By Frida Ghitis
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared victory in a referendum over a new constitution that will make him far more powerful, potentially for many more years to come. The result, which the opposition is calling fraudulent, promises to make Turkey less democratic, more bitterly divided and more religious than ever.
TEHRAN – Iran is the guest country of the Three Passions: Book, Coffee and Chocolate Festival, which is currently underway at the Harbiye Military Museum in Istanbul.
TEHRAN – The Nidra Art Group composed of many Iranian artists is displaying a collection of paintings and calligraphic paintings by its members at Idil Gallery in Istanbul.
TEHRAN – Iran condemned on Sunday terrorist attacks in Istanbul, Baghdad and Najaf, saying the blasts are the result of an instrumental use of terrorism.
TEHRAN - The Iranian embassy in Ankara closed its consulates in the three Turkish cities of Istanbul, Trabzon and Erzurum on Tuesday after the Russian ambassador to Turkey was shot deal in Ankara on Monday.
By Patrick Cockburn
The bombings that killed 38 people and injured 155 after a football match in Istanbul is the latest episode to underline Turkey’s violent instability. Government officials blame the attack on the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), with which the Turkish state has been fighting a guerrilla war since 1984. But only a week ago the spokesman of ISIL called on its followers to target “the security, military, economic and media establishment” in Turkey.
TEHRAN – Istanbul’s Abaci Art Gallery is playing host to an exhibition of calligraphy paintings by Iranian master of calligraphy Ali Shirazi.
TEHRAN – The world-renowned Iranian pianist Shahrdad Rohani who is also the conductor of the Tehran Symphony Orchestra, is scheduled to perform a concert in Istanbul, Turkey on October 9.