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  1. The MEME this week is related to Margvelashvili’s unexpected arrival in Parliament during the ratification of the EU association agreement. Earlier during the day, MPs from Georgian Dream said that Margvelashvili would not be coming. The head of the Human Rights Committee, Eka Beselia, said that even the parliament “cannot fit everyone.” When the president entered the session hall and greeted MPs, he loudly asked Beselia, “did we all fit?” The comment made everyone around laugh and was the subject of jokes throughout the day. Link: http://bit.ly/1t2907I


    The HARDEST working NGO in the Caukasus, TI Georgia’s new report looks at the ownership, operations, and financing of local media outlets, which play an important role in shaping public discussion in many cities, towns, and communities across the country. Link: http://bit.ly/1pPKC4p

    An article in The Messenger about the potential re-opening of the railway linking Armenia and Russia via Abkhazia, and its political connotations. Link: http://bit.ly/1t28CGk

    An article in the CRRC Caucasus blog by Edisher Baghaturia looking at perceptions of “Friends and Enemies in the South Caucasus.” The article examines whether there is a common enemy or friend that can unite the South Caucasus – or if it is merely humouristic speculation. Link: http://bit.ly/1rBCOGh

    An article by Eric Livny and Maka Chitanava in ISET’s blog about the connection between education, schooling, and nation-building Link: http://bit.ly/1jYGIIu

    An article by Rusiko Machaidze in DFWatch.net about student housing in Tbilisi. According to TSU student Nino, finding a place to live in Tbilisi is the biggest problem for students coming from the regions. Link: http://bit.ly/1nnspgo

    For the Beacon Reader, journalist Paul Rimple goes to Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge to follow up on a story of alleged Chechen terrorists killed by Georgian government special forces two years ago. Link: http://bit.ly/1zaYGLi

    While the signing of the EU Association Agreement in June united rivals of UNM and Georgian Dream, Maia Edilashvili examines for Transitions Online the emergence of anti-EU groups in Georgia. Link: http://bit.ly/1ulqnSL

    Check out this blog about Lika’s adventures in Tbilisi, called “No sex and the city.” You can find it at pasumonok.blogspot.com. She is super smart, a great writer and it is very insightful. And has useful hydration tips. Link: http://bit.ly/1pg5lQ1

    Great one on pankisi pagan rituals by Christina Mazza. Link: http://bit.ly/1z1y0g3

    Have a look at a photo essay published on the blog Forsaken Rights, about labour and social issues in Georgia. It looks at the nearly abandoned industrial city of Chiatura and the effect on local residents. Link: http://bit.ly/1jYGwcf

  2. Wow, what a very enlightening Podcast, especially with that other guy. Maybe next week you can go and sit by the Ronald Reagan statue and get more dialogue and opinion….
    What I find amusing that both of you agree that all the crimes that Misha and his chums are accused of, were probably perpetrated, but it is best just to move on, and you compared Jerry Ford’s pardon of Dick Nixon’s crimes as an example. Ehhhh, sorry, Dick did a lot of bad things but he didn’t order or oversee the execution or facilitate murders, and the aftermath, or use the USA as his personal ATM.
    I agree with the UN that the Georgian people deserve to see at least their cases heard, and ruled upon.
    I say. the USA paid off senators, claiming foul, should check out what Croatia did recently when they tried and found guilty of one of their own, Ivo Sandader, just before they entered the EU and under their watch during the process.

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