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  1. The MEME this week is a map by website Project Youth that’s been floating on facebook. It’s Europe according to Georgians. Link: http://bit.ly/1wjgPH0


    Eric Livny and Lasha Labadze write for the ISET economist blog, this week on the fight against crime in Georgia. They note that while crime is allegedly on the rise since the summer, MIA crime stats show otherwise. From anecdotal experience, people do not trust the MIA stats. Link: http://bit.ly/1rQIhX4

    Will Cathcart writes for the Daily Beast on Top ISIS’s Commander — and Pankisi Gorge native — Abu Omar al-Shishani. Link: http://thebea.st/1vampHa

    Russia and Caucasus analyst Nina Jobe has a response and critique of Cathcart’s Daily Beast piece, which she says has a lot of sensationalism and loads of story gaps and inconsistencies. Link: http://bit.ly/1wPwmjh

    Michael Cecire also has a piece on Pankisi Chechens fighting in Syria. He says its not an issue of Islamist radicalization in the valley, but advises the Georgian government to invest in Pankisi and poverty-alleviation programs. Link: http://bit.ly/1wLJ5jv

    More on this Pankisi trend: analyst Joanna Paraskuk has a blog called Chechens in Syria, where she documents all things related to Caucasus fighters there. Link: http://bit.ly/1rFy5zR

    A post in Liz Fuller’s RFE/RL blog Caucasus Report, addressing some statements in Misha’s Rustavi 2 interview. Link: http://bit.ly/1ubxqxE

    The latest CRRC blogpost, on physical exercise in Georgia. Link: http://bit.ly/108Mjmj

    Check out the Flickr account of Tbilisi-based photographer Onnik Krikorian for pictures from this year’s Tbilisoba. Link: http://bit.ly/1zlnens

    A letter by various NGOs but mainly TI, calling for the Deputy Minister for Diaspora Issues to resign, for publicly using hate speech. Link: http://bit.ly/1tndSnR

    The New York Times piece on Russia and China and cyber-spying, targeting Georgia and others. Link: http://nyti.ms/1zJheGn

    According to journalist Robert Beckhusen, writing for Medium, the Baltic states are studying battle tactics from Georgia’s 2008 war in preparation for possible Russian tanks coming their way. Link: http://bit.ly/ZQWrQJ

    Tbilisi-based BBC journalist Rayhan Demytrie has a podcast on Iraq’s Kurds fleeing to Georgia. Link: http://bit.ly/1sK9IEP

    Joseph Alexandre Smith writes for Georgia Today on Tbilisi’s only English-language Georgian Orthodox church service. Link: http://bit.ly/1tol01G

    Monica Ellena writes for Business New Europe on Tbilisi’s building frenzy. Link: http://bit.ly/13oTdGd

    An article in Vestnik Kavkaza summarizing some of the Mokhe events. Link: http://bit.ly/106PjzS

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