Misha in Sarpi, NATO in Wales, more NDI #’s, visas, meds, Mestia cop brawl, DCFTA in force, Margvel in UK, EBRD, top Marine visit, Azeri guards fired, Georgia competitive rank increase, more Bakradze HSBS bs, Dariali opens, Ukrainian kids to Georgia, ex-GYLA Chugo gives out HR Tulips, pro Ukraine demo, no passport for Kitovani, Bacho book, new army MP chief, Nikosi film festival, Mufti says no Shia/Sunni issues, bridge painters fined, Czech research, IS says will attach Chechnya, Tedo in Iran, Kiev flights, army death, wine in Austria, Geo Estonian movie Oscar nomination, Frankfurt book fair, KaZantip wrap up, artificial snow, Tusheti Red Dear spotted, parl committees meet in Tbilisi now, fat photos, Slade book, Sunlight & TI on campaign cash

6 thoughts on “TBLPOD4sept2014

  1. The MEME this week is a photo album created by popular Georgian photoambebi.ge dedicated to summer. It contains photos of Georgian politicians with very little clothes on, buff or not. Link: http://bit.ly/1o2MQff

    An article in the Washington Post about the Georgian foods found at various restaurants in Washington DC. Link: http://bit.ly/WhprPl

    Eurasianet.org has a book review of new work by criminologst and former Tbilisi-resident Gavin Slade, about the rise and role of the mafia in post-Soviet Georgia. Link: http://bit.ly/1t5k5Sg

    A blogpost by Pietro A. Shakarian for his blog “Reconsidering Russia and the Former Soviet Union” about Abkhazia’s new leader, Khajimba. He argues that Khajimba can either pursue a narrow ethno-nationalist path, or a pursue a path of engagement that can lead to compromise and some regional stability. Link: http://bit.ly/1lDfrfz

    A book review published in New Eastern Europe, called “Bittersweet Europe” by Adrian Brisku. The book examines the cases of two outliers, Georgia and Albania, and their now centuries-long examination and discourse of whether they are European, or not. Link: http://bit.ly/1u4xyME

    An article by Mari Nikuradze of Dfwatch.net, about a summer camp that ran this August in Georgia, designed to bring together kids from different religions and break religious prejudices. Link: http://bit.ly/1vTLOu3

    Sunlight Foundation project Money, Politics, and Transparency profiles Georgia with a ‘snapshot’ on fighting corruption, open-data, and monitoring party funding. Link: http://bit.ly/1rzK1Hs

    A photoessay on women’s rights and domestic violence in Georgia. Link: http://bit.ly/1rOU6CC

    An article in BBC about Georgian wine, meeting EU market standards, and lessening export dependence on Russia. Link: http://bit.ly/WiRRsP

    George Lomsadze of Eurasianet.org has an article on all the work Georgia’s farmers will have to up their products and actually have them reach the European market. Link: http://bit.ly/1xgYRal

    An article by Johnny Melikyan for OpenDemocracy looks at the opposing foreign policy paths of neighbours Georgia and Armenia, yet the two countries remain reliable partners. Link: http://bit.ly/1puaK2B

    Another argument to allow justice to run its course regarding criminal charges against Misha, this time in euObserver. Link: http://bit.ly/1BeqHmm

  2. Thanks so much for informing us uniformed and/or unknowable-it-all listeners that Valery Gelashvil was the Prime Minster of Georgia. No wonder why you are the go-to person for all things Georgia.
    Oh Yea, Bakradze and wifey, thinking that they are above the law, is a perfect illustration of how the UNM thinks. Lock’em and let them rot. Tick, tick, tick for Misha and the remaining walking dead

  3. I am glad that you mentioned the International Animation Festival Nikozi that wrapped up on September 6th. It is held in Zemo Nikozi. There is a website (and FB page) if you want more information: http://nikozifestival.ge/?menuid=7&id=58&lang=2.

    We’ve visited Nikozi many times. His Eminence, Metropolitan Isaiah, the diocesan bishop (Nikozi-Tskhinvali Diocese), Georgian Patriarchate, has brought much love, healing and joy to this rural area, one greatly affected by the August 2008 war.

    I recommend a visit!

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