Turkish public lender fails again to scuttle Iran sanctions evasion case

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a gathering of local leaders in Ankara, Turkey, Dec. 1, 2016. (AP) By Aykan Erdemir October 08, 2020 A Manhattan federal judge on October 1 refused to dismiss an indictment accusing Halkbank, a public lender majority-owned by the Turkish government, of helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions. In the event of [...]

By |October 8th, 2020|North America, Turkey, USA|

Turkey’s TRT World chief was suspect in police probe into Iran’s IRGC network

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). (AP) October 8, 2020 The director of a Turkish state-run English-language news channel was named and investigated by police as a suspect in a 2013 probe into an Iranian paramilitary network in Turkey, reported the Nordic Monitor on Monday, citing secret court and police documents. According to [...]

By |October 8th, 2020|Turkey|

Turkey’s Halkbank must face U.S. indictment over Iran sanctions violations, judge rules

New York Federal Court at 650 5th Avenue in New York, May 30, 2017. (AP) October 2, 2020 A U.S. judge on Thursday refused to dismiss an indictment accusing state-owned Turkish lender Halkbank HALKB.IS of helping Iran evade American sanctions. U.S. District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan rejected Halkbank’s claim that the Foreign [...]

By |October 2nd, 2020|Turkey|

Turkey, Iran deploy ‘game-changing’ drones in north Iraq

At least 17 people were killed in an attack by IRGC that targeted Iranian Kurdish separatists, September 12, 2018. (EPA) October 2, 2020 Turkey and Iran are increasingly adopting "game-changing" drones as their weapon of choice against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, prompting fears for the safety of civilians and stoking geopolitical tensions. [...]

By |October 2nd, 2020|Iraq, Turkey|

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, Woman|

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|Isreal, 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|