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Stories about Azerbaijan

How I learned not to hate

War has returned to Nagorno-Karabakh. As Armenians and Azerbaijanis, we must confront our anger and our trauma without resorting to hate.

Serbian government first flaunts, then denies having sold weapons to both Armenia and Azerbaijan

Mixed messages by President Aleksandar Vučić may be an attempt not to antagonise close partners Russia and Turkey.

Turkey's involvement in the Karabakh conflict could harm Azerbaijan, warns journalist Rovshan Aliyev

"This time it seems that Erdoğan wants to go beyond words and to support Azerbaijan with hardware. But authoritarian leaders take advantage of every situation, so Azerbaijan must be careful"

‘The war in Karabakh has made the possibility of conflict resolution even more distant’, fears Armenian politician Mikayel Zolyan

Negotiations can start only once aggression against civilians stops. However, war has widened the gap between Armenians and Azerbaijanis, and therefore for dialogue, says Armenian MP and analyst Mikayel Zolyan

International conflicts are also about names: The case of Nagorno-Karabakh

As in all territories inhabited by different nations using various languages, in this case, Azerbaijanis speaking a Turkic language, and Armenians speaking an Indo-European language, geographic names have more than one name.

Nagorno-Karabakh: An old conflict in a new geopolitical context, says South Caucasus expert Tom de Waal

The most recent of outbreak of violence began on September 27. This time, both combatants and analysts are predicting that the conflict will escalate, with unknown and potentially dangerous consequences.

Azerbaijani authorities disrupt internet nationwide amid Nagorno-Karabakh clashes

Access has been on and off since clashes broke out on September 27.

As Armenians and Azerbaijanis clash worldwide, activists petition for peaceful dialogue

When fighting on the Armenia-Azerbaijan border killed 17 people, violent clashes broke out between the diasporas of both countries worldwide. That enmity could close the one avenue for grassroots dialogue,...

Azerbaijan declares strict weekend lockdown after surge in COVID-19 cases

There may be further weekend lockdowns to come, depending on how the country's COVID-19 curve develops in coming days.

COVID-19 exposes gaps in services for Azerbaijan’s elderly

Azerbaijanis over 65 are not permitted to leave their homes. Therefore many cannot receive their pensions, buy badly needed medication, or access social support.

Azerbaijanis required to send SMS notification before leaving their homes

The Azerbaijani government has tightened its quarantine restrictions, and now enlists mobile networks to manage public movement.

An interview with Afgan Mukhtarli, abducted Azerbaijani journalist who now walks free

In May 2017 journalist Afgan Mukhtarli was abducted in the Georgian capital Tbilisi and reappeared in a jail cell in Azerbaijan. Recently released, he reflects on his ordeal.

Azerbaijan signals a lockdown and a crackdown in fight against coronavirus

Attempting to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Azerbaijan's president has closed the country's borders, emptied its streets, cancelled large public gatherings, and given a fiery speech against the opposition.

Azerbaijan's snap parliamentary election produces the normal results

Azerbaijan's latest parliamentary elections were called well ahead of schedule. Otherwise, they were quite normal: with allegations of ballot stuffing and a huge majority for pro-government candidates.

Inside the party membership scandal rocking Azerbaijan's opposition

For years there have been rumours that Azerbaijan's opposition parties sold membership cards to people seeking asylum in Europe. A wave of arrests suggests that the rumours could be, in...

Protesting domestic violence, Azerbaijani women take to the streets and social networks

One girl's story of domestic violence has sparked a nationwide conversation.

Arts festival caught in the crosshairs of Azerbaijan's ‘national mentality’

One mural depicting the body of a transgender person drew so much attention that it was painted over once the festival ended — in a not so artistically-friendly way.

Azerbaijanis wary of new ‘morality police’

Progressive Baku residents see "morality police" as immoral, and experts say the move will ultimately be ineffective.

In Azerbaijan, trolls keep us at each other’s throats

"Recently I half-jokingly wrote on my Facebook page. . . that “being from Azerbaijan is a terminal diagnosis incompatible with happiness.”

Azerbaijani artists win fight to save a prayer house-turned-cinema from demolition

In a city increasingly overtaken by skyscrapers, the Salaam Cinema has become a symbol of resistance.

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