The Secret Confessions of a Closet Gulenist

In my line of work, you come to expect a wide variety of defamatory attacks, threats, and harassment. I’ve been arrested by Putin’s police in Moscow, dodged sniper bullets in Bangkok (or close enough for my tastes), and been pressured in not-so-subtle ways from Caracas to Lagos. But what’s been interesting about the latest round […]

Pattern of Deception in Gülen-Linked Charter Schools in Texas

A must-read column from Sharon Higgins in the Huffington Post raises urgent questions about the pattern of alleged fraud and deception taking place among the Texas charter schools known to be linked to Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen. At what point will the authorities turn down all the political donations from the Gülenists and take action […]

Kaliforniya Eyaleti Gülen Bağlantılı Magnolia Sözleşmeli Okulları’nı Soruşturmak Üzere Göreve Çağrıldı

LOS ANGELES, 17 Şubat 2016 – Kaliforniya Eğitim Dairesi’ni, şu anda Kaliforniya’da 11 aktif sözleşmeli (charter) okul işletmekte olan “Magnolia Public Schools” sözleşmeli okul ağının mali uygulamaları hakkında tam bir soruşturma yapmak üzere göreve davet eden Kaliforniya Tektip Şikayet Usulleri’ne (UCP) uygun resmi bir şikayet yapıldı. İlgili Kaliforniya vergi mükellefleri Dr. José Moreno ve Tina […]

State of California Urged to Investigate Gülen-linked Magnolia Charter Schools

The following press release was distributed to media on Tuesday, February 16, 2016: LOS ANGELES, February 16, 2016 – A formal complaint has been issued under the California Uniform Complaint Procedure (“UCP”) urging the California Department of Education to conduct a full investigation into the financial practices of the Magnolia Public Schools charter school network, […]

Robert Amsterdam on Emerging Markets in The Lawyers Weekly

Canadian publication The Lawyers Weekly has published a contribution from Robert Amsterdam on doing business in emerging markets in their upcoming August 21 edition. An adapted excerpt can be found below. For lawyers representing clients’ interests in challenging environments, some basic changes of mentality must be embraced. Firstly, too many international lawyers are quick to […]

Edward Snowden and the Strategy of Tension

It has been a little more than two years since the whistleblower Edward Snowden’s first leaks of classified National Security Agency (NSA) documents revealing unchecked mass surveillance practices by the U.S. government, and it is safe to say that we now live in a totally different world. The core questions first raised by the Snowden […]

Venezuela’s Deepening Legal Nihilism

Not that many people are paying attention outside of the region, but Venezuela is quickly approaching the precipice of disaster. At 68% inflation, the country ranks among the worst performing economies in the world outside of Sudan. Unemployment, debt, unchecked violence and insecurity, and widespread shortages of basic goods ($755 condoms) are drawing comparisons with […]

Venezuela and the Limits of Sanctions

As the a new sanctions bill against specifically targeted Venezuelan government officials has now cleared both houses of the legislature (a rare event indeed) and is headed to President Barack Obama’s desk for signing, a wide range of reactions have come forward, from conspiracy mongering to the familiar cries of imperial oppression. While sanctions are […]

Historical Memory in Thailand and Guatemala

Guatemala and Thailand share a fascinating common history of repeated, violent military coups and heavy U.S. involvement as a result of the Cold War, creating a lingering distortion in each nation’s political culture

American Censorship

Any citizen who voted for President Barack Obama hoping for some change and improvement to the culture of secrecy of his predecessor should be sorely disappointed. According to a new data analysis by the Associated Press, last year the Obama administration invoked more exceptions to the Freedom of Information Act than any other government in […]