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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

19 May 2017

Azerbaijan Blocks Independent Media (And Actually Admits it)

Global Voices Advocacy

"This was one thing we had left and they have taken it too. May God punish them. All they think about is how to shut people up."

18 April 2017

In Turkey, There's No Room for Maybe Anymore

Erdogan got his way - by a whisker - and isn't in the mood to compromise. Neither is the opposition.

16 April 2017

Voting Is Underway in Turkey's Referendum. What Is at Stake?

The rules of the game may be on the brink of changing in Turkey, in a way that could disproportionately favour the strongest player.

3 March 2017

In Azerbaijan, Another Blogger Gets Jail Time

Global Voices Advocacy

"Instead of investigating credible allegation of ill-treatment, Azerbaijan jails outspoken critic #MehmanHuseynov for two years."

21 February 2017

Government in Azerbaijan: It's a Family Affair!

President Ilham Aliyev just made his wife First Vice President. What did your Valentine give you?

17 February 2017

Divisions and Danger Loom Ahead of Turkey's Upcoming Referendum

On social media, hundreds of "No" Facebook pages have popped up, with humour deployed in the face of strident state propaganda.

10 January 2017

Will 2017 Be a Better Year for Turkey's Media?

Global Voices Advocacy

Turkey's government continues to conflate journalism it doesn't like with terrorism and other crimes against the state.

9 December 2016

Two Young Activists Get 10 Years in Jail Each After Graffiti on Azerbaijan Patriarch's Statue

Global Voices Advocacy

"I don’t want to be remembered by apologising in my final statement. I refuse to see myself as a prisoner. I am a lover of freedom."

29 September 2016

Azerbaijan Holds a Referendum Marred by Violations. Does Anyone Care Anymore?

The changes passed further boost the powers of the hereditary dictatorship overseen by the ruling Aliyev family.

22 July 2016

Azerbaijan and Turkey: Caught in a Bad Bromance

Some of Azerbaijan's best schools, a university and a newspaper have been scuppered by Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Fethullah Gulen's toxic political rivalry.

21 July 2016

Turkey Adds Wikileaks to a Long List of Blocked Websites

Global Voices Advocacy

Blocking information is second nature to Turkey's government. But Turkish netizens are still questioning the value of the leak itself.

17 July 2016

Azerbaijani Women Watch #IAmNotAfraidToSpeak from the Sidelines

"I do not believe there is one woman [in Azerbaijan] who has not faced harassment or violence."

16 July 2016

Following Reported Overthrow Attempt Turkish Netizens Ask, ‘Coup or Theatre?’

"Don't buy it. Perfectly plausible story is slowly emerging. You can't easily stage this stuff, with 300 livestreams."

23 June 2016

‘Well Done Baku'?: Azerbaijan's F1 Forray Leaves Inequality Firmly in the Driving Seat

"While taxpayers ultimately foot the bill for this, two privileged citizens have been massively enriched by the games: the president’s daughters."

21 June 2016

Erdogan's New Turkey Finds Forgiveness for Some, Tear Gas for Others

"Riot police have used more rounds of teargas and [smoke] grenades to counter reconvening protesters in #Firuzağa #Istanbul."

2 June 2016

Azerbaijan: Khadija Free, But Other Political Prisoners Await Their Turn

Global Voices Advocacy

"Our political system is a model of the European political system," claimed the Twitter feed of Azerbaijan's strongman President Ilham Aliyev.

31 May 2016

Turkey's President and the ‘Treason’ of Family Planning

He is done with abortion, now its birth control and population planning. Next in line: how many times a night we can have sex, God willing.

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."

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