Monday, January 19

Pictures of President Ilham Aliyev and his father Heydar Aliyev planted in Antarctica...

On December 25th, for the first time in the history of Azerbaijan, an expedition from Azerbaijan was sent to Antarctica. 

On January 11, a bronze board with a picture of Heydar Aliyev on one side and picture of his son- Ilham Aliyev- on the other were planted on the Vincent peak, which the expedition climbed successfully. 

The following is a satirical peace of this trip posted on yahoo groups and sent to me from a friend:

"South Pole. Antarctica. Jan 15, 2009. After the expedition by Azerbaijani team to Antarctica, the continent underwent rapid changes. According to the local branch of YAP (newly established Yeni Antarctica Party), the local population of Antarctica expressed their deep gratitude of being honored with the portraits of two greatest leaders of the world, Mr. Heydar Aliyev and Ilham Aliyev. Now, in the shadow of these two great individuals, the problems of penguins in Antarctica can be resolved quickly. As a first step, it was decided to build a circular marble bridge around Antarctica and big sports complex under it. Antarctica's national Olympic committee also applied to host 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

The local workers, peasants, singers and other cheerful, happy and grateful citizens also created an initiative group in support of unlimited presidency in Azerbaijan. As one Antarctic politician, Mr. Penguin-gulu Yaltagov put it: "Butun Antarctica xalgi bu konstitusiya deyishiklerini beyenir, ve hami bir penquin kimi birleshib rehberliyin mudrik siyasitini destekliyir! " (translation: All people of Antarctica approve of these constitutional changes and everyone, as one united penguin, support the wise policies of the leadership") .

There were some attempts by few local penguins to demonstrate against these plans and drive attention to "serious problems facing the country", such as loss of their lands to invasion by water/ ice melting, diminishing fish supplies etc.  But Penquin National Police force, as well as outraged private civilians prevented this provocation and dispersed the unauthorized rally at the western edge of South Pole. Some activists of Penquin National Front party and other opposition parties were arrested. The official spokesperson for Antarctic Interior Minister denied any allegations of police beating demonstrators and said that these arrests had nothing to do with the political issues and all detainees are held on charges of consuming protected species of squid and tax fraud. Still, the police spokesperson said that if penquins want to demonstrate - they can do it legally only in remote ice deserts of Adelje Coast."

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