Iran hires criminals and drug dealers to kidnap its opponents

According to the Turkish media, Naji Sharifi Zindashti is the leader of a drug cartel who was sentenced to death in a smuggling case in Iran and who fled to Turkey. (Supplied) By Ebrahim Ramezani December 18, 2020 Turkish media have published more details about the kidnapping of  Habib Assoud, a former leader of [...]

By |December 18th, 2020|Minorities, Turkey|

Turkey detains 11 over abduction of Iranian dissident

Turkish security officers stand outside the Iranian embassy in Ankara. (AFP) December 14, 2020 Turkey has detained 11 people involved in the abduction and smuggling to Iran of an Iranian dissident wanted by Tehran in connection with a deadly 2018 attack in southwestern Iran, Turkish authorities said on Monday. Habib Chaab, an Iranian [...]

By |December 14th, 2020|Minorities, Turkey|

Turkey confirms Iran’s kidnapping of former ASMLA leader Habib Chaab on its soil

Undated photo of former ASMLA leader Habib Chaab. (Twitter) December 14, 2020 Iran drugged opposition leader Habib Chaab in Istanbul where he was then smuggled back to Iran, the American Washington Post newspaper quoted a Turkish intelligence official as saying. Chaab, a well-known activist also called Habib Asyud, is the leader of an [...]

By |December 14th, 2020|Minorities, Turkey|

Turkey summons Iranian ambassador over Azeri poem tensions

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (AP) December 12, 2020 Turkey on Saturday summoned the Iranian ambassador to Ankara over Iran’s “aggressive” reaction to the Turkish president’s recitation of a poem on a visit to Azerbaijan, which Tehran deemed to support a secession of Azeri ethnic parts of Iran. The diplomatic spat between neighbors [...]

By |December 12th, 2020|Azerbaijan, Minorities, Turkey|

Iran summons Turkish ambassador over Erdogan remarks in Baku

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (AFP) December 11, 2020 Iran on Friday summoned Turkey’s ambassador to Tehran over the Turkish president’s remarks during a visit to Baku, Azerbaijan, which Iran deemed offensive and said support a secession of Azeri ethnic parts of Iran. Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said Turkish Ambassador Derya [...]

By |December 11th, 2020|Azerbaijan, Minorities, Turkey|

Trade between Iran and Turkey has been upended by Trump’s sanctions, coronavirus

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani welcomes Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for their meeting in Tehran, Jan. 29, 2014. (AP) November 27, 2020 US President Donald Trump’s sanctions and the coronavirus have dramatically shifted a commercial relationship between Turkey and Iran that was underpinned by visa-free travel and centuries of trade and cultural ties. [...]

By |November 27th, 2020|Turkey|

Social media activist faces deportation after fleeing Iran for Turkey

Somayeh Ramooz was trying to flee Iran for a safer country when she was apprehended by Turkish police. (IranWire) By Payam Masouri November 19, 2020 Civil activist Somayeh Ramooz has been arrested in Turkey while trying to leave for a safer country, according to reports received by IranWire. The 37-year-old from Bushehr province was detained [...]

By |November 19th, 2020|Turkey, Women|

UN accuses Turkey of allowing Iranian intelligence to commit killings in its territory

Masoud Molavi Vardanjani, had been killed for criticizing Tehran’s political and military leadership. (Supplied) November 12, 2020 UN rapporteurs implicitly accused Turkey of allowing Iranian intelligence to perpetrate or orchestrate extrajudicial killings on Turkish soil and of allowing an Iranian who reportedly played a key role in the assassination of Masoud Molavi Vardanjani [...]

By |November 12th, 2020|Turkey|

Iranian actress Reyhaneh Parsa threatened in Turkey

Iranian actress Reyhaneh Parsa, undated. (Supplied) November 10, 2020 In an exclusive interview with Radio Farda, a young Iranian actress revealed that Iranian intelligence agents have threatened her with possible arrest and extradition 22-year-old Reyhaneh Parsa, a rising star in Iranian cinema, theater, and television in the past two years, left her homeland [...]

By |November 10th, 2020|Arts, Turkey|

An Iranian transsexual’s tale of abuse and hardship in Turkey

Men walk at the Galata bridge with two Turkey flags, in Istanbul, on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016. (AP) By Shaya Goldoust November 7, 2020 "I have been a refugee in a Turkish city for several years. My mental and physical health is not good, but I have to work for a living. I work [...]

By |November 7th, 2020|Turkey|