Aaron in Azerbaijan

Just another blog about Azerbaijan.

If You Thought Things Were Quiet Here, You Were Wrong

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In truth, each of these news items could probably command a blog post and commentary all to themselves.  In reality, I don’t really feel like doing that.  Instead, here’s your news round-up for recent things going on in Azerbaijan.  There’s quite a bit.

First, Euronews provides us with some very enlightening video stories.  The first is an interview with our great president, Ilham Aliyev.  He talks about the conflict with Armenia, possible resolutions, and the state of democracy in Azerbaijan (be sure to read the text at the end).  The second is a very important focus on the state of Internally Displaced Persons here in Azerbaijan.  Some of them do well because of government relief and effective NGOs focused on improving their situation.  Some IDPs, however, are still wading in disaster.

Eurasianet brings us a few interesting leads, first about what’s going on in America, about that congressional vote on Turkey and calling the massacre in 1915 Armenia a genocide.  That has some serious repercussions around here.  You can see what’s happening in this article.  If Azerbaijan recalls their ambassador, I don’t think Peace Corps will stick around here much longer.  On another note, this idea of changing names caught my attention.  My brother, Miri, actually has already told me he’s going to change his name, to incorporate his father’s name and add a traditional Azerbaijani ending.  I find that fascinating.  They changed how they write their language when the Soviet system collapsed, and now they could be changing how they do names, too.  That’s a lot.

A couple other notes I found were about the strengthening of the concept of ‘secular government’ here in Azerbaijan.  Following some religious demonstrations in Baku, religious symbols have been commanded removed from government offices.  For a society that’s so steeped in Islamic tradition, that’s a big step.  That means only Heydər and İlham will be left on the walls of any given office.  Penultimately, here’s a curious story about what’s going on in the president’s financial and housing portfolios, particularly regarding Dubai and his kids.  Interesting.  Thanks, Washington Post.  Hopefully I don’t invite any problems by posting that link.

Finally, the one we’ve all been waiting for!  It’s getting to be Eurovision time!  They’ve chosen the delegate for Azerbaijan, Səfurə Əlizadə.  Apparently they haven’t yet chosen the potential winning song.

Wow.  What a whirlwind of news.  Have fun with that!

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Written by Aaron

March 10, 2010 at 8:56 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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