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Durna Safarova

Attacks in Azerbaijan raise accusations of Islamist extremism, government skullduggery

Two policemen have reportedly been killed in Azerbaijan's second city, Ganja, following...

Azerbaijan suffers blackout, and political blame game begins

Azerbaijan suffered a massive, country-wide blackout after an explosion at a power...

Azerbaijan boosts carpet making, but at what cost?

Azerbaijan has a long history of carpet making, with generations of artisans...

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...