Giga Gigi yelled at, pre-election violence, Marneuli mess, UN IDP resolution, Osset elections, Turks in Abkhazia, Margvel and Biden in Kiev, piss cut protest, Barroso in Tbilisi, church protests evangelism and gender, soldiers to CAR, Vasiani training, coal mine fire, FDI numbers, Aldagi split, more golden arches, Khevsur road, good tax numbers, no consumer protection from parliament, Shevy people back, 23 year olds, Ajara money via TI, Pankisi Sufis

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  1. The MEME this week is some new Tbilisi street art circulating on Facebook, showing famous pop icons queuing to give police officers a urine sample for drug testing, in protest of the country’s strict drug policy. Link: http://on.fb.me/1kSMEkN


    A great new analysis of South Ossetia by the brilliant Stephen Jones in open democracy, talking about East v West is only one of many things going on here and prevents potential solutions from appearing if anybody cared enough to pursue them. Link: http://bit.ly/1xTedjk

    A new collaboration between The Guardian and Eurasianet.org, called the “New East network.” See their project “Born After the USSR,” featuring interviews with everyday 23-year-olds from the 15 ex-Soviet republics about their lives and how each country diverged after the Soviet breakup. Link: http://bit.ly/1oMaOMS

    For more details on political rivalries, mishaps, and democratic improvements, read NDI’s interim report assessing the pre-election political environment before the June 15 elections.. Link: http://bit.ly/TRJQKg

    Read a TI Georgia investigation looking at the various assets of Batumi mayoral nominees. Link: http://bit.ly/1qaJWKt

    And also check out TI’s report on the expenses of the Ajara Supreme Council for business trips, gifts, and receptions. Link: http://bit.ly/1pRJWwx

    An article by Cafe Babel Tbilisi — with a little infographic help from NGO JumpStart Georgia — that takes a look at Tbilisi’s mayoral candidates. Link: http://bit.ly/1oWzHYo

    An ethnographic exploration by Tara Isabella Burton for AlJazeera English about the female Sufi mystics of Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge. Link: http://alj.am/1o2sYxX

  2. The pee cup thing is really quite bad. The government has often used it as a punitive measure for business owners who are not cooperating. In Batumi a a year or two back, every male who came in and out of one bar after 10 was taken to the police state for pee tests, because the owner was not testifying in a court case.

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