Exploding plant, Kist protest, EU brass Hahn visit, Geo soldier falls at Donetsk Airport, Arminia family murder by Russian soldier, OSCE parl visit, Oscar talk, Geo joins EU Ukraine Advisory Mission, NATO sec gen to visit in Feb, Garibashvili in Davos, new Supreme Court leader chat, Zguladze on Ukraine traffic police reform, Interior brass to Spain, (non) univ tower in Batumi to be sold, lost shepherd in Ergneti froze, 2:1 lari/$, EBRD SMEs, Enguri talks, Daesh whacko from Batumi, Armenian churches, priest who helped ferry passengers honored, Epiphany, prosecutors thank US, Koguasvhili Blind Date movie in Brussels, Zezva and Mzia in Israel, Japanese Telavi disabilities place, Sao Paulo Georigan film festival, Margvel: 2015 Year of Women, youth offenders change, bus tickets waved, Elbakidze collapses, Saturday Panorama protest 3pm Freedom Square

2 thoughts on “TBLPOD22jan2015

  1. The MEME this week is is a photo of the collapsed Elbakidze street in Tbilisi, behind the Radisson. Local residents said there was water leakage before, they’ve been asking Georgian Water and Power Company to fix it but they didn’t, and now the road’s collapsed. Link: http://bit.ly/1BOZeL4


    Tom de Waal for Carnegie writes on South Ossetia’s impending treaty with Russia. Link: http://ceip.org/14z6kV2

    Seth Mandel writes for Commentary in reaction to the South Ossetia treaty, and what it says about both Putin’s and Obama’s policies. Link: http://bit.ly/1xHXQDB

    For RFE/RL, Joanna Paraszczuk continues to track Daesh; she reports that a Russian official blames Georgia for the phenomenon of Chechen fighters in IS, because the Kists in Pankisi trained in the Georgian army – which in turn was trained by the U.S. Link: http://bit.ly/1xbN9sC

    Luke Coffey contemplates another region Russia might take over – the Armenian populated province of Samtskhe-Javakheti. It would destabilize Georgia, and create a possible land corridor to Armenia. Link: http://bit.ly/1BjDG6C

    The CRRC’s blog looks at social status through the lens of the oft heard taxi driver story about the economic transition. Link: http://bit.ly/15wBq0m

    The Winnipeg Free Place has a travel piece on Georgia. Things they took an effort to note, at the Stalin museum: “The washrooms were a disgrace and many lights highlighting exhibits were burned out.” Which they charmingly ascribe to the Georgian contempt for Stalin. Link: http://bit.ly/1yDqY4C

    An interview with Dr. Neil MacFarlane on regional dynamics in the South Caucasus. Link: http://bit.ly/1GFFkVO

    IWPR on how Russia’s ruble crisis is hitting Abkhazia. Link: http://bit.ly/1uB7ADW

    Georgian Journal discusses the new fine for littering. Link: http://bit.ly/1zBVn34

    My Georgian Journal and Kviris Palitra column this week is about how Azerbaijan is a dictatorship and what that may mean for Georgia. Link: http://bit.ly/1CIw5Oh

  2. I didn’t think I would ever wake up after trying to listen to last weeks reading. Maybe this weeks’ will put me 6 feet under?

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