A Game of Absolutes
Azerbaijan is stuck on the world stage between two major actors who are embroiled in quite the kerfuffle. What does the Russia-Turkey rift mean for Baku?
A parody of a courtroom in Azerbaijan
Baku’s Court on Grave Crime in Azerbaijan has illustrated itself this week; it held 5 hearings in the case against Anar Mammadli, Bashir Suleymanli and Elnur Mammadov, and convicted the youth activists from the movement NIDA ...
Examining the Source of Discontent in Nardaran
As long as discontent in Nardaran is seen through the prism of an “Islamist threat,” and not as a quest for dignity, the problems there will only continue to grow.
Nardaran violence sparks fresh concerns about authoritarian rule
The methods used today by the Aliyev government are literally identical to those in the past. But if the Nardaran problem could be solved with violence, such as police raids, it would have been solved years ...
Sara died as a woman first
Sara lost her two-year-long battle against cancer. Just a few days ago. The Azerbaijani doctors put Sara and her family through enormous pain, enough pain for a lifetime in just two years. Yes, people die. We ...
Azerbaijan: Same as It Ever Was
When it comes to Azerbaijan’s parliamentary elections on November 1, the numbers tell only a part of the story.
"My brothers' arrests are the result of inaction from those who remain silent when their rights are violated, and those who act as if they were “renting the place” that belongs to them. There are two ...
Memes, Twitter and human rights in America and Azerbaijan
Twitter, memes, #hashtag advocacy and public bandwagoning in the US and Azerbaijan...
From one election to another: Azerbaijan completes another cycle of repression
Azerbaijan has completed another cycle purging leading civil society voices from the streets of Baku, ahead of the parliamentary elections.
Ilham Aliyev’s skeletons
He is described as a jailer of supporters of freedom, a corrupt leader, plundering resources from his own people and known for his weakness for gambling. But looks like the President of Azerbaijan is earning a ...