Margvel pres, Gharibashvili with MPs, Israel visa free, Norland straight talk, Karasin says nothing, Identoba clarification, naughty hypocritical priest, new judges, Gvaramia and Khetaguri let off, Interpol on Adeishvili, loaded MP Dato Bezhuashvili leaves UNM, Zakaria replaced as Dream faction boss, Kaladze takes over Dream party, Misha gives out 400 passports, Misha “books not guns” Misha awards to Hillary, journos, Residence empty, Abashidze replaces Barnovi, RR strike, Subari talks Hep C, some idiots on the internet, more hydro, fake Abkhaz operation, Danelia blames Tkhemaladze, Chkhikvadze monument, Gurjaani tomb, winds in Samegrelo, Abasha rice experiment, visa changes, great Jones piece, Geo environment rank, Destination EU, recycling

6 thoughts on “TBLPOD21nov2013

  1. I find it it a bit odd that you state that “it is great” that former president Eduard Shevardnadze is not in jail and living at home in Georgia. in any civilized country, someone who contributed so much to the decline of the Georgian civilization, economy, culture and well being, would have been dealt with as they did in Romania with Ceausescu. How can someone who did so much damage to generations of Georgians be allowed to live as the “Wise old man of Georgian Politics”‘ sums up the major problems of the country; acceptence of the criminal attitudes and their passions for strongmen.

  2. Good to see that somebody is trying rice production here. It is not the first crop produced here though, rice was produced in Georgia in the 1970’s. The yield obtained, 8 tonnes from 11 Ha or 0.72 tonne/ha, is quite low, as normal yields in Krasnodar are 6 tonnes/ha and 9-10 tonnes/Ha in Australia and the USA. However it is normal for test crops to be a bit disappointing as staff develop competency and experience, and appropriate varieties are trialed and selected. I hope they do very well.

  3. The MEME this week is from Feradi.info, it’s a visualization of how the role of the President changed since the inauguration. Link: http://goo.gl/C1exbt


    A great article by TBLPOD.com’s own Will Dunbar about Misha’s presidency, Why I still have a man crush on Misha. Worth the read. Lots of discussion on Facebook. Link: http://goo.gl/Zfx0Tw

    A blog by American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia President Sarah Williamson on The Hill about free trade deal with Georgia. Link: http://goo.gl/cmsDuI

    An article on Wall Street Journal about Georgia’s important steps for association with the EU. Link: http://goo.gl/8RNadr

    TI Georgia’s article about the new Board of the Ajarian Public Broadcaster. Link: http://goo.gl/NLwCcO

    Post by Daan Harmsen about starting a business in Georgia. Link: http://goo.gl/UQqiGg

    Short overview of wine in Georgia by Ulrica Söderlind on HeritageDaily.com Link: http://goo.gl/kCmq3L

    Photographs by Tbilisi-based photographer Justyna Mielnikiewicz who documented the challenges people face accessing healthcare in Georgia. A recent report by the charity Oxfam warned that health insurance schemes are excluding the poorest and most vulnerable people. Link: http://goo.gl/IQrbTC

    An article by Stephen F Jones about Western donors, democracy and the will of the Georgian people. In the Article, Jones argues that Western misunderstanding of Georgia’s political and economic realities has led to bad policy recommendations and funding for the wrong things. The reason for this misperception is two-fold: first, Westerns base their understand of Georgia on the English-speaking NGO world and an English-speaking political elite, rather than on the social reality which most Georgians face. Those people live outside Tbilisi care more about jobs, education, roads and health care than legislative and legal reforms. Second, our view of Georgia tries to distinguish it from “the West”, leading to a focus on what separates us from them. This leads to funding agencies, doctoral supervisors, and sensational reporting on the ethnic conflict, national identity, democratic deficits and restrictions on human rights. By measuring success as legislative and legal changes a political elite brings, rather than the concerns of the majority of the country’s citizens, the West will continue to support regimes after they have rightfully lost of the support of the people. And it will continue to support top-down reforms that do not match the goals of the populace. Link: http://goo.gl/uNSDbS


    On the 24th of November at 3 PM “European Alumni Association Georgia” and “European Youth Parliament -Georgia” will hold the street festival “Destination => EU”. The event will be organised as an outdoor festival. There will be a concert. Café Gallery, Althaus, Café Linville and Literature Café will all sell their products. In addition international foundations, book stores including “Books in Batumi” and “Radarami” will offer their publications to attendees. The festival is supported by the Swedish Embassy in Georgia and the EU Delegation to Georgia. For additional details visit the facebook page: facebook.com/EAAGeorgia

    On the 28th of November at 3:45 PM German House will host the 24th DWV forum “Potential Recycling Business”. The working language of the event is English. Attendance is free of charge. Address: # 4 Elene Akhvlediani Agmarti. For additional details visit: georgien.ahk.de

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