Brooklyn Borough President: Baku Street may appear in Brooklyn

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Baku street may appear in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has voiced intention to name one of the streets in the city after Baku, Trend reported.

Adams announced about this during his meeting with an Azerbaijani delegation headed by the head of the executive power of Sabail District of Baku, Eldar Azizov.

The meeting discussed the development and expansion of relations in various fields between Baku’s Sabail and Brooklyn, which are sister cities since 2014.

Adams recalled with satisfaction his visit to Baku this September, noting that he returned from the capital of Azerbaijan with a very pleasant experience.

The American official said that he once again became a witness of tolerance, peacefulness and hospitality of the Azerbaijani society, stressing that the establishment of business linkages between the two areas will create conditions for further expansion of relations between the two countries.

Azizov, in turn, highlighted great potential for cooperation in the humanitarian, cultural, tourism spheres.

The head of the Azerbaijani delegation thanked Eric Adams for the declaring the month May a month of Azerbaijani Culture and Heritage of the Caucasus in Brooklyn.

Then, the Azerbaijani delegation visited Child and Youth Development Center My Way in Brooklyn. Members of delegation viewed the artworks made by children of the center.

Baku’s Sabail District and New York’s picturesque Brooklyn become sister cities in 2014.

Sabail district is a central and ancient dwelling of Baku city which is located along the Caspian Sea.

There are monuments dating back to the ancient age and medieval centuries in the territory of the district. Icherisheher (Old City) is the most magnificent of the historical monuments existing in Azerbaijan and included in the world cultural heritage items by UNESCO. Icherisheher is over 1000 years old. Shirvanshah palace complex which is another astonishing state historical architectural museum-preserve is its masterpiece.

The Martyrs Avenue and the Honorary Avenue, Heydar Aliyev Foundation, as well as many recreational and leisure centers, including Fountains Square, Coastal Boulevard and Freedom Square which are the must-see places in Baku are located in this district.

Brooklyn is the most populous of New York City’s five boroughs, with about 2.6 million people, as well as the second-largest in area.

Every year the city attracts thousands of tourists and locals, who enjoy spectacular views of lower Manhattan and other city landmarks.

It is home to many New York’s top attractions, including the Brooklyn Bridge, Prospect Park, Brooklyn Heights and Brooklyn Promenade, Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Coney Island Cyclone.

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October 18 proclaimed Azerbaijani Independence Day in the U.S. State of Connecticut

ConnecticutAzerbaijanis (1)Connecticut proclaimed October 18, 2016 as Azerbaijan’s Independence Day.

The State of Connecticut with the successful efforts of founders of Connecticut based U.S-Azerbaijani News and Informational website AzeriAmerica.com proclaimed October 18, 2016 as Azerbaijani Independence Day in the State of Connecticut.

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the restoration of Azerbaijan’s independence, Governor Dannel Malloy of the U.S. State of Connecticut has proclaimed October 18, 2016 as “Azerbaijani Independence Day”.

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Whereas, Azerbaijani-Americans represent a vibrant community in Connecticut and actively contribute to the regional diversity, intercultural understanding, peace and prosperity in the state; and

Whereas, the Republic of Azerbaijan is situated in the South Caucasus region of Eurasia and has an area of 33,440 square miles, including the Karabakh and Nakhchivan regions, as recognized by the United States and the United Nations; and

Whereas, after meeting with Azerbaijani delegation at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference, President Woodrow Wilson remarked that leaders of Azerbaijan shared his ideals “in respect of conceptions of liberty, in respect of conceptions of right and justice”; and

Whereas, the Republic of Azerbaijan is an active member of the NATO partnership for Peace program, and;

Whereas, the Republic of Azerbaijan was a constituent state of the USSR from 1922 to 1991, and on October 18, 1991, the Parliament of Azerbaijan adopted the Constitutional Act restoring the state independence of Azerbaijan; now

Therefore, I, Dannel P. Malloy, Governor of the State of Connecticut, do hereby proclaim October 18, 2016 as the 25th Azerbaijani Independence Day in the State of Connecticut. 

The Official Statement on this occasion was submitted to the founder of AzeriAmerica.com Asif Aliyev.

 

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Azerbaijan’s exemplary model of interfaith peace highlighted in Los Angeles

The University Synagogue of Los Angeles, one of the most influential Jewish centers of religion in the U.S., hosted an event on Azerbaijan on September 16, 2016. At the invitation of the Synagogue, Azerbaijan’s Consul General in Los Angeles Nasimi Aghayev delivered a keynote speech at the event.

Opening the event, the Synagogue’s Chief Rabbi Morley Feinstein praised Azerbaijan’s model of multi-faith and multicultural harmony and tolerance. Citing the example of Abdol-Hossein Sardari, a diplomat of Azerbaijani descent in Paris, who saved thousands of Jews during Holocaust, Rabbi Feinstein noted that the traditions of religious and ethnic tolerance have always been an integral part of Azerbaijani identity and culture.

Speaking afterwards, the Synagogue’s Past President Michael Tuchin said that in times of bloody interreligious and sectarian violence taking place in various parts of the world, there is much need to study and learn the model of peaceful interfaith coexistence and harmony Azerbaijan offers.

Then the floor was given to Consul General Nasimi Aghayev. In his remarks, the Consul General informed the audience about Azerbaijan’s tumultuous history, its steady modernization and incredible transformation from a war-torn poor and unstable country into a regional economic powerhouse and an island of stability in an otherwise unstable region. He also talked about the history and current situation of Azerbaijan’s relations of friendship with the State of Israel.

Highlighting the historical and cultural roots of Azerbaijan’s strong traditions of tolerance and multiculturalism, Consul General Aghayev elaborated on the current atmosphere of brotherhood reigning between various religions and ethnicities in the country. Aghayev mentioned that despite all the challenges Azerbaijan has faced and continues to face, being located in a complicated geography, the country has been able to build a successful model, which allows not only for Muslims, Christians and Jews, as well as for Shiites and Sunnis to live in peace, harmony and dignity. The Consul General noted that thanks to the leadership of President Ilham Aliyev, this environment of multi-faith and multicultural harmony is becoming stronger and stronger every day.

Speaking about the illegal occupation and ethnic cleansing of Azerbaijan’s lands by Armenia, Consul General Aghayev stressed the significance of Israel’s constant support for Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity. In this regard, Aghayev also expressed the gratitude and appreciation for Israeli President Rivlin’s reference to the 1992 Khojaly Massacre – committed by Armenia against Azerbaijani civilians – in his U.N. General Assembly speech on the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day last year.

At the end of his remarks, Aghayev said: “In light of the dangers our world faces today, we must push the humankind to embrace the concept of multi-faith and multicultural harmony more vigorously, and with Azerbaijan’s example we are showing that this harmony is possible.”

Success of Azerbaijani Dancer in America – Azerbaijani National Dances and Traditions in Alaska, USA

Laman Persian Cultural EventLaman Hendricks represents Azerbaijan in various dance festivals around the USA and the world. She has gained renown for both male and female dances of the Caucasus region. Along with her dance, she participates in local and international events where she promotes the culture, history and traditions of Azerbaijan. She has performed dances such as Sari Gelin (Yellow Bride), Terekeme, Vagzali (Train Station), Vokaliz, Ag Ciceyim (White Flower), Vocalize (male dance) and Georgian dances such as Khanjluri, Kazbekuli.

Laman Hendricks was born in Ganja, Azerbaijan. She started classical ballet training at age three in her hometown. After a few years she was selected to be an acrobatic gymnast. At age 11 she moved to Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, and continued her training there. Along with gymnastics and classical ballet she studied the national dances of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Russia, India, and many more.Laman Rakkas Minneapolis

She moved to Europe and after a few years she returned to her home in Azerbaijan. She continued her career and was trained in acrobatic gymnastics by International Judge and Head Coach of the Azerbaijani National Team, Irada Gurbanova, and in folk dance by Nominated Artist of Azerbaijan, Elchin Qedimov.

In 2012 she moved to Anchorage, Alaska, where she founded Dances Of Caucasus.  In 2015 Laman competed at the Rakkas Istanbul International Oriental Dance Festival taking third place as a soloist in Folk dance and third place in the Group Bellydance categories.

 

Azerbaijanis living in USA and Canada protest against Armenian military aggression

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Azerbaijanis living in USA and Canada protest against Armenians military aggression.

Azerbaijanis in Boston, New York, Toronto, Ottawa, Washington DC, Vancouver, Calgary, Chicago, Los Angeles and Houston protest against Armenian aggression.

The protesters held posters highlighting the truth about the Armenian aggression against Azerbaijan condemning the Armenian armed forces` violation of ceasefire and assaults on civilians and demanded that the Armenian armed forces immediately withdraw from Azerbaijan.

 

Armenian military aggression against Azerbaijan which killed many Azerbaijani soldiers and civilians.

Azerbaijan has repeatedly brought to the attention of the international community that the illegal presence of Armenian armed forces in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan remains a main cause for the escalation of situation and continues to pose threat to the regional peace and stability. Armenia, by consistent provocations and escalation of the situation, strengthening of its military build-up in the occupied territories, illegally changing the demographic, cultural and physical character of the seized lands, engaging in unlawful economic and other activities, including transfer of Armenian population into these territories pursues an apparent goal of annexation of Azerbaijan’s territories and consolidating the status-quo, which is unacceptable and unsustainable as it was also stated by the Heads of States of OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs.

The fundamental basis for the settlement of the conflict is laid down in the United Nations Security Council resolutions 822(1993), 853(1993), 874(1993) and 884(1993) and the U.N. General Assembly resolution 62/243 (2008), which condemn the use of force against Azerbaijan and occupation of its territories and reaffirm the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and the inviolability of its internationally recognized borders. In those resolutions, the United Nations reaffirmed that the Nagorno-Karabakh region is an inalienable part of Azerbaijan and demanded immediate, complete and unconditional withdrawal of the occupying forces from all occupied territories of Azerbaijan.

The military occupation of the territory of Azerbaijan does not represent a solution and will never produce a political outcome desired by Armenia. The sooner Armenia reconciles with this reality, the earlier the conflict will be resolved and the countries and peoples in the region will benefit from the prospects of cooperation and economic development.

Azerbaijan calls the international community to demand from Armenia to cease the illegal occupation of Azerbaijan’s territories, to withdraw its troops from all seized lands and to engage constructively in the conflict settlement process in accordance with the requirements of relevant resolutions of the UNSC and the norms and principles of international law.

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Flag of Azerbaijan was raised in San Jose, California

On the occasion of Azerbaijan’s Independence Day, the State Flag of Azerbaijan was raised on Oct. 17, 2014 at the City Hall of San Jose, CA – the Capital of Silicon Valley.

Uzeyir Hajibeyli’s contributions recognized at U.S. Congress

On the occassion of the 130th birthday anniversary of Uzeyir Hajibeyli – the founder of Azerbaijani classical music-, his contributions were recognized on Sep. 17, 2015 at the House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress. In this regard, Congressman Paul Gosar representing the U.S. State of Arizona extended his remarks.

A copy of his remarks was sent to Azerbaijan’s Consulate General in Los Angeles.

Congressman Gosar’s remarks note: “Uzeyir Hajibeyli was born in the City of Agjabadi in Azerbaijan on September 18, 1885. He is recognized as the father of Azerbaijani classical music, as well as the founder of the first opera, Leyli and Majnun (1908), and first operetta The Cloth Peddler (1913) in the Muslim world. Arshin Mal Alan (The Cloth Peddler), is a romantic and musical comedy that delves into a young couple’s struggle to live a modern lifestyle in the presence of restricting customs through pure love and women’s rights. In 1945, a cinematic version of the operetta was filmed in Azerbaijan and became an instant box office sensation. It remains today an important cultural touchstone across Eurasia, having been widely distributed in 86 languages and shown in 136 countries.”

The Congressman further mentions: “Uzeyir Hajibeyli was influential in both cultural and historical contexts. Hajibeyli was responsible for a new genre of music which evolved from the culmination of traditional Azerbaijani music and European classical opera. He is recognized as a leader in fighting illiteracy throughout the nation. As not only a musician but as a teacher and journalist, he inspired a new cultural movement throughout the nation that transcended the country’s borders. Further, Hajibeyli is responsible for composing the first national anthem of Azerbaijan. Uzeyir Hajibeyli played an active role in the creation of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic founded in 1918.”

Congressman Gosar concludes his remarks by saying: “As today marks the 130th anniversary of Uzeyir Hajibeyli’s birth, I am honored to recognize him today for his valuable contributions towards the world of music and to Azerbaijan.”

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Resolution Support and Deepening the Strategic Partnership Between the United States and the Republic of Azerbaijan

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The American Legislative Exchange Council, which unites state legislators form 50 U.S. states, has passed a resolution expressing strong support for Azerbaijan.

The resolution was initially introduced for discussions at the Annual Meeting of ALEC in San Diego, California on July 23, 2015. At the invitation of ALEC, Consul General of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles Nasimi Aghayev addressed the members of ALEC’s International Relations Task Force with a presentation on Azerbaijan. Following the presentation, the resolution was adopted unanimously by state legislators. The resolution entered into force, after it was approved by ALEC Board of Directors on September 4.

The resolution encourages the United States Government to support and deepen strategic partnership with the Republic of Azerbaijan.

The document says: “The Republic of Azerbaijan restored its independence in 1991 after the collapse of the Soviet Union, proclaiming itself the heir to the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic, which, established in 1918, was the first secular democratic republic in the Muslim world, among the first nation-states granting right to vote to women, and was recognized by other democratic nations, including the U.S.”

It notes: “the U.S. along with the United Nations recognize and support Azerbaijan’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity”.

“Since 1991, the Republic of Azerbaijan has consolidated its freedom and independence, and has become one of the world’s fastest developing and modernizing countries in the world, the largest economy of the region and the biggest U.S. trade partner in the South Caucasus,” the resolution continues.

The document further mentions: “Azerbaijan was one of the first countries to render comprehensive and unconditional assistance to the United States immediately after the terror attacks of 9/11, opening its airspace and airports for the use by coalition troops in Afghanistan and sending its soldiers to serve there shoulder-to-shoulder with U.S. troops; and since 2001, Azerbaijan has been providing a vital transportation route for over 40% of all supplies for American and coalition troops based in Afghanistan.”

According to the resolution, “possessing vast oil and gas resources, Azerbaijan contributes to the energy security of the U.S., Europe and Israel, and is a critical element of the “Southern Corridor,” which will further enhance diversification of energy supplies to our European allies.”

The resolution concludes by noting that “Azerbaijan has a long-standing tradition of peaceful co-existence and interfaith harmony between various religions, and is one of the few secular countries with a predominately Muslim population that maintains close strategic relationship with the State of Israel,” and “it is critical for the United States of America to continue to further support the freedom and independence of its allies, such as Azerbaijan.”

The text of the resolution is available at: http://www.alec.org/model-legislation/resolution-support-and-deepening-the-strategic-partnership-between-the-united-states-and-the-republic-of-Azerbaijan/

“Uzeyir Hajibeyli Memorial Day” Proclaimed in City of Santa Monica

On the occassion of the 130th birthday anniversary of the founder of the Azerbaijani classical music Uzeyir Hajibeyli, the City of Santa Monica in U.S. State of California has issued a special proclamation. In accordance with the proclamation signed by the City’s Mayor Kevin McKeown on behalf of all City Council members, September 18, 2015 has been proclaimed the “Uzeyir Hajibeyli Memorial Day” in the City of Santa Monica.

Bordering Los Angeles on the westside, the affluent beachfront city of Santa Monica is also known as a hometown of many Hollywood celebrities.

The proclamation that was sent to Azerbaijan’s Consulate General in Los Angeles notes: “Uzeyir Hajibeyli was born in the City of Agjabadi in Azerbaijan on September 18, 1885. He is recog-nized as the father of Azerbaijani classical music, as well as the founder of the first opera, Leyli and Majnun (1908), and first operetta The Cloth Peddler (1913) in the Muslim world.”

Highlighting the great composer’s achievments, the proclamation states: “In his fusion of tradi-tional Azerbaijani music and European classical opera, Hajibeyli created a new musical genre, merging Eastern and Western music. Through his music as well as work as a journalist, teacher and translator, Hajibeyli played a vital role in the fight against illiteracy and helped usher in a cultural shift that launched a period of enlightenment that transcended his country’s borders and reached many others in the Eurasia region.”

The document further notes: “Hajibeyli composed the first national anthem for Azerbaijan and actively participated in the formation of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic in 1918, which was the first-ever parliamentary secular democracy in the Muslim world”

Speaking of Hajibeyli’s “Arshin Mal Alan” (Cloth Peddler) operetta and musical film, the proc-lamation says: “The first ever U.S. screening of the newly re-mastered and colorized version of the film will take place on September 19, 2015 in Los Angeles.”

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