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3 thoughts on “28nov2013

  1. The MEME this week: a new video featuring pianist Khatia Buniatishvili was posted on Misha’s FB. The video includes shots of the pianist playing music interspliced with footage from Misha’s presidential terms. Shooting the video was the reason UNM’s four heart flag was hoisted over the President’s Residence. Link: http://goo.gl/JL9KuK


    An article by Judy Dempsey on CarnegieEurope.eu about the Vilnius summit. Link: http://goo.gl/V8BPD6

    An article by Jackson Diehl who is a big Misha fan in the Washington Post about the reasons why Misha is out of the country after he finished his presidential term. Link: http://goo.gl/TRacZE

    A video by N-Map, produced in collaboration with TI Georgia, discussing violations of the right to property in Georgia. Link: http://goo.gl/AXtNvw

    An article in TI Georgia about the new co-investment fund. Link: http://goo.gl/YmgouD

    An article by George Lomsadze about Georgian protests against the practice of mass roundups for drug tests. Link: http://goo.gl/OFD1e4

    An article by Gia Nodia about the new Georgian movie “In bloom.” Link: http://goo.gl/RGzYUt


    On the 29th of November the Riffer Bar will host a new band “Lady Heroine” with their new album “Rise and Shine”. The Price is 10 lari. The Address: #28 Rustaveli ave. For additional details visit facebook.com/RifferBar.

    From the 28th till the 30th of November you can check out an exhibit of international products in Tbilisi. More than 20,000 items including lighting, clothing, perfume, and furniture from China, Korea and the United Arab Emirates will be on display. The Address: Vazisubani, III block. For additional details visit: facebook.com/IntExpo.Ge

    The Scarlett Sails in what was once known as George Bush’s Blue Building is now under new management and called the Royal Sails, very lively and live music on weekends, stop on by, it is at 25 Leselidze Street next to the Shemoikhede Genatsvale.

  2. Thank goodness the links are working. I thought it was me!! Now I am glad to see it was you. 😉 Do you know where I can get a copy of the In Bloom film? The You Tube clip has English sub-titles but is the film subtitled through out do you know? Having read the reviews, the blogs and the descriptions and knowing what I know from extensive reading and personal experience of Georgia I would say that the only thing that has shifted from 1992 is the age at which girls marry – average now 21. I hope this film holds a mirror up Georgian civil society (you know the one BI is now supposed to be throwing his weight behind) and that, in stead of rejecting it or the church writing it off as western propaganda, so called ‘traditions’ are challenged and issues around traditions which control are addressed more openly.

  3. I was truly unaware that modern Georgian history begins in 1997 upon your arrival in a very corrupt, but calm Georgia.Thanks for this information.

    I am not sure, but I’ll wager that if you asked families of those on killed on Aeroflot Flight 6833, killed and maimed during the April 9 massacre, or those whose lives were ruined during the “calm” years of Shevy when the availability of opiates can now be considered as a government project, or by going way back to the early days of Georgia history, the 60s-70s, when Shevy was using his power to purge the country of those involved in “corruption, I am sure many, if not all would want to fire the first shot at his execution, if it was held.

    It is quite laughable that you think that because Shevy was out of the county during his times as Foreign Minister, etc. that he was still not holding the strings on what eventually became a “basket-case”. Maybe it is time for you to discuss the good old days of Shevy with some Georgians who were around to have experienced it,

    Perhaps Shevy “doesn’t have a lot of money”, but when his son-in-law, can reach into his wallet and pull out 15.5 million $ to bail himself out of a tax evasion case, I won’t lose any sleep over his spending his 100 GEl/mo pension getting his khatchapuri . In fact, Misha was quoted as telling the police back in the early days of the Rose Revolution to “not to spare Shevardnadze if reason arose to arrest him. He said Shevardnadze’s family had become in the last four years the richest in the former Soviet republic.”

    I enjoy this forum and your effort in getting it out weekly. However, perhaps it is best if you consider to always have additional commentators, as they tend to bring about a more balanced podcast and help to avoid it becoming an outlet for your opinion and often erroneous statements.

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