Stories about Azerbaijan from June, 2009
Scary Azeri in Suburbs informs its readers that a Baku-based English-language magazine has featured the blog in a two-page article. The magazine might not be Harpers, the blogger says, but it is real and more importantly, glossy…
The OL! Youth Movement blog [AZ] interviews Azeri blogger Nigar Fatali. The blogger at Don Quixote [AZ/RU] and Fighting windmills? Take a pill [EN] comments on matters as diverse as gender, education, conflict resolution, youth and culture.
Following a post from Armenian blogger Ianyan in praise of women in Iran comes a similar response from Azerbaijan, another country that borders the Islamic republic. Re-posting an earlier video interview on the changing role of women in Iran, Baku-based Global Voices Online author Ali S. Novruzov also pays homage.
Thoughts on the Road comments on news that Azerbaijan's already underdeveloped civil society is facing a new threat in the form of legislation governing NGOs in the country to be discussed later this week.
In what is fast becoming the most dynamic blogosphere in the South Caucasus, and especially in English, Azeri bloggers continue to write poignant entries.
Global Voices Online author Ali S. Novruzov is interviewed by the OL! Azerbaijani youth movement on the movie Persepolis and comments on the role of women in post-revolution Iranian society.
In Mutatione Fortitudo comments on news that a donkey costing $18,500 has been purchased using funds from the Azeri State Budget. The blog says that $179,700 was spent on such purchases last year and wonders why.
Fighting windmills? Take a pill comments on the rhetoric of hate that often prevents Armenians and Azerbaijanis from being in contact with each other while the conflict between the two countries remains unresolved. The blogger says that she wants peace and cares about people rather than nationalities.
In Mutatione Fortitudo ponders the state of youth in Azerbaijan and says there have been changes amidst a backdrop of falling oil prices and the global economic crisis. However, the blog by Global Voices author Ali S. Novruz concludes, liberal-thinking youth are in short supply.
Artist Gabriela Golder from Argentina has taken it upon herself to discover, record and collect lullabies from all over the world, and to find connections among them in the Arrorró project. Rising Voices director David Sasaki wrote about the project on the 80+1 website, where he interviewed Gabriela on camera, and got authors and editors for Global Voices involved by inspiring many to record themselves singing the lullabies they remembered from their childhood.
Nigar [RU]] and Jja_verner [RU] report that Yana Kandova, chairwoman of the Baku Club of Science Fiction Authors and herself a blogger, has passed away at the age of 30 from heart disease. Her works can be accessed online here [RU].