The Oath of Mustafa Dzhemilev
“We were pushed onto freight trains like cattle, without even the time to get dressed. Many of us were still in our pajamas. The train rolled along for days on end. Of course, we were given no water and my young sister was suffering from thirst. My mother sliced a vein open on her wrist, and brought it up to the lips of my sister… who drank my mother’s blood instead of water. Oxumağa davam et
The protest song
Nueva canción (“new song” in Spanish) is a social movement and musical genre in Iberian America and the Iberian Peninsula, characterized by folk-inspired styles and socially committed lyrics. Nueva canción surfaced almost simultaneously during the 1960s in Argentina, Chile and Spain. Nueva canción is widely recognized to have played a profound role in the social upheavals in Portugal, Spain and Latin America during the 1970s and 1980s. Oxumağa davam et
My books / Mina böcker
Playing Baseball On The Chessboard
…Democracy is a space of harmonic behaviour for those who are in mutual relations and communication. This space loves tenderness and any cruelty is alien to it. Democracy is such a structure that allows everybody a place and a role: Like a clock-bell it is a product of interaction of every piece interconnected with each other. It is a result of “everybody’s labour” and it is not the church-bell which tolls by the movement of one person’s hand. The difficulty of democracy is in its need to convince people. To convince is in the essence of democracy. To make people to believe is much difficult than to deceive them. And because of this that an authoritarian rule is always easier than a democratic one.
Chamayra. Cuban note-book / Chamayra. Anteckningar om Kuba
Oxumağa davam et
Genocide – a modern political game
From article“Playing Baseball On The Chessboard: Thoughts About Genocide”
By Vahid Qazi
On 4 March 2010, the International Relations Committee of the US Congress House of Representatives passed a resolution to officially recognize the policy of the Ottoman Empire in 1915 towards Armenians as ‘genocide’. Despite all the efforts of Turkey, the US Congress took this step. The process may be suspended at the next stage, but this will hardly change anything. What Zbigniew Brzezinski described as the ‘chess game’ of politics has long been under way. Oxumağa davam et
I am a witness
From article “Playing Baseball On The Chessboard: Thoughts About Genocide”
By Vahid Qazi
My eyes seemed to be looking inside me, at my recollections. I was going inside myself. I felt as if I was moving through the jungle, clearing, tramping and breaking my own way and reliving the memories as horror enveloped my face like a spider’s web… Oxumağa davam et
Notebook about Cuba
I’ve always felt an admiration for the ability of talented publicists to recall real life facts to support their stories. In my case, I always use a fictional “doping” in my literary works. It kind of feels like a high jumping race, in order to overcome a terrestrial gravitation one athlete relies on the strength of his feet, while the other one uses performance enhancers.
When I read Vahid Gazi’s notebook about Cuba, I couldn’t help but feel the same sense of admiration towards him, not only does he describe his adventures in the island of freedom, but he also talks about the real people, their lives and their problems regarding the general political oppressiveness in the country. He speaks of it with such a strong literary ability that he himself becomes a hero of this narrative. Therefore, readers can easily replicate the author’s thoughts and feelings, for instance, when the author refuses the sexual service of breathtaking woman called Chamayra they consider it as their own ethic victory. This is not the only one; many similar emotional episodes can be used as an example. But I’m not going to go into details, because the main thing is, that this book is the wonderful model of literary prose.
Even though Azerbaijan gained its independence twenty years ago it’s so called democratic government has it’s own non-democratic ways of controlling country. it is very interesting that in spite of the anti-democratic ways of the government , the younger generation openly expresses their opposition to the any forms of monarchy. My generation, on the other hand, the generation of sixties that grew up in a country similar to Cuba, takes it easy when hearing about people’s limitation of freedom in any corner of the world.
The social-political convictions of the author of “Chamayra” come to the surface in every sentence; his belief is so genuine that you believe in it unquestionably. It is quite possible when you turn into the participant of the events in the book, for it happened to me. And an ultimate consequence.
The notebook about Cuba is extremely rich with interesting facts. Even though, I have been in Cuba and I have read a lot about this country, I also learned many new things about Cuba from Vahid Gazi’s book. It’s really pleasant to see that publicists in our country are able to create the best samples in their field. Vahid Gazi’s notebook about Cuba is a prominent example for it.
Rustam Ibragimbekov, cinematographer
By Vahid Gazi
On September 12, 1998, when opposition activists’ “Freedom!” chanting in the streets of Baku overwhelmed fearsome noises of the police, I was assuredly telling her that liberation nature of our soul has not broken, yet.
Knowing that main events will take place there, I had parked my car in front of the National Bank’s old building.
The crowd was like a sea wave; it was moving back and forth. We were getting into car during police stormed, and when a wave of protesters was moving forward we were taking photos from the tops of cars. Unfortunately, now I don’t have any of those photos, otherwise I would have posted them, which would be appropriate. Oxumağa davam et
To Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Azerbaijan
His Excellency Vasiliy Istratov!
His Excellency ambassador!
For a long time I thought above that whom to address this brief letter: whether to my friends in Russia, or to public figures living there and worthy every respect and maybe to Russian statesmen? Eventually, I had set my choice on you. It would not be inappropriate to address you, as to quite active ambassador representing the huge state in Azerbaijan.
Unfortunately, my police does not give me an opportunity to read this letter before your embassy and officially to hand it over to you. And so, I am compelled to address you through press. I am not a government official and nor diplomat. And I shall state my thoughts without embellishment, frankly and directly.
His Excellency ambassador! From last week all of us – true Caucasians are anxious. The state represented by you, has conceived to occupy Caucasus anew. Capture of the lands of Georgia disturbs me as an Azerbaijani, because I also have such a “wounded” land as Karabakh. And as a Caucasian this occupation offends my pride. Oxumağa davam et
The mass grave (Guba, Azerbaijan)
Playing Baseball On The Chessboard
Thoughts About Genocide
By Vahid Qazi
My 10-year-old son congratulated me on 23 February, what’s known as ‘Men’s Day’, and gave me a ‘cruise missile’ he had made out of paper in school. The side of the missile was decorated with an Azerbaijani flag, and had a long staircase at the bottom. It resembled the Soviet long-range missile SS-20. When uranium is added to it, the missile can become a nuclear bomb.
Although I accepted the present, I told my son that 23 February marked the establishment of the Soviet Army which put an end to Azerbaijan’s independence in 1920, committed a massacre in Baku in January 1990, and helped the Armenians occupy Karabakh. In other words, the day marks the establishment of an army that was alien and hostile towards Azerbaijan. I asked my son to object to his teacher on my behalf over this long forgotten ‘holiday’.
Then I asked why had he decided to make a missile. Here is our conversation verbatim. Oxumağa davam et