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A seminar entitled “Nagorno-Karabakh conflict” was held at the University of Southern Denmark on 24 February 2011.

The purpose of the seminar was to inform participants from Denmark and other countries about the background of the conflict, reasons it happened and its influence to the people living on that region. As the result of the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan 30.000 people were killed (5.000 Armenian and 25.000 Azerbaijani), nearly one million internally-displaced peoples (IDPs) and refugees posses Azerbaijan and 300.000 posses Armenia, occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions of Azerbaijan by Armenia. It was also stressed the most tragically event of the war – “Khojaly Massacre”, which took the lives of 613 civilians in 1992. Even though UN passed 4 resolutions demanding “unconditional withdrawal of occupation forces from all the occupied regions of the Azerbaijan Republic” the Republic of Armenia refused to comply with these demands.

There was online conference with Azerbaijani political analyst, co-founder of the Republicanist Alternative” (Re: AL!) movement Ilgar Mammadov. He suggested to focus on the future of the conflict and how it could be solved rather than concentrating on the historical origin of the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

The seminar proceeded with active discussion of parties and the exhibition of “Justice for Khojaly” campaign. At the end traditional Azerbaijani sweets were served to the guests.


This is the short presentation of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
It was first presented during the seminar entitled “Nagorno-Karabakh conflict” which was held at the University of Southern Denmark on 24 February 2011.
Presentation represents the background of the conflict, reasons it happened and its influence to the people living on that region.


In Washington , DC , at a Metro Station, on a cold January morning in 2007, this man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes.  During that time, approximately 2,000 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

After about 3 minutes, a middle-aged man noticed that there was a musician playing.  He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds, and then he hurried on to meet his schedule.

About 4 minutes later:

The violinist received his first dollar.  A woman threw money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.

At 6 minutes:

A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.

At 10 minutes:

A 3-year old boy stopped, but his mother tugged him along hurriedly.  The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head the whole time.  This action was repeated by several other children, but every parent – without exception – forced their children to move on quickly.

At 45 minutes:

The musician played continuously.  Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while.  About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace.  The man collected a total of $32.

After 1 hour:

He finished playing and silence took over.  No one noticed and no one applauded.  There was no recognition at all.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world.  He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars.  Two days before, Joshua Bell sold-out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100 each to sit and listen to him play the same music.

This is a true story.  Joshua Bell, playing incognito in the D.C. Metro Station, was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people’s priorities.

This experiment raised several questions:

*In a common-place environment, at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty?

*If so, do we stop to appreciate it?

*Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?

One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this:

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made . . ..

How many other things are we missing as we rush through life?

Enjoy life NOW .. it has an expiration date.



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