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  • Iran Says US Holding Secret Talks to Restore Diplomatic Ties

    11/09/2014 10:53:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    INN ^ | 11/10/2014, 7:35 AM | Ari Yashar
    As the US and world powers approach a November 24 deadline on nuclear talks with Iran, governmental sources in the Islamic regime have reported that they are conducting secret talks with America about renewing diplomatic ties for the first time in 35 years. Iranian government advisers spoke to the British Times, and said secret talks with American officials have centered around the possibility of opening a US trade office in the Iranian capital of Tehran if a nuclear deal is reached. Those talks are to continue this week, and according to the officials will take place in the Azerbaijani capital...
  • 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...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Baku Moonrise

    12/08/2012 10:58:48 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    NASA ^ | December 08, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: A Full Moon rises in this waterfront scene. Its colorful, watery reflection is joined by harbor lights and a windowed skyscraper's echo of the western horizon just after sunset. The tantalizing image is a composite of frames recorded at 2 minute intervals on November 28 from the Caspian Sea port city of Baku, Azerbaijan. Still, this Full Moon was not really as big or as bright as others, though it might be hard to tell. In fact, November 28's Full Moon was near apogee, making it the smallest Full Moon of 2012. As it rose over the Baku boardwalk...
  • 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...
  • Newspaper: Iran-linked operatives attempted to assassinate U.S., Israeli diplomats

    05/28/2012 4:49:17 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 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...
  • Israel's Secret Staging Ground

    03/30/2012 1:31:57 AM PDT · by U-238 · 17 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 3/30/2012 | Mark Perry
    In 2009, the deputy chief of mission of the U.S. embassy in Baku, Donald Lu, sent a cable to the State Department's headquarters in Foggy Bottom titled "Azerbaijan's discreet symbiosis with Israel." The memo, later released by WikiLeaks, quotes Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev as describing his country's relationship with the Jewish state as an iceberg: "nine-tenths of it is below the surface." Why does it matter? Because Azerbaijan is strategically located on Iran's northern border and, according to several high-level sources I've spoken with inside the U.S. government, Obama administration officials now believe that the "submerged" aspect of the Israeli-Azerbaijani...
  • Azerbaijan Arrests Iran backed Attack Plotters

    03/14/2012 5:06:05 PM PDT · by Cindy · 8 replies
    AFP via THIS DAY LIVE.com ^ | March 14, 2012 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "Azerbaijan has arrested 22 people on suspicion of plotting attacks on the US and Israeli embassies in Baku on behalf of neighbouring Iran, the national security ministry said Wednesday." SNIPPET: ""On orders of the Sepah they were to commit terrorist acts against the US, Israeli and other Western states' embassies and the embassies' employees," it said. The ministry said that the suspects were recruited from 1999 onwards and trained in the use of weapons and spy techniques at military camps in Iran to enable them to gather information on foreign embassies, organisations and companies in Azerbaijan and stage attacks,...
  • Scandinavian Ancestry -- Tracing Roots to Azerbaijan

    12/15/2001 2:43:28 PM PST · by spycatcher · 56 replies · 3,406+ views
    Azerbaijan International ^ | Summer 2000 | Thor Heyerdahl
        Summer 2000 (8.2) Scandinavian Ancestry Tracing Roots to Azerbaijan by Thor Heyerdahl Above: Thor Heyerdahl with Peruvian children who still construct traditional boats made of reeds, the principle material that enabled early migrations on trans-oceanic voyages. Courtesy: Thor Heyerdahl. Archeologist and historian Thor Heyerdahl, 85, has visited Azerbaijan on several occasions during the past two decades. Each time, he garners more evidence to prove his tantalizing theory - that Scandinavian ancestry can be traced to the region now known as Azerbaijan. Heyerdahl first began forming this hypothesis after visiting Gobustan, an ancient cave dwelling found 30 miles ...
  • Azerbaijan Thwarts Terror Attack Against Israel, Jewish Targets

    01/24/2012 12:43:11 AM PST · by Cindy · 9 replies
    HAARETZ.com ^ | Published 01:48 23.01.12Latest update 01:48 23.01.12 | By Eli Shvidler
    "Azerbaijan thwarts terror attack against Israeli, Jewish targets Security official in Baku links Iran to planned operation; three men detained." SNIPPET: "Three men were detained last week after planning to attack two Israelis employed by a Jewish school in Baku, the Azerbaijan Ministry of National Security has revealed. Meanwhile, an Azeri commentator considered close to the republic's president has launched a scathing indictment of Iran. The Azeri ministry said it had arrested a cell that planned to "kill public activists," before it became apparent that the intended victims were two Israeli Chabad emissaries, a rabbi and a teacher employed by...
  • Azerbaijani youth protest against opposition leader

    04/02/2011 3:36:58 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    Azerbaijan in English ^ | Saturday, April 2, 2011 | Trend T.Hajiyev
    Azerbaijani youth group on Saturday held a protest in front of the house of Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan (PFPA) Head Ali Kerimli. The action was organized to protest against the policy pursued by Kerimli. The action was attended by over 200 people, who voiced slogans "Shame on Ali Kerimli", "Shame on those who split the Azerbaijani youth" and "Azerbaijani youth know who you are". The protesters stressed that the Azerbaijani youth stand for the social and political stability. Eggs were thrown at the protesters from Kerimli's house. Obscenities were also shouted from the opposition leaders' house. This is the...
  • ...Baku Increased Security Awareness

    12/12/2009 1:18:36 AM PST · by Cindy · 8 replies · 610+ views
    SNIPPET - quote: YOU ARE HERE: Home > Reports > Consular Affairs Bulletins > Report Warden Message: Baku Increased Security Awareness CONSULAR AFFAIRS BULLETINS Europe - Azerbaijan 11 Dec 2009 U.S. Embassy Baku issued the following Warden Message on December 11: The Azerbaijani press is reporting that an Azerbaijani citizen, Azer Misirkhanov, was killed in a U.S. missile strike in Afghanistan. Misirkhanov was said to be the commander of a paramilitary group in Afghanistan that was engaged in fighting U.S. and Afghan forces, and was also alleged to be a leader of a radical religious group in Azerbaijan. In addition,...
  • Cell sent by Hezbollah to attack Israeli embassy

    07/09/2009 1:17:52 PM PDT · by Cindy · 20 replies · 2,647+ views
    YNET NEWS.com ^ | Published: 07.09.09, 00:20 / Israel News | n/a
    Azerbaijan media publish segments from hearing of 2 Lebanese, 4 locals accused of planning terror attack on Israeli embassy in capital city, Baku. According to indictment, suspects admit to being sent by Hezbollah, Iranian Revolutionary Guards, and al-Qaeda Ynet Published: 07.09.09, 00:20 / Israel News
  • ONE OF THEIR TARGETS WAS THE GABALA RADAR STATION

    06/12/2009 3:31:33 AM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies · 1,573+ views
    ONE OF THEIR TARGETS WAS THE GABALA RADAR STATION The Gabala radar station is evidently capable of detecting Iranian missile launches. The facility was built by the Soviets and is now leased back from Azerbaijan by Russia. There has been talk of US/Russian cooperation in operating the site for the purpose of monitoring Iranian actions, much to the chagrin of the mullahs.
  • Azerbaijan gunman kills 10 at college

    04/30/2009 4:02:41 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 10 replies · 863+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 30 April 2009 | Luke Harding
    At least 10 people were shot dead this morning and eight injured after a student went on the rampage at his campus in Baku, the capital of oil-rich Caspian state of Azerbaijan. The student opened fire after a dispute with other members of his college faculty, the Russian news agency Interfax reported this morning. He then shot himself. According to witnesses a quarrel erupted on the campus of the Azeri state oil academy in Baku. One student produced a pistol and started shooting at the others point-blank. He then ran into the academy building and continued to fire. The news...
  • "Terrorist act" may have caused Azerbaijan air crash

    12/24/2005 1:56:06 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 6 replies · 469+ views
    Interfax (RU) ^ | December 24, 2005
    BAKU. Dec 24 (Interfax) - Ilham Amirov, deputy general director of Azerbaijani state airline AzAL, said it "cannot be ruled out" that "a terrorist act" caused Friday's crash of an An-140-100 airliner near Baku. Amirov told reporters that the plane had been in use for only about a year. Amirov said the investigation of the crash had produced some preliminary findings, but that investigators have yet to disclose them.
  • "Massive rally" in Azerbaijan - (where was western media for this PRO-BUSH rally?)

    06/06/2005 3:53:37 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 10 replies · 746+ views
    A.I.M.ORG ^ | JUNE 6, 2005 | SHERRIE GOSSETT
    Did you miss this story from the Guardian (via AP)? BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) - About 10,000 opposition protesters chanted "Freedom!'' and carried pictures of President Bush as they marched across Azerbaijan's capital Saturday, urging the government of this U.S. ally to step down and allow free parliamentary elections this year.... Supporters of several opposition parties chanted "Freedom!'' and "Free Elections!'' while holding placards with such slogans as "Down with robber government!'' Some carried a picture of Bush with the inscription: "We want freedom!''
  • Protesters March in Azerbaijan Capital [shouting for freedom]

    06/04/2005 11:38:46 AM PDT · by Wiz · 13 replies · 382+ views
    Associated Press via Yahoo! News ^ | 2005 Jun 5 | Aida Sultanova
    BAKU, Azerbaijan - About 10,000 opposition protesters chanted "Freedom!" and carried pictures of President Bush as they marched across Azerbaijan's capital Saturday, urging the government of this U.S. ally to step down and allow free parliamentary elections this year. The massive rally in Baku was the largest opposition demonstration in the former Soviet republic since October 2003, when one person died and nearly 200 were injured in clashes between police and demonstrators protesting vote-rigging in the presidential election. Tensions have been building steadily in this oil-rich Caspian Sea nation in the run-up to parliamentary elections set for November, leading some...
  • Black gold brings hope of return to the glory days of a century ago

    05/24/2005 3:50:15 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 5 replies · 834+ views
    The Times ^ | May 25, 2005 | Jeremy Page
    A new pipeline will pump Azeri oil to the mediterranean directlyTHE elegant mansions of Baku’s first boom town are crumbling and overgrown, hollow relics of the days when this port on the Caspian Sea provided half the world’s oil. The original oil barons — the Nobels and Rothschilds — abandoned them when Baku’s oil industry was nationalised after the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. But almost a century later, the city stands on the brink of a second oil boom with the official opening today of a controversial pipeline built to take Caspian oil to the energy-hungry West. President Aliyev of Azerbaijan...
  • Caspian oil set for fast flow to the West

    05/07/2005 1:35:15 AM PDT · by M. Espinola · 7 replies · 611+ views
    BBC-News ^ | May 5th, 2005 | Baku, Azerbaijan
    As growing concerns about dwindling global reserves help maintain oil prices close to the $50 a barrel mark, a major supply route linking newly developed oil and gas fields in the Caspian Sea with western markets is due to be opened. The pipeline is expected to spark an economic boom in Baku Within the next few weeks, oil from the Caspian will start flowing into a 1,762 kilometres long pipeline. The pipeline will run from Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, via near Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, and across eastern Turkey to the port of Ceyhan, on Turkey's Mediterranean coast....
  • Russia Accused of Plot to Sabotage Georgian Oil Pipeline (Baku-Ceyhan)

    12/01/2003 12:27:10 PM PST · by Shermy · 25 replies · 243+ views
    Guardian ^ | December 1, 2003 | Nick Paton Walsh
    A £2bn pipeline to carry Caspian oil to Europe through Georgia risks being damaged by Chechen mercenaries or ecological saboteurs sponsored by Russian intelligence, a senior Georgian security official and sources in Moscow claim. The GRU, the sophisticated elite of Russia's military intelligence corps, has allegedly allocated money towards hiring or training eco-warriors and mercenaries to sabotage the 1,100-mile project, which is run by a consortium headed by BP and is expected to be operational by 2005. "We are aware of this threat," a Georgian cabinet member said. "The pipeline is a key strategic interest to Georgia and we are...
  • Memories

    12/20/2002 10:45:27 AM PST · by Davis · 170+ views
    Conversations with Trentino ^ | 12-20-02 | Trentino
    "Knowing that Baku is the capital of Azerbaijan is trivial. But it's good to know. You certainly would want to know that London is the capital of England, Paris, of France, and so on. You want to know facts. You want to know as much as you can. How do you know things unless they're in your memory?" "I've heard you inveigh against John Dewey and Progressive education, Maestro," said Ian, "but I read in the Spectator that the U.K. Secretary of Education is bound and determined to sweep away the old pedagogy, teachers teaching facts and subjects. As near...