Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Azerbaijan's President Appoints His Wife As Vice President



DW: Azerbaijan President appoints wife as First Vice President

Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev has appointed his socialite wife Mehriban as the country's 'First Vice President.' The opposition denounced the move as a 'first step to the establishment of an absolute monarchy.'

Azerbaijan's president, Ilham Aliyev, on Tuesday appointed his wife Mehriban, a prominent socialite, to the second highest position in the oil-rich Caspian nation. The appointment places her next in line to the president in the country's hierarchy and has sparked condemnation from the opposition.

"Mehriban Aliyeva is a very professional, clever, experienced, principled and benevolent person," Aliyev told Azerbaijan's Security Council. "It is not mere chance that the Azeri people love her very much."

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9 comments:

James said...

"" Aliyev told Azerbaijan's Security Council. "It is not mere chance that the Azeri people love her very much."
But of course.

László Mikó said...

House of Cards last season just happening in real life.

James said...

Laszlo,
How've you been? "House of Cards last season just happening in real life." Actually it could have been any one of a ton of TV shows, all of course dark comedies.

László Mikó said...

James:

Do you even watch House of Cards? Haven't you seen the last season? Spoiler to everyone who behind some episodes, but it's not enough that Frank and his wife are now P and VP, but he started to run for presidency with his wife as VP. And in the last episode, they started a war, I guess they intervened in Syria. Karabakh mountains here they comes.


Me? Just the same as always, living the imperialist life and working for a multinational company just feel like selling my soul, if only Lenin could see me now, he would de-privatise my Che-Guevara T-shirts collection because of my sins. I try to check-in here daily, but that not always happen, and recently there is not much to comment. The wars in Syria and Iraq are in their slow phase ( for me it's slow) not much happening to talk about, or at least not much stuff that I like to dig into.


So it's just chilling, preparing to the next phase, but I see both war as are done, and not many operations will happen that I would like in them, just the boring cleaning parts. I mean the east Kweres AB offensive was somewhat interesting, Wadi-Barada was "nice", but that's not enough for me. However there is a video, you may will like, not sure you very well could seen it already, but it show the mentioned east Kweres offensive's one of many phase: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiJPgE_8_g0


So that's it, I'm just waiting , and meanwhile wasting time with such nonsense things as "working" and "Kpop" and so on. But what about you? How you doing nowadays? Have you already found trust and faith in the Iraqi force?

James said...

Laszlo,
Yeah, I have a little more of the " trust and faith" in those guys. I'm still one of those "show me his head, if you say he's dead" types. It comes from hard experience and is also hard to change. I'll watch the video. I think everyone is drawing a breath before they start into west Mosul 1) for logistics and 2) waiting to see the political lay of the land with the new US Administration.
As for my own view point there are still too many PMF forces involved and I really don't like the area (west of Mosul) they are sitting in. It doesn't bode well. I have noticed that since around the middle of January the PMF has removed most of the Shia flags and slogans from their vehicles (at least the in the photos you see), this I think is significant.
For a over view: I think the Russians have gotten all that they wanted out of the situation and are worried that they are being pulled into things they really don't want. In that vein they are trying to clip the Iranian's wings for that reason and others. To do this they working with Turkey, but that is something I don't think they are very comfortable with. The Israelis are starting to stir, both diplomatically and militarily. They (Israel) and the Kurds remain the two big wild cards in the future.
If you sell your soul make sure get an option for first refusal if the devil tries a resale, he's bad about that.
Now I will date myself, what is Kpop? And no I've never watched "Cards...."
I leave you with this;

"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." — Winston Churchill

László Mikó said...

James:

Yes, western Mosul is expected to be tougher than East was, but Iraqi forces have the hill/mountain advantage, and also IS forces in the area are heavily depleted of the siege and the fighting. I think Metis made it clear that the US want to speed up the operations, and finish this mess as fast as the Iraqi forces are capable. Have no fear while Metis is here. About PMF, yes, they just sitting in the west, but they will get a role for the next operation, west of Sinjar/Tal Afar when the frontline move to reach the Syrian border. I just found a PMF video a few minutes ago, worth a check: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIQMioUPWNk


Well if only the wise Churchill could have got a taste of nowadays, I'm sure he would have liked K-pop, which do mean Korean pop music. I took his advice and I use the ability to listen, that's what take most of my free time, to experience all kind of different music, from the Korean pop, trough Vaporwave, old Eurobeat, ASMR (this is not even music) all the way back to my favorite piano artist, who is eventually Korean. Winston was wise, indeed. And our conversations become more "Seneca"-ish. How has Seneca ended his letters? Be well friend.

James said...

Laszlo,
Watched the video. Those ISIS guys were just fodder. Out in the open in a rudimentary trench system and a few homemade VIEDs for support, that sucks (I have no sympathy they got what they deserved). The PMF guys don't lack courage, at least in front of the camera. They did get up sort of on line and closed with the bad guys, then it was dance time (I thought disco was dead!).
Now a little music (not Kpop) https://youtu.be/miomuSGoPzI
You stay well yourself

James said...

Laszlo,
Thought this would interest you. Long, but I felt you'd see the relevant parts pretty easily.
https://jonathanspyer.com/2017/02/23/dispatch-from-mosul/

László Mikó said...

James:

Thanks for the link, even that I'm not a big fan of this style of personal story/experience telling articles, but it was still very interesting. However, it very well could be only me, or our own worlds have different attitude, but I just see a general (but not big) Iranophobia in this article. From the west, all articles are about how much Iran is the sneaky devil, but that's just how global politics works. Show me a country, that have the possibility of interfer with others and make things happen for their own good, yet they still do not do it, because of ethics. Means may differ, but at the end it's the same, no matter which continents you are on. I do not share the fears over PMU/PMF/militias in Iraq or Syria, it's just a play that now works, but as it was said in the article, you do not buy, you hire, and if only we would care about how many times history repeated itself and some such groups, territories, ethnics leaned for this way, than not so long after for the other way.

But there is a thing I still not yet figured out, which is this "convoy warfare", and why is it have any popularity/use of. I never seen it to be that good, and I believe that even with the same assets, a different tactic could have been used, both in urban and open areas. About the "lost" convoy, no comment. I only could hope during one of the joint press meeting a reporter will bring up this matter.