A Couple Photoessays
Jonathan Makiri has a few photoessays up at Eurasianet that feature Baku, regarding Azerbaijan’s religious and oil situations. I think it’s fair to say that both of the articles, whether they know it or not, very strongly reinforce the idea that Azerbaijan’s government here is really high on this idea of stability. Whether it’s coming from religious movements, democracy movements, or any sort of social change model, the goal is always stability. With that might come a bit of repression. With oil and gas under our feet, it’s really in Azerbaijan’s interests to keep everyone on an even keel so that the money keeps flowing from oil companies and development money comes in from other nations. Unfortunately, it’s not really in the interests of the people who want to go to a mosque to pray, or who want to live in reasonable conditions.