BI says again he’ll soon bolt, Armenia joins new improved USSR, more MinaretGate, cohabitation, destroyed video compromats, CEC chair runs for pres, Zurabashvili’s run in peril, BI meets Ambos, Misha won’t sign off on 7 Ambos. WikiLeakes on Mskheta security, Vano’s health bad, digital request for info, Kvesitadze and Paichadze get ax, Turk hospital boss probs, pension increase, Stalin in Telavi, Russians on 2008, floods this week, climate change Mayors Covenant, Croatians found, cigarette excise up, mil air show, Iraqi Air flies Kurds to Batumi, big judo win, parliament back in session, few Jews, Christianity big, WIPS, Batumi Indy Film, London Geo Film Fest

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  1. The Meme this week is a visualization from JumpStart. The Caucasus Research Resource Center interviewed 2502 people in Georgia about their attitudes toward religion. Link: http://goo.gl/2bUKGg


    TI Georgia’s article about the new Personal Data Protection Inspector, the new government authority that is tasked with protecting people’s right to privacy. Link: http://goo.gl/oTklyn

    Molly Corso’s article titled: “Georgia: Bouncing Along on a Retail Bubble?” Link: http://goo.gl/oHUKhQ

    An article by Lincoln Mitchell on theparliament.com titled: “Georgia is not Ukraine and must be given the chance to prove it.” Link: http://goo.gl/5u9Lni

  2. Video and photo footage showing private lives were destroyed. The disks were placed in a special sealed container, where they were destroyed by attendance of media. The video footage contained 144 files, the length of which was 182 hours. They mainly include the period from 2007 to 2012.
    The destruction process was attended by the Minister of Internal Affairs, the Minister of Justice, the Chief Prosecutor, the Public Defender, representatives of international organizations, media, etc.


  3. In response to your Cri de Coeur for more forum posts…..

    The Mayors’ Covenant needs to be more carefully analysed before cities sign up to such ambitious targets.

    CO2 emissions growth correlate quite closely with economic growth in poor countries such as Georgia. There are a few exceptions to this trend (Chad? How do they measure methane emissions from camels?) but it generally it holds true. Artificially restricting access to cheap hydrocarbons to meet arbitrary targets can hamstring the economy. Cheap energy 24 hours a day is one of the greatest tools for poverty alleviation in human history, and fossil fuels play a large part in this.

    Once poor countries have moved from agrarian subsistence, through industrialisation, and into service-industry dominated societies, Total Energy Use per $ GDP and CO2 emissions per $ of GDP begin to drop precipitously (and not because of wind turbines, hybrid vehicles or solar panels!!) . It is not entirely due to developed countries relocating manufacturing offshore either; US manufacturers use half the energy per $ product manufactured than Chinese firms, largely through in-factory cost controls and more efficient power stations. This decline in CO2 intensity per $ GDP is a good thing, but it doesn’t require covenants or emissions controls to induce, it develops naturally.

    The cost of adapting to climate change (assuming that anthropogenic CO2 has a substantial effect upon global temperatures, which is subject to dispute given that surface temperatures have been static for the past 16 years, see here http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/10/13/report-global-warming-stopped-16-years-ago/ ) is many times less than the cost of reducing CO2 emissions. Hence poor countries using cheap hydrocarbons for their rapid economic development, and using those cash resources to adapt to climate change if it occurs, is many times more cost-effective than damaging one’s economy with arbitrary emissions constraints.

    For a concise discussion of this issue with great references (including the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) , see here


    Georgia is blessed with abundant potential hydro-electric sources and has little heavy industry, so it is probably best to allow the market to determine respective investment in hydro vs fossil fuel facilities rather than local politicians determining this.

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