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Once-in-a-Lifetime Food Fest

Sharon Hoge | Posted 10.06.2015 | Travel
Sharon Hoge

Inevitably, eating is an important activity. Patient queues wait for cones of Belgian French fries, cups of gelato, and table service indoors and out.

Shelly Porges Supports Women Entrepreneurs Globally and Hillary Clinton

Wendy Diamond | Posted 08.17.2015 | Women
Wendy Diamond

When you think of a woman on a passionate mission to support budding women entrepreneurs globally, you naturally envision a successful and accomplished woman herself, right? Shelly Porges is just that woman.

Trump Tarnishes Image for a Fistful of Dollars in Azerbaijan

Harut Sassounian | Posted 08.12.2015 | Entertainment
Harut Sassounian

Donald Trump, by associating himself with questionable business partners in a oppressive regime, risks tarnishing his reputation for a fistful of dollars in the midst of a presidential campaign!

From The European Games To Formula 1: How Sport Is Ignoring Human Rights

Phil Bloomer | Posted 08.04.2015 | Impact
Phil Bloomer

The photo -- and the event itself -- gave the president a patina of international legitimacy and credibility. That's exactly why the International Olympic Committee, whose values purport to be 'Friendship, Respect, Excellence,' should never have permitted the European Games to take place in Azerbaijan, a country with a dismal human rights record.

Khadija Ismayilova on Trial: A Lesson in Courage for the International Community

Christophe Deloire | Posted 07.24.2015 | World
Christophe Deloire

Four years after the Arab Spring, is it still possible to imagine that an ultra-repressive regime is the best defense against instability? Must we turn a blind eye to this regime's human rights violations because of its "secular" nature?

5 Misconceptions About Doing Business in Emerging Markets

Kosta Petrov | Posted 07.14.2015 | Business
Kosta Petrov

What still fascinates me is people's reaction when I tell them about the countries that we work with. I am convinced that some of them, no matter what I say, still think that I am a spy for some secret organization, which would be really exciting, but is far away from the truth.

Top 5 Countries That Should Be on Obama's Itinerary

Committee to Protect Journalists | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics
Committee to Protect Journalists

In the past two days Ethiopia released six journalists from prison, an unprecedented development in one of Africa's most repressive countries for the media. The releases happened in advance of President Obama's trip to Ethiopia later this month.

Foreign Lobbyist Gets Free Platform at Georgetown University, Atlantic Council

Till Bruckner | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Till Bruckner

The specter of foreign powers and their lobbyists distorting America's democratic system may worry ordinary Americans, but it seems that few inside the Beltway share their concerns.

'The Great Invisible': A Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Documentary Poses Unanswered Questions About Our Oil Addiction

John J. Berger | Posted 06.12.2015 | Green
John J. Berger

The story of the BP Deepwater Horizon is a cautionary tale about the dangers of offshore drilling to people and the environment. It was the nation's worst oil spill and filmmaker Margaret Brown is right to revisit this tragedy in her recently released documentary.

Iran's Writing on the Wall: Ethnic Minorities and Others Assert Themselves

James Dorsey | Posted 06.04.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Recent months have witnessed a series of unrelated, nationwide protests in Iran by teachers demanding salary hikes as well as ethnic groups decrying government abuse and calling for greater rights.

Bearing Witness

Annie Lascoe | Posted 05.19.2015 | Women
Annie Lascoe

Until that February evening, I had never known of the pain that screams from the earth in that small village in the mountains of Caucasia.

Ethnic Tensions Spill Onto Iranian Soccer Pitches

James Dorsey | Posted 05.16.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

Against a backdrop of the violent redrawing of the map of the Middle East as minorities assert their rights, rebels challenge the existing order, and militant Islamists seek to carve up the post-colonial order, Iranian soccer pitches are signalling that the Islamic republic is not totally immune to the region's upheaval.

Europe's Map Is Redrawn As Azerbaijan Goes East

Till Bruckner | Posted 06.26.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

Goodbye, Azerbajian. It would be dishonest to say that we Europeans will miss you; few people over here will even notice that you've left. But it's sad to see you leaving the family nonetheless.

Are Low Oil Prices Here to Stay?

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

It's often said that you can't get economists to agree on anything. Well, oil economists certainly can't agree on future prices, with commentators suggesting anything from $20 to $200. Seldom has there been such a discrepancy in forecasting, though the median forecasts seem to be somewhere between $60 and $70.

By Recalling Its Ambassador from the Vatican, Turkey Helped Publicize Pope's Affirmation of Armenian Genocide

Harut Sassounian | Posted 06.23.2015 | World
Harut Sassounian

The Turkish government's overreaction and the Pope's refusal to apologize for his remarks made international headlines on TV networks, websites and newspapers around the world.

Norouz at the 'People's House' as Inspiration for Pluralism

Marjan Keypour Greenblatt | Posted 05.16.2015 | World
Marjan Keypour Greenblatt

This week, over 200 men and women representing a diversity of ethnicities, languages, professions and political views gathered to participate in what was perhaps the largest celebration of the ancient holiday of Norouz, the Persian New Year at the White House.

International Sports Associations Caught Between $ Signs and Human Rights Ideals

James Dorsey | Posted 05.13.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

To achieve its goal and avert any risk of being deprived of the right to host the World Cup, Qatar will have to follow through on its promises to significantly improve workers' working and living conditions.

Azerbaijan Must Release All Imprisoned Journalists

Dunja Mijatović | Posted 05.02.2015 | Media
Dunja Mijatović

Journalists and free-expression advocates sit in Azerbaijani jails in record numbers. Their lot is growing. The systematic shutdown of dissenting voices and their outlets are clear violations of commitments on free media and free expression that Azerbaijan has signed on to as a participating State of the OSCE.

Israel's Closest Muslim Ally

Paul Alexander | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics
Paul Alexander

While Muslim-dominated countries like Iran harbor contempt for Israel -- the reason Netanyahu is speaking to Congress -- Azerbaijan could not be more different. As one publication recently pointed out, "What started as a marriage of convenience has netted Israel its closest Muslim ally."

Yizkor for Khojaly: Sharing Sorrow and Hope

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 04.27.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

On the world's stage, Jews and Muslims are viewed as mortal enemies. This weekend in our synagogue, we demonstrated that not only do Jews and Muslims have the capacity to be at peace -- they can even be friends.

Adam Bakri's 'Portrait Chinois': Discovering the Next Superstar, with Omar's Help...

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.25.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

I asked Bakri to disclose a few things about himself, in the first person. Hidden within his answers is the key to his present and future success.

At The Ends Of The Earth... And In The Middle Of The Energy Wars

Ozy | Emily Cadei | Posted 01.22.2015 | World

By EMILY CADEI -- OZY There aren’t many places Ed Chow could fly to that would be farther from his Washington D.C. base than that nearly impossib...

Ten Days in the Life of Ilham Aliyev, President of Absurdistan

Till Bruckner | Posted 03.06.2015 | Politics
Till Bruckner

Half a world away, the State Department said that it was "concerned", and called on Azerbaijan to conduct a "transparent" investigation in line with Baku's "international commitment to protecting media freedom." Human rights activists were not impressed.

Who Is Shushing State on Azerbaijan's Detention of Khadija Ismayilova?

Till Bruckner | Posted 03.01.2015 | Politics
Till Bruckner

Why are America's diplomats not speaking out loudly and clearly on Khadija Ismayilova's behalf? Why has the State Department not joined Europe's diplomats in publicly demanding her immediate release from jail?

Radio Station Raided By Azerbaijan Police

AP | Posted 02.25.2015 | Media

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — A U.S. federal agency on Friday strongly condemned the raid and closure of the offices of a U.S.-funded radio station in Aze...