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The Nagorno Karabakh (NK) conflict is one of high complexity. The region is by some seen as a “disputed” region, yet the reality is far from it. Internationally, no state, government, or international organization recognizes NK as an independent state nor as part of Armenian territories. Indeed, in the 90s after the first NK war, the United Nations Security Council passed four resolutions (822, 853, 874, 884) that call for a ceasefire between the two armies of Armenia and Azerbaijan, withdrawal of Armenian occupying forces from the region, and condemn the violations of the said ceasefire. Despite this, NK has…


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Housing affordability is viewed by many as a way of assessing the socioeconomic stability of a country. Housing being one of, if not the largest expense for most households, the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored its importance as many households lost part of their income, leading to unpaid rent and unstable living conditions in many countries. This situation further highlights the need for policymakers to discuss housing affordability.

However, there is another reason housing affordability is an issue not to ignore. As put forward by Thomas Piketty (2014), the return rates on capital (e.g. real estate) are higher than the rate…


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Photo credit: @bodan via Twenty20

Can a worldwide pandemic have a sense of humor? COVID-19 has had terrible effects on both our health and professional lives. Yet, the subsequent decrease in industrial activity and the overall shutdown of transports has led to lower rates of pollution. In Beijing, where the sky is usually covered in smog, citizens can enjoy blue skies and cleaner air (see video). In Nairobi, to the surprise of the population, the Kenya mountains were visible from the city center’s rooftops.


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Original story from Kertenkele Press, February 2020

As we all know, the snap parliamentary elections have just taken place on the 9th-10th February 2020. Many had high hopes for it being “different”, more open, and more representative of what our people want. The large number of candidates itself pushed the younger generations to feel like their hopes might actually become reality despite the lack of transparency in all previous elections (parliamentary, municipal or presidential). It did not help that so many media outlets were discussing how anyone, national or not, could become an observer and ensure the transparency of the…


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Education is one of the crucial steps on the way to a country’s economic and social development. It is what helps to move from the production of simpler products that require mostly low-paid jobs to more complex products that require technology and educated people to produce it. Prioritizing education also plays an important role in the social mobility of a society: how likely is it for an individual or family to move up the social status ladder, whether it is getting out of poverty or moving from low-to -middle income. …


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Watching the news, hearing about the latest corruption scandal, understanding just how much government officials all around the world are misusing government budgets, serving themselves, not their country. Be it in the USA, Russia, China, or Azerbaijan, it seems it has become a trend to run a country as you would run a business. Even worse, the country’s resources become an asset in the personal portfolio of one or a few families in power.

In certain parts of Russia, US, but also Netherlands, mayors have been replaced by city managers. The terminology itself conveys the…


Original story from Kertenkele Press, January 2020

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The resolution process in the Nagorno-Karabagh has been very unstable, still not giving any sustainable results almost 30 years later. April 2016, in particular, showed rising tensions, some fearing a full-on war similar to the one in the 1990s. Lately, however, it seems many have high hopes on both sides for a resolution between the two countries. Since the beginning of 2019, Aliyev and Pashinyan have been taking the negotiations more seriously (Shiriyive, 2019), although the end of year confrontations have become more prevalent. To Pashinyan’s “Karabakh is Armenia, final dot” In November…


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Original story by Kertenkele Press, January 2020

This second original article was inspired by the way the Azerbaijani opposition portrays Vice-President, Mehriban Aliyeva. Between those who make fun of her physical traits, and others who emphasize her feminine fashion hobbies, it feels like no one wants to focus on the important. Whether you agree with her position or not (the latter in our case), the fact is that she earned her place and her actions have been strategic, targeted, and successful in getting more power to the Pashayevs.

This situation led Kertenkele to believe that there might be something more…


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Original story by Kertenkele Press, December 2019

In the last few months, Azerbaijan has seen several moves in its governmental structure, as well as the implementation of reforms targeting a sustainable development for the country. While the situation had been stagnating since Ilham Aliyev’s accession to power in 2003, it seems that the challenges brought by the increased volatility of oil prices have finally been prioritized. Indeed, the oil price boom of 2011–2014, supported by the newly launched Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline did not last long. The sudden decrease in oil prices in 2014 led to fiscal budget deficits and overall economic…

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