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"Resource Nationalism Trends In Azerbaijan, 2004-2009," Research by Vugar Gojayev, March 2010
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||Christopher Walker Attacked Azeri Dictatorship At Helsinki Commission
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||US Lobbying Firm Accused of Accepting Bribes from Azeri Government to Discredit Opposition
90 Years Anniversary of First Muslim Democracy - Azerbaijan Democratic Republic
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Between Iran and Hard Place: Why Azerbaijan is a Bad Role Model as a US Ally
By Elmar Chakhtakhtinski
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev (left) shaking hands with his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (right)
Azerbaijan has been publicized lately as a supporter of the US and Israel in their standoff against Iran. Some even offered it up as a conduit of Western influence and an example to be followed by other Muslim countries. But promoting a corrupt and repressive regime as a role model and an exemplary American ally might backfire. The United States, and the West in general, should be careful about whom they enlist as friends. A close association with an unsavory dictatorship comes at a cost of undermining America’s moral leadership in the world.
It is true that Azerbaijan has a lot of potential, rooted in its geography and people, to be a valued ally of which the US can be proud of. It is already recognized as a significant energy supplier, a strategic pipeline hub and an important logistical point for NATO forces. But the country also has a long-established tradition of religious tolerance and liberal thought leadership.
Back in 1918, a short-lived Azerbaijan Democratic Republic became the first democracy in the Islamic East. It declared a republican form of government and granted voting rights to women well ahead of many Western nations. Nowadays, its predominantly Muslim population of about nine million people is largely secular and moderate in its spiritual following. That is something to ponder about for the twenty million or so ethnic Azeris living across the border in Iran.
And that seems to be the idea behind the Washington Post article from October 14 about the Jennifer Lopez concert in Baku, titled “Tiny Azerbaijan unleashes pop-power against Iran’s mullahs”. An Azerbaijani official was quoted in the article saying “You could almost feel the Iranians seething”. A similar claim was made by the Azerbaijani side about Baku hosting this year the Europe’s most popular music festival, Eurovision song contest.
But while it might not take much to get Iran’s mullahs seething, Azerbaijan under the Aliyev dynasty can hardly be an encouragement for the Iranian people.
In the Eyes of Iranian Beholders
Some might hope that the super-star appearances and Eurovision contests in Baku might have similar effect on people in Iran and beyond as the Western pop-culture did on populations in the communist bloc during the Cold War. But behind the Beatles music and Hollywood movies, there always stood political and economic liberties of the free world. Unfortunately, one can’t say the same thing about Baku’s newfound “soft power”. Behind Rihanna’s and Jay-Lo’s glamorous backs, Iranians see a system in Azerbaijan where presidential powers are transferred from father to son in fraudulent polls, rights and freedoms of ordinary people are trampled, and national wealth is plundered by the corrupt officials.
Surely, when Iranians visit Azerbaijan’s capital Baku, they enjoy the opportunity to relax their dress-code, hear the world’s latest music hits played in bars and cafes and see other expressions of modern culture. They might be impressed by the construction boom fueled by the influx of oil revenues and abundance of high-end design stores and luxury cars. And the Iranian Azeris can definitely appreciate the fact that their Turkic-speaking kin to the north can study freely in their mother tongue and have an independent state of their own.
However, visitors also witness the other, much less appealing side of life in Azerbaijan. They see property rights violated and local entrepreneurs robbed by the corrupt authorities. They can watch online the hidden cam videos about seats in Azerbaijan’s national parliament being sold by the ruling party officials for million dollar bribes. They read about president Aliyev’s teenage kids secretly owning the nation’s largest banks, gold mines, telephone companies, and luxury Dubai villas. They hear about corrupt minister-oligarchs stealing uncountable millions from the state budget. And that is taking place while most Azerbaijanis still remain relatively poor, left out of the oil prosperity, education quality is deteriorating and many Azerbaijanis go to Iran for basic medical procedures (a reversal of once relatively superior Soviet education and medicine).
Azerbaijani police trying to silence a protester
As in Iran, in Azerbaijan too they see journalists and dissidents jailed and tortured and protesters brutally attacked by the police and plain-clothed security agents. The only difference, maybe, is that in Azerbaijan critical reporters may also be blackmailed with hidden cam sex tapes and nude videos of dissenting journalists can be shown on public TV.
The West does itself a great disservice in letting such a regime claim to represent its ideals and interests to the broader Islamic world.
At the same time, Azerbaijan itself is a ripe target for the Iranian propaganda. Leaders of the Islamic Party of Azerbaijan, accused by the authorities of serving Iranian interests, find a receptive crowd when they speak out against the government. So does Iranian Azeri-language Sahar TV, when its programs show human rights violations, social injustices and corruption in Azerbaijan. They might also push Tehran’s hidden agenda in those broadcasts, but, unfortunately, it is Baku’s domestic policies that make it easy for them to do so.
It is telling that an Azerbaijani writer Rafiq Tagi, against whom an Iranian Ayatollah issued a death fatwa, was killed last year in the middle of a street in Baku. The Azerbaijani authorities, so quick to send police to beat up peaceful protesters, secular and religious alike, did not seem to care for protection of their own citizen against a death sentence issued by a foreign extremist cleric. Some even accused the government in being complicit in his murder, because Rafiq Tagi was also critical of Azerbaijan’s ruling regime. Whether it is true or not, the undeniable fact is that the Azerbaijani leadership chose to send the writer to jail for his article that inflamed religious radicals, instead of providing security for him. So much for Baku’s stance against religious extremism!
Journalist Rafig Taghi was stabbed to death last year
If there were, indeed, cultural and information battles going on between Baku and Tehran, then the Iranian side would be the one holding the upper hand in this war. This presents a growing danger for both Azerbaijan and its allies. The corrupt and repressive nature of the ruling regime weakens the country’s standing and makes it susceptible to all kinds of powerful hostile forces from abroad. That makes Azerbaijan unfit to be a role model for other countries and creates a weak link in the Western alliance against Iran.
There is a sad irony in propping Azerbaijan under the Aliyev rule as a role model for Iran and others. Iranians had already lived in an authoritarian country ruled by one family, which was also open to Western clothing, movies and music and had friendly relations with the US. That Iran of shahs was destroyed by the Islamic revolution of 1979. An anti-American theocracy with rising nuclear ambitions took its place. How to prevent Azerbaijan from following a similar scenario is what the US policymakers need to focus on.
Elmar Chakhtakhtinski is a chairman of Azerbaijani-Americans for Democracy (AZAD), a non-profit US organization promoting support for democracy and human rights in Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan in International Media
"Lawmakers' Trips to Baku Conference Raise Ethics Questions," by Will Tucker and Lise Olsen, Houston Chronicle, Jul. 26, 2014
"Azerbaijan Counts Human Cost of Architecture," by Shahin Abbasov, The Guardian, July 14, 2014
"British MPs Taken on 'Caviar Trail' By Lobbyists Close to Azerbaijan's Coprrupt Dictatorship," by Jon Stone, BuzFeed.com, June 20, 2014
"Azerbaijan and Council of Europe: Do As We Say, Not As We Do," by G.E., The Economist, May 13, 2014
"Azerbaijan's Sponsorship of Atletico Proves Spectacular Success," by Owen Gibson, The Guardian, May 1, 2014
"Vugar Gashimov, Grandmaster of Chess, Dies at 27," by D. L. McClain, The New York Times, Jan. 12, 2014
"Authoritarian Regimes Retool Their Media-Control Strategy," by R. Orttung, C. Walker, The Washington Post, Jan. 10, 2014
"Hague's Azerbaijan Gas Pipeline Attacked," by Jim Armitage,The Independent, Dec. 17, 2013
"Azerbaijan's Leading Dailies Pay Steep Price for Criticizing the Regime," by Vugar Gojayev, Global Post, Dec. 13, 2013
"Plush Hotels and Caviar Diplomacy," by J. Doward and C. Latimer, The Guardian, Nov. 23, 2013
"Azerbaijan Is Absolutely Not A Model For Political Reform," by Mark Adomanis, Forbes, Nov. 20, 2013
"Free and fair elections are not just about the election day," by Maina Kiai, The Guardian, Oct. 29, 2013
"Azerbaijan Not the Stable, Prosperous U.S. Partner Often Portrayed," by Aslan Amani, The World Politics Review, Oct. 15, 2013
"Fairness an Issue, Even After Azerbaijan Votes," by David Herszenhorn, The New York Times, Oct. 10, 2013
"Azerbaijan Aliyev: Opponent Hasanli wants vote annulled," BBC News, Oct. 10, 2013
"Oops: Azerbaijan released election results before voting had even started," by Max Fisher, The Washington Post, Oct. 9, 2013
"Azerbaijan must use this election to end the Aliyev Dynasty," by Jamil Hasanli, The Guardian, October 8, 2013
"Azeri Leader Tied to U.S. Taps Oil Cash to Avoid Assad Fate," by Henry Meyer, Bloomberg, October 3, 2013
"Azerbaijan: How not to prepare for an election," The Economist, September 2, 2013
"Choices for the South Caucasus," by D. Corboy, W. Cortney, R. Kauzlarich, K. Yalowitz, The New York Times, Aug. 28, 2013
"Aliyev to Face Putin Before Azerbaijani Presidential Election," by Jamila Mammadova, Telegraph, Aug. 7, 2013
"Intimate video emerges, again, of reporter investigating Azerbaijan president's family," by Max Fisher, The Washington Post, August 7, 2013
"Director vs. Dictator," by Shaun Walker, The Independent, July 15, 2013
"How Azerbaijani is Like 'The Godfather,'" by Michael Weiss, The Atlantic, July 11, 2013
"Lobby Money Should Not Thwart US Support for Freedom in Azerbaijan," by E. Chakhtakhtinski, Global Post, June 28, 2013
"Azerbaijan Rolls Out Red Carpet for Visiting U.S. Lawmakers," by Larry Luxner, The Washington Diplomat, June 26, 2013
"The Great Pipeline Face-Off," by Art Patnaude, WSJ, June 21, 2013
"For Obama Ex-aides, It's Time to Cash In," by J. Eilperin and T. Hamburger, The Washington Post, May 30, 2013
"Iran Threatens Azerbaijan," by Alexandros Petersen, The National Interest, April 29, 2013
"A Trip Into Baku's 12th-Century Old City," Photogallery from RFE/RL, April 26, 2013
"Airmiles Andy is Back at the Despot's Table," by Nick Craven and Will Stewart, The Daily Mail, April 13, 2013
"News by and for the Authorities," by Christopher Walker and Robert Orttung, The New York Times, April 5, 2013
"Leaks Reveal Secrets of the Rich Who Hide Cash Offshore," by David Leigh, The Guardian, April 3, 2013
"EU's Problem Neighbors," by Rikard Jozwiak, RFE/RL, March 20, 2013
"Editor of Azerbaijan's Independent Newspaper Sentenced to 9 Years In Jail," The Washington Post, March 12, 2013
"Azerbaijan Police Use Rubber Bullets to Break Up Protest in Baku," The Washington Post, March 10, 2013
"As International Scrutiny Fades, Azerbaijan Scrambles to Silence Critics," by Rebecca Vincent, AlJazeera, March 6, 2013
"The Land of No Anti-Semitism," by Anshel Pleffer, Haaretz, March 1, 2013
"Inside The Department Of AliyevScience" - by Shahla Sultanova and Charles Recknagel, RFERL, Feb 24, 2013
"Azerbaijan is Rich. Now It Wants to be Famous," by Peter Savodnik, The New York Times, Feb. 8, 2013
"Novella's Sympathetic Portreyal of Armenians Causes Uproar in Azerbaijan," by Shahla Sultanova, The NY Times, Feb. 1, 2013
"On a Second Thought..." by Henry Grabar, The Atlantic Cities, Jan. 30, 2013
"Mexico: Statue of Ex-Leader of Azerbaijan Removed," The NY Times, Jan. 26, 2013
"Officials in Azerbaijan Claim to Restore Order to Rioting City," by Andrew Roth and Shahla Sultanova, The NY Times, Jan. 25, 2013
"Minor vehicle collision in Azerbaijan sparks mass riot, attack on local official’s son", The Washington Post, Jan. 24, 2013
"Mexico to Remove Controversial Statue to Former Azerbaijani President," The Washington Post, Jan. 23, 2013
Azerbaijan in International Reports
December 10, 2013: The Global Witness Report on Corruption in Azerbaijan's Oil Industry - "Azerbaijan Anonymous"
November 5, 2013 - European Stability Intiative Report on Azerbaijan's Presidential Elections - "Disgraced: Azerbaijan and the End of Election Monitoring as We Know It"
September 1, 2013 - HRW Report - "Tightening the Screws: "Azerbaijan's Crackdown on Civil Society and Dissent"
May 14, 2013 - Report of Civil Rights Defenders, Sweden based international human rights organization, on Human Rights Defenders in Azerbaijan
April 2013 - US State Department's Country Report on Human Rights in Azerbaijan
April 3, 2013 - ICIJ Report - Inside the Global Offshore Money Maze
January 2013 - Annual Report on Human Rights Watch - Chapter on Azerbaijan
December 2012 - Freedom House - Nations in Transit - Azerbaijan Country Report
October 29, 2012 - Amnesty International Report "Azerbaijan: Human Rights Abuses Placed Under the E-Spotlight"
October 25, 2012 - "The Struggle for Internet Freedom in Azerbaijan," by Vugar Gojayev
September 27, 2012 - Report on "Local and Regional Democracy in Azerbaijan," The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, Council of Europe
May 24, 2012 - "Caviar Diplomacy: How Azerbaijan Silenced the Council of Europe. Part 1" - European Stability Initiative
May 9, 2012 - "Spotlight on Azerbaijan" - Foreign Policy Centre's Report on Human Rights Record of Azerbaijan
April 18, 2012 - EU Parliament's Resolution on EU-Azerbaijan Association Agreement
April 18, 2012 - EU Parliament's Resolution on EU-Armenia Association Agreement
April 2, 2012 - Sandie Shaw Calls on Azerbaijani Government to Stop Harassing Journalists - Amnesty International Report
February 29, 2012 - "They took everything from me" Human Rights Watch Report on Forcible Evictions In Azerbaijan
February 20, 2012 - The Amnesty International Briefing on Human Rights In Azerbaijan
October 4, 2011 - Norwegian Helsinki Committee's Report on Political Prisoners In Azerbaijan
September 23, 2011 - Human Rights Watch Letter to Azerbaijani Minister of Justice On Disbarred Lawyers
April 12, 2013 - IPGA Statement on Political 2012-2013 Political Persecutions in Azerbaijan
April 8, 2011 - US State Department's Human Rights Report on Azerbaijan for 2010
March 7, 2011 - Amensty International: Azerbaijan Must Halt Crackdown On Protest Organizers
February 15, 2011 - CPJ Report "Attacks on the Press 2010: Azerbaijan"
January 27, 2011 - ODIHR/OSCE Final Report on Azerbaijani Parliamentary Elections of Nov. 2010
November 8, 2010: ODIHR/OSCE Preliminary Statement on Azerbaijan's Parliamentary Elections
October 30, 2010: ODIHR/OSCE Second Interim Report on Azerbaijani Elections
October 26, 2010: HRW Report - Azerbaijan: Beaten, Blacklisted and Behind Bars
October 21, 2010: Azerbaijan: Free Expression Under Attack
September 2010 - Article 19 Report - Living As Dissidents: Freedom of Expression In Azerbaijan
September 3, 2010 - International Crisis Group Report: "Azerbaijan: Vulnerable Stability"
March 2010 - Resource Nationalism Trends In Azerbaijan - PETROSAM Program of Reasearch Council of Norway
March 11, 2010 - U.S. State Department's 2009 Report on Azerbaijan
February 24, 2010 - Global Integrity Report on Corruption in Azerbaijan
February 16, 2010 - NHC Report: "Nakhchivan: Azerbaijan's Dark Island"
"Your Government May Be Corrupt, But Is It Azerbaijan-Corrupt?" - Buzzfeed.com. June 11, 2014
"Azerbaijan's photographers: Capturing the raw truth" by R. Jafarov and R. Vincent, Index on Censorship, October 11, 2013
Aliyev's Cultural Spending Spree - by Emma, Platformlondon.org - May 16, 2013
OCCRP Names Aliyev "Person of the Year" - Dec. 31, 2012
"Sudden, Violent Demonstration Erupts In Northern Azerbaijan," by Karl Rahder, FPB, March 2, 2012
"Azerbaijan: Early 20th Century Satirical Magazine Offers Edgy Exploration of Eurasia," Eurasianet.org, Nov. 24, 2011
US Amb. Ross Wilson's Speech at the Atlantic Council Conference On Europian Energy - June 1, 2011
"Azerbaijan: Prominent Lawyer Disbarred, Youth Activist Arrested," by Karl Rahder, FPB, Feb. 6, 2011
"Azerbaijan Backtracks in Ukranian Organ Transplant Investigation," Eurasianet.org, Dec. 3, 2010
"More Troubles In Baku, Local Press Reports On "Magic Tree"," by Karl Rahder, FPB, June 20, 2010
"Azerbaijan Grapples With New Media Freedom," by Karl Rahder, ISN, June 7, 2010
"A Journalism (r)evolution in Azerbaijan," by Mark Briggs, Lost Remote, May 24, 2010
"IMF: The Party Is Over For Azerbaijan," by Shahin Abbasov, Eurasianet. org, May 24, 2010
"Alienating Azerbaijan?" by Karl Rahder, International Relations and Security Network, Apr. 27, 2010
"Colors and Flowers... and Soviet Spoils," by Ben Tanosborn, April 27, 2010
"The U.S. and the Persecution of Azerbaijan's Bloggers," by Joshua Kucera, trueslant.comm Nov. 11, 2009
"Story of a Father and Son," Frontline Club, Sep 28, 2009
"Hooligans?," RSF about arrested youth activists in Azerbaijan, July 11, 2009
"I Rule Here and Blind Democrats in Europe," by Ilgar Mammadov, REAL, June 27, 2009
Azerbaijan Marks Anniversary Of Its First Republic - Frontline Club, May 29, 2009
Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely - by Farid Guliyev, ResetDoc.org, April 16, 2009
So Much For Azerbaijani Democracy - by Michael J. Totten, Commentary Magazine, Oct. 21, 2008
Azerbaijan: Election Day Proves A Snooze - by Mina Muradova, Eurasia Insight, Oct. 15, 2008
Finding Elmar's Killers. Azerbaijan Special Report - by Nina Ognianova, CPJ, Sep. 16, 2008
Azerbaijani Opposition Mulls Presidential Election Boycott - by Liz Fuller
Naxcivan: More Tales From Azerbaijan's North Korea
It's National Press Day in Azerbaijan, But There's Little Cause For Celebration
May 16, 2014: Radio Azadliq Interview with U.S. Amb. to Azerbaijan Richard Morningstar: "Who Will Stand up for Azerbaijan's Independence?"
November 22, 2013 - AZAD's Event: "The Quest for Democracy in Azerbaijan: Conversation with Jamil Hasanli"
November 7, 2013 - AZAD'S Event: "The Perils of Content with Azerbaijan: Is Status-Quo Sustainable for the West's Favorite 'Gas Station'?"
October 27, 2013 - National Council's Protest Rally in Baku
October 16, 2013 - U.S. Investor Jailed After Whistleblowing on Corrupt Business Deals With Azerbaijan
September 30, 2013 - "Concernus Theatricus": Azeri Youth TV Pokes US Ambassador Morningstar
July 31, 2013 - House Demolition in Khutor, Baku
July 2, 2013 - President Ilham Aliyev's speech in front of the Azerbaijani Police Forces
June 13, 2013: Harlem Shake Protest in Front of Azerbaijani Embassy in London
March 29, 2013 - Battle to Save Homes from Demolition in Baku
January 24, 2013 - Ismayilli Protests Continue
January 23, 2013 - Popular Uprising in Ismayilli
January 23, 2013 - Amazing Azerbaijan! Short Film
January 12, 2013 - Baku Protests Against Soldier Jeyhun Gubadov's Death
December 20, 2012 - British MP Helen Goodman Attacks Human Rights Record of Azerbaijan
December 19, 2012 - AZAD Forum "Azerbaijan's Untapped Potential for the West: Engaging Azerbaijani Society as a US Ally"
December 10, 2012 - Azeri Police Arrests... Government Supporter at Opposition Rally
December 10, 2012 - Public Chamber's Protest Action in Downtown Baku
October 20, 2012 - Opposition Protesters Demand Dissolution of Azerbaijani Parliament
October 1, 2012 - Million Dollar Bribe for a Parliamentary Seat: Secret Cam Recording with English Subtitles
Photo Essay on Heydar Aliyev's Cult of Personality in Azerbaijan - February 19, 2013
Popular Uprising in Ismayilli - January 23, 2013
Public Chamber's Rally - April 22, 2012
Youth Protest Rally in Bayil - March 12, 2012
Anti-French Protests In Baku - January 25, 2012
Youth Protests in Downtown Baku - December 3, 2011
Rally of the Public Chamber of the Azeri Opposition - June 19, 2011
Azeri Diaspora Rallies For Demoracy In Stockholm, Sweden - June 18, 2011
Public Champer Marks the Republic Day - May 28, 2011
April 17 Rally of Azeri Opposition - April 17, 2011
Azeri Diaspora Rallies For Democracy in Den Haag - April 6, 2011
Azeri Diaspora Rallies For Democracy in Strasbourg - April 2, 2011
Rally of Azerbaijani Democratic Forces - April 2, 2011
Free Azerbaijan Rally of AZAD - March 19, 2011
Musavat Rally Against Aliyev Regime - March 12, 2011
Youth Protests Against Aliyev Regime - March 11, 2011
Democratic Forces of Azerbaijan Commemorated M.A. Rasulzade - January 31, 2011
Hijab Protest In Nardaran - December 18, 2010
Parliamentary Elections In Azerbaijan - November 7, 2010
Azeri Diaspora In Netherlands Protested Against Ilham Aliyev's Regime - November 5, 2010
PFPA and Musavat's Joint Rally In Baku - July 31, 2010
Azeri Opposition's Protest Action In Baku - July 3, 2010
Azadlig Bloc Held "Unauthorized" Rally In Baku - June 19, 2010
Musavat and Union for Democracy Held "Unauthorized" Rally In Baku - June 12, 2010
Azadlig Bloc's "Unauthorized" Rally In Baku - June 5, 2010
International Act of Protest for Eynulla Fatullayev In Front of Azeri Embassy - June 3, 2010
Azadlig Bloc's Rally In Novkhani - May 28, 2010
Protest of Azadlig Bloc in Baku - May 15, 2010
Protest of Azadlig bloc in Baku - April 26, 2010
Surprise Youth Protest Action in Baku - Nov. 22, 2009
U.S. Azeris Commemorate Oil Academy Shooting Victims - May 10, 2009
Student Protests In Baku - May 10, 2009
Mirza Sakit Released From Jail - April 9, 2009
Azeris Marked Khojali Massacre In Front of Armenian Embassy - February 25, 2009
AZAD Holds Protest Rally In New York Against Unlimited Presidency in Azebaijan - January 9, 2009
AZAD Holds Protest Rally in Washington DC Against Unlimited Presidency in Azerbaijan - Dec. 30, 2008
Protests Against Constitutional Changes in Azerbaijan - Dec. 24, 2008
Ganja Celebrates Ilham Aliyev's Birthday - Dec. 24, 2008
Jailed Azeri Journalists, Brothers Ganimat and Sakit Zahidov at Their Fathers Funeral
Sacrifice Holiday in Azerbaijan - December 8, 2008
Military Parade in Baku - June 26, 2008