در باره یوردنت Yurdnet Haqqında About Yurdnet Comments   Home Page
Other Posts

Did the CIA Fiddle With Population Statistics about Iran? Daniel Pipes

Iranian Regime Is Killing Lake Urmia Umud Duzgun

The Importance of Receiving Education in One’s Mother Tongue Fakhteh Luna Zamani

Dying Lake Urmia reflects a broader problem in Iran LA Times report

The mysteries of Azerbaijan: A Shiite nation embraces its Jews Rob Eshman

Don’t let Russia abuse Crimean history Victor Ostapchuk

The Dynamics of Ethnic Identity in Iranian Azerbaijan Fereydoun Safizadeh

Iran: More than Persia Brenda Shaffer

Iran: Free Ethnic Rights Activists Human Rights Watch

Urgent Action: Five Azerbaijani Political Prisoners in Iran On Hunger Strike

Repression of dissent intensifies in run-up to presidential election Amnesty International

Demonstrations against anti-Turk racism (May 2006 - Azerbaijan, Iran)

Accountability for Human Rights Abuses in Iran- The White House

THE RISE OF NATIONALISM AMONG IRANIAN AZERBAIJANIS: A STEP TOWARD IRAN’S DISINTEGRATION? gloria-center.org

South Azerbaijan Civil Rights Movement in Iran get idea of "Catalonia is not Spain" helpcatalonia.cat

South Azerbaijan is not Iran Umud Duzgun

An Azerbaijani American in Baku Farzin Farzad

Tractorsazi 3-1 Al Jazira

Interview With Farzin Farzad About The Petition ArazNews

UN Experts Urge Iran To Halt Execution Of Five Arab Activist

Azeri channel in Iran seeks to resume broadcasting in Turkey

North Azerbaijan: The refugees trapped in a 20-year-old conflict, Karabakh

Turkic Azeri and Hazara Solidarity Network’s message about the 31st of December

31 December is World Azerbaijanis` Solidarity Day

The tragedy of the Azerbaijani Ethnic Minority Farzin Farzad

Art of Azerbaijani tar performing included into UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

ADAPP: ETHNIC DISCRIMINATION EXACERBATES DAMAGE FROM NATURAL DISASTERS IN IRANIAN AZERBAIJAN

Statement by Mr Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights situation in Iran Press Conference Oslo – 22 November 2012

South Azerbaijan's Homeless Earthquake Victims Still Under Tents

Salt Tsunami and its effect in Salmas

Ahwazi Arab political activist Jamil Sowaidi reportedly tortured to death in custody

The New Middle East and breakdown of Iran - Unification: North and South Azerbaijan Umud Duzgun

How a provincial club became a focus for dissent in Iran

Help keep Huseyin Celil safe and healthy Amnesty International

U.N.: Azerbaijanis face arrest, discrimination in Iran

WHY DO I CARE ABOUT SOUTH AZERBAIJANIS Khadija Ismayilova

The New World nytimes.com

'US Congress will continue considering concerns of Azerbaijani-Americans' News.Az interviews Farzin Farzad

U.S. Secretary of State responds to congressman's letter about South Azerbaijan

Iran in earthquake relief crackdown The Telegraph

Iran government criticized over earthquake response

US says no sanctions on Iran quake aid

AN AZERBAIJANI STORY PART I: THE ARRESTS Caroline Risacher

Rep. Rohrabacher Urges Secretary Clinton to Back Freedom From Iran for Azeris

Mounting concerns for two detained Azeri poets. pen international

Iran steps up crackdown against its Arab minority The Guardian

The lack of attention to the health of a political prisoner; eye problems of an Azerbaijani political prisoner in Iran

Sakineh-Mohammadi-Ashtianis-lawyer-says-execution-cancelled

Iran executes three detained brothers from Ahwaz region

European Parliament resolution on the situation of ethnic minorities in Iran

European Parliament debate on ethnic minorities in Iran

Iran and Azerbaijan, Already Wary Neighbors, Find Even Less to Agree On New York Times

'South Azerbaijan able to turn down the whole system of power in Iran'

Azerbaijani flag raised outside Toronto City Hall

Nizami Ganjavi’s monument erected in Rome

Azerbaijani Flag Was Raised At Vancouver City Hall To Commemorate The First Muslim Democracy

Awareness for the Lake Urmia Disaster (June 5, 2012)

Iran Hacks Major South Azerbaijani Website, Arrests Scores of Demonstrators in Tabriz and Urumia PEN South Azerbaijan (Iran) in Exile

New wave of demonstrations in Iranian Azerbaijan suppressed by riot police ADAPP

Azerbaijanis hold massive protests in Iran

Three people were hanged in city of Ardabil, Iranian Azerbaijan

Iranian Azeris set up national council in Turkey, aspire for independence

'Azerbaijan should show its leadership on Syria and Iran' News.Az interviews Adil Baguirov

Widespread Detentions of Ahwazi Activists Mark Anniversary of 2005 Crackdown

Massacre in Khojaly a horror not forgotten by Azerbaijanis Eric J. Lyman - Special to The Washington Times

South Azerbaijan: State ideology and the Turks in Iran Savalan

Free Said Matinpour - Sign the petition

United Nations- OHCHR- 19th regular session of the Human Rights Council-Parallel event "Minority Rights in Iran” Fakhteh Luna Zamani's Speech

Azerbaijan detains suspects in embassy plot aljazeera

Uncovering repression against Iran’s ethnic, religious, and linguistic minorities UNPO

Azerbaijan-Iran Tensions Resurrect Long-Term Disputes World Politics Review

The drying of Iran's Lake Urmia and its environmental consequences UNEP

Putin talkes about war and Azerbaijanis in Iran

Iran fumes over flourishing Israel-Azerbaijan ties

Language, Colonization and Decolonization: Examples from Iran Alireza Asgharzadeh

Brutal Massacre of Azerbaijani Civilians in the city of Khojaly

A President, an Interview, and a Tragic Anniversary Thomas de Waal

Azerbaijani media concerned about Iranian threat

ADAPP calls on the Iranian government to allow observance of International Mother Language Day

FORBIDDEN! Bulut Qarachorlu Sehend

Israel's front-line in the South Caucasus Tim Judah

Azerbaijan: Where East Meets West, A Den Of Spies Sheera Frenkel

Azerbaijanis in Iran: Experiencing a Cultural Reawakening Dr. Brenda Shaffer

Azerbaijan Decided: Sabina Babayeva Wins the Milli Seçim Turu

California State Legislature: Reject the racist resolution against Azerbaijanis

The birth of the Azerbaijani Awareness Movement and Turkish Demands in Iran

Senator Dennis Glen Patterson Stands with Imprisoned Azerbaijani Human Rights activist, Calls for His Immediate Release

Will Azerbaijan Change Its Name?

Will Israel Attack Iran?

Israel Senses Bluffing in Iran’s Threats of Retaliation

Obama’s pressure on Iran raises fear of a military clash

The Financial War Against Iran

How the West should answer Iran’s nuclear aggression

Iran Set to Turn Off Oil Supply to Europe

Afghan jailed for 16 years for spying for Iran

Iran Nuclear Program: UN Weapons Experts Going To Tehran

Dutch to ban Muslim face veils next year

Canada Further Expands Sanctions Against Syria

Putin warns ethnic tensions risk tearing Russia apart

Press TV Discredits Itself

France: ‘Armenian genocide’ bill threatens freedom of expression

Freedom of Speech and France's so-called Armenian Genocide Bill

OFCOM Revocation Licence of Press TV

Nude Photo of Iranian Actress Golshifteh Farahani Roils Iran

South Carolina debate: Newt Gingrich fury at media

20 January 1990: Black Face of the Red Terror in Azerbaijan Shamkhal Abilov

Kronos Quartet & the Alim Qasimov Ensemble :: New Music :: Performances :: Cal Performances

Why Russia is planning Iran war games

Alim Gasimov To Perform On U.S. Stage

Santorum Staffer Says Women Shouldn’t Be President Because It’s Against God’s Will

Closure of Hormuz Strait: An Actual Threat or Diplomacy?

US warns Iran to leave Persian Gulf oil route alone, clash shows risk of larger war

Indonesia must protect Shi’a villagers from further attack

North Korea To Punish Mourners Who Were Insincere

On Iran, how far is too far?

Suu Kyi to run for Myanmar parliament

Iranian Azeri football protests raise specter of regional battle James M. Dorsey

Anti-Syrian soccer protests in Iran position Azeris as potential pawn in Syrian strife James M. Dorsey

BLANK: America’s drone in Iran’s neighborhood

Snapshot: 6 Months of Human Rights Violations and Political Arrests in Iran’s Azerbaijan Province

Mr. Gorbachev Tear Down this Border Fence – a Struggle of Azerbaijanis for unification! Eyyub Hajiyev and Vahid Qarabagli

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani could be hanged in Iran guardian.co.uk

Video: Turks and Armenians: What Really Happened on April 24, 1915?

A scene of the movie Bloody Cornfield (Qaçaq Nebi)

Iran wants consulates in cities like Vancouver

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il dies 'of heart attack'

A Photo That Encapsulates the Horror of Egypt's Crackdown

Iran: Surge of secret executions for drug offences must end

Iran criticised over capital punishment 'killing spree'

In Memoriam: The Two Autonomous Republics Alireza Asgharzadeh

Addicted to Death: New Amnesty International report on executions for drug offences in Iran

Azerbaijani refugees protest Iran’s policies against Azeris in Iran

Recep Tayyip Erdogan: People’s Choice for TIME’s 2011 Person of the Year

Iran shrugs off US request to return spy drone

Several U.S. embassies could start 2012 with no ambassador

Iran blocks US ‘virtual embassy’ website

Factbox: Cyber warfare expert's timeline for Iran attack

Russia chides Clinton over election criticism

Russia's winds of change

Syria's Bashar al-Assad 'feels no guilt' over crackdown

Turks called ‘separatist’-Hürriyet Daily News

Iranian film director to shoot feature film based on Azerbaijani operetta

Language Rights and Political Theory [Paperback] Will Kymlicka & Alan Patten

The Murder of Rafiq Tagi!-PEN South Azerbaijan (Iran) in Exile

ADAPP condemns the execution of five Azerbaijanis ADAPP

'Azerbaijan should show its leadership on Syria and Iran'

News.Az interviews Adil Baguirov

 

News.Az interviews Adil Baguirov, director general of the US Azeris Network (USAN).

Azerbaijan and the United States mark the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations, over which Washington held a series of successful events. How can you assess the current level of bilateral ties given the assessments voiced by the US side at these events?

Indeed, the U.S.-Azerbaijan Convention on April 25-26 and series of related events, that were co-organized by the U.S. Azeris Network (USAN) along with other leading organizations such as TCAE, CSI and JHU, was truly a great success. There were some 60 members of Congress (Senate and House of Representatives), Governors, Mayors, State Secretaries, State Senators and Assembly members. Also in attendance were Congressional staff members, business and NGO leaders, and many others - some 600 people in total.

It is rare even for much larger diasporas and communities to have as successful, important and impactful events - for example, the much larger Armenian community, which is actually a lobby unlike us, that has a longer track record of organization and enjoys multi-million dollar sponsorship never had anything close to our event. The bilateral relations between the two nations are actually deepening and progressing, despite the fact that the radical Armenian lobby led by Dashnaks tried to hurt them by blocking the appointment of Ambassador Bryza earlier this year.

They obviously failed - the relations with the Congress, with USTDA, with US State Department, Pentagon, as well as academic circles, NGO community and trade and business circles have been blossoming. And soon a U.S. Ambassador will be appointment no matter their propaganda, lobbying and objections.

The Armenian diaspora is going to arrange different demarches to the visit of President of Azerbaijan I.Aliyev to New York. Do you think that their provocations may find response in the US public?

Of course not. Firstly, the radical Armenian community, led by Dashnaks, cannot gather many people, overwhelming majority of Armenians ignore them and disagree with them. I remember radical Armenian lobby gathering to "protest" president Heydar Aliyev in the late 1990s in Washington DC in front of the Willard Hotel - they got just barely 20 people. In 2004 they similarly "protested" president Ikham Aliyev at Columbia University - their two representatives tried to spoil the event, but, of course, failed. Similarly, this past February, in order to muddy the Khojaly Massacre commemoration, the radical Armenian Dashnak community tried to "protest" in front of the embassy of Azerbaijan - they got just 25 people, including children and a priest, whilst the Azerbaijani-American community got twice as many people to do a counter-protest in the same place at the same time - thus spoiling radical Armenian lobby's agenda.

Thus, this time, once again, they will try to do their usual tricks, but it will be once again ignored by the public at large. Why would American people side with the radical Armenian lobby? After all, it is Armenian criminal groups, that have ties with Armenian President Sargsyan's older brother, that created a name for themselves - every 6 months or so, the FBI and other U.S. law enforcement agencies arrest yet another Armenian gang. Even Armenian Consulate General in Los Angeles has been implicated in fraud and criminal activity.

It is Armenia that traded weapons and nuclear technologies with Iran - thus having its individuals and firms sanctioned by the U.S. State Department, with threats of more sanctions coming from the U.S. Government. And it was Armenian weapons sales to Iran that resulted in the death of Matthew Straughter, a U.S. soldier in Iraq, and wounding of three other U.S. Soldiers.

Not to mention that it was Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan that drowned peaceful Armenian civilians in blood in March 2008, when he ordered that Armenian police and troops kill 10 innocent Armenian protesters on the streets of Yerevan. This was the deadliest-ever post-election crackdown anywhere in the former USSR. So if the Armenian community genuinely cares about Armenia and its citizens, and wants a better life for them, they should save its energy to protest the Armenian president, the Armenian embassy, and the Armenian UN representation. And of course they should apologize for the Khojaly Massacre.

Azerbaijan takes over its post of the chairman in the UN Security Council. What are your expectations for this month of the country’s chairmanship in this structure?

Azerbaijan will be chairing the UN Security Council twice. In the first round, Azerbaijan should show its leadership on Syria and Iran, to contribute to the abiding by the UN SC resolutions there. It should also be more involved in maritime issues, ranging from combating piracy to energy exploration and delimitation of the seabeds into national sectors. And of course it should call the attention to the four UN SC resolution from 1993 that are dealing with the Karabakh occupation by Armenia, and the UN General Assembly agenda item from 2004 on the occupation of Karabakh. I am sure that many of these items will be tackled by the Azerbaijani diplomats, although there could be also many others. At any rate, this was a great success of the Azerbaijani diplomacy, and just the fact that Azerbajian is only the second FSU state, not counting Russia, to have risen to this level, speaks volumes.

How could you assess Morningstar’s candidacy nominated by President Obama for the position of the US envoy to Azerbaijan?

Today, I cannot think of a better, more able, more knowledgeable candidate than Ambassador Morningstar, who is an expert on three issues - on energy, as a long-time special envoy in both Clinton and Obama Administrations on the Caspian and Eurasian energy, on humanitarian and refugee issues, as a USAID coordinator to the former Soviet Union, and on the European issues and integration, as a former U.S. Ambassador to the EU. The U.S. Azeris Network (USAN) supports his nomination and will encourage the Azerbaijani-Americans to let their opinions known to the Senate.

F.H.
News.Az