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Arzu Geybullayeva

A regional analyst and a blogger, Arzu holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey and a Master’s of Science degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her areas of interest include regional politics, conflict resolution, and new social media.

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Latest posts by Arzu Geybullayeva

24 April 2016

Azerbaijan's Hunger Games: Independent Media on the Brink

Global Voices Advocacy

"We declare yet again, by opening this absurd criminal investigation the government of Azerbaijan is creating barriers to freedom of speech, and journalism activity."

4 April 2016

Does Azerbaijan's Ruling Family Feature in the #PanamaPapers Leak? Of Course it Does!

"Registration records list [President Ilham Aliyev's sister] at an address in a West London neighborhood where average home prices touch $9 million."

25 March 2016

Aliyev's Toys, or the Treatment of Political Prisoners in Azerbaijan

Global Voices Advocacy

"Our hostage life is over. We are free now! I wish freedom to all our friends remaining behind bars."

24 March 2016

Everyone is Fair Game in Turkey's New War on Terror

"This is just insane!#AcademicsForPeace signee, Assistant Prof. Esra Mungan is held in solitary confinement in jail."

17 January 2016

In Oil-Rich Azerbaijan, People Protest; Government Responds With Arrests

Riot police and internal troops used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the protesters and arrested dozens of them, including opposition leaders.

30 December 2015

Strangest Twitter Moment of 2015? Elijah Wood Wades into the Gollum-Erdogan Spat

"You shut up. I skip all the scenes you are in anyway. You can't walk properly. You can't even throw the ring properly... indecent."

7 December 2015

After a Year Behind Bars, Journalist Khadija Ismayilova of Azerbaijan is Fearless

Global Voices Advocacy

"I am so much wealthier than all the corrupt men and women I have written about. Because I have values for which I am ready to even sacrifice my life."

16 November 2015

The Refugees Stopping at Vienna's Train Station of Hope

The Bridge

A look back at the scenes at Vienna's central train station in September, two months before the deadly violence from which many refugees are fleeing would touch Beirut and Paris.

2 November 2015

Another Pretend Election Yields Predictable Results in Azerbaijan

Sunday's election in Azerbaijan was not really an election and the new parliament is not really a parliament, but the ruling family cares little for such niceties.

30 July 2015

Azerbaijan's Political Prisoners, the State and its Secret Society

What is with the rows of passive spectators literally taking up space at the trials of the country's most high-profile political prisoners?

13 May 2015

Human Rights Abuses in Azerbaijan: We Can’t Stay On The Sidelines Anymore

Global Voices Advocacy

Arzu Geybullayeva calls on Western leaders to speak out on political prisoners in Azerbaijan as the country prepares to host the European Games.

6 April 2015

Turkey Blocks Twitter, YouTube, Scores of Websites After Prosecutor’s Killing

Global Voices Advocacy

After photos of public prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz with a gun pointed to his head began circulating on Twitter, hundreds of news sites and social networks were blocked.

2 March 2015

Has Azerbaijan's National Currency Run Away Scared?

The massive devaluation of the manat national currency has been a disaster for many Azerbaijanis, but it has also showcased their sense of humour.

18 December 2014

Freedom of Speech is a Top Target in Erdogan's War on the ‘Parallel State’

Global Voices Advocacy

In Turkey, 31 journalists and police officers are being charged with directing and founding and belonging to an armed terror organisation.

10 December 2014

Azerbaijan's Image Cracks with Arrest of Watchdog Journalist

Global Voices Advocacy

The arrest of investigative journalist Khadija Ismayil, on trumped up charges, will test the limits of Azerbaijan's gleaming global image.

30 August 2014

Azerbaijan's President Doesn't Really Get Twitter. He Doesn't Really Get Azerbaijan, Either

Azeri president Ilham Aliyev's official Twitter feed is so bad it is funny. But behind the comedy lurks the darker realities Aliyev's bumbling forays into social media are covering up.

17 April 2014

“Bring the Bottle”: Youth Activists Behind Bars in Azerbaijan

The Bridge

While the government continues its witch-hunt, curtailing the freedoms of activists and critics, the lives of officials and their families remain untouched by everyday human rights violations in Azerbaijan.

26 December 2010

Poland: Blog Forum Gdansk

Arzu Geybullayeva writes about this year's Blog Forum Gdańsk, highlighting Polish bloggers' views on some of the issues discussed at the event.

4 October 2010

Azerbaijan: Violations reported as parliamentary elections approach

As parliamentary elections approach in Azerbaijan, candidates go through the final registration process. However, the process has not been without allegations of violations and the frustration not only of candidates,...

16 September 2010

Azerbaijan: As elections approach, social networking steps in

On 7 November, Azerbaijan will once again head to the polls to cast their ballots in the upcoming parliamentary elections. The pre-election campaign won't officially start until 23 days before...

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