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

Turkey: Inside, Outside, Upside Down

Inside, Turkey is a mess.  Corruption is, though I suspect un(der)reported, once again fully present.  Ended is the honeymoon of this century’s first decade when Turkish citizens thought they had brought to power a political party, Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP), that was free [more...]

July 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (July 22, 2017)

Armenian Proverb Don’t buy a house, buy a neighbor. Don’t Tell a Lie She sat in a hammock and strummed her guitar. He sat down beside her and smoked his cigar. He told her he loved her and oh, how he lied She told him she loved him but she didn’t lie. They were to be married but she up and [more...]

July 22, 2017 // 0 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

Football Follies

For clarity, I’ll state that the discussion is about soccer, known as football to all the world except in the U.S. I’ve never been a fan of watching sports.  My eyes glaze over when people start discussing baseball statistics or who won the latest basketball game or what kind of avian [more...]

July 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

Turkey: A Millennium On… Still Plundering

The Turks, in their various tribal incarnations, hit the Middle Eastern scene about 1,000 years ago.  Since then, they don’t seem to have learned much. Despite massive forced Turkification of indigenous populations; despite massive theft/borrowing of existing cultural and governmental traditions [more...]

July 10, 2017 // 3 Comments

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (July 8, 2017)

Newspaper Headline Crack in Toilet Bowl Leads to Three Arrests Our Fascist Dime (By Robert R. Van Ryzin) Among the many false rumors spread about U.S. coins over the years was that the appearance of the “fasces,” an ancient Roman symbol of authority, on the Mercury dime (1916-1945) was linked [more...]

July 8, 2017 // 0 Comments

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (July 1, 2017)

Entry in an Autograph Album Say it with flowers Say it with mink But never, never Say it with ink. The Ins and Outs He who looks outside dreams. He who looks inside awakens. …Carl Gustav Jung, the father of analytical psychology A Brilliant Hue A young lady, on being asked which was the most [more...]

July 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

Whither the Diaspora?

Yesterday, I was talking to a friend when a question posed prompted this topic of discussion.   I’d been stuck, with no good ideas for this week’s piece, so I owe a debt of gratitude for this question. The entry for the word Spyurk (diaspora) in an Armenian dictionary published in [more...]

June 30, 2017 // 4 Comments

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