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11 August, 2014
11 August, 2014
As the new mayor and deputy mayors take office there are several things they can begin to implement that will lead to an immediate improvement in the lives of those who live in cities.
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09 August, 2014
09 August, 2014
The Soviet Union used to pride itself on safety of its citizens and being crime-free.
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04 August, 2014
04 August, 2014
How do we think about the indictment of Misha? When most current officials talk about justice they tend to say it with a clenched fist.
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28 July, 2014
28 July, 2014
Iran and Georgia have a long relationship but for two hundred years there was no contact.
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17 July, 2014
17 July, 2014
On the twenty-seventh of June, our Prime Minister placed his signature under the Georgia-EU Association Agreement, cementing the country’s relationship with the European Union.
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21 June, 2014
21 June, 2014
If you approach a Georgian passer-by in the street and ask him or her about cornerstones of Georgian culture, Christianity will probably be on the top of the list you’ll receive.
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06 June, 2014
06 June, 2014
I have been keeping an eye on expats and immigrants in Georgia lately, both due to my occupation and out of general curiosity.
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24 May, 2014
24 May, 2014
“Cyclists are a bane of any economy. They don’t take out loans to buy cars, they don’t buy petrol, they don’t use car repair shops, they don’t get insurances, and they don’t pay for parking.
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10 May, 2014
10 May, 2014
May 9 was Victory Day, a holiday dedicated to triumph of Allied forces over the Third Reich. As always, our northern neighbors spent this day whipping themselves into an almost religious frenzy over their victory
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03 May, 2014
03 May, 2014
There probably isn’t a single person in the world who’d question Georgian age-old musical tradition.
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24 April, 2014
24 April, 2014
Technically, I heard her long before I saw her, but it’s largely irrelevant. She had a strong voice, far stronger than was needed to fill every corner of the underground passage which I was crossing to catch a taxi home on the other side.
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26 December, 2013
26 December, 2013
On 13 December, another famous patriot was buried at Mtasminda Pantheon, the final resting place of such great Georgian public figures, poets and writers as Ilia Chavchavadze, Akaki Tsereteli, Vazha-Pshavela, Otar Chiladze and others. Chabua Amirejibi died at the age of 92. He was the author of “Data Tutashkhia,” the novel acknowledged as a masterpiece of modern Georgian literature.
Much has been said about his genius, and a lot more will be said in the future, because he has become a part of Georgian history. It is difficult to talk about Amirejibi’s life. He was a legend of the generation that grew up at the time when copies of his acclaimed book changed hands among his devoted readers. Amirejibi also was a great man as well as a great writer, whose biography reflects the difficulties and paradoxes of Soviet history.
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19 December, 2013
19 December, 2013
Anna Maria Cecillia Kalogeropoulou was born in New York on 2 December 1923, but she was a Greek soprano. She received her musical education in Greece and started her career in Italy. She was a matchless phenomenon with a unique voice, and her musical achievements are recognized world over. She could be called “the goddess of opera.”
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12 December, 2013
12 December, 2013
John Merlin Simmons is the director and one of the founders of the Ele Lembra Foundation, which runs the project Chance – a program assisting underprivileged children in Tbilisi.
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05 December, 2013
05 December, 2013
Thirty years ago, on 18 November 1983, a group of seven friends, six boys and a girl, citizens of Soviet Georgia, hijacked a plane with over 58 passengers. The plane was scheduled to fly the Tbilisi-Batumi-Kiev-Leningrad route. The kidnappers’ dream was to escape from socialist Georgia to the United States of America, where they hoped to feel free of communist restrictions. This story opens to a tragic page in the history of Georgia, about which unanswered questions abound.
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28 November, 2013
28 November, 2013
The last week’s important events included Temur Chkheidze’s 70th birthday. Chkheidze is a celebrated Georgian theatre director and public figure, and a leading figure on the Georgian cultural scene. Several events were held during the week to celebrate the occasion. One took place at Marjanishvili Theatre in Tbilisi, where he was awarded the title of “High Priest of Art,” an honor accorded to only a very few notable Georgians. Currently one of his most talked about productions, Yasmina Reza’s “Art,” is running successfully at the same theater, and playing to a full house regularly.
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10 October, 2013
10 October, 2013
There is a new term being used more and more in the west - “Big Data”. This means not one or twenty measurements but a very large number of measurements or data points. These can come from many points for those who know how to get them, and can clarify a great deal in a graph or a map or used in other ways. In large organizations it is now very common to use them to judge employees but more importantly to judge managers. It is also being used to judge municipal services and many other things that a government does. With it, you can make decisions based on data rather than guesses. All over Europe and North America and increasingly in Asia, businesses and governments are using big data to improve judgment and decision making.
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10 October, 2013
10 October, 2013
Beijing is the capital city of great China. Its current population as our hospitable guide Grace told us, is around 20 million. What else? A big city, not as huge as Shanghai, but has its own charm. I will be sincere now and the weather is the best compared to the South and North, the two cities we have been depicting previously (those of Changchun and Shanghai) – quite a mild one. However, frankly speaking, this is the city where one gets really exhausted in a transport – a lot of traffic jam. Bicycle as in Shanghai, is a very popular form of transport. Surprisingly enough, there are no special tracks for the people to ride them, but they still do – no matter how old they are, whether they are male or female, etc. Now, our journey begins:
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03 October, 2013
03 October, 2013
In terms of income, Georgia is among the least equal countries in the former Soviet Union. The Soviet Union was itself extremely equal. As the old saying goes, “everybody had plenty of money, but there was nothing to buy. Now you can buy anything you want but nobody has any money.” Well some people have some money. Economists and mathematicians measure how equal or unequal a society is by using a number called the Gini Coefficient. The lower the number out of one hundred, the more equal, the higher the number the less equal.
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03 October, 2013
03 October, 2013
Our Reporter in China

Here we go again. This is Shanghai, the hottest city of China in all senses of this word, and of course the most ultramodern one. Frankly speaking, if one had asked me before what I was that I would be most interested to discover in China, I would not have had a ready-made answer – Shanghai. Shanghai – can you believe that I was there?! I myself can hardly believe it. It was in Shanghai, the city of marvels. And my friend was with me taking a lot of photos, being as productive as she could possibly be.
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Other Stories
Picketing is certainly not the best solution. Like what is happening in the streets is not good,
How to deal with Russia’s Hybrid Warfare?
Riot police appeared on Chitadze Street in the vicinity of the Government’s Administration building. They were brought by yellow buses there.
Building of the Georgian parliament is picketed, every entrance is blocked by the protesters and MPs cannot enter the building.
It is the first year for Tbilisi Music Forum and Showcase. Main goal of the event is development of music industry in Georgia and South Caucasus region.
The Parliament has rejected the bill on constitutional amendments relating to the electoral system yesterday.
The Parliament has rejected the bill on constitutional amendments relating to the electoral system in the first reading.
The Sam Raan Spa-Center has been named the Best Spa in Europe at the annual Haute Grandeur Global Spa Awards 2019 and won the following nominations:
The premiere of the 2019 Swedish-Georgian drama film - And Then We Danced, directed by Levan Akin, is scheduled to be held at Tbilisi and Batumi cinemas today.
Ministry of Defence of Georgia hosts the 13th annual Georgia Defence and Security Conference (GDSC) 2019 in Batumi, Hotel Hilton.
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