In Turkey, president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, continues to purge sectors of Turkish society after a failed coup attempt.
Yesterday, he fired over 200 employees of state-controlled Turkish Airlines and as many as 60,000 of the military, journalists police judges, teachers, political opponents and other civil servants have been sacked, suspended or detained.
Ankara also continues to insist on the extradition of cleric Fetullah Gülen from the United States. He stands accused of orchestrating the coup attempt. In a New York Times Op-Ed, yesterday Gulen wrote: “Not only does Mr. Erdogan’s suggestion run afoul of everything I believe in, it is also irresponsible and wrong.”
We hear from Chicago supporters of Gülen’s Hizmet movement. Azam Nizamuddin is an attorney and adjunct professor in the Department of Theology at Loyola University of Chicago, where he teaches courses on Islamic thought and history and Scott Alexander is associate professor of Islamic Studies and director of Catholic-Muslim Studies at Catholic Theological Union. They answer the charges and level their own accusation at Erdogan.