Here's a headline that the White House wouldn't like. Donald Trump's ultra luxury hotel and tower in Baku, Azerbaijan was built with the help of corrupt companies possibly linked to Iran's Revolutionary Guard. Adam Davidson's investigation of this story now appears in the New Yorker.
Amal Clooney is a successful British attorney, known for taking on human rights cases. This week she took on the case of an investigative journalist in the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan, who’s in jail. The Azerbaijani government has counterattacked with personal attacks on her.
For the past four years, the World Routes Academy has flown young British musicians all over the globe to mentor with masters of traditional music. 18-year-old singer Fidan Hajiyeva was a perfect candidate for the Academy.
The World's Clark Boyd reports on a "virtual candidate" running for president in Azerbaijan today. Most real candidates boycotted the election, to protest political repression by the incumbent. The World's Clark Boyd has the story.
The Geo Quiz takes us to an oil-rich city on the Caspian Sea where 42 countries are competing to win a song contest. The event is shining a spotlight on the poor human rights record of this former Soviet state.