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Jeff Burbank holds a B.A. degree in political science from University of California, Berkeley, and received a M.A. in Communications/Print Journalism at American University in Washington, D.C. He has taught business writing and news reporting at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and academic English at San Jose State University. He has more than 15 years experience as a news reporter and editor. He is the author of four books. His son, Alex, 22, lives in Italy, and his daughter, Ansley, 12, resides with her father in San Jose, Calif.

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With Eurovision 2012 Around The Corner, Azerbaijan Gets Much Unwanted Attention

(2) Comments | Posted May 18, 2012 | 5:24 PM

Up to a year ago, Azerbaijan, an oil-and-gas powerhouse about the size of the state of Maine, was a little-known former Soviet republic on the Caspian Sea just north of Iran. Soon, however, the eyes of more than a half billion people will be watching live as it hosts the...

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Gingrich Donor Adelson Scared Israeli TV Station Into Humiliating Apology

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2012 | 5:42 PM

The billionaire Sheldon Adelson's $5 million donation to Republican Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign, coupled with another $5 million from Adelson's wife Miriam, has been called "among the largest known political donations in U.S. History." But the Boston-native Adelson also puts his mighty wealth and influence to work in...

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After Knox Verdict, Italians Try to Save Face

(725) Comments | Posted October 10, 2011 | 5:02 PM

When I was in northern Italy last May, I was taken aback by the smart, professional Italians I talked to who were more-than-convinced that Amanda Knox was guilty of murder. Not only that, they were very defensive about it. I tried in vain to argue that the DNA evidence did...

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Cities, Counties Need to Create 'Town Journalist' Job to Make up for Decline in Local News Coverage

(3) Comments | Posted September 14, 2011 | 10:49 AM

Cities and counties in America should hire journalists to watch and write about them. Yes, use a modest amount of public money to employ a full-time, professional news writer in a government position, perhaps called the "Town Journalist." This person could have a small staff -- or no staff at...

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Will 'Pop Music Diplomacy' Delay War in a Long, Bitter Azerbaijan-Armenia Land Dispute?

(9) Comments | Posted August 17, 2011 | 10:55 AM

Azerbaijan is set to host next year's Eurovision Song Contest, an American Idol-type show watched by 125 million European TV viewers this year, when the little-known country was the surprise winner. But will the expressed willingness of Azerbaijan to let its arch-enemy Armenia take part in the 2012 competition produce...

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Azerbaijan's Autocratic President Keeps Pro-Democracy Activists at Bay

(2) Comments | Posted April 13, 2011 | 11:39 AM

Ilham Aliyev, Azerbaijan's president, maintains an amazingly busy schedule these days, as he competes for public favor with a young generation of Azeri protesters who have built momentum in recent weeks toward what they hope leads to a society free of his authoritarian rule that clamps down on the news...

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Is Baku The Next Dubai? (PHOTOS)

(23) Comments | Posted March 18, 2011 | 4:44 PM

Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, a city poised on the Caspian Sea between Russia and Iran, has ranked atop Forbes' list of the 25 most polluted cities -- largely due to its oil and gas industries and almost uncontrolled auto emissions -- since 2008. But this small, cash-rich nation of...

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