Azerbaijan’s last LGBT-rights group announces closure

Image by Panorama AM
Image by Panorama AM

An edited version of this article was also published in Gay Star News. You can read it here.

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Nefes, the only LGBT-rights organisation operating in Azerbaijan, has today announced that it will no longer continue operation. Continue reading “Azerbaijan’s last LGBT-rights group announces closure”

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Azerbaijan’s President Aliyev is also the world’s most powerful internet troll

After living in Armenia for some time I learnt to speak of Azerbaijan in hushed whispers. Many will know that the two countries have not seen eye-to-eye since the fall of the Soviet Union and the resultant war in Nagorno-Karabakh. Today every symbol¬†of Azerbaijan feels almost offensive to Armenians. But no symbol has the power to evoke¬†more disgust and vitriol than the country’s president, Ilham … Continue reading Azerbaijan’s President Aliyev is also the world’s most powerful internet troll

The naughty list: Europe’s sanctions on the world

EU sanctions

The European Union, despite all its flaws, has done much for promoting change in the world. The shared vision of a rule of law, upholding a single, glorious free market has led to reforms in dozens of countries that has, on paper at least, been a positive step in the strive for equality and human rights. Continue reading “The naughty list: Europe’s sanctions on the world”

Azerbaijan: Government commits additional 3 million Euros for ‘propaganda palace’

An existing building, identical to the one currently under construction.
An existing building, identical to the one currently under construction.

President Ilham Aliyev, the ruling leader of Azerbaijan, has this week committed an additional 3 million Azerbaijani Manat (aprox 3.2 mil Euros) to the construction of a building that will house pro-government media workers. Continue reading “Azerbaijan: Government commits additional 3 million Euros for ‘propaganda palace’”