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, Woman|

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|

Could Iran, Turkey and others take advantage of US post-election doubts?

Iran and Turkey are wary is that Turkey tried desperately to lobby the Trump administration. (AP) By Seth J. Frantzman November 7, 2020 Iranian and Turkish media are taking a “wait and see” approach to the US election. The usual shrill voices have been quiet for a few days, wondering like the rest of the [...]

By |November 7th, 2020|North America, Turkey, USA|

Zarrab was not the only Iranian ringleader to exploit Turkey’s permissive jurisdiction

Reza Zarrab, a key witness in a sanctions-evasion case, in December 2013. (Getty) By Aykan Erdemir November 4, 2020 Reza Zarrab, the Turkey-based ringleader of Iran’s sanctions-evasion network who laundered over $20 billion in the biggest sanctions-evasion scheme in recent history, continues to make headlines. A series of deeply researched exposés published in September by a [...]

By |November 4th, 2020|Turkey|

Turkey-based Iranian dissident says Iran sentenced her to prison for protesting in 2019

Iranian protesters gather during a demonstration against an increase in gasoline prices in Tehran, on November 16, 2019. (AFP) November 03, 2020 An Iranian dissident living in Turkey says an Iranian court has handed her a one-year prison term for joining anti-government protests in Iran last year, when she says authorities detained and [...]

By |November 3rd, 2020|Turkey, Woman|

Iranian Arab opposition group says Iran abducted former leader in Turkey

Undated photo of former ASMLA leader Habib Chaab. (Twitter) October 31, 2020 An Iranian Arab opposition group accused on Friday the Iranian regime of abducting one of its former leaders in Turkey. The Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz (ASMLA), an Iranian-Arab separatist group, said in a statement that Iranian intelligence [...]

By |October 31st, 2020|Minorities, Turkey|

Despite financial restrictions, Iranians are investing in Turkish real estate

Bay View Golden Horn and the Marmara Sea, Istanbul, Turkey. (RFE-RL) October 12, 2020 Iranians are rushing to buy real estate in Turkey to transfer their funds outside the country in light of sharp decline of the local currency. They are transferring their money for better opportunities, taking advantage of the new Turkish [...]

By |October 12th, 2020|Turkey|