Azerbaijan: Relentless Crackdown on Critics

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH False Front of Reform; Revolving Door of Arrests (Berlin) – The Azerbaijani government has renewed its vicious crackdown on critics and independent groups, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The European Union and international financial institutions have a rare opportunity to insist...
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Georgia Reaches Out for the Ethnic Vote

Town of Akhalkalaki in Georgia's southern region of Samtskhe-Javakheti. (Photo: Samkhretis Karibche)
By SADDAM ALIYEV and EDITA BADASYAN* Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) Armenian and Azerbaijani voters are finally being wooed by politicians. On the eve of Georgia´s October 8 parliamentary elections, political parties have been courting the rural minority vote more than ever before. Although ethnic Armenians...
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Azerbaijan at 25: A New Era of Change and Turbulence

By THOMAS DE WAAL (Senior Associate Carnegie Europe) Carnegie Europe   Azerbaijan is entering a new historical phase. The oil boom—which boosted the economy, consolidated the country’s statehood, and gave it a new international profile—has ended. The country’s leaders have more limited financial resources to offer a society...
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Nagorno-Karabakh: a time-bomb in the Caucasus?

Displaced Talish resident Garik Ohanyan shows Euronews reporter Valérie Gauriat his destroyed house. (Snapshot from the Euronews video report)
By VALÉRIE GAURIAT Euronews Last April, fighting between troops from the self-proclaimed republic of Nagorno-Karabakh and the Azerbaijan army rekindled a conflict that had been frozen for more than 20 years. On the Armenian side of the front line, many of the soldiers Euronews met were barely 20...
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Heaping on the caviar diplomacy

Bernie Ecclestone with President Aliyev and his wife. (photo: Getty)
By MATTHEW VALENCIA* 1843 magazine, The Economist How does an autocratic regime divert attention abroad from its human-rights record and discourage the opposition at home? In the case of Azerbaijan, as Matthew Valencia discovered, through lavish extravaganzas and high-end lobbying Some call it the Paris of the Caspian;...
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Turkey arrests 27 more businessmen in coup investigation

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during Democracy and Martyrs Rally, organized by him and supported by ruling AK Party (AKP), oppositions Republican People's Party (CHP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), to protest against last month's failed military coup attempt, in Istanbul, Turkey, August 7, 2016.REUTERS/Osman Orsal ( A total of 27 businessmen were arrested on Thursday as part of an ongoing investigation into a failed coup attempt in July that the government accuses the faith-based Gülen movement of masterminding. Twenty-seven businessmen, including Faruk Güllü, one of the brothers who runs separate Güllüoğlu Baklava chains,...
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It’s time for the United States to act on Azerbaijan

WASHINGTON, USA - MARCH 30: Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev (L) meets US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) prior to Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, United States on March 30, 2016. (Photo by Muhammed Bilal Kenasari/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
By DAVID J. KRAMER and RICHARD KAUZLARICH* The Washington Post Earlier this year, President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan looked like he was softening his authoritarian grip on his country. In March, he released 14 political prisoners ahead of his visit to Washington for President Obama’s Nuclear Security Summit....
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