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Interview on Water, Environment and Consumption Issues of Baku and Azerbaijan (2013)

In an earlier post from 2013, I mentioned the project on New Baku implemented by a few Spanish researchers, which resulted in a very informative and interesting website New Baku. Within this project, the researchers made a number of interesting interviews with scholars, experts and inhabitants of Baku, among them, they also talked to me. [...]

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Asian Travelogue: Singapore

Asia is not for everyone. Be ready to love food, and have stomach aches, to be frustrated with the crowds on the streets but charmed by the warmth of people, and in the case of Singapore, be ready to feel the explosive mix of everything! Why is not for everyone? Because not everyone appreciates messiness [...]

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How We Lie to Ourselves

There are no magic bullets or formulas to make a parson happy or to achieve success. Yes, there are many self-help books on “how to”, from marrying a millionaire to becoming a boss at work. But to a seasoned person who’s tried many of the given advice, it’s no news that most of this is [...]

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On Chess, Public Policy and Strategic Planning

This is a re-post of my original blog post written in October 2011 for my previous blog. I am the sole author of this blog post. Karl Wittfogel, in 1957, published his seminal book “Oriental Despotism“, his claim that state-formation and organization of societies in hierarchies originated from large structural works, mainly irrigation in Mesopotamia [...]

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BREAKING NEWS: Storm in the North Sea, Oilfields Evacuated

NOS Reports (Dutch News Service). This is a repost and my own translation from Dutch to English. At these moments, there is a strong storm in the North Sea. I would like to draw your attention to what is being reported in the news and how the owners of the platform behave. For one, there [...]

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Happy New Year 2016!

Friends! It’s the end of the year, and time to count chickens, those that hatched at least. This year was great for the blog — for the first time since its foundation, more users come from abroad than from Azerbaijan. This means that the blog now attracts people from around the world and not only [...]

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On Writing, Honesty and Van Gogh

I have recently received two reviews on my writing pieces, which felt like a great achievement for a number of reasons. Five or six other journals rejected one article before it was actually reviewed. Another, a chapter for a prestigious collection, which I am co-writing with a colleague in Australia, finally got reviews from two [...]

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The Books I read in 2015

It becomes a nice tradition to report at the end of the year on the books that I had a blessing to read this year. I usually report on both academic and “fun” books that I discovered, read and enjoyed. This post is about the books that made my year 2015 so interesting! This year [...]

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Saturn Return at 28, Life Changes? Post # 100

A few days ago I came across this article by Karen Kelsky, the person behind an increasingly popular website for academics looking for a job — “The Professor Is In”. The article is essentially about looking at the Academy through the triad of mind-body-spirit, and not only through mind, as we, academics, so expertly do. [...]

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Alumni Conference of the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy

Date: Thursday, May 5, 2016 – 9:00am to Saturday, May 7, 2016 – 7:00pm The academic year 2015 – 2016 marks several important dates for our Department. These are the 25th anniversary of the Department (and CEU), the 20th anniversary of the first 1-year MSc class, and 10th anniversary of the first MESPOM class. We [...]

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Why I Quit Facebook

On October 30, I decided to delete my Facebook account. Having gone through the procedure, I started reading online on what people write about getting off the Facebook, and I found a few interesting articles. And then decided to de-activate it instead. Facebook is not evil (well, it is trying to be sticky and makes [...]

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A storm in a teacup…

My shelter is my abode I feel so safe and blue Yet feeling of disorder At times raves here too That feeling of disorder A cousin of the fear Became my dear fellow Became my friend and foe When free from anxious fear My spirit soars and craves For freedom, lust and cleaver For meat [...]

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A “pill” generation

We are looking for quick solutions to our problems, and businesses who see profits in offering this short-term relief, do not wait to make money on us. Feeling sad? Eat the cake! Had a fight with your girl-friend? Get drunk! Feeling depressed? Take anti-depressants! Can’t get an erection? Take a viagra! And now the latest [...]

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We are turning 3 years!

Time flies, as they say. And it does indeed. It’s been three years since I started this website with the first post here, and it turned into a hobby project and a little window to the world. I communicate through this website with my students, my colleagues, my friends, and win new friends. It helps [...]

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A Happy New Year!

Dear readers, On behalf of our small but very committed team, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Farhad Mukhtarov, Editor-in-chief

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