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Azerbaijan office celebrated the achievements of journalists who took part in two-year multimedia training project. As well as screenings of the trainees' work, the event was an opportunity to publicise the achievements of the Strengthening Civil
Recent media and human-rights activist reports claim that the South Caucasus countries of Georgia and Azerbaijan are playing an indirect role in supplying diesel fuel, weapons and cash to the embattled government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Mar 13 Azerbaijan has tightened restrictions on religious literature both imported and locally published in a move that reflects official worries about Sunni radicalism and also about interference by the Shia theocracy in neighbouring Iran.
The visage of Azerbaijan's former leader, Heydar Aliyev , seems to be omnipresent in Baku; smiling down from highway billboards at cars, raising an arm in salutation outside the Central Bank, or appearing as an imprint on TV screens. Given this
Traditional opposition political forces in Azerbaijan are at risk of being eclipsed by Islamists who are willing to push back when the government resorts to repressive measures, Baku political observers say. Mainstream, secular opposition parties,
Azerbaijani writers and civil society activists are expressing concern about what they describe as dwindling space for public discourse on the role of Islam in Azerbaijan. The catalyst for concern was the late November murder of Rafig Tagi, an
The trial of senior members of the banned Islamic Party of Azerbaijan on charges of terrorism and plotting a government coup again has centered attention on the hyper-conservative Baku suburb of Nardaran, where the party got its start. A largely
In some villages, a piece of ribbon or colorful cloth tied to a tree can signal the location of a shrine. In Baku, as well as in towns on the Absheron Peninsula, shrines can be elaborate -- filled with marble, carpets, intricate mirrors and
Facebook-inspired protests in Azerbaijan are evolving into a game of cat-and-mouse designed to invigorate protesters while straining law-enforcement authorities by keeping them on a constant state of alert. On March 14, police and plainclothes
Even with no specifics yet available for Azerbaijan's day of rage, the government is persisting with a crackdown on youth group activists and Facebook users in the run-up to unsanctioned youth demonstrations expected for March 11. The idea for such a