• Azerbaijan's Hosting of Eurovision Song Contest a Success Despite Human Rights Complaints

    Shining in Rainbow colours, Azerbaijan's Crystal Hall has been bathing in pop-glory this week as Baku plays host to the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. Two semi-finals are being held during a week of musical extravagance which culminates with the contest finals on Saturday the 26th May. The contest is both loved and ridiculed across the continent but love it or hate it, the contest draws 125 million spectators from around the world and Azerbaijan will be keen to showcase itself to the global audience. However, away from the floodlit stadium and star-studded parties' human rights campaigners say the contest masks political and social repression that has plagued the country for years. Human Rights Lawyer Lela Yunnus: "So my message (to Eurovision) is that, it's shame on you that you did not...

    published: 24 May 2012
  • Iran continue to attack & humiliate Azerbaijan for hosting Eurovision song contest

    Iranian television contineue to attack and humiliate Republic of Azerbaijan for hosting Eurovision song contest .

    published: 23 May 2012
  • Azerbaijan will continue hosting chess tournaments

    Azerbaijan will continue hosting chess tournaments Azerbaijan will continue hosting chess tournaments We have reached the equator of the Olympiad. It is a rest day tomorrow and then real Olympiad will start. I do hope that the fans of chess and the media are pleased with the way the competition unfolds,” the press service of the Baku Chess Olympiad has quoted the director of the 42nd Chess Olympiad Operating Committee and Vice President of the Azerbaijan Chess Federation, Mr. Mahir Mammadov, as saying. Mahir Mammadov held a press conference for local and foreign journalists at the media center of the Baku Crystal Hall. He said extensive work had been done to prepare for the Olympiad. “When we were awarded the right to host this Olympiad, we set ourselves the goal of doing it at the highe...

    published: 09 Sep 2016
  • Azerbaijan criticised ahead of Eurovision

    Subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe Azerbaijan is hosting the Eurovision song contest, but already people are questioning the lack of transparency in funding the musical extravaganza. While the country may be rich in oil, some people say they are paying a heavy price for the singing competition, which the country won last year. The government has reduced spending on water improvement projects and has channeled one third of the existing funds to the Eurovision, despite lack of basic facilities like water supply to the people. Human rights activists have also come out on the streets to highlight its poor track record, as the country has come under global media spotlight. Al Jazeera’s Sohail Rahman reports from the capital, Baku. At Al Jazeera English, we focus on people ...

    published: 26 May 2012
  • Top 9: Entries from Azerbaijan

    Azerbaijan hosted the contest in 2012 after Ell & Nikki won the contest in Dusseldorf the year before. Azerbaijan participated only 9 times in the contest so far, so instead of the usual top 10, here is the top 9 from Azerbaijan! Which song is your favourite?

    published: 02 Dec 2016
  • Introducing Azerbaijan: the local food

    Powered by http://www.eurovision.tv Baku will be the host city of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. Will you fly to Azerbaijan to attend the contest? Introducing the county, we take you to a restaurant in Baku.

    published: 31 Mar 2012
  • Facing The Music Eurovision In Azerbaijan

    Azerbaijan is hosting this year's Eurovision Song Contest. It's a big chance for this small, oil-rich country to step onto the world stage. But Azerbaijan has a poor human rights record and problems with corruption. So is it really an appropriate place to be hosting such a high-profile event? BBC Persian's Mehdi Parpanchi travels to Azerbaijan to find out more about the extraordinary changes this country has gone through since independence from the USSR and to ask what people there really think about Eurovision.

    published: 18 Jun 2012
  • Baku residents say Eurovision has led to evictions

    Subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe Subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe The Azerbaijani capital Baku will be hosting the final stage of the Eurovision Song contest, but rights activists say the preparations highlight govermnment corruption and human rights abuses. The Azaeri government have spent a record $100m dollars directly on one of the world's longest-running and most widely watched music events, but locals as part of those preparations, they have been forced out of their homes. Rights groups say they have proof that in the past few years, 4000 apartments have been demolished and up to 50,000 people have been evicted across the country . Al Jazeera's Sohail Rahman reports from Baku. At Al Jazeera English, we focus on people and events that affect...

    published: 24 May 2012
  • Statue of Azerbaijan's leader confuses capital's residents

    (2 Oct 2012) 1. Monument to former Azerbaijan president Geidar Aliyev 2. Tilt up statue of Aliyev 3. Close inscription on statue reading "Heydar Aliyev 1923-2003" 4. Pan right man walking past statue 5. Tilt down of plaque in front of statue with dedication in English 6. Wide of monument 7. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) vox pop, Miguel Angel Mendoza, student: "It's out of place more than anything." 8. Various of statue 9. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) vox pop, Mariana Gasca, student: "They shouldn't spend millions of pesos on building monuments that have no purpose. It would be better to use it (the money) for public health or fixing the city so it looks better." 10. Wide of monument STORYLINE The appearance of a life-size statue of Azerbaijan's "founder of the nation" on Mexico City's elega...

    published: 31 Jul 2015
  • Azerbaijan Fails At Human Rights And Still Hosts Big Sporting Events

    Formula One racing's 2016 European Grand Prix is Sunday, and with a name like that, you'd think it'd be in Paris, London or Rome. But it's actually in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. "For a start, I don't know anything about Azerbaijan," four-time Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel said. "So I know where the country is; I know it's next to the Caspian Sea, and Baku is right by the Caspian Sea, but that's about it." You might not have heard of Azerbaijan, either, a country that's at best considered on the edge of Europe and Asia. But its government is trying to change that by hosting more and more major sporting events. In 2015, Baku hosted the first European games — think the Olympics, but just Europe. The games cost over $1 billion to put on but struggled to gain international trac...

    published: 18 Jun 2016
  • Should Azerbaijan host Eurovision?

    Azerbaijan recently won the Eurovision song contest, but does it deserve to host next year's prominent European song competition, given its history of cultural genocide, political oppression, and support of terrorism? Azerbaijan's Support of Terrorism: http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/country,,,QUERYRESPONSE,AZE,,3f7d4d577,0.html Cultural Genocide: http://www.archaeology.org/online/features/djulfa/index.html

    published: 10 Jun 2011
  • Welcome to Azerbaijan

    Powered by http://www.eurovision.tv The 2012 Eurovision Song Contest will take place on the 22nd, 24th and 26th of May in the capital of Azerbaijan, Baku. Azerbaijan won the right to host the contest when viewers and professional juries across Europe chose their 2011 entry Running Scared by Ell/Nikki as winner. Europe's Favourite TV Show will take place at the newly constructed Baku Crystal Hall. This venue, which was commissioned by the City of Baku, is a brand new multi-purpose indoor arena with an expected capacity of up to 23,000 spectators. Approximately 16,000 people will be able to attend each of the three Eurovision Song Contest live shows in May.

    published: 05 Apr 2012
  • Love, Love, Peace, Peace - How to create the perfect Eurovision Performance | Tutorial

    Måns Zelmerlöw and Comedian Petra Mede have the recipe for the perfect Eurovision Performance: Love, peace,memorable costumes and some strange old folkloristic instrument. Opening-Revue mit Måns Zelmerlöw & Petra Mede -- https://youtu.be/YuszTGJlRoo

    published: 14 May 2016
  • Sport in Azerbaijan

    Sport in Azerbaijan has ancient roots, and even now, both traditional and modern sports are still practiced. Freestyle wrestling has been traditionally regarded as Azerbaijan's national sport, in which Azerbaijan won up to fourteen medals, including four golds since joining the National Olympic Committee. Currently, the most popular sports include football and chess. Football is the most popular sport in Azerbaijan, and the Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan with 9,122 registered players, is the largest sporting association in the country. The national football team of Azerbaijan demonstrates relatively low performance in the international arena compared to the nation football clubs. The most successful Azerbaijani football clubs are Neftchi Baku, Inter Baku, Qarabağ, and K...

    published: 08 May 2015
  • AIESEC in Albania-Hosting Families

    EP from Azerbaijan promoting Hosting Families

    published: 30 Sep 2015
  • Azerbaijan

    Azerbaijan

    published: 25 Oct 2006
  • 2016 Azerbaijan - Paddock Pass _ European Grand Prix Preview

    Baku is hosting its first-ever European GP and its track is very impressive - filled with intense speed and challenging curves. With Azerbaijan capital Baku set to host its first-ever European GP, Formula 1's Paddock Pass takes a look at the course and asks racers if they've experienced any similar tracks. A strange tire choice led to disappointment for team Ferrari in the Montreal GP. Now, Sebastian Vettel explains why the team could be better in the upcoming challenge of the European GP.

    published: 18 Jun 2016
  • Introducing Azerbaijan Part Two: Novruz holiday

    Powered by http://www.eurovision.tv Under the travel section of the Eurovision.tv website we placed a short video devoted to the celebration of Novruz, a national holiday in Azerbaijan. Novruz is a holiday of friendship and peace. It is meant to connect people. Novruz means a new day, which explains why we celebrate the holiday in spring. Novruz signifies the awakening of nature from winter, the beginning of a new day. Preparations for Novruz start four weeks prior to the festival. Each of the forthcoming four weeks is devoted to one of the four elements of life on our planet: water, fire, earth and wind. Each of the so-called Novruz Tuesdays people celebrate one of these symbols of life. One of the main elements of this holiday is fire. Today we are celebrating "the Fire Tuesday". It i...

    published: 02 Mar 2012
  • Safura: "Sabina's singing is perfect"

    Our representative at Eurovision 2010 Safura talked about the success that came after the contest.Safura Alizade who represented Azerbaijan at Eurovision Song Contest 2010 and took the 5th place talked about the success that the contest brought to her. In the interview to eurovision.az Safura spoke about news in her professional life, about our this year's representative Sabina Babayeva and her song "When The Music Dies" and about Azerbaijan's hosting Eurovision 2012."Eurovision made a lot of changes in my life. Today, I'm known and listened in Europe. Our Eurovision 2012 representative Sabina Babayeva's style of singing is perfect and I wish her good luck. It's not important what place she will take! To win the sympathy of the audience and to be remembered is the real goal.Safura visited...

    published: 13 Apr 2012
  • Learning how to be the perfect Eurovision host with Måns Zelmerlöw

    The three hosts thought to be ready for hosting the biggest entertainment show in the world. Måns gave them essential tips. Read more on https://eurovision.tv

    published: 13 May 2017
  • Ell & Nikki (Azerbaijan) Interview with the winners of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest

    Powered by http://www.eurovision.tv We had an interview with the winners of the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 a few days after they won.

    published: 19 May 2011
  • Baku, Azerbaijan six months before the first ever European Games - Focus

    The city of Baku is experiencing rapid growth owing to increased oil investments and numerous international projects. Sport is among the city's priority and hosting the first ever European games, scheduled to run from June 12-28 next year, is top of the agenda. Simon Clegg, chief operating officer of the European Games 2015 said: ''It does not matter how much oil is in the Caspian, the one commodity you can not buy is time. We are on a time critical path here. The opening ceremony has to be delivered on 12th of June. There is no scope for delay.'' The former chief executive of the British Olympic Association, who is now responsible for the preparation of the 2015 European Games in the Azerbaijan capital, added he has no reasons to be worried about the readiness of the event. Of the 18 ...

    published: 19 Jan 2015
  • Demonstration in front of Iranian embassy , Azerbayjan angry of Tehran interference

    Azarbayjan television report of demonstration against Iranian regime in front of Iranian embassy in Baku for Tehran interference in its internal affairs . The Iranian regime criticize Azerbayjan for hosting Eurovision and protection of Gay Parade . Watch video of Urmia Friday prayer [http://www.lenziran.com/2012/05/hojatoleslam-hasani-attack-azarnbayjan-for-protecting-gay-parade-and-participation-in-eurovision/]

    published: 18 May 2012
  • Interview with Azerbaijan's participant, Sabina Babayeva

    powered by http://www.eurovision.tv Enjoy the Interview with Azerbaijan's participant, Sabina Babayeva.

    published: 04 Mar 2012
Azerbaijan's Hosting of Eurovision Song Contest a Success Despite Human Rights Complaints

Azerbaijan's Hosting of Eurovision Song Contest a Success Despite Human Rights Complaints

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Shining in Rainbow colours, Azerbaijan's Crystal Hall has been bathing in pop-glory this week as Baku plays host to the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. Two semi-finals are being held during a week of musical extravagance which culminates with the contest finals on Saturday the 26th May. The contest is both loved and ridiculed across the continent but love it or hate it, the contest draws 125 million spectators from around the world and Azerbaijan will be keen to showcase itself to the global audience. However, away from the floodlit stadium and star-studded parties' human rights campaigners say the contest masks political and social repression that has plagued the country for years. Human Rights Lawyer Lela Yunnus: "So my message (to Eurovision) is that, it's shame on you that you did not support democratisation and freedoms in Azerbaijan, the rule of law in Azerbaijan, that you did not support our whole nation and our society. You just support the corruption, ruling mafia clans." The contest has also triggered an international row between Azerbaijan and neighbouring Iran after a senior Iranian cleric raised concerns that the Eurovision might include anti-Islamic behaviour and a gay parade. The Azeri government was not impressed. Azeri Spokesperson Elman Abdullaev: "Azerbaijan is in fact pursuing its foreign policy, specially vis-a-vis its neighbours, based on good neighbourhood policy which is normally based on mutual respect and non-interference in internal affairs. This is the way we approach our neighbours. We try to respect them, and we ask respect, the same respect, from them." Despite the controversy the 134 Million USD stadium will come alive on Saturday with the winning act being chosen the same night by viewers and judges across Europe.
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Iran continue to attack &  humiliate Azerbaijan for hosting Eurovision song contest

Iran continue to attack & humiliate Azerbaijan for hosting Eurovision song contest

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Iranian television contineue to attack and humiliate Republic of Azerbaijan for hosting Eurovision song contest .
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Azerbaijan will continue hosting chess tournaments

Azerbaijan will continue hosting chess tournaments

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Azerbaijan will continue hosting chess tournaments Azerbaijan will continue hosting chess tournaments We have reached the equator of the Olympiad. It is a rest day tomorrow and then real Olympiad will start. I do hope that the fans of chess and the media are pleased with the way the competition unfolds,” the press service of the Baku Chess Olympiad has quoted the director of the 42nd Chess Olympiad Operating Committee and Vice President of the Azerbaijan Chess Federation, Mr. Mahir Mammadov, as saying. Mahir Mammadov held a press conference for local and foreign journalists at the media center of the Baku Crystal Hall. He said extensive work had been done to prepare for the Olympiad. “When we were awarded the right to host this Olympiad, we set ourselves the goal of doing it at the highest possible level. Our goal was to make the Olympiad a celebration of chess. Preparations were very intense. It would be immodest of me to say what makes the Baku Olympiad different from others, but I think an objective assessment of the Olympiad will be given after it has been completed. We are doing our best to create favorable conditions for all Olympiad participants,” Mahir Mammadov said. Saying that he was unable to see the games of Azerbaijani chess players being too busy attending to organizational matters as director of the Operating Committee, Mahir Mammadov noted, “I can’t say I have seen anyone’s performance quite well. I simply monitor the atmosphere in the teams and have very superficial information about what openings and combinations are played. It is certainly delightful that our men’s team is among leaders, while other women have lost only one point so far.” Mahir Mammadov also touched upon the issues emerging during the Olympiad. “Whenever there is a problem, we try to address it immediately. No matter how well you may be prepared for a competition, unforeseen situations are unavoidable. Serious attention is being paid to stopping outside interference in chess games. There is strict control over access to the building. It was announced before the games that captains could leave the building only once. However, the captain of the Greek team violated this rule, which is why security did not want to let him back into the playing hall,” Mammadov said. The Azerbaijan men’s and women’s teams wear uniforms different from other teams. This idea came from a member of the Operating Committee. “It wasn’t my idea. This suggestion was made by a member of the Operating Committee. We wanted to wear special uniforms in a number of previous competitions, but the proposed options were rejected because they were not fashionable enough. The present outfit looks nice,” he said. Noting that the activity of SOCAR-Azerbaijan chess club had been temporarily suspended due to the Olympiad, Mahir Mammadov said foreign guests would continue arriving in Baku in the coming days to attend the FIDE Congress. “We expect the arrival of high-profile visitors. I would not like to name them, but one of the key events on the agenda is the presentation of the venue of the next Olympiad,” Mahir Mammadov added. The director of the Chess Olympiad Operating Committee said the Olympiad had ushered a holiday of chess in Baku. “Our initial goal was to attract visitors and create a holiday atmosphere. We have coped with this mission. One can sense the holiday atmosphere in the city. There is a wonderful exhibition and entertainment area at Crystal Hall. There is a lot to see on the subject of chess. I would like to invite everyone to the hospitality zone,” he said. Although it is a rest day tomorrow, no official activities for chess players are envisaged. Explaining the reasons for that, Mahir Mammadov said, “There is a Bermuda Party for our visitors tonight. The beauty and infrastructure of Baku are at the disposal of all our guests. We did not organize a special program. First of all, the number of guests is too big. On the one hand, we are pleased with that, but, on the other, it is difficult to think of something for such a large group of people. We have organized the Olympiad around the boulevard. I would recommend that visitors see the Old City,” Mammadov noted. In conclusion, Mahir Mammadov said Azerbaijan would continue its efforts to organize prestigious chess tournaments. “Azerbaijan will not abandon its efforts to host chess tournaments. We will carry on with our usual tournaments. The Vugar Hashimov Memorial has been held in Shamkir for three years now. We will continue to organize this tournament. We are receiving suggestions to host a Chess Olympiad for children and FIDE Grand Prix events. We will start discussing these suggestions as soon as the Olympiad is over,” Mammadov concluded. -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "India vs Newzealand Kolkata test live streaming day 1 post lunch session" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FT9ljKf89yc -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
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Azerbaijan criticised ahead of Eurovision

Azerbaijan criticised ahead of Eurovision

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Subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe Azerbaijan is hosting the Eurovision song contest, but already people are questioning the lack of transparency in funding the musical extravaganza. While the country may be rich in oil, some people say they are paying a heavy price for the singing competition, which the country won last year. The government has reduced spending on water improvement projects and has channeled one third of the existing funds to the Eurovision, despite lack of basic facilities like water supply to the people. Human rights activists have also come out on the streets to highlight its poor track record, as the country has come under global media spotlight. Al Jazeera’s Sohail Rahman reports from the capital, Baku. At Al Jazeera English, we focus on people and events that affect people's lives. We bring topics to light that often go under-reported, listening to all sides of the story and giving a 'voice to the voiceless.' Reaching more than 270 million households in over 140 countries across the globe, our viewers trust Al Jazeera English to keep them informed, inspired, and entertained. Our impartial, fact-based reporting wins worldwide praise and respect. It is our unique brand of journalism that the world has come to rely on. We are reshaping global media and constantly working to strengthen our reputation as one of the world's most respected news and current affairs channels. Social Media links: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera Instagram: https://instagram.com/aljazeera/?ref=... Twitter: https://twitter.com/ajenglish Website: http://www.aljazeera.com/ google+: https://plus.google.com/+aljazeera/posts
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Top 9: Entries from Azerbaijan

Top 9: Entries from Azerbaijan

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Azerbaijan hosted the contest in 2012 after Ell & Nikki won the contest in Dusseldorf the year before. Azerbaijan participated only 9 times in the contest so far, so instead of the usual top 10, here is the top 9 from Azerbaijan! Which song is your favourite?
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Introducing Azerbaijan: the local food

Introducing Azerbaijan: the local food

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Powered by http://www.eurovision.tv Baku will be the host city of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. Will you fly to Azerbaijan to attend the contest? Introducing the county, we take you to a restaurant in Baku.
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Facing The Music Eurovision In Azerbaijan

Facing The Music Eurovision In Azerbaijan

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Azerbaijan is hosting this year's Eurovision Song Contest. It's a big chance for this small, oil-rich country to step onto the world stage. But Azerbaijan has a poor human rights record and problems with corruption. So is it really an appropriate place to be hosting such a high-profile event? BBC Persian's Mehdi Parpanchi travels to Azerbaijan to find out more about the extraordinary changes this country has gone through since independence from the USSR and to ask what people there really think about Eurovision.
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Baku residents say Eurovision has led to evictions

Baku residents say Eurovision has led to evictions

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Subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe Subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe The Azerbaijani capital Baku will be hosting the final stage of the Eurovision Song contest, but rights activists say the preparations highlight govermnment corruption and human rights abuses. The Azaeri government have spent a record $100m dollars directly on one of the world's longest-running and most widely watched music events, but locals as part of those preparations, they have been forced out of their homes. Rights groups say they have proof that in the past few years, 4000 apartments have been demolished and up to 50,000 people have been evicted across the country . Al Jazeera's Sohail Rahman reports from Baku. At Al Jazeera English, we focus on people and events that affect people's lives. We bring topics to light that often go under-reported, listening to all sides of the story and giving a 'voice to the voiceless.' Reaching more than 270 million households in over 140 countries across the globe, our viewers trust Al Jazeera English to keep them informed, inspired, and entertained. Our impartial, fact-based reporting wins worldwide praise and respect. It is our unique brand of journalism that the world has come to rely on. We are reshaping global media and constantly working to strengthen our reputation as one of the world's most respected news and current affairs channels. Social Media links: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera Instagram: https://instagram.com/aljazeera/?ref=... Twitter: https://twitter.com/ajenglish Website: http://www.aljazeera.com/ google+: https://plus.google.com/+aljazeera/posts
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Statue of Azerbaijan's leader confuses capital's residents

Statue of Azerbaijan's leader confuses capital's residents

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(2 Oct 2012) 1. Monument to former Azerbaijan president Geidar Aliyev 2. Tilt up statue of Aliyev 3. Close inscription on statue reading "Heydar Aliyev 1923-2003" 4. Pan right man walking past statue 5. Tilt down of plaque in front of statue with dedication in English 6. Wide of monument 7. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) vox pop, Miguel Angel Mendoza, student: "It's out of place more than anything." 8. Various of statue 9. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) vox pop, Mariana Gasca, student: "They shouldn't spend millions of pesos on building monuments that have no purpose. It would be better to use it (the money) for public health or fixing the city so it looks better." 10. Wide of monument STORYLINE The appearance of a life-size statue of Azerbaijan's "founder of the nation" on Mexico City's elegant Reforma Avenue, not far from Mahatma Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln and Mexico's national heroes, was raising eyebrows and protests on Tuesday. The Stalin-esque, bronze statue of Heydar Aliyev, the late authoritarian leader of the Caucasus republic, carries a plaque calling him "a brilliant example of infinite devotion to the motherland, loyal to the universal ideals of world peace." The monument, erected in late August, shows Aliyev sitting in a bronze chair in front of what appears to be an enormous, white marble map of Azerbaijan. "It's out of place more than anything," said Miguel Angel Mendoza, an 18-year-old high school student who was walking past the monument to the longtime ruler, who led Azerbaijan first as Communist Party boss during Soviet times and then as president from 1993 to 2003. It emerged that Azerbaijan contributed much of the 65 million pesos (5 million US dollars) it cost to renovate two Mexico City parks, allowing it to put monuments in both. Critics say that Aliyev, who stifled dissent, shouldn't be on a boulevard decorated with statues to Mexican and foreign heroes. It wouldn't be the first time that Azerbaijani PR efforts have drawn criticism. Rights groups protested Azerbaijan's hosting of the Eurovision song contest, and the radical feminist group Femen protested its hosting of this year's European Cup soccer championship. You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/4415b34c97114b88d9181c680530af11 Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork
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Azerbaijan Fails At Human Rights And Still Hosts Big Sporting Events

Azerbaijan Fails At Human Rights And Still Hosts Big Sporting Events

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Formula One racing's 2016 European Grand Prix is Sunday, and with a name like that, you'd think it'd be in Paris, London or Rome. But it's actually in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. "For a start, I don't know anything about Azerbaijan," four-time Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel said. "So I know where the country is; I know it's next to the Caspian Sea, and Baku is right by the Caspian Sea, but that's about it." You might not have heard of Azerbaijan, either, a country that's at best considered on the edge of Europe and Asia. But its government is trying to change that by hosting more and more major sporting events. In 2015, Baku hosted the first European games — think the Olympics, but just Europe. The games cost over $1 billion to put on but struggled to gain international traction. And in 2020, Baku will be part of soccer's European Championship, along with a dozen other cities scattered across the Continent. Azerbaijan has moved into sports advertising, as well. Atletico Madrid won the Spanish league title in 2014 with "Azerbaijan" on their uniforms. But just because Azerbaijan is trying to become a household name doesn't mean it wants you to know everything about the country. "Azerbaijan is pretty much left without any independent voices," a representative from Amnesty International told The Guardian. Azerbaijan has come under fire for cracking down on journalists and others who speak out against its ruling elite. According to Reporters Without Borders' press freedom rankings, it's in the bottom 10 percent among world nations. But organizers of events in Azerbaijan have largely chosen to stay silent about that, saying they don't want to mix sports and politics. In any case, Azerbaijan isn't alone. More and more international events are being hosted by countries that aren't viewed as truly democratic, often because they're the ones that have both the money to put up such an expensive event and the consolidated power to make the call. This video includes clips from Ferrari, Baku Media Center and The Guardian and images from Getty Images. Newsy is your source for concise, unbiased video news and analysis covering the top stories from around the world. With persistent curiosity and no agenda, we strive to fuel meaningful conversations by highlighting multiple sides of every story. Newsy delivers the news and perspective you need without the hype and bias common to many news sources. See more at http://www.newsy.com/ Like Newsy on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/newsyvideos/
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Should Azerbaijan host Eurovision?

Should Azerbaijan host Eurovision?

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Azerbaijan recently won the Eurovision song contest, but does it deserve to host next year's prominent European song competition, given its history of cultural genocide, political oppression, and support of terrorism? Azerbaijan's Support of Terrorism: http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/country,,,QUERYRESPONSE,AZE,,3f7d4d577,0.html Cultural Genocide: http://www.archaeology.org/online/features/djulfa/index.html
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Welcome to Azerbaijan

Welcome to Azerbaijan

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Powered by http://www.eurovision.tv The 2012 Eurovision Song Contest will take place on the 22nd, 24th and 26th of May in the capital of Azerbaijan, Baku. Azerbaijan won the right to host the contest when viewers and professional juries across Europe chose their 2011 entry Running Scared by Ell/Nikki as winner. Europe's Favourite TV Show will take place at the newly constructed Baku Crystal Hall. This venue, which was commissioned by the City of Baku, is a brand new multi-purpose indoor arena with an expected capacity of up to 23,000 spectators. Approximately 16,000 people will be able to attend each of the three Eurovision Song Contest live shows in May.
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Love, Love, Peace, Peace - How to create the perfect Eurovision Performance | Tutorial

Love, Love, Peace, Peace - How to create the perfect Eurovision Performance | Tutorial

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Måns Zelmerlöw and Comedian Petra Mede have the recipe for the perfect Eurovision Performance: Love, peace,memorable costumes and some strange old folkloristic instrument. Opening-Revue mit Måns Zelmerlöw & Petra Mede -- https://youtu.be/YuszTGJlRoo
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Sport in Azerbaijan

Sport in Azerbaijan

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Sport in Azerbaijan has ancient roots, and even now, both traditional and modern sports are still practiced. Freestyle wrestling has been traditionally regarded as Azerbaijan's national sport, in which Azerbaijan won up to fourteen medals, including four golds since joining the National Olympic Committee. Currently, the most popular sports include football and chess. Football is the most popular sport in Azerbaijan, and the Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan with 9,122 registered players, is the largest sporting association in the country. The national football team of Azerbaijan demonstrates relatively low performance in the international arena compared to the nation football clubs. The most successful Azerbaijani football clubs are Neftchi Baku, Inter Baku, Qarabağ, and Khazar Lankaran. In 2012, Neftchi Baku became the first Azerbaijani team to advance to the group stage of a European competition, beating APOEL of Cyprus 4-2 on aggregate in the play-off round of the 2012-13 UEFA Europa League. In 2014, Qarabağ became the second Azerbaijani club advancing to the group stage of UEFA Europa League. Futsal is another popular sport in Azerbaijan. The Azerbaijan national futsal team reached fourth place in the 2010 UEFA Futsal Championship, while domestic club Araz Naxçivan clinched bronze medals at the 2009–10 UEFA Futsal Cup and 2013–14 UEFA Futsal Cup. Azerbaijan is the main sponsor of Spanish football club Atlético de Madrid, a partnership that the club describes should 'promote the image of Azerbaijan in the world'. Azerbaijan is one of the traditional powerhouses of world chess, having hosted many international chess tournaments and competitions and became European Team Chess Championship winners in 2009 and 2013. Notable chess players from country's chess schools that made a great impact on the game in world, includes Teimour Radjabov, Shahriyar Mammadyarov, Vladimir Makogonov, Vugar Gashimov and former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov. As of 2014, country's home of Shamkir Chess a category 22 event and one of the highest rated tournaments of all time. Backgammon also plays a major role in Azerbaijani culture. The game is very popular in Azerbaijan and is widely played among the local public. There are also different variations of backgammon developed and analyzed by Azerbaijani experts. Azerbaijan is one of the leading volleyball countries in the world and its Azerbaijan Women's Volleyball Super League is one of strongest women leagues in world. Its women's national team came fourth at the 2005 European Championship. Over the last years, clubs like Rabita Baku and Azerrail Baku achieved great success at European cups. Azerbaijani volleyball players include likes of Valeriya Korotenko, Oksana Parkhomenko, Inessa Korkmaz, Natalya Mammadova and Alla Hasanova. Azerbaijan has a Formula One race-track and country will be hosting its first Formula One Grand Prix in 2016. Other well-known Azerbaijani athletes are Namig Abdullayev, Toghrul Asgarov, Rovshan Bayramov, Sharif Sharifov, Mariya Stadnik and Farid Mansurov in wrestling, Elnur Mammadli, Elkhan Mammadov and Nazim Huseynov in judo, Rafael Aghayev in karate, Magomedrasul Majidov and Aghasi Mammadov in boxing, Nizami Pashayev in Olympic weightlifting, Azad Asgarov in pankration, Eduard Mammadov in kickboxing, and K-1 fighter Zabit Samedov. Azerbaijan hosted several major sport competitions in last decade, including the 2013 F1 Powerboat World Championship, 2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, 2011 AIBA World Boxing Championships, 2010 European Wrestling Championships, 2009 Rhythmic Gymnastics European Championships, 2014 European Taekwondo Championships. On 8 December 2012, Baku was selected to host the 2015 European Games, the first to be held in competition's history. The most important annual sporting events held in the country are Baku Cup and Tour d'Azerbaïdjan cycling race.
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AIESEC in Albania-Hosting Families

AIESEC in Albania-Hosting Families

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EP from Azerbaijan promoting Hosting Families
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Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan

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2016 Azerbaijan - Paddock Pass _ European Grand Prix Preview

2016 Azerbaijan - Paddock Pass _ European Grand Prix Preview

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Baku is hosting its first-ever European GP and its track is very impressive - filled with intense speed and challenging curves. With Azerbaijan capital Baku set to host its first-ever European GP, Formula 1's Paddock Pass takes a look at the course and asks racers if they've experienced any similar tracks. A strange tire choice led to disappointment for team Ferrari in the Montreal GP. Now, Sebastian Vettel explains why the team could be better in the upcoming challenge of the European GP.
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Introducing Azerbaijan Part Two: Novruz holiday

Introducing Azerbaijan Part Two: Novruz holiday

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Powered by http://www.eurovision.tv Under the travel section of the Eurovision.tv website we placed a short video devoted to the celebration of Novruz, a national holiday in Azerbaijan. Novruz is a holiday of friendship and peace. It is meant to connect people. Novruz means a new day, which explains why we celebrate the holiday in spring. Novruz signifies the awakening of nature from winter, the beginning of a new day. Preparations for Novruz start four weeks prior to the festival. Each of the forthcoming four weeks is devoted to one of the four elements of life on our planet: water, fire, earth and wind. Each of the so-called Novruz Tuesdays people celebrate one of these symbols of life. One of the main elements of this holiday is fire. Today we are celebrating "the Fire Tuesday". It is the second of the four Novruz Tuesdays, which signals the coming of spring. The key feature of the week is people dancing around bonfires. "The Fire Tuesday" signifies the warmth in the hearts of people who live in the Land of Fire -- Azerbaijan. People spend this day with their relatives and friends. Everybody gets to share the warmth of this fire. The main days of the holiday fall on the 20th and the 21st of March. On those days we will witness a completely different picture throughout the country. The joy of the holiday will be shared everywhere. UNESCO included this holiday in its lists of intangible cultural heritage. In 2010, the UN announced March 21st as "International Day of Novruz". We invite you to watch how the great holiday is celebrated in Azerbaijan.
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Safura: "Sabina's singing is perfect"

Safura: "Sabina's singing is perfect"

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Our representative at Eurovision 2010 Safura talked about the success that came after the contest.Safura Alizade who represented Azerbaijan at Eurovision Song Contest 2010 and took the 5th place talked about the success that the contest brought to her. In the interview to eurovision.az Safura spoke about news in her professional life, about our this year's representative Sabina Babayeva and her song "When The Music Dies" and about Azerbaijan's hosting Eurovision 2012."Eurovision made a lot of changes in my life. Today, I'm known and listened in Europe. Our Eurovision 2012 representative Sabina Babayeva's style of singing is perfect and I wish her good luck. It's not important what place she will take! To win the sympathy of the audience and to be remembered is the real goal.Safura visited the Eurovision Center with her new friend Georgetta. Watch the video to hear Safura's answers and meet her new friend. eurovision.az
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Learning how to be the perfect Eurovision host with Måns Zelmerlöw

Learning how to be the perfect Eurovision host with Måns Zelmerlöw

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The three hosts thought to be ready for hosting the biggest entertainment show in the world. Måns gave them essential tips. Read more on https://eurovision.tv
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Ell & Nikki (Azerbaijan) Interview with the winners of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest

Ell & Nikki (Azerbaijan) Interview with the winners of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest

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Powered by http://www.eurovision.tv We had an interview with the winners of the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 a few days after they won.
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Baku, Azerbaijan six months before the first ever European Games - Focus

Baku, Azerbaijan six months before the first ever European Games - Focus

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The city of Baku is experiencing rapid growth owing to increased oil investments and numerous international projects. Sport is among the city's priority and hosting the first ever European games, scheduled to run from June 12-28 next year, is top of the agenda. Simon Clegg, chief operating officer of the European Games 2015 said: ''It does not matter how much oil is in the Caspian, the one commodity you can not buy is time. We are on a time critical path here. The opening ceremony has to be delivered on 12th of June. There is no scope for delay.'' The former chief executive of the British Olympic Association, who is now responsible for the preparation of the 2015 European Games in the Azerbaijan capital, added he has no reasons to be worried about the readiness of the event. Of the 18 venues that will host the competition, the majority are ready. Concerning the rest, the venues are reportedly on track to be completed in time such as the main arena. Euronews reporter Denys Kulyk said: ''The National Stadium is a symbol of the European Games, it will host the opening and closing ceremonies and will be a stunning example of this competition's legacy. After the Games it will become the home ground for Azerbaijan's national football team and will host four matches at Euro 2020.'' The price tag of the National stadium, which will have a capacity of 68 000 people, is more than 500 million euros. It should be completed by February 2015. Javid Najafov, is the project's senior engineer and said: ''This is the biggest construction in Azerbaijan and has been transformed in a very short period of time. Everything you see around here has been built in just two years. Just two years ago it was a swamp and had some ponds over here. It seems even the traffic jams in Baku won't hamper the smooth-running of the Games. Like at the London Olympics, during the event there will be special traffic lanes reserved strictly for participants and officials of the Games. Panos Protopsaltis, Baku 2015 Director of Transport said: ''What we are doing for the duration of the Games time is trying to avoid all of that (traffic) - going around the city rather than through the city. So the plan that you see here there in blue is the Games route network. In other words it's the routes that we will use for our Games operations. READ MORE: http://www.euronews.com/2014/12/15/baku-readies-itself-for-the-inaugural-european-games/ euronews discover is a window into the diversity of life around the globe, bringing you reports about nature, animals, travel and amazing events - every video is a destination. Where next? Subscribe to get our latest videos: http://bit.ly/R8LUvB Made by euronews, the most watched news channel in Europe.
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Demonstration in front of Iranian embassy , Azerbayjan angry of Tehran interference

Demonstration in front of Iranian embassy , Azerbayjan angry of Tehran interference

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Azarbayjan television report of demonstration against Iranian regime in front of Iranian embassy in Baku for Tehran interference in its internal affairs . The Iranian regime criticize Azerbayjan for hosting Eurovision and protection of Gay Parade . Watch video of Urmia Friday prayer [http://www.lenziran.com/2012/05/hojatoleslam-hasani-attack-azarnbayjan-for-protecting-gay-parade-and-participation-in-eurovision/]
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Interview with Azerbaijan's participant, Sabina Babayeva

Interview with Azerbaijan's participant, Sabina Babayeva

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powered by http://www.eurovision.tv Enjoy the Interview with Azerbaijan's participant, Sabina Babayeva.
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