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  • Mixing oil and terrorism: Apparent Moscow-Riyadh rapprochement is paper thin

    09/27/2003 2:10:53 PM PDT · by Lessismore · 3 replies · 167+ views
    Russia challenging Saudi Arabia’s dominance in world energy market Oil will be high on the agenda at Russian President Vladimir Putin’s weekend summit meeting with George W. Bush at Camp David ­ Russian oil for US consumers, to reduce dependence on Saudi Arabia. Across the globe in Beijing, Putin’s prime minister, Mikhail Kasyanov, this week haggled with his Chinese counterpart, Wen Jaibao, on building a 2,400-kilometer, $2.5 billion oil pipeline from Siberia to China, which is crying out for energy to fuel its burgeoning economy. Saudi oil may be far cheaper to produce, but a steady supply from Russia is...
  • Christians to EU: Israel is Our Safe Haven

    03/25/2014 5:48:08 AM PDT · by SJackson · 15 replies
    Israel Today ^ | March 24, 2014 | Ryan Jones
    Some 150 Israeli Arabic-speaking Christians on Sunday demonstrated outside the European Union mission in Tel Aviv, demanding that the international community stop nitpicking against Israel and start combatting the severe persecution of Christians everywhere else in the Middle East. “Nations, organizations and international missions are quick to raise an accusing finger against Israel at every opportunity,” said Father Gabriel Nadaf, spiritual father of the Israeli Christian Recruitment Forum, which organized the rally. Those same nations and organizations “don’t life a finger against the ethnic cleansing of Christians in the Middle East,” the priest continued. Father Nadaf went on to explain...
  • Syrian Kurds Capture Town from Islamists

    02/22/2014 9:44:06 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 21 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/2/14 | Elad Benari
    A Kurdish group captured a town in Syria from Islamists on Saturday, in a battle in which at least 28 fighters were killed, most of them Islamists, Reuters reported, citing a monitoring group. If the Kurds can keep hold of Tal Brak, on a highway between the cities of Hassaka and Qamishli, it would mark a significant advance in their quest for wider control in the northeast. Online Islamist activists said fighting was still going on, but the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Kurdish People's Protection Units had taken the town. Syrian Kurds have been fighting Islamist...
  • Syrian Kurds Declare Autonomy

    01/22/2014 12:11:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    World Bulletin ^ | 21 January 2014 Tuesday
    Syrian Kurds have expectedly annonunced their autonomy in northern Syria's Qamishli.Syrian Kurds has declared an autonomous state in the northern Syria. The admisntration was named Cizre Canton and will have 20 different ministers. The capital of the government wil be in the city of Qamishli, with Ekrem Heso serving as president. About a month ago, Salih Muslim, the leader of Syria’s most dominant Kurdish party, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), announced that Syrian Kurds are looking to establish three separate autonomous federal states in the country’s north. The two other provinces are excepted to be Kobani and Afrin.
  • November 24th Nuke "deal" with Iran to start to begin to become effective on January 20th

    01/12/2014 10:53:02 AM PST · by DanMiller · 1 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | January 12, 2014 | Dan Miller
    What does it mean? Who knows? When might we learn? Who knows? Acording to a Fox "breaking news" report, Under the deal, Iran agreed to limit its uranium enrichment to 5 percent -- the grade commonly used to power reactors. The deal also commits Iran to stop producing 20 percent enriched uranium -- which is only a technical step away from weapons-grade material -- and to neutralize its 20 percent stockpile. In exchange, economic sanctions Iran faces would be eased for a period of six months. During that time, the world powers -- Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the...
  • The Great American Oil & Gas Boom & the Future of Iran

    01/07/2014 8:43:59 PM PST · by ckilmer · 9 replies
    The Great American Oil & Gas Boom & the Future of Iran No country, No Nation, has ever added oil production capacity – yes ever – like the United States has in the past few years. America has gone from producing 5 Million barrels of oil per day in 2011 to over 7.5 Million barrels this past year; and will soon surpass 10 Million barrels of oil production domestically. It’s an incredible oil boom that will have a profound impact on the lives of ordinary Americans. By the time Obama leaves office, he will have presided over a country that...
  • Iranian Cleric: ‘Having a Nuclear Bomb is Necessary to Put Down Israel’

    01/06/2014 11:03:24 AM PST · by ColdOne · 25 replies ^ | 1/6/14 | Adam Kredo
    A top Iranian lawmaker and cleric said that the country’s uranium enrichment program could allow it to build a nuclear weapon “in two weeks” in order to “put down Israel,” according to multiple reports in the Farsi language press. Iranian lawmaker and cleric Muhammad Nabavian said on Friday that Iran would be able to build a nuclear bomb in “two weeks” if it gets “access to 270 kilograms of 20 percent [enriched uranium], 10 tons of 5 percent, and 20 thousand centrifuges,” according to reports on Iran’s Radio Farda and in Fararu. “We are not looking for a nuclear bomb,...
  • Erdogan criticizes, undermines huge corruption investigation

    12/27/2013 6:51:36 PM PST · by LSUfan · 7 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | 25 Dec 2013 | Unattributed
    One of Turkey’s largest-ever corruption investigations is underway. A public bank CEO, an Iranian businessman and the sons of the freshly resigned interior and economy ministers are among the 24 suspects arrested so far, pending trial. The Iranian businessman allegedly circumvented sanctions against Iran and sent millions of dollars to the country via Halkbank by bribing the CEO as well as the ministers through their sons. /// In a series of daily speeches after the operation began, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan blasted the probe and the investigators. He branded the probe a “dirty operation” and the policemen in charge...
  • The End of Erdogan? (Turkey)

    12/22/2013 11:34:46 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 46 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | DECEMBER 20, 2013 | John Hannah
    There's a very big story developing in Turkey that all foreign policy mavens should be watching closely. Exactly how big remains to be seen, but the stakes are huge. At issue: Will the decade-long domination of Turkish politics by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamist-leaning Justice and Development Party (AKP) continue? Or is the Erdogan era about to come crashing down, fatally weakened by scandal, infighting, and authoritarian overreach? Early Tuesday morning, police in Istanbul and Ankara carried out a wave of stunning arrests that included powerful businessmen, the sons of three cabinet ministers, and the head of...
  • Turkish FM: 1915 Armenian deportation inhumane

    12/14/2013 4:36:10 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    Hurriyet ^ | December 13, 2013 | Cansu Camlibel
    The “deportation” of Armenians in 1915 was inhumane, and Turkey has never supported the move, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said yesterday as he made a landmark visit to the country’s long-time foe, Armenia. Accompanied by Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioğlu, Davutoğlu visited Yerevan for the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) group meeting. The top diplomat met with his Armenian counterpart, Edward Nalbandian, on the sidelines of the summit. “We are very pleased with the meeting with Nalbandian; it was candid. The primary aim is to build an environment of dialogue on a strong basis,” Davutoğlu said after the meeting, while...
  • EU puts Turks on 10-year timeline

    10/06/2004 10:25:30 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 15 replies · 293+ views
    The Australian ^ | October 06 2004 | Nicolas Rothwell
    AFTER 40 years of hesitation and seven hard years of reform and lobbying, Turkey is basking today in the most qualified of invitations to begin the process of joining Europe - a continent whose eastern half the Ottoman empire controlled for centuries. A European Commission report released yesterday, which paves the way for a deciding vote by the 25-member European Union at its December summit, was heavily qualified, and Turkish leaders were muted in their expressions of delight at their initial success. Presenting the decision to the European parliament last night, commission president Romano Prodi said it was a "qualified...
  • Azerbaijan’s military exercises in the Caspian: Who is the target?

    05/17/2012 10:44:13 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman
    In mid-April, Azerbaijan’s State Border Service (SBS) reported on the successful completion of week-long tactical exercises in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea. The exercises, called “Protection of Oil and Gas Fields, Platforms, and Export Pipelines,” involved around 1,200 servicemen, 21 ships, 20 speedboats as well as eight helicopters (, April 18). High-ranking military officials including SBS head, General-Lieutenant Elchin Gulyev, and Minister of Defense Safar Abiyev launched and attended the events. The exercises were conducted in three stages and nine tactical tasks were implemented. The first stage involved neutralizing a conventional terrorist group. The group was eliminated with...
  • Stirrings near Iran's oil fields in Khuzestan

    10/29/2005 7:02:24 PM PDT · by strategofr · 12 replies · 620+ views
    The Daily Star (Regional Edition), (Apparently Lebanese) ^ | October 17, 2005 | Iason Athanasiadis
    The genteel two-storey summer retreat at the back of the Institute of Political and International Studies in one of North Tehran's most exclusive neighborhoods may seem like the perfect place of retirement for the Islamic Republic of Iran's more intellectual diplomats. But the senior Iranian diplomat and several-times former ambassador that I'm meeting there today still keeps his ears firmly to the ground. He worries over the discreet Israeli presence in North Iraq and Tel Aviv's alleged support for an independent Kurdistan that would grievously destabilize the region and separate Iraq into three ethnic entities. At the same time, he...
  • Azerbaijan arrests Iranian suspected of planning attack on Israeli embassy in Baku

    11/24/2013 8:44:57 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | November 21, 2013 | Ariel Ben Solomon
    Hasan Faraji, 31, was arrested by Azerbaijani police after displaying “suspicious behavior” while wandering around the Israeli embassy in Baku on October 31. Faraji, who resisted arrest, was sentenced to 30 days of administrative detention, according to the APA news agency. According to Channel 10, Faraji is a part of the Iranian Quds Forces, a special unit of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard that, among other oles, is tasked with planning and executing terrorist attacks against Israeli targets overseas. On Thursday an Iranian diplomat said Faraji denies he was planning any attack... Iranian embassy officials met Faraji in custody... Azerbaijani police raided...
  • Slashing: bloodied Shi’ite Muslims flagellate themselves to mark the death of the Prophet’s grandson

    11/16/2013 4:36:21 AM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 14 November 2013
    Imam Hussein was killed by armies of the Yazid near Karbala in 680 AD. Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Azerbaijan have day as national holiday. Blood-covered young men swarm into the streets as part of a religious procession in Pakistan. Children also take part in the gory ritual self-flagellation which is held ahead of Ashura on the ninth day of Muharram in Peshawar. Shi'a Muslims all over the world pay their respects with the flowing of their blood as they mourn the slaying and martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammad.
  • Begging for US military in Baghdad?

    11/03/2013 1:18:40 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | November 3, 2013 | Brendan Bordelon
    Are things so bad in Iraq that the government in Baghdad would like U.S. troops to return? Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki appealed to President Obama for the U.S. military’s assistance on Friday, after his country suffered its most violent month in over five years. Just under 1,000 people — overwhelmingly civilians — were killed in sectarian violence across Iraq in the last 31 days, making October the deadliest month since the height of the Iraq War in April 2008. The majority died via that hallmark of the Iraqi insurgency, the car bomb. It’s the high-water mark for a rising...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- High Noon Analemma Over Azerbaijan

    10/13/2013 9:13:25 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    NASA ^ | October 14, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Is the Sun always straight up at noontime? No. For example, the Sun never appears directly overhead from locations well north or south of the Earth's equator. Conversely, there is always a place on Earth where the Sun will appear at zenith at noon -- for example on the equator during an equinox. Turning the problem around, however, as in finding where the Sun actually appears to be at high noon, is as easy as waiting for midday, pointing your camera up, and taking a picture. If you do this often enough, you find that as the days march...
  • Google: We Did Not Erase Maps of Georgia

    08/13/2008 7:33:46 PM PDT · by Andy from Beaverton · 15 replies · 122+ views
    My colleague John Markoff wrote earlier Tuesday about the barrage of cyber-attacks on Georgia’s technology infrastructure. Others have covered the story as well. But not all stories appear to be accurate. Several reports suggest that data from Georgia and the neighboring countries of Armenia and Azerbaijan has been stripped from Google Maps. One story says that “the relevant maps went blank as soon as fighting broke out,” according to the Azerbaijan Press Agency.
  • Google has erased all the cities and roads in Georgia!?!

    08/11/2008 8:58:40 PM PDT · by fontoon · 20 replies · 111+ views
    Not that the Russians would use Google for their navigation, but It seems odd that their are no cities on Google maps.
  • Azerbaijan releases election results...before election

    10/10/2013 2:41:43 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 17 replies
    CNBC ^ | 10 Oct 2013 | Matt Clinch
    Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev was elected to serve a third term on Wednesday evening but voting was marred by local media reports that suggested the results were released even before the polls opened. With counting soon to be completed, election officials said last night that Aliyev was one course to receive nearly 85 percent of the votes, with opposition candidate Jamil Hasanly receiving 5 percent. However, 24 hours beforehand, local media outlet Meydan TV reported that the results were accidentally pre-announced by the Central Election Commission of Azerbaijan using a new mobile phone application that the organization has introduced. Users...
  • Lithuania threatens to take Russian region hostage, demands changes in foreign policy

    10/02/2013 9:26:41 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 47 replies
    The Lithuanian Foreign Minister says his country could block land transport to Russia’s Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad if Russia maintains its opposition to stronger trade ties between Ukraine and the European Union. "As you know, the Kaliningrad region is isolated, geographically isolated, so we could apply some measures also to cut something," the Reuters news agency quoted Linas Linkevicius as saying on Wednesday. "Transport, we could cut off trains, but not only trains, also the supply of goods, whatever. It is theoretically possible," the official added. The reporters raised the topic as Lithuania, which currently holds the rotating presidency in...
  • Azerbaijan seen as new front (by Iran's Hezbollah bloody hands global "outreach")

    06/09/2009 4:12:26 AM PDT · by Righting · 294+ views
    latimes ^ | May 30, 2009 | Sebastian Rotella
    Azerbaijan seen as new front in Mideast conflict Hezbollah fighters hold a ceremony in Lebanon for Imad Mughniyah after his assassination in 2008 in Syria. Hezbollah has blamed Israel for his killing and anti-terrorism officials say the alleged plot in Azerbaijan was in retaliation for Mughniyah's killing. Officials say they foiled a plot by Hezbollah and Iran to bomb the Israeli Embassy in revenge for the 2008 slaying of Imad Mughniyah. Anti-terrorism officials fear a new militant hub.
  • Turkey Will Prevent Armenia's Holding of 100th Anniversary of So-Called ‘Armenian Genocide’

    09/21/2013 5:30:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    Turkish Weekly ^ | 21 September 2013
    Turkey will take all necessary measures to prevent activities in connection with the 100th anniversary of the so-called 'Armenian genocide' to be held by Armenia and the Armenian Diaspora, Turkish Ambassador to Azerbaijan Ismail Alper Joshgun told media today. He was commenting on the activities that Armenia might hold in 2015 in connection with 100th anniversary of the so-called 'Armenian genocide'. "Earlier, Armenians voiced far-fetched claims and such claims can be expected in the future," the ambassador added. "Turkey will celebrate the centenary of the Battle of Canakkale in two years," he said. He stressed that Armenia's state ideology is...
  • Startling Revelations from an Iranian Smuggling Case in Hamburg

    09/18/2013 1:43:22 AM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies - Commentary-Opinion ^ | September 17, 2013 | by Matthias Kuentzel
    SNIPPET: "I rarely attend trials, but this one is special. On July 24, 2013, the main hearing in the case of German businessman Rudolf M. and Iranian-Germans Gholamali K., Kianzad K., and Hamid Kh. opened at Hamburg’s Higher Regional Court. The defendants are charged with exporting 92 German-produced specialized valves for use in Iran’s Arak plutonium reactor and arranging the shipment of 856 nuclear-usable valves from India to Iran in 2010 and 2011. The reasons why the UN Security Council has ordered Iran to halt the construction of the Arak reactor are compelling. If this nuclear plant comes online in...
  • Azerbaijan intends to purchase $3 billion modern weapons and military vehicles from South Korea

    08/28/2013 7:44:50 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    APA, Azerbaijan ^ | 26 August 2013
    Azerbaijan intends to purchase $3 billion modern weapons and military vehicles from South Korea Baku. Viktoria Dementyeva-APA. Azerbaijan intends to purchase modern weapons from South Korea, said a source in the South Korean parliament, APA reports quoting Hankook Ilbo publication. According to the source, the intention to purchase modern military vehicles was expressed during the visit of South Korean parliamentary delegation to Azerbaijan. The Azerbaijani side has expressed wish to purchase from South Korea two submarine boats, mine vessel, transport ship, T-50 training planes, K-9 self-propelled artillery vehicle, drones worth $3 billion. These proposals have been given to the government...
  • Azerbaijan Looking For Weapons In South Korea?

    08/27/2013 6:42:49 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 1 replies
    EurasiaNet ^ | 08/27/2013 | Joshua Kucera
    Azerbaijan has reportedly expressed an interest in buying $3 billion worth of weaponry from South Korea, including several items for its nascent navy. That's according to a Korean newspaper report citing South Korean lawmakers and passed on by Azerbaijan news agency APA. Azerbaijan's shopping list reportedly includes two submarine boats, naval destroyers, transport ships, T-50 training planes, attack helicopters, K-9 self-propelled artillery vehicle, drones, and fire control systems. The Azerbaijanis reportedly made clear their intentions during a visit of South Korean parliamentarians to Baku in May. But the Korean story points out two reservations that Seoul has about such a...
  • Time for an Independent Kurdistan

    05/17/2013 2:37:28 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 9 replies
    The American ^ | May 10, 2013 | Jay Hallen
    An independent Kurdistan is now more feasible than ever. The United States should seize this historic opportunity to support a strong ally in the Middle East – and one of the world’s most prominent stateless peoples. Recent events inside Iraq and Syria have made the moral and strategic case for an independent Kurdistan stronger than ever. Likewise, circumstances have shifted such that Turkish acceptance of a peaceful Kurdish state is increasingly evident. The United States would be wise to seize this historic opportunity and lend its diplomatic weight to the Kurdish cause. As Iraq heads toward an uncertain future, potentially...
  • Turkey treating Iraqi Kurdistan 'as independent'

    08/12/2012 11:40:30 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    AFP via Google News ^ | Saturday, August 12, 2012 | AFP
    Turkey has been dealing with Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region as though it were an independent state, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said in a statement released on Saturday. Turkey is "dealing with the (Kurdistan) region as an independent state, and this is rejected by us," Maliki said in a soon-to-be broadcast interview with a Turkish television channel, according to the statement on his website. If Turkey "wants to establish good relations, its relations with the region must be built through the gate of Iraq," Maliki said. His remarks come after Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu visited Kurdistan and made a...
  • Kurdish leaders meet in Turkey for talks on possible Turkish intervention in Iraq

    03/16/2003 6:35:20 PM PST · by a_Turk · 34 replies · 247+ views
    AP ^ | 3/16/2003 | N/A
    ANKARA, Turkey - Top Iraqi Kurdish leaders arrived for talks with Turkish and U.S. officials Sunday on Turkey's plan to send troops into northern Iraq (news - web sites) in the event of a U.S.-led war. With U.S. President George W. Bush (news - web sites) declaring at a summit in the Azores that Monday would be a "moment of truth" on Iraq, Washington has urged Turkey not to unilaterally send its forces across the border if the United States attacks. Kurdish officials warn a Turkish incursion could lead to clashes with their forces in northern Iraq, while U.S. officials...
  • Turkey Has Historical Interests In Northern Iraq - Defence Minister

    08/24/2002 8:27:20 PM PDT · by Davea · 10 replies · 1+ views
    AFP | 08/23-24/02
    Turkey has historical interests in north Iraq — defence minister ANKARA (AFP) — Turkey has historical interests in northern Iraq and will not tolerate the establishment of an independent Kurdish state there, the mass-circulation Milliyet on Thursday cited Defence Minister Sabahattin Cakmakoglu as saying. Northern Iraq “was forcibly separated (from Turkey) ... by manipulating (its) condition at the time,” Cakmakoglu was quoted as saying, referring to the early 1900s when the Ottoman Empire collapsed and Allied Western powers took over swathes of its territories in the Middle East. His statement came in response to a question about alleged plans by...
  • Iraqi Kurdistan: A Safe Haven for Christians?

    01/23/2013 8:00:50 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 2 replies
    VirtueOnline ^ | January 14, 2013 | Alan Wisdom
    Iraq's Christian population has been the target of violence for several years.The Christian community in Iraq has suffered great loss in the decade since the U.S. invasion of 2003. Is there a ray of hope now that Iraq's Assyrian, Chaldean, Armenian, and other Christians can find a secure future in the Kurdistan region? This was the possibility contemplated at a December 5 conference sponsored by Catholic University in Washington, DC. Since 2003, Iraqi Christian homes, businesses, and churches have been targets of repeated violent attacks-bombings, shootings, kidnappings, arsons-perpetrated by militias aligned with other religious and ethnic groups. The central government...
  • Kurds: The Engine of Democracy--A high-ranking Middle Eastern official says it could happen.

    09/20/2007 7:06:48 AM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies · 1+ views ^ | September 20, 2007 | Joseph Puder
    Sherkoh Abbas, President of the Kurdistan National Assembly Syria (KNA-S) was the guest speaker at an Interfaith Taskforce for America and Israel (ITAI) luncheon on Wednesday, August 29, 2007, at Philadelphia’s Union League. ITAI’s chairman Charles Kahn Jr. introduced Mr. Abbas and greeted the roomful of participants, which included a number of Protestant clergymen. Rev. William Sutter delivered the invocation. A native of Western Kurdistan (Syria), Sherkoh Abbas is a longtime Kurdish-American activist who has successfully united the Syrian Kurdish movement, and created a coalition of Syrian opposition groups (Kurdish and Arab), whose aim is to bring freedom and democracy...
  • Turkish police fire tear gas in worst protests for years

    05/31/2013 2:39:08 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5-31-13 | Ayla Jean Yackley
    Thousands of demonstrators massed on streets surrounding Istanbul's central Taksim Square, long a venue for political unrest, while protests erupted in the capital Ankara and the Aegean coastal city of Izmir. Broken glass and rocks were strewn across a main shopping street near Taksim. Primary school children ran crying from the clouds of tear gas while tourists caught by surprise scurried to get back to luxury hotels lining the square. The unrest reflects growing disquiet at the authoritarianism of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP). Riot police clashed with tens of thousands of May...
  • Police Attack Protesters In Istanbul’s Taksim Square

    05/31/2013 2:57:07 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 31,2013 | Tim Arango,Ceylan Yeginsu
    ISTANBUL — Police officers attacked a group of peaceful demonstrators on Friday in Istanbul’s Taksim Square with water cannons and tear gas, sending scores of people, protesters and tourists alike, scurrying into shops and luxury hotels and turning the center of this city into a battle zone at the height of tourist season.
  • Venezuela Receives 13 Russian Armored Vehicles

    03/28/2013 9:42:01 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 28/03/2013
    Venezuela Receives 13 Russian Armored Vehicles MOSCOW, March 28 (RIA Novosti) – Armed forces in Venezuela have received a new batch of Russian amphibious combat vehicles, the Moscow-based Center for Analysis of Global Arms Trade said on Thursday. Thirteen BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles were delivered by sea to the port of Puerto Cabello, the center said. This marks the first report of an arms delivery by sea to Venezuela since the death of President Hugo Chavez in March. Venezuela ordered a total of 123 BMP-3 vehicles in 2009, with the first delivery made in 2011, the center said. It is...
  • Why the West Can't Do Business With Iran (Important read)

    01/18/2013 3:53:50 PM PST · by nuconvert · 7 replies
    Standpoint Mag. ^ | January/February 2013 | AMIR TAHERI
    -excerpt- As far as the Islamic Republic is concerned, anti-Americanism may be even more important than professing Islam. This is why Tehran has forged close ties with the handful of regimes across the globe that, each for a reason of its own, shares that visceral hatred of the US. -exceprt- In the dispute over the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, Iran supported Christian Armenia against Shia Muslim Azerbaijan. The reason was Armenia's close ties with Russia, while Azerbaijan had become an ally of the US and established full diplomatic ties with Israel. What mattered for the Khomeinist regime was not Islam but...
  • Iran Spy Network 30,000 Strong

    01/03/2013 3:07:06 AM PST · by Cindy · 18 replies
    THE WASHINGTON FREE BEACON ^ | January 3, 2013 4:59 am | Bill Gertz
    "IRAN SPY NETWORK 30,000 STRONG Pentagon report: Iranian intelligence linked to spying, terror attacks" SNIPPET: "Iran’s intelligence service includes 30,000 people who are engaged in covert and clandestine activities that range from spying to stealing technology to terrorist bombings and assassination, according to a Pentagon report." SNIPPET: "“MOIS provides financial, material, technological, or other support services to Hamas, Hezbollah, and al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), all designated terrorist organizations under U.S. Executive Order 13224,” the report said. The spy service operates in all areas where Iran has interests, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Central Asia, Africa, Austria, Azerbaijan, Croatia, France,...
  • Outsiders can’t inflict changes in regime

    11/09/2012 7:57:46 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 6 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Friday, November 9, 2012 | G. Parthasarathy
    The Bashar al-Assad rule in Syria has come under heavy fire from people who believe that the regime must quit over its atrocities. But any attempt by the US-led West to impose a replacement will backfire soon India’s oil-rich western neighbourhood, extending from the Arabian Sea to the Bosporus, is engulfed in conflicts arising from sectarian and civilisational rivalries, aggravated by the meddling of external powers. With an arsenal of over 100 nuclear weapons, Pakistan is today witnessing a period of internal strife, largely arising from the pernicious role of its military establishment and tensions across its disputed borders with...
  • Officials from Azerbaijan, Albania, Kazakhstan Will Watch U.S. Election to Make Sure It's Free, Fair

    10/22/2012 12:39:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 40 replies
    cnsnews ^ | October 22, 2012 | Patrick Goodenough
    Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev meets with President Obama at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington in April 2010. (AP Photo/File) ( – When American voters go to the polls next month, among those observing the election will be monitors from four countries judged by the veteran democracy watchdog Freedom House as “not free” and another six it regards as “partly free.”The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) observers will “assess these elections for compliance with international obligations and standards for democratic elections.”They will also look into voter-identification and other laws which critics have labeled “racially discriminatory.”In a...
  • Tiny Azerbaijan unleashes pop-power against Iran’s mullahs

    10/15/2012 12:11:25 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 14, 2012 | By Joby Warrick
    BAKU, Azerbaijan — The latest weapon in this country’s ideological war with Iran arrived late last month in an armada of jets from California, accompanied by a private security force, dazzling pyrotechnics and a wardrobe that consisted of sequins and not much else. A crowd of nearly 30,000 gathered to watch as the leader of this mini-invasion pranced onto a stage built on the edge of the Caspian Sea. With a shout of “Hello, lovers!” Jennifer Lopez wiggled out of her skirt and launched into a throbbing disco anthem, delighting her Azerbaijani fans and — it was hoped — infuriating...
  • Armenia: Launching of New Airport in Karabakh May Lead to Unpredictable Consequences

    10/11/2012 3:09:21 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies
    During the second half of September 2012, several Armenian news agencies reported that Khojali Airport in Azerbaijan’s breakaway region of Karabakh was about to be reopened (, September 26). The Khojali Airport near Khankendi (also called Stepanakert in Armenian) was built in 1974 and was intended to serve flights from Baku. Since the outbreak of war in 1992, the airport has remained shut down, but in 2008, the Armenian government began undertaking reconstruction efforts. The airport’s capacity is planned to serve around 100 passengers per hour. In December 2011, the Armenian media reported that Eduardo Ernekyan, an Argentine businessman of...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Sunrise Analemma (with a little extra)

    09/20/2012 3:46:22 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    NASA ^ | September 20, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: An analemma is that figure-8 curve that you get when you mark the position of the Sun at the same time each day throughout planet Earth's year. In this case, 17 individual images taken at 0231 UT on dates between April 2 and September 16 follow half the analemma curve, looking east toward the rising sun and the Caspian sea from the boardwalk in the port city of Baku, Azerbaijan. With the sun nearest the horizon, those dates almost span the period between the 2012 equinoxes on March 20 and September 22. The northern summer Solstice on June 20...
  • Despite Photo, State Dept. Says U.S. Envoy Didn't Bow to Statue of Dictator

    09/05/2012 9:35:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 47 replies
    CNS News ^ | 9/5/12 | Patrick Goodenough
    ( – The Obama administration’s new ambassador to Azerbaijan raised eyebrows this week with a gesture interpreted by some as paying homage to the country’s late dictator – a one-time KGB general installed by military coup who oversaw an autocratic regime before handing power to his son. “The new U.S. envoy to Azerbaijan, Richard Morningstar, has honored memory of national leader of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev,” the Azeri news site News.Az reported. “The newly appointed ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the United States in Azerbaijan visited the monument to great leader in the park in front of the Heydar Aliyev’s Palace....
  • UPDATE 2-Syria to be suspended from int'l Islamic body -diplomat

    08/13/2012 6:00:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Monday, August 13, 2012 | unattributed
    Syria will be suspended from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation on Wednesday for its violent suppression of a 17-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, a diplomat said on Monday ahead of an emergency OIC summit in Mecca. "The resolution regarding the suspension of the Syrian membership in the OIC is not facing obstacles ... It will be approved," said the diplomat, speaking on the sidelines of a preliminary foreign ministers meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He said the decision was likely to be formally announced at the end of the second day of the summit, which was called by Saudi...
  • Do you think it is not related to the energy wars?

    07/01/2012 7:22:46 AM PDT · by a_Turk · 2 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | 6/30/2012 | MURAT YETKİN
    Russian energy giant Gazprom issued a brief statement on June 29 which actually touches on many political problems in the greater geography surrounding Turkey. It said that the company is ready to send more gas to Turkey if necessary, but from 2018 on Turkey could ask help from Azerbaijan as well. Reuters got it right when it called the statement a threat; a threat to both Turkey and Azerbaijan. The date the Russian company named, 2018, is the planned completion date for the TANAP (Trans-Anatolian) pipeline, which will carry Azerbaijani natural gas to Europe, a $7 billion project which was...
  • Azerbaijan-Turkmenistan Relations: Shattered Brotherhood

    06/28/2012 1:11:23 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies
    Azerbaijan-Turkmenistan relations, which experienced a significant thaw since the death of Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov (Turkmenbashi), deteriorated again last week (June 19). The most recent conflict began when Turkmenistan started undertaking seismic work on a disputed oilfield in the Caspian Sea. The oilfield, discovered by Azerbaijani geologists, is called Kapyaz in Azeri and Serdar in Turkmen. Reserves in the oilfield total around 150 million barrels of oil. In response, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry summoned Turkmenistan’s ambassador in Baku, Toyly Komekov, where Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov expressed Azerbaijan`s strong protest over the violation of the agreement. The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry...
  • Encouraging Iran by doing nothing

    06/06/2012 7:05:49 AM PDT · by Milagros · 1 replies
    WoPo ^ | May 28, 2012 | J. Rubin
    Encouraging Iran by doing nothing Washington Post (blog) - May 28, 2012 By Jennifer Rubin This is just the latest incident in Iran's war against the West, and against the United States specifically. Iran has facilitated deaths of Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan. It plotted to kill a Saudi diplomat on our soil. And now this. Does the Obama administration retaliate for these acts of aggression? No, and in fairness the Bush administration enacted no penalty either for the deaths of U.S. troops in Iraq or Afghanistan attributable to Iranian IEDs.
  • Azerbaijan: Bomb Plot Revealed in Baku

    06/05/2012 9:05:18 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies
    On May 30, the Ministry of National Security (MNS) of Azerbaijan reported that two weeks earlier it had neutralized an armed group of Sunni Islamist militants who planned to kill the President of Azerbaijan and carry out bomb attacks during the Eurovision Song Contest. Azerbaijani special services detained 40 members of the group, and their leader, Vugar Padarov, was killed during the special operation (TURAN, May 30). The official statement of the MNS gave other details of the plot. Reportedly, the group had planned (though never carried out) an assassination attempt on President Ilham Aliyev during his visit to the...
  • Newspaper: Iran-linked operatives attempted to assassinate U.S., Israeli diplomats

    05/28/2012 4:49:17 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    JTA ^ | May 28, 2012 | unattributed, Washington Post
    Operatives linked to Iran tried to kill foreign diplomats, including Israelis and Americans, in at least seven countries over 13 months, the Washington Post reported. New evidence uncovered by investigators in four countries linked the assassination attempts to either Iran-backed Hezbollah militants or operatives based inside Iran, the Post reported Monday, citing U.S. and Middle Eastern security officials. The officials reportedly said that the assassination attempts stopped in early spring, when Iran began to take a softer tone with the West. Shortly after, Iranian officials formally accepted a proposal to resume negotiations with six world powers on proposals to limit...
  • What’s Going On in Azerbaijan? The Iran-al Qaeda alliance.

    04/27/2012 10:52:18 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | May 7, 2012 | Thomas Joscelyn
    On April 18, just days after a U.S.-led coalition wrapped up the first round of renewed nuclear negotiations with Iran, the Republic of Azerbaijan made an announcement. In a statement released online, Azerbaijan’s Ministry of National Security said it had “conducted large-scale special operations” to disband a terrorist cell of about 20 al Qaeda-linked operatives. The alleged terrorists reportedly had plans to attack “shrines, mosques, and prayer houses” in addition to “law-enforcement agencies.” Their intent, according to Azerbaijani officials, was “to create [an] atmosphere of .  .  . confusion and horror among the population.” Al Qaeda has operated in Azerbai-jan since the...