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The ugly side of the Atlético Madrid-Chelsea game

Thursday, 1 May, 2014 0 Comments

It was a pleasure to watch Atlético Madrid defeat Chelsea FC 3-1 at Stamford Bridge last night. For those who don’t follow football, Chelsea is owned by Roman Abramovich, the poster child of corrupt Russian oligarchs. Last month, Alexei Navalny, a leading Putin critic, wrote in the New York Times that Europe should target sanctions at the Russian president’s “inner circle”, including Abramovich, who he described as “the Kremlin mafia who pillage the nation’s wealth.”

Atlético Madrid Does that mean, then, that Rainy Day is adding its considerable weight to the Atlético Champions League campaign? Not so fast. It happens that the coming Saturday is World Press Freedom Day and that’s why the slogan emblazoned across the Atlético shirts, “Azerbaijan Land of Fire”, is so disturbing. Here’s the background: “On the eve of World Press Freedom Day 2014, the press freedom situation in Azerbaijan is worse than perhaps ever before. Journalists and bloggers who dare to criticize the authorities or cover risky topics such as human rights abuses and corruption face a range of pressures, including harassment, intimidation, threats, blackmail, violent attack, and imprisonment.” That’s Rebecca Vincent writing for the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers.

Football can be a beautiful game, but it’s often an ugly business.


Lorine Zineb Noka Talhaoui sings euphorically for Sweden

Saturday, 26 May, 2012

She’s better known as Loreen and tonight she’ll represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest in Baku, Azerbaijan, with Euphoria. The echoes of Gloria by Laura Branigan means that Euphoria will be a huge summer hit in euro dance clubs. This has to be the winner. Douze points!

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Not a stone will stand upon a stone

Sunday, 15 January, 2012

Boom skyline: Azerbaijan, Brazil, China or Dubai? No. In fact, the photo was taken in Dublin in July 2005. That was the year in which 80,957 residential houses were built in Ireland. By way of comparison, in the first 10 months of 2011a total of 8,692 houses were completed. Another indicator of the madness was […]

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