Russia the World’s Pain
28 September, 2011
Russia the World’s Pain

I often hear – and I hate it – that we can’t do anything about Russia because she is big and strong, and she will always have her way. Folks, I can hardly take this nonsense seriously.
I also hear people whisper that the world is ruled by a bunch of men who have no real face and presence and whose names are not known to the world. What are they called again? Masons? I hear even more persistently that the entire goings-on around our darling Planet is a game played by several giants of the world like America, Russia and others, and the tiny guys like Georgia and the likes are only the subject of gamble of those biggies, depending on the direction in which the scary monsters toss the dice and how the bones roll on the board. Could that be true? Kill me if you want, but I can’t believe the crap. Or even if I believe (or we all believe), is that such a big deal that our endeavor to be better off is a cynically vain effort?  Although it is an irrefutable truth that Russia today lightheartedly continues its long-standing dirty political game both inside the country and beyond its boundaries, and the rest of the world is imperturbably watching the process, I am still convinced very strongly that the process is not irreversible. Some day in the nearest future this should stop automatically, just as automatically as the mammoth soviet empire stopped breathing when time had matured. And the presumed players might feel a little ill at ease because of the inevitable change around the gambling table, but they will also relax a little when the jalopy is off the road being assiduously paved by them. They might as well feel certain pangs of conscience for having wasted that much time and having allowed the bear (not exactly the lovely old teddy one) to do so much harm around. The powerful ‘gamblers’ (if there are any at all out there) know better than anybody else that the Putin-Medvedev political trickster game should not be allowed if the world wants and is tending to be slightly better, but as it seems, the international dealing style still remains very conservative and does not even smell with the fresh fragrance of the new era. Well, the new winds are blowing in the atmosphere. As if! But the reality

is still saturated with old thoughts and aims, conditioning the cherished healthy decisions based on old rules. I admit that there are some refreshing movements among those who claim to be decision makers – globally speaking – and if this is true , why are they not enough irked and concerned about the model of current management of Russia? Or they think that all is in a perfectly spic and span order in a sprawling land of dictatorial corruption and the legendary fashion of ignoring the newest ways of the world. Maybe the time is high enough to start discussing Russia as a very specific social and political phenomenon which the mankind needs to know better than it does now. Firmly established and long-run peace as well as a better world in general – that’s what might be at stake otherwise.

Other Stories
USSR & USA
USSR & USA
The United States, left in the battlefield all by itself and without a worthy opponent, is feeling somewhat
'Make America Great Again'
The title of this editorial is copied from a presidential campaign slogan – behold, somebody wants to make America great all over again.
“Georgia will be better off with Trump in the White House than Obama”
Bill Thomas is an author and journalist in Washington who has written about politics for more than 20 years.
Electoral Preferences
Electoral Preferences
Call them as you wish but ask of them as much as, for example, the American people are asking of senators and congressman of their choice!
Why so critical?
Why so critical?
Why am I so critical towards my native Georgia, its habits and inclinations, its people and government, its means and ways, its behavior
Into & Beyond Politics
Into & Beyond Politics
It was Georgia’s good luck that several years ago we won the title of the host country of the 13th Summer European Youth Olympic
Off you go, Satan!
Off you go, Satan!
I am not a believer. Neither am I a pure atheist. Both of these stances are extremely hard to maintain. This is why I have sheltered
Double Schooling
Double Schooling
This country has more problems than it is enough for one nation. Sometimes it feels like we are seriously sick and need major professional
Promises to keep...
Promises to keep...
There is so much talk in town about the promises that were not kept... Promise has a momentous psychological effect on our social
Globalized Governance
Just have a look at our modern world – it is no longer the way it was a while ago. All seems to be global in the world that we habitually qualify
Georgia’s Young Volunteers
Several years ago, I wrote an editorial about volunteerism in Georgia, and I am ready to admit that I had written it in rather pessimistic
Tbilisi Big-Band & its Founder
There are some little things in our lovely versatile capital city that make us look and sound absolutely Western. The famous Tbilisi Big-Band
Floods happen, but ...
Georgia is not the only victim of floods and other natural disasters. We are just one of them! Too bad that it has happened to us
Building from top to bottom
Natural disasters have happened before, they are happening now and will happen in the future too. And not only in Georgia, as a
Dr. Alexander Rondeli
We sincerely pain that he is no longer with us, remembering him as Alec Rondeli – the name which became widely known
Equal are the whelps of lion ...
‘The Man in the Panther’s Skin’ by Shota Rustaveli could serve as the most powerful vehicle for Georgia to whisk itself firmly
Russian Political Logic
Russia has its own weird but strongly formulated political logic, and wants the world to follow it. Fair enough, in principle, because
Yes or No to borders
The human love and predilection for having borders and fences has as long a history as the story of civilization itself. This is my territory, and
Crisis, Shmisis...
Economic Crisis! Do­es this sound overly loud? People are talking broadly and extensively about financial crisis in Georgia.
Legalize it or not?
The talk about the oldest profession of the world is just as aged as the trade itself. The subject is always topical here in Georgia too.
Wanted
Wanted
He is wanted! Wanted by the government of the country he once used to be a chief executive of. I am not kidding – he is truly and seriously
President’s Residence
Living and working in the United States, I would often hear people judge the lawyers they want to hire by the car they drive and the attire they are wrapped in.
How about more wisdom?
At this editorial tim­e, I am using some bor­rowed wisdom to squeeze a wise interpretation from what I observe in Georgia. I admit that I cannot grasp the entire picture
Organic what?
Organic what?
I love America but I will never say I know it well. To perceive America, you want to listen in carefully, and meticulously analyze what you hear.
Georgia or Sakartvelo
How many people in the world would know that our darling Georgia has a birth name – Sakartvelo, which is authoritatively legitimized by the main law
PHOTO OF THE DAY
GEL Exchange
USD
1
USD
2.3805
EUR
1
EUR
2.6495
GBP
1
GBP
3.6231
RUB
100
RUB
3.5214
GJ Editor's comment
24 July, 2015
This country has more problems than it is enough for one nation. Sometimes it feels like we are seriously sick and need major professional
Other Stories
September 2015
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30