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Landmine Victims: Struggle for Safety in Post-Conflict Azerbaijan

The Abishov family is among the many Azerbaijani families who have suffered the loss of their loved ones to landmines. As more lives are claimed by landmines planted due to the occupation of Azerbaijani lands, urgent international support is essential to address this ongoing problem.

17 June 2024

Konul Shahin

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Landmine Victims: Struggle for Safety in Post-Conflict Azerbaijan

The Abishov family is among the many Azerbaijani families who have suffered the loss of their loved ones to landmines. As more lives are claimed by landmines planted due to the occupation of Azerbaijani lands, urgent international support is essential to address this ongoing problem.

17 June 2024

Konul Shahin

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The Martyr Museum of Azerbaijan—Kalbajar History and Ethnography Museum

Kalbajar's History and Ethnography Museum was once one of the most visited museums in Azerbaijan. However, after the Armenian armed forces occupied Kalbajar in 1993, the museum was destroyed and looted.

20 May 2024

Konul Shahin

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The Revival of Lachin City—The Joy of Returning Home

Lachin, which was occupied by Armenian Armed Forces in 1992, was returned to Azerbaijan in August 2022. Now, rebuilding work continues in the city. Lachin residents, who were forced to leave their hometown 30 years ago, are returning home.

1 May 2024

Konul Shahin

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Saule Suleimenova: Celebrated Kazakh Contemporary Artist on Life, Family, and Art

Meet the artist who is turning plastic bags into art and giving ordinary people a voice through her artworks.

23 May 2024

Leila Mekhdi

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Zhanar Sekerbayeva’s Fight for LGBTQ-Women’s Rights and Intersectional Feminism in Kazakhstan

Queer rights activist and co-founder of the feminist initiative Feminita, Zhanar Sekerbayeva, shares the results of research on anti-gender narratives in collaboration with the CFLI (The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives), the realities of LGBTQ women’s lives in Kazakhstan, and her goal of becoming a lawyer.

21 May 2024

Leila Mekhdi

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The Live-Streamed Murder Trial of Saltanat Nukenova Keeps the Attention of Millions in Kazakhstan

The ongoing high-profile murder trial against the former Minister of Economy of Kazakhstan Kuandyk Bishimbayev explained.

29 April 2024

Leila Mekhdi

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Nazrin Aghamaliyeva on Hadis, AnimaFilm Festival, & Vaginismus

The animation artist behind a successful short animation film, Hadis, talks about the struggles of Azerbaijani Turks in Iran and the censorship of taboo topics in Azerbaijan.

29 March 2024

Leila Mekhdi

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Mirza Hasan Roshdiyyeh: The Architect of Modern Education in Iran

Vahid Qarabagli explores the remarkable life of Mirza Hasan Roshdiyyeh, who revolutionized Iranian education by challenging religious norms to establish modern schools and promote public mother-language-based education.

20 March 2024

Vahid Qarabagli

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Ardashir’s Palace and Circular City—Iranian Firsts

Visitors to southeastern Iran tend to focus on the city of poets, Shiraz, and the nearby ruins of Persepolis, the ancient Persian capital destroyed by Alexander the Great in 330BC. However, around 100km further south is a lesser-known series of ancient remains.

19 March 2024

Mark Elliott