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02 May, 2013
02 May, 2013
It’s always a useful task to put some perspective onto the rate of technological change over the last decade or two. I have talked about Generation “Y” and the millenials in earlier editorials, with the video of the toddler using an iPad with ease, but being dumbfounded by a magazine, illustrating perfectly how the children of the internet age are true digital natives. What’s really interesting to look into is the way the new ‘totally mobile’ generation are using the internet, social media and connectivity in different ways to the rest of us.
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25 April, 2013
25 April, 2013
Americans don't know much about Chechnya. The most recent conflict rekindled around the time Putin and the FSB was given power in Russia at the end of 1999 and beginning of 2000, and lasted until around 2007. Unlike the Chechen war in the 90's, this was not simply a nationalistic insurgency, but had a strong element of international political islam.
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25 April, 2013
25 April, 2013
They’re stealing copper wiring from streetlights, stripping it from electrical substations, and burrowing into the ground for it as if mining precious metal. Always a problem, metal scavengers have become more brazen in the economic downturn, authorities said, sometimes endangering public safety across Georgia and even in thea USA: Philadelphia and South Jersey.
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18 April, 2013
18 April, 2013
There is a great opportunity for the new government in terms of how they view information. The old way to view information was the more information I have that nobody else has, the more successful I am. The new way is that the more effective and precise the information I can get to people, the more successful I am. For Georgia, the change from the first to the second is taking too long.
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18 April, 2013
18 April, 2013
Talk about first impressions; telephone greetings are critical. I’ve heard many times complaints from foreigners visiting Tbilisi that home phones are kind of wild in terms of answering etiquette. As there are few answering machines installed on the city home phone lines. Home phones are unanswered, messages are lost. Answering machine culture is a part of reality in the USA, UK, Canada and Germany.
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11 April, 2013
11 April, 2013
There is a question about governments, particularly about the new Georigan government. Can it create and enforce rules to make peoples lives better? The former government had somewhat of a philosophical conviction that government regulation was by its nature a bad thing; that governments stood in the way of people living their lives and conducting their business, because of this, Georgia has less regulation than in almost any country in the world.
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11 April, 2013
11 April, 2013
I don’t read much news normally. I am the opposite of Jamal, character on a rather spectacularly popular TV show My Wife’s Girlfriends, who is glued to the TV, listening to the news of each and every day. I do read a little bit from time to time, to hear the latest gossip, to keep up with bizarre developments, latest one being depriving the defendant of a right to speedy trial, but overall I just do it to keep from looking like an idiot when people talk to me about politics.
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11 April, 2013
11 April, 2013
In some countries, like France, having your wifi network (adsl router, etc) unprotected is illegal. But it is generally good practice to always have your network protected.
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04 April, 2013
04 April, 2013
For those who have been living in a cave for the last several weeks and may have missed it, Cyprus is in full financial meltdown. There are several reasons.
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04 April, 2013
04 April, 2013
When it comes to home appliances, few things are as important as the kitchen gas range. Gas ranges offer several advantages over electric ovens, including faster heating times. If trying to choose which gas range to purchase had you stressed, stop worrying. Kitchen range and home appliance experts have highlighted some of the most important things to look for in a good gas range one of them is horizontal glass surface holding burners and iron-casted frame for frying pans and kettle along with normal pans. The market leaders here are Ariston (Italy) and Gefest (Belarus) glass line model, accumulating heat.
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28 March, 2013
28 March, 2013
USAID is a part of the US government that gives out money in poor and mid-income countries around the world. In Georgia, it just granted a Washington (or actually Bethesda) based company a million dollars a year to evaluate Georgia's USAID projects over the next five years. This seems crazy to me. Leaving aside better ways to do this, there are plenty of companies in Georgia who could do this job. Wouldn't a firm based in Georgia be better able to evaluate the effectiveness of these programs than a group of former senior USAID managers based along the Beltway in Washington? These evaluations are secret, or at least very well hidden. In fact USAID is less transparent than most parts of the Government of Georgia. A more open conversation would be a good thing for Georgia and for USAID.
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28 March, 2013
28 March, 2013
Today we have a sea of registered non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Georgia. Yet, the reader will agree that actually, only the slim percentage is functioning. Few NGOs, which depend on foundations and business circles, have managed to find respective niches and perpetual funding from various donors. It goes for years. I won’t continue.
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28 March, 2013
28 March, 2013
Advanced malicious software can collect sensitive, confidential information about security and national defense centers in any country of the world and then uploading it to some of command and control servers.
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21 March, 2013
21 March, 2013
I remember Shevardnadze's time when there were two types of civil servants. The first were ones whose position allowed them to make some money, they usually purchased their positions. They were the ones who needed to make decisions that could some how affect people's lives. For example the anti-monopoly commission would make money by not investigating monopolies. Tax inspectors would make money by not investigating tax fraud, traffic police would make money by....well, asking for it. And people in the passport offices would make money by deciding to move a little faster than they would if they weren't given any money. The rest of the civil servants would work or not, show up or not, some had died years ago but still got paid.
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21 March, 2013
21 March, 2013
When the matter concerns a law or its adoption, politics is always involved. I was told these words a few days ago in the tete-a-tete meeting by one of the esteemed ambassadors accredited in Georgia. I cannot help but agree with these words. Any legislative act is adopted by the country’s parliament and the process necessarily involves going through a political mincing machine. Yet, I think there is one “but” there.
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21 March, 2013
21 March, 2013
What Are the Differences Between Cell Phone Batteries? Cell phone batteries drain power based on how much you use the device and which features you have enabled. OEM, or original equipment manufacturer, batteries differ from non-OEM batteries mainly Chinese .
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14 March, 2013
14 March, 2013
I am in Sweden now and the concept of consensus is so deeply imbedded in society here, it is easy to see in simple day to day life. Politically many votes in parliament, perhaps most tend to be symbolic because disagreement tends to be worked out before the fact. There is a general tendency for two or more sides to smooth over their differences and move towards a compromise policy.
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14 March, 2013
14 March, 2013
Let’s stop putting the kibosh on e-mail public Internet providers and search engines. While working from home, I immediately thought: Oh, I can see it now. Somebody jumped on the inbox and hacked all private and confidential information.
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07 March, 2013
07 March, 2013
For the last few decades the traditional right left spectrum has less and less meaning in world politics. And yet the worlds newest political movement has not yet made it to Georgia.
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07 March, 2013
07 March, 2013
AS Percy Bysshe Shelley, major English Romantic poet and political activist has noted, the most pernicious mistake ever made in the world is the segregation of political science from morality.
This seems to be the underlying intent of Mr. Bidzina Ivanishvili in his new political venture and something that he clearly applied throughout life in his business and personal matters. An individual is defined not only by what he does, but how he does it.
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The Georgian singer Natia Todua will soon be seen in the TV show “The Voice of Germany” again.
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Georgian film director Mariam Khachvani's film Dede was selected at the 30th meeting of the Cannes International Film Festival.
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Georgian scientists are excited about the discovery that the oldest evidence of wine-making was found in Georgia, south of Tbilisi.
"We do not recognize the borders mentioned by Mr. Bibilov, - the United States Ambassador to Georgia Ian Kelly said
Nine days prior to the start of Eastern Partnership Summit, the European Parliament called for deepening the European integration of Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova
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