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  1. The MEME this week is a news clip that was on ITV — of a priest blessing a store selling iPhones, flicking holy water on the merchandise. Link: http://on.fb.me/21elrMz

    Mark Kersten for the Washington Post looks at the ICC investigation into the August 2008, noting it’s the first time the International Criminal Court is investigating war crimes outside of Africa. Link: http://wapo.st/1nRStUx

    DfWatch goes to the Tbilisi suburb of Ponichala, which has ethnic Azeri parts, to talk to people about a murder of a young man there in December and religious divides in the community. Link: http://bit.ly/20QbWWY

    Dazed Digital pays tribute to transgender actor Bianca who was found dead in her Tbilisi flat last week. Link: http://bit.ly/20Zp5K4

    Reuters has a brief news video report on how Georgian businesses and consumers are coping with the falling value of the Lari. Link: http://reut.rs/2416bVB

    Analyst Lincoln Mitchell discusses on his blog the 2016 elections and the importance of Bidzina’s role. Link: http://bit.ly/1TcYuXk

    Andrew Kramer in the New York Times reports on Saakashvili fighting corruption in Ukraine. Link: http://nyti.ms/1KfGhqB

    In IWPR, Onnik Krikorian explores the threat of ISIS luring people from Georgia. Link: http://bit.ly/1QbMe3S

    Bored Panda has a photo series of Georgia’s mountainous regions where you can be ‘close to the sky.’ Link: http://bit.ly/20sAmjL

    The CRRC blog this week examines whether Russian propaganda about Georgian and European traditions has worked. Link: http://bit.ly/2416hMY

    The 10th century Kumurdo cathedral in Javakheti will be renovated; it has some detailed stonework and a lot of it is destroyed. Link: http://bit.ly/1V95qUi

    The video from Tbilisi City Hall about what the New Tiflis renovation project will look like. Link: https://goo.gl/0nf197

  2. The link to the MEME is not working.

    There is nothing wrong with the blessing of a business. Orthodox Christians have their homes blessed, can have their business blessed, are themselves blessed with Holy Water, water that is sanctified on the Feast of Theophany/Epiphany, when Jesus was baptized in the Jordan. I am an Orthodox Christian, one who also often travels to Georgia.

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