Iranian refugees in Turkey fear arbitrary deportations, possible surveillance

Maryam Shariatmadari was one of the “Girls of Enghelab [revolution] Street” who participated in protests against Iran’s compulsory hijab in 2017. (VOA) By Ezel Sahinkaya and Mehdi Jedinia September 29, 2020 The overnight arrest of an outspoken Iranian women’s rights activist by Turkish authorities earlier this month has sparked concerns about the precarious lives of Iranian [...]

By |September 29th, 2020|Turkey|

Turkey’s Halkbank urges dismissal of Iran sanctions criminal case in U.S.

A view shows the logo of Halkbank at its headquarters in Atasehir, in the Asian part of Istanbul December 17, 2013. (Reuters) September 18, 2020 Halkbank on Friday urged a judge to dismiss a U.S. indictment accusing the state-owned Turkish lender of helping Iran evade American sanctions, even as it seeks the judge’s [...]

By |September 18th, 2020|North America, Turkey, USA|

Turkey frees detained Iranian activist

Video grab from one of the "Girls of Revolution Street" in Tehran, Maryam Shariatmadari, February 27, 2018. (AP) September 10, 2020 Turkish authorities released Iranian activist Maryam Shariatmadari, who was detained in western Turkey on Sept. 7 on the grounds that her visa had expired. Shariatmadari faced the threat of deportation back to [...]

By |September 10th, 2020|Turkey, Women|

Iran’s natural gas exports to Turkey drop to zero in second quarter

Iran is normally Turkey's second-biggest supplier of natural gas after Russia. (AFP) By Dalga Khatinoglu August 31, 2020 The Turkish Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA) reports that in the second quarter of 2020, the country did not receive any natural gas from Iran. At the end of March, the separatist left-leaning Kurdish party, PKK, [...]

By |August 31st, 2020|Turkey|

UAE says Israel deal not about Iran, rejects criticism from Turkey

Emirati Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash speaks during a news conference on Yemen in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Aug. 13, 2018. (AP) August 15, 2020 The United Arab Emirates said its decision to normalize ties with Israel isn’t about countering Iran, and dismissed criticism of the pact from Turkey’s leader. “This is [...]

By |August 15th, 2020|Israel, Turkey, UAE|

Flights from Iran to Turkey suspended until Sept

Two passenger planes of Iran's national air carrier, Iran Air, are parked at the Mehrabad Airport in Tehran, Iran, March 2, 2018. (AP) August 6, 2020 Turkey has suspended all flights to Iran and Afghanistan until Sept 1 despite its previous announcement that flights between the two countries for passengers who hold Turkish [...]

By |August 6th, 2020|Turkey|

Turkey ramps up Iranian dissident extraditions

Abdollah Bozorgzadeh, Iranian Baloch activist. (Twitter) July 23, 2020 At least seven dissidents have been deported from Turkey to Iran since 2017 as the two countries bolstered relations. A further five are detained in Turkey and awaiting deportation, The Times reported. Turkey was once seen as a prime destination for Iranian visitors and a [...]

By |July 23rd, 2020|Turkey|

Iranian parkour champ arrested in Turkey and faces deportation threat

Iranian parkour athlete and photographer Alireza Japalaghy. (Social Media) By Aida Ghajar July 4, 2020 On June 30, 2020, BBC Persian published a video concerning the arrest of Alireza Japalaghi, an Iranian parkour practitioner who was detained by Iranian authorities in May after publishing a video in which he kissed a girl on a Tehran [...]

By |July 4th, 2020|Arts, Turkey|

Iran resumes gas exports to Turkey

An Iranian worker stands in front of gas pipelines next to the flags of Turkey (R) and Iran. (AFP) July 1, 2020 Iran's gas exports to Turkey, which had been stopped since March 31 because of explosions on parts of the pipeline inside Turkey, resumed on Wednesday, SHANA, the news site of the Iranian [...]

By |July 1st, 2020|Turkey|

Iran says ‘no military solution’ for Syria in talks with Russia, Turkey

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (C), flanked by Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L), and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Tehran, Sept. 7, 2018. (AP) July 1, 2020 Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said there is “no military solution” for Syria on Wednesday during a video conference with his Russian and Turkish counterparts about the [...]

By |July 1st, 2020|Russia, Syria, Turkey|