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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.



The Washington Post

A Memorial dedicated to the victims of Black January.


I was standing on the windowsill and looking out toward ‘20 January’ metro station. Gleams of light and the sound of guns were destroying the peace of dark night. I was enjoying this “firework” show. While the sound of explosions made me scared, I liked the lights going to the darkness.

But there was a tension inside the house. My father wanted to go out and investigate where and why these sounds were coming from. My grandmother with my mother was trying to stop him. I still didn’t understand why they were so nervous.

A couple of days ago I had turned one but surprisingly I still remember that evening quite well. Maybe it’s the scene I created in my mind after my family members talked about that evening rather than my strong memory.

That Black January night 26,000 Soviet troops entered Baku. The troops attacked the protesters, firing into the crowds. The majority of people killed were citizens, killed on the streets without any guns or weapons. The shooting continued for three days. More than one hundred were killed, including women, children and old people.

A lot of events had built up to Black January. A couple of months earlier Azerbaijanis living next to the Iran’s border ripped down the border fences to reunite with their families on the other site of the border (later, this day will be celebrated as the  International Solidarity Day of Azerbaijanis). This event was partly inspired by the fall of the Berlin wall and other reunification actions on the rest of USSR and local authorities (backed by USSR) turning over to the Popular Front of Azerbaijan several cities all over the country.

A propaganda campaign was waged by Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Propaganda that Nagorno-Karabakh will become part of Armenia had been started by Armenians living abroad and who had close ties with Gorbachov, like Aganbekyan, Balayan, Kaputikyan etc. The message spread very fast across Armenia and Azerbaijan creating great tensions on the latter’s part. Aware of these tensions, the Politburo adopted a resolution: “Not to change the borders of countries and solve the problems during the perestroika”. This meant that Nagorno-Karabakh would remain the part of Azerbaijan as it has been for centuries. But even this resolution didn’t stop Armenians and the Supreme Soviet of the Armenian SSR voted to include Nagorno-Karabakh in its budget and allow its inhabitants to vote in Armenian elections. That was the climax. It was also followed by several biased meetings of Gorbachov with Armenain officials.

The situation was like a match held to gunpowder: ready to explode at any moment. On January 15, the authorities declared a state of emergency in other parts of Azerbaijan (but not in Baku). It was a signal of possible intervention of the central Soviet authorities.  Therefore Popular Front activists began to barricade the main access routes into Baku. The fears become reality with Gorbachov signing the Decree of the Supreme Council of USSR “On declaration of the state of emergency in Baku city” on 19th January. The Soviet officials immediately were moved to

Thousand of people ever year visit Martyrs' Lane to remember and pray for those who gave their lives for the independence of Azerbaijan.

military posts outside the city. All phone and radio lines were terminated by Soviet special forces and the central television station was blown up. It was done to stop disseminating news – the reality of this cruel massacre of the Azerbaijani people to the local population and international community. The only Azerbaijani voice that could be heard was Mirza Khazar on Radio Liberty, who from Munich proceeded to broadcast to the world news of these cruel events that accompanied the Soviet invasion.

Once there was a big park named after Kirov on a hill in the south part of Baku, which offered great views of the Caspian Sea. Parents would take their children to the park and enjoy the peace there. After the events of Black January it became the permanent place of rest for those killed.  Even nowadays a lot of Azerbaijanis frequently visit Martyrs’ Lane to remember and pray for those who gave their lives for the independence of Azerbaijan.


Ilham and Ferize. They had been married only for 6 months. After Ilham was killed for her life has no more meaning without him, 2 days later she committed suicide. Her letter before suicide: 'Mother, do not cry after me. I cannot live without Ilham. He is my star at nights and sun during the days. Damping sun and stars are calling for me….'


The Wall Street Journal editorial of January 4, 1995, stated:
It was Mr. Gorbachev’s recall, who in January 1990 chose to defend his use of violence against the independence-seeking Azerbaijan on the grounds that the people of this then-Soviet republic were heavily armed gangs of hooligans and drug-traffickers who were destabilizing the country and quite possibly receiving support from foreign governments.

Mikhail Gorbachev would later apologize stating:

The declaration of a state emergency in Baku was the biggest mistake of my political career……

From M.Gorbachev’s speech in Istanbul in April 27,1995

Elchin Ibrahimov

BEng at the Southern Denmark University

Halley’in Newton’la görüşməsi elmin tarixində ən vacib görüş hesab olunur. Gənc astronom Edmund Halley İsaac Newton’un yanına gəlib, sualını verməsəydi və cavabını təkidlə istəməsəydi, elmin və tarixin sonrakı inkişafı necə olardı, görəsən?


1684-cü ildə gənc astronom Edmund Halley İsaac Newton’dan soruşdu – Günəşə doğru cazibə gücün Günəşə qədər məsafənin kvadratına bərabər olan planetin orbiti nə şəkildədir? Newton dərhal cavab verdi: ”Ellips”. Düşünmədən verilmiş cavaba təəccüblənmiş Halley soruşdu: “Bunu hardan bildiniz?” Newton dedi: “Hesablamışam”.

Halley hesablamaları dərhal ona göstərilməsini xahiş etdi. Masanın üstündəki kağızların arasında hesablamaları axtardığını göstərməyə çalışan Newton, utanaraq dedi: “Nəsə tapa bilmirəm, görünür başqa yerdədir. Tapandan sonra Sizə göndərərəm”.

Newton yalan dedi, hesablaması heç yox idi. Cavabını bədahətən verib. Nəticəyə sübutsuz vardığını etiraf etməyə utandığından hesablamalarının guya oldğunu, amma tapa bilmədiyini deməli oldu. Sonra Halley’in sualını cavabsız qoymamaq üçün hesablamalarına başlayıb.

Nəticədə, doğrudan da ellips alınıb. Newton’un intuitiv cavabı yekunda doğru çıxdı. Amma, hesablama 18 ay çəkdi və üç cildlik əsərə çevrildi – “Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica” (“Təbiət Fəlsəfəsinin Riyazi Prinsipləri).


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Role of social media in overcoming negative stereotypes in South Caucasus

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İlk öncə iştirakçılar özlərini təqdim etdi və ürək sözlərini dedilər. Daha sonra dadlı türk mətbəxi yeməklərindən daddılar. Daha sonra milli və pop mahnılarımız ifası ilə disko təşkil olundu.

Centlemen gənclərimiz tədbirdə iştirak edən üç azərbaycanlı xanıma hədiyyə verməyi də unutmadı.

Sonda iştirakçılar bu cür görüşlərin daha intensiv təşkil olunmasını istədilər.


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