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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

Azerbaijani authorities disrupt internet nationwide amid Nagorno-Karabakh clashes

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

In Turkey, women rise up to stop withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention

The public outcry seems to have made an impression on the AKP—a decision on the Convention that was meant to be announced in August has now been postponed.

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 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.

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.

Overnight music hit turns rappers into social justice heroes in Turkey

With over 10 million views and still trending, the song 'cannot stay silent' is making a deafening noise in Turkey and liberating the minds.

How Turkey's broadcast regulator is taking over the supervision of online content

Under a new regulation, local streaming services like Netflix are required to adjust their content to the regulator's rules and guidelines.

Once celebrated by Homer, Turkey's Mount Ida is losing trees and going bald

Activists and artists join forces in Turkey to fight deforestation caused by mining companies.

Withheld in Turkey: How the government exploits removal requests to silence critical and independent voices

For years, Turkey has been exploiting tools offered by social media platforms to restrict illegal content in a particular jurisdiction, to silence critical voices.

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.

Cultural heritage and stray dogs under siege in Baku's Formula 1 rerun

"Every year, we invest in Formula 1 but not in our education system? Why?"

Azerbaijanis pressure government to #FreeMehman after blogger endures 12 days on hunger strike

Young, popular and politicized, video blogger Mehman Huseynov is a classic target of the Azerbaijani government's crackdown on civil society.

Nagorno Karabakh mothers’ protest puts Azerbaijan's regime on the back foot

The state made a promise to compensate families whose sacrifices are lauded in official rhetoric. Then it let them down.

Welcome to the ‘New Turkey': Five years after Gezi park, protesters face new threats of arrest

What seemed like a spike in repression against civil society advocates and intellectuals may actually be the new normal.

Authorities blame air conditioning as Azerbaijan plunges into darkness

"As soon as he got on the phone, all he could talk about was the heat inside the jail."

Turkey looks ahead to a strongman era

The political presence of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is now too dominant to be checked by rivals or institutions.

Freedom abroad, fear at home: Azerbaijani human rights lawyer detained for 30 days

Emin Aslan had prepared multiple complaints brought before the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of Azerbaijani citizens.

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