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[–]JustSmallEuropean Union 7 points8 points  (5 children)

What's your take on the Formula 1 GP? Specifically, what's your opinion on it taking place in the historic district of Baku? Personally the track layout is not particularly appealing to me although the scenery is stunning.

How much do the conflicts in Russian Northern Caucasus affect Azerbaijan and its citizens? Is it present in the news?

Is there contemporary Azeri music you can recommend? I'm especially interested in hiphop and indie rock, although I'm open for anything!

Lastly, it seems like Azerbaijan has been pushing to be seen as 'European', with the aforementioned race being called 'European GP' (although I think that has been changed since, not sure though), or with Baku hosting various European sports events. Do Azeris see themselves as more European or more Asian? Perhaps neither?

Thanks in advance!

[–][deleted] 6 points7 points  (2 children)

What's your take on the Formula 1 GP?

Screw it, waste of money.

Specifically, what's your opinion on it taking place in the historic district of Baku?

It makes it even worse.

Personally the track layout is not particularly appealing to me although the scenery is stunning.

I don't understand anything in this sport, and most Azerbaijanis don't either.

How much do the conflicts in Russian Northern Caucasus affect Azerbaijan and its citizens? Is it present in the news?

Surprisingly, not very much. When a friend of mine said that this is the reason, he is afraid visiting Azerbaijan, I was surprised. Nowadays we're much more concerned about Armenia and Iran. There used to be some heavy sunni religious influence coming from there, when I was in school. But not anymore.

Is there contemporary Azeri music you can recommend? I'm especially interested in hiphop and indie rock, although I'm open for anything!

Hip Hop used to be popular among our singers before. Here's a not really contemporary song

I'm not aware of Azerbaijani inde rock, but here's a contemporary heavy metal song

This singer is one of the most popular nowadays. And this one is getting really popular.

Lastly, it seems like Azerbaijan has been pushing to be seen as 'European', with the aforementioned race being called 'European GP' (although I think that has been changed since, not sure though), or with Baku hosting various European sports events. Do Azeris see themselves as more European or more Asian? Perhaps neither?

I firstly see myself as Turkic. And I'm certainly more European, than Asian (though, my relatives will say otherwise, due to my Japan fever). I had a talk about that with one Russian/Latvian man. He said that in his view, I'm certainly a European, as Ii have a mentality of a European man. We know each other for over 2 years.

[–]cpt_lulz 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Thought that hip-hop clip would have to have a gangster vibe... big beat, trap drum rolls, cash and hookers.

This is rather nice! How old is that song?

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It must be from early 2000s. The singer has passed away recently. He used to be popular back then.

[–]TenNinetythree 4 points5 points  (5 children)

I have to admit that all my knowledge of Azerbaijan comes from the German book Kuckucksuhren in Baku. Is there a book playing in contemporary Azerbaijan that you would recommend? I read English, German and Esperanto.

[–]araz95Azerbaijan 5 points6 points  (1 child)

There is an old book regarding a muslim Azerbaijani and a christian Georgian that was originally, funny enough, released in german. Its called 'Ali and Nino' and plays out during WW1.This sort of theme, christian-muslim interlove, is kind of a popular in Azerbaijan folk lore due to us being surrounded by mostly christian countries. I know that it isnt really contemporary, but this one i know for sure exist in german.

[–]TenNinetythree 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Great! Thanks!

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Kuckucksuhren in Baku

This is the second time I see this book title. And the first time was on this exact page a few minutes ago. What is it about? Is it available in English?

Is there a book playing in contemporary Azerbaijan that you would recommend?

And yeah, as Araz had already mentioned, Ali and Nino is a classic introduction to Azerbaijan.

[–]TenNinetythree 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I don't think it is as it won't translate well culturally.

[–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

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[–]ScanianMoose 8 points9 points  (34 children)

Let's pop the comment cherry: Azerbaijan seems to be in an odd position geopolitically. Who would you say is your closest ally, except for Turkey/Iran?

[–][deleted] 9 points10 points  (0 children)

except for Turkey/Iran

Lol, why would you think Iran is our ally? There are some Iranophiles here and there, but generally and on a state level, Iran is seen more as a foe.

Our closest ally after Turkey must be Pakistan. Also Israel. I know, a weird combination.

There's also Georgia, but I'd say that our mutual economic dependency and common interests is what makes us cooperate.

And Kazkhstan is a good friend. We have deep ethno-linguistic ties. They helped us politically very recently. However, given it's CSTO membership, it's hard to call the Kazkh state an ally.

[–]veyila 6 points7 points  (17 children)

Israel and Kazakhstan. Iran isn't an ally of Azerbaijan, despite the fact that more than 30% of the Iranian population are ethnic Azeris, including Ayatollah Khamenei.

[–]CYAXARES_IIIran 8 points9 points  (14 children)

Azerbaijan chooses to be an ally of Israel over Iran even though about 2/3 of all Azeris of the world live in Iran. It doesn't just stop there, R.Azerbaijan's permits the use of its air bases for Israel to fly spy drones illegally into Iranian airspace. R.Azerbaijan has even shown willingness to provide Israel the facilities to bomb Iran when it plans to commit yet another rogue attack in our region. Really makes you think huh?

[–]araz95Azerbaijan 2 points3 points  (6 children)

We are ideologically incompatible, theocratic while we are secular. Even though most people of iran are secular at heart, the regime is too much of a incompatibility for us to effectively partner up.

[–]CYAXARES_IIIran 4 points5 points  (5 children)

Are you still the USSR or something? Ideology means nothing these days, especially when Aliyev finds himself getting cozy with a literal apartheid state. You would think Azeris of all people would feel some resentment towards occupying states.

Iran is more than just an Islamic Republic, I'll have you know, just like R.Azerbaijan is more than just Aliyev. Unlike you who have most definitely never been to Iran, one of Azerbaijan's major neighbors, friend, and historic kin, I've been to Baku and I can tell you that ourrr people are more alike than the Israelis or any of the Europeans you hosted for Eurovision.

Happy Nowruz in advance by the way!

[–]araz95Azerbaijan 3 points4 points  (4 children)

I have been to iran several times. My father is an Azerbaijani from hamadan, so ive been all over iran.. tehran, tabriz, hamadan and qom. I have pretty much seen it all. I have absolutely no doubt that we are very much alike. I even say that in my original post. However, there is still an issue of diplomacy and politics. These, sadly, means that we from a geopolitical perspective have opposed goals. This is in no way a reflection of the people of the two countries, because lets be honest neither of our countries are democratic anyways. It is as it goes - just business.

EDIT: Happy nowruz to you as well!

[–]CYAXARES_IIIran 4 points5 points  (3 children)

I don't think our ruling ideologies are as impactful as you make it out to be. While politicians boast about these topics in reality their interests lie in real earnings either for the country, for themselves or usually both. For example, Iran has warm relations with Cuba, China and North Korea, three communist countries which are more ideologically opposed to Iran's Republic than Azerbaijan could ever be. And then there are the good relations with secularists Assad in his resistance against Islamist militants, even the crucial support for a secular democratic republic in Afghanistan.

I think that Azerbaijan on one hand is holding a little grudge against Iran for backing Armenia, and on the other is making too much money and bring granting too many good deals on high tech weapons with Israel that they couldn't get anywhere else. And since money and weapons directly aid Azerbaijan's three core national focuses (survival, development, reconquest), it's willing to lose out on better ties with Iran which is still on the priority list but not as important as their core interests.

[–]araz95Azerbaijan 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Yes i agree about the grudge but it isnt the only issue of course, as I mentioned before: its a geopolitical issue. None of the countries you just listed are even near to being neighbours of Iran. When it comes to geopolitics, even opposed ideological can be discarded if there is a considerable distance between them.

The issue here is that Azerbaijan basically don't want to become dependent on neither russia nor iran. Iran gave us away to russia in the 1800s with the treaty of turkmenchay. Russia basically took advantage of our resources and our people, so many of our people died in vein in conflicts we had nothing to do with. Just look at how many times russia either directly or indirectly invaded Azerbaijan during the 1800s/1900s.

We basically dont want to repeat history.

[–]CYAXARES_IIIran 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I wouldn't say Iran "gave Azerbaijan away". The Iranian Army was defeated at the hands of the far superior Russian Army and had to make the Caucus concessions in the peace treaty. I don't think you could find one Iranian who isn't regretful of this point in our shared history.

I believe that the citizens of R. Azerbaijan have been forcefully de-Iranianized by the Russians, and further attempts were made to de-Turkify the population by changing the name of your language from "Turkish" to "Azeri", and attempting to build an Azeri National character independent of Iran or Turkey. Since the dissolution of the USSR however Turkey has worked tirelessly to bring Azerbaijan into its sphere of influence and has thoroughly convinced large portions of the population from believing they are not as connected to the rest of Iranians as they have always been and are Turkish speaking ethnic Turks rather than Turkish speaking ethnic Iranians as they really are.

[–]veyila 1 point2 points  (4 children)

R.Azerbaijan's permits the use of its air bases for Israel to fly spy drones illegally into Iranian airspace. R.Azerbaijan has even shown willingness to provide Israel the facilities to bomb Iran when it plans to commit yet another rogue attack in our region

source?

[–]CYAXARES_IIIran 0 points1 point  (3 children)

[–]maskarrow 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I'm surprised that you take fake news from the Russian propaganda agency seriously. Clearly upset about Azerbaijan's friendly relations with West and Israel, the Russian propaganda outlet — Russia Today, for some reason, equates a historic friendship between the Azerbaijani and Jewish people into preparing for a war against Iran.

This unreasonable accusation makes no sense in terms of geography — Azerbaijan doesn't border Israel and contradicts the clearly stated policy of Azerbaijan not to allow use of its territory against any neighbor. In fact, Azerbaijan's commitment to promoting regional peace has been demonstrated by its involvement in the ongoing talks with Armenia for the last two decades in spite of the latter's illegal occupation of the internationally recognized Azerbaijani lands.

[–]CYAXARES_IIIran 0 points1 point  (0 children)

fake news

Russian propaganda outlet

historic friendship between the Azerbaijani and Jewish people

Your whole reply is filled with nothing but buzzwords used by the most typical of shills. I'm surprised they've sent you all the way to a comment from Feb 28, you must have just started at the bottom of the barrel.

It's no secret that Azerbaijan has allowed Israel to use its airbases to launch spy drones into Iranian airspace.

These are the remains of the Israeli drone Hermes, which was launched from Azerbaijan after being shot down operating in Iranian airspace

Also, as an Israeli I wouldn't bring up illegal occupations of internationally recognized land without lowering my head.

[–]maskarrow 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Not to mention that the Israeli and Azerbaijani officials denied this false accusation:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/azerbaijan-denies-report-it-gave-israel-access-to-airfields/

http://www.azernews.az/nation/42279.html

[–]--beIsrael 0 points1 point  (1 child)

[–]CYAXARES_IIIran 3 points4 points  (0 children)

How many shekels do you get paid for your Reddit hasbara posts like this one? Do you also have an account you use for /r/Kurdistan? Just look at your post history lol. It's sad that so many people are still naive enough to take your Internet Warrior posts seriously but that's changing so you may have to find a real job by then.

Edit: to actually reply to your links, the first one has an obscure source and looks like fake news whereas the second and third are related, in that Iran inexcusably looked to commit revenge assassinations against Israeli targets after Israeli Mossad committed several terrorist attacks in Iran, killing Iranian scientists with bombs and shootings.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassination_of_Iranian_nuclear_scientists

[–]Smashbox1991 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Why are you making up numbers? Azeris aren't even 18% of Iran. What is up with you Azeris always making up numbers and exaggerating your numbers in Iran? would you like it if Persians claimed there were 4 million Tat Persians and tylish in azerbeyjan the country?

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[–]araz95Azerbaijan 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Tbh, I wouldn't even go as far as saying that iran is an ally, at least not nearly as much as turkey is.

[–]onceuponacrime1 5 points6 points  (12 children)

Probably Israel

[–]TheMediumJon 4 points5 points  (11 children)

Then I do have to ask, and I'm genuinely curious as opposed to trying to be hostile, how does combining such geopolitical relations with Iran on one hand and Israel on the other work. After all, regardless of your opinions on those, they are... at odds, one could say.

[–][deleted] 6 points7 points  (1 child)

how does combining such geopolitical relations with Iran on one hand and Israel on the other work.

Well, Iran hates our partnership with Israel. And we point on Iran's hypocrisy, as it cooperates with Armenia, while talking about "shia brotherhood" between us. But this is just empty talk. If Iran would have true brotherly feelings towards us, it would blockade Armenia, like Turkey did.

[–]TheMediumJon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Mhm, I see.

Thanks for the reply.

[–]--beIsrael 9 points10 points  (8 children)

Azerbaijan's leaders fear Islamist influence from Iran, where a quarter of the people are ethnic Azeris, whereas Iran's ayatollahs fear the influence of secular Azerbaijan. Iran has scolded Mr Aliyev for his cosiness with Israel. For example, the recent visit of Netanyahu to Azerbaijan drew Iranian ire. Azerbaijani politicians responded adequately.

Turkey, which is close to Azerbaijan, also resents Mr Aliyev's warmth to Israel. But when Turkey's envoy to Baku, the Azeri capital, urged Azerbaijan's government to follow the Turkish lead in breaking relations with Israel, he got short shrift, as revealed in Wikileaks cable from 2010.

[–]TheMediumJon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Huh.

Interesting.

Thanks for the detailed response.

[–]CYAXARES_IIIran 3 points4 points  (5 children)

whereas Iran's ayatollahs fear the influence of secular Azerbaijan

I don't think you understand Iranian foreign policy very well to make this claim. The Iranian-R.Azerbaijani relationship is friendly with lots of trade, frequent heads of state visits and visa-free travel. The only rocky parts of the relationship is not related to political theory or systems but rather Iran's political backing of the Armenian side during the Nagorno-Karabakh war with Azerbaijan back in the late 80s-early 90s.

Things have certainly improved since that time and Iran retains a more neutral positions these days regarding the ongoing conflict.

Now regarding the Israeli-Azeri relationship, it's one based very strongly on arms sales and fossil fuels. As you probably know, Aliyev is rapidly rearming Azerbaijan with plans to unfreeze the conflict with Armenia with the boost in their national budget thanks to increased oil and gas prices in the past decade. Azerbaijan is Israel's primary supplier of oil (40% of all oil imports), while Israel is Azerbaijan's second biggest supplier of arms after Russia. To give everyone a sense of scale of their arms trade, R.Azerbaijan with its relatively small territory and population was Europe's second largest arms importer.

[–]--beIsrael 2 points3 points  (4 children)

Azerbaijan developed its relationship with Israel in all contexts. But it's covert. What you read is about 1 percent of the relations. The other 99 percent, you don't see.

[–]araz95Azerbaijan 3 points4 points  (3 children)

If we cant see it how do you of all people know about it? Because beurocrat made a metaphorical statement?

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    [–]doppel66 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    That's awesome.

    [–]--beIsrael 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Definitely Israel. A hacked cable on the Wikileaks website from the US embassy in Baku in 2009, quoted Azeri president Ilham Aliyev as saying that the Israeli-Azerbaijani bilateral relationship is like an iceberg, "Nine-tenths of it is below the surface."

    More recently however, both sides have given their ties more prominence and Israel's PM Bibi Netanyahu visited Azerbaijan a few months ago.

    [–]BuddhaKekz 6 points7 points  (11 children)

    I always wanted to visit the region. Georgia specifically, due to personal interest in the country, but Azerbaijan's east coast looks lovely too. Any cool "hidden" spots you can recommend to a potential visitor?

    Another question: Azerbaijan is the land of fire. Did you ever think about renaming it to "The Fire Nation" and then attacking someone, just for the hell of it?

    [–]araz95Azerbaijan 8 points9 points  (0 children)

    We fear the return of avatar putin too much

    [–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (5 children)

    Azerbaijan's east coast

    Do we have a west coast?)

    Any cool "hidden" spots you can recommend to a potential visitor?

    What kind of stuff are you interested in?

    Another question: Azerbaijan is the land of fire. Did you ever think about renaming it to "The Fire Nation" and then attacking someone, just for the hell of it?

    LOL. I'm afraid, the Avatar won't be happy about that, though.

    [–]BuddhaKekz 1 point2 points  (3 children)

    Do we have a west coast?

    No, but I heard your west side is pretty gangster. :P

    What kind of stuff are you interested in?

    The mud volcanoes were a cool tip, aside from that I'm interested in anything historical, especially if romans/greeks/persians were involved.

    [–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (2 children)

    No, but I heard your west side is pretty gangster. :P

    I'd say that about the South rather. West is just tough.

    The mud volcanoes were a cool tip, aside from that I'm interested in anything historical, especially if romans/greeks/persians were involved.

    Then you should visit Qobustan, which is not far away from mud volcanoes. It has all sorts of prehistoric pictures on stones, as well as one stone with some writing left in Roman. However, this particular stone is now surrounded by a fence, so I hardly saw anything, once I got there.

    Also, I would recommend the Taghiyev History Museum (both Azerbaijani History and Taghiyev part of it).

    [–]BuddhaKekz 0 points1 point  (1 child)

    Thank you. I'll write that down, it might be a while until I can afford a trip. I'm currently on a students budget. But I will definitely check it out some day.

    [–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I'm currently on a students budget

    Just like me)

    [–]araz95Azerbaijan 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Top notch meme

    [–]Meexo 1 point2 points  (2 children)

    Take your time to visit mud volcanoes in Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan is in the first place in the world for the amount of mud volcanoes.

    [–]BuddhaKekz 2 points3 points  (1 child)

    Oh wow, that looks like a different planet. Thanks!

    [–]Meexo 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Wear glasses with red lenses and you may feel like you're on the surface of Mars

    [–][deleted] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    not really a hidden spot, but generally Baku gets the most attention as a tourist spot, but I would recommend visiting Qabala, a great little city for tourists.

    [–]NightZT 3 points4 points  (4 children)

    Hey! I know that the border between europe and asia is not clearly defined, so I wanted to ask you if you define yourself as asians or europeans? Greetings from Austria! :)

    [–]kamrouzAzerbaijan South 3 points4 points  (2 children)

    I guess most would identify themselves as being European. Culturally speaking all the peoples in the Caucuses are much closer to Europe than they are to Arabs (this includes Caucasians of Muslim background as well).

    While most may identify as being European, I think because of our long history of residing besides the Persians, we are Middle Eastern. I also classify Armenians and Georgians to be Middle Eastern too (just like the Azeris, they had a long history of residing with the Persians as well, especially Armenians) though, even though like many of us, they also perceive themselves to be European.

    [–]NightZT 0 points1 point  (1 child)

    That's interesting. I didn't know that Persians also consider themselvs as europeans.

    [–]kamrouzAzerbaijan South 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    No, Persians don't consider themselves European, but most the population of Azerbaijan and Armenia consider themselves European.

    I was saying that the Azeri and Armenian history has been connected to the Persians for a long period, considering the Persians controlled the Southern and Northern Caucuses for a long time until the Russians annexed it and won it in wars.

    [–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    As I said above, I define myself firstly as Turkic. Mentally speaking, I'm probably more European, than Asian. Though, nowadays its hard to say what does being a European or an Asian really means.

    [–]SchlendriusNebelbank 6 points7 points  (11 children)

    Hi /r/azerbaijan !

    I must admit that not much comes to my mind when I think about Azerbaijan. Well, the one thing that comes up is the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh (Dağlıq Qarabağ). If you don't mind me asking, what is the general perception of the dispute in todays Azerbaijan? Is it a big strain on international relations with other countries like Russia? Or does it not even affect the average citizen?

    For a more lighthearted question: What is your favourite traditional dish?

    All the best!

    [–]araz95Azerbaijan 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    Since the other users pretty much summed up the serious part of your question let me answer the light-hearted one.

    Its going to depend who you ask but my favourite one is Azerbaijani düşbərə. Its pretty much a dumpling soup with a lot herbs. Love it.

    [–][deleted] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    Pretty much everyone in Azerbaijan supports military resolution since peaceful process is not getting us anywhere.

    In terms of international relations, I wouldn't say it does since most countries are careful about NK, but if another country was to recognize NK as independent republic, the relations between 2 countries would end right there.

    [–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (3 children)

    If you don't mind me asking, what is the general perception of the dispute in todays Azerbaijan?

    We want our lands back. End of story.

    Is it a big strain on international relations with other countries like Russia?

    Especially since recently, especially with Russia.

    Or does it not even affect the average citizen?

    Yes. 80 million big Germany is outraged because of a million of refugees. We are about 8-10 times smaller than you, and we've got about the same number of refugees and IDPs. These people are still not fully integrated and locals (despite them saying otherwise, to appear kind) don't wanna integrate with them ether. So, after over 20 years, many of them still live segregated. They should be given an opportunity to go back on de-occupied lands.

    What is your favourite traditional dish?

    Sajichi aka just saj

    [–]Karranor 3 points4 points  (2 children)

    80 million big Germany is outraged because of a million of refugees. We are about 8-10 times smaller than you, and we've got about the same number of refugees and IDPs

    I think you are missing a bit of context here. Azerbaijan has 8.4% of its inhabitants from other ethnicities, Germany has 20%. It's not merely the numbers of foreigners some people are worried about (and other people are fine with it, I'm among them) it's about which kind of people come (and how many will come in the future). Potentially cultural incompatible, potentially terrorists and potentially only here for the money that's given to anyone (easily more than twice the median income in Azerbaijan using stock exchange rate). Another piece was about people wondering if this will happen every year. 1 million+ once is manageable, 1 million+ every year (or even more than that) is a different question. The party that's really opposed to the refugee policy currently only has ~10% of votes (up to 15% in the past), so it's not like "Germany is outraged" either. Some Germans are, not all of them.

    [edit]
    Just writing stuff to follow the idea of "cultural exchange".

    [–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

    Azerbaijan has 8.4% of its inhabitants from other ethnicities, Germany has 20%.

    It's not about ethnicity. It's about rural people cumming to cities. Being the same ethnicity doesn't make them more similar to us. So, cultural incompatibility is a thing in case of Azerbaijani refugees/IDPs as well.

    [–]Karranor 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Ah, I see what you were getting at.

    [–]Diasida 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    What is your favourite traditional dish?

    Kebab.

    [–]KoeIkastmagneetEuropean Union 0 points1 point  (3 children)

    what is the general perception of the dispute in todays Azerbaijan? Is it a big strain on international relations with other countries like Russia?

    Russia, as you probably know, along with the United States and France is one of the co-chairs of the Minsk Group of OSCE, the group, which has a mandate to facilitate resolution of the conflict. And Azerbaijan hopes that Minsk Group co-chairs will be more active than they are today. Of course, Azerbaijan cannot agree with the current situation. United Nations Security Council resolutions demanding withdrawal of Armenian troops – immediate and unconditional – were adopted more than twenty years ago and they remain on paper. Three countries of the OSCE Minsk group co-chairs, at the same time, three countries - permanent members of Security Council. So that means that these resolutions were adopted with their participation. They did not object against these resolutions. But they are not implemented and these leading countries of the world cannot exert enough pressure on aggressor Armenia to pull back from the occupied territories. Therefore, Azerbaijan hopes that the conflict will be resolved based on these resolutions. It is the only way of how to do it because you cannot justify the aggression. Armenia occupied not only Nagorno-Karabakh, but also seven districts surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh, where Armenian population never lived. In Nagorno-Karabakh itself 30 percent of the population was of Azerbaijani origin. They all have been expelled. And after that in Nagorno-Karabakh they held several times so-called referendums. And one of them was held just a couple of days ago, which is absolutely illegal and is not recognized by any country in the world. By the way, Russia, United States, France and the European Union already issued statements that they do not recognize Nagorno-Karabakh as an independent entity, and they do not recognize the outcome of that referendum.

    Russia is a neighbor to Azerbaijan. It is not a direct neighbor to Armenia, but a regional neighbor. Therefore, I think it's in the interests of Russia that the conflict is resolved because the conflict is a source of permanent threat and de-stabilization. And, of course, if the situation goes out of control, all the countries of the region will have problems.

    [–]ARSAKH 0 points1 point  (1 child)

    It is funny how you keep using these UN resolutions as propaganda when in reality they have nothing about Nagorno-KArabakh, Armenia or occupation

    [–]KoeIkastmagneetEuropean Union 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    https://2001-2009.state.gov/p/eur/rls/or/13508.htm

    Search for text "Nagorny Karabakh region of the Azerbaijani Republic" and "the immediate complete and unconditional withdrawal of the occupying forces involved from the district of Agdam and all other recently occupied areas of the Azerbaijan Republic".

    And if you have doubts that the occupying forces are Armenian check the UN General Assembly resolution http://www.un.org/press/en/2008/ga10693.doc.htm

    [–]Karranor 7 points8 points  (12 children)

    I have to admit I had to look at my globe to figure out where Azerbaijan is. Are you annoyed by my ignorance (and probably the ignorance of many other Germans on that matter) or do you think it's to be expected? (or both?)

    [–][deleted] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

    Are you annoyed by my ignorance

    Yeah. Especially when people say that we're a muslim country, even though, we declared a secular republic and gave women equal rights before many European states did it. In fact, what strikes me the most, is that many of these people are from countries where constitution still has some references to Christianity. To me it's super anti-secular.

    Also, when people from Russian-speaking world call us caucasian, even though we're Turkic. In fact, most people don't even know what Turkic means. They usually think, it just means Turkish.

    [–][deleted] 7 points8 points  (10 children)

    Expected, Azerbaijan is a small country that only gained independence a little over 25 years ago, however I do get surprised when people even from Eastern Europe don't know where Azerbaijan is.

    [–]ostseebestsee 7 points8 points  (1 child)

    I know where it is since Eurovision

    [–][deleted] 11 points12 points  (0 children)

    Well, We'll host some matches for Euro 2020, so make sure to watch that too =)

    [–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    only gained independence a little over 25 years ago

    We regained it 25 years ago. We originally gained it 99 years ago in 1918.

    [–]Karranor 2 points3 points  (6 children)

    If it helps, I at least knew where to look for it. :>

    Thanks for the answer.

    Another question, what's currently the main (domestic) issue people are talking and arguing about?

    [–][deleted] 7 points8 points  (2 children)

    economic issues such as low oil prices, currency devaluation and inflation. Not really much arguing about it, but with low oil prices government is now financing major non-oil projects.

    [–]Karranor 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    I just looked it up, an inflation rate of 10%+ is really a lot. What are the ideas to counteract it?

    [–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    right now its slowly balancing out, but previously the only option was to spend money to keep the currency at previous rates.

    [–]araz95Azerbaijan 3 points4 points  (2 children)

    Economic and democratic issues. I dont know if you are aware but our lord and savior President Aliyev just nominated his wife for vice president, this is some messed up shit even for our standards.

    [–]Karranor 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    I didn't know that, but yes that's pretty questionable.

    Thanks for the answer.

    [–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I still like to believe I was dreaming and that never happened.

    [–]cpt_lulz 4 points5 points  (4 children)

    I've heard from Rainbow Gatherings and other subcultural festivals/meetings/raves going on at your border to Iran.

    Any insights? Sounds interesting :)

    [–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (3 children)

    I've heard from Rainbow Gatherings and other subcultural festivals/meetings/raves going on at your border to Iran.

    Never heard of this specific trend. Many Iranians come to celebrate Novruz in Baku. As for festivals, I yearly attend AzeCon, which is a cosplay festival with some otaku/geek content being sold. I've never seen any foreigners there, except for some Arabs staring at us last year. But they were just staying in the same hotel, not attending the festival.

    Are you interested? It must be nothing remotely close to what you have in Germany in terms of scale. We call it a festival, but it's just one day long.

    I've heard about some outdoor music festivals, but I don't know enough about them.

    [–]cpt_lulz 2 points3 points  (2 children)

    Haha, on the one side I have zero ideas about Cosplay. On the other side, though: this might be the most interesting combination... ever.

    And you guys seem really friendly!

    [–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    this might be the most interesting combination... ever

    Combination of what?

    [–]cpt_lulz 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    A Con (which I have never been at, don't speak the code and have no idea how it works) and Azerbaijan (where I have never been at, don't speak the language and have little idea about cultural interactions). :)

    [–]Godfatherofjam 2 points3 points  (6 children)

    In my German town there is a refugee/migrant, who says he used to work as a policeman in Azerbaijan and wants to live here on Asylum. What kind of troubles could he have faced, he hasn't talked about it? Is he genuine and what kind of problems does the regular populace face?

    [–]araz95Azerbaijan 3 points4 points  (3 children)

    Probably political/juridical, many police in ex-soviet states are prone to get get into trouble for bribes/unlawful conduct. Few actually get busted, but the ramifications can be bad. It can be anything from getting on the mafia's persona non grata to social justice. You should probably ask him.

    [–]Godfatherofjam 1 point2 points  (2 children)

    Well, he got here in 2015, soviet time is a little too far away for that, isn´t it? I thought about problems with the Mafia or organised crime, but is it really that bad in your country? I would guess that at least policemen would be protected by the state and if he would be corrupt he woulnd´t get asylum, he would´ve done something wrong. Or could it be that he is here solely for economic reasons?

    I never associated Azerbaijan with a place people need to flee from, as we haven´t heard from any active conflicts over there in quite some time.

    [–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I thought about problems with the Mafia or organised crime, but is it really that bad in your country?

    Yakudza is quite influential in the southern zone around Lankaran. I learned that they are more influential, than I've expected before.

    Or could it be that he is here solely for economic reasons?

    A policeman searching asylum for economic reasons? LOL. No way. These people are well paid.

    [–]araz95Azerbaijan 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    What i originally meant is that the soviet times have shaped the way police operate in today's society even though the soviet collapsed a long time ago. In Azerbaijan and neighboring Armenia police are often mistrusted because you often have to pay unofficial fees (bribes) in order to get things done. These are some of the leftovers that we (ex-soviet states) are still struggling with.

    Some policemen are in bed with the mafia, and yes the mafia is very prevalent in the ex-soviet states. These are actually, even stranger, in some ways leftovers from the tsar times. The russian mafia (bratva) originates from the 1700s and have structured the Azerbaijani one along with pretty much the rest of the soviet mafias.

    [–]Diasida 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Most of these asylum seekers are beggars and they blatantly lie to get asylum. They think that in Europe they'll be provided with free house, money, food and job. I know 2 straight men who pretended they're a "persecuted" gay couple so they would be guaranteed asylum in France.

    [–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Eh... The police is actually quite privileged in Azerbaijan. Well, maybe he refused to obey some illegal order, or smth. But then, why the hell did he become a policeman?

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      [–]araz95Azerbaijan 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      I thought she was Ukrainian

      EDIT: Apparently not, she only lives there

      [–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      I wonder if she has a tough dad)

      [–]kamrouzAzerbaijan South 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      What a beautiful ass, thanks for sharing.

      [–]100limes 0 points1 point  (7 children)

      You guys seem really cool! I'd love to visit one day!

      But uh, about the elephant in the room - the human rights situation in Azerbaijan has its own Wikipedia article, which finds quite drastic words to describe it.

      Can you relate? Are there really no foreign media? Do you think reddit/twitter/etc might get firewalled/blocked as they did in Turkey? I've read that the government has really cracked down on corruption, but there still seems to be a lot of police brutality? Will talking about it here have consequences for you? Ö

      On a more positive note: I find that it is easiest to get to know a country and become really curious about it is music. So please, if you know any worthwhile contemporary Azeri bands/artists, I'd like to give them a try Ü

      [–]Diasida 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      Before I answer your questions, I want to talk about the REAL elephant in the room. I could try to dismiss it. I could not mention it. But the major and the greatest and the gravest violation of the human rights facing the citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan is the ongoing occupation, forceful displacement of one million of Azerbaijani people. We could talk about all the rights of Azerbaijani people. We could talk about all we want, but we cannot ignore the fact that one million of Azerbaijanis — children, women and men — have been living outside their homes, forcefully displaced, having no rights for reproductive health, gender, voting, health care, and education. I think that's very important.

      Azerbaijan still suffers from the Armenian occupation of almost 20 percent — one-fifth of its international recognized territory and displacement of about one million people from their homes.

      Now, to answer your questions:

      Are there really no foreign media?

      I conclude from the question that you probably read it from wikipedia. You shouldn't take wikipedia articles about Azerbaijan serious, because they're either outdated or edited by Armenians who want to present Azerbaijan as evil as possible.

      In 2009 the media air space was nationalized, meaning that no foreign media were allowed to benefit from broadcasting in local frequencies anymore (TV and radio). The same process happened in Latvia and Estonia. It doesn't mean that the foreign media was banned.

      Today most people in Azerbaijan subscribed to cable TV which includes at least 50 foreign media channels, including CNN, BBC, Aljazeera, Turkish and Russian channels.

      The foreign news agencies currently functioning in Azerbaijan, include BBC Azeri, CIA funded RFE/RL, Russian Sputnik, Turkish TRT and others.

      In addition, Azerbaijan has a state fund for support of mass media. It supports newspapers and other outlets, including opposition papers without interfering with their content. In 2014, under the program initiated by President Aliyev, around $16.4 million have been allocated to strengthening the social protection for journalists, including housing assistance. President's fund for support of media actually allocates money to the very media which spends most of the time criticizing the government. The fund does not interfere with the work of journalists.

      That is why it was not a coincidence that last year the 5th News Agencies World Congress was held in Baku, Azerbaijan. All major international news agencies participated and they all praised Azerbaijan for creating a healthy environment in which journalists can work without any obstacles.

      Do you think reddit/twitter/etc might get firewalled/blocked as they did in Turkey?

      In Azerbaijan people have a freedom of expression and that includes freedom of Internet. In Azerbaijan, there's absolutely unrestricted Internet access. About 85 percent of the Azerbaijani population have access to Internet. Azerbaijan will increase that number. The government working very hard and appreciates the help from its German friends on working with them to make it about 100 percent connectivity. Of course, that is an ambitious goal and the Azerbaijani government will try to as much.

      I've read that the government has really cracked down on corruption, but there still seems to be a lot of police brutality?

      Azerbaijani police has been trained and tested by OSCE and found to be up to the European standards for dealing with protesters. In the past they used Soviet methods, since 2012 they have been trained to use European standards.

      Will talking about it here have consequences for you?

      Everybody can express opinions in Azerbaijan, everyone says what they want unless they start being totally out of order and groundlessly talking in direct conflict with the state interests.

      [–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (4 children)

      You guys seem really cool! I'd love to visit one day!

      Visa process was made easier just recently. So, we're waiting.

      Can you relate?

      In terms of freedom of speech, nothing will happen to you, if you're not famous or a member of some political movement. Even if you openly criticise the government. However, if you are famous or a member of a political movement, they can "find" drugs in your pocket, or stuff like that.

      Ii can relate in a scene that the only thing people know about my country is that we have a shitty HR situation.

      Are there really no foreign media?

      It depends on what you mean by that. Until recently, access was almost absolutely opened (with an exception of Wikileaks). At least, that was my observation. However, since last year there were some occasional problems with access to some media.

      Also, there used to be BBC Azerbaijani and Radio Liberty offices during Heydar's presidency. However, since Ilham became president, they firs closed the BBC office and now Radio Liberty has problems. However, you can still access their sites (though, with occasional problems). I've just asked a person I know who's now in Baku to check. He said, the sites which used to have problems are accessible now.

      Do you think reddit/twitter/etc might get firewalled/blocked as they did in Turkey?

      No one cares about reddit. And twitter isn't that popular either.

      I've read that the government has really cracked down on corruption

      Did you read that from a governmental source? Well, they've created ASAN hidmet which made corruption a bit more difficult than it used to be.

      but there still seems to be a lot of police brutality? Will talking about it here have consequences for you?

      A policeman once hit my hand, when I was crossed a road in a wrong place. I was underage, by the way.

      I find that it is easiest to get to know a country and become really curious about it is music. So please, if you know any worthwhile contemporary Azeri bands/artists, I'd like to give them a try

      Here is a dance pop song. What genre are you interested in?

      [–]100limes 0 points1 point  (3 children)

      Wow, thank you so much! I read about ASAN on Wikipedia, so uuuh ... maybe from govt'l sources, yes :D

      Musically, generally everything that rocks is good! Although I've also discovered Jamal Ali / D.W.A. via your subreddit, and I've been rocking that track since! Wish I could understand it, though Ü

      [–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      Musically, generally everything that rocks is good!

      Here's some heavy metal, then.