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  1. The MEME this week is a video of new Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, making a big statement about allowing journalists to ask tough questions. With Georgian subtitles. Link: http://on.fb.me/1Oc5P8E

    The editorial board of the Washington Post wrote on the Rustavi 2 case, saying that a seizure of the TV station would be a “blow for Georgian democracy.” Link: http://wapo.st/20f7PB3

    In light of Russia’s air strikes in Syria, the New York Times via Reuters explores the mis-precision of Russian air bombing by looking at the August 2008 war. Link: http://nyti.ms/1kXLc3U

    Natalia Anteleva has a long read in the Guardian covering all of Misha and the mission in Odessa. Link: http://bit.ly/2085ibC

    Foreign Policy Center has a new report on religion, power, and the role of the Church in Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, and Armenia. Link: http://bit.ly/1P150Qr

    Deutsche Welle looks at life behind the fence of the administrative boundary line of Georgia and South Ossetia. Link: http://bit.ly/1PYbcI1

    Meydan TV investigates the Aliyevs of Azerbaijan’s businesses in Georgia. Link: http://bit.ly/1GAmjoG

    Vice News will soon have a report on Russia’s creeping occupation from the administrative boundary line with South Ossetia. Here is the trailer. Link: http://bit.ly/1M4wGBl

    The Telegraph reports that Kakha Bendukidze’s ‘secret’ daughter and her potential battle with his widow over his fortune. Link: http://bit.ly/1MlR5h6

    For Open Democracy, Inga Popovaite says Islamic radicalization in Pankisi is made worse by government isolation. Link: http://bit.ly/1jWeUG3

    Also for Open Democracy, political scientist Bakar Berekashvili says that Georgia now has a grotesque democracy. Link: http://bit.ly/1NEnSRP

    For Carnegie Moscow Center, the argument is that the International Criminal Court investigation into the August 2008 war will probably be bad news for Georgia. Link: http://ceip.org/1POL9Ur

    YNet news has an article on the Jewish community of Tbilisi. Link: http://bit.ly/1KJHn6Z

    For it’s 40th anniversary, ‘Decanter’ list their favourite wines of 2015 and one judge selected a Tsoli-kouri grape wine from Imereti. Link: http://bit.ly/1WlkWkL

    Dustin Gilbreath for the CRRC looks at the language and audience problems think tanks face in the South Caucasus. Link: http://bit.ly/1M0L1v8

    The guardian covers an on-going campaign to allow Georgia and Romania enter the ‘Six Nations’ in rugby. Link: http://bit.ly/1P9e2t1

    The DCist has a guide to Georgian wine and where to get it in DC. Link: http://bit.ly/1SaNmrK

  2. Thanks for giving a heads-up re Vice News’ upcoming reports on Russia’s creeping annexation of Georgian territory. I’ve seen some good reporting by VN re Ukraine.

    As to the NYT article re the accuracy of Russian bombing during the 2008 war, the Russians aren’t “the gang who couldn’t shoot straight.” Russians bombed the territory of the cathedral in (Zemo) Nikozi 32 times! I was in Nikozi in November 2008, know the bishop of that diocese (Met. Isaiah), saw the bombing damage and bomb fragments. Thankfully no one was killed in the bombing of the cathedral territory, but villagers were killed in Nikzoi. This bombing of the cathedral territory (inc. a monastery and bishop’s residence) ties right into Russia’s campaign to erase all evidence of Georgian culture and history from the occupied territories and those along the occupation line. During the 19th c. ruling of Georgia by Russia, the Russians were not dropping bombs, but did all they could to replace Georgian language and culture with Russian.

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