Baku is the capital, the largest city, and the largest port of Azerbaijan and all the Caucasus. Culture Ministers of the member-states of the Organization of the Islamic Conference declared Baku the capital of Islamic Culture.


Back in the day Baku was a part of the big oil baronies that kept the crude flowing. Does the energy crises worry you? Read The Trouble with Black Gold: 7 Sins of Oil Production and join the discussion. Read about Nigeria’s struggle in Reflections on Recent Violence in Nigeria and connect with Matador’s Lola Akimade, who has spent half her life living in Nigeria.
The dangerous power play over petroleum takes center stage with Drug Cartels Become Black Market Oil Barons.

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