That floored me. Sometimes hope is just that you will survive, or that you will escape. Then you can hope for more. I wish I knew her story, but that she was in North America, alive and well and confident enough to speak out, told me something of it. Even despotic regimes end, though it’s important to remember that not everyone and everything survives; you can be devastated for what won’t and hopeful for what will at the same time. … [Read more...] about Another, more beautiful America is rising. Trump will be resisted
Other selected personalities who figure in the list include, Dr. G Kalpana IAS, (Additional chief secretary, Dept of Youth Empowerment and Sports, Government of Karnataka), Major General Elizabeth John, IHQ, MOD (Indian Army), Isha Pant IPS, (Deputy commissioner of police, Command Centre, Bangalore), Manjula Naidu (First Woman Mayor of Bengaluru), Dr Usha Mohan and Dr Shilpa ML. … [Read more...] about Lockdown eludes Mrs India Kerala Sasilekha prestigious honour she wins
When Safarov arrived back in Baku in 2012, he was given an official pardon by the president, Ilham Aliyev, a promotion in rank, a free apartment and back pay for the eight years he had spent in a Hungarian jail. He is believed to still be in active service with the Azerbaijani army. … [Read more...] about Relatives of Armenian axed to death by Azeri officer call for justice
Dinara Yunusova, the couple’s daughter, says her grandmother was startled by the abrupt proposal. “Usually in Azerbaijan, it’s the elders who will come and ask for the hand of the daughter. But my dad came by himself,” says Yunusova, 28. “My grandmother was shocked, but she said, ‘It’s her life.’ My mother had already noticed him a few times at the university, even before the party, so I guess she liked him, too.” … [Read more...] about Together a lifetime, Azerbaijan couple now separated in jail
Aliyev wants to continue defending his clients without being targeted with absurd false charges such as tax evasion and fraud, which bear absolutely no relation to his legal work. He has defended more than 200 clients in the ECHR, and won more than 50 of his cases. He has continued from behind bars, representing dozens more clients. In a functioning democracy, there are no political prisoners – this is Aliyev’s aim. … [Read more...] about If Azerbaijan is a democracy, why were we imprisoned for our views?
“Did the audience laugh? Did they think it was funny that their disdain for gay people was shared with Isis? Did any of them quietly yearn for the good ol’ days when Australians were thrown to their death for being gay? … [Read more...] about LGBTI groups condemn homophobic comments at far-right Q Society meeting