Statue of a Dictator
Posted 19 February 2013 - 05:59 PM
Posted 19 February 2013 - 06:00 PM
01:21, February 20, 2013
By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier
Money may help solve some problems, but does not solve them all. And sometimes it backfires!
Azerbaijan is the perfect example of a filthy rich country using its billions of petrodollars to win over foreign politicians and individuals in all walks of life in an attempt to improve its shoddy image around the world. In fact, the term "caviar diplomacy" was specially coined to describe the "goodies" that Azeri officials regularly and generously distribute to achieve their sinister purposes.
For example, Baku paid $5 million to Mexico City to renovate a park on condition that the statue of former President Heydar Aliyev be displayed in that prominent location. After Mexican activists became aware of this unseemly deal, the dictator’s statue was dismantled and unceremoniously dumped in storage.
Azeri officials are finding out that not everyone can be bought and there still are some honorable people in this world who cannot be bribed! One such person with impeccable integrity is Peter Savodnik of the New York Times. Earlier this month, the American journalist was invited to Baku by Ibrahim Ibrahimov, an Azeri multi-billionaire, in order to get the New York Times to write a puff piece on his gargantuan construction project.
Unimpressed by the excesses of the nouveau riche Azeri oligarch, Savodnik wrote a scathing article ridiculing Ibrahimov’s grotesque vision. Here are brief excerpts from the reporter’s lengthy article:
Ibrahimov is planning to build "a sprawling, lobster-shaped development called Khazar Islands -- an archipelago of 55 artificial islands in the Caspian Sea with thousands of apartments, at least eight hotels, a Formula One racetrack, a yacht club, an airport and the tallest building on earth, Azerbaijan Tower, which will rise 3,445 feet. When the whole project is complete… 800,000 people will live at Khazar Islands, and there will be hotel rooms for another 200,000. …It will cost about $100 billion."
Savodnik reports that the day before he arrived in Azerbaijan, Ibrahimov’s representative flew to Moscow to hand-deliver a book and DVD on the Khazar Islands project. Once in Baku, the journalist was struck by the oligarch’s lavish lifestyle -- "sitting in the back seat of a black Rolls-Royce as it tore across island No. 1 of his soon-to-be built archipelago. Nigar Huseynli, his 23-year-old assistant, was sitting up front in a black and white floral-print skirt, black tights and rectangular black sunglasses. She seemed to be vaguely worried, always. She wore a great deal of perfume that, she said, came from Italy. ‘When he's in Azerbaijan,’Huseynli said, ‘Mr. Ibrahimov always drives in his black Rolls-Royce. In Dubai, he has a red one.’"
Sporting "blue Stefano Ricci crocodile-skin shoes that matched his blue Stefano Ricci jeans, blue Zilli jacket and blue Zilli button-down shirt," Ibrahimov told Savodnik that the Azerbaijan Tower would definitely be in Guinness World Records. If the Saudis or Emiratis or anyone anywhere tried to build a bigger building, Ibrahimov said he would then build an even bigger one!
Savodnik writes that the Azeri oligarch described Pres. Ilham Aliyev, the Boss of All Bosses, as "a great supporter, an ally, the son of the savior of the people of Azerbaijan." When the NY Times reporter asked Ibrahimov "about other features of his regime: the lack of transparency, the lack of civil liberties, the detention of opposition activists," his response was typical of all oligarchs: "I don't know anything about politics."
The American journalist boldly slammed both Ibrahimov and his country: Azerbaijan "builds nothing that the rest of the world wants and has no internationally recognized universities. It does, however, have oil." In a follow up article, Savodnik concluded: "Underneath all the glass and steel and neon lights, it [Azerbaijan] is still an authoritarian state."
This is not the first time The New York Times has published an exposé of Azerbaijan. In an October 27, 2003 editorial, the newspaper wrote: "Ilham Aliyev, businessman, playboy and novice politician, received a nice gift from his father -- the country of Azerbaijan. Heydar Aliyev had ruled Azerbaijan almost continuously for 34 years, first as an agent of the Soviet Politburo and then as an autocrat in his own right. When he became too ill to continue, he anointed his son to run for president in his place. Ilham Aliyev ran a rigged campaign, using all the powers of the state, and then celebrated his victory by arresting most of the opposition."
The New York Times concluded its scathing editorial by urging the United States to keep Pres. Aliyev "at arm's length and avoid repeating the unfortunate history of supporting autocrats who sit atop oil riches." Regrettably, this warning went unheeded by successive US administrations.
Posted 22 February 2013 - 09:15 AM
17:48 21/02/2013 " SOCIETY
The Aliyev family has been having its way with the Azerbaijanis for
decades. Heydar Aliyev, the family patriarch, was a Communist Party
boss in the best of Stalinist traditions from the 1960s, and president
of Azerbaijan from 1993 to 2003. His son, Ilham Aliyev came out of
the security apparatus, which left him well positioned to take over
from his father, the New Internationalist says.
"Good contacts in the security apparatus have proved more important
than democratic credentials in much of former Soviet Asia. The
countries of the Caucasus, where Azerbaijan is perched on the western
shores of the Caspian Sea, must walk a thin line between Russia in
the north and the Islamic world further south, while at the same
time making nice with a Europe hungry for oil and gas, and a US
empire obsessed with geo-political positioning. Little wonder the
desires and needs of ordinary Azerbaijanis get lost in the shuffle,"
the paper says.
"Election-rigging, torture of opponents, widespread corruption and
ostentatious displays of power and wealth have marked the family rule
of both Heydar (who died in 2003) and his son," the magazine writes.
Ilham keeps on top of things today with a slight democratic veneer
for foreign consumption but the name of the game remains the same -
autocratic self-enrichment by a narrow ruling circle. Transparency
International rates Azerbaijan as the sixth most corrupt country in
"The name of the beneficent Aliyevs is everywhere. If you are lucky
enough to fly to the country's capital, Baku (a fine old city made
prosperous by petro-dollars), you get to land at Heydar Aliyev
International Airport. While in town you can attend a seminar at the
Heydar Aliyev Heritage Research Center. Then perhaps a visit to the
beautiful $250-million Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center. You get the
idea," the author says.
According to the author there is no need to go all the way to Baku
to pay homage to the dead dictator. The statues that are popping up
in capitals all over the world - Cairo, Belgrade, Mexico City - have
locals scratching their heads. "Who is this guy, anyway?" wonders
"Like so many oil-rich places, Azerbaijanis find oil a mixed blessing.
It means a high per-capita income and great potential, if equitable
development policies were in place. But in practice it has meant a
petro-state with all the trimmings: kleptocracy, inequality, boss-type
politics and environmental degradation," the article says.
According to the article At just over $5,000, the per-capita income is
high for the region, but there is much rural poverty beyond the glitz
of Baku and a large refugee problem (set officially at over 600,000)
- mostly as a result of the war with neighboring Armenia over the
disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Ilham's rule, despite going through the motions of democracy, has
been marked by the absolute repression of anyone calling for the
real thing. Opposition parties have consistently failed to gain
any representation at all running against Aliyev's New Azerbaijan
Party and his 85-per-cent-plus votes in presidential elections are
typical dictator-style numbers. When the Arab Spring spilled over into
Azerbaijan there were no concessions from Ilham's government: just a
major clampdown, with some 400 protesters still languishing in prison.
Freedom of the press and internet are now severely restricted and
independent journalists are subject to beatings, imprisonment and
The article also notes that the Aliyevs have always been cunning
players of the nationalist card. In September 2012 Ilham officially
pardoned Lieutenant Ramil Safarov, who had been convicted of murdering
a sleeping Armenian soldier on a 2004 NATO-sponsored language course
in Hungary. "Ilham got the Hungarians to send him home to serve out
the rest of his sentence and promptly granted him not only his freedom
but a promotion to Army Major, back pay and a new flat. Azerbaijani
nationalists were ecstatic, Armenians outraged and the Hungarian
government embarrassed over rumours of a large loan of Azerbaijani
oil money," New Internationalist says.
Posted 22 February 2013 - 09:29 AM
21:24, 21 February, 2013
YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 21, ARMENPRESS: Baku has replaced it's "caviar
diplomacy", implemented in European structures, with "cultural
diplomacy". The 11th-12th century church of Saint Paterne in the
sleepy hamlet of Bellou-sur-Huisne in France's western region of
Normandy seems like a typical medieval-era edifice in this heavily
forested, agricultural area. But there is something special about
it: Heydar Aliyev Fund has allocated a vast sum of money for its
restoration. As reports Armenpress, freelance journalist covering the
Caucasus and Central Asia Regis Gente noted in his article published
in eurasianet.org web site.
Azerbaijan's arts and culture campaign dates back to 2007, when the
Heydar Aliyev Fund, which is run by First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva,
granted an undisclosed sum to the Palace of Versailles for the
restoration of "works of art." Two years later, the Fund made a
40,000-euro ($53,776) gift for the restoration of three stained glass
windows in the northeastern city of Strasbourg's Cathedrale de Notre
Dame, a gem of Gothic architecture. Subsequently, there has been a
1-million-euro (over $1.34 million) gift to the Louvre, and a lavish
traveling cultural exhibition, among the initiatives that have been
"All this things are done by Aliyev's family in order to keep
international and local human rights activists silent and to create
the rating of "stable democracy in Islamic extremism chaos". Nowadays,
world's outstanding press writes about international initiations of
Tale Heydarov, son of the powerful Azerbaijani Minister of Emergency
Situations Kamaladdin Heydarov and son of Transport Minister. While
the source of money and "backgrounds" of entrepreneurs is not being
mentioned," writes the author of article.
Posted 07 March 2013 - 10:45 AM
19:46 06/03/2013 " SOCIETY
According to some reports Hugo Chavez died nearly three months ago.
Ambassador of Panama to the Organization of American States Guillermo
Koches said last week that brain death was recorded with Chavez in
late December, according to the site "tvrain.ru".
The article notes that this is not the first time that the leader
of the state de facto dies before announcing the news to the people,
and brings the example of the death of the President of Azerbaijan,
"No less favorable was the death of his father for Azerbaijani
President Ilham Aliyev. In 2003, shortly before the death of Heydar
Aliyev, the authorities carried out an operation "Successor," the
The author stresses that at first the President Heidar Aliyev who was
sick by that time was taken to Ankara, from where the news came that
he had appointed his son Ilham as Prime Minister. Then, Heydar Aliyev
was taken to Cleveland, where he was as long as presidential elections
were held. He himself was to participate in them, but according to
the official statements refused in favor of his son. During all this
time, the president did not appear in public. It was only after the
victory of President Ilham Aliyev that the news about his father's
death was announced.
Posted 16 March 2013 - 10:35 AM
Azerbaijan continues the tour of ‘‘stone diplomacy’’: they shelled out on monument in Montenegro this time
Azerbaijan continues the tour of "stone diplomacy": a monument to Azerbaijani poet Huseyn Javid will be installed in Montenegro, the representative of the Research Center for Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) Eliza-Ronald Hannon said at article in the side of “Azeri Report”.
"The Azerbaijani government will pay for the reconstruction of the Royal Park and for the area of the Street where the monument will be installed. Government of Montenegro refuses to present the cost of the project, but says that it is a multimillion project", says the article.
The author notes that the Azerbaijani government has establish monuments in many countries in recent years, including Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. However, these were monuments to former President Heydar Aliyev. "It seems that this is the new policy of the government: as soon as they receive a friendly attitude in any of European countries they immediately install there Heydar Aliyev’s statue. His monuments are everywhere in Azerbaijan, and now the tradition is exported. This is a continuation of the policy of creation of a cult to the personality of the late president," says the Azerbaijani blogger Ali Novruzov.
The article notes that one of such statues was in media’s limelight last month, when the Mexico government removed Aliyev’s monument in response to mass criticism. The protestors claimed that tributes of honor paid to authoritarian leader are offensive for them. "It seems that the fear of similar protests forced the Azerbaijani and Montenegrin governments to refuse installment of another statue of Aliyev in favor of a more suitable statue of a poet, Hussein,” says Ronald-Hannon.
As the author notes both Heydar Aliyev and his son Ilham Aliyev, the current president of Azerbaijan, are known for their dictatorial style of government. Heydar Aliyev was a KGB general. He came to power in the Soviet era, and got rid of his opponents in the pretext of fighting against the corruption. "His son, Ilham, who inherited the presidency, was compared with the head of the Mafia by the U.S. diplomatic sources. During his ruling, Azerbaijan was criticized for abusing the human rights, including the practice of arrests of journalists and civil society activists,” the article says.
However, according to the author, the most blatant corruption is characteristic to Aliyev regime. Recent collaborative research OCCRP and "Radio LIberty" showed that the President of Azerbaijan and his clan have amassed considerable wealth through the privatization of state enterprises and secret ownership of stakes in major businesses of the country. In addition, the ruling clan owns property in the Czech Republic.
"Despite all this, the Azerbaijani authorities continue to promote their image of a wealthy and generous neighbor. Formation of the personality cult of Ilham in Azerbaijan, based on the model of his father, worked, and now the process enters into the virtual space,” the article says.
According to the professor of the Washington University, an expert on post-Soviet countries Katie Pierce, the opposition dominated on the online space for many years. "But two years ago, the youth wing of the ruling party decided to become more active in social media," she said.
Their actions became apparent after OCCRP called Aliyev "corrupt official of the year." Media organization and media, who wrote about it, were buried with about 6,000 e-mails as a part of an organized campaign.
The author also touched upon Azerbaijan's intention to establish a resort center in Montenegro. The project costs 4 billion Euros. According to the article, the fact that the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan won the tender remains questionable, as it did not correspond to the basic requirements of the tender. "It is easy to manipulate by money from Azerbaijan,” Milka Tadic said, adding that when the Montenegrin authorities need money, they often ask for Aliyev’s support.
Monument to Heydar Aliyev which was installed in one of the central parks of Mexico City in August 2012 caused bewilderment among the residents. 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, statue of the former Azerbaijani President Heydar Aliyev was deinstalled. 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 dictatorship.
Posted 16 March 2013 - 10:44 AM
19:47, March 15, 2013
By Eliza Ronalds-Hannon
Azerbaijan continued its tour of stone-carved diplomacy this week
with an announcement it will fund and build a statue in Montenegro
of Javid Huseyn, an Azeri poet who was killed during Stalin's purges.
The statue will sit in King's Park, which the Azeri government is
also paying to rebuild along with the street on which it sits. The
Montenegrin government declined to give specifics regarding the cost
of the project, but said it would be a multi-million dollar endeavor.
The Azeri government has installed statues in many other countries in
recent years, including Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. But all of
those statues were of the former president, Heydar Aliyev. "It seems
like a new policy of the government that whenever they get friendly
with some European nation, they immediately install Heydar Aliyev's
statue there," said Azeri blogger Ali Novruzov. "In Azerbaijan they
put his statue everywhere, and now they are exporting the tradition,"
he said. "It's a continuation of the domestic policy that created a
cult of personality around the late president."
One such statue made headlines last month, when Mexico City
authorities removed an Aliyev monument in response to widespread
criticism. Protesters said they were offended by the statue, which
honored a man known for his authoritarian rule and rampant human
It was likely the fear of similar such protests that persuaded the
Azeri and Montenegrin governments to forego another Aliyev statue
this time, in favor of the more palatable poet Huseyn. "It would
be too much, even for Montenegro," said Milka Tadic, the editor of
Monenegro's The Monitor magazine. "The poet is easier to sell."
Both Heydar Aliyev and his son Ilham, the current president of
Azerbaijan, are known for their absolutist styles and dictatorial
regimes. Heydar was a KGB general, and rose to leadership while
Azerbaijan was part of the Soviet Union. From his seat of power,
he purged his opponents under the guise of anti-corruption programs.
His son Ilham, who inherited the presidency, has been compared to a
mafia crime boss in US diplomatic cables. Under his rule, Azerbaijan
has been criticized for human rights abuses, including the practice
of routinely imprisoning journalists and civic activists. .
But even more endemic to Aliyev's regime is the government's blatant
corruption. Recent OCCRP/Radio Free Europe investigations have shown
the President and his family amassing important assets through the
privatization of state-owned industries and holding secret stakes in
the country's largest businesses. The ruling family has also heavily
invested in foreign properties in places like the Czech Republic,
a favorite destination for elites looking to hide cash.
Despite all this, the Azeri government presses forward with efforts to
promote its image as a wealthy and generous neighbor. In Azerbaijan,
the cult of personality Ilham has built using his father's model
appears to be working, and now it has moved to the virtual world. .
"For many years, the online space was dominated by opposition," said
Katy Pearce, a professor at Washington University and an expert on
technology in former Soviet nations. "But two years ago there was a
initiative by the youth wing of the ruling party to start being more
active on social media."
A skilled group of young, internet-savvy party members lead up online
campaigns. Their strategy is not sophisticated, Pearce said, but it
doesn't have to be; plenty of Azerbaijanis will join the campaign
willingly. Increasingly, young Azerbaijanis "make a rationalized
decision to go pro-government" when they see the new young elite
flaunting their lavish lifestyles online, through pictures of glam
ski trips and parties. "The key to the good life is to get in with
the pro-government youth, and once they get inside the inner circle,
they have to demonstrate their loyalty to the leadership," Pearce said.
Posted 29 March 2013 - 05:04 PM
Hakkin.az: Shameful tradition of ‘‘growing’’ monument to Heydar Aliyev in Europe was set up by Ambassador Eldar Hasanov
Shameful tradition of "growing" monument to Heydar Aliyev in Europe was set up by Azerbaijani Ambassador to Romania Eldar Hasanov. It was him who persuaded to install Aliyev’s monuments in the central squares of Bucharest, Belgrade, etc., Azerbaijani news site "Haqqin.az" says.
As stated in the publication, Hasanov is the former Attorney General of Azerbaijan, one of the leading oligarchs of the republic, who was once exiled by the elder Aliyev to distant political exile. The source reminds that Hasanov recently turned to the president of Azerbaijan suddenly through the media.
"It is dangerous to make friends with them, and is dangerous to fight too", says "Hakkin.az", adding that the authorities use the smart testament of the Godfather in relationship with him – "Keep your friends close, while your enemies keep closer."
As the Azeri news agency "Trend" reports in its turn, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed a decree to revoke Eldar Hasanov from the position of Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Romania. The decree says that Eldar Humbat oglu Hasanov retains his post as Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina with residence in Belgrade.
According to the "Haqqin.az" the well known Soviet tradition of banishing unwanted and dangerous officials abroad in Azerbaijan was first tested on E. Hasanove by the authorities. He was not allowed to put into prison; he was playing with marked cards, and the situation in the country and in the world was different, and it was also dangerous to keep such a whale in the Caspian political basin. Thus Heydar Aliyev recalled the famous tradition of the Soviet Politburo. E. Hasanova, who was a gifted political player, the only one who was able to get in the way of Aliyev's nomenclature, was exiled from the country," the article says.
"The question is, why did E. Hasanov turn to the president through the media? Why would he need this kind of public demarche, showing as if he leaves! We may only make a guess,” the site says, and reminds that in 1993 Hasanov publicly and through the press resigned from the position of Deputy Minister of the Interior Minsitry.
The author wonders, what Hasanov was hinting at now? According to the article there is one thing that is out of doubt; he wanted to bring something to someone’s notice.
Posted 04 April 2013 - 10:48 AM
April 4, 2013 - 17:00 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - A local construction magnate, Hassan Gozal, proved to control entities set up in the names of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev's two daughters.
Millions of internal records have leaked from Britain's offshore financial industry, exposing for the first time the identities of thousands of holders of anonymous wealth from around the world, from presidents to plutocrats, the daughter of a notorious dictator and a British millionaire accused of concealing assets from his ex-wife, The Guardian reported.
The leak of 2m emails and other documents, mainly from the offshore haven of the British Virgin Islands (BVI), has the potential to cause a seismic shock worldwide to the booming offshore trade, with a former chief economist at McKinsey estimating that wealthy individuals may have as much as $32tn (£21tn) stashed in overseas havens.
In France, Jean-Jacques Augier, President François Hollande's campaign co-treasurer and close friend, has been forced to publicly identify his Chinese business partner. It emerges as Hollande is mired in financial scandal because his former budget minister concealed a Swiss bank account for 20 years and repeatedly lied about it.
A local construction magnate, Hassan Gozal, proved to control entities set up in the names of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev's two daughters.
Posted 10 April 2013 - 09:56 AM
MEXICAN AUTHORITIES SEND HEYDAR ALIYEV'S BRONZE STATUE TO AZERI EMBASSY IN MEXICO
Tuesday, April 9, 18:08
The Mexican authorities have decided what to do with the bronze
statue of former Azeri leader Heydar Aliyev that was erected in one
of Mexico City's parks and later removed following a public protest:
the statue has been sent to the Azeri Embassy in Mexico.
The bronze Aliyev stood near the statues of Lincoln and Gandhi for
several months until local residents began protesting against having
a monument to a Soviet dictator in their city. As a result, the statue
Some Mexican media say that the Azeri authorities invested as much as
$5mln in the Mexican economy in exchange for the local government's
consent to erect Aliyev's statue in their capital.
Edited by Yervant1, 10 April 2013 - 09:57 AM.
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Posted 22 May 2013 - 12:23 PM
comparison of Jose Sarukhanyan with Himmler
20:20 21/05/2013 » IN THE WORLD
Mexican Professor at the Center for Economic Research, Jean Meyer
responded to the article of Ilgar Mukhtarov, the Azerbaijani
Ambassador to Mexico, published in the newspaper "Milenio". The
Ambassador's article contains offensive remarks about the
distinguished representative of the Armenian Diaspora in Mexico,
former rector Jose Sarukhan (Sarukhanyan).
As the author notes, Azerbaijani ambassador tried to express his
discontent about dismantling of the monument dedicated to Heydar
Aliyev which was installed in the Park of Mexico City, by venting it
on the representative of the Armenian community, and comparing him
with Himmler who was guilty in the genocide of Jews and Gypsies.
"At the same time, the Azerbaijani ambassador denies the historical
fact of the mass killings of Armenians in the Azerbaijani city of Baku
in 1990. The tragedy was of such a big scale that Moscow was urged to
send paratroopers under the command of Alexander Lebed. Mr. Ambassador
could not admit the fact that the events that occured in Baku (and
Sumgait) were much worse than the events taken place in Khojalu, which
occurred two years later, as far as his government, rather to say the
government of the son of ex-president, had already punished the famous
Azerbaijani writer Akram Aylisli for writing an unforgivable things in
his book - for telling about the mass killings of Armenians in Baku,
to which Heydar Aliyev incited, trying to harm the reformer -
Gorbachev," Jean Meyer writes.
Hereat, the intervention of the Soviet army, which saved the lives of
many Armenians, is presented as the "bloody suppression of the
democratic movement of the army of the totalitarian empire of evil,"
and the killed rebels were buried in the Shahid Alley. Topic of
Armenian killings in Azerbaijan is a taboo, and an elderly writer
Aylisli was accused of breaking this taboo.
According to the Stalinist or Nazi tradition, that is to say by the
totalitarian way, a baiting started against Aylisli; his books were
being burnt across the country, the author was deprived of all the
awards and pensions, as it was the decision of President Ilham Aliyev,
the head of the distinguished Ambassador of Azerbaijan. One of the
political parties even offered 10,000 euros to a patriot who cuts off
the "traitor's" ear. The thing is that the author compares the
killings of Armenians in Sumgait in 1988 and in Baku in 1990 with the
massacre of Armenians that were carried out in his native village
"Though the Azerbaijani ambassador to Mexico says that "Armenian
Bolshevik Stepan Shaumyan carried out genocide against the
Azerbaijanis in 1918," in reality destruction of the Armenians, that
had begun in 1915 in the Ottoman Empire, continued. According to
Amiram Grigorov, the Aliyev dynasty cultivates a "culture of absolute
and concentrated hatred towards its neighbors - the Armenians - which
serves as a fuel for the Azerbaijani authorities just like an oil. The
hatred that spread as fire after the collapse of the Soviet Union
almost irrevocably changed the ethnic picture in the eastern part of
the South Caucasus. This hatred should not manifest itself in Mexico,"
the author said.
`Tempo en linea' has also touched this topic. Representative of
Mexican intellectuals Fernando Merano Migayon writes here that the
Azerbaijani ambassador, who was unable to preserve the monument of
Dictator Heydar Aliyev in the center of Mexico City, writes lampoons
about Jose Sarukhan who is a respected man in Mexico, and who had
expressed his competent opinion on this subject.
The author notes that Jose Sarukhan, the great Rector, who is one of
the brightest minds among the Mexican intellectuals and is a Nobel
laureate does not need anyone's protection when he expresses his
position on an issue that has touched his family directly.
The Armenian Genocide and the Nagorno Karabakh conflict were the
reason why this honorable man became one of the best representatives
of the Mexican intelligentsia.
"The most ridiculous, disturbing and regrettable thing here is that
the arguments of the Azerbaijani Ambassador are a clear result of
foolishness, narrow-mindedness and prejudice," Migayon writes, and
notes that the Azerbaijani ambassador stated he was not surprised by
the Armenian roots of Jose Sarukhan. Meanwhile, the author notes that
the ambassador would be surprised to learn about Sarukhan's debating
skills, if he bothered himself to check them. Or he would be even more
surprised to learn that the ethnic origins of people does not affect
neither on their arguments, nor on the facts.
According to Migayona ambassador's comparison of Sarukhan with Himmler
was so offensive that it is unbelievable how the diplomat could do
that, unless he understands what he is talking about, or unless he
reacts as Aliyev, the head of his country, who rejects and omits any
person who does not share his point of view.
"This is a selective memory. However, there are no such bad texts
which teach nothing. Thanks to Mr. Mukhtarov we learnt that in
Armenian the surname of Don Jose sounds "Sarukhanyan." Thank you for
your contribution, your majesty," ironically says the author.
Posted 22 May 2013 - 01:47 PM
Posted 29 May 2013 - 12:10 PM
Posted 29 May 2013 - 12:15 PM
Tbilisi’s Old Town has long been an area where ethnic Armenians, Azeris, Jews, Kurds, and Georgians intermingle.
There’s the Azeri teahouse run by ethnic Armenians on one street, and, on another, one run by ethnic Azeris, where an ethnic Armenian waitress serves customers.
A mosque frequented mainly by ethnic Azeri Muslims sits atop a hill just a few minutes away from an Armenian church where Sayat Nova, the 18th century troubadour who wrote songs and poetry mainly in Azeri, is buried.
A statue to Sergei Paradjanov, the surrealist ethnic Armenian filmmaker whose last film was shot in Azerbaijan, stands just meters away from a shisha café, staffed by ethnic Armenians from the Middle East and often frequented by customers from Azerbaijan.
Home to sizable ethnic Azeri and Armenian populations, Georgia is well-accustomed to such coexistence. But, nonetheless, that doesn’t mean that awkward situations cannot occur.
Recently, for example, an Armenian flag appeared flying outside a privately owned, neighborhood bathhouse that adjoins a park featuring a bust of Heydar Aliyev, the late Azerbaijani president.
The flag was still flying until the eve of Azerbaijan’s May 10 Flower Day celebration, an event to mark the birthday of the late president. On the day itself, the flag reportedly disappeared. A day later, it reappeared.
The juxtaposition, needless to say, is unusual. Aliyev, in office from 1993 until 2003, was Azerbaijan’s president when the war with Armenia and Karabakhi separatists over the breakaway region of Nagorno Karabakh ended with a cease-fire in 1994.
Precise reasons for the flag’s appearance, disappearance, and reappearance could not be confirmed. The management of the bathhouse that displays the flags was not available for comment. “They just chose some international flags from somewhere,” an employee commented, with a shrug.
The Armenian flag appears alongside those of the United States, Israel, European Union, and Georgia, at the end closest to the Heydar Aliyev Park.
The Azerbaijani embassy to Tbilisi and the Georgian office of the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijani Republic, which maintains the Heydar Aliyev Park, did not respond to requests for comment about the flag’s appearance.
Reaction to the above photograph, posted on Facebook, was mixed, with activists weary of the cult of personality surrounding Aliyev sharing the image, while others alleged Photoshop manipulation.
But sources familiar with the circumstances claim that the Azerbaijani ambassador to Tbilisi personally visited the owners of the baths to request that the Armenian flag be taken down.
An Azerbaijani TV crew also apparently visited the Heydar Aliyev Park to film the bust and the offending flag, but allegedly was denied permission to do so.
When the flag reappeared, the Azerbaijani ambassador, reportedly furious, made another visit to the bathhouse, the sources claimed.
The bathhouse employee, who did not give his name, denied that the facility’s Armenian flag had caused any controversy.
But given increasing tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan, they might yet find that the potential for controversy is far from over.
-- Elizabeth Owen, EurasiaNet.org’s Caucasus/Turkey news editor, added reporting to this post.
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Posted 11 July 2013 - 09:33 AM
18:06 10/07/2013 " SOCIETY
"Baku Park" is planned to be installed in Volgograd, at the expenses
of Heydar Aliyev Foundation. The main attraction of the park will be
the monument dedicated to the former President of Azerbaijan, and the
father of the current president of the republic, Heydar Aliyev. The
inhabitants of the city didn't approve of the initiative, reports
the Volgograd based V1.ru site.
As the portal notes, most observers are inclined to the opinion that
the place for founding "some particles of Baku" in Volgograd is chosen
Thus on 5 June, in the Culture and Rest Central Park of Volgograd
solemn ceremony was held which announced the beginning of the
construction of the park. At the foundation of the future park an
agreement capsule was laid which was signed between the Government
of Volgograd region and Heydar Aliyev Foundation. According to the
agreement the fund will improve the park by its own means. As the
director of Central Park Andrey Zharkov stated, the presentation of
the project is scheduled for September 2013.
"The news that appears in Central Park of Volgograd there will be
another park called "Baku Park" was perceived very ambiguous by the
citizens of Volgograd. For example, the architect Andrey Chuykov
believes that the emergence of such a facility in the center
of Volgograd would not only create political discord and urban
development, but would also make the social tension in the region
growth," reads the site.
The architect believes that this is very ill-conceived and
short-sighted move. "Central Park of Volgograd is not the place that
can be reshaped into Baku branch without asking the opinion of the
inhabitants of Volgograd. This is a big mistake," said Chuikov.
A similar view shares political scientist Konstantin Glushenok.
"All that is happening today about the Central Park, bring many of
Volgograd inhabitants into indignation. I have the feeling that we
are in a theater of absurd. First of all, such decisions should be
admitted solely on interstate level. And secondly, who's Heydar Aliyev
to Russia to erect him a monument in the center of Volgograd? We have a
lot of heroes whose names are still waiting for perpetuating. We should
honor our heroes, and not to erect monuments to foreign presidents,"
said the political scientist.
Monument to Heydar Aliyev which was installed in one of the central
parks of Mexico City in August 2012 caused bewilderment among the
residents. 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, the special commission recommended that the authorities of
Mexico deinstalled the statue of former Azerbaijani President Heydar
Aliyev, noting that the government made a mistake by taking money
and allowing the foreign government to decide which political and
historical figures should be honored publically in the Mexican capital.
In mid-January, Foreign Ministry of Mexico has given absolute freedom
to the government of Mexico to make up a decision concerning the
controversial statue of Aliyev. In his turn, the Azerbaijani Ambassador
to Mexico Ilgar Mukhtarov told that the Embassy has decided to appeal
to international organizations for the solution of the problem. The
Legislative Assembly of Mexico addressed to the government of Mexico
with a call to dismantle the statue. In late January, the monument
was dismantled and taken to a warehouse.
Edited by Yervant1, 11 July 2013 - 09:33 AM.
Posted 09 November 2013 - 10:48 AM
17:54 09/11/2013 » RegionAzerbaijan putting on hold investment projects in Mexico because of demolition of Heydar Aliyev’s monument
Azerbaijan says it is putting on hold plans to invest in projects in Mexico worth about $3.8 billion because of Mexico's decision earlier this year to remove a statue of Azerbaijan's late leader Heydar Aliyev, the Russian service of the Voice of America reports.
As noted in the article Azerbaijan's ambassador to Mexico, Ilgar Mukhtarov, at the press conference in Mexico said he was sorry for the decision of Mexico.
“Azerbaijan has been considering investment projects in Mexico worth about $3.8 billion, aimed at the construction of refineries and realization of other projects, but now all these funds are frozen,” he said.
Monument to Heydar Aliyev which was installed in one of the central parks of Mexico City in August 2012 caused bewilderment among the residents. 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, the special commission recommended that the authorities of Mexico deinstalled the statue of former Azerbaijani President Heydar Aliyev, noting that the government made a mistake by taking money and allowing the foreign government to decide which political and historical figures should be honored publically in the Mexican capital.
In mid-January, Foreign Ministry of Mexico has given absolute freedom to the government of Mexico to make up a decision concerning the controversial statue of Aliyev. In his turn, the Azerbaijani Ambassador to Mexico Ilgar Mukhtarov told that the Embassy has decided to appeal to international organizations for the solution of the problem. The Legislative Assembly of Mexico addressed to the government of Mexico with a call to dismantle the statue. In late January, the monument was dismantled and taken to a warehouse.
Posted 10 April 2014 - 11:42 AM
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PanARMENIAN.Net - Չնայած նախագահ Ալիևին մոտ կանգնած ադրբեջանցի պաշտոնյաների լավատեսական հայտարարություններին, թե Ադրբեջանի զարգացումը գնալով թափ է ստանում, և նա նույնիսկիր կենսամակարդակով կարող է ոտք մեկնել աշխարհի առաջատար երկրների հետ, փաստերը հակառակն են վկայում: Ընդ որում, դրանք բերում են իրենք ադրբեջանցիները, ճիշտ ոչ կառավարական հատվածից, ուստի բավականին հավաստի են: Ըստ ոչ կառավարական Պարենային անվտանգության դաշինքի համակարգող Նիզամի Գարաևի, Ադրբեջանի բնակչության զգալի մասը ոչ ռացիոնալ սնվելու պատճառով կիլոկալորիաների պակաս ունի: «Աշխարհի սովի քարտեզում» Ադրբեջանը ռիսկի գոտում գտնվող Աֆրիկայի ու Լատինական Ամերիկայի հարևանությամբ է: Ըստ Գարաևի, սննդամթերքի արտադրության աճն Ադրբեջանում զսպող հիմնական պատճառը գյուղատնտեսության համար պիտանի հողատարածքների կրճատումն է, չլուծված ղարաբաղյան հարցը, ինչպես նաև հողի էրոզիան, երաշտն ու հեղեղումները:
Տպավորություն է ստեղծվում, թե Ադրբեջանի բոլոր աղետները, նույնիսկ բնական, կախված են Ղարաբաղից: Այ եթե հակամարտությունը կարգավորվեր, ազերիները միանգամից կուշտ ու երջանիկ կդառնային: Թե չէ ինչ է ստացվում՝ ըստ ԱՀԿ տվյալների, աշխարհում մսի սպառման նորման տարեկան 70 կգ է, Ադրբեջանում՝ 27,8 կգ, կաթի ու կաթնամթերքինը՝ 360 կգ, Ադրբեջանում՝ 209,2 կգ, մրգերինը, բանջարեղենինն ու պտուղներինը՝ 80 կգ, իսկ Ադրբեջանում՝ տարեկան 47 կգ և այլն: Գործնականում, ազերիները գրեթե տառապում են սովից:
Ճիշտ է, կան նաև օբյեկտիվ պատճառներ՝ չնայած մեծ տարածքին, հարևան հանրապետությունում քիչ են ցանքատարածությունները, զարգացած չէ ոռոգման համակարգը: Սակայն ամբողջ աշխարհում է գյուղատնտեսությունը ռիսկային և այժմ կան տեխնոլոգիաներ, որոնց շնորհիվ կարելի է բարձրացնել բերքատվությունը, վերականգնել հողաշերտը: Ադրբեջանցի պաշտոնյաների այդքան սիրած Իսրայելում ընդհանրապես գյուղատնտեսական նշանակության հող չկա, իսկ գլխավորը՝ ոռոգման ջուր չկա, բայց այնտեղ մրգեր ու բանջարեղեն են աճեցնում և դեռ արտահանում: Բայց, երևի, Ադրբեջանում համարում են, որ ժողովուրդն ինքն իրեն կկերակրի և իշխանությունները ոչինչ չեն անում՝ տափաստանները ճահճացած են, աղակալված, այդ խնդիրները լուծելու համար հսկայական ներդրումներ են հարկավոր, որոնք չկան և առաջիկայում չեն նախատեսվում: Խորամանկում է Գարաևը՝ անբավարար սննդի պատճառը Ղարաբաղը չէ, այլ կոռուպցիան, մինչև արմատները փտած իշխանական համակարգը, որտեղ առանց կաշառքի հնարավոր չէ ոչինչ անել:
Ի դեպ, խորհրդային տարիներին էլ Ադրբեջանի բնակիչները լավ չէին սնվում և Հեյդար Ալիևի «լայնորեն քայլում է Ադրբեջանը» հայտնի կարգախոսն իր շարունակությունն ուներ՝ «…Հայաստանի ու Վրաստանի շուկաներով»: Նույնիսկ խաղողագործությունը, որը Հեյդար Ալիևի օրոք քիչ թե շատ զարգացած էր, աստիճանաբար վերանում է: Մարդկանց համար ավելի հեշտ է Ռուսաստան մեկնել, քան հող փորել ու բերքի սպասել, որից կարող են և զրկվել: Իսկ վատագույն դեպքում, բերքը կարող են «նվերի» տեղ խլել պաշտոնյաները:
Մինչդեռ, Ադրբեջանում ՄԱԿ Համաշխարհային պարենային ծրագրի ներկայացուցիչ Ֆուադ Հուսեյնովի ներկայացրած տվյալներով, երկրում մոտ 500 հազար մարդ է տառապում սովից: Նա նաև նշել է, որ Ադրբեջանը միացել է ծրագրին 2009-ին և ամեն տարի այդ կազմակերպության բյուջե է փոխանցում ընդամենը 100 հազար դոլար:
Posted 10 April 2014 - 11:43 AM
zarmanali e che sovat s yerkrneri dasin e patkanum sakayn milyonov $$$$$ tsaxsum mexicoyum ire hayriki GayDar Ahlievi ardzani hamar..
Posted 10 April 2014 - 01:16 PM
The leadership of that damn country live in a different universe than the people, but with regrets I could say the same thing about Armenia to a certain degree!
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