Misha in Odessa, Tiniko at NATO HQ, Ilves in Tbilisi, Margvel says he’ll veto bank supervision bill, multi-member constituency (regional proportional) momentum, kist drive by, Tibilov Putin meet, Econ min for sale, BI buys Pirosmani, Golden Arches in Zugdidi, Svan dam, Anaklia port short list, Alphabet tower Batumi, Georgia-EU committee, legalize it demo, UN says IDPs can come back, Hep C drugs for Abkhaz Ossets, new dept on state property seizing, OGP meeting, Police day, children’s hospice, Dadiani castle, another shepherd abduction, old Abkhaz mass graves opened, Polish Svaneti airlift, rafts, hail-rocket. Karate judo medals, pharmacies fined for taping calls, Cairo and Kazakh flights, 2000 year old win cellar found in Tbilisi, Innsbruck opera, runway repair, America Days, inflation, parliament towing change, marriage age bill, armed group bill, Levan Berdzenishvili committee, media: khingali, red-intelegencia, Russian visitor numbers up

2 thoughts on “TBLPOD4june2014

  1. The MEME this week is a pic on Facebook of Misha holding a glass in one hand and holding his head in the other. It says, in Ukrainian: “Who was I drinking with yesterday? …And why am I a governor?” Link: http://on.fb.me/1MsoWY2

    Cate Mackenzie for Newsweek writes on how everyone is ignoring that Russia basically took over South Ossetia two months ago. Link: http://bit.ly/1KQlpoj

    Zviad Adzinbaia for New Eastern Europe writes on Georgia’s ‘fifth column;’ people who were well off and connected during Soviet times and are miffed at Georgia’s Western course and want to sabotage it. Link: http://bit.ly/1IoyWmy

    CSMonitor explains the new police reform happening in Ukraine. As of July they’ll be firing the entire police force and replacing them with a new, non-bribe-taking force, like the Georgian-style reforms in Misha’s early years. Link: http://bit.ly/1KIKgHn

    Lyn Gardner for The Guardian advocates for the UK to open its borders for foreign artists to visit, for the sake of British theater, using the example of Georgian theatre group New Collective. Link: http://bit.ly/1dj9QHX

    DfWatch goes to the Tushi town of Zemo and Kvemo Alvani in Tusheti to see a centuries-old horserace. Link: http://bit.ly/1JrcglO

    Peter Nasmyth for Open Democracy explores some Georgian literature. Link: http://bit.ly/1EZw1Jf

    The LA Times walks through some of the new Georgian restaurants at Old Village in Glendale. Link: http://lat.ms/1HPu2cE

    And LA Times also has a piece just on khinkali. Link: http://lat.ms/1EG7BEo

    The Kyiv Post gives some of the details on Misha’s Odessa posting. Link: http://bit.ly/1dRLG8f

  2. On the “Red Intelligentsia” piece. When Rurua sais, and Adzinbaia quotes: “Their parents and grandparents were privileged and received certain benefits from the regime, such as new apartments, cars, trips and access to special shops unavailable to 99 per cent of other Soviet citizens”, he should start with the word “Our”. Because the bulk of UNM members’ parents, aunts, uncles and sometimes grandparents are the members of Soviet Georgia’s nomenklatura of the 60s-80s as well as of their “business partners”, so-called ‘tsekhoviks’ (entrepreneurs profiting from the nepotistic proximity to nomenklatura or bribing the latter). UNM members’ parents were those who were persecuting dissidents and eulogizing “Soviet Motherland”. May be this is why Rustavi-2 “Kurieri” is so similar to the Soviet “Programma Vremya” of the early 80s. 🙂

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