Ten years since Russian invasion, Constitutional Court says weed legal, new PM fires governors, Pres Election 28 Oct, Otsneba says no candidate but leans to Salome Zurabishvili, she says in cemetery that Misha started it, Usupashvili runs, Vashadze disses Euro Geo, arrests for endangering miners, Geo Industrial Group unloads blame to Gov because residents want mine to stay, more ISIS convictions, Chair of Supreme Court resigns, Misha kisses Trumps tako in Fox OpEd, Ozurgeti Otsneba sakrebulo goons arrested, Adigeni Otsneba goon, Svans protest for illegal logging Gov sends Subari, Lunev to head Abkhaz Army, Assad too busy to visit OssAb, Lithuania says they will sanction Georgia’s OT List, Noble Partner, Georgians thieve Bagram shop, soldiers dismissed after stabbing in Kojori, Merkel may visit, Foreign Min visits DC, snow in Kazbegi and Gurauri, Kist cooks win big,

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  1. The MEME this week is a drawing celebrating the Constitutional Court decision to decriminalize weed. Link: https://bit.ly/2LSCHbt

    **Misha Saakashvili wrote an op-ed for Fox News prior to Trump and Putin’s Helsinki Summit where he expressed cautious optimism about the summit. Link: https://fxn.ws/2AxkpYF

    **Misha also published a post-summit article in The Federalist, arguing that “Just Like Obama, Trump’s Russia Policy Speaks Louder Than His Words.” Link: https://bit.ly/2LsjYQm

    **Former State Minister for Reconciliation and Civil Equality Paata Zakareishvili published an op-ed on the Georgian Public Broadcaster and OC Media arguing for a new approach to conflict resolution. Link (English): https://bit.ly/2vwsDeK Link (Georgian): https://bit.ly/2M8aTAA

    **Meduza published an examination of “How Russia’s war in Georgia sparked Moscow’s modern-day recruitment of criminal hackers,” finding some roots of the 2016 US election hacks in cyberwar with Georgia. Link: https://bit.ly/2KI3TVA

    **Jihadology.net published “A Brief Update On Ethnic Georgian Foreign Fighters In The Islamic State,” providing background information on where the fighters are from, and new information on a few Georgian jihadists still active in ISIS. Link: https://bit.ly/2Kop1Ab

    **OC Media profiled the presidential candidates, and discussed the impact of the 2017 constitutional changes on the presidency. Link: https://bit.ly/2v9aGCW

    **Rudaw, a news site affiliated with Iraqi Kurdistan’s Kurdistan Democratic Party, wrote about “Georgia’s Experiment with Democratic Socialism,” providing a brief history of the First Republic. Link: https://bit.ly/2LtLWQ5

    **Eurasianet covered the recent statement from Russian federal consumer protection agency, Rospotrebnadzor, warning that Georgian wines were being turned back at the border for not meeting quality standards, and that they would be inspected more closely in the future. Link: https://bit.ly/2v4dilB

    **Tbilisi State Cultural Studies PhD student Otto Kobakhidze published an analysis in Civil.ge arguing that suspicion and mistrust are becoming central parts of Georgian democracy. Link: https://bit.ly/2v8dArF

    **OC Media wrote about the struggles faced by Georgian feminists, against cultural barriers, early marriage, and a heavily male parliament and local government. Link: https://bit.ly/2mmCbUC

    **Saveur Magazine wrote a misleadingly titled list of “EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO THROW A GEORGIAN SUPRA RIGHT IN YOUR KITCHEN,” that contains carpets and hats, but none of the actual essentials (food and wine). Link: https://bit.ly/2K94Hmn

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