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Posted 16 January 2013 - 12:40 PM

Mer xndir pit lutsvi shutov hampereeee hogis hampereeee

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 12:42 PM

menak mi ban chem haskanum .. USA amen tary mi qani tasnyak milyon ognutyun te talis azerinerin .. isk sranq 4 bilyon dollar investment en XOSTANUM mexicoyin ?

Andzamb yes hajord mi qani Hangstyan Orer@ ants em katsnelu mexicoyum .. im bilyonikner@ mexicoyum em tsaxselu

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 12:43 PM

When will we close the gap between Nakhjavan and Ijevan???
Nakh- ijevan is a stupid interpretaion.
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Just like that stupid joke about naming Yerevan when that idiot noah yelled YEREVAAAATS!!!.
Yeah right, when his vartik/vorik yerevats.
A joke to much of my disgust was publicly told by HH Garegin I.** In addition to his nasreddin jokes. I should have killed Him then. WHAT AN IDIOT of a Catholicos???
**I have personally heard those idiotic jokes and vomitted

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 11:21 AM

MEXICO MUNICIPALITY TO REMOVE ALIYEV'S STATUE FROM CENTRAL PARK

11:42, 23 January, 2013

YEREVAN, JANUARY 23, ARMENPRESS. On January 23 the Mexico Municipality
made an official announcement and introduced the final decision about
removing Heydar Aliyev's statue from the central park Paseo de la
Reforma of the city. As reports "Armenpress" citing the Mexican media,
among other things the municipality announced about the decision of
changing the signboard of "Khojali" monument, which is located in
Tlaxcoaque square, and the text depicted on the monument itself by
removing word "genocide".

On January 20 the Commission for Human Rights of Mexico Federal Region
discussed the issue of removal of the Azerbaijani former president
Heydar Aliyev's statue from the park. In accordance with the decision
of the commission Heydar Aliyev's statue contradicts to the human
rights, as it was placed without consent of the residents of the city.

It was underscored in the aforesaid decision states that retaining
the statue contradicts to the human rights and memory of the victims
of violence.
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 12:30 PM

Aliyev Removal: Mexico City to relocate late Azeri president’s statue

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Mayor of Mexico City Miguel Angel Mancera said that the city government will relocate a life-size bronze statue of Azerbaijan's former president from the capital’s main avenue.

Russian news agency RIA Novosti quoted Mancera as saying that the new location of the statue of the late Azerbaijani President Heydar Aliyev will be determined later this week. The relocation costs will be paid from the city budget, he added.

In November, an advisory commission issued a recommendation to remove the statue. The rights groups said they were offended by a monument of “dictator” erected in one of the busiest areas in the city.

Azerbaijan has paid around $5 million for the renovation of part of Chapultepec Park, where the statue is currently sitting, and other public works.

The protesters have objected Aliyev’s statue saying that he was an authoritarian figure, who led Azerbaijan first as Communist Party boss during Soviet times and then as president from 1993 until his death in 2003.

Baku warned earlier of damage to Azerbaijan’s relations with Mexico if the statue is removed, including the potential cuts to Azerbaijani investments in Mexico.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 12:54 PM

How about putting it in a public washroom, where everybody can piss on it.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 11:59 AM

Mexico City Will Remove 'Dictator' Statue

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By MANUEL RUEDA (@ruedareport)

A colossal statue of an Eastern European strongman has graced one of
Mexico City's most important avenues since August of last year,
angering or bewildering anyone who has bothered to look into its
background.

The monument depicts Heydar Aliyev, a former president of the oil-rich
nation of Azerbaijan, who is accused of silencing the local press,
profiting from mafia ties and enforcing a cult of personality in the
former Soviet republic.

After several protests by local neighbors -- and a healthy dose of
media coverage -- Mexico City officials have agreed to remove the
statue from its current site on Mexico City's Reforma Avenue, saying
through a press release issued Monday, that they will discuss an
"alternate location" for the statue with the embassy of Azerbaijan.

The Aliyev depiction, nicknamed the "dictator" statue by locals, sits
on the edge of a football-field sized park that was spruced up and
re-landscaped with a $5 million donation from the embassy of
Azerbaijan.

After controversy arose over the statue last year, members of the
committee in charge of overseeing the park's refurbishing said that
they had been informed that a statue of a former Azerbaijani president
would be placed in the park but added that they had not been given any
information on this man's questionable human rights record.

Committee members also said that they tried to stop the project once
they learned about Heydar Aliyev's history, but were ignored by Mayor
Marcelo Ebrard, who had already signed the deal to refurbish the park.

Officials from Mexico City's new government -- which took over from
Ebrard's administration in December -- have openly criticized the
statue, with the city's chief of international relations, Cauhtemoc
Cardenas, saying that this monument "does not honor Mexico City."

But it is worth noting that the statue of President Aliyev was part of
a broader initiative put in place by the previous mayor of Mexico City
to find partners to develop and spruce up green spaces around the
city.

The park in which the Aliyev statue sits is now called the
"Mexico-Azerbaijan Friendship Park." Along its neat rows of flowers
and pines, you will find a snack shop called café Baku, in honor of
Azerbaijan's capital city.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 12:54 PM

Ալիևին հեռացրել են Մեխիկոյի կենտրոնից Ալիևին հեռացրել են Մեխիկոյի կենտրոնից 26 հունվարի 2013 - 13:48 AMT PanARMENIAN.Net - Մեխիկոյի կենտրոնական փողոցի զբոսայգում տեղակայված Ադրբեջանի նախկին նախագահ Հեյդար Ալիևի հուշարձանը այս գիշեր տեղափոխվել է այլ վայր քաղաքի սահմաններում Ալիևի հուշարձանը տեղադրվել էր 2012թ. օգոստոսին Բարեկամության զբոսայգում, այն կանգնեցվել է ադրբեջանական կողմի միջոցներով: Ինչպես ավելի վաղ հայտարարել էր քաղաքապետ Միգել Անխել Մանսերան, հուշարձանը կտեղափովի Մեխիկոյի քաղաքապետարանի միջոցներով: Տեղափոխման պաշտոնական պատճառ է նշվում քաղաքաշինական նորմերի խախտումը: Տեղափոխման աշխատանքների ժամանակ վայրը հսկում էին 200 ոստիկաններ, փակ էր երթևեկությունը մի շարք հարակից փողոցներով: Պաշտոնական տեղեկություններ այն մասին, թե ուր է տեղափոխվում Ալիևի հուշարձանը, դեռ չկա: Սակայն, ավելի վաղ Մեքսիկայում Ադրբեջանի դեսպան Իլգար Մուխտարովը հայտնել էր ՌԻԱ Նովոստի գործակալությանը, որ կառավարության հետ նախնական պայմանավորվածություն է ձեռք բերվել այն մասին, որ քաղաքի սահմանում Ադրբեջանին շենք կտրամադրվի մշակութային կենտրոն բացելու համար, ուր էլ կտեղափոխվի հուշարձանը, հայտնում է ՌԻԱ Նովոստին: Մեխիկոյի քաղաքապետ Միգել Անխել Մանսերան հայտարարել էր, որ քաղաքային իշխանությունները քաղաքի կենտրոնից կտեղափոխեն Ադրբեջանի նախկին նախագահ Հեյդար Ալիևի հուշարձանը: Հունվարի կեսին Մեքսիկայի դաշնային վարչական դատարանը մերժել է ադրբեջանական դեսպանատան բողոքը, որը փորձում էր հասնել նրան, որպեսզի Հեյդար Ալիևի հուշարձանը չապամոնտաժվի: Այս մասին գրում է Cronica-ն: Հուշարձանը նախորդ ամռանը տեղադրվել է Մեխիկոյի կենտրոնական պուրակում: Ընդ որում, հաղորդվում է, որ ադրբեջանական կողմը պուրակի վերակառուցման համար ներդրել է 5 մլն դոլար: Մեքսիկական իշխանությունների՝ Ադրբեջանի երրորդ նախագահի հուշարձանի տեղադրման որոշումը քննադատվել է իրավապաշտպանների կողմից: Ինչպես հաղորդում է Բի-բի-սին, նոյեմբերի վերջին փորձագիտական հնաձնաժողովը խորհուրդ է տվել քաղաքային իշխանություններին Հեյդար Ալիևի հուշարձանը կենտրոնական պուրակից տեղափոխել մեկ այլ վայր: Փորձագետները եկել են այն եզրակացության, որ հուշարձանը ներդաշնակ չէ Մահաթմա Գանդիի, Աբրահամ Լինքոլնի և Մեքսիկայի ազգային հերոսների հուշարձանների հետ: Քաղաքային իշխանություններն առայժմ վերջնական որոշում չեն կայացարել: Ինչպես փոխանցում է ABC.az-ը, ադրբեջանական դեսպանատունը դեմ է հանդես եկել Ալիևի հուշարձանի ապամոնտաժմանը: Եթե հուշարձանը հեռացվի, ապա դա անկասկած կհանգեցնի Մեքսիկայի և Ադրբեջանի հարաբերությունների վատացմանը, ներդրումներ չեն իրականացվի և ծայրահեղ դեպքում դեսպանատունը կփակվի,-նախազգուշացրել է Ադրբեջանի դեսպան Իլգար Մուխտարովը: Շրջանային դատարանը 2012թ նոյեմբերին, դիտարկելով հուշարձանի ապամոնտաժումն արգելող հայցը, որոշում է կայացրել մերժել այն: Նմանատիպ որոշում է կայացրել նաև Դաշնային վարչական դատարանը հունվարի 9-ին:

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 12:54 PM

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 12:55 PM

Azeri ex-president Aliyev’s statue removed from Mexico City center

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January 26, 2013 - 14:44 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - A life-size bronze statue of Azerbaijan's former president Heydar Aliyev was removed from Mexico City’s main avenue to suburbs early Saturday, January 26 morning.
In November, an advisory commission issued a recommendation to remove the statue. The rights groups said they were offended by a monument of “dictator” erected in one of the busiest areas in the city.
Azerbaijan has paid around $5 million for the renovation of part of Chapultepec Park, where the statue is was installed, and other public works.
The protesters have objected Aliyev’s statue saying that he was an authoritarian figure, who led Azerbaijan first as Communist Party boss during Soviet times and then as president from 1993 until his death in 2003.
Baku warned earlier of damage to Azerbaijan's relations with Mexico if the statue is removed, including the potential cuts to Azerbaijani investments in Mexico.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 08:46 AM

Heydar Aliyev Statue Removed from Mexico City Central Park

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MEXICO CITY — Statue of Azerbaijan’s ex-president Heydar Aliyev that has been erected along a main boulevard of the Mexican capital has been removed from the place in thAbout 400 riot police cordoned off the vicinity of Friendship Park on Paseo de la Reforma, Noticieros Televisa reported.
The place where the bronze statue will be permanently relocated is still unknown.
The monument was placed in a park the center of Mexico City last summer. Azerbaijani side reportedly spent about five millions for renovation of the park.
Earlier mayor of Mexico City Miguel Angel Mancera stated that the municipality would cover the removal expenses. The official cause of the removal the city authorities say is the violation of construction norms.
Mexico City’s municipality had set up a commission to consider the issue of removing the monument which aroused indignation of capital’s residents.
The Commission recommended the government to transfer the monument to another place. In response Azerbaijan warned to stop investments in Mexico.
On January 22 the municipality announced it would relocate the monument. They also decided to change the text on the plaque of the Khojalu memorial removing the word “genocide.”


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Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:34 AM

Monumental Mistakes

How Azerbaijan botched its effort to win friends and influence people
in Mexico City

Slate.com
Wednesday,
Jan. 30, 2013

By Joshua Kucera

Last August, a statue of Heydar Aliyev, who ruled Azerbaijan from 1993
to 2003, was erected along Mexico City's grand Paseo de la Reforma, in
a park renamed the `Mexico-Azerbaijan Friendship Park.' Around the
same time, the Azerbaijani government built a second monument in a
different park in memory of Azeri villagers killed by Armenian forces
in 1992; the plaque in front of the statue refers to the massacre as a
`genocide.' Azerbaijan had renovated both public spaces at a cost of
about $5.4 million.

The inauguration of the Aliyev monument was attended by several top
Mexican government officials, including the mayor. But the Mexican
public, then engrossed in a presidential election campaign, paid
little attention to a statue of a man who once led a country 8,000
miles away.

When the nouveau riche attempt to use their money to buy respect and
prestige, it often backfires. Such was the case of the Azerbaijani
government's effort to honor its former president. Because once Mexico
City residents became aware of the statue that had risen in their
midst, they saw the effort for what it was: an authoritarian
government clumsily trying to buy influence and whitewash the legacy
of a dictator.

This past weekend it ended in humiliation for Azerbaijan, when city
workers, guarded by 200 police in riot gear, loaded the monument onto
a flatbed truck in the middle of the night and carted it away. `Now
everybody talks about Azerbaijan, but in a bad way,' said Guillermo
Osorno, a prominent journalist and member of a government commission
appointed to study the monuments.

Aliyev's legacy is a complex one. Most Azeris credit him with leading
their country, an oil-rich ex-Soviet republic wedged in between Russia
and Iran, out of a deep crisis in the 1990s, when Azerbaijan's economy
collapsed and the country lost a disastrous war with Armenia. Aliyev's
steady hand put the country on a path to prosperity; the country
enjoyed double-digit GDP growth for more than a decade. But he was
also a ruthless dictator, true to his roots as a former head of Soviet
Azerbaijan's KGB.

Azerbaijan is now led by Aliyev's son, Ilham, who has aggressively
built up a cult of personality to his father. Heydar Aliyev's presence
is ubiquitous in Azerbaijan. Posters and billboards of the
ex-president look down at citizens everywhere, every city has a major
street named after him, and there are more than 60 museums and
cultural centers across the country that bear his name. In 2008, Baku
State University created a `Department of Aliyev Studies.'

But the internationalization of his cult of personality is a newer
development. Over the last several years, Azerbaijan has arranged for
at least 14 statues of Aliyev to be erected around the world, mainly
in the Middle East and the former communist world. Mexico City's was
the one farthest away from Azerbaijan and the first in the Western
hemisphere.

Along with the Aliyev cult of personality, Azerbaijan also has been
trying to advance its own interpretation of disputed recent
history. In particular, it has sought international recognition of the
1992 massacre of hundreds of Azeri civilians in the village of Khojaly
as a genocide. While certainly a war crime, the massacre-by official
Azerbaijani accounts, 485 were killed=80'falls several orders of
magnitude short of what is conventionally considered an attempt to
wipe out an entire people. The massacre took place during the war over
the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, which Azerbaijan ultimately lost
and the recapture of which is now the country's top priority. So the
real aim of the Khojaly campaign appears to be a weakening of
Armenia's greatest claim to moral authority: its own genocide, when
between 600,000 and 1.5 million Armenians were killed by Ottoman
forces in 1915.

Until recently, Azerbaijan had been making good progress in advancing
its agenda in Mexico. Mexico's Senate in 2011 passed a resolution
calling Khojaly a `genocide,' one of only a handful of governments in
the world to do so. (Mexico has never formally recognized the events
of 1915 as such.) The same year, Mexico City's Museum of Memory and
Tolerance hosted an event commemorating Khojaly.

But Azerbaijan seems to have overreached with the Aliyev statue. The
monument initially drew little notice=80'as early as April, four
months before it was erected, the Azerbaijani Embassy said it wanted a
monument to Aliyev in the park. But the controversy only began in
early September, a couple of weeks after the statue's inauguration.

Osorno was tipped off by members of the park council who were unhappy
that the city government had pushed the statue through over their
objections. A few minutes of research led him to the New York Times
obituary for Aliyev, which he quoted in his first column about the
statue:

His authoritarian rule was characterized by contradictory
trends. While it undoubtedly brought a measure of stability to
Azerbaijan, political life remained turbulent, with frequent reports
of coup and assassination attempts against Mr. Aliyev and equally
frequent complaints by his opponents about electoral malpractice,
human rights abuses and a muzzled press.

Mexico City's intelligentsia is sensitive to such practices, having
only recently emerged from a decades-long dictatorship
itself. Moreover, Mexico's capital is a liberal oasis; in 2009 it
legalized gay marriage.

`This is a city that prides itself on its liberty, and we don't like
the symbolism of having Heydar Aliyev in Chapultepec,' he said,
referring to the park. `The monument is appalling-in bad taste and in
a very strategic position,' on Mexico City's stateliest avenue, near
statues of Gandhi and Winston Churchill.

The controversy grew and soon became a cause célèbre among the city's
chattering classes, leading to a steady stream of opinion articles and
talk-radio debates. A three-member commission of prominent
intellectuals (Osorno being one) was formed to study the matter and in
November issued recommendations to remove the Aliyev statue and to
change the wording on the Khojaly monument from `genocide' to
`massacre.'

Azerbaijan's ambassador to Mexico, Ilgar Mukhtarov, tried to defend
the statue =80' unsuccessfully. In an interview, Mukhtarov claimed
that the silent majority of Mexicans was behind him, though he wasn't
able to provide evidence of supporters other than the handful of
Azerbaijani expats living there. He claimed that the controversy was
ginned up by the country's Armenian community, a standard Azerbaijani
government trope. (Mexico's Armenian community is tiny and diffuse but
well-connected: The former rector of the country's top university,
Jose Sarukhan Kermez, is of Armenian descent and has campaigned
against the statue. Still, his role was hardly decisive.) He also
claimed that the city of Cleveland has a Heydar Aliyev park (not true)
and acknowledged that Aliyev's record wasn't perfect, but neither was
that of many Mexican presidents who have statues in the city. Aliyev
`is our national hero, not Mexico's, and it's our right to recognize
our national leader,' Mukhtarov told me.

Azerbaijan's most convincing argument is that a deal is a deal: It's
not Azerbaijan's fault that Mexicans didn't pay attention to the
statue until after it was built. During my meeting with him, Mukhtarov
said that he would not accept any outcome other than the statue
staying where it was, and if Mexico City were to remove the monument,
the embassy would take the matter to an `international court.' But
since the statue was removed early Sunday morning, he seems to have
softened his stance, telling the Russian press that he is working with
the city to establish an Azeri cultural center, which would be the new
home of the statue. The fate of the Khojaly `genocide' memorial is
still an open question.

Today, Aliyev's monument sits in a warehouse in Mexico City's
Department of Housing and Urban Development. A Web video
(http://www.elunivers...lle.php?d=34769) of the statue's
removal shows it being unloaded into a dirt yard, strewn with debris
and stacks of bricks. It's an ignominious fate for the hero of a
nation.


Joshua Kucera is a freelance writer based in Washington, D.C.

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 10:55 AM

18:16 06/02/2013 » Society
‘‘Animal Politico’’: In Mexico new conflict is brewing with Azerbaijan in connection with installation of another monument


In the Mexican state of Guerrero new conflict is brewing with government of Azerbaijan similar to the conflict concerning the monument of Heydar Aliyev in Mexico City, the Mexican news site Animal Politico reports.

“According to documents the “Animal Politico” holds, the Guerrero Governor Angel Aguirre agreed to establish famous Azerbaijani poet Nizami Gyanjev’s monument in Acapulco,” the site reports.

It says that it is stated in the letter signed by the Ambassador of Azerbaijan Ilgar Muhtarov on May 17, in 2012.

Monument to Heydar Aliyev which was installed in one of the central parks of Mexico City in August 2012 was removed by the decision of the city authorities in late January.

Azerbaijan has spent about $ 5 million on the reconstruction of two parks in Mexico City, after which it was allowed to install a monument there. Several protests were held in the capital of Mexico during which the participants claimed they did not want to see the statue of a dictator, who had ruled thousands of miles away from their country, next to the monuments of their heroes.
As a result, a special commission was formed which recommended Mexico City to deinstall the statue of the former Azerbaijani President Heydar Aliyev, and noted that the government made a mistake by taking money and allowing a foreign government to decide to which political and historical figures should be rendered homage in Mexican capital.

In mid-January, Foreign Minister of Mexico gave absolute freedom to the Government of Mexico City to make a decision concerning Aliyev’s controversial statue. The Azerbaijani Ambassador to Mexico Ilgar Mukhtarov said that the Embassy has decided to appeal to international organizations to get solution to the problem he even threatened to break relations with the countries. In mid-January the Legislative Assembly of Mexico City turned to the government of the city with an appeal to deinstall the statue.

At the end of September 2012, in Canada, bust of Heydar Aliyev, installed a year ago, was dismantled too, as the authorities of the Niagara city considered it to be a statue of a dictator.
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Posted 06 February 2013 - 06:50 PM

in a country where "f your president" is a major curse phrase, what do you expect...



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Posted 07 February 2013 - 09:53 AM

16:21 07/02/2013 » Society
In Turkish textbooks Heydar Aliyev is presented as ‘‘dictator’’ alongside with Saddam Hussein and Pinochet


Former President of Azerbaijan, “National leader” Heydar Aliyev is presented as an example of a modern dictator alongside with Saddam Hussein and Pinochet in the textbooks of “Constitutional Law” for the law students of Turkish universities.

According to Azadlyg, photos have appeared in the social networks, where the pages of the textbook are clearly visible. There under the definition of autocrat the photo of Heydar Aliev is depicted who is also called a “dictator” just like Saddam Hussein and Pinochet.

“During the dictatorship all the functions of the executive and judicial powers are in the hands of one person. Dictators, in contrast to the autocrats, do not inherit the power or get it in the result of elections, but they get it in a result of using the unstable and difficult condition that exists in the country. Dictators in the right wing may be known as the Nazis or National Socialists, and in the left wing may be known as communists. Today dictators can rely on a certain ideology. However, these individuals who control the power and sovereignty of the state form the controlling system, not compatible with humanity. Examples: Saddam Hussein, Heydar Aliyev, Pinochet…” the Turkish textbook says.
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Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:00 AM

ON SECOND THOUGHT, MAYBE ACCEPTING $5 MILLION TO ERECT A STATUE OF A FOREIGN DICTATOR'S DAD ISN'T SUCH A GREAT IDEA

http://www.theatlant...reat-idea/4530/
HENRY GRABARJAN 30, 2013
Reuters

He's the deceased dictator of Azerbaijan. She's the most beautiful
street in Mexico City. Not even $5 million in oil money could keep
them together.

After five tumultuous months, a bronze likeness of Heydar Aliyev,
the former KGB officer who ruled Azerbaijan with an iron fist from
1993 to 2003, was quietly removed from the Paseo de la Reforma in
Mexico City earlier this week.

Aliyev's ousting, which occurred early on Saturday morning behind a
phalanx of 300 riot police, was a victory for Mexican protesters who
had decried the Azeri leader's reputation on human rights and freedom
of the press. For the Mexico City government, it was an embarrassing
conclusion to a controversial deal that put the city's monumental
space up for sale.

But the most enthusiastic reaction may have come from within
Azerbaijan, where monuments to the former president are as common
an element of the urban landscape as mailboxes and lampposts, and
freedom of expression is tightly restricted.

An incomplete map of statues of Heyder Aliyev in this country of nine
million, via Wikimedia Commons.

On Facebook and Twitter, Azeris widely shared photos of Mexican
contractors removing the 12-foot-tall statue. "It was exciting news
for the democratic portion of society," Azeri journalist and translator
Ismayil Jabrayilov writes in an email.

Even 8,000 miles away, the image of the dictator's statue hoisted
(if not quite tumbling) down brought back memories of the fall of the
Soviet Union. "From the comments on the photos you can see how people
are recalling how the statues of Stalin, Lenin were brought down,"
says Jabrayilov. "They wish to see the destruction of Aliyev's statues
in Azerbaijan as well."

Khadija Ismayilova, the country's premier investigative journalist,
echoed those thoughts. "It was perceived as a 'start of fall of the
dictatorship's movement,'" she tells me. "You could see wishes to
see those scenes in Baku."

The Azeri satirist Zamin Haci, sharing the Mexican news report on his
Facebook page, recommended watching three times a day for good health.

There were no reports of the incident on the main English-language
Azeri news sites. Reporters Without Borders' Press Freedom Index
ranks Azerbaijan 162nd out of 179 countries -- lower than Pakistan,
Afghanistan, and Iraq. Current president Ilham Aliyev, Heyder's son
and successor, was named "Corruption's Person of the Year," by the
Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, based in Sarajevo
and Bucharest.

The younger Aliyev has been eager to export his father's cult of
personality. He has commissioned monuments of filial devotion in
Kiev, Tblisi, Belgrade and a handful of other countries. In Istanbul,
Aliyev's likeness is the centerpiece of an eponymous park.

Parque del Amistad, Mexico City, in happier times. (Reuters)

When the opportunity arose to secure a place on the magnificent
Paseo de la Reforma, Ilgar Mukhtarov, Azeri ambassador to Mexico,
jumped to commit funding. "I was delighted because I was looking for
a place to show off my country," he said at the opening ceremony of
"Friendship Park: Mexico-Azerbaijan" in August, standing alongside
Mexico City mayor Marcelo Ebrard.

This is another source of frustration to those watching from
Azerbaijan, to whom the younger Aliyev's program to increase the elder
Aliyev's profile is a waste of government money. "The people are also
angered by the fact that so much money is spent for these statues,"
Jabrayilov explains. "The government could have spent this money
on education."

"Who knows how many students could have studied abroad with this amount
of money?" asked one Facebook commenter. "It would be better to send
100 students to study abroad instead of erecting this monument,"
wrote another.

At least one hundred. Azerbaijan spent nearly $6 million on various
capital improvements around Mexico City alone, which, according to
Ebrard, is more than any of the other 180 diplomatic missions or 45
NGOs have committed toward public space in the capital.

Ebrard, the ambitious, left-leaning mayor of the Mexican capital who
is said to be mulling a run for president, thought he had pioneered a
clever method to pay for much-needed improvements in public parks. The
city had recently accepted a similar proposal from Vietnam that
incorporates a statue of Ho Chi Minh. At the ceremony in August,
Ebrard lauded Aliyev as a "great political leader, a statesman."

Residents and voices in the Mexican media, including the influential
Grupo de Cien, a union of artists and intellectuals, felt differently.

Homero Aridjis, the founder of Grupo de Cien, told the L.A. Times in
October that the presence of the statue, not far from likenesses of
Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, and Mahatma Gandhi, was insulting.

"We have enough bad symbols here in Mexico," he told the newspaper.

"We don't need to import them from outside."

Another community activist said the gesture was akin to placing a
statue of Idi Amin on the National Mall. The U.S. ambassador had a
different comparison for the Aliyevs, revealed in the Wikileaks cable
dump: the Corleone family, of Godfather fame.

The beginning of the end for Heydar Aliyev on the Paseo de la Reforma.

The marble outline of Azerbaijan remains. (Reuters)

Facing outspoken criticism, Ebrard soon changed his tune. "This is
a liberal city; this is a city which has nothing to do with anything
that could be called a dictatorship," he told the New York Times in
November. "We believe in democracy and human rights." He admitted his
government should have considered the deal more thoroughly, and said
it was a "mistake."

Mukhtarov, meanwhile, blamed the controversy on the "strong Armenian
lobby." Azerbaijan and Armenia have been at war since 1991 over a
piece of land called Nagorno-Karabakh. This is true to form, says
Khadija Ismayilova. "The government here always blames its failures
with something related to a foreign enemy," she says.

Naturally, the Azeris were not pleased when the Distrito Federal
finally lifted the former president onto a flatbed truck early
on Saturday morning, following the recommendation of an advisory
commision and in accordance with a City Council decision. Mexico City
had signed an agreement to keep the statue in that spot for 99 years;
in reality, it lasted less than six months.

There were reports that the former Soviet republic had threatened to
cut off foreign investment in Mexico, which totals over $4 billion,
or even close its embassy in the Mexican capital.

But the only news out of Azerbaijan since the statue was removed is
the announcement, via Ambassador Mukhtarov, that Mexico had suggested
creating an "Azerbaijani Cultural Center." "Our embassy is currently
negotiating with the city leadership of Mexico over the issue,"
News.Az reported. Mexican officials had previously suggested an
Azerbaijani cultural center as a new, indoor home for the statue.

In the meantime, the statue of Heydar Aliyev will await a permanent
home in a warehouse at the Office of Urban Development. The DF plans
to relocate the statue to another public place once the fuss has died
down -- presumably one of lesser visibility.

Jose Ramon Amieva, the legal director of Mexico City's government, said
he has not yet received a request for reimbursement from Azerbaijan.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:33 AM

HEYDAR HADRAT

Igor Muradyan
Wednesday, 06 February 2013, 11:17


Heydar Aliyev is said to be canonized in Azerbaijan. Eventually, in
the course of time the Aliyev family will be declared "holy
family". I remember a meeting with a prominent member of the
Azerbaijani opposition Rasul Guliyev, ex-speaker of Azerbaijan,
political emigrant, legitimate millionaire and sponsor of many
political parties in Azerbaijan. The meeting was in Washington, at
Johns Hopkins University, and was organized by Charles Fairbanks,
then-Director of Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at Johns Hopkins
University. Rasul Guliyev was known to be looking for contacts with
Armenian organizations in the U.S., and at that time he came from New
York to meet with an Armenian organization in Washington. He asked
me, "You used to live in Baku. What do you think about Heydar
Aliyev? It is interesting to know the opinion of an Armenian expert
who knows the truth about Azerbaijan at different stages of H.

Aliyev's activities." I answered, "Whatever Heydar Aliyev has ever
done was complete trickery. He tried to mislead his leadership at KGB
about "outstanding" achievements with regards to Iran and Iraqi
Kurdistan. He created a fake economy during Brezhnev's tenure. He
set up a false social-cultural model in Azerbaijan. Actually, he
misled the Azerbaijani people by promises of military success in the
Karabakh war. He presented international oil projects as a means of
resolving the Karabakh issue and achieving prosperity." R. Guliev
was very excited and begged not to use these opinions in
publications, as he himself would like to use those thoughts.

According to him, he had just heard what he had always felt but could
not utter it in such a laconic way." I never learned whether Guliyev
used these "theses". But Heydar Aliyev has always used the method
of misleading everyone all through his tenure. The peak of this
family business called trickery will be the "combat readiness" of
the armed forces of Azerbaijan. All that is left for Azeri people is
to believe that pilgrimage to Heydar- Hadrat tomb will cure illnesses
and will bring them prosperity.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:05 AM

16:35 08/02/2013 » Society
Expert: Azerbaijan invests in economy of countries that agree to install monument to Heydar Aliyev


During the forthcoming visit of Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic in Baku, a visit which the Azerbaijani side considers as a “very important” one, an agreement is to be signed on “Friendship and Strategic Partnership,” the Azerbaijani Ambassador to Serbia Eldar Hasanov told Moderator.az. The ambassador also said that in honor to the Serbian-Azerbaijani friendship a monument to the famous Serbian inventor Nikola Tesla will be installed in Baku.
As the Faktxeber.com reports, Azerbaijan also gave Serbia a loan of 308 million Euros, for a period of 25 years at 4% per annum for the construction of a road. The site also reminds that in 2011, in one of the parks in Belgrade a monument that was of three meters height was installed to the former Azerbaijani President Heydar Aliyev. At the opening ceremony of the monument was present also the current President Ilham Aliyev. Reconstruction of the park cost the Azerbaijani budget 2 million dollars. During the visit of Serbian President solemn opening ceremony of a park will be held where Nikola Tesla’s monument is to be installed.
The head of the research center “Atlas” Elkhan Shahinoglu considers multimillion investments of Azerbaijan in Serbian economy in return for political support, inappropriate. According to him, Azerbaijan invests in the economy of countries which agree to install a monument to Heydar Aliyev. “This kind of exchange of monuments can cause problems in Serbia as well, just like it happened in Mexico where around $ 5 million was spent over the reconstruction of the park, but still, monument to Heydar Aliyev was removed. Who will return us the money, no one knows,” the expert said.
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Posted 12 February 2013 - 10:33 AM

TURKISH EXPERTS ACCUSE HEYDAR ALIYEV IN MURDERING EX-PRESIDENT OF TURKEY

17:08 11/02/2013

Shocking information was announced about the last Azerbaijani President
Heydar Aliyev on the Turkish TV channel "Ulke TV". On February 7, in
the program "Special Edition", the issue concerning the poisoning of
the dead Turkish President Turgut Ozal was discussed. You can watch
the video here.

According to Azadlyg writer Omer Ozkaya says that Turgut Ozal was
poisoned by mixing poison with the lemonade which he got from the
hands of the "trusted person in the Azerbaijani leadership." As a
result of inquiry Ozkaya came to the conclusion that that person
was Heydar Aliyev. The evidence for this hypothesis the Turkish side
received from the intelligence services of Bulgaria from whom it had
actually obtained the poison.


According to Turkish expert, after having transferred this information,
the Bulgarian secret service agent was found dead.

According to the official version, he committed suicide, but the
examination showed that he was killed.

Azerbaijani authorities hastened to refute the information that Turgut
Ozal was poisoned in Baku by Heydar Aliyev. Allegedly, Aliyev was
not in Baku during this time, as far as in 1992 he was the head of
the Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic.

Recently it was reported that in the textbook of "Constitutional Law"
for law students of Turkish universities the former president of
Azerbaijan, "National leader" Heydar Aliyev is brought as an example
of a modern dictator in the same line with Saddam Hussein and Pinochet.

Source: Panorama.am

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 01:30 PM

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