EU Parl Committee approves visa lib, OSCE Parl Asemb in Tbl, Austrian gets chair not Gigi, Chatayev Istanbul bomb mastermind Georgia connections, Kerry visit, Gegeshidze recalled, Ajara pres rep steps down, Svaneti dam protests, Sokhumi protests Interior Min resigns, EU As Ag in effect, Free Dems will give out money if they win, no new Russia Armenia road, CEC rejects one marriage referendum, Ossets say some guy is a spy, Tbililov talks fences, Papuna gets medal, soccer safety convention, mom murders family, bypass is via Natakhtari, flights diverted, Hualing buys Bank Republic, tourists up, German China railroad link, flights up, Saudis get Sairme water, IFC says no corruption, IDP houses, Dunn talks IDP support problems, Urushadze new movie, Bollywood Machine, digitizing movies finally, Kakabaze painting, Pachulia to the Bay, old prisoner amnesty, ugly Batumi buildings in NYT, ten thousand bottles of wine a day to China

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  1. The MEME this week is a picture of taken of Gurian farmers back in 1904. The picture has been preserved in color, and featured in a recent photo essay run by The Guardian.
    Link: http://bit.ly/29rwShh


    The New York Times looks at the ugly side of Batumi’s architectural boom.
    Link: http://bit.ly/29AVy9n

    Reuters has a piece on Tarkhan Batirashvili, better known as Omar al-Shishani, a man from Pankisi Gorge who joined Daesh in 2012. He was apparently killed earlier this year by a US airstrike in Syria.
    Link: http://bit.ly/29z6Jhe

    Monica Ellena has a piece in EurasiaNet about Soviet Era works of art sold at the Sotheby’s auction in London last month. The painting Three Hundred Aragvians by Georgian painter Merab Abramishvili sold for 62,500 pounds.
    Link: http://bit.ly/29mJe82

    The Economist makes the case for Georgia’s national rugby team, the Lelos, to be admitted into the Six Nations, which is an annual tournament of Europe’s top rugby teams.
    Link: http://bit.ly/29lLeB8

    Forbes has a great piece on the Hualing Kutaisi Free Industrial Zone, which was a decrepit former automobile factory before China’s Hualing Group reopened it in 2015.
    Link: http://bit.ly/29v1gYi

    The Atlantic Council has published a policy paper on dealing with frozen conflicts; it includes some recommendations for how US policymakers should approach the situations in Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
    Link: http://bit.ly/29sXjEi

    Foreign Affairs offers some suggestions for how NATO can reduce tensions with Russia.
    Link: http://bit.ly/29rwXS0

    Social Science in the Caucasus is re-running a piece from 2015 that discusses how Georgia went from being a lower-middle income country to an upper-middle income country, according to the World Bank metrics.
    Link: http://bit.ly/29z78jR

    Politifact tackles claims made by US Senator Tom Cotton that Hillary Clinton was “literally present when we pressed the reset button with Russia just a few months after Russia had invaded Georgia.” They find this claim to be mostly true even though Tom Cotton is a well known idiot.
    Link: http://bit.ly/29AW5Z8

    Haaretz has a piece on the Israeli government’s refusal to recognize the Armenian genocide.
    Link: http://bit.ly/29TNxbN

    Hans Gutbrod’s Transparify project has published its 2016 report on the financial transparency of think tanks around the world.
    Link: http://bit.ly/29Fbabu

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