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PHOTOS: The Mystery And Charm Of Azerbaijan

Paul Steele | Posted 06.20.2012 | Travel
Paul Steele

Ignited natural gas rises from the ground, creating stunning if not shocking sites that, hundreds and hundreds of years ago, attracted Hindu fire worshippers.

Israel's Secret Staging Ground

Foreign Policy | MARK PERRY | Posted 03.29.2012 | World

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 title...

How Satire Can Save the World

Paula Goldman | Posted 05.15.2012 | Impact
Paula Goldman

You're an activist in Kenya. You're mad about corruption in your country -- with hundreds of millions of dollars meant to aid people in poverty being siphoned off by greedy officials. You want to speak out, but worry that doing so might put your life in danger. What should you do?

President Putin's Cold War Thinking With Azerbaijan

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 05.14.2012 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

The Gabala Radar Station is a symbolic yet pivotal actor in the missile defense question that has preoccupied the U.S. and Russian for some years. Its fate symbolizes Russia's new President's attitude toward the former Soviet satellites.

World's Biggest Food Company Cuts Off Entire Country

Posted 03.08.2012 | Home

Nestle, the world's largest food company, has severed all trade ties with the country of Azerbaijan. The company says it made this decision due to sup...

Azerbaijan: Homeowners Evicted for City Beautification

Human Rights Watch | Posted 04.30.2012 | World
Human Rights Watch

"What the authorities are doing in Baku violates national and international law: they are evicting homeowners on a dramatic scale, in some cases for completely non-essential purposes."

Iranian Journalist Jailed

AP | Posted 04.21.2012 | Media

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — An Iranian journalist has been arrested and jailed in Azerbaijan as tensions rise between the two neighbors. ...

Take A Trip To Azerbaijan

Posted 01.31.2012 | Arts

A new exhibit at a London gallery is showing the art work of 21 contemporary artists from Azerbaijan. Simon de Pury commented on his visit to the coun...

A New Tallest Building In The World?

AP | Posted 03.25.2012 | World

BAKU, Azerbaijan -- A property developer in oil-rich Azerbaijan says the company is aiming to construct the world's tallest building on a chain of art...

Azerbaijan's Innovative Solution to Global Unemployed Muslim Youth

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 01.29.2012 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

The work of young entrepreneurs in Azerbaijan is off to a promising start and offers a fine example for young Muslims to emulate all over the developing world.

New UN Security Council Stays Politically Divided

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 12.25.2011 | World
Evelyn Leopold

After 16 rounds of marathon voting, Azerbaijan, a former Soviet Republic, won a seat on the U.N. Security Council. Its rival Slovenia withdrew from one of the most hotly contested races in several years.

UN Security Council Elections -- It's down to the Azeris and the Slovenes

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 12.22.2011 | World
Evelyn Leopold

On Friday the General Assembly elected Morocco, Togo, Pakistan and Guatemala to serve two-year terms in the Security Council, starting in January 2012. But the Eastern European seat failed to get the two-thirds vote needed.

From Baku to Baltimore: An Investment in Education

Rob Sobhani | Posted 10.19.2011 | Education
Rob Sobhani

The ties that bind Maryland and Azerbaijan were cemented last week by a generous donation that represents a down payment on a long-term educational relationship between Azerbaijan and the United States.

Border Tensions Sit Uneasy With Enviromental Challenges

Leyla Aliyeva | Posted 11.25.2011 | Home
Leyla Aliyeva

The international community - political as well as scientific - needs to understand that without true international dialogue, the scope for environmental action is dramatically limited. But with that dialogue comes unlimited opportunity that goes far beyond the future of one species.

Faces of Change, Women Activists on the Front Lines: Leyla Yunus

Kiri Westby | Posted 12.10.2011 | Women
Kiri Westby

How would you react if you had five minutes to evacuate your home, all the while knowing the destruction was taking place because you had the audacity to speak the truth?

Russia Slams EU Plans To Support Caspian Pipeline

AP | By PETER LEONARD | Posted 11.13.2011 | World

MOSCOW -- Russia lashed out Tuesday at an offer by the European Union to broker talks between energy-rich former Soviet nations Azerbaijan and Turkmen...

Mutton-smuggling Minister Caught At Israel Airport

AP | Posted 11.08.2011 | World

JERUSALEM -- An Azerbaijani Cabinet minister has been left feeling sheepish after he was caught trying to smuggle more than 100 pounds of lamb meat in...

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

Jeff Burbank | Posted 10.17.2011 | World
Jeff Burbank

Will the expressed willingness of Azerbaijan to let its arch-enemy Armenia take part in the 2012 competition produce a breakthrough, where international negotiators and military threats have failed?

BP's Profit Plummets As Company Struggles To Lift Production

AP | Robert Barr | Posted 09.25.2011 | Business

LONDON (AP) -- BP PLC on Tuesday reported lower than expected earnings for the second quarter as it struggled to lift production in the wake of the Gu...

What of Persian and the Lingua Franca of the New Century?

Sam Sasan Shoamanesh | Posted 09.06.2011 | World
Sam Sasan Shoamanesh

What of the sway of Persian, or for that matter, any other language in today's world? It is language capable of 'selling' to an increasingly aware world-population that will be triumphant in the 21st century.

Azerbaijan's Eurovision 2011 Song: "Running Scared" by Ell & Nikki (VIDEO)

Will Adams | Posted 06.20.2011 | World
Will Adams

Ell's boyishly good looks betray him in a setting meant to be ripe with sweat and sex and passion. At just 21 years of age, he seems overwhelmed by the Mrs. Robinson fantasy of 30-year old Nikki, who looks like a real maneater.

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

Jeff Burbank | Posted 06.13.2011 | World
Jeff Burbank

Protesters have built momentum toward what they hope leads to a society free of President Aliyev's authoritarian rule that clamps down on the news media and critics of his government.

75-Year-Old Woman Cuts Off Entire Nation's Internet Service

Posted 06.06.2011 | World

A 75-year-old Georgian woman is facing jail time after she accidentally sliced through an underground cable and caused all Internet services in neighb...

Forget Kabul, Look To Baku: The Search For Muslim Moderates

Rabbi Abraham Cooper | Posted 06.04.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Abraham Cooper

It's time we start paying more attention to our real friends in the Muslim world in places like Baku, where people admire America.

The Next Dubai?

Jeff Burbank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jeff Burbank

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...