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Friday, 20 July 2018 08:59
As many as 1.325 million foreigners and stateless persons from 189 countries visited Azerbaijan in January-June 2018, which is 10.2 percent more than in the same period of 2017. Some 30.5 percent of the total number of tourists accounted for citizens of Russia, 21.1 percent - Georgia, 11.1 percent - Iran, 10.8 percent - Turkey, 3.6 percent - the UAE, 2.1 percent - Iraq, 2 percent - Ukraine, 18.7 percent - citizens of other countries and 0.1 percent - stateless persons.
Friday, 20 July 2018 08:18

The crisis in Gaza and possible Israeli policies which could create real change on the ground.

Thursday, 19 July 2018 00:00

By Selim Celal


Seven months after the largest protests in Iran’s history, Iranians have hit the streets once again.

They are fed up with the country’s poor financial performance and the recent devaluation of Iranian rial.

Having become one of the world’s most volatile currencies, the rial over the past few months has lost more than 50 percent of its value.

Iran’s central bank recently pegged the rial to the dollar, but the greenback -- along with some other currencies -- continues to be sold on a thriving black market, often fetching twice as much as its official price.

But while the current wave of protest may be seen as a manifestation of popular anger against perceived financial mismanagement, it also points to something else.

This time, the driving force behind the protests is the market, or the "Bazaar" as it is known in Iran, which has been a significant player in Iran’s modern political history.

The Bazaar -- which played a crucial role in bringing the Pahlavi regime to its knees -- has traditionally been used as a tool for the Iranian clergy to exert political influence.

Contrary to Sunni-Muslim tradition, Iran’s Shia clergy has always enjoyed a strong bond with the nation’s upper class.

In line with the traditional system of Zakat (almsgiving), Muslims are generally expected to donate 1/40 of their annual income to help pay for community services.

In addition to Zakat, however, Shia Muslims are expected to donate 20 percent of their income to those they “most want to be like”.

Shia Muslims are expected to give this amount to the individual that he/she most admires; he/she is not permitted to donate this amount to the poor or allocate it for other purposes.

In Persian, this system is called "homs", meaning "one in five". This means that Iran's Shia clergy generally ends up controlling some 20 percent of the Bazaar’s overall revenue.

In the past, the Bazaar has been controlled by a few wealthy families, which became deeply involved in Iranian politics following the country’s 1979 revolution.

Since then, they have grown even wealthier by developing deep ties with the ayatollahs through the homs system.

In exchange for the homs they received, the ayatollahs have looked out for these families’ interests.

As the Iranian economy expanded, a new, liberal market power -- composed largely of mid-sized enterprises and entrepreneurs -- emerged.

For the sake of co-existence, this new market power -- along with more traditional markets -- has tended to work towards preserving the political status quo.

Meanwhile, another center of gravity emerged on Iran’s economic horizon: the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

With the petro-dollar in one hand and a formidable arsenal on the other, the IRGC has become something akin to a Frankenstein monster. This transition occurred at a time when Iran faced a host of stringent international sanctions.

Under former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (2005-2013), Iran's wealth began to diminish as a result of the sanctions. Meanwhile, expenses soared due to the country’s adventurous foreign policies.

These conditions led to the IRGC’s increasing influence on the Bazaar. While the domestic market suffered at the hands of the IRGC, the economy was squeezed by the sanctions.

In 2013, Hassan Rouhani won the country’s presidential election. His economic plan rested on two major pillars: giving the market some breathing space by tempering the IRGC's economic role and securing a deal with the international community regarding the country’s controversial nuclear program.

Despite some initial successes, however, both pillars of Rouhani's economic policy ultimately collapsed. After his brother was arrested in July of last year, Rouhani was forced to come to terms with the IRGC.

With the U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear deal in May of this year, financial sanctions on Iran were re-imposed, taking Rouhani by surprise and putting additional pressure on his administration.


With all these factors in mind, Rouhani appears to face four possible scenarios.

The first is resignation, although this appears to be somewhat unrealistic as resignations are not part of Iranian political culture.

After all, resignation is a means of indirectly accepting responsibility. And Iran has a history of assigning blame to a traditional coterie of villains, namely the U.S. and Israel.

The second scenario would see Rouhani relieved of his duties by Ali Khamenei, the country’s supreme leader. Khamenei, however, is unlikely to take such a momentous step -- even though it is legally possible.

In a third possible scenario, Rouhani could be removed from office in a coup carried out by the IRGC. This, however, would raise questions of legitimacy, and the international community is unlikely to countenance such a scenario.

Iran already faces questions regarding legitimacy, and if it sees a coup by a military force -- which some even consider a “terrorist group” -- its situation can only be expected to become more complicated.

In a fourth possible scenario, Rouhani could be relieved of his duties by parliament amid charges of “misconduct”. But this would require the approval of two-thirds of parliament -- a tall order indeed.

And even if one of these scenarios comes to pass, this would not resolve Iran’s chronic financial woes, for which Rouhani is far from being solely responsible.

The most formidable obstacle facing the country is the ruling elite's refusal to accept certain realities. And they are generally accustomed to accusing unidentified “agents” for any economic trouble they face.

What's worse, they don't seem to want to accept that the economy cannot be repaired by force, preferring instead to threaten the market while ignoring its grievances.

For example, after the current round of protests erupted, Rouhani called on security forces to crush the demonstrators.

The Trump factor

There only appears to be one solution to Iran’s economic crisis: re-entering direct talks with the U.S.

Contrary to popular belief, U.S. President Donald Trump is more open to negotiations than his predecessors. But his style is different; it’s more like that of celebrated U.S. General Douglas MacArthur.

On Sept. 27, 1945, MacArthur invited Japanese Emperor Hirohito -- who had been seen as a god by many Japanese -- to the U.S. embassy in Tokyo. Accompanied only by an interpreter, they reached an agreement after a single hour of talks.

As a businessman, Trump understands the value of time. He would negotiate with Ali Khamenei, the true holder of power in Iran, like he spoke with North Korea's leader in Singapore.

Trump does not care about Khamenei's religious status. For him, Khamenei is Iran’s real leader -- and he would like to speak to him face to face.

But Khamenei seems unprepared for such a scenario.

A more likely outcome is that Iran becomes something akin to the Middle East’s Venezuela. So far, Tehran’s strategy has been to frighten Iranians by citing the Syria example.

But for most Iranians, the Venezuela model is no less frightening.

Implications for Turkey

Iran's current situation should worry Ankara as well.

Serious instability in Iran would have knock-on effects in Turkey. For one, were Iranians to flee the country, they would not take refuge in Afghanistan or Pakistan.

And one must remember that Iran’s population is much, much greater than Syria’s. Already hosting more than three million Syrians, Turkey won't be able to absorb a massive refugee influx from Iran.

In the Syrian case, the Turkish government and people responded positively to the newcomers, given both countries’ historical and religious ties.

But it isn’t the same for Turkey-Iran relations, which are marred by past conflict and sectarian differences.

From this perspective, any refugee influx from neighboring Iran would constitute a national security problem for Turkey.

Sooner or later, Turkey will have to choose between stability and its principles. The safest alternative for Turkey now is to act as mediator between the international community and Iran.

Trump's withdrawal from the nuclear deal has coincided with watershed elections -- presidential and parliamentary -- in Turkey.

And in this regard, Turkey's future still remains unclear. But now that the elections are over, Turkey should play the role that fits it best.

One of the most influential countries in the region and the Muslim world, and a member of the NATO alliance, Turkey could play a role in securing a kind of rapprochement between the U.S. and Iran after decades of bitter animosity.

And direct talks between Trump and Khamenei should be at the core of these diplomatic efforts.

[The writer is an Istanbul-based researcher specialized in Iranian domestic and foreign policy]

*Opinions expressed in this piece are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect Anadolu Agency's editorial policy.

*Ali Murat Alhas contributed to this story from Ankara



Wednesday, 18 July 2018 06:31

Psychologists monitored 373 couples over 16 years and found that couples who disagree often have poorer health – especially for men

A bad marriage with frequent conflicts could have a serious detrimental impact on your health, according to psychologists.

The researchers at the universities of Nevada and Michigan monitored 373 heterosexual couples to investigate whether disagreeing about multiple topics – such as children, money, in-laws and leisure activities – had negative health implications.

“We followed married couples over the first 16 years of marriage and compared the subjective health of wives and husbands who reported a greater number of conflict topics to those who reported fewer,” said Rosie Shrout, who presented the preliminary results at the International Association for Relationship Research conference in Colorado.


The researchers found that marital conflict negatively affected health for both husbands and wives, although there was a greater impact of conflict on men than women. Couples who agreed with each other more experienced health benefits early on in their relationships, but this protective effect wore off in the later years of marriage.

The health ratings were calculated by asking spouses to answer questions about their health, including whether their health interfered with their work, if they were healthy enough to do the things they wanted to do, if they were having trouble sleeping, if they were bothered by nervousness and feeling fidgety, and whether they were troubled by headaches.

Conflict in a relationship can lead to damaging responses in the body such as inflammation, changes in appetite and increased release of stress hormones, all of which can affect numerous aspects of health ranging from heart function to the immune system, previous research has found.

A body of evidence suggests married people tend to live longer, healthier lives than those who are divorced, widowed or never married. “They have better psychological wellbeing, they are less likely to develop illnesses, and they heal faster when they are sick,” Shrout said.

In contrast, the results of this recent study might challenge the notion that marriage is always a good thing when it comes to health and wellbeing. “Experiencing a great deal of conflict in a relationship is very damaging to health, as are negative health behaviours like smoking and drinking,” explained Shrout.

“It’s not the act of walking down the aisle or signing a marriage licence that is beneficial for health – it’s what spouses do for each other throughout the marriage.”

The study also looked at the number of marital conflicts and the health impacts this had on wives and husbands individually. Whereas for wives the specific number of disagreement topics was unrelated to their health, the decline in husbands’ health was driven by the number of disagreement topics.

“Conflict can be particularly damaging for health if spouses are hostile or defensive during disagreements or if they are arguing about the same topic over and over again without any resolution,” said Shrout.

Veronica Lamarche, a professor of social psychology at the University of Essex who was not involved in the study, warned that these bodily responses to relationship conflict can cause long-term damage.

“There’s quite a bit of research linking relationship conflict to different types of physiological responses, such as increased release of stress hormones, inflammation, changes in appetite regulation, and immune functioning,” she said.

“It isn’t the case that a single fight in a relationship will irreparably harm your health, but frequent fighting over many years will take a toll – it’s important to work on communicating with each other effectively to help minimise conflict.”

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Wednesday, 18 July 2018 05:57

Trump and Pompeo are squeezing Iran where it hurts. They are trying to prevent Iran from selling oil internationally. They are applying maximum pressure upon Iran. This is overt. It is announced policy. For example, the State Department says

“Very broadly, Saudi Arabia is a key partner in our effort to isolate and pressure Iran. And as I said, we had a number of bureaus from the State Department to discuss energy, diplomacy, security, and economic pressure. We were also joined by Treasury Under Secretary Sigal Mandelker for some of these meetings so that they can hear from Treasury officials and coordinate our efforts on applying maximum economic pressure on Iran.”

The U.S. is threatening China and India if they buy Iranian oil:

“On Tuesday a senior State Department official described tightening the noose on Tehran as ‘one of our top national security priorities’.

“The official warned countries including China and India, who are key buyers of Iranian oil, that they should stop purchasing crude from the country before the November deadline or face US sanctions.”

Saudi Arabia, a U.S. ally and enemy of Iran, will pump more oil to mitigate price effects of cutting Iran out of the international market. This increases enmity between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

The economic isolation of Iran via an economic blockade deprives Iran of essential revenues. In essence, the U.S. policy is an act of war. Trump is seeding war clouds over Iran. He wants Iranians to overturn their government. Failing that, he appears to want Iran to attack American assets or engage in some other act of retaliation, perhaps in Europe or the Persian Gulf, that can be made into a cause of war so that the U.S. and its allies (NATO, Israel, Saudi Arabia) can attack Iran in force. At least, that is what he is risking. For example, Pompeo is criticizing Iran for planning to terrorize Iranian opposition persons (National Council of Resistance of Iran) on European soil. He also threatens to keep the Persian Gulf open if Iran disrupts its traffic. This is a war threat.

Trump’s policy on Iran augments the longstanding U.S. policy of sanctioning Iran and treating Iran as an enemy. Trump is escalating the past low-level and medium-level pressure upon Iran into higher-level and much more serious warfare. The U.S. cannot blockade Iran, if such a blockade via sanctions is successful, without causing serious consequences.

In the imaginations of American leaders, Iran has assumed the shape of a demon whose appearance must be exorcised in order to obtain psychological relief. Not peculiar to Trump, this has been the case for the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Executive and Israel ever since the Iranian Revolution in 1979. (Similarly, the U.S. trade deficits are a new demon peculiar to Trump’s mind that he is attempting to destroy via trade wars.)

Trump unilaterally withdrew from the JCPOA with Iran, the first major step in seeding the war clouds. Piling on a severe set of sanctions is his second big step toward war. Iran is being backed into a corner.

Is war with Iran necessary for American security? How does Iran threaten America and Americans? The largest possible threat was the nuclear threat, but that was mitigated through the deal that Trump abandoned. Iran does not threaten America and Americans directly. Iran is said by General Votel to be “the major threat to U.S. interests and partnerships in the Central Region”. A threat to the U.S. (government) is not the same as a threat to America and Americans. The Central Region includes “Egypt to Pakistan and from Kazakhstan to Yemen”. The threat appears to be oil supply, but it is not. Iran needs to sell oil as a source of revenue. The U.S. fears the political influence of Iran in the region. That is why Votel warns:

“Iran has extended its tentacles across the region through numerous proxies, including Lebanese Hizballah operating in multiple countries, hardline Iranian-backed Shia Militia Groups (SMGs) in Iraq and Syria, and Iranian support has enabled the Houthis.”

The U.S. fears Iranian influence in Lebanon, Iraq, Syria and Yemen; and it fears further influence in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Kazakhstan. To prevent the growth of that influence, the U.S. wants a government in Tehran that is not expansionary or revolutionary. The U.S. long-term aim is to have this entire region be under the wing of America. No U.S. government will be satisfied until this happens, whether it takes 50-100-200 years. A resurrected Persian Empire is highly unlikely, because all these countries have their own peoples, histories, religions, ethnic groups, languages and interests. Yet the idea of a rival in the Central Region haunts the minds of American leaders a continent and ocean away.

Supposing that the expansion of the American empire is the fundamental aim of the U.S. government, what means are more likely to achieve it? War measures against Iran or peace measures that bring other countries into the American fold through mutual gains? War in Afghanistan has proven fruitless. War against Iraq has augmented Iranian influence. The attempt to bring Syria’s Assad down by war has amplified Iran’s presence in Syria. The support of Saudi Arabia’s war against Yemen is leading to a genocide.

The U.S. cannot expand what it claims to be a “good” empire by means of war and imperialism that produce mass evils. It cannot build nations, states and nation-states. It cannot manufacture wholesome governments that are free of corruption. It cannot accomplish that even in this country. It cannot elevate the economies of foreign countries by means of government projects and investments.

The extension of property rights, sound law, sound government and free markets to backward regions is simply not something that the U.S. government knows how to do or can do. Our government is attempting to do this through military special forces who are trained to work with foreign security forces and peoples. This won’t succeed. Successful social systems do not arise and persist via the injection of some foreign elements that are thought to be critical or missing, be they capital projects, laws, leaders, literacy, or security forces.

The U.S. government is implementing incorrect theories of social improvement, both abroad and here. The U.S. government doesn’t know how civilizations form, succeed and fail. The federal government of America doesn’t know how to foster civilized life, even the particular brand of civilized life that we call American or Western.



Friday, 13 July 2018 00:00


 دابرینا بِت تمرز

در روز ۶ تیر ماه، «دابرینا بِت تمرز»، دختر کشیش «ویکتور بِت تمرز و شامیرام عیسوی» در شورای حقوق بشر سازمان ملل متحد در ژنو به دادخواهی از حقوق پایمال شده­ مسیحیان ایرانی از جمله خانواده‌اش پرداخت. تنها به دلیل شرکت در فعالیت­‌های مسالمت ­آمیز مسیحی، کشیش ویکتور بت تمرز به ۱۰ سال زندان و شامیرام عیسوی به ۵ سال زندان محکوم شده است. برادر دابرینا بِت تمرز، «رامئیل بت تمرز» نیز اکنون با قرار وثیقه آزاد است.

پیام دادخواهی دابرینا بِت تمرز به نمایندگی از ائتلاف جهانی مسیحیان بشارتی (انجیلی) برای مقامات شورای حقوق بشر سازمان ملل خوانده شد. در این پیام آمده است که اتهام وارد شده بر خانواده­ او اقدام علیه امنیت ملی با تشکیل و اداره کلیساهای خانگی، شرکت در سمینارهای مسیحی در خارج از کشور، و همچنین آموزش رهبران مسیحی در ایران جهت جاسوسی است. او با تکذیب این موارد گفت: «این اتهامات واهی است و این بی‌عدالتی محض است». او همچنین افزود:«آنچه که بر خانواده­ من گذشته است تنها نمونه از این موارد نیست. امروزه مسیحیان ایرانی بسیاری براساس چنین اتهامات بی‌اساسی حکم­‌های سنگین دریافت کرده­‌اند. این کار نادرست است و این پرونده­‌ها باید بسته شوند.» دابرینا بِت تمرز در ادمه گفت: «مسیحیان ایران تروریست نیستند. همان­گونه که پدر من در آخرین جلسه­ دادگاه خود عنوان کرد و من هم دوباره آن را تکرار می‌کنم، ما عاشقانه کشور خودمان را دوست داریم، برای مسئولان کشور دعا می­کنیم و قصد مبارزه با حکومت را نداریم.»

ائتلاف جهانی مسیحیان بشارتی (انجیلی) از حکومت ایران خواسته است که به آزار دینی مسیحیان براساس اتهامات نادرست و بی اساس پایان دهد و به حق آزادی دین و عقیده شهروندانش احترام بگذارد.

کشیش ویکتور بت تمرز و همسر او شامیرام عیسوی تا پیش از بسته شدن کلیسانی پنطیکاستی آشوری شهرآرا در تاریخ ۱۱ فروردین ۱۳۸۸ (برابر با ۳۱  مارس ۲۰۰۹ میلادی)، از رهبران رسمی این کلیسا در تهران بوده‌­اند. با فشار نهادهای امنیتی و مداخله یوناتن بت‌کلیا، نماینده آشوری مجلس شورای اسلامی، کشیش بت تمرز از رهبری این کلیسا برکنار شد و جلسات این کلیسا که به زبان فارسی ارائه می­شد نیز پایان یافت.

برخلاف ادعاهای حکومت ایران، جامعه مسیحیان ایران با آزار دینی و تبعیض سازمان یافته و ساختاری مواجه است. در چهار دهه­ گذشته شمار نوکیشان مسیحی افزایش چشمگیری داشته است و این موجب نگرانی صاحبان قدرت در ایران شده است. از این رو آنان محدودیت­‌های بسیاری را اعمال کرده‌اند، از جمله: ممنوعیت حضور نوکیشان مسیحی در کلیسا، نقض آزادی پرستش و اجتماع، تعطیل کردن تنها مرکز نشر کتاب مقدس مسیحیان به زبان فارسی، بازداشت، زندانی کردن و حتی قتل رهبران مسیحی و بسیاری موارد دیگر.



Thursday, 12 July 2018 06:40

გიორგი კეკელიძესთან პრუსტის კითხვარს პასუხობენ საქართველოს მოქალაქეები, მიუხედავად მათი წარსულისა, აწმყოსი და მომავლისა, მიუხედავად პოლიტიკური და სხვა, მსგავსი თუ არამსგავსი, შეხედულებებისა, პროფესიისა, ნიჭისა თუ... დღევანდელი სტუმარია მედიაჰოლდინგ „კვირას“ მთავარი რედაქტორი ქეთი ხოსიტაშვილი.

- რა არის თქვენთვის სრულყოფილი ბედნიერება?
- მშვიდობა ქვეყანაში, სითბო სახლში, სიმშვიდე, სტაბილურობა, ბევრი სიყვარული და სიკეთე... ამ ყველაფრის უნარი და შესაძლებლობა.

- ბოლოს როდის გაიცინეთ?
- ყველაზე გულწრფელად ბავშვები იცინიან... სიმძიმეების გარეშე, ბოლომდე ამოაქვთ გულიდან ემოცია. ეს არის ჩემთვის ნამდვილი სიცილი და ასე დიდი ხანია, აღარ გამიცინია. გავიზარდე.

- ბოლოს როდის იტირეთ?
- სულ ვტირი და ვტირი ყველაფერზე: როდესაც კარგ ფილმს ვუყურებ, როდესაც ვიღაცის მწუხარების ან ბედნიერების ამბავს ვიგებ... მგონია, რომ თუკი ადამიანი ამ ემოციას დაკარგავს, მოკვდება.

- თქვენი ხასიათის მთავარი შტრიხი?
- ემოციური ვარ და სპონტანური.

- ყველაზე დიდი ნაკლი?
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Wednesday, 11 July 2018 07:17

On July 10, 2018, a radical religious group of 150-200 people attempted to brutally disturb public tranquility in front of the administrative building of Ganja City Executive Power.

In a joint statement of the Prosecutor General's Office, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the State Security Committee, it is said that the participants of the unsanctioned protest action ignoring the warnings of the police officers, who were carrying out their service duties, resisted the law enforcement officers with their sharp and cutting tools. As a result, while suppressing unlawful actions committed by radical persons, two police officers - Ganja City Police Chief Colonel Ilgar Balakishiyev and Deputy Chief of the Nizami District Police Department, police colonel-lieutenant Samad Abbasov were martyred with cutting tools as a result of the attacks by radical elements.

Thanks to the decisive measures taken by police, their illegal actions were stopped, more than 30 persons were detained, and public tranquility in the city was fully secured.

The city continues to live its normal, quiet life.

... However, the fact is that two police officers were killed in the second big city of the country, a terrorist act was committed, a group of people tried to destabilize the country from Ganja.

It is clear that a group of unknown persons who appeared on the central square, armed with crowbar and other cold weapons, hiding behind (shouting!) the exclamations of “Allah Akbar” is an enemy of stability.

Who are these people? Believers? Absolutely not. The murdered police officer Samad Abbasov is a brother of the Akhund of the famous Imamzada complex in Ganja, Haji Tahir Abbasov, one of the city's most famous and hereditary believers. This fact in itself says that nothing in a sequence of events happens by accident. In these events, religion, stability, and that is, all values ​​considered sacred for the STATE and STATEHOOD are targeted.

Even if children would watch the attempt to commit the riots in Ganja could understand perfectly that, despite the presence of some problems in the country, as the day before, the head of state himself commented on the officials and gave them appropriate instructions, this is not a popular protest. This incident - a planned operation for the region forces seeking to destabilize the situation in the country, the opposition of the people with the authorities.


After the incident and subsequent official statements by law enforcement agencies, supporters of the aforementioned gang “come to action” in social networks, spreading absurd and insubstantial statements like “the authorities themselves organized the killing of two police officers to create the appearance of an attempted riots.”

Meanwhile, the video, which they themselves distributed in the view of an agitated employee of one of the radical sites, captures the moment of the group's attack on the police and the imposition of officers with cold steel.

Apparently, they did not succeed in “concocting” a more “reasonable” argument for the justified expression of their hatred of power. What kind of “sharp” mind does one need to possess in order to assume that the authorities organize the killing of high-ranking police officers?


The events in Ganja showed that certain forces try to shake the sovereignty, secularity and stability of Azerbaijan. The intention is unknown from where and for what reason a group of radicals appearing on the square is an attempt to destabilize the situation, causing riots in the city. In fact, frankly speaking, the plot is so primitive and illiterate that the center (or centers) is clearly visible, which prepared the above-mentioned “worshipers” and directed them.We know whose hands did it. These hands are not from us, they are stretching from the outside. They are constantly drawn to the INDEPENDENCE of their motherland and "keep ready" forces that are eager to grab them and kiss them at any moment.


It is necessary to immediately apply the most severe penalties provided for by law, to find and bring to justice the perpetrators and instigators of this crime. There should be no indulgence for those who have fought for our stability and secularism, who are striving to achieve a confrontation in the country.

Those who calling themselves “political opposition” in the social networks demonstrate support for different anarchist groups.


The people are angry because of those events, because the Azerbaijanis did not take anyone's life, even in the period of the liberation struggle for gaining independence from the empire. Now, the citizens of this already INDEPENDENT country do not “fight” through murders and terrorist attacks, the struggle are civilized by the CITIZENS of this country. Each CITIZEN of this country, in fact, is angry with the carriers of the “intimidated” in foreign cells of the brain, and their hands with crowbars. The CITIZEN of this country did not go and never will go with a crowbar or a bat to his policeman, brother; after all, in fact, we are all of the same blood and faith. The CITIZEN of this country knows those HANDS that hold scrap, throw stones or kill policemen, that's why they rightly curses the owners of those hands, calls them traitors.

Even if it was announced five days ago, the people did not support this violence, riot, did not join it, but Azerbaijan such as Ganja, owed to curse this terror.

And here is the final conclusion that comes from all above mentioned:

The people of Azerbaijan choose the STATE, INDEPENDENCE, DIGNITY and SUSTAINABILITY. Those who try to break these values will see the CITIZEN in front of them!

APA Analytical Center