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  1. The MEME this week is a video by Christina Aguilera, she addresses her fans in Georgia before she arrives this weekend to perform at the Black Sea Arena.
    Link: http://bit.ly/2ahnBrI


    Foreign Affairs predicts the aftermath of the coup attempt in Turkey. Erdogan has an excuse to further purge his enemies from the government and military and crack down on civil society, and it won’t be pretty.
    Link: http://bit.ly/29PKlBe

    James Stavridis writes in Foreign Policy about how Turkey’s coup attempt will affect its relationship with NATO. For starters, Erdogan purging of thousands of officers and soldiers will make the Turkish military weaker and less able to contribute to NATO missions. Also, Turkey houses some of the US’s tactical nuclear weapons.
    Link: http://bit.ly/29RhdWH

    The Clarion is running a piece by the CRRC, which looks at which public service issues people find most dire and important. For Tbilisi residents, its pollution. For people in the regions, it’s an even split between roads and water supply.
    Link: http://bit.ly/29SDmTt

    Richard Girag-osian writes in Al Jazeera about the hostage situation in Yerevan. He argues that it’s a symptom of a bigger problem — the Armenian government’s lack of accountability before the public.
    Link: http://bit.ly/29PKip6

    Chai-Khana’s new edition is on entrepreneurship in the South Caucasus. Mari Nikuradze shows the stories of IDPs from Abkhazia living in Tbilisi, and how they make a living. Some own butkas — which are little iron huts with windows where people sell snacks and cigarettes; others turn garages into shoe-repair shops.
    Link: http://bit.ly/29Zo52Q

    Giorgi Lomsadze writes in EurasiaNet about the Islamic school in Batumi that is associated with Fethullah Gulen, a cleric whom the Turkish government thinks is responsible for the coup attempt.
    Link: http://bit.ly/29ZoHFL

    EurasiaNet’s Marianna Grigoryan covers the hostage crisis and protests in Yerevan. She views the protests as an expression of anger against the government, similar to last year’s Electric Yerevan demonstrations.
    Link: http://bit.ly/2a480NV

    The Human Rights Education and Monitoring Center publishes a paper on the legal situation faced by members of the LGBTI community in Georgia.
    Link: http://bit.ly/2a48zre

    The Women’s Initiatives Supporting Group publishes a paper on social attitudes toward members of the LGBTI community in Georgia. They find that the legal environment is improving, but that negative attitudes toward LGBTI people are on the rise.
    Link: http://bit.ly/29PKdBy

    The Tbilisi-based Economic Policy Research Center, which does great economic analysis, publishes a paper on the economic links between Georgia and Turkey. It’s part of their Georgia and the Neighbors Series.
    Link: http://bit.ly/29RiexE

    The FINANCIAL compares living costs in post-Soviet cities. They find Tbilisi to be the sixth-cheapest; it costs about one-third as much to live in Tbilisi as it does in New York City, which they use as their baseline. Chisinau is the cheapest Post-Soviet city at 27 percent of New York City’s costs, and Tallinn is the most expensive at 52 percent.
    Link: http://bit.ly/2afQ2t7

    The US Republican Party publishes its 2016 election platform, which contains a commitment to defend Georgia’s territorial integrity.
    Link: http://bit.ly/2a48unk

    Irakli Menabde of the Georgian Co-Investment Fund is interviewed by CNBC about the effects that Brexit could have on Georgia’s economy. He doesn’t think that it will create any problems.
    Link: http://bit.ly/29XNPyy

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