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

Marjan Keypour Greenblatt | Posted 03.16.2015 | 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 03.13.2015 | 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 03.02.2015 | 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 02.26.2015 | 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 02.25.2015 | 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...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

U.S., Iran Explore Renewing Diplomatic Relations: Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. and Iran are still not certain whether they will achieve a deal on the latter's nuclear program by a deadline later this month ...

U.S. Foreign Policy Manipulation via Media Is Systemic, Warns Expert

Till Bruckner | Posted 11.22.2014 | Media
Till Bruckner

Foreign policy pundits have had a rough time recently in Washington, D.C.

Reflections from Halfway Across Asia

David Kroodsma | Posted 11.17.2014 | Green
David Kroodsma

I'm writing this from a hotel by the Bibi Fatima hot springs about 1,500 feet up the side of the Wakhan valley. Across the valley, on the other side of the Panj River, I can see Afghanistan and the Hindu Kush mountains.

Best of Venice: Nabat, Because Paradise Lies Beneath a Woman's Feet

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 11.11.2014 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

The story of Nabat is about much more than what we're told on the big screen. It's the story of all mothers, of all women who long for a place, and simply cannot let go of it.

Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Through War or Peace

Claude Salhani | Posted 11.04.2014 | World
Claude Salhani

Armenia and Azerbaijan, who are in a state of war despite a ceasefire, have three options on how to approach the stalemated conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, a dispute that lasted more than two decades.

As Conflict Escalates, Dictator Ilham Aliyev Needs to Be Stopped

Christopher Atamian | Posted 10.12.2014 | Politics
Christopher Atamian

The United States and Russia should accelerate their efforts in this direction before it is too late. Let's put an end to historical or territorial recriminations. Both Azerbaijan and Armenia have enough territory to survive and prosper. And without each other, neither country will reach its true potential -- economic or otherwise.

Think Big, Act Now for Nature: Unexpected Common Ground Between Montana, Azerbaijan and the Middle East

Sean Gerrity | Posted 09.16.2014 | Green
Sean Gerrity

Innovation, persistence, and an attitude of mutuality in the midst of intense sociological and political resistance is the key to creating more large-scale natural places that people will visit and cherish for hundreds of years into the future.

Discovering Azerbaijan in Cannes: A Talk with the Torn Cast and Crew

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 08.06.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

While a cacophony of media and breaking news buzz around us in our daily lives, I personally need the human touch to help me understand a country or a situation. And for that human touch I turn to art, music or even better, cinema to get me to the heart of the matter.

The Cannes Diaries: Ending on a High Note with Jimmy's Hall

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.24.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

Cannes was full of unusual discussions and strange happenings.

From Houston to Baku: America's Local Foreign Policymaking

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Joshua W. Walker

Just as Texas is the historic result of an independent country proudly joining the United States while preserving its own and Mexican heritage, Azerbaijan is the culmination of three elemental tendencies that accentuate the pivotal nature of its geographic position.

Ride for Climate: A Bicycle Journey Across Asia

David Kroodsma | Posted 06.23.2014 | Green
David Kroodsma

The real reason we're doing this ride is the same reason we chose careers focused on global environmental issues: We're fascinated by our planet, and we want to explore it in order to better understand it and meet the people with whom we share it.

Threats to European Energy Sector Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Daniel J. Graeber | Posted 05.26.2014 | Business
Daniel J. Graeber

Beneath the din of the Western furor over the Russian annexation of Crimea, BP announced it awarded more than $800 million in contracts for the development of the Shah Deniz II gas field offshore Azerbaijan.

Rulers Who Use the Social Media They Ban

Freedom House | Posted 04.26.2014 | Technology
Freedom House

by Cyrus Rassool Program Associate, Internet Freedom Iran's rulers have actively used social media for international diplomacy and even for mess...

Behind Closed Doors in Saudi Arabia. Interview with Olivia Arthur

Global Yodel | Posted 03.16.2014 | World
Global Yodel

In 2009, photographer Olivia Arthur traveled to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to teach a photography class for women. Over the course of the two-week worksh...

Visiting the Caucasus: Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan

Katie Aune | Posted 02.05.2014 | Travel
Katie Aune

Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan seem to be well-kept secrets from many Western travelers. With a fascinating history, a plethora of attractions and relatively low prices, the region shouldn't stay a secret for long.