL radical Islam… aka Nusra and “ISIS” et al.
Also turns out, Tajikistan is not the only nation to have banned Gulen schools and kicked their “teachers” and students to the curb:
A memoir by former head of Turkish intelligence, Osman Nuri Gundes, claims that Fethullah Gülen’s worldwide Islamic movement based in Pennsylvania has been providing cover for the CIA since the mid-1990s, and that in the 90s, the movement “sheltered 130 CIA agents” at its schools in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan alone. 
Gülen schools in Russian Chechnya and Dagestan regions, both locations of fanatical Jihadists since 1991, were ultimately banned by Putin. The Russian government has banned all Gülen schools and the activities of the Gülen-linked Nurcu sect in Russia. Over 20 Turkish followers of Gülen were deported from Russia in 2002-2004.” Voltaire
How about that? Putin himself banned all things Gulen from the whole of Russia because he knew they were manufacturing terrorists in his country and of course, we all know the CIA just happens to be in that business themselves, right?
So you can argue about Erdogan all you want but what you can’t do is say any of those 3 publications (there are hundreds in Turkey? thousands?) are “independent”. That’s a laugh. Or a lie. However you want to look at it.
Thus, I’m starting to hate Steve Lendman.
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