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Violence is not human. Yet, we are weak enough to resort to violence. Human being is to be loved. Yet, we are not strong enough to show our love to others. We at The Fountain are deeply hurt by the recent atrocities in Kenya, Pakistan, and other parts of the world. We condemn all sorts of violence, especially when perpetrators think they serve God and their religion in this way. We believe while their actions are most fatal for innocent lives, they also betray the true essence and core principles of faith and universal human values. We hereby endorse Fethullah Gulen’s condemnation and extend our heartfelt condolences to families for their loss:

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A Modern Day Dilemma

As much as we praise education for girls as a valuable opportunity in and of itself, higher education for both genders is somehow expected to bring money. When a college graduate decides to stay home to raise her family, not everyone cheers her for her decision. There are some who think that her education turned out to be a waste of money and energy because as a stay-at-home mother she has little use for it. Others comment on how fruitful her contribution to the wider society would have been had she exercised her profession. No account on pleasures of motherhood, nor any amount of reasoning on the part of the housewife can truly make her choice valid and laudable.

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Outside the Classroom

With school starting around much of the world, it’s an interesting time to examine education – what it is, how we educate, and how we really learn.

In response to these questions, Salon posted an interesting, engaging article recently entitled “School is a Prison.” It claimed that the current model of schooling – which can be classified as “memorizing and testing” – is an outdated relic, and actually hinders children’s natural curiosity.

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9/11: Remember and Honor

Today, we remember 9/11 once again, our hearts broken. The Fountain 83rd issue was published in September 2011 to commemorate the tragedy in its tenth anniversary. With that issue, we wanted to honor the lost ones and hoped to elevate human dignity over our weaknesses and inclination toward violence. The innocence and purity of the essential human nature are still being violated today with all kinds of atrocities around the world – snipers and chemical weapons are shamelessly targeting civilians while smart phones are recording and delivering to the web.

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We Have a Dream

August 28 was the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Attended by hundreds of thousands, it was a most memorable day not only in American history, but for all nations. Arguably, what was perhaps regrettable about that inspirational speech and the great gathering was that it overshadowed decades of dedicated struggle and suffering. Civil rights were not acquired by a speech nor by one march only. With all respect to the great memory of that day and Dr. King, we, the new generations of the twenty-first century, have to remember that the great heroes of the civil rights movement did much more across many years, all of which John Lewis summarizes in a single phrase: the art and discipline of nonviolence (visit the link to listen to Krista Tippett’s fascinating interview with him).

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Is the Gulen Movement a Threat to the Turkish Government?

The Turkish press has been dominantly occupied with the coup and violence in Egypt and Syria, and one more issue that has erupted, as if out of no where, is a so-called rift between the government and the Gulen Movement (GM), an influential faith-inspired educational movement. The story goes that some influential circles within the ruling party, or supporting it, believe the GM was behind the Gezi Park protests which caused serious problems for the government.

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