Daily Archives: Wednesday, 24 October, 2012

Statue of Azerbaijan dictator brings distant conflict to Mexico City’s Chapultepec Park

Statue of Azerbaijan dictator brings distant conflict to Mexico City’s Chapultepec Park

MEXICO CITY — The new, larger-than-life statue at one entrance to Mexico City’s iconic Chapultepec Park may be inert but it’s also proving politically radioactive. The bronze-colored likeness is of Heydar Aliyev, the late KGB strongman and dictator of Azerbaijan, once part of the former Soviet Union in the distant Caucasus region of Eurasia. Most […]

Using Cheese to Bridge the Turkey-Armenia Gap

ISTANBUL — Artush Mkrtchyan calls it cheese diplomacy. Others speak of informal, or “track-two,” diplomacy. By either name, it is all about building bridges between Turks and Armenians in the absence of formal, or “track-one,” diplomatic relations between their governments. Mr. Mkrtchyan, 55, an engineer, art critic and activist from the Armenian town of Gyumri […]

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