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Harut Sassounian

Turkish Activist Admits Major Blow When Texas Recognized Armenian Genocide

Armenian-Americans knew they had scored a major victory for the recognition of the Armenian Genocide when Texas became the 46th state to recognize it. What Armenian-Americans did not realize is that the recognition by Texas had a devastating impact on the Turkish community’s lobbying efforts in [more...]

August 15, 2017 // 14 Comments

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

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