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  1. The MEME this week is a photo of Sophia Loren with opera singer Nino Surguladze outside the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theater. She was in Georgia to attend a charity concert at the Opera on behalf of Wishing Tree, a children’s charity founded by Surguladze.
    Link: http://tiny.cc/7f7gcy


    The Washington Post interviews Tiniko Khidasheli, and she is not happy with NATO and EU dithering over Georgia’s membership status.
    Link: http://bit.ly/28RmITM

    Tom Balmforth writes in The Guardian about rules barring foreigners, including Russians, from buying real estate in Abkhazia.
    Link: http://bit.ly/28Vd9q6

    Joseph Alexander Smith also writes in The Guardian about some of Tbilisi’s little-known treasures.
    Link: http://bit.ly/28QTwvN

    The press office of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople has a primer on the Great and Holy Council.
    Link: http://bit.ly/1WYLyrz

    Giorgi Lomsadze writes in EurasiaNet about Georgia’s efforts to counter the misperception in Germany that Georgian immigrants are criminals.
    Link: http://bit.ly/28USBj4

    The German Marshall Fund of the United States has a policy paper on Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova ahead of next month’s NATO Summit in Warsaw.
    Link: http://bit.ly/28RPIvw

    The CRRC blog looks at public perceptions of surveillance in Georgia.
    Link: http://bit.ly/28RmSuf

    Foreign Policy has a piece on Ukraine’s failing highway system, and Misha’s quest to rebuild the M15 Highway is covered in detail.
    Link: http://bit.ly/291rCAm

    Hans Gutbrod and William Dunbar analyze projections for the parliamentary elections on the 8th of October. This is their second analytical piece, and they’ll be doing a few more before the polls open.
    Link: http://bit.ly/28RmA9z

    Paul Rimple writes in Culinary Backstreets about Andria, a Sololaki resident who sells some fantastic chacha.
    Link: http://bit.ly/28TgtVt

    Lela Chakhaia writes in Open Democracy about the risk the EU is taking by kicking the can on visa liberalization with Georgia.
    Link: http://bit.ly/28USlkl

    Dominic K. Cagara of DF Watch interviews Ruslan Asad, an Azerbaijani civil society activist who is working with ethnic Azeris in Georgia.
    Link: http://bit.ly/28VdFV7

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