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  • Azerbaijan Kills Armenian Troops With a Suicide Drone (Israeli made)

    04/06/2016 2:26:07 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    War is Boring ^ | April 05, 2016 | Robert Beckhusen
    An unnerving sight appeared Monday during fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. What appeared to be an Israeli-made suicide drone hit a bus carrying Armenian soldiers and then exploded. There is an unconfirmed video appearing to show the strike, which killed seven Armenian volunteers according to RIA Novosti. And the drone captured in the video looks a lot like an IAI Harop — a canister-launched flying bomb which can detect the source of radio transmissions or be manually guided onto a target. An Armenian Ministry of Defense spokesman alleged Azerbaijan is using Harop drones in the...
  • At least 31 reported killed in fighting between Armenian, Azerbaijani forces

    04/02/2016 7:42:11 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 10 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | April 2 at 6:22 PM | Aida Sultanova
    At least 31 reported killed in fighting between Armenian, Azerbaijani forces By Aida Sultanova April 2 at 6:22 PM BAKU, Azerbaijan — At least 30 soldiers and a boy were reported killed as heavy fighting erupted Saturday between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh. The fighting was the worst outbreak since a full-scale war over the region ended in 1994. Since then, mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh — officially part of Azerbaijan — has been under the control of local ethnic Armenian forces and the Armenian military. Armenian forces also occupy several areas outside Nagorno-Karabakh. The sides are separated...
  • Armenia, Azerbaijan accuse each other of sharp Karabakh escalation with tanks, artillery, aircraft

    04/02/2016 1:38:07 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 12 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 4-2-2016 | RT
    Hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan have reportedly flared up overnight, with reports of gun and mortar fire coming from the border. Both Azeri and Armenian defense ministries accused each other of provoking the escalation. Azerbaijan said Armenian troops opened fire 127 times over 24 hours along the border. They are using mortars and heavy machine guns, the statement released on Saturday said. Armenia said Azeri troops went on the offensive overnight and are using tanks artillery and military aircraft. Militias in the unrecognized Karabakh republic, the focal point of the conflict, claimed they shot down an Azeri helicopter gunboat. Azerbaijan...
  • BUSTED: Anti-Trump Consultant Liz Mair Paid $15K A Month By Dictator (WITH UPDATE)

    03/24/2016 2:24:02 PM PDT · by Cats Pajamas · 55 replies
    Gotnews ^ | Nov 24 2015 | Charles Johnson
    Failed political consultant Liz Mair is crowd funding a political attack on billionaire presidential candidate Donald Trump and she’s getting noticed. But Mair’s past work as a paid shill of a Muslim dictatorship that jails journalists and activists should make us wonder about her motives, especially as the Middle East once more descends into chaos. Mair was paid $15,000 a month by Ilham Aliyev, the dictator of Azerbaijan, according to documents filed in accordance with the Foreign Registration Act (FARA).
  • Feminazi RINO Liz Mair retweeting crude Rick Wilson Coulter-hater guy

    02/21/2016 1:28:05 AM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 5 replies
    I had a look at Liz Mair's twitter. She's the idiot that wanted Scott Walker to run a suicidal open borders campaign. Then they parted ways. This was the story that broke it all. http://www.mofopolitics.com/2015/02/01/scott-walker-once-employed-liberal-feminazi-liz-mair/ Why is The Mair of RINO feminazis retweeting this creep? I though the Trump-hater consultant types were sick of Trump's crude attacks on people. I assume Liz Mair is following this guy on twitter. Wilson said nasty things about Ann Coulter. He also threatened certain things about Trump. https://twitter.com/lizmair https://twitter.com/TheRickWilson/status/701226786793910274 Liz Mair Retweeted Rick Wilson ‏@TheRickWilson 7h7 hours ago Also, @jebbush could never ask for...
  • Liz Mair Battles Ann Coulter Over Ted Cruz, Trump: "You Are In No Way Conservative"

    01/12/2016 7:40:58 AM PST · by Isara · 84 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | January 12, 2016
    Coulter, Mair debate what's best for GOP (Video)Republican strategist Liz Mair and conservative columnist Ann Coulter debate whether or not Ted Cruz should be able to run for president. LIZ MAIR, REPUBLICAN STRATEGIST: In 2013, you were out there saying Ted Cruz was a natural-born citizen and eligible to run for office. People can check my Twitter feed, I retweeted your tweet from 2013 today. ANN COULTER: I changed my mind. LIZ MAIR: Well you were right the first time... Ann also said that Mitt Romney was the "perfect" and best Republican candidate. ANN COULTER: He was, there was no...
  • New Anti-Trump Super PAC Launches — to Flog Trump on Putin Nod

    12/21/2015 9:52:16 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 27 replies
    WSJ.com ^ | Dec 18 2015 | BETH REINHARD
    In a twist on the typically shadowy world of super PACS, a new anti-Donald Trump group is openly seeking donations for an ad that would flog the New York businessman for drawing and accepting praise from Russian President Vladimir Putin. Make America Awesome is also offering to pay commissions to people who bring in big donors. The size of the commissions is not disclosed in the appeal circulated early Friday by Republican operative Liz Mair, and she did not immediately respond to a request for details.
  • Trump: I Hate the Press, but 'I'd Never Kill Them'

    12/21/2015 6:24:58 PM PST · by Red Steel · 39 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 21 Dec 2015 08:36 PM | Greg Richter
    Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump took on the press and his most recently vanquished opponent at a rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan Monday night, telling the crowd he hates the press, but would never kill them like Russian President Vladimir Putin has been accused. Trump said again that he was not offended that Putin praised him, even though he has been accused of killing journalists. "I don't like that. I'm totally against that," Trump said. "By the way, I hate some of these people but I'd never kill them." He pretended to reconsider, saying , "Let's see. No, I wouldn't....
  • Anti-Trump Effort Launches Super PAC

    12/08/2015 9:43:11 AM PST · by mojito · 33 replies
    WSJ ^ | 12/7/2015 | Beth Reinhard
    A Republican operative who is organizing an effort to torpedo Donald Trump’s presidential campaign says she is starting a super PAC that could collect unlimited funds from individual donors. Liz Mair, former online communications director for the Republican National Committee, created a limited liability company in October called Trump Card LLC. The anti-Trump effort is focusing on the two states hosting the earliest nominating contests, Iowa and New Hampshire. In an e-mail to supporters, Ms. Mair said the group has reached out to 150 churches in Iowa, 50 community leaders in New Hampshire and media outlets in both states. She...
  • Trump camp warns GOP on super PAC attacks (Liz Mair and Trump Card LLC)

    11/24/2015 6:26:49 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 28 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/24/15 | NICK GASS
    The super PACs going after Donald Trump are making a "bad, bad decision," the candidate's special counsel and adviser warned Tuesday morning, saying that if the reports are true, "it changes everything." "Donald Trump wants to be treated fairly. He will demand that the GOP treat them fairly," Michael Cohen told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day." If the party does treat him fairly, Trump "will honor the pledge because he’s an honorable guy," he said. But, "if they break that agreement with him, as they say, woe be on them," Cohen cautioned, referring to the loyalty agreement Trump signed,...
  • Keystone Cop’s Implosion: Liz Mair Ends Panhandling Hours After Breitbart Bust (Trump Card LLC)

    11/24/2015 5:51:08 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/21/15 | DAN RIEHL
    Late Friday evening, Breitbart News published an item highlighting, in part, a Go Fund Me campaign started by Republican establishment political consultant Liz Mair - her goal being to target and take down Republican frontrunner Donald Trump. For some reason, Mair seems to have reconsidered her effort, and the campaign is now nowhere to be found at Go Fund Me. Breitbart News reported: True to form, her online fundraising to take down Trump appears to be losing, too. Exactly how much Mair can accomplish with, at this time, all of $356 to take on Trump, remains to be seen. But...
  • Republican donors, operative fueling new anti-Trump ad blitz

    11/24/2015 5:35:07 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/24/15 | Fox News
    Republican donors with links to several presidential candidates - as well as a prominent GOP operative - are pooling their resources in a new effort to go after Donald Trump and keep the party's presidential front-runner from winning the nomination. The most recent bid is a reported "guerrilla campaign" led by a group called Trump Card LLC and run by Liz Mair, former communications official for the Republican National Committee. The group's goal, according to The Wall Street Journal, is to collect money from anonymous donors to "defeat and destroy" Trump, who has essentially led the GOP presidential field since...
  • TRUMP ERUPTS AT RNC: 'THAT WASN'T THE DEAL!': GOP elites plot new campaign to harm candidacy

    11/23/2015 6:47:57 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 90 replies
    WND ^ | 11/23/2015 | CHERYL CHUMLEY
    A new campaign is underway by Republican establishment operatives to take out Donald Trump and ensure he's not the candidate of choice for the GOP - and the billionaire front-runner has taken to Twitter to call out the lead player as a "wacko" with few funding friends. Trump described the operation this way on Twitter over the weekend: "A woman who got fired after two days of working with Scott Walker - a wacko - now trying to raise funds to fight me." He was referring to Liz Mair, a brief former campaign worker for Walker's presidential push, who's now...
  • Trump again won’t rule out a third-party run

    11/22/2015 8:30:24 AM PST · by springwater13 · 201 replies
    <p>Trump was responding to a Wall Street Journal report that Republican operatives are considering banding together donors from the other GOP campaigns in a bid to knock Trump off the top spot.</p> <p>Their efforts are taking on increased urgency as the first-in-the-nation Feb. 1 Iowa caucuses near and Trump leads the crowded GOP field for the fourth consecutive month, according to a new national Washington Post-ABC News poll. Some candidates, including Ohio Gov. John Kasich and former Florida governor Jeb Bush, also are showing more willingness lately to directly attack Trump.</p>
  • GOP Consultant Class Heroes Publicly Panhandling in Desperate Bid to Derail Donald Trump

    11/21/2015 6:01:15 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/20/15 | Dan Riehl
    In its incredibly limited wisdom, the D.C.-based Republican Party establishment is declaring war on current GOP voter favorite Donald Trump, and it seems they've enlisted the help of at least a couple of Keystone Cops -- consultants Liz Mair and Rick Wilson -- in an effort to destroy their own front runner. In the Republican primary race, the newest NBC News/SurveyMonkey online poll shows Donald Trump has the frontrunner spot to himself, with 28% support among Republican and independent voters who lean Republican. In fact, so arrogant is the establishment, they want to encourage their own voters to stay home....
  • Anti-Trump Group Wants To Dissuade Supporters ‘From Voting Altogether’

    11/20/2015 9:08:37 PM PST · by markomalley · 126 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/20/15 | Scott Greer
    A new political group created by a prominent Republican consultant to take down the candidacy of Donald Trump has a unique strategy: convince the flamboyant billionaire’s many supporters to not vote.According to a Friday Wall Street Journal report, Trump Card LLC has issued a memo to potential donors that its intended goal is to not change the opinion of Trump’s supporters in favor of another candidate, but to keep them “from voting altogether.”The group, founded by GOP operative and sometime columnist Liz Mair, promises to achieve this lofty goal through a “guerrilla campaign” that attacks the current Republican frontrunner for...
  • GOP Operative Plans ‘Guerrilla Campaign’ Against Donald Trump

    11/20/2015 12:46:06 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 125 replies
    wsj.com ^ | Beth Reinhard and Janet Hook
    A well-connected GOP operative alarmed by the enduring strength of Republican Donald Trump's presidential bid is planning a "guerrilla campaign" backed by secret donors to knock him out of the race. Liz Mair, former online communications director of the Republican National Committee, recently created Trump Card LLC to "defeat and destroy" the celebrity businessman's candidacy, according to a memo obtained by The Wall Street Journal. "In the absence of our efforts, Trump is exceedingly unlikely to implode or be forced out of the race," the Trump Card memo says. "The stark reality is that unless something dramatic and unconventional is...
  • A former Scott Walker aide fired off a scorching tweetstorm about why Walker dropped out

    09/21/2015 4:25:28 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 125 replies
    Business Insider ^ | September 21, 2015 | Maxwell Tani
    A former top aide to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) fired off a series of tweets Monday afternoon explaining why the governor dropped out of the race. Less than an hour after news broke that Walker would suspend his campaign, Liz Mair — a former Walker adviser who was forced to resign earlier this year after criticizing various aspects of Iowa politics — tweeted out more two dozen tweets explaining the governor's demise. Mair blamed the governor's sagging poll numbers less on the anti-establishment political climate and more on a number of strategic miscalculations.
  • Scott Walker, the gutless wonder of the 2016 presidential race

    03/19/2015 7:45:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    The Week ^ | March 19, 2015 | Michael Brendan Dougherty, senior correspondent
    Sometimes the most inside-baseball political stories tell you something essential about a presidential candidate. That's what happened this week to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who apparently wants to win the Iowa caucuses so badly that he's willing to torch his staff and his reputation to do it. The Walker campaign recently announced that it had hired Liz Mair, a highly regarded Republican consultant. Mair has also played pundit at times, and is generally more pro-gay rights and pro-immigration than the average Republican. But that's typical of Republican consultants in general. It is assumed that policy is set by the candidates...
  • Under fire, Walker aide Liz Mair resigns

    03/18/2015 4:28:45 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 54 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/18/2015 | Niall Stanage
    An online communications strategist working for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) campaign-in-waiting resigned late Tuesday, according to The Associated Press, after controversy erupted over disparaging comments she had made disparaging comments about Iowa?
  • Walker aide fires off epic 40-tweet tweetstorm after resigning following just one day on the job

    03/18/2015 11:26:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Business Insider ^ | March 18, 2015 | Colin Campbell
    An aide to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's (R) likely presidential campaign resigned late Tuesday night just a day after her hire was announced. Liz Mair, who was a digital strategist for Walker, came under a storm of criticism for her advocacy for some relatively liberal policy positions and colorful tweets that critics claimed were insulting to Iowans. "In other news, I see Iowa is once again embarrassing itself, and the GOP, this morning. Thanks, guys," Mair wrote about a January event hosted by conservative Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), according to the Associated Press. "The sooner we remove Iowa's front-running status,...
  • No Glory in the Hawkeye State

    03/18/2015 10:06:44 AM PDT · by gwgn02 · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/18/15 | Jonah Goldberg
    I am no fan of the Iowa caucuses. I like Iowa. I’ve been there many times. But the caucuses have turned into something like a permanent subsidy for the political class of Iowa. What is supposed to be a democratic test of candidates in “real America” often morphs into a playground for savvy political consultants who’ve mastered a single skill: helping out-of-state politicians navigate their way around Iowa’s political landscape. As a result, the vast and bipartisan network of politicians, consultants, and activists unite to guard their food bowl. And that’s fine, or at least understandable. But they act as...
  • SCOTT WALKER UNDER FIRE FOR NEW OPEN BORDERS AMNESTY ADVOCATE STAFFER WHO MOCKS IOWA [tr]

    03/17/2015 6:56:52 AM PDT · by C19fan · 54 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 16, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker made another massive misstep on Monday, hiring Liz Mair of Mair Strategies to handle communications and social media for his campaign-in-waiting. Mair’s support for amnesty for illegal aliens, wide-open-borders immigration policies, and public advocacy for the Senate “Gang of Eight” amnesty bill is sure to dog Walker in Iowa, South Carolina, and other early presidential states. During the Senate Gang of Eight bill fight, Mair very publicly and very aggressively promoted the amnesty bill—pushing it to media and making the case for the need for it over and over again. She claims her advocacy was done...
  • Scott Walker once employed liberal feminazi Liz Mair

    This should come as no surprise to those familiar with Scott Walker’s liberal record… "Full disclosure, my firm has consulted for Scott Walker. He’s a former client. " Mair is militantly pro-abortion and pro gay marriage– as per her horribly-designed website… (SNIP) What kind of person thinks to themselves: "This Liz Mair dude is somebody I want on my team. I’m going to hire him and pay him using donors’ hard-earned money."
  • 'Conservative' joins homosexual lobby

    02/15/2011 5:19:29 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | February 14, 2011 | WorldNetDaily
    The former executive director for the American Conservative Union has agreed to serve on the advisory council for GOProud, a homosexual lobby that has approved of same-sex "marriage" and the repeal of the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy that allowed homosexuals to serve in the military if they didn't make an issue of their lifestyle choice even though the law banned that. According to an announcement today from GOProud, Chuck Muth, the former executive director of the ACU, is joining the GOProud leadership team. Christopher Barron, chairman of GOProud's board, said in a prepared statement the organization was honored to...
  • BUSTED: Anti-Trump Consultant Liz Mair Paid $15K A Month By Dictator (WITH UPDATE)

    11/24/2015 5:43:35 PM PST · by Kevin in California · 48 replies
    Gotnews ^ | 11-24-2015 | Charles C, Johnson
    Failed political consultant Liz Mair is crowd funding a political attack on billionaire presidential candidate Donald Trump and she’s getting noticed.
  • Natural gas pipelines under construction will move gas from Azerbaijan to southern Europe

    10/14/2015 9:41:18 AM PDT · by thackney · 2 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | OCTOBER 14, 2015 | Energy Information Administration
    Construction or preliminary work has begun on three new pipelines designed to flow new supplies of natural gas from Azerbaijan to consumers in Turkey, Bulgaria, Greece, and Italy. For more than a decade, companies have been announcing proposals to build new natural gas pipelines to connect natural gas resources in Russia, Central Asia, and the Middle East with consumers in southern Europe. In contrast to the three new pipelines considered in this article, most of these projects have failed to advance. These three new or expanded pipelines would reach from Azerbaijan's eastern edge on the Caspian Sea to Italy's southeastern...
  • Bush, Roh have testy exchange at summit

    09/07/2007 5:43:46 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 28 replies · 1,514+ views
    Bush, Roh have testy exchange at summit By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press Writer President Bush's talks with South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun ended on a sour note Friday not over the war in Iraq, but rather the Korean conflict that ended with a truce more than five decades ago. As Bush began to wind down his stay at the Asia-Pacific summit, Roh challenged him to make a declaration to end the Korean War. That conflict ended in a truce in 1953, not a peace treaty, so the two sides technically remain at war. The awkward exchange occurred during the first...
  • With Boehner Going, Ethics Committee Must Release Azerbaijan Junket Report

    09/25/2015 9:46:11 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    NLPC ^ | September 25, 2015 | Peter Flaherty
    John Boehner’s Speakership was a setback for Congressional ethics. He backslid on a number of important reforms, and helped to return the Ethics Committee to its traditional role of covering up wrongdoing by incumbent members of Congress. Boehner ally Rep. Charles Dent (R-PA), the Chairman of the Ethics Committee, is currently orchestrating a whitewash of apparent House rules violations related to a junket by ten House members to Azerbaijan in 2013. On July 31, the Ethics Committee announced that it had found “no evidence” that broke House rules. It plans “no further action regarding this matter and considers it...
  • Armenians have lost faith in Russia

    07/06/2015 1:43:37 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 11 replies
    Al Jaseera ^ | 5 Jul 15 | Richard Giragosian
    After more than a week of sustained protests over increasing electricity prices, Armenian activists have demonstrated a new sense of empowerment in the face of an increasingly embattled government. But it is actually the broader implications of this unrest in Armenia that is much more significant, for two distinct reasons. First, although this wave of protests is clearly rooted in a set of underlying problems reflecting the unique socioeconomic and political conditions of Armenia, the discontent and dissent in Armenia have already reverberated well beyond the borders of this small, landlocked country. More specifically, the trajectory of the protests have...
  • Rep. Gohmert: Obama Outed Active Israeli Iranian Spy Mission

    06/20/2015 2:15:02 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 33 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/6/15 | Mark Langfan
    United States Congressman Louie Gohmert revealed Thursday that the Obama administration had “outed” an active Israeli spy mission in Iran. Israel, he said, had infiltrated Israeli spies into mainland Iran via cargo boats. He dropped the bombshell in a speech at EMET’s 9th annual “Rays of Light in the Darkness” gala dinner. Rep. Gohmert, who is one Israel’s fiercest and truest friends on Capitol Hill, stated: “We are on the brink of disaster.” He listed a stream of virulently anti-Israel actions taken by President Obama which included the “outing” of the Israeli spy mission, and the Obama Administration’s disclosing of...
  • Scandinavian Ancestry: Tracing Roots to Azerbaijan

    12/15/2001 6:12:19 PM PST · by TopQuark · 31 replies · 386+ views
    Azerbaijan International ^ | Summer 2000 | Thor Heyerdahl
    &nbsp; &nbsp;Summer 2000 (8.2) Scandinavian AncestryTracing Roots to Azerbaijan by Thor HeyerdahlAbove: Thor Heyerdahl with Peruvian children who still construct traditional boats made of reeds, the principle material that enabled early migrations on trans-oceanic voyages. Courtesy: Thor Heyerdahl.Archeologist and historian Thor Heyerdahl, 85, has visited Azerbaijan on several occasions during the past two decades. Each time, he garners more evidence to prove his tantalizing theory - that Scandinavian ancestry can be traced to the region now known as Azerbaijan.Heyerdahl first began forming this hypothesis after visiting Gobustan, an ancient cave dwelling found 30 miles west of Baku, which is ...
  • Poles honor Reagan, John Paul with statue

    06/02/2015 10:08:54 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 14 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne Australia) ^ | Aug 2, 2012 | Vanessa Gera
    (Aug 2, 2012) POLISH officials have unveiled a statue of former President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II, honouring two men widely credited in this Eastern European country with helping to topple communism 23 years ago. The statue was unveiled in Gdansk, the birthplace of Lech Walesa's Solidarity movement, in the presence of about 120 former Solidarity activists, many of whom were imprisoned in the 1980s for their roles in organising or taking part in strikes against the communist regime. The bronze statue, erected in the lush seaside President Ronald Reagan Park, is a slightly larger-than-life rendering of the...
  • Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism

    06/02/2015 10:18:59 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 31 replies
    Heritage ^ | Jan 27, 2010 | Lee Edwards
    Soviet Communism, the dark tyranny that controlled nearly 40 nations and was responsible for the deaths of an estimated 100 million victims during the 20th century, suddenly collapsed 20 years ago without a shot being fired. In just two years--from 1989 to 1991--the Berlin Wall fell, the Soviet Union disintegrated, and Marxism- Leninism was dumped unceremoniously on the ash heap of history. There was dancing in the street and champagne toasts on top of the Brandenburg Gate. For 40 years, the United States and the West had been following a policy of containment, détente, accommodation. Ronald Reagan decided it was...
  • 10 members of Congress took trip secretly funded by foreign government

    05/13/2015 11:32:22 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 28 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 29 minutes ago | Scott Higham, Steven Rich and Alice Crites
    Washington • The state-owned oil company of Azerbaijan secretly funded an all-expenses-paid trip to a conference at Baku on the Caspian Sea in 2013 for 10 members of Congress and 32 staff members, according to a confidential ethics report obtained by The Washington Post. Three former top aides to President Barack Obama appeared as speakers at the conference. Lawmakers and their staff members received hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of travel expenses, silk scarves, crystal tea sets and Azerbaijani rugs valued at $2,500 to $10,000, according to the ethics report. Airfare for the lawmakers and some of their spouses...
  • Ted Cruz: Cancel Iran deal and move embassy to Jerusalem

    04/25/2015 12:37:39 PM PDT · by VinL · 37 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/25/2015 | Drucker
    Sen. Ted Cruz promises a bold shift in U.S. foreign policy if he's elected president that would cancel President Obama's arms deal with Iran and move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. On the eve of remarks to the Republican Jewish Coalition, the White House contender laid out bullet points for his approach to the Middle East in an interview with the Washington Examiner that would sharply rebuke Obama's eight years. Cruz's call to get tough with enemies of the United States, especially Tehran, and prioritize relationships with key allies like Israel should go over well with the 800...
  • Iran-backed Tawhid-Salam network targeted NATO radar base in Turkey

    03/03/2015 2:11:05 AM PST · by piasa · 9 replies
    Today's Zaman ^ | August 22, 2014 | BAYRAM KAYA
    Operatives of a secretive Iran-backed terrorist network in Turkey scouted the area hosting a radar site in Malatya's Kürecik district that is part of a NATO early warning radar system, an ongoing investigation has revealed. According to an 854-page police investigation on the Tawhid-Salam terror network obtained by Today's Zaman, witness testimony provided to the Istanbul Chief Prosecutor's Office on March 22, 2013 indicated that suspects tied to Iranian intelligence had collected information about Kürecik. The witness said many front companies with the cover of legitimate businesses such as real estate agencies or bookstores had been established in Malatya by...
  • Obama’s Surrender to Iranian Nukes

    02/06/2015 11:45:58 AM PST · by Art in Idaho · 18 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | February 6, 2015 | Morton A. Klein and Dr. Daniel Mandel
    Last week, 10 Senate Democrats who had persistently expressed concern over President Barack Obama’s concessionary policy to Iran over its nuclear weapons program, announced via a letter to the President that they would desist from seeking to pass new legislation to reimpose sanctions in the event of a failure in nuclear talks. Under reportedly enormous pressure from the White House, the senators said that they would await the March 24 deadline for a negotiated framework for an agreement with Tehran, despite their doubts that any such agreement would be forthcoming. This delay is a serious mistake, because one of the...
  • Did Israel arm Rwanda during the 1994 genocide?

    01/25/2015 8:06:06 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Middle East Eye ^ | Friday 16 January 2015 | Michal Zak
    "In our petition we rely, among other sources, on an Amnesty International report that was published in 1995... "There was tension in Rwanda as early as January of 1994. Several of the world's most powerful states imposed international arms control regulations and on May 17 1994 there was a UN embargo. Israel breached the embargo, as did Russia, Belgium, South Africa, France, Spain and others. Many of the planes that transported the shipments were British. The last license to export arms was issued by the Israeli Ministry of Defense in October 1993, about half a year before the massacres began....
  • Azerbaijan Official Lashes Out At Criticism Over RFE/RL Raid

    12/29/2014 6:59:19 AM PST · by WhiskeyX
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty RFE/RL ^ | Monday, December 29, 2014 | Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty RFE/RL
    An Azerbaijani official has lashed out at the United States after a U.S. diplomat sharply criticized the government over the closure of RFE/RL's bureau in Baku. Novruz Mammadov, deputy head of President Ilham Aliyev's administration and director of its Foreign Relations Department, responded on December 29 to earlier Twitter posts by U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Daniel Baer. Baer wrote on December 27 that Baku's decision to shut the U.S.-government-funded broadcaster's office was "the behavior of a weak, insecure, corrupt" leaders. Mammadov, on his Twitter feed, accused U.S. diplomats of "losing their sense...
  • Detained Radio Liberty journalists questioned in Azerbaijan

    12/29/2014 3:07:51 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    Agence France-Presse ^ | December/28/2014 | Agence France-Presse
    Police in Azerbaijan have detained a dozen journalists working for US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty amid an ongoing crackdown on the outlet that Washington and rights groups decry. The Baku offices of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty were sealed on Friday after prosecutors and armed police confiscated equipment and computers during a raid. The US State Department said it was "deeply disturbed" by the action, and called on Azerbaijan to respect its "international commitment to protecting media freedom." Ramping up pressure on the organisation's Azerbaijan station, Radio Azadliq, police descended upon the homes of its journalists Saturday and took many in...
  • Turkey's Erdogan lashes out as lira tumbles

    12/13/2014 6:10:44 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Whirled Nut Daily ^ | December 12, 2014 | Daniel Dombey
    ...its lowest levels against the dollar for almost a year, amid investor nervousness about emerging markets. By evening trade in Istanbul the currency had fallen beyond TL2.30 to the US dollar, more than 1 per cent down on the day and the weakest level since January, when the Turkish central bank moved to increase interest rates -- a dramatic shift in policy that at the time halted a precipitous drop in its value. ...Turkey is far from alone in being affected by strong US economic data that has heightened expectations of a US Federal Reserve interest rate rise and so...
  • Russia cancels trains to Ukraine

    12/08/2014 10:05:19 AM PST · by free_life · 19 replies
    Ukraine Today ^ | Dec 8/2014
    Russia's railway authorities have announced the cancellation of all passenger rail services to Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan for 2015. All international passenger rail services to these countries will cease to run on 14 December, with the cancellation of services set to last for at least one year - TASS reports. Officials have said the decision to cancel these rail routes was taken due to their low profitability. Passenger services between Russia and Belarus, Moldova and Uzbekistan will reportedly continue.
  • Iran Says US Holding Secret Talks to Restore Diplomatic Ties

    11/09/2014 10:53:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    INN ^ | 11/10/2014, 7:35 AM | Ari Yashar
    As the US and world powers approach a November 24 deadline on nuclear talks with Iran, governmental sources in the Islamic regime have reported that they are conducting secret talks with America about renewing diplomatic ties for the first time in 35 years. Iranian government advisers spoke to the British Times, and said secret talks with American officials have centered around the possibility of opening a US trade office in the Iranian capital of Tehran if a nuclear deal is reached. Those talks are to continue this week, and according to the officials will take place in the Azerbaijani capital...
  • Putin to Take Concrete Steps to Support Turkish Cyprus

    07/19/2005 2:14:40 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies · 304+ views
    Zaman ^ | July 20, 2005 | Mirza Cetinkaya
    Russian President Vladimir Putin said economic isolation of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) should be ended. Putin has signaled for concrete steps to be taken in this regard. Russian President hosting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as an "honorary guest" in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi noted, the "meaningless" embargo imposed on TRNC must be lifted and his country will have direct contacts with both the Turkish and Greek Cypriot societies on the island. The two leaders emphasized their opinions overlapped on many issues. "The first thing we must do is to solve the problem...
  • Turkey, Azerbaijan break ground for Trans-Anatolian Gas Pipeline

    09/20/2014 11:43:41 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 3 replies
    Turkey's energy minister has declared a gas pipeline a "peace corridor" linking the Caucasus with the Balkans. "We open the project as a peace corridor that is the result of 15 years hard work by Turkey and Azerbaijan. Through the South Caucasus pipeline and its backbone, the Trans-Anatolia pipeline, we connect the Caucasus with the Balkans. I wish every country could understand the true value of these projects and contribute with us," Taner Yıldız said while speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony of the South Caucasus pipeline in Baku on Sept. 20. The minister said energy security "ranks as one of...
  • Report: Azerbaijan buying Israeli coast-guard vessels

    09/12/2014 8:19:56 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Sep. 1, 2014
    Jane's confirms that Muslim nation purchased 12 boats, based on photographs on website of Azerbaijani president. Azerbaijan is reportedly acquiring 21 new coast-guard vessels from Israel, according to Eurasianet.org. While Azerbaijan made no formal announcement about such a purchase, Jane's, the defense and intelligence publication, confirmed Thursday that the Azerbaijan Coast Guard ordered six Shaldag Mk V patrol boats and six Saar 62 offshore patrol vessels. Jane's based its assertion on images obtained in mid-July showing details of work being done on the vessels at a new shipyard. Images of the vessels are available on the website of the president...
  • 47 Armenian soldiers killed near Azeri border

    08/08/2014 4:45:35 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 8 replies
    The Azerbaijani army has reportedly killed 47 Armenian soldiers in recent clashes, as President Ilham Aliyev visited a frontline zone near the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. Citing Russian diplomatic sources, Azerbaijan Press Agency (APA) reported 47 Armenian servicemen were killed and more than 100 were wounded near the border between the two countries, with the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry also stating that the Armenians suffered a “considerably greater number of losses” during the clashes. Last week the simmering tensions boiled over into the fiercest clashes seen since a cease-fire was agreed upon in 1994. Meanwhile, Aliyev was briefed on Aug. 6 by...
  • IS fighters seize Kurdish towns in Iraq’s north

    08/03/2014 4:37:39 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 6 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 8-3-2014 | AP
    <p>Mosul governor Atheel al-Nujaifi, who fled to the largely autonomous Kurdish region when the Islamic State group and allied Sunni fighters seized Iraq’s second largest city in June, told The Associated Press on Sunday that the towns of Zumar and Sinjar fell after fierce clashes that erupted the day before.</p>
  • Meeks Pushed for Iran Sanction Exemption After Azerbaijan Junket

    08/03/2014 9:10:02 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    NLPC | August 3, 2014 | Peter Flaherty
    There’s fallout from the July 27 Houston Chronicle exposé of a trip to Azerbaijan by 10 member of the House that violated House rules. The trip was ostensibly sponsored by nonprofit groups but was actually funded by oil companies BP, Conoco Phillips and SOCAR, the national oil company of Azerbaijan. According to the New York Post today: Rep. Gregory Meeks pushed to let an Iran-backed natural-gas project dodge US sanctions — after attending an illicit junket paid for by energy companies. Also from the Post: “Congressman Meeks went on a 2013 Congressional trip to Baku, Azerbaijan, subsidized in part...