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Durna Safarova

For many Azerbaijani voters, the only choice is to laugh

Azerbaijani voters go to the polls on April 11 for a presidential...

Young Azerbaijani teachers heed the call of village life

With a cartoon character tattooed to her wrist and a pierced eyebrow,...

Azerbaijani Government Taps Social Media to Woo Youth

Last August, a new, Azeri-language media brand appeared on Facebook and immediately...

Azerbaijan: Painting With Oil – No, Not that Oil

One day, when he was seven years old, Sabir Chopuroglu's parents brought...

Azerbaijan: Detentions End but Pressure on LGBT Community Continues

In mid-October, the mother of Nura, a transgender woman from a conservative...

Azerbaijan: An Activist Defies NGO Stereotypes

Shahin Javadov comes from a long line of rabble rousers....

Azerbaijan: Suffocation of NGOs Raises Questions About Donor Strategy

The Azerbaijani government has forced the local chapter of the global corruption...

Officials: Azerbaijan Releases Detainees from LGBT Crackdown

Azerbaijan’s authorities have released all of the gay and transgender people detained...

Azerbaijan: Scale of LGBT Persecution Is Rising – Lawyer

On September 22, a 19-year-old man, an aspiring fashion designer who currently...

Azerbaijan: Pioneering Theater Gives Stage to Actors with Disabilities

“Do not be ashamed of your own body. Do not be shy...

Azerbaijan: Banking Crisis Gives Rise to Loan Sharks

Namig Ibrahimov is a young entrepreneur, building an online shopping platform that...

In Azerbaijan, Power and Poetry Mix

While Azerbaijan’s government has a reputation as being a petro-autocracy, behind the...

Azerbaijan: Flower Power Struggles to Revive

For over a decade, Azerbaijan celebrated the birthday of former president Heydar...

Azerbaijan: Creationist Textbooks Stir Controversy, Public Action

“And it is He who created the heavens and the earth in...

Azerbaijan: Animal Rights Gaining Unlikely Perch

Nizami Ramazanov is a rare beast in Azerbaijan: an animal rights activist....

Azerbaijan Grapples With the Rise of Turkish Language

Five-year-old Mehdi Rahimi watches his favorite cartoons on TRT Çocuk, a Turkish...

Azerbaijan: Dubbing Critics as “Islamic Extremists”

Authorities in Azerbaijan are trying to erase the line between legitimate dissent...

Azerbaijan: Growing Number of Citizens Heading Abroad for Medical Care

Just about everyone in Azerbaijan has heard scary tales about the country’s...

Azerbaijan: University, Paper Closed as Anti-Gülen Cleanup Continues

As Turkey focused its coup-cleanup operations on its education system, its close...

Coup Attempt Ripple Effect: Azerbaijan Closes TV Station

Azerbaijan, a strategic ally of Turkey, has suspended a national TV station...

Azerbaijan: “Celebrity” Political Prisoners Get Freedom First, Activists Say

Some Azerbaijani activists claim that international rights watchdogs, such as Amnesty International,...

Azerbaijan: What Is the Ombudsperson’s Role in Human Rights?

With the June 17-19 Formula One race in Baku drawing closer, Azerbaijani...

Azerbaijan: Will Khadija Ismayilova's Freedom Open Prison Doors?

Two days before her 40th birthday, Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova was released...

Azerbaijan, Armenia: Can Activists Keep Peace Alive?

For both Azerbaijani and Armenian peace activists, the resumption of fighting over...

Can Karabakh Pull Back from the Brink?

After a long simmer, the Nagorno-Karabakh war has once again boiled over....

Azerbaijan: Can a Water Reservoir Help Resolve the Karabakh Conflict?

Water, or more accurately access to water, is just another weapon in...

Azerbaijan: Unemployment Rises as Economy Teeters

Falling oil prices and a recent currency devaluation are spurring businesses to...

Azerbaijan: Can Baku Broker Peace Between Turkey and Russia?

Azerbaijan wants to wriggle out of a diplomatic dilemma by trying to...

Turkey Hunts for Alternatives to Russian Energy

With Russian-Turkish relations bottoming out after Turkey’s downing of a Russian military...

Azerbaijan: Wielding a Stick While Searching for Carrots

Authorities in Azerbaijan have managed to contain protests over declining living standards...

Azerbaijan: Baku’s Reserves Rapidly Evaporating Amid Fiscal Storm

With oil prices now barely above $31 per barrel, Azerbaijan’s energy-export economy...

Azerbaijan: Staying Mum on Trump’s Call for a Muslim Travel Ban

US presidential candidate Donald Trump has called for a ban on Muslim...