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Seven years after the suicide of Isa Shakhmarli — little change for queer Azerbaijanis

For the past six years, Azerbaijan’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community has marked 22 January as a day to fight homophobic hate.

Seven years after the suicide of Isa Shakhmarli — little change for queer Azerbaijanis

By Hamida Giyasbayli

For the past six years, Azerbaijan’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community has marked 22 January as a day to fight homophobic hate.

20/01/2021

Georgians take queerness and gender-bending to TikTok 

Queer Georgians are increasingly flocking to TikTok to explore and express their identities.

Georgians take queerness and gender-bending to TikTok 

By Shota Kincha

Queer Georgians are increasingly flocking to TikTok to explore and express their identities.

15/01/2021

Azerbaijan’s volunteers in the line of fire

When the Azerbaijani government could not take of the people living near the frontline, these women stepped in. 

Azerbaijan’s volunteers in the line of fire

By Hamida Giyasbayli

When the Azerbaijani government could not take of the people living near the frontline, these women stepped in. 

17/12/2020

War from behind the lens: conflict reporting as an Azerbaijani IDP 

Shells, war crimes, and a belated homecoming, for Ahmad Mukhtar, reporting on the second Nagorno-Karabakh war was a deeply personal affair. 

War from behind the lens: conflict reporting as an Azerbaijani IDP 

By Hamida Giyasbayli

Shells, war crimes, and a belated homecoming, for Ahmad Mukhtar, reporting on the second Nagorno-Karabakh war was a deeply personal affair. 

10/12/2020

Armenophobia: ‘the oldest form of xenophobia in Georgia’

From racist tropes about rich and greedy merchants to overblown fears of separatism, Georgia’s ethnic Armenians are frequently the targets of hate.

Armenophobia: ‘the oldest form of xenophobia in Georgia’

By Shota Kincha

From racist tropes about rich and greedy merchants to overblown fears of separatism, Georgia’s ethnic Armenians are frequently the targets of hate.

9/12/2020

The never-ending lockdown for Radio Marneuli

Radio Marneuli has long complained of being ignored by the authorities; during the lockdown, this has created a dangerous information vacuum.

The never-ending lockdown for Radio Marneuli

By Tamuna Chkareuli

Radio Marneuli has long complained of being ignored by the authorities; during the lockdown, this has created a dangerous information vacuum.

3/12/2020

From Beirut to Yerevan: A survivor’s story

Shoghik Hekimyan-Godalazian, 73, moved to Armenia after a massive explosion in August 2020 ripped through her home in downtown Beirut. 

From Beirut to Yerevan: A survivor’s story

By Nellie Petrossian

Shoghik Hekimyan-Godalazian, 73, moved to Armenia after a massive explosion in August 2020 ripped through her home in downtown Beirut. 

28/11/2020

‘We’ve left our hearts there’: Displaced by war in Nagorno-Karabakh

The war forced tens of thousands of Nagorno-Karabakh residents to flee their homes, now some of them are ready to share their stories. 

‘We’ve left our hearts there’: Displaced by war in Nagorno-Karabakh

By Dvin Titizian

The war forced tens of thousands of Nagorno-Karabakh residents to flee their homes, now some of them are ready to share their stories. 

20/11/2020

Violets for megabytes: online learning in Georgia leaves students disconnected

A lack of internet access in the high mountains of Adjara and the financial burden on teachers and families mean many children are losing out on their education.

Violets for megabytes: online learning in Georgia leaves students disconnected

By Tamuna Chkareuli

A lack of internet access in the high mountains of Adjara and the financial burden on teachers and families mean many children are losing out on their education.

12/11/2020

Coronavirus deaths pile up in Georgia amidst political unrest

Despite new restrictions including a curfew and mask mandate, the government has so far failed to halt the rising number of deaths.

Coronavirus deaths pile up in Georgia amidst political unrest

By Tamuna Chkareuli

Despite new restrictions including a curfew and mask mandate, the government has so far failed to halt the rising number of deaths.

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