Stories about Azerbaijan from August, 2005
Nagorno Karabakh: A murky independence
Marmot Power blogs from the disputed–between Armenia and Azerbaijan–territory of Nagorno Karabakh , and anticipates the merger of the quasi-independent republic into Armenia.
Azerbaijan: ‘Cloned’ candidates
Marianna examines the phenomenon of ‘cloning’ candidates as nominations get under way for Azerbaijan's forthcoming general election in November.
Azerbaijan: Scenic Sumgayit
Carpetblogger posts photos of Sumgayit, Azerbaijan, which she describes as possibly the most polluted patch of real estate in the world, and a place where Mad Max would feel at home.
Azerbaijan, Armenia: Close to Karabakh deal?
Oneworld Multimedia reports that Armenia and Azerbaijan may be closer than they have ever been to a deal on the disputed territory of Nagorno Karabakh.
Azerbaijan: President denies U.S. base rumors
Blogger Nathan Hamm points out via del.icio.us that China's official Xinhua news agency appears to be the only major media outlet covering a denial by Azeri President Ilham Aliyev of speculative reports that the U.S. will open an airbase in Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan: New Flickr stream
Chris Beunis has uploaded a new stream of Azerbaijan photos to Flickr.
Azerbaijan: Women election candidates
Of the 362 candidates registered so far for November's general election in Azerbaijan, 150 are women, notes Marianna's election monitor blog.
Central Asia: Book review
Reuters correspondent Hugh Pope has a new book out about Turkic political cultures, which catches the eye of Laurence at Registan
Azerbaijan: On Melons
Carpetblogger wonders if rumors about nitrites injected into Azeri watermelons are true, or if they make any difference, giving the levels of environmental toxins to be found in the country anyway.
NDI Azeri Staring Contest
Former NDI-er and current Democracy Guy Tim Russo says that NDI is daring Azerbaijan's government to not let them observe upcoming parliamentary voting.
Armenia: Tough talk on Nagorno Karabakh
Blogrel‘s Hovakim notes that Azeri President Ilham Aliyev has been “talking tough” again about possible military action over Nagorno Karabakh, a largely ethnic Armenian enclave which seceded from Azerbaijan in 1991, but says ordinary people on both sides are unlikely to want to go along with it.
The Great Game heats up in Azerbaijan
Many bloggers concerned with Azerbaijan are wondering if recent U.S. attempts to balance Russian influence in the country will split the government. Azeris have a general election coming up in November.
Azerbaijan: Rumors of plots at election time
Marianna Idrisova Gurtovnik, in her blog dedicated to the Azerbaijan elections, details allegations of a coup conspiracy leveled against opposition supporters.
Azerbaijan: AZ Youth Opposition Leader Arrest Aftermath
Blogrel has a great roundup of the fallout from the arrest of a popular opposition politican in the run-up to parliamentary elections in the fall.
Azerbaijan: US Base Moving to AZ?
With US forces scheduled to evacuate Uzebekistan before the end of the year, there's a great deal of speculation that the US will find a willing replacement in Azerbaijan. Blogrel looks at the the move and links to more coverage.
Registan.net has a great roundup of recent Azerbaijan news.