Members of Azerbaijani Community in Chicago participate at the International Festival of Cultures

AzeriChicagoThe Illinois Computer Systems Institute, USA, has hosted an annual International Festival of Cultures. The festival featured exhibits representing various cultures of the world, including Azerbaijan. A stand promoting the culture of Azerbaijan was prepared by Azerbaijani students studying at the Computer Systems Institute and members of the Azerbaijani community in Chicago.

Azerbaijan participates in this festival for the fourth time.

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Silk Road Conference in Chicago discusses energy and transportation opportunities

Chicago hosted the 10th annual Silk Road Conference, organized by Northern Illinois University and Central Asian Productivity Research Center.

The conference, attended by the representatives from China, Central and South Asian states, Azerbaijan and Turkey, has discussed the energy, transport and business opportunities of the Silk Road countries.

Chief of the department of Turkey’s Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources Reha Aykul informed about opportunities in the energy and transport corridor of Turkey, stressing the role of Azerbaijan in implementation of TANAP project, as well ensuring Europe’s natural gas markets.

Counselor of the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Washington Nurgali Arystanov, stressed the importance of Azerbaijan in the implementation of key transport and transit projects passing from his country to Europe.

Natiq Bakhishov, Counselor of the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Washington informed the participants about the key energy and transport projects in the region, such as “South” gas corridor, The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway line, Baku International Sea Trade Port, implemente with the Azerbaijan’s leading role.

The executive director of the “West Coast Connections” business consulting company Elshan Baloglanov presented “IClas” Project, based on US experience in teaching over the Internet for newly emerged businesses and businessmen of Central and South Asia, the Caucasus, South and South-East Asian countries.

This year’s conference was sponsored by Azerbaijan’s “Silkway Airlines” and “Turkish Airlines”.

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В американском городе Скоки поднят Государственный флаг Азербайджана

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По инициативе членов нашей диаспоры, проживающих в городе Скоки штата Иллинойс (США), в самом крупном и известном парке города поднят Государственный флаг Азербайджанской Республики. Наш флаг водружен в Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park (Парке скульптур), расположенном на северном побережье реки Чикаго, на основе совместного обращения членов азербайджанской диаспоры Явуза Алили, Теймура Мехмандарова, Али Азимова, Али Гасымова и Эмина Сафарова к мэру города.

Расположенный в округе Кук штата Иллинойс город Скоки с населением более 65 тысяч человек известен своими музеями, парками и природными центрами отдыха. Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park был основан в 1988 году при поддержке одноименной неправительственной организации и местного населения. В настоящее время в этом парке демонстрируются свыше 60 архитектурных и скульптурных произведений деятелей искусств местного и международного значения.

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Azerbaijani movie “Nabat” to be presented at international film festival in Chicago.

NabatAzerbaijaniMovieAzerbaijani film “Nabat” by talented director Elching Musaoglu will represent the country at The 50th Chicago International Film Festival which will take place October 9-23, 2014.

The Festival is dedicated to fostering better understanding between cultures and to making a positive contribution to the art form of the moving image.

Elchin Musaoglu who has directed more than 50 documentary and feature films decided to make this film after being impressed by a true story told by one of his friend.

The story revolves around a village’s residents who are forced to leave their homes because of an ongoing battle. When war forces the evacuation of villagers out of a mountainous region in Azerbaijan, the formidable aging Nabat, faithfully tied to her family and her land, refuses to leave. Persevering in a deserted village, her resolve is tested through progressively dire circumstances.

Show times and place: AMC Theatres, River East 21, Chicago, IL. October 11, 2014 at 2:00pm, October 12, 2014 at 7:45 and October 22, 2014 at 12:15.

Khojaly tragedy victims remembered in Chicago

Khojaly NYA ceremony has been organized in the city of Chicago, the U.S. to mark the 22nd anniversary of the Khojaly tragedy, AzerTag state news agency reported.

The event held at the Loyola University was attended by teachers and students of the university, representatives of Azerbaijani and Turkish diasporas, as well as acclaimed experts in international crime.

Konul Suleymanly, second secretary of Azerbaijan’s Embassy, provided an insight into the consequences of the tragedy.

Graduate of the Loyola University and the organizer of the event Mehriban Mammadova made a presentation on the tragic events of 1992. She stressed the fact that the perpetrators of the Khojaly tragedy had not yet been punished.

Mammadova praised the role of the Justice for Khojaly campaign launched by Vice President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Leyla Aliyeva in delivering the truth to the world community.

On February 25-26, 1992, the town of Khojaly, the second largest town in the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan, came under intense fire from the towns of Khankendi and Askeran already occupied by the Armenian armed forces.

The Armenian armed forces, supported by the ex-Soviet 366th regiment, occupied and ruined by heavy artillery shelling the town of Khojali on February 26, 1992.

As many as 613 civilians mostly women and children were killed in the massacre, and a total of 1,000 people were disabled. Eight families were exterminated, 25 children lost both parents, and 130 children lost one parent.

Moreover, 1,275 innocent people were taken hostage, and the fate of 150 of them remains unknown. Civilians were shot at close range, scalped, and burned alive. Some had their eyes gouged out and others were beheaded.

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Four Azerbaijani travel agencies will participate in the “Wonders of Azerbaijan” showcase at the Chicago Travel and Adventure Show

Azerbaijan1Four Azerbaijani travel agencies will participate in the “Wonders of Azerbaijan” showcase at the Chicago Travel and Adventure Show on January 11 and 12. AL Travel, Caspian Breeze, CBT Azerbaijan, Express Tours and Intour Travel will participate in the showcase, which is supported by the Embassy in order to promote Azerbaijan as a tourist destination for international travelers from the United States.

“The Chicago Travel and Adventure Show is a wonderful opportunity to show off Azerbaijan’s culture, heritage and cuisine,” said Ambassador Elin Suleymanov. “I expect that many of the attendees will be surprised by the diverse range of options a trip to Azerbaijan can offer.”

The 10th-annual Chicago Travel and Adventure Show will feature nearly 250 exhibitors representing worldwide destinations with a focus on family, adventure and cruise line travel. In 2013, the show attracted more than 19,000 consumers and travel professionals. For the first time, Azerbaijan will have a chance to showcase its travel and tourism potential at the Chicago show. Under the slogan “Azerbaijan: Land of Fire, Land of Tolerance” our travel professionals will be marketing Azerbaijan as a destination in the heart of the Silk Road with its majestic mountainous nature, rich history, cultural and religious diversity as well as delicious cuisine.

U.S. travelers will have an opportunity to choose from a full range of 3, 4 or 5 star hotels, sightseeing options, airfare classes and airlines from luxury to budget, all meals included or something for more independent minded travelers.

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Ambassador Elin Suleymanov attends discussions on Azerbaijan in Chicago

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Azerbaijani ambassador to the United States Elin Suleymanov has attended discussions on Azerbaijan held in the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Jewish Community Relations Council and American Jewish Committee`s Chicago Committee.
Suleymanov made a presentation about Azerbaijan in the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, which is one of the ancient and famous centers in the US for international relations.
Introducing the ambassador, Niamh King, vice president of programs at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, spoke of Azerbaijan`s achievements in last year, saying the country became a leader in the region thanks to its consecutive and systematic policy.
The ambassador gave broad information on Azerbaijan`s statehood history, its accomplishments in economic and foreign policy, as well as Azerbaijan-related regional and global large-scale energy projects.
The diplomat said those projects not only gave an impulse to economic development and wellbeing of Azerbaijan, but the entire region.
Suleymanov said his country enjoyed a favorable climate for foreign investments, and that reached concrete achievements to involve investors.
The ambassador pointed out that Azerbaijan was interested in expanding regional integration, noting Armenia`s aggression policy impedes this process and stable future in the South Caucasus.
The event was attended by public and political figures of Chicago, businessmen, and heads of diplomatic corps.
Dan Mariaschin, Executive Vice President of B’nai B’rith, which has long worked closely with Suleymanov and Azerbaijan, introduced the ambassador and later said that the American Jewish community has long seen the country as a potential friend in the Middle East, as it was one of few safe havens for Soviet Jews.
“Looking at a region in which Israel could have normal relations with secular Islamic countries to improve the climate of relationships and acceptance in that part of the world … there’s no question that Azerbaijan was at the center of that objective,” Mariaschin said. He described the country as “a tolerant”, saying representatives of various minorities live in peace and friendship in Azerbaijan for a long time.
Mariaschin thanked Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev for continuing a course of tolerance and open society initiated by national leader Heydar Aliyev.
Suleymanov said Azerbaijan stands as a friend of the United States and a friend of Israel in a very difficult neighborhood.
Azerbaijan has supported a longstanding Jewish community, today numbering about 20,000. Suleymanov said that Ashkenazi Jews live in major urban centers such as the capital, Baku, and a Sephardic community has existed in Guba since before record.
Suleymanov also told of the Azerbaijani government`s policy to promote national, ethnic and religious many-colouredness in the country. The diplomat noted that Azerbaijan had hosted numerous international conferences and forums on culture and tolerance.