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A Story of a Samovar

by Maria Karapetyan

This story is a retelling of the memories of a refugee family from Baku based on an interview with Lusik – an Armenian woman of about 70. She kindly told the story of her and her husband’s families as well as the bits and pieces of the lives of the people surrounding […]

Emin Aslan – Child of War

by Narmin Noqte

This is from a series of interviews with refugees I have conducted. Today you are going to read war memories of a young man who differs with his original and cosmopolitan thoughts on war. His name is Emin Aslan. He is one of the intelligent activists and lawyers in Azerbaijan. He is […]

Arko Baghdasaryan – An Artist Caught in a Conflict

by Maria Karapetyan

Artist Arko (Arkadi) Baghdasaryan is a representative of the modernist school of art and one of the founders of abstract art in Armenia. He was born in 1945 in Baku. His father was born in Lyulasaz village of the Mardakert Region of Karabakh and his mother was from Tsmakahogh village. Arko spent […]

Hospitality and food culture in Azerbaijan

by Lala Bayramli

Excited about the ingredients of a new box of chocolate or the rush of excitement when tasting some of the home made jam, I, most of the time was interrupted by my mom who always repeated: “Leave it for the guests!” As a result I (as […]

Food Culture and Spirit of Hospitality in Armenia

by Anna Poghosyan

Before talking about the “food culture” in Armenia, I think it’s very important to mention the warm hospitality of Armenian people and the custom of hosting guests. Perhaps it might even surprise and deeply affect you but this custom goes far back into our history. There is even a proverb that says: […]

Eurovision: Will you visit?

by Gulara Azimzade

I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace…

Helen Keller

Held in Germany, this year’s Eurovision Song Contest saw Azerbaijan come first despite bookmakers’ predictions that France or United Kingdom will […]

“I am from Karabakh, I was born in Azerbaijan, I live in Armenia. I don’t know who I am. I’m human”

Over the last few issues, we have been sharing with you a series of interviews conducted by a team of journalists, bloggers, and writers as part of the Armenian Azerbaijani Women Narratives Project. In this issue of Neutral Zone we are sharing final interviews from this project, wishing the Armenian Azerbaijani Women Narratives Project luck […]

Armenian-Azerbaijani Coexistence: The Mirzoevka Phenomenon

by Sasun Khachatryan

Maharam Mamedov has a good command of the Armenian language and knows Armenian literature and history quite well. But he is not an Armenian. Mamedov, 64, belongs to one of the ethnic Azerbaijani families who, since the early 20th century, together with Armenians, Georgians, and Assyrians have been living peacefully in […]

Bribery in Education

by Shushanik Karapetyan

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Confucius

Life is full of problems. Everything about it has its own issues that need to be dealt with. Health, education, social assistance, democracy, freedom of expression are only some of the very few elements of […]

Can Georgia Play an Active Role in the Settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict?

by Sasun Khachatryan

With the Minsk Group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) achieving little progress, if any, in the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict for several years now, a new idea seems to be promoted — Georgia’s possible role in the resolution of the Karabakh conflict — with practical steps […]