Spring 2002 (10.1)
and "rogue reporter" Thomas Goltz was one of
the first on the scene during Azerbaijan's early days of independence
and the Karabakh War. On February 26, 1992, Goltz got wind of
a hushed-up rumor about a massacre of Azerbaijanis in Khojali.
Determined to learn the truth, he rushed out to see for himself.
His gripping, passionate retelling of those days is reprinted
here. Goltz is organizing the third annual motorcycle rally this
summer, which travels the 1,000-mile route along the proposed
pipeline (Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan) to Turkey, and this year on to
Athens. Page 40.
Kathy Lally was stationed in Moscow for the Baltimore
Sun, she wrote a number of fascinating human-interest stories
about the people of Azerbaijan. AI readers will remember her
story about the Azerbaijanis living in the Talysh Mountains,
who are famous for their longevity (AI 9.2, Summer 2001). She
has also written about Azerbaijan's artists and refugee populations.
Lally is now stateside, as she works in Baltimore as an Editor
on the Sun's foreign desk. See her story about the Saatli refugee
camp on page 32.
"With each photo I take, I try to capture the feeling of
a person or place or thing," says Algerina Perna,
photographer for the Baltimore Sun. Accompanying Kathy Lally
on a visit to Azerbaijan last year, she vividly portrayed the
experience of everyday life in the Saatli refugee camp, where
refugees still live in box cars parked along a railroad siding.
Especially poignant are her photos of refugees receiving the
gift of quilts sewn for them by volunteers in the United States.
At first, Azerbaijan didn't look
so inviting to Colin Love, Central and Eastern Europe
Academic Projects Coordinator for the U.K.'s Nottingham Trent
University. He had arrived in Baku in 1993 with the intent of
using the business school's expertise to help management students
in Azerbaijan. Before long, however, his reservations disappeared
and he fell in love with the country and its people. Nine years
later, he still remains committed to helping Azerbaijani youth
receive high-quality education. Page 50.
||Reza Fathollahzadeh, an engineering professor in Sydney
who is originally from South Azerbaijan (in Iran), has a dream
that one day all Azerbaijanis will be able to read their language
in the same alphabet. He has taught himself to read Azeri in
the Arabic, Cyrillic and Latin alphabets; Latin, he believes,
is the option that makes the most sense in the long term, especially
given the recent growth of the "Latin-centric" Internet.
As part of an informal movement in the direction of Latin, he
has presented papers on the topic and reflects what many Azerbaijanis
are feeling today. Page 65.
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