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The MEME this week is a Rustavi Ori video segment covering the lari. Look closely.
THINGS TO READ
Giorgi Lomsadze for EurasiaNet covers pedestrian anger at the terrible state of traffic and transportation in Tbilisi. More people are deciding not to take it anymore. A Moscow-born movement called Stopxam has become active in Tbilisi, and they name-and-shame drivers who drive and park illegally.
The Calvert Journal has an entire series of articles on Tbilisi, covering travel, social activism, and the city’s growing art scene.
Georgia features in a New York Times story. Beqa Latsabidze, a Georgian computer science student, set up a news website this year to earn some money on the side. He learned he could makes LOTS of money by posting fake news stories about Hillary Clinton; the appetite for those seems to be unlimited.
The EU’s External Action Service publishes its report on Georgia’s implementation of the Association Agreement, concluding the country is doing a pretty good job. The strongest areas are strengthening democracy and the rule of law, and Georgia has met all requirements under the Visa Liberalisation Action Plan.
Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty profiles Eduard Kokoity, the former president of South Ossetia who reportedly plans to run again in 2017. He’s lived in Russia since his term ended in 2011 but wants South Ossetia to remain independent from Russia. Currently, it looks like the race will be fought between incumbent Leonid Tibilov and parliament speaker Anatoly Bibilov.
Hannah Shelest writes in New Eastern Europe about Misha’s failed project in Odessa. The region needed a miracle, and they banked on getting the 2004 version of Misha, inspiring and enthusiastic. Instead they got the version we’ve seen since 2010, attention-seeking, intolerant of criticism, and more interested in political posturing than day-to-day governing.
Wade Shepard writes in Forbes about the countries on the New Silk Road, including Georgia. He focuses on the country’s potential as a logistics hub between Europe and Central Asia.
GeoStat publishes a big report on the state of entrepreneurship in Georgia, which covers most sectors of the economy. There’s data on registered enterprises, consumption, production value, and lots of other fields. The report is in Georgian and English.
GeoStat also publishes a report on natural resources and environmental protection, which provides a wealth of data on Georgia’s stock of natural resources, as well as data on resource depletion and natural hazards.
Irakli Alasania is a guest on Lincoln Mitchell’s podcast, Painting the Corners. They discuss Georgia’s future and how it could be affected by a Donald Trump administration.
The Georgian Institute of Politics publishes the views of four scholars on the recent Russia-Armenia joint military agreement. Featured are Richard Giragosian, Nona Mikhelidze, Rick Fawn, and Tracey German. Full disclosure: Joe Larsen, who writes this podcast, is an employee of the Georgian Institute of Politics.
Public Radio International interviews Andrew North about his recent interactive story on an open-air hardware market in Tbilisi, a places he calls The Home Depot of Soviet Past.