What went wrong with Turkey?

What went wrong with Turkey There are more than 50 thousand individuals under arrest in Turkey facing charges of attempting to topple the state with a coup attempt on July 15, 2016. Among them are a NASA scientist, a Christian Pastor, a deceased prosecutor, and the directors of the Amnesty International who, according to the government, plotted with new mothers, teachers, journalists, writers, and doctors for this uprising.

Unfortunately, this is not a tall tale nor is it a dark comedy; these people are now behind bars on charges of being a member of a terrorist organization.

In this Special Issue 2017, The Fountain covers the sad story of this unprecedented crackdown. While debunking the coup narrative of the Turkish government, this issue also explains how Turkey has undergone a devolution from once a hopeful Muslim-majority democracy to a tyrannical regime under one-man rule, and how the Hizmet Movement has been victimized as the scapegoat.

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Editorial The Fountain
What Really Happened in Turkey on July 15, 2016? Yüksel A. Aslandoğan, PhD
On Violence, Power, and Peace in Turkey’s Most Disastrous Year Philip Clayton, PhD
A Meditation on Persecution Jon Pahl, PhD
“Have You No Sense of Decency?”: An Open Letter to Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Peter A. Cohen, PhD
Purge, Persecution, and the Imperative to Stand with the Innocent in Turkey Scott C. Alexander, PhD
Erdoğan’s Most Vulnerable Victims: Women and Children Sophia Pandya, PhD
The Gülen Community - Who to Believe – Politicians or Actions? Thomas Michel, PhD
Turkey’s Coup That Was Never a Coup Ori Z. Soltes
Was Turkey’s Coup For Real? David L. Phillips, PhD
Turkey: A State Under One-Man Rule Anwar Alam, PhD
Civil Liberties in the Throes of Turkish Authoritarianism Zaman Stanizai, PhD
Judicial Independence No More Talip Aydın, PhD
Erdoğan’s Fight against the Gülen Movement and The Demise of Turkish State Rationality Sage Chen
No Return from Democracy Faruk Mercan
What On Earth Has Gone So Wrong in Turkey? Greg Barton, PhD
The Hizmet Movement of Fethullah Gülen and the Common Good – A Perspective from the UK Rev. Dr. Ian G. Williams
Making a positive, wonderful difference in the world, Hizmet embraces the entire human family Imam Omar Shakir
Fethullah Gülen is one of the most distinguished Islamic scholars of our century Shaykh Muhammad Fathi Hijazi
Hizmet is a true embodiment of the Islamic ideals of love and service to the other Ahmed Rehab
Categories of Human Rights Violations Committed Under the State of Emergency The Fountain