Larry King was in Azerbaijan today to talk about a subject with which he is quite familiar -- women. At a Baku event staged by the Crans Montana Forum, a Swiss organization in search of "a more humane and impartial world," the legendary American talk-show host, known for his revolving-door love life, addressed the rights and the role of women "in tomorrow's world."
As Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty subtly pointed out: “while it’s clear that women related to the [Azerbaijani] president have done quite well in Azerbaijan, the state of ordinary women’s rights in the country, especially in the countryside, is less clear.”
In particular, the rights of women who report about the business doings of Aliyeva and her family, such as Khadija Ismayilova, a journalist for RFE/RL and EurasiaNet.org, who has faced a blackmail attempt by unknown individuals eager to stop her work.
"I've never learned anything while I was talking," King is reputed once to have said. How much he learned in Baku while he was listening, however, remains to be seen.