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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

10 May 2018

Social media platforms are ablaze as Turks say “enough” to President Erdogan

In Turkish, "tamam" means "that's enough". And that is exactly what Turks are saying to the president.

12 April 2018

#KnowYourDictator: Political Emigres and Their Hashtags Haunt Azerbaijan's Re-elected Strongman

The Bridge

Having largely suffocated opposition at home, newly-elected President Ilham Aliyev is finding ways to hurt activists living abroad.

16 February 2018

‘They Fear Pens, Not Guns': Turkish Journalists Sentenced to Life in Prison

Advox

With 155 journalists serving jail time because of their work, such sentences are becoming routine for Turkey's embattled independent media community.

5 February 2018

Justice Deferred: Uproar After Turkish Court Releases, Re-Arrests Amnesty International's Taner Kilic

Advox

"The court changed its mind... Why? Who knows, no grounds provided. Devastating for the family and an affront to justice."

3 January 2018

Will We Ever See the End of Information Control in Azerbaijan?

Advox

Legal reforms restricting online speech seem to threaten everyone but the ruling elite of Azerbaijan.

26 October 2017

After 113 Days Behind Bars, #Istanbul10 Human Rights Defenders Are Released Pending Trial

Advox

“I don’t have anything to regret. I just did my work as a human rights defender,” Idil Eser told the court.

9 September 2017

Azerbaijan Runs $2.9 Billion ‘Laundromat’ but Soros and the ‘Armenian Lobby’ Are to Blame

"The Azerbaijani operation...was likely designed primarily to obscure the origin and destination of dirty money."

4 September 2017

50 Shades of Erdogan's Propaganda

Advox

The enemies of Turkey's authoritarian government are everywhere and state propaganda is taking on an increasingly absurd hue.

26 July 2017

Who Are the #Istanbul10? Learn About the Work of Jailed Human Rights Defenders in Turkey

Advox

A group of human rights defenders and information technology trainers continue to face jail time in Turkey and accusations that they were "aiding a terrorist organization without being a member."

18 July 2017

In State of Emergency, Turkey Jails Six Human Rights Defenders Pending Trial

Advox

"The accusations of aiding an armed terrorist organisation against them are groundless. Workshops of this kind are common, essential education for human rights organisations."

6 July 2017

Turkish Authorities Detain Top Human Rights Defenders at Training Workshop

Advox

"[These] people who have dedicated their lives to human rights. A day will come when they will stand for the rights of those behind these vile news stories."

5 July 2017

Erdogan's Post-Evolutionary Turkey Floods School Classrooms, Threatens Universities

No more Darwin for schoolchildren, but that might not be the end of it.

13 June 2017

Mirror Websites Are Helping Turkish Users Reconnect to Wikipedia

Advox

While the platform remains blocked, multiple "mirror" websites -- sites designed to reproduce the content of Wikipedia, which is constantly being updated -- have sprung up.

1 June 2017

Spare a Thought for the Dissidents Living in Fear of the Azerbaijani State's Long Arms

Afghan Mukhtarli thought he had escaped Azerbaijan. He ended up back there, without his passport and facing jail time.

19 May 2017

Azerbaijan Blocks Independent Media (And Actually Admits it)

Advox

"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

Advox

"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?

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