November 23, 2012 |
MEXICO CITY -- That big, hulking statue of the Caucasian strongman has got to go. Such was the recommendation Friday of a special committee appointed to resolve one of the odder controversies to beset this capital. At issue: the city government's decision to allow Azerbaijan to erect a monument to its late president, Heydar Aliyev, on the iconic Reforma Boulevard, prime real estate in the sprawling megalopolis. The bronze and marble statue generated protests and a running debate in the media.
October 19, 2012 |
MEXICO CITY - The leafy green parks of Mexico City's elegant Polanco neighborhood have their politically comforting statues. There's Abraham Lincoln, poised thoughtfully near a shallow pond. Across from him, there's Martin Luther King. And a few blocks away, Mohandas Gandhi. And then there's the newest addition, a real head-scratcher: Heydar Aliyev, the late strongman of Azerbaijan. The presence of Aliyev, in larger-than-life bronze on a well-traveled segment of the city's iconic Reforma Boulevard, has infuriated residents.
August 12, 2012 |
- The U.S. won its second wrestling medal of the Olympics when Coleman Scott came back to win a bronze in the 132-pound class on Saturday. Scott was beaten by eventual gold medalist Toghrul Asgarov of Azerbaijan in the semifinals but worked his way back through the repechage round. Scott beat Kenichi Yumoto of Japan in one of the two bronze matches. Besik Kudukhov of Russia won the silver and Yogeshwar Dutt of India got the other bronze. The U.S. had another chance at a medal but Tervel Dlagnev lost in a bronze-medal match to Komeil Ghasemi of Iran in the 264-pound class.
May 30, 2009 |
It happened in Baku, transforming the capital of Azerbaijan into a battleground in a global shadow war. Police intercepted a fleeing car and captured two suspected Hezbollah militants from Lebanon. The car contained explosives, binoculars, cameras, pistols with silencers and reconnaissance photos. Raiding alleged safe houses, police foiled what authorities say was a plot to blow up the Israeli Embassy in Azerbaijan, a former Soviet republic that borders Iran.
May 1, 2009 |
A young man opened fire Thursday in a bustling building in a prestigious university in Azerbaijan, killing 12 people before turning the gun on himself. The gunman was identified as Farda Gadyrov, a citizen of neighboring Georgia. He entered the building at Azerbaijan State Oil Academy in Baku, the capital, about 9:30 a.m. and began climbing the stairs, shooting indiscriminately as he went, officials said. More than a dozen people were wounded. The gunman killed himself as police closed in.
March 22, 2009 |
Alekper Aliyev's cellphone buzzed on the iron table. "What's going on is a nightmare," said the text message from one of his readers. "I worry about you. Take care. Don't give up." The 31-year-old Azerbaijani novelist says he knew his latest book would cause a storm, but he never imagined the police would get involved. "Artush and Zaur," the story of a gay love affair between an Azeri and an Armenian amid war between their countrymen as the Soviet Union is collapsing, is cultural dynamite for mainly Muslim Azerbaijan.