Libraries full of hate: from Azerbaijan to Georgia
Azerbaijan has been supplying Georgian libraries with books containing hate speech against Armenians. While the libraries don’t see them as a problem, some Azerbaijani Georgians fear they might help plant the seeds of ethnic tension. When Imran Gafarov, an Azerbaijani Georgian, came across a book full of territorial claims and hate speech against Armenians at the public library in Marneuli, an Azerbaijani-majority city in southern Georgia’s Kvemo Kartli region, he was in a state of disbelief
In the kindergarten number 17 of Kirdalan region an event was held dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Khojaly genocide
Mrs. Konyul Ibragimova, Head of kindergarten No. 17, stated that "the terrible Khojaly genocide against the Azerbaijani people is a cruel act in the history of the whole humanity. This genocide is also a historical crime against whole humanity. This tragedy that occurred in Khojaly was included in the history of Azerbaijan as the most terrible page.
Our genocide. Historical Policy and School Education in Azerbaijan
Within this narrative, everything is fixed down to the last detail and everything is known in advance. Anything that doesn’t fit the reconstructed picture of the past is either tweaked or just ignored and rejected.
Azerbaijani school textbooks teach love and hatred
In the ‘90s, or even in the beginning of the 2000s, the school curricula were drawn up based on the old Soviet textbooks. Afterwards, when the Education Ministry published school textbooks using its own resources, the situation started changing. And not for the better.
Screenshots of Azerbaijani Textbooks
Russian language, 4th grade. Pages 32 and 43 in the same book. Pay attention to the verses and the authors. Did they copy off from each other or are these different translations?
Excerpt from the article of national ideology classic Hasan bek Zardabi
The reason is that our poets who make verses have little to do with science and education. They have low consciousness, their eyes are closed and our troubles do not seem topical to them and are not suffered by them. For instance, it is known that in Baku, no night passes without assaults on people, beatings, robberies and even murders on the streets of the city.
Article "Nonsensicals of Ministry of Education"
The news that an Armenian soldier is presented as Azerbaijani in an Azerbaijani textbook alarmed the Ministry of Education. However, it should be mentioned that the news surprised no one and no one was sceptical to say, "How can it be, guys? It is incredible, the entire information in school textbooks is thoroughly checked".
Story "Smelling childhood, parasitical youth"юность
It is often very difficult to speak about memories. Especially when it is about childhood. Memories have their own taste and even their own smell. By catching the trail of that smell, you can go back to some ten and even twenty years ago. Sometimes that smell easily takes you to the joyful past. Sometimes, it is so sharp that it pierces one’s heart and like a piece of dry bread, sticks in one’s throat, causing distress. Those who were born and grew up in Sumgait know that it is the country’s most war-affected city. Built and beautified with the incredible labor of Russians and Armenians, from 1992-93, the city was gradually turning into hell before our eyes.
Story "How we do things"
While our neighbors were doing things the size of a mouse, we were sleeping. Then their things grew to the size of a goat, but we were sleeping. Then they started doing things the size of a donkey, but we were still sleeping. In the meantime, our neighbors' things moved forward and grew as big as a buffalo, but we were sleeping. When the buffalo turned into a camel, we were still sleeping. We woke up only when our neighbors started doing things the size of an elephant.
Azerbaijani website's reaction to publication in AzeriChild.info
The publication of the story Love of Ermen – Shushanik by Mahir Gabiloglu, as it turned out, a popular Azerbaijani writer, on our website was followed by an immediate reaction from Modern.az portal...
Essey "Uncle Olmaz and our children, or how to bring up a moron"
Perhaps it is the "disease" of the CIS countries or even a plague affecting the entire world. But, regrettably, its existence cannot be denied, with so many mothers around us, setting themselves the task to bring up morons capable of nothing. They think that to bring up a child means to keep him satiated, clean, dry and warm. That is why children are fed under the lash, with a scandal, or each of their meals is turned into a theatrical performance.
Story "Love of Ermen – Shushanik"
This is Baku, a city of the new century. It was called Black City. I don't know whether or not it had a high meaning or the black smoke of factories was the reason behind the name. But we never gave its name in Azerbaijani. This is "chornigorod" (black city). My parents returned their houses near Neftezavodstroy and received an apartment in a five-story building opposite Shahumyan hospital. We started going to school there. We were three brothers and a sister. Our yard was a large international family. The name of our region was also Armenian – Shahumyan region...
The most popular stories from the "Shortest Story contest"
Shortest Story contest was announced in Azerbaijan as part of the program Patriotic Upbringing of Children and Youth. Literary portals started publishing the leading stories. Below are the most popular of them.
Research "Azerbaijan: how history textbooks are written"
Those who write our textbooks are subject to populist moods, they present imaginary and illogical things as an indisputable fact. Political position also has a big impact on it. Textbook authors think that they serve people in this way, but they do not understand the real meaning of these words. They are not independent," says the expert, member of a group on monitoring of textbooks published in Azerbaijan.
Drive a dagger into his heart in the cradle,
This is how every Armenian must be annihilated, killed.
Hey, Jew, he surpassed you (thank God)...
Poem "Damn the Armenians, damn Armenia!"
The Hay shouts "Artsakh,"
What is the fool saying?
Karabakh will not be
The fate of the Armenians...
Article "From mistakes in history textbooks to their Armenian interpretation"
Aslanov considers this provision in textbooks to be wrong as he rates himself among the scholars who think that the Turkic peoples have moved to the Caucasus from Altay. "We should always indicate in our textbooks that we are ancient autochthonous inhabitants of the Caucasus who later changed their language, adopted the Turkic language and became Muslim, giving up fire worship. We are not newcomers, we are locals. We should be proud that our forefather Moisey Kalankatuyski built the first ever Christian church in the East in the village of Kish, Sheki region. But for some reason we avoid speaking about our church in the 1st century BC," he added.
Article "On good-for-nothing teachers and vapid textbooks"
The reason of mistakes in history textbooks passing from one year to another, from one edition to another is that the same scholars write the textbooks. The Ministry of Education that gives those historians the job to work on textbooks does not allow others to edit or review those books, and the result is that the same mistakes pass to new editions year after year. The educational and methodological council that comprises scholar-authors has around 15-20 members.
Story "Mozalan Bek's journey (Ordubad, 1909)
t seems that even fools would be stupefied. First of all, I would like to say that the village is like a well-groomed district of Tbilisi. Beautiful mansions, clean streets, many big and beautiful bridges, a great number of schools, libraries, reading halls, enlightenment buildings and constructions with an amazing decoration. I swear by Allah, I froze
People are absolutely unrecognizable – they look like as if they have just arrived from France, their clothes, behavior, impeccable cleanliness (by cleanliness, I mean people's appearance, don't imagine anything different). Indeed, I was astonished.
Chapter 3 from the book "Caucasian Days" by Banine
A game of violence, rape of an Armenian woman. It happened on hot days when everyone was resting or sleeping. On such days, Ali and Asad came for me and forced me to the Devil's House in the grape grove. They told me that I should not be afraid of Satan with them. I was taken to a fig tree near that house. They beat me and stripped me off my clothes. I stood naked. They approached me from the back and, in turn, tried to take me. They repeated it for several times. They told me that they treated me that way because my mother was Armenian and they were punishing me
Article "Fear of the Armenians, or the nationality of a song"
Another terrible moment is the "games" conducted by teachers at schools and kindergartens as performances on "patriotic" theme. For instance, the bravest of the children should pull out Armenian's heart and gift it to shahid's mother. What will these sketches and this "patriotism" give the children and our future? Whom do we deceive? Ourselves or the children?
Story "Barakallah to your Teacher!"
The “izvanok” rings at that moment and the lesson ends…
This is how the Turkic language and shariah are studied at that school. There is no need to be surprised that school graduates, trying to read an easy text in some book in Turkic, stammer so often that the listeners have nothing else to do but waggle their heads and say…
“Barakallah to your Teacher!”
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