Azerbaijan’s controversial media law has grave consequences for media freedom and independence

The law takes effect on January 1, 2022Originally published on Global VoicesThe Azerbaijan Parliament Building in Baku. “DSC_0660″ by Salvatore.Freni is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0 On December 30, Azerbaijan’s parliament approved a new media law after its third and final reading. The law was passed despite mounting criticism from local journalists and is set … Continue reading “Azerbaijan’s controversial media law has grave consequences for media freedom and independence”

Turkey announces new steps to normalize ties with Armenia

An Armenian spokesperson confirmed the nation is ready for dialogueOriginally published on Global VoicesTurkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavuşoğlu at a joint press conference in Moscow, March 14, 2018. Photo by МИД России/MFA Russia on Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 ) During his address to the national parliament, on December 13, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu announced … Continue reading “Turkey announces new steps to normalize ties with Armenia”

Russian peacekeepers promise to oversee return of all Armenian prisoners held in Azerbaijan

The exact number of remaining Armenian prisoners remains unknownOriginally published on Global VoicesArmenian PoWs on trial in Azerbaijan. Video report by Civilnet. This article was first published on JAM News. An edited version is republished here under a content partnership agreement. On December 4, 2021, Azerbaijan returned ten Armenian prisoners of war (POW) captured in November … Continue reading “Russian peacekeepers promise to oversee return of all Armenian prisoners held in Azerbaijan”

Protest in support of jailed opposition activist in Baku turns violent

Some 30 people were reportedly detained while police used excessive force.Originally published on Global VoicesScreenshot from Turan News Agency video report from the protest. On December 1, a group of protesters gathered in the capital Baku to call for the immediate release of jailed opposition activist and political prisoner Saleh Rustamov. According to local reports, … Continue reading “Protest in support of jailed opposition activist in Baku turns violent”

In Azerbaijan, bullying in schools is still a problem

Azerbaijan does not have anti-bullying legislation in place. Originally published on Global Voices“Anti-bullying Respect Tour 2009″ by Working Word is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0 Ali Malikov is in his final year of high school in Baku. He is also bisexual. For years he has been bullied at school. Now in his senior year, Malikov … Continue reading “In Azerbaijan, bullying in schools is still a problem”

‘Unfit for military service’: How Azerbaijan stigmatizes LGBTQ+ military personnel

Articles 18/b and 17/b illustrate the deep queerphobia in AzerbaijanOriginally published on Global VoicesScreenshot from Baku Media Center video on the military parade held in Baku on December 10, 2020. Three years ago, Alp Aliyev, received a notification from the State Service for Mobilization and Conscription that he was required to enlist the army. Alp … Continue reading “‘Unfit for military service’: How Azerbaijan stigmatizes LGBTQ+ military personnel”

The ignored, unwanted, and unforgiven

Victory Day is an attempt to capture and redeploy the public mood of wartime.Originally published on Global VoicesVictory Day celebration in Baku. Screenshot from Azernews video report. This article by Bahruz Samadov was first published on OC Media. An edited version is republished here under a content partnership agreement. During the Victory Day celebration on November … Continue reading “The ignored, unwanted, and unforgiven”

Roundup of Shia figures continues in Azerbaijan

Rustamov was released after questioningOriginally published on Global Voices“Bibi-Heybat Mosque, Baku, Azerbaijan” by Yasser Alaa Mobarak, AFIAP, AICS is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 This article by Ismi Aghayev was first published on OC Media. An edited version is republished here under a content partnership agreement. On October 25, Ahliman Rustamov, a theologian and former prayer … Continue reading “Roundup of Shia figures continues in Azerbaijan”

Tensions are escalating between Azerbaijan and Iran over border issue and Armenia

Following weeks of tensions, the two sides agree to dialogueOriginally published on Global VoicesA screenshot from the video report “Long-running Tensions Mount Between Iran, Azerbaijan” from TRT World. Tensions between Azerbaijan and Iran have reached a boiling point in recent weeks. There are three main reasons behind the strained relationship, including perceptions that Azerbaijan has … Continue reading “Tensions are escalating between Azerbaijan and Iran over border issue and Armenia”

Turkey and Armenia ready to ‘normalize relations’ after nearly 30 years

Relations between the nations have been strained since 1993Originally published on Global Voices“The Turkish border” by Dumphasizer is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 Turkey closed its border with Armenia in 1993 during the first Karabakh war in a show of solidarity with its long-time ally Azerbaijan. Almost three decades later, Turkey is considering reopening that … Continue reading “Turkey and Armenia ready to ‘normalize relations’ after nearly 30 years”

Armenia plunges into crisis after deal ends fighting in Karabakh

Some in Armenia see the peace deal as a humiliationProtesters storm the podium in Armenia’s Parliament Building in Yerevan, November 10, 2020. Image still via Radio Azatutyun / YouTube. Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to cease hostilities, putting an end to fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh. “I took a very difficult decision for myself and for us … Continue reading “Armenia plunges into crisis after deal ends fighting in Karabakh”

Azerbaijanis required to send SMS notification before leaving homes

Baku has once more tightened its coronavirus quarantineA nearly deserted Nizami Square in central Baku, capital of Azerbaijan, April 2020. The country is currently under quarantine. Photo (c): Akbar Mammadov. Used with permission. Check out Global Voices’ special coverage of the global impact of COVID-19. As the coronavirus death toll nears 90,000 across the world, the … Continue reading “Azerbaijanis required to send SMS notification before leaving homes”

Fire Breaks Out in Biggest Shopping Mall in Azerbaijan – Video

“Fire crews and rescuers have arrived at the scene. Measures are being taken to extinguish the fire”, the ministry’s press service said. The Sadarak mall is located in the Baku suburbs. It covers a 100-hectare (247-acre) area and includes more than 12,000 retail and wholesale trade objects, an agricultural goods market, a one-storey wholesale warehouse, … Continue reading “Fire Breaks Out in Biggest Shopping Mall in Azerbaijan – Video”

Pipeline Built to Help Squeeze Russia out of European Gas Market May End Up Shipping Russian Gas

At this year’s World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev told the Russian news agency RIA Novosti that transporting Russian natural gas via the Trans-Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) is technically possible but that Azerbaijan has never received an official proposal for such cooperation. He added that the infrastructure could be jointly used, but the … Continue reading “Pipeline Built to Help Squeeze Russia out of European Gas Market May End Up Shipping Russian Gas”

After six years, Nigerian golfer wins first international trophy

London, Dec. 9, 2019 (AltAfrica)-A Nigerian professional golfer, Christopher Francis has ended a six-year wait for an international Championship on Saturday when he claimed the sixth-edition of the Gold Fields Professional Golfers Association (PGA) Championship with a two-shot victory at Tarkwa, Ghana READ ALSO: 9TH SUMMIT OF THE AFRICAN, CARIBBEAN, PACIFIC GROUP OF STATES OPENS … Continue reading “After six years, Nigerian golfer wins first international trophy”

Les États-Unis concoctent une nouvelle révolution de couleur en Géorgie pour 2020

  Par Andrew Korybko − Le 15 novembre 2019 − Source oneworld.press L’ex-république soviétique de Géorgie court le risque de subir encore une nouvelle révolution de couleur soutenue par les États-Unis, si le nouveau parti politique du banquier Mamuka Khazaradze réussit à agglomérer assez de soutien lors des élections parlementaires de l’an prochain, pour déboulonner … Continue reading “Les États-Unis concoctent une nouvelle révolution de couleur en Géorgie pour 2020”

Non Aligned Movement Summit: ‘Venezuela Is Resisting and Overcoming’, Maduro Says

At the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit held in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Friday, Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro lashed out at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and announced that the U.S. economic and financial aggressions are as lethal as its armies. The … The post Non Aligned Movement Summit: ‘Venezuela Is Resisting and Overcoming’, Maduro Says appeared first on Global Research.

China’s Timely $3.6 Billion Bailout Insulates Turkey From US

Related: Chinese bank to loan $3.6 billion to Turkey, Direct Chinese investments in Turkey are expected to double by the end of 2019 and exceed $4 billion Despite the US threat to “obliterate and destroy” Turkey’s economy, the Turkish lira and Turkish interest rates barely have budged in the past week (Turkish stocks, especially banks, are down … Continue reading “China’s Timely $3.6 Billion Bailout Insulates Turkey From US”

EHang and Azerbaijan Airlines to Establish Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Command-and-Control Center at Heydar Aliyev International Airport

Oct 14, 2019 GUANGZHOU, China, Oct. 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — EHang, the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) technology platform company, announced that it has signed an agreement with Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) to establish a command-and-control center to manage unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku, Azerbaijan. The agreement was signed … Continue reading “EHang and Azerbaijan Airlines to Establish Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Command-and-Control Center at Heydar Aliyev International Airport”

Vladimir Putin’s Knowledge of the East

by Gareth Smyth Just five days before Israel’s general election, Likud party leader and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Sochi, Russia, to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. Back home in Tel Aviv, a huge poster of Netanyahu and Putin was fluttering from the Likud headquarters, presumably to … Continue reading “Vladimir Putin’s Knowledge of the East”

Amid Iran Crisis, U.S. Offers Big Military Aid Boost to Azerbaijan

by Joshua Kucera As the U.S. has ratcheted up diplomatic and military pressure on Iran, it has been quietly offering neighboring Azerbaijan more than $100 million in military aid. The money appears aimed at countering threats from Tehran. The U.S. Defense Department allotted $58.6 million in fiscal year 2018 and $42.9 million the following year to … Continue reading “Amid Iran Crisis, U.S. Offers Big Military Aid Boost to Azerbaijan”

Team Taiwan bags 2 golds, 2 bronzes at informatics Olympiad

Team Taiwan bagged two golds and two bronzes for sixth overall in the medal standings at the 31st International Olympiad in Informatics in Baku, Azerbaijan, according to the Ministry of Education Aug. 11.   Billed as the world’s largest computer programming and problem-solving competition for high-school students, the event took place Aug. 4-11 and involved … Continue reading “Team Taiwan bags 2 golds, 2 bronzes at informatics Olympiad”

Astana, Kazakhstan: the City of the Future?

Continuing my travels through the ex-Soviet states, I reached Astana (now, Nur-Sultan City) from Tashkent. Ever wondered what would happen if someone were to play Minecraft in real life? Like, build stuff from the ground up? Meet Astana, now known as Nur-Sultan City. This approx 1-million strong city happens to be the capital of Kazakhstan. … Continue reading “Astana, Kazakhstan: the City of the Future?”

Will Azerbaijan Join the Anti-Iran Coalition?

by Eldar Mamedov As the United States speeds up the militarization of tensions with Iran, the role of neighbouring countries in either exacerbating or mitigating them is going to be crucial. Some of Iran´s neighbours, such as Saudi Arabia, Israel, and, until recently, the United Arab Emirates, appear to be pushing the United States toward … Continue reading “Will Azerbaijan Join the Anti-Iran Coalition?”

Tehran’s Policies Risk Iran’s Territorial Integrity

by Shireen T. Hunter In his conversations with American journalists during his recent visit to New York, as reported in The New Yorker, Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said that some of Iran’s regional rivals, especially Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, want its disintegration. He could have added a few others to … Continue reading “Tehran’s Policies Risk Iran’s Territorial Integrity”

Has the US Lost Its Military Supremacy Over Russia?

When I first heard of Andrei Martyanov, I was skeptical about his intentions. Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, USSR, 1963, he became a naval officer and expert on Russian military and naval issues. He took part in conflicts in the Caucasus. In mid-1990s, he moved to the US for reasons unstated in print. He currently works … Continue reading “Has the US Lost Its Military Supremacy Over Russia?”