Tag Archives: Azerbaijan

Pictures of the Week

21 Jun
June 15, 2013. Chinese authorities display bear paws after 213 were seized from two Russian smugglers in the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia. Some in China consider the paws a delicacy.

June 15, 2013. Chinese authorities display bear paws after 213 were seized from two Russian smugglers in the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia. Some in China consider the paws a delicacy.


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Azerbaijan Shuts Down Free Thought University Funded by West

11 Apr
Photo by Google

Photo by Google

Azerbaijan closed the Free Thought University, a Western-funded project to promote democracy and human rights, after the government stepped up pressure on opposition groups before presidential election in October.

Prosecutors arrived at the university in Baku, the Azeri capital, without warning, closing it down and sealing its doors, AFU, as the institute is known, said on its Facebook Inc.

Eldar Sultanov, spokesman for the Prosecutor General’s Office, didn’t answer telephone calls or e-mailed requests for comment immediately.

AFU was established in 2009 by the Ol! youth group, which means “Be” in Azerbaijani, to organize interactive classes on topics including democracy, human rights and gender equality. It is funded by the U.S. and U.K. embassies in Baku, the U.S. Agency for International Development and other Western organizations.

President Ilham Aliyev who succeeded his late father in disputed elections in 2003, is expected to run for a third term in office in the Oct. 15 poll.

Google to correct map errors

6 Nov
Google has said it will try to indicate the names of Azerbaijani territories correctly, Google vice president Vinton Cerf told journalists in Baku, answering the question about wrong description of Azerbaijani territories as Armenian. “We will try to give a correct description of these areas,” Cerf said.
Some of the territories of Azerbaijan were described as the territory of Armenia on Google maps. Corrections were made after the protests of Azerbaijan.
Source: Trend

Azerbaijan’s questionable future gas policy

5 Nov

“Azerbaijan might not find market to sell its gas except for close neighbors. Even to close neighbors it will be compelled to export gas for market price. There might be serious problems if dependency continues so much,” economic expert and co-founder of Republican Alternative Movement Natig Jafarly sounded these predictions at the press conference devoted to state budget policy on October 30, 2012. Expert stressed that Azerbaijan government chose wrong strategy, by laying hopes on gas from a field Shah Deniz-2, as they expected after oil, gas era will start. Jafarly underscored that the gas situation in the world has profoundly changed after shale gas concept came up. He told journalists that “As shale gas is buried in the deep layers beneath the earth’s surface, previously its extraction was very expensive for which reason it was not developed. But the cost of extracting shale gas with new US fracking technology is already very cheap, even cheaper than production of oil fields in Europe, approximately 80-90 USD per 1000 cubic meters. However in European market gas price is 400 USD.” Continue reading

What is your main source of news?

2 Nov

How people receive and process news is changing rapidly nowadays. Try to remember the most recent stories heard yesterday. Sandy storm hit US  east cost, Presidential campaign in US and etc. Where did you get most of your information? Where did you hear it first? In the past, most people tuned to a few sources to learn about what was going on in the world and country. Maybe it was an only TV channel or a favorite columnist in the morning paper. Today, people are getting their updates from dozens of different places. It could be social media, blogs and other sources. In order to determine where most people get info I conducted public opinion poll in central part of Baku, in Azerbaijan among 25 people, age 18 and older.

Tarana Agamaliyeva , 55 , housewife “TV is my favorite news source, but usually when I am in a bus or on the road I listen to FM radio for news” she said. Asif Bayramov, 25 , street vendor , says he is too busy to watch TV that is why his primary source for news is his mobile. “I go home late , sometimes even at 9 p.m and get very tired , so I don’t feel well to watch news on TV, usually when I have time I try to get news from my phone by going online” says Asif.

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Azerbaijani film Khoja to be screened at Cairo festival

30 Oct

Azerbaijani film Khoja will be demonstrated as part of the 34th Cairo International Film Festival, which will take place from November 27-December 6. The film was made by ANS Independent Broadcasting and Media Company, Chingiz Mustafayev Fund and Bakufilm studio.
Khoja is a tragedy and greatness of two loving hearts. It tells about the heroism of ordinary people. The main characters Yura and Mehriban were initially indifferent towards each other. But when the time comes to protect their land with weapon in their hands against the Armenian occupants, true feelings erupt in their hearts
Cairo International Film Festival was established in 1976 and was the first international film festival held in the Arab world.
It is also the only international competitive feature film festival recognized by the Paris-based International Federation of Film Producers Associations in the Arab world and Africa, as well as the oldest in this category.

Try Azerbaijani cusine in London

23 Oct

Plov is a traditional dish of Azerbaijan, made with rice

Azerbaijani food will be presented at World Travel Market-2012 exhibition which will be held in  London on  5-8  November. Victory Tour company will highlight at the event Azerbaijan’s  cultural and historical monuments, as well as  tourism potential. By attending World Travel Market , participants will also   get a chance to taste national Azerbaijan foods. World Travel Market, the leading global event for the travel industry – is a vibrant must attend four-day business-to-business event presenting a diverse range of destinations and industry sectors to UK and International travel professionals. It is a unique opportunity for the whole global travel trade to meet, network, negotiate and conduct business under one roof.