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|

Tehran courts Ankara in effort to ease US sanctions

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, center, poses with his counterparts Elmar Mammadyarov, left, of Azerbaijan and Javad Zarif of Iran following a news conference in Istanbul, Turkey, Oct. 30, 2018. (Reuters) By Dorian Jones October 31, 2018 Tehran is courting Ankara in a bid to ease the impact of renewed U.S. sanctions against Iran. [...]

By |October 31st, 2018|Turkey|

Ankara urges Washington for exemptions from Iran sanctions

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu answers a question during an interview with Reuters in Ankara, Turkey, August 24, 2015. (Reuters) October 25, 2018 Turkey has asked for exemptions from the US before reimposing sanctions on Iranian finance and energy sectors. Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu emphasized he has conveyed his country’s demand to [...]

By |October 25th, 2018|North America, Turkey, USA|

Turkey crucial to the success of US sanctions on Iran

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, January 31, 2017. (AFP) By Yasar Yakis October 24, 2018 The second set of US sanctions on Iran, which will target oil and gas exports, are due to enter into force on Nov 4. Washington wants to strangle the Iranian economy by crippling its energy industries. Turkish President Recep [...]

By |October 24th, 2018|Turkey|