(The man speaking is Steve Zeltzer, who appears to be a well-known labor activist in California, addressing the elected board of the Fremont Unified School District in Fremont, California. They voted to reject a proposal by an aggressive Gulen-linked chain, Magnolia "Public" Schools.) I'm trying to think of a place where he got it wrong, but I can't. He's basically right. We are now at a point where the conflict between Erdogan and Gulen is playing out in the board meetings of American public school districts. It seems pretty likely to me that when Gulenists move on a community in the future, the Turkish government is going to send in lawyers. While I don't care for the Turkish government, and I don't wish it success in its clampdown on Turkish society general and the Gulen Movement in particular, I'm okay with the exposure here in the States. I frankly think we'd be lucky if this conflict plays out in boardrooms rather than on the street; Erdogan and Gulen are powerful men with many enemies. I think you can legitimately critique some of the details of Mr. Zeltzer's short speech; for example, I don't think Gulen is personally running the various charter school networks. It doesn't work that way. But he's definitely surrounded by the men who are, and he's absolutely the center of gravity for the universe in which these men operate, and their basic objective is to increase the power, wealth, and influence of the Movement.
SAYLORSBURG, Pennsylvania (AP) - The influential Muslim cleric lives quietly on a gated 26-acre compound in the Pocono Mountains, where he prays, works, meets admirers and watches from afar as terrorism accusations that have landed him on Turkey's most-wanted list unfold in court. Rarely seen in public, Fethullah Gulen has long been one of
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