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The Grand Finale
The Grand Finale
Is this the grand finale of the Georgian-Abkhaz Concerto Drammatico in R major? Yeah, the damn thing sounds precisely like that. You probably got it right – R means Russia in this context. R and Abkhazia signed
Democratic Maturation
Democratic Maturation
As it seems, the pro­cess of democratic maturation in Georgia is very much alive... and it is kicking too. Slightly though! I have rarely heard in my rather long life in Georgia – be it socialist
Political Culture in Wild Capitalism
Only quarter of a century ago, advent of capitalism onto this land sounded like thundershower – we all got drenched and cold and hungry too. In socialism, we moved around
Democracy Maturing
Democracy Maturing
As it seems, the process of democratic maturation in Georgia is very much alive . . . and it is kicking too. Slightly though! I have rarely heard in my rather long life in Georgia
Say no to clash!
Say no to clash!
In his famous but highly controversial book ‘Clash of Civilizations’, Samuel Huntington, the well-known American political scientist who has notably influenced the world political thought, is suggesting six presumptions
Male VS Female in Georgia
Male VS Female! There is nothing terribly new in this trivial juxtaposition – old, familiar and universally recognized. Only, we do not very well know and recognize the reasons of their confrontational unity.
The Abkhaz Quagmire
The Abkhaz Quagmire
Georgia does not have a state border with Abkhazeti a.k.a. Abkhazia because Georgia cannot have a state border with Abkhazeti for a very simple reason that Abkhazeti is an integral
Tbilisi Dry Bridge
Tbilisi Dry Bridge
As I sat going through ‘wires’ this morning, I could not find anything very hot and juicy in the news. So in an attempt of not letting my pen go dry, I hurriedly made for the famous Dry Bridge
Justice or Image?
Justice or Image?
The answer is – Both! With the desire and readiness to have this nation develop into a realistically functioning democracy, we must have the blueprint that accommodates both
Mild Disagreements & Deadly Contradictions
Now that it seems that we have peacefully gotten over the swords unsheathed and daggers drawn in the highest echelons of the Georgian government, the desire to look deeper
Do You Speak Georgian?
Do You Speak Georgian?
What language do they speak in America? English! Are there any other languages spoken in the United States? Yes, there are quite a few, especially Spanish.
Multinational or Multiethnic?
Do Armenians or Azeris or Russians or any other ethnic group constitute a na­tion within the Georgian nation? ...Multinational was the Soviet Empire, ha­ving annexed
Mixed Mentality
Mixed Mentality
Chauffeurs make a special caste in this country – they are almost the members of the boss’s family, taking care of privileged wives and kids and running for them everyday chores and errands.
Wales Summit Expectations
Wales Summit Expectations
A couple or so decades ago, when Georgia was still a minor chunk of the giant soviet military rock, NATO used to be just another four-letter word around, and people did not even care
The Little Prince & Georgia
In one of my recurrent visions, I saw the flabbergasted Little Prince who was terribly worried about Russia having once again distorted Georgia’s territorial
“Shevy”
“Shevy”
The news about his death, even long-expected, might not have been shocking but it gave a sensation of reminiscent tendencies and the desire to know exactly what the man
Byron & Georgia and Georgia & the EU
A couple of months ago, during one of my occasional television appearances, I mentioned that we are the eaters of benches, used by exhausted pedestrians for a momentary rest in the street.
Georgia’s Choice
Georgia’s Choice
Calling the last quarter of a century the “period of Georgia’s nervy tinkering with national independence and democracy” would probably be fair and descriptive enough
Today’s Troubled World
Do you remember the 1989 winner of the national book award From Beirut to Jerusalem by Thomas Friedman? What a wonderful observation and what a great analysis of the situation
What did you learn in school today?
“What did you teach my kid today?” is critically meaningful for every family to ask the school where their children go.

I was about fifteen when I first heard this famous country song performed by the celebrated American folk singer and composer Pete Seeger. Since then, its tune and lyrics have never escaped my memory and imagination. I am saying “imagination” because, while listening to the song played on a tape-recorder, I used to visualize every stanza and word of it. I also took the question, contained in the title, very personally.
Political Stereotypes
The history of Georgia is long and eventful, and it is excessively charged with numerous political stereotypes – both good and bad. Categorizing those stereotypes and subjecting them to thorough analysis could prove to be a worthy theoretical effort, but it might as well take a lifetime, and many bulky volumes into the bargain. I think it is too late for me to embark on the project of this magnitude.
Conchitaism
Conchitaism
“Das ist mir doch alles Wurst” or “it’s all the same to me” – says this German expression, which is used as a catch phrase by Conchita to describe his/her personality and philosophy of life. It is all the same to him/her, but the most interesting part of the whole thing about this famous bearded drag queen is that the rest of the world doesn’t care either. Yes, we don’t care anymore whether we perform our libidinous shtick this way or that way. The Austrian singer Tom Neuwirth, 26 has chosen the German word “wurst” (sausage) as her stage name. And no more no less, he/she has recently won the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Conchita Wurst is a gay male, enjoying the conjugal life of the same category, no kids – just another DINK family!
Expectations, rights, duties...
The 27th of June 2014 has officially been declared as the day Georgia will sign the Association Agreement with the European Union, further referred to as the Agreement. I have so many comments on this upcoming event that I don’t even know where to start and how to begin. I have also heard that the long-awaited signing of the document is going to be done by the Prime Minster. Who else! But I am getting increasingly confused with the terminology we are pushing into our thin political veins, if not clotted at all. I am reading in the press and among the wires that our president is a Chief Executive Officer.
Eavesdropping
Eavesdropping
Before I embark on doing this funny piece today, let’s first delve into dictionaries to look up the meaning of the word “eaves” – it is the lower border of a roof that overhangs the walls of a building. So what? – One might exclaim. Patience, my dear friends, patience! Etymologically speaking, the curious word “eavesdropping” has come into English from this particular word. They say the dripping of water from the eaves of a house, or the ground on which such water tends to fall, was the prerequisite for coining the word “eavesdropping” which has lately acquired mega meaning in Georgia. Eavesdropping! And an eavesdropper used to be a personally interested or a deliberately commissioned man or a woman, who stood on eavesdrops with the intent of overhearing what was said inside.
Being what you are
Why is there such a big hullabaloo in our society about being what we actually are? Why are so many serious people all agog about accepting or not accepting the unconventional sexual orientation, alternative sexual identity and same-sex marriage? Because, most probably, we do not want all these uncustomary ways of our self-expression to become standard, routine and anticipated! Understandable! But why is there such a stormy controversy? Because, in principle, the entire world is in disagreement on the issue, and we are part of that freshly born world, which differs drastically from the previously existent one, where we had lived only two or three decades ago!
GJ Editor's comment
27 November, 2014
Is this the grand finale of the Georgian-Abkhaz Concerto Drammatico in R major? Yeah, the damn thing sounds precisely like that. You probably got it right – R means Russia in this context. R and Abkhazia signed
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