Sunday, April 10, 2016

Armenia and Azerbaijan: The war you aren’t hearing about — and why you should care

Via Ryan

Situated in the mountains of the Caucasus lies one of the oldest Christian outposts on the fringes of Europe, an internationally unrecognized Armenian enclave known as Nagorno-Karabakh.

Armenians have been living in the region of Karabakh as far back as the stone age. Armenia is the world’s oldest Christian nation, having converted in 301 AD (that’s 26 years before Emperor Constantine was baptised), and is home to some of the world’s oldest and most extravagant Christian churches.

Yet all is not well for present day Armenia and Karabakh.

To its south is the Islamic Republic of Iran, to its west is the Republic of Turkey (the successor state of the Ottoman Empire that slaughtered 1.5 million Armenians in the name of Islam in the last century), and to its east is the Republic of Azerbaijan, an oil rich Caspian dictatorship ruled by Ilham Aliyev.  

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