Turkey looking at new trade mechanisms with Iran to avoid U.S. sanctions

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (R) and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif give a press conference in Ankara, April 17, 2019. (AFP) April 18, 2019 Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday Turkey is looking into establishing new trade mechanisms with Iran, like the INSTEX system set up by European countries to [...]

By |April 18th, 2019|Turkey|

Russia’s UN Ambassador: Iran and Turkey will leave Syria

Russian ambassador to the UN Vasily Nebenzya speaks during a UN Security Council meeting at the United Nations headquarters in New York, February 22, 2018. (Reuters) April 12, 2019 In his first ever interview with an Arab media outlet, Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya said that the world order [...]

By |April 12th, 2019|Russia, Syria, Turkey|

Turkey, Qatar criticize US designation of IRGC as terror group

Turkey's minister for Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu (R) shaking hands with Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and minister for Foreign Affairs Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani. (AFP) April 10, 2019 Turkey and Qatar on Tuesday objected to US President Donald Trump’s decision to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist group. “The [...]

By |April 10th, 2019|Qatar, Turkey|

Iran denies Turkish claim on taking part in anti-PKK operation

A Turkish soldier stands at the Iran-Turkey Border. (Reuters ) March 19, 2019 Hours after Turkey's interior minister was quoted as saying that a joint operation against Kurdish militants was launched together with Iran, an Iranian official denied any role. Turkey's Anadolu news agency had quoted Soleyman Soylu on Monday saying, "We started [...]

By |March 19th, 2019|Turkey|

Turkey, Iran to stage joint raid against Kurd rebels

A militiaman of the Kurdistan Freedom Party, an Iranian Kurdish opposition group, looks over the sandbags at a section of the frontline near the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, Sept. 5, 2016. (AP) March 6, 2019 Neighbors Turkey and Iran will carry out a joint operation against Kurdish rebels, state-run Anadolu news agency quoted [...]

By |March 6th, 2019|Turkey|

Iran and Turkey media push conspiracy theories about US, ISIS

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (R) Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan as he arrives for a meeting at Erdogan's office in Ankara June 9, 2014. (AFP) By Seth J. Frantzman March 6, 2019 Iranian and Turkish media have pushed conspiracy theories about the US-led coalition and the defeat of Islamic State in Syria. As the [...]

By |March 6th, 2019|North America, Syria, Turkey, USA|

Iran fights to get around US sanctions in Iraq, Turkey, Russia and Syria

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (C), flanked by Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L), and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after posing for photographs in Tehran, Iran, ahead of their summit to discuss Syria, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. (AP) February 26, 2019 A new customs gate in the Saray district of Turkey’s Van province is [...]

By |February 26th, 2019|Iraq, Russia, Syria, Turkey|

Frustrated Iranian refugees in Turkey launch Twitterstorm

With their Twitter campaign, Iranian refugees in Turkey want the world to hear their voice. (Supplied) By Aida Ghajar February 16, 2019 A group of Iranian asylum seekers and refugees in Turkey has launched a Twitter campaign calling for the UN to process their cases after months of deadlock. Not only do the [...]

By |February 16th, 2019|Turkey|

Venezuelan gold exported to Turkey might be going to Iran

Members of a military agency that transports valuables gold bars from a military plane to be taken to Venezuela's Central Bank, at the Carlota military airport in Caracas, March 1, 2018. (AP) February 2, 2019 The BBC reports that Turkey is being warned for possible misuse of gold imported from Venezuela, which is [...]

By |February 2nd, 2019|Latin America, Turkey|

Danial Babayani: the voice of Iran’s Turkmen Sahra

If the authorities become aware of their properties, Danial says, they will almost certainly confiscate them." (IranWire) By Aida Qajar January 25, 2019 He plays some Turkmen music on his phone while translating the words for me. The refrain in all Turkmen songs is the same, he says: the sound of horses trotting. This [...]

By |January 25th, 2019|Arts, Iran, Turkey|