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President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has addressed the nation.
Address to the nation by President Ilham Aliyev
– My fellow citizens,
As you know, yesterday morning, due to a terrorist act committed by the Armenian armed forces, six Azerbaijani citizens – two civilians, became victims of a mine terror. It is not the first time that Armenia has committed a terrorist act against us. Since the end of the Second Karabakh War, more than 300 Azerbaijani citizens have become victims of mine terrorism or have been seriously injured.
Yesterday’s terrorist attack was one such incident. After the Second Karabakh War, mines were illegally delivered from Armenia to the Karabakh region of Azerbaijan and planted in various locations until the Lachin border checkpoint was established. Some time ago, the mines discovered by the Azerbaijan Armed Forces were shown to representatives of the Russian peacekeeping contingent and the Russia-Türkiye Monitoring Center, and the issue of taking serious measures was raised with and demanded from them. These mines were produced in Armenia in 2021. So, it once again shows that after the Second Karabakh War, these mines were deliberately delivered to carry out terrorist acts against Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan duly punished the enemy by immediately taking necessary steps. Local antiterrorist measures were started, and all pending objectives were completed in one day. The terrorists were punished, and it was shown to Armenia again that all of their provocations would be met with a fitting response.
As a result of the initiation and successful completion of anti-terrorist measures, Azerbaijan regained its sovereignty at around 1:00 p.m. yesterday.
Our servicemen have shown extraordinary heroism, bravery and professionalism during the anti-terrorist measures. In challenging terrain and despite the presence of fortifications created over the years of engineering works by the enemy, given that the enemy’s positions are located on hills and in favorable places, our servicemen once again, as I mentioned, showed heroism and professionalism and achieved significant military success in all directions in a short time. A large part of the army of the Armenian state, which was illegally stationed on the territory of Azerbaijan and has not been withdrawn to this day despite the obligation by the Armenian state, has been completely destroyed. Military equipment was obliterated and incapacitated.
Before the operation, I once again gave a strict order to all our military units that the Armenian population living in the Karabakh region should not be affected by the anti-terrorist measures and that the civilian population be protected. We have achieved this by using high-precision weapons. At the same time, civilians felt protected entirely thanks to the professionalism of our Armed Forces. In the meantime, I ordered that the civilian infrastructure not be targeted and only the military infrastructure be destroyed. I want to say again that the professionalism and technical capabilities of our Army and all of our Armed Forces made it possible to fulfill this duty with honor. Once again, Azerbaijani soldiers and officers showed high professionalism and moral qualities.
As a result of short-term local anti-terrorist measures, I would like to note again that most of the enemy’s weapons and equipment have been incapacitated. I should also state that more than a hundred tanks and armored vehicles belonging to the Armenian Army were illegally stationed in the territory of Azerbaijan. Electronic warfare systems were deployed. More than two hundred cannons and artillery installations, the most advanced anti-aircraft equipment, were deployed. Contrary to the Trilateral Statement of November 10, 2020, Armenia did not withdraw its armed forces, manpower, and equipment from our territory for three years. However, during numerous contacts with the leadership of Armenia and from the high rostrums of international events, I repeatedly turned to this issue. I expressed the Azerbaijani state’s rightful dissatisfaction. The November 10 Trilateral Statement was an act of capitulation of the Armenian state, and according to this act of capitulation, Armenia had to withdraw its armed forces from all Azerbaijani territories. But it refused.
Unfortunately, we had martyrs during anti-terror measures. May Allah rest the souls of our martyrs in peace! We have wounded soldiers and officers. May Allah grant recovery to them. They sacrificed their lives for the Motherland, justice, and Azerbaijan’s sovereignty. Their blessed memory will live forever in our hearts.
Of course, the successful progress of the operation seriously worried the Armenian state and the illegal junta regime operating under its auspices. As the operation unfolded, we received various vague signals from intermediaries. As a result of the successful offensive of our Armed Forces, these signals became more intense. This morning, the information provided by international partners was that illegal armed units, those units of the Armenian Army, are ready to accept our terms. I conveyed our terms to the United States Secretary of State yesterday, who called me. I was asked what is needed to stop the anti-terror measures. I said that the units of the Armenian Army illegally settled in our territory should lay down their weapons, be disarmed, and completely withdrawn from our territory. Simultaneously, they should hand over all weapons and equipment. Only in that case can Azerbaijan stop anti-terror measures. Otherwise, we will go until the end, and the enemy is very aware of our strength and determination.
In the morning, we were informed that our terms had been accepted. Moreover, representatives of the Armenian residents living in Karabakh, who refused to meet our representatives several months ago, were ready to meet in Yevlakh, the place we proposed. My response was that Azerbaijan always stands by its words. Both our friends and enemies know this. Our word is equally valuable as our signature, and if our terms are accepted, our military measures will stop. Today, a ceasefire was declared at 13:00. Unfortunately, the opposing side did not observe the ceasefire thoroughly, and our positions came under fire after the declaration of the ceasefire. Nevertheless, all our conditions were accepted in principle, and I must note that it is five minutes past six now.
The process of withdrawal of Armenia’s illegal armed units from their positions has already begun. In addition, they have accepted our terms and started laying down their arms. It begs the question – who benefited from causing this situation? After all, immediately after the Second Karabakh War, we repeatedly appealed to the Armenian leadership, their patrons abroad, and other parties, expressing our legitimate concern and saying to them that the continued presence of the Armenian armed forces on the territory of Azerbaijan was illegal and should stop. We were saying that the illegal junta should fold up its so-called flag, worth no more than a piece of cloth, and vacate our lands. It is our sovereign right.
Karabakh is the territory of Azerbaijan, and the whole world knows it, including the Armenian leadership itself. Whereas he once said, “Karabakh is Armenia, full stop,” now he says, “Karabakh is Azerbaijan”. In fact, not only does he say that, but he also does not forget to mention the dimensions of our territory. Indeed, he did not do it of his own free will. The “Iron Fist” forced him to do it, but the facts are apparent. After Armenia has recognized Karabakh as an integral part of Azerbaijan, what status can the criminal regime that has been calling the shots in Karabakh for 30 years have? What state attributes can there be? What elections can there be? Despite all the trilateral verbal agreements reached after the Second Karabakh War, fake “elections” were held in Karabakh on September 9, and a fake “president” was elected. That person immediately declared that they would pursue the status issue. Perhaps they had forgotten my words. When the Second Karabakh War ended, and Armenia threw in the towel, was brought to its knees, and signed the act of capitulation, I said that the status went to hell. For some time after the war, we did not hear any nonsense about the status. But as this fear slowly dissipated, revengeful forces started emerging again. Therefore, all these factors are further evidence that the regime of the illegal criminal junta has become impertinent and impudent. They forgot that they were living in the territory of Azerbaijan. Therefore, all our steps are legitimate, legal, and fair, and we are both responsible and proud. Again, the anti-terror measures were carried out with high professionalism and accuracy so that the civilian population was not affected and the civil infrastructure was not damaged. Only enemy positions, their weapons and equipment were destroyed.
And now, I am sure that the emergence of a new situation in our region is inevitable. After the surrender of the criminal junta, this source of tension, this den of poison, has already been consigned to history. The Armenian population of Karabakh can finally breathe a sigh of relief. I said this before, and I want to repeat it: the Armenian population of Karabakh are our citizens. Armenian nationalists, war criminals, and the so-called leaders of Armenia and Karabakh took these people hostage and poisoned their brains. They concocted endless lies about Azerbaijan and its people, brainwashed and poisoned them. I am sure that the Armenian population living in Karabakh will soon see a change for the better. We intend to build a life together based on peace, mutual understanding, and mutual respect. We have no problems with the Armenian people. We have no enmity.
Despite all the injustices and crimes the criminal Armenian regime committed, we have never blamed the Armenian people for those crimes. We did not blame the Armenian people for the Khojaly genocide, the destruction of our towns and villages, and the digging of graves. We accused the elements and leaders of the criminal regime, and we will bring them to justice. Some have already received their deserved punishment, and others will follow suit.
In two days, during a meeting of representatives of the Karabakh community with my representative in Yevlakh, we will convey to them our visions of future coexistence. All their rights will be guaranteed: educational rights, cultural rights, religious rights, and municipal electoral rights because Azerbaijan is a free society. Azerbaijan is a multi-ethnic, multi-confessional state. It is our great asset. Representatives of every nationality living in Azerbaijan can see this. There is no need to explain that. It is our way of life. There has never been and will never be discrimination on religious and ethnic grounds in Azerbaijan, and the Second Karabakh War showed it again. Representatives of all nationalities, representatives of all ethnic groups, all confessions united as one fist – for Azerbaijan, for dignity, for the Motherland! Therefore, look at this beautiful atmosphere; this is a natural environment, and we are inviting the Armenian population of Karabakh to enjoy it. We are ready to implement various social programs. We are rebuilding all of Karabakh and East Zangezur. Look how much we have done in just two years.
In two years, not even 1 percent of what has been done in that region for 30 years was accomplished – power plants, bridges, tunnels, reservoirs, residential buildings, villages, and cities are being built. In just two years. Without receiving any help, we alone. I said that when the Second Karabakh War ended, we would turn Karabakh and East Zangezur into a paradise, and we are turning it into a paradise; everyone who visits there can see that. We will create the same conditions in Khankendi, Aghdara, Khojavand, in the villages, in Askeran. This is all in our hands. So, this is our proposal, and today was the turning point. The junta, the bloodsucking leeches, have already been completely exposed and surrendered. They threw in the towel!
Today, a new historic chance has been created for ordinary people living in Karabakh. Take advantage of that chance. We are ready for this, and the Azerbaijani people know this, and I am sure that the Armenian people also know that I am a man of my word. We propose this, and I hope that our proposal will be accepted. This proposal is based on logic, historical justice, international law and future development and is calculated for future growth.
During this period, today and yesterday, Armenia has unexpectedly shown political competence, which we appreciate. We see this as an essential factor, and the events that happened today and yesterday will also positively impact the peace process between Azerbaijan and Armenia.
I want to hope that the steps we have taken and the results of anti-terrorist measures will allow us the opportunity to finally remove the obstacle to the peace talks created by Armenia, whatever you call it, and this will create a new reality in the South Caucasus, will create peace, lasting peace. We must ensure that the other side does not live with revanchist ideas, and they must also rest assured that we do not have sights for their land. We recognize their territorial integrity and have declared it, and we recognize the territorial integrity of all countries. We demanded that from them and the stubborn Armenians behind them. Those who are not with them in a difficult moment, who are located far away in Europe, should know – the farther they are from our region, the more comfortable the region will be; breathe a sigh of relief, and we are offering that. We propose that the future of South Caucasus countries should be based on peace, tranquility and development. We suggest that the forces, the fraudsters, and corrupt politicians sitting far from our region that pursue their political agenda and use the Armenian people as a tool and exploit them to leave us alone. Those who sit on the other side of the world and make groundless accusations against us should get their hands off us. Let the South Caucasus, this region, which has been a place of fighting, wars and bloody clashes for centuries, breathe easy. We have had enough! We demand this, and I want to say that the position of the Armenian state yesterday and today gives hope. It gives hope that the day is not far when Azerbaijan and Armenia will settle the issues between them, sign a peace treaty, and countries of the South Caucasus start working on future cooperation in a trilateral format. But at the same time, I must also say that those who despise us, those who despise our land, and those who set their sights on our lands should never forget that the Iron Fist is in place and will always be! No one can speak to us in the language of dictate and ultimatums! Let no one forget this! Don’t forget that Karabakh is Azerbaijan!
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YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Authorities in an isolated ethnic Armenian region of Azerbaijan on Tuesday allowed entry of a humanitarian aid shipment in a step toward easing a dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan that has blocked transport to the region since late last year.
The region, called Nagorno-Karabakh, has been under the control of ethnic Armenians since the 1994 end of a separatist war. That war had left much of the surrounding territory under Armenian control as well, but Azerbaijan regained that territory in a six-week-long war with Armenia in 2020; Nagorno-Karabakh itself remained outside Azerbaijani control.
Under the armistice that ended the war, Russia deployed some 3,000 peacekeeping troops in Nagorno-Karabakh and were to ensure that the sole road connecting the enclave to Armenia would remain open. However, Azerbaijan began blocking the road in December, alleging Armenians were using it to ship weapons and smuggle minerals.
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The blockage caused serious food shortages in Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijan proposed that food be sent in on a road leading from the town of Agdam, but the region’s authorities resisted the proposal because of concern that it was a strategy to absorb Nagorno-Karabakh.
Azerbaijan agreed this week that both the Agdam road and the road to Armenia, called the Lachin Corridor, could be used for aid shipments under International Committee of the Red Cross auspices.
The aid delivered on Tuesday includes 1,000 food sets including flour, pasta and stewed meat, along with bed linen and soap.
“We regard the fact that the cargo was delivered precisely along the … road as a positive step and an important shift towards the opening of this road,” said Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry spokesman Aykhan Hajizade.
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Leading human rights experts this week urged President Biden and other top U.S. officials to do more to stop the starvation of more than 120,000 ethnic Armenians or risk becoming complicit in a second genocide of this long-persecuted West Asian and mainly Christian population.
Rep. Chris Smith, a New Jersey Republican and longtime human rights champion, convened an emergency hearing Wednesday on the crisis in Nagorno-Karabakh, an enclave in the heart of a disputed territory in the South Caucasus. The region is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, but Armenians have governed it since 1994. It was Smith’s second hearing on the topic in three months.
The Azerbaijani government has been trying to take control of the disputed region by force and last month completely blocked access to the Lachin corridor – the lone road from Armenia to Nagorno-Karabakh, sealing it off from any outside food, water, medicine, and fuel.
Media reports from the region show empty store shelves and women, children, and the elderly standing in long lines to buy food. Armenia’s Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan said economic activity in the area has reached a standstill with tens of thousands of people unemployed. In addition, he has accused Azerbaijan of disrupting the electricity supply through the only high-voltage line between Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh since Jan. 9.
During WWI, Armenians, who trace their Christian heritage back to the fourth century and the establishment of the Armenian Apostolic Church, were targeted by the Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Turkey for mass murder. Around 1 million Armenians were killed during death marches to the Syrian Desert, and others, primarily women and children, were forced to convert to Islam. On April 24, 2021, the Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, President Joe Biden formally recognized the atrocities as genocide.
Now history could repeat itself despite Biden’s international obligations to prevent genocide, human rights experts warn. Luis Moreno Ocampo, former chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, on Wednesday testified that the situation is so dire in Nagorno-Karabakh that the blockade constitutes genocide under the Genocide Convention, an international treaty adopted by the United Nations in 1948.
“There is no doubt that genocide intentions are there,” said Ocampo, who issued a dire report on the humanitarian crises in early August. “It’s time to be stronger. We are sending this [warning] to the executive branch. Look, this is happening now. You have to know this.”
In Ocampo’s report, he calls starvation “the invisible genocide weapon” and warns that “without immediate dramatic change, this group of Armenians will be destroyed in a few weeks.”
“The U.S. should openly inform the Azerbaijan government that without the immediate and unconditional removal of the Lachin corridor blockade, the U.S. would consider Azerbaijan to be committing genocide,” Ocampo said at Wednesday’s hearing.
Smith, who co-chairs the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, called the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh a “three-alarm fire” and pressed the Biden administration to declare the Lachin corridor blockade an act of genocide and take action to try to stop it through sanctions or other means. The government of Azerbaijan, led by President Ilham Aliyev, “planned, tested and imposed” this “crime of genocide,” Smith testified.
“Delay is denial,” Smith stated, noting that the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development did not respond to his invitation to testify at the hearing.
“The Biden administration must wake up, recognize the absolutely grave responsibility it has here, and focus on finding and implementing a humane solution,” Smith said. “And this must mean that the blockade is lifted, and the people continue to live in their ancient homeland — and not subject to violence and threats.”
State Department spokesman Vedant Patel earlier this week told reporters that the administration is “deeply concerned about the deteriorating humanitarian conditions in Nagorno-Karabakh resulting from the continued blockage of food, medicine and other essential goods.”
“The U.S. has worked continuously with the side over the past several weeks to allow humanitarian assistance to reach the population of Nagorno-Karabakh, and we reiterate our call to immediately reopen the Lachin corridor to humanitarian, commercial and passenger traffic,” Patel said.
A State Department spokesperson told RealClearPolitics that Secretary Antony Blinken has been personally engaged with the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan and spoke with Azerbaijani President Aliyev most recently on Sept. 1.
“Senior Advisor for Caucasus Negotiations Lou Bono has been in constant discussions with the leaders toward resolution of the humanitarian situation and of this long-standing conflict,” the spokesperson said. “And we are working, as always, bilaterally, with partners including the [European Union], and through multilateral organizations, toward resolution on all outstanding issues.”
“We continue to urge the government of Azerbaijan to fully restore free transit of commercial, humanitarian, and passenger vehicles both in and out of the Lachin corridor expeditiously,” the spokesperson added.
The Azerbaijani government has defended the blockade as necessary to safeguard its sovereignty and security to prevent Armenia from using the route for “illegal military and other activities,” including rotating its 10,000 military personnel “illegally stationed” in Azerbaijani territory and transferring weapons and munitions, as well as unlawfully extracted natural resources.
Any genocide allegations are false, Aliyev maintains, arguing that his government has offered to supply food and goods through the town of Aghdam.
Yet, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the only international humanitarian body with access to the area, has been unable to get supplies into the region. The organization reported on July 25 that it had been unable to transport food through the Lachin corridor since June 15 and medicine since July 7.
Smith said USAID has not responded to his inquiries about when the agency last delivered into the region and cited reports that it was last delivered in 2020.
“This is a very significant signal – not a good one,” Smith argued. “The president of the Azerbaijan government is testing the will of the U.S. government. The [Biden administration] having failed so many tests, it will now be difficult to reverse.”
Members of the European Union Parliament also are pressing for immediate action. Armenia and Azerbaijan have fought two wars over the disputed territory, and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has warned that a new war is likely if the blockade continues. Nagorno-Karabakh’s separatist government views the blockade as a violation of the Moscow-brokered 2020 ceasefire agreement that placed the 5-kilometer-wide strip of land under the control of Russian peacekeepers.
David Phillips, the director of Columbia University’s Artsakh Atrocities Project, also testified during Wednesday’s congressional hearing, pressing the State Department to impose severe sanctions against Azerbaijani individuals responsible for the “atrocities” in Nagorno-Karabakh.
“The international community failed to sanction individuals who committed crimes after the war in 2016 and 2020,” said Phillips, who provided a list of perpetrators. “Its failure sent a message to the Government of Azerbaijan that it can act with impunity and escape repercussions for its crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing, and acts of genocide.”
Smith, who chaired a hearing on the same topic two months ago in June, argued that the situation is much more desperate now.
“Two-and-a-half more months of inaction raises the question whether there is, within our own government, any will to help,” he said.
In August, when the United Nations Security Council met in a special session to discuss the crisis, neither the U.S. nor any other member took action to refer this matter to the International Criminal Court. The Security Council did not issue a statement, but U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, who chaired the meeting, told the Associated Press afterward that “there were strong statements in the council from everyone that the Lachin Corridor needed to be reopened.”
“That was the main accomplishment” of the meeting, she said.
A State Department spokesperson told RCP that Thomas-Greenfield “underscored the need for the immediate resumption of humanitarian, private, and commercial traffic along the Lachin corridor while acknowledging the deepening humanitarian impact on residents of Nagorno-Karabakh as a result of Azerbaijan’s continued blockage.”
Thomas-Greenfield also highlighted the need for continued dialogue and the possibility of compromise on additional routes for humanitarian supplies.
“We will continue to engage on this matter as appropriate and work constructively with fellow [Security Council] member states,” the spokesperson said.
Human rights activists argue that time is running out to stop the mass starvation. The Azerbaijani government is responding to this inaction with growing impunity, Smith warned.
President Aliyev recently justified the blockade by arguing it’s necessary to deal with attempts by humanitarian aid organizations, including the Red Cross, to smuggle in cigarettes, iPhones, and gasoline. Azerbaijan’s ambassador to the United Nations refuted allegations of genocide and held up photos of purported Karabakh residents celebrating weddings and birthdays, what Smith said the Azerbaijani government was falsely trying to depict as “partying and enjoying the high life.”
The Biden administration has dismissed Aliyev’s claims and urges the government to “fully restore free transit of commercial, humanitarian, and passenger vehicles both in and out of the Lachin corridor expeditiously.”
“The United States is deeply concerned about the deteriorating humanitarian conditions in Nagorno-Karabakh resulting from the continued blockage of food, medicine, and other essential goods,” the State Department spokesperson told RCP. “Access to food, medicine, baby formula, and energy should never be held hostage.”
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Are Prigozhin, the Wagner Group, its Chief of Operations Utkin, (closely associated with the GRU), and the Russian Mob – TOC (closely associated with the Russian prisons) hypothetically behind the mass shootings in the US and the Covid pandemic, started in China via the biolabs in Africa, possibly inherited from the Nazi Germany? And are they also responsible for the multitude of other similar phenomena which we call the “global terrorism”?
Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin is shown prior to a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping in the Kremlin on July 4, 2017. (Sergei Ilnitsky/The Associated Press)
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By 1900, antisemitism had evolved from a religious-based ideology to one based on modern pseudo-science and racial discourse. To stigma-tize, ostracize, and discriminate against Jews, the National Socialists invested considerable energy in canonizing some of the established tex-tual and figurative variations of racial antisemitism. Using mass media, the Nazis hoped to increase an awareness of Jewish “otherness.” This chapterexamines one such antisemitic discourse: Jewish race defile-ment and the effects it had on Jewish masculine identity. The Nazis misused the Jewish male body and allegedly criminal mind to convince German society of a Jewish sexual-racial threat. At the same time, Ger–man Jews internalized and processed this Nazi form of branding, with some Jewish men even modifying their social demeanours. Aconspicu-ous allegation in Nazi propaganda, a recurrent indictment in German courts, and an agonizing, personal experience of criminalization that many Jewish men faced, the theme of Jewish race defilement was one of the most visible motifs in the media and an essential element of anti-semitism in the Third Reich.Discourse and Race DefilementEuropean cultural constructions of normative manhood– measured by men’s stronger muscle strength and willpower– classified men as the stronger sex, more active and with a potential of aggression. The mili-taristic society of fin-de-siècle Germany had defined masculinity in sol-dierly terms. After 1918, Freikorps members and politically conservative völkisch associations, as Klaus Theweleit has shown, continued in their belief in a German-soldierly masculinity that was defined by physical male prowess and aggression and the subordination of women.1 Delin-eating his utopian masculinized state, Hitler wrote in Mein Kampf:Chapter TwoThe Question of Race and Sex: Jewish Men and Race Defilement
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