Flacking for despots: Inside Azerbaijan’s lobbying in the U.S. (Video)

Lobbying is extremely effective on any democratic governance, including in the U.S. politics. Though politicians are prohibited from accepting money directly from foreign governments, it is believed that indirect funding may occur through domestic lobbyists hired by foreign actors. What this means is, regardless of what happens in dictatorships from Central Asia to the Middle […]


A Dissident’s Life…

Story of Ramis Yunus, a family member of Azeri imprisoned rights defenders Arif and Leyla Yunus.  (Audio & Photo Multimedia) Despite living for more than a decade in the United States, a leading Azeri dissident says he feels homesick for his motherland that he is not allowed to return to. The dissident, Ramis Yunus, 56, […]


Running in Crystal City: Multi-Image Photo Story

Area runners’ favorite spring evening race series, the Crystal City 5K Fridays, is back! Starting yesterday, April 10, four 5K races will be held on consecutive Fridays. Here are some shots from my camera. Be brave and run all four; kick your weekends off with a fit start!                   […]



Check out some of my selected videos from 2014

  Washington event: US backs independent voices, seeks ‘engagement’ with Azerbaijan     CPJ’s J.Simon about Azeri crackdown on independent media and ‘democratators.’ More here     Top US analyst urges for sanctions on Azeri govt. for outrageous treatment of its own people     Colleagues, friends support journalist Khadija Ismayil in front of Azeri […]