Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Republic of Azerbaijan’s independence from the Soviet Union. Twenty-five years ago, spurred on by the lack of support from the USSR over ethnic conflicts in the region and a brutal military crackdown over demonstrations the year before, Azerbaijan declared independence. The Declaration of Independence was adopted on October 18, 1991, after seventy-one years under Soviet rule.
Pleasant surprises are tough to come by these days. But on Friday, a World Bank tribunal delivered one by rejecting a multinational mining firm’s lawsuit against El Salvador that many observers thought would go the other way.
There’s no images of the separation wall in Chapter 31: An Exhibition About the Future of Palestine. Depictions of grim concrete checkpoints are almost entirely absent from the London exhibition; scenes of riots or protests are gone, and there’s barely a hint of the red, green, black and white that make up the Palestinian flag. The familiar signifiers that in Europe and America have come to symbolize Palestine are missing.