Chris Cheevers at NYT is one of the few journalists who seem to accurately convey what's going on in Azerbaijan. He's got a piece in the IHT/NYT today that describes the contortions the Bush Administration is undergoing now that it has finally opened the door to a visit by Ilham Aliyev. Aliyev just had to sit tight until what little outrage there was over the parliamentary elections subsided. He probably knew all along he'd get the nod.
NPR has also got a pretty basic Azerbaijan/pipeline story. Ali Kerimli gets in some good quote in both stories. My favorite is the Bryza quote about Aliyev not being a dictator.