A Militarised People

In the last article, Pasdermadjian and the War in the Caucasus, I noted; “The Azerbaijani Turks were the most unmilitarised element in the whole region, excluded from the Tsar’s army before the Great War and refused enlistment in it during conscription. On the other hand there were hundreds of thousands of Armenians under arms in […]

Pasdermadjian on the war in the Caucasus 1917-18

Garegin Pasdermadjian, the Dashnak leader, had two small books published under his revolutionary name of “Armen Garo” (Armenian Hero) as he waited in Washington for his nation to be provided for by the victorious Allies in Paris. The books were called ‘Why Armenia Should Be Free’ (1918) and ‘Armenia and her Claims to Freedom’ (1919). […]

May 28 Centenary of Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan celebrates its centenary on May 28th 2018. That is the founding date of the Azerbaijani Democratic Republic in 1918. During the couple of years of its initial existence the state proclaimed by the Azerbaijani Government struggled to exercise territorial integrity and independence in the conditions of the Great War that engulfed it. However, it […]

Azerbaijan Year 1918

The Year of 1918 was a very significant one for the Azeribaijani people, one that is being marked in a series of centenary commemorations presently being held in Azerbaijan, the state that came out the events of that year. In March of 1918 the Azerbaijanis in Baku were the victims of a substantial massacre by […]

GFA RIP?

Is the Good Friday Agreement dead? It has certainly been successfully nullified by the DUP at Westminster. When the Agreement was signed 20 years ago there were two unionist responses to it. The then majority of unionists represented by the Ulster Unionist Party of David Trimble reluctantly signed up to it and attempted to obstruct […]