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  1. The MEME this week is a video of Finance Minister Nodar Khaduri speaking to journalists. Talking about the lari, he says “it’s not my competence to discuss the national bank’s affairs.” Link: http://bit.ly/15RT7Il


    The BBC piece summarizing current events of domestic violence in Georgia. Link: http://bbc.in/12fti2q

    A new UN report: “Road Map for Mainstreaming Ageing in Georgia.” Gives policy recommendations on how Georgia can better care for an ageing population. Link: http://bit.ly/1yZuCDG

    David Klion writes for World Politics Review on the Russia-Abkhazia Treaty. Link: http://bit.ly/1zsaMz4

    A synopsis of a new Dutch documentary about Sandra Roelofs called Stand By Your President. Link: http://bit.ly/15RT8Mu

    Professor Julie George writes on Russia’s relations with its neighbours. This week’s is about Georgia with a big focus on the 2008 war. Link: http://bit.ly/1ylofql

    An obit for Kakha Bendukidze in the New Yorker, “the Man who remade Georgia.” Link: http://nyr.kr/1zY3djC

    An NDI infographic for a public opinion poll on gender. Link: http://bit.ly/12EvFgv

    An investigation by Tamar Gelashvil of Studio Monitori that looks at Georgian educational training centers offering students degrees from Ukraine universities. Except — these centers are not certified, and the Georgian Ministry of Education does not recognize the degrees. Georgian w/ Eng subtitles. Link: http://bit.ly/1FWCp7n

    An investigation by Salome Tsetskhladze, about how the government tested the water in rural areas, found bacteria, and said that they notified local governments. Local officials say they know nothing about it. Citizens know nothing. Link: http://bit.ly/1vU7Xrs

    See some pictures of cool caves in Abkhazia. Link: http://dailym.ai/1FSgX1v

    Manana Gabrichidze for Georgian Journal tells us about the exciting life of Rusudan Mdivani, who lived as a sculptor in Paris in the 1920s and served as the muse to famous artists. Link: http://bit.ly/1zY3x1M

    Melik Kaylan in Forbes: “Putin has made his moves to pressure Turkey. Not many people know that Georgia’s current government acceded to Russian demands to build a strategic road from Russian Daghestan through Georgia to the Azerbaijan border. This will allow the Kremlin to move assets to seal off the Azeri border at any time. Meaning, isolating Azerbaijan from trade with Turkey via Georgia … You can be sure that Georgia’s regime will act in solidarity with Moscow.” Link: http://onforb.es/12r2JYa

  2. Funny thing, that new casino. I talked with the Oz guys, who nobody around here has seemed to have heard of. Although there is a Georgian registered partner, the head Oz dude told me there are no Georgians in the company… That new highrise hotel the casino will be in is now the Biltmore – the Abu Dhabi Group project – and it has the 3 casino operators in Tbilisi shaking because the Tbilisi market can just barely handle 3 casinos.

  3. The USD-GEL change might have something to do with the budget underspending in the first six months of the year. From a TI report:

    “Hence, underspending, which was one of the main problems in 2013, remains an acute problem. The government’s plan to spend fewer resources negatively impacts economic growth, while compensating for underspending in the first and second quarters with rapid spending in the third and fourth quarters clearly presents the risk of inflation.”


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