January 20, 2017


Over 5,500 Academics Dismissed from Positions in Turkey since Rule of Law Suspended

Scholars At Risk report that the pressure on Turkish academics has persisted into the 2017 as a new decree was issued dismissing over 600 scholars and more than 100 administrative personnel from higher level educational institutions. Pressures on Turkey's Scholars Renewed in the New Year On January 6, state authorities issued a decree ordering the dismissal of 631 academic personnel and  … continue reading >>

NASA Scientist Still Held in Turkey for Alleged Coup Involvement

Serkan Golge, a 36-year-old physicist and research scientist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the United States, has been detained in Turkey since August of last year, and charged with involvement with the Gülen movement and the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). No credible evidence has been presented to back up these charges. In the absence of evidence, Mr.  … continue reading >>

Professor of Law and Former Head of Sociology Department at Gediz University Arrested

Dr. İştar Gözaydın, a professor of law and politics and former head of the Department of Sociology at Gediz University, was relieved of her position at Gediz University in Turkey. She was then arrested in December when Gediz University was closed in July under the current “State of Emergency”. Dr. Gözaydın was arrested on December 28, and charged with being a member of an armed terror  … continue reading >>

Political Science Professor and Former Member of Parliament Arrested

Dr. Merera Gudina, a political science professor who is also a former Member of Parliament and a leader in asserting the political interests of the Oromo people of Ethiopia, was arrested on November 30 upon his return to Ethiopia after a meeting at the European Parliament. We believe he was detained because of his association at that meeting with Olympic marathon silver-medalist Feyisa Lilesa  … continue reading >>

Dr. Hasan Arif, 70-year-old Retired Philosophy Professor, Detained in Pakistan

Dr. Hasan Zafar Arif has been detained in Pakistan for allegedly "inciting public disorder". He has not had legal representation or medical care since his arrest at the Karachi Press Club in October 2016. Dr. Arif has a heart condition, and his health is at risk.  … continue reading >>

Raif Badawi Has Written a Book

Raif Badawi, a blogger who was sentenced to flogging by the Saudi Arabian government, has written and published a book of his writings called 1000 Lashes.  It is available at some libraries and on Amazon.  … continue reading >>

MLA to Vote to Boycott Israeli Universities; CCS Opposes

The Modern Language Association (MLA) is set to vote on a boycott of Israeli academic institutions.  CCS strongly opposes any academic boycotts.  Such an action closes movement in the direction of tolerance,  investigative thought and the promotion of new ideas.  CCS urges the participants at the Delegate Assembly to oppose such an action and to vote against such a boycott, in Israel and anywhere  … continue reading >>

Al-Halwachi Hearing on December 29th After Being Rescheduled for the 20th Time

Khalil al-Halwachi, a Bahrainian professor arrested in 2014, is scheduled to have a hearing today, after having it postponed for the 20th time.  CCS has requested that a representative of the U.S. Embassy be present to observe the trial and assure that he is granted due process and a proper trial.  … continue reading >>

Turkish Professors Suffer While Erdogan Imprisons Them Without Trial | Washington Examiner

By EUGENE CHUDNOVSKY • 11/29/16 12:01 On July 26, Gursel Duzenli, a popular professor of engineering at Sakarya University, was eating at his home in Turkey with his wife and three children. Suddenly, a swarm of police officers flooded the house. For four hours they searched the house and garden for evidence of contact with the organization of Fethullah Gullen, a Turkish religious and political  … continue reading >>

SCIENCE STUDIO: Interview with Zafra Lerman | KTEP

Listen to an interview with Committee of Concerned Scientists' Board Member Zafra Lerman on KTEP El Paso's SCIENCE STUDIO.  … continue reading >>