Articles by Harut Sassounian

About Harut Sassounian (413 Articles)
Harut Sassounian is the publisher of The California Courier, a weekly newspaper based in Glendale, Calif. He is the president of the United Armenian Fund, a coalition of the seven largest Armenian-American organizations. He has been decorated by the president and prime minister of the Republic of Armenia, and the heads of the Armenian Apostolic and Catholic churches. He is also the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

How Azerbaijan’s Paid Agents Manipulate the American Media

For several years, dozens of articles have appeared in U.S., Israeli, and European newspapers lavishly praising Azerbaijan and severely criticizing Armenia. Most of these articles are written by non-Azerbaijanis who are handsomely compensated by the Azerbaijani government. Former Congressman Dan [more...]

August 1, 2017 // 5 Comments

Azerbaijan’s U.S. Lobbying Firm’s List of Impressive Accomplishments

Several weeks ago, I wrote about the four lobbying and PR firms hired by Azerbaijan in the United States. One of these companies is the Tool Shed Group. An Azerbaijani flag flies in Baku (Photo: Gulustan) This week, I would like to present a sample of the impressive activities organized by the Tool [more...]

July 26, 2017 // 2 Comments

Aliyev Family’s Financial Role in Shipping Weapons to Terrorists

Last week I wrote about the sensational revelations by Bulgarian investigative journalist Dilyana Gaytandzhieva in Trud newspaper, who reported on leaked documents that Azerbaijan’s state-run Silk Way Airlines has shipped under diplomatic cover 350 planeloads of heavy weapons and ammunition to [more...]

July 18, 2017 // 3 Comments

The Lobbying and PR Firms Employed by Azerbaijan

After identifying the lobbying and public relations (PR) firms hired by the government of Turkey, we now report on four similar firms hired by Azerbaijan. ‘The government of Azerbaijan has hired dozens of PR and lobbying firms over the years. However, at this time, it employs only four such [more...]

June 27, 2017 // 2 Comments

Turkey Spends $2.6 Million to Hire Two New Lobbying and PR Firms

Last week, I wrote about a dozen public relations and lobbying firms the Turkish government had already hired. In recent weeks, the Republic of Turkey added two new such firms: Ballard Partners and Burson-Marsteller. Ballard Partners and Burson-Marsteller were recently hired by Turkey Turkish [more...]

June 20, 2017 // 0 Comments

Turkish Prime Minister’s Family Owns $140 Million in Foreign Assets

  Last week, we disclosed the improper enrichment of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey by receiving a $25 million oil tanker as a gift from an Azerbaijani billionaire. This week, we expose the Prime Minister of Turkey, Binali Yildirim, who turns out to be just as corrupt as his boss. [more...]

June 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

Malta Bank Employee Reveals Documents Linking Aliyevs to Bank Accounts

Continuing the series of articles we published in the last two weeks about corruption in Azerbaijan, we wish now to reveal additional scandalous details about funds deposited in a Malta bank by family members of Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev [more...]

May 16, 2017 // 0 Comments

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