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Elections in Azerbaijan: Avoid the “Double Standard”

We are honored to have Mr. Volontè‘s commentary as we welcome his guest contribution today. The next elections in Azerbaijan, set for November of this year, represent a great opportunity for Europe and international bodies: to prove that there are no double standards within the Election Observation Mission’s evaluations of and final reports on those elections. Unfortunately, […]

Europe Finds Time to Hector Azerbaijan for Having Tax Laws

Baku is the one island of stability on which Europe can count — yet even this is in danger if Europe cannot keep its attention focused on real concerns.

A Flawed Report on Azerbaijan Nevertheless Tells Important Truths

The resolution of the ongoing Armenian war crime in Nagorno-Karabakh and its surrounding territories remains Azerbaijan’s most obvious need.

European Games Show Baku’s Progress; Will the West Recognize It?

No state is perfect; a reform movement suggests not just a need for change, but a desire for it. We should applaud and encourage those nations that actually try, rather than focusing on their failings and ignoring their successes.

Obama Administration Stonewalls in Face of Evidence of Covert Action Against Azerbaijan

Two years ago, it would have seemed that Baku was a favored ally; today, with Washington’s lurching friend-is-foe approach to policy, the ground appears less certain.

Euronest Session in Yerevan Mocks European Values

It is time to send a message to Armenia: That the ills of today must be cured long before any talk of the past can be addressed.

European MPs Protest Jailing of Two Men by Armenia’s Puppet Nagorno-Karabakh Regime

Slowly but surely, a time of reckoning is approaching. The small crimes highlight the larger one of the occupation; and, very soon, the excuses will run out, leaving Armenia’s wrongs recognized by the world.

More Questions on the Yunus Nomination for the Sakharov Prize Arise

Today, we have even more questions than answers — questions that pose real hurdles to Yunus’s nomination.

As the West Turns to Azerbaijan, Armenia Turns to Russia

Azerbaijan and the West are growing closer, while Armenia has chosen the path of Russia and Vladimir Putin’s vassal state.

The Yunus Affair Continues: Who Watches the Watchers?

The questions we asked — and the answers we found — are obvious and troubling. They demand further investigation before Yunus could be seriously considered for the prestigious Sakharov Prize.