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  1. The MEME this week is how everyone was sharing the news on facebook about WizzAir adding new flights to Kutaisi, and were sharing an unofficial paper with the flight routes and prices written out in Georgian. Link: http://on.fb.me/1RevgFs

    A new book edited by Licinia Simao, called Security in Shared Neighbourhoods: The Foreign Policy of Russia, Turkey, and the EU. Link: http://bit.ly/24hZ2Ac

    An interview on BBC with Sarah Leah Cobham, the author of Nino’s Song, which is the author’s journey as she returns to Georgia to reconnect with an old home. Link: http://bit.ly/1Vv7Tc1

    Science Mag talks with geographer Elizabeth Dunn on why humanitarian aid often fails. Her advice draws from experiences with Georgian IDPs receiving aid after the 2008 war. Link: http://bit.ly/1Ki39FX

    RFE/RL has a video report from the dark streets of Baku; the city’s turned off public lights to save on the electricity bill. Link: http://bit.ly/1mFEzDj

    RFE/RL goes inside the abandoned synagogues and mosques in the Akhaltsikhe region. Link: http://bit.ly/1Tsg5dU

    Reuters reports that Prime Minister Kvirikashvili and the government are considering issuing Eurobonds to deal with the economic slowdown. Link: http://reut.rs/1KyvLuT

    A piece on Georgian restaurants opening in Israel. Link: http://bit.ly/1oNFuUb

    Another Tbilisi episode on Culinary Backstreets: They go visit the supposed khinkali queen of Sofia Melnikova’s Fantastic Douqan. Link: http://bit.ly/1Revn3J

    Giorgi Lomsadze of Eurasianet reports that people in South Ossetia will now need visas from the KGB to cross the administrative boundary line and visit villages on the Georgian side. Link: http://bit.ly/1TwLv41

    The U.S. State Department’s official blog relates how the U.S. is assisting Georgia to care for its soldiers after they’ve returned from international missions. Link: http://1.usa.gov/1KHlRqn

    In Eurasianet, Monica Ellena covers the surprise that China did not win the bid to build the Anaklia deep sea port. Link: http://bit.ly/1KyvUyp

    Canada’s The Globe and Mail reports on a Vancouver company accused of fraud over a Georgia investment. Link: http://bit.ly/215gEQQ

    IWPR looks at how the three South Caucasus countries are looking for closer economic ties with Iran now that sanctions are lifted. Link: http://bit.ly/1WpCuHV

    The CRRC looks at dwellings in Georgia’s urban areas. Link: http://bit.ly/1TwLA7H

  2. As ever an informative and interesting pod cast. I particularly enjoyed the chat about the visa situation. Thank you for the mention of Nino’s Song too!

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