Cops stop & frisk, PM Pres playpen bout continues, Patriarchy has bug bucks, Navarro letter, NATO in Wales, Hagel visit, EU Füle replaced by Austrian Hahn, Chikaidze disses Misha in Alia, Ajara GD Intifada, new weapon law, anti-Muslim Kobuletians nail pig head, Margvel married, Baku IREX raid, Russian & Armo Armies pretend to invade Turkey. PM to Baku, English speakers in Mushroom, crime map plan, GoG 20 mill VC plan, CENN off Khudoni enviro assessment, China biz trip, Art students still ticked, GoG interns, Ukraine medical aid, big five star Batumi hotel in a long time, poetry translation, Winters Tale in Brest, G&T is back, better young bride protection in the works, The Trio Mandili, FDI drop, Riga exhibition

6 thoughts on “TBLPOD11sept2014

  1. The MEME this week is a video on youtube of Georgian female singers Trio Mandili singing a Khevsureti romance song while on a walk. The video was on the front page of Reddit on the 8th of September. Link: http://bit.ly/1wdxs7J


    A must read: TI Georgia’s full report on the companies and organizations affiliated with the Georgian Orthodox Church. Link: http://bit.ly/1lXwJ7a

    A Book Review of spy thriller ‘Operation Shakespeare’ by John Shiffman. The true story reveals how two American agents from homeland security set up a sting operation in Tbilisi in 2007 to capture an independent arms procurer from Iran. Link: http://bit.ly/1qNRlxE

    Paul Goble writes for Jamestown.org that the Kremlin is developing a plan for partioning Georgia, now by trying to stir separatism in Samegrelo. Link: http://bit.ly/1tD8LwJ

    A touristic overview of visiting Georgia, published in Reuters. Tbilisi balconies, hearty food, mountains and churches. Link: http://bit.ly/1uKoYRO

    You can also read a little more detailed and interesting view of a South African travel writer visiting Georgia. Link: http://bit.ly/1uxVoQr

    Journalist Paul Rimple wrote an article for the Beacon Reader titled “Will Georgia’s Read Head of State Please Stand Up,” pegged to the Climate Change Summit in New York later in September. Gives an overview of the president vs government slash BI issue. Link: http://bit.ly/1xPBFjO

    The latest blogpost by CRRC: In light of the 1st of September visa regulation changes, they ask: Is xenophobia in Georgia on the rise? Link: http://bit.ly/1qHR2Wu

    Watch a special investigation by Studio Monitori, on Georgian tuberculosis patients travelling to France to save their lives. Link: http://bit.ly/1pTVYSZ

  2. On the President vs. PM bickering (it just floors me how public they are being about that), do you think that this will dissuade voters from participation in the future? I can imagine some people might find this behavior distasteful from heads-of-state and might think if this is Georgian democracy, why bother? Thoughts?

    Thanks for the podcast as always!

  3. on PM vs President and the question who will attend the UN Climate Change Summit: Georgia has a positive reputation in international climate change negotiations so far, because some negotiatiors are very active, but also it#s been perceived as a proactive country e.g. due to past commitments on rrenawable energy (realted to Georgia’s hydropower potential). That’s why a representative from Georgia is among the 24 board members of the Green Climate Fund, just to give one example. The sad thing about the ongoing debate between PM and President is that both are probably unaware of this positive international reputation, and the damage they might cause to it with this completely nationally motivated conflict. The worst case would be that they have separate teams writing their speeches and present two different commitments on climate change to the world. My recommendation would be to send the one who shows the strongest commitment on climate change to the Climate Change summit, but I haven’t seen a real commitment on the issue to be addressed in NY from either one yet.

  4. I can’t believe you didn’t mention that 11 September is the National Day of Catalonia, marking the fall of Barcelona to Spanish troops in 1714 (i.e. precisely three hundred years ago)!

  5. I think the main issue between Navarro and the PM, is the fact that the Tbilisi McDonalds earnings have dropped since he left, hence the big decline in the DFI

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