Umar Farooq, Al Jazeera English

Umar Farooq

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Past articles by Umar:

Why is Turkey trying to mediate the Ukraine-Russia crisis?

The NATO member is aligned with Russia on several conflicts but also sells weapons to Ukraine. → Read More

Giant chessboard: Istanbul ship-spotters monitor moves for war

Bosphorus Strait ‘spies’ surveil geopolitical machinations as world powers deploy military assets around the globe. → Read More

How killing of Syrian refugee marks an alarming trend in Turkey

Refugee rights activists are denouncing an alarming trend of violence against refugees in the country. → Read More

Just how bad is inflation in Turkey? It depends on who you ask

Government figures say annual inflation topped 36% last month, but some think that number is far short of the mark. → Read More

In Turkey, bread lines grow longer as inflation soars

Growing bread lines in Istanbul bear testament to the financial pain Turkish households are wrestling with. → Read More

Turkish firms eye boon in deepening bilateral ties with Qatar

Qatar is the second-largest foreign investor in Turkey, with major stakes in banking, shipping, retail, and finance. → Read More

Erdogan visits Qatar for Supreme Strategic Committee meeting

The visit comes as Turkey works to improve ties with regional powers. → Read More

Turkish court rules to keep Osman Kavala in jail

Turkey risks further tensions with European allies after court rules to keep philanthropist in jail during trial. → Read More

Netflix ‘The Club’ connects mainstream Turkey to Jewish heritage

Netflix series set in 1950s Istanbul presents itself as ‘teachable moment’ says one member of Turkey’s Jewish community. → Read More

Turkmenistan’s dissidents fear crackdown in Turkish exile

Turkmen exiles in Turkey say they face the threat of arbitrary arrest and deportation, as well as violent attacks. → Read More

Uncertainty for Syrians in Turkey as opposition warms to Assad

Growing anti-Syrian refugee sentiment has led many to question the fate of Syrians should the AKP party be voted out. → Read More

Turkey’s President Erdogan to skip COP26 climate summit

Turkey’s president was due to address the climate summit in the UK but returned to Istanbul after a G20 meeting in Rome. → Read More

Former pilot says Iranian agents tried to kidnap him in Turkey

Iranian asylum seeker says he’s thankful to Turkish authorities for saving his life, but worries he’s still not safe. → Read More

Car bomb kills several in Syria’s Afrin

At least four people killed and several others wounded in car bomb attack in Syrian city of Afrin, according to reports. → Read More

Turkish court extends detention of philanthropist Osman Kavala

Kavala’s charges related to Gezi Park protests, 2016 coup attempt could jeopardise Turkey’s Council of Europe standing. → Read More

Is Turkey really serious about climate change?

Plans to ratify the Paris climate agreement six years later are welcomed, but activists say major policy moves needed. → Read More

Saudi media freedom sharply deteriorating under crown prince's leadership: Report

Saudi Arabia and Iran are among world's top 10 culprits for censorship and media suppression, media watchdog says → Read More

Andrew Brunson freed after telling court, 'I love Jesus, I love Turkey'

IZMIR, Turkey (RNS) — The American missionary, imprisoned nearly two years on terrorism-related charges, had been the subject of a diplomatic standoff between the United States and Turkey. → Read More

Turkish star witnesses against U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson are his expelled congregants

IZMIR, Turkey (RNS) — The Turkish government isn’t Brunson’s only foe. He’s also battling former members of his congregation who were expelled in part for harboring racist views toward ethnic Kurdish refugees, according to one pastor at the church. → Read More

In Turkey, suspicion of US clouds case of pastor Andrew Brunson

ISTANBUL, Turkey (RNS) — For many in Turkey, Brunson's case has little to do with his faith or his work as a missionary, and everything to do with how Washington addresses the concerns of Ankara. → Read More