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  1. The MEME this week is a video titled “Exorcism” that became popular on Facebook. According to the video description it was recorded this year in Kutaisi. The video shows a young man apparently possessed by a demon being exorcised by Toma Betaneli, an alleged miracle-priest. His real name is Guram Beteshvili, but information regarding his religious activities are contradictory. He has a parish but it’s not known whether the Patriarchy recognizes his alleged miracles. Link: http://bit.ly/1ywwK4b


    An article by Monica Ellena in Eurasianet.org about the victory of Euro-skeptic parties in May’s European Parliament elections, and how this will affect Georgia. Link: http://bit.ly/1qi2Jow

    An article by analyst Lincoln Mitchell titled “Georgia without a MAP,” saying that Georgia will likely not receive a MAP from NATO at the Wales summit, nor in the medium range future. Link: http://bit.ly/1mXPOUU

    Another obit for Shevy, by Thomas Goltz for RT, who reported on conflict in the post-Soviet Caucasus and crossed paths with Shevy on numerous occasions. The two men bonded during the siege and fall of Sukhumi in 1993. Link: http://bit.ly/1zMEvEI

    Interesting article by Teimuraz Shamoian for Rudaw, about Georgia’s ethnic Kurds eyeing the growing independence of Iraq’s Kurds. Link: http://bit.ly/1ywx82K

    A Research report by Ana Dvali and Edita Badasyan on problems in the Kvemo-Kartli and Samtskhe-Javakheti regions and foreign policy preferences of the local populations. The paper discusses the basic problems and views of Georgia’s ethnic minorities. Link: http://bit.ly/1nAtmNw

    An article in DFWatch.net about a Chechen refugee in Georgia, Saikhan Muzayev, who claims that he is harassed by government bodies and is not allowed to leave the country. Muzayev holds Georgian citizenship. Link: http://bit.ly/1zMEEIl

    An article by Paata Shamugia in NewEasternEurope.eu about the famous Georgian writer Zura Karumidze. Link: http://bit.ly/1ywxd6C

    A book available on Amazon called “Lucky Peach Issue 11: All You Can Eat” about various odd food customs; one is a Georgian wedding supra. Link: http://bit.ly/1kzqMHA

    Also available on Amazon: a new compendium of Piano Music for Georgian Dances by Rejeb Jordania. Link: http://bit.ly/1tVOxTA

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