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Open letter by International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS)

The Shushi Holy Savior (Ghazanchetsots) Cathedral, was severely damaged after two deliberate air raids conducted by the Azerbaijani military on October 8 and 9. This is not only a violation of the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its two (1954 and 1999) Protocols, but also a part of policy of the cultural genocide that the Azerbaijani government has been implementing over the past 30 years by systematically destroying the (...)

Ilham Aliyev on Karabakh: “There will be no referendum, ever! “

In an interview on 22 October 2020 with the Japanese daily Nikkei, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev explained that the Azerbaijanis have always respected the Armenians, insisting that it was the latter who perpetrated a genocide against the people of his country (sic), and not the reverse. Referring to the right to self-determination of the Armenian population of Nagorno-Karabakh, which has been enshrined in the Madrid Principles, the newspaper asked him whether he approved of the (...)

New US Command for NATO Naval Battle in Europe, by Manlio Dinucci

A new NATO command was born in Norfolk (Virginia, USA): the Norfolk Joint Force Command, called "Atlantic Command," is a clone of the Naples Joint Force Command with headquarters in Lago Patria (Naples). Its constitution was approved by the North Atlantic Council at the Defense Ministers level (for Italy the first Conte Government's Minister Elisabetta Trenta ), in June 2018. Just as the NATO command in Naples is under the orders of the Admiral who commands the US naval forces in Europe (...)

Greece, Russia and Turkey readying for war over Nogorno-Karabakh

On 21 October 2020, the Greek Navy mobilized around 60 boats to protect the Aegean Islands in the event of a Turkish attack. Konstantin Zatulin, deputy chairman of the Russian Federation State Duma, alluded to a possible Russian landing in Azerbaijan to hunt down the jihadists. The Russian Navy has been engaged in exercises off Baku since 16 October. Turkish Vice-President Fuat Oktay, on his part, has publicly considered a possible military intervention by his country to safeguard the (...)

Propaganda: NATO calls for bids

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is soliciting bids from NGOs, universities, public and private think-tanks in all its member states. The official purpose is to develop tools that increase the resilience of populations to "enemy" (read "Russian") disinformation. But the problem is that in order to fight against propaganda, it is necessary to target all propaganda, including NATO's. In practice, therefore, the tools will only serve to discredit reactions to NATO propaganda: for (...)

Russia resumes fighting in Idlib (Syria)

Russian air force has restarted its shelling of jihadist groups in Syria, which was interrupted under the Turkish-Russian agreements intended to freeze operations in the Idlib region. On 21 October 2020, the shelling struck the villages of al-Magarah and al-Rami occupied by Hayat Tahrir al-Cham (Al-Qaeda) and the National Liberation Front (Turkey). It is too soon to know whether they are isolated strikes or the initial stages of renewed fighting. A second hypothesis could be that the (...)

President Sarkissian received at NATO

Armenian President Armen Sarkissian left Yerevan for Brussels on late Wednesday morning, 21 October. He is expected to be received by the NATO Secretary-General, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and the President of the EU. These talks will take place at the same time as NATO defense ministers will be gathering at the organization's headquarters on 22 and 23 October . Armen Sarkissian has dual Armenian and British (...)

Frente Polisario’s Letter to the Security Council

I would like, at the outset, to express Frente POLISARIO's sincere congratulations on your assumption of the presidency of the Security Council for this month. It is with a great sense of urgency and grave concern that I write to you, on instructions from my authorities, to draw your attention and that of the members of the Security Council to the alarming situation in the Territories of Western Sahara under Morocco's illegal occupation, where the Moroccan occupying authorities are (...)

Turkey braces for Russian response in Syria

The Russian Foreign Ministry lined up several of its heavyweights to have them denounce the danger that the jihadi presence in Azerbaijan represents for Russia itself. Turkey continues to deny having anything to do with it, yet it is gearing up for a Russian response in occupied northern Syria. She started evacuating her military post in Morek (Idlib governorate) while strengthening her presence in the other twelve bases. Armenia, which until now, under the leadership of Prime Minister (...)