Through a child’s eyes: crossing from Iran to Turkey

A Turkish soldier stands at the Iran-Turkey Border. (Reuters) By Aida Ghajar January 21, 2019 In the city of Kirikale, people told me about a park popular with refugees. When I went there,  the park was almost empty, apart from six young boys playing and chasing after each other. My host and I asked [...]

By |January 21st, 2019|Turkey|

One man’s story of life and smuggling in Iran’s Baluchistan

Anam Dehvari says smugglers in the border towns of Sistan and Baluchistan take passengers directly to Karachi, the largest port in Pakistan. (Supplied) By Aida Ghajar January 7, 2019 I met Anam Dehvari in a Turkish city. Dehvari is the son of the late Sheikh Ali Dehvari, who was assassinated in Saravan, Baluchistan in [...]

By |January 7th, 2019|Afghanistan, Europe, Pakistan, Turkey|

Netanyahu, Erdogan feud as confrontations with Iran threaten

Benjamin Netanyahu and Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (AFP) By Selcan Hacaoglu December 25, 2018 Calling each other “baby killer” and “antisemitic dictator” might not be the best way to join forces against a shared threat, but that’s the level of discourse between Turkey and Israel these days. Both countries stand to lose from the anticipated [...]

By |December 25th, 2018|Isreal, Syria, Turkey|

Erdogan rejects US sanctions on Iran

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (R) is welcomed by Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan as he arrives for a meeting at Erdogan's office in Ankara June 9, 2014. (REUTERS) December 21, 2018 Turkey has affirmed the rejection of US sanctions against Iran, which were described by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as a terrorist act. [...]

By |December 21st, 2018|Turkey|

Sex trafficking and the Iranian women working in Istanbul nightclubs

In Turkey, you can feel and see sexual harassment just walking down the street, a kind of aggression everywhere that women feel first. (Supplied) By Aida Ghajar December 18, 2018 I asked an Iranian businessman who smuggled goods between Turkey and Iran to introduce me to Iranian sex workers in Istanbul nightclubs. He said he knew a few [...]

By |December 18th, 2018|Turkey, Woman|

Turkish court orders Iranian refugee to report similarities between Quran, bible

Karimi has to prepare an analysis of the similarities between Islam and Christianity through a study of the Quran and the Bible and to submit summaries on a weekly basis. (Shutterstock) December 5, 2018 A Turkish court has ordered an Iranian refugee, who was previously detained in Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen Airport while trying to [...]

By |December 5th, 2018|Turkey|

The love of my child kept me alive in the mountains of Iran and Turkey

A Turkish soldier at Iran-Turkey Border. (Reuters) By Aida Ghajar December 1, 2018 I already knew of his story before we met. Masoud (a pseudonym) had endured a long and dangerous journey to get to Turkey. I knew him as a student activist, but had no idea that he had left Iran. I met [...]

By |December 1st, 2018|Turkey|

Iran: Prison, asylum, and a family torn apart

Hamed Fard, an asylum seeker who lived in the city of Van. (IranWire) By Aida Ghajar November 23, 2018 I was talking to human traffickers in the back alleys of Van when I heard about Hamed Fard, an asylum seeker who lived in the city. I was supposed to meet with Reza that day, [...]

By |November 23rd, 2018|Turkey|

Turkey eyes Iran share in Iraqi markets after US sanctions hit

A shop worker arranges the cans of Iranian tomato paste at a super market in the city of Najaf, Iraq October 7, 2018. (REUTERS) November 16, 2018 With US re-imposed sanctions against Iran scaling back Iranian economic activity in the region, Turkey is looking to fill the void in commodity exports left behind [...]

By |November 16th, 2018|Iraq, Turkey|

Iran sanctions, Turkish write-down hit UniCredit profit

In this file photo dated Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, the entrance of the UniCredit tower at the Porta Nuova business district in Milan, Italy. (Reuters) November 10, 2018 The Italian bank UniCredit said Thursday that third-quarter profits dropped 99 percent due to one-off provisions to cover any settlement for alleged U.S. sanctions violations [...]

By |November 10th, 2018|Europe, Turkey|