Wary Armenians and Azerbaijanis watch war from Moscow

At a bustling produce market in southwest Moscow, Azerbaijani salesman Avas’ fruit and vegetables kiosk is a few steps away from Armine’s where she sells cheese from Armenia. When Avas was 26 years old, conflict broke out between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region and he was forced to leave his home. The… Continue reading Wary Armenians and Azerbaijanis watch war from Moscow

Op-ed: In quest to win power, leaders often generate huge problems

“A boomerang is a thrown tool, typically constructed as a flat airfoil, that is designed to spin about an axis perpendicular to the direction of its flight. A returning boomerang is designed to return to the thrower. It is well known as a weapon used by some Aboriginal Australian peoples for hunting”. In the world… Continue reading Op-ed: In quest to win power, leaders often generate huge problems

Russian President Putin warns Karabakh deaths soaring as diplomats scramble

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that weeks of fighting over the mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh province had left close to 5,000 people dead as world leaders scrambled to broker a truce. The disputed region in Azerbaijan is controlled by Armenian separatists backed by Yerevan, who declared independence as the Soviet Union fell in a conflict that… Continue reading Russian President Putin warns Karabakh deaths soaring as diplomats scramble

Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: Ethnocentric attitudes encouraging negative stereotypes

  After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Nagorno-Karabakh became an autonomous region that is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan but is de facto controlled by the Armenian population. During the 1990s, nearly one million people were displaced and 30,000 were killed during the war. Azerbaijan and Armenia have long since contested over disputed… Continue reading Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: Ethnocentric attitudes encouraging negative stereotypes

UN Security Council discusses Nagorno-Karabakh fighting

United Nations Security Council members called on Armenia and Azerbaijan to respect a new ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh during a meeting on the disputed region Monday. The council held closed-door discussions on the fighting, which has left hundreds dead since clashes erupted on September 27, at the UN headquarters in New York. During the meeting —… Continue reading UN Security Council discusses Nagorno-Karabakh fighting

What does the future hold for Caucasus?

The Eurasian region of Caucasus has yet seen another wave of horrendous violence after 1990’s as Azerbaijani and Armenian forces are engaged with each other in clashes over the Nagorno-Karabakh region’s unsettled fate. Both Azerbaijan and Armenia have historically been a part of the Soviet imperialism. The demography of this region has artificially been changed… Continue reading What does the future hold for Caucasus?

Putin invites Armenia, Azerbaijan foreign ministers for peace talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin invited the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan to visit Moscow for peace talks Friday and said fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh should be halted for humanitarian reasons. Putin’s invitation came as there appeared to be no end in sight for nearly two weeks of fighting between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian separatists that… Continue reading Putin invites Armenia, Azerbaijan foreign ministers for peace talks

WATCH: Fire ravages government HQ in Kyrgyzstan, protesters take over

The White House in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, has caught fire, with videos showing black smoke billowing from its facade. The blaze broke out shortly after it was stormed by protesters, who alleged fraud in the parliamentary elections. Footage has emerged showing the building, which is the seat of both presidential and parliamentary powers, as it was… Continue reading WATCH: Fire ravages government HQ in Kyrgyzstan, protesters take over

Political activist proposes EU-based model for Turkic states in Asia, Europe

The world’s Turkic states should come together and join forces similar to the EU, an Azerbaijani academic and political activist told Anadolu Agency in an interview. Yasaman Qaraqoyunlu, a member of Azerbaijan’s National Academy of Sciences and head of the Whole Azerbaijan movement, said in an interview that on Tuesday 11 political parties and public… Continue reading Political activist proposes EU-based model for Turkic states in Asia, Europe

A timeline of Israeli relations with the Arab world

Israel, which on Friday announced an accord to normalise relations with Bahrain, has had a turbulent history with the Arab world, with which it has fought eight wars. Here is an overview of milestone events: Creation of Israel and wars Israel is created on May 14, 1948, formed out of part of Palestine three years… Continue reading A timeline of Israeli relations with the Arab world