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June 08, 2011

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The wife of the assistant director of the Niagara Foundation is employed by Caterpillar. That may, or may not, be connected to how Caterpillar got into the Gulen charter school business.

Caterpillar was featured quite prominently in "Shadow of the Holy Book," about the Turkmenistani dictator Saparmurat Niyazov's crazy Ruhnama book. It's worth your time to watch this fascinating documentary.
http://www.youtube.com/user/shadowoftheholybook

Even more prominently featured in that film is Ahmet Calik of Calik Holding who is a close associate of Turkey's Gulenist-supported prime minister Erdogan.

It so happens that a person who went on to become a very high ranking Gulenist in the US (founder and president of the Texas' Institute of Interfaith Dialog, Fountain magazine author, etc.) worked as a ministerial advisor to Niyazov and translated his book for him. For this he was given an award for cultural service to Turkmenistan in 2001.

Now, if you know anything about Niyazov, you'd wonder why someone representing a group which claims to promote peace, tolerance, and dialog would want to brag about their connection to that dictator. But this tidbit is oddly featured in this person's bio when he speaks at Gulen movement events, perhaps to impress people who don't know a thing about Niyazov.

http://www.fethullahgulenconference.org/houston/speakers.php

Niyazov was an interesting character.
“When a Kleptocratic, Megalomanûacal Dictator Goes Bad.” (NY Times, Jan. 5, 2003) http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/05/magazine/when-a-kleptocratic-megalomanuacal-dictator-goes-bad.html
“Turkmenbashi Everywhere: If You Think Saddam Was Fond Of Himself, Visit Turkmenistan” (CBS’s 60 Minutes, Jan. 4, 2004) http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/12/31/60minutes/main590913.shtml

FYI, Caterpillar is involved with mining of the untapped deposits in western Turkey and Central Asia, a region which the Gulenists immediately headed into after the dissolution of the USSR. This was where they opened their first schools outside of Turkey, motivated by a desire to reclaim a presence in lands which were once part of the Ottoman Empire. This is how, it is theorized by some, the CIA first became involved with the Gulenists and their efforts.

About Caterpillar & Calik
http://www.miningtopnews.com/anatolia-announces-strategic-relationship-with-calik-mining.html

About Gulen schools in Central Asia
http://www.religioscope.com/info/articles/007_fetullahci.htm

About the CIA and the Gulen movement
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/spy-talk/2011/01/islamic_group_is_cia_front_ex-.html#more

The NY Times has done a great service by introducing this topic to the American public. It's up to everyone else to dig up and analyze the rest.

FYI, the principal's real last name is Karatas, not Blackstone. Karatas is not difficult to pronounce at all, so this might just be more of the usual Gulenist evasiveness and strategic ambiguity.

Thanks!

So basically, taxpayers are subsidizing a subversive organization.

http://gulencharterschoolsusa.blogspot.com/2011/03/gulen-charter-school-quest-academy.html

Without a doubt Quest Academy in Peoria, IL is ran by and part of of the Gulen Movement. One of the features of this group is to constantly deny affilation with Gulen, they are sworn and taught to keep secrets at an early age.
They will lie, cajole, blackmail, manipulate, intimidate, threaten to get their way which is expansionism of the movement and schools. If they don't get their way they play victim with"islamophobia" "xenophobia" or a new word they created "Hizmetophobia"
make no mistakes about it, they are the ones that are prejudice and want to only hire Turkish (Usually male) teachers and only members of their groups, not to mention the turkish culture that is thrusted upond unsuspecting American children.

Peoria, IL needs to investigate how many local politicians, academia or business leaders were sent on a FREE trip to Turkey. Check your local interfaith dialog groups that are started and manipulated by Gulen followers. It is not about dialog, that would be communication...these Interfaith Gulen dinners are a sales job on the Gulen Movement and exiled Islamic Imam Fethullah Gulen and his teachings.
Follow the money trail.
http://www.gulenpoliticians.blogspot.com

So does Quest Academy do participate in the Gulen Turkish Olympiad?

They will lie, cajole, blackmail, manipulate, intimidate, threaten to get their way which is expansionism of the movement and schools. If they don't get their way they play victim with"islamophobia" "xenophobia" or a new word they created "Hizmetophobia"
make no mistakes about it, they are the ones that are prejudice and want to only hire Turkish (Usually male) teachers and only members of their groups, not to mention the turkish culture that is thrusted upond unsuspecting American children.

Perhaps this is not some subversive conspiracy. Perhaps those associated with Gulen in the U.S. are Anglicizing their names and minimizing connections to the Middle East because of American paranoia regarding anything even remotely related to Islam. The commentary here provides more than ample evidence of that paranoia. One can also look at what happened to Feisal Abdul Rauf, a moderate or even liberal Muslim who has served as an emissary of American interests in the Muslim world. Rauf was mercilessly demonized in the uproar over the Park51 "Ground Zero Mosque" project in New York.

Gulen is a Muslim theologian, but he lives in the United States, has unequivocally condemned terrorism, and espouses interfaith cooperation between Muslims, Jews & Christians. He is an advocate of education & scientific inquiry. I'm sorry, but Gulen just doesn't fit the mold of evil mastermind IMO. Hizmet, the central concept of the Gulen organization that "cheap customized jerseys" mocks above, is the idea of service to the common good. Gosh, that sounds EVIL. (Eyes rolling)

If you want to criticize charter schools, do it on their merits as educational facilities. The CREDO study out of Stanford showed that while 17% of charter schools do perform significantly better than traditional public schools, 37% do WORSE and the rest break even. These insinuations of some shadowy organization attempting to Islamicize our youth are a ridiculous distraction. I'm surprised to see a liberal like Elaine Hopkins playing into the hands of right-wing conservative Islamophobes.

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