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06 September, 2012
06 September, 2012

Everybody is relieved that there has been a new start and that the difficult times are over. Now is our time. And things will start clean. Unfortunately there were those who benefitted from the old system and they must be excluded from the new system. Some of them should be punished. Maybe simple exclusion from the system will be sufficient but for some they need to be actively pursued and punished. What is particularly frustrating is that some of those who were very much a part of the problem in the old system, they become the loudest critics of the new system. They somehow didn't get the message that things have not only changed and and that they desperately needed to change but that their role was not just negative but treasonous. They need to sit down, stay home, be quiet and let us do our work.

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30 August, 2012
30 August, 2012

 

I just spend several days with somebody in a hospital in America. Other than in a maternity ward, I had not done that before. I was with somebody who had a serious problem and ended up needing an operation. The comparison between the how Georgian and American hospitals function was striking.

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30 August, 2012
30 August, 2012

When you were little, did you spend time with you father or your mother? I must admit when I was growing up, it was the norm for fathers to work and mother look after children and also work. Homework was looked over by mothers, problems were told to mothers, food was cooked by mothers, school clothes were bought by mothers, punishments were dolled out mostly by mothers. 

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23 August, 2012
23 August, 2012

In a previous article an attempt was made to summarize the proceedings that were taking place in Moscow’s Khamovnicheski court house where three young women, Ms. Tolokonnikova, Ms. Samutsevich and Ms. Alyokhina were being judged for a forty second performance inside a Christian Orthodox church.

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23 August, 2012
23 August, 2012

 

A few words on energy in the rest of the world and on energy in Georgia; some differences, some some challenges, some ideas. Everybody around the world is discussing renewable energy and most of the very high growth companies around the world in the energy sector are renewable energy companies. Around the world, this summer is the hottest summer since climate records have been kept, and the number of unusually violent weather events, hurricanes, etc is increasing each year. The polar ice caps are melting and sea levels are rising. Developed countries have all built in to their strategic planning some kind of recognition of this fact. But not Georgia. Why is not clear. Until recently many in the government would say openly that they don't believe in human caused climate change. But now that position is so widely ridiculed that rarely is it said out loud. But it is still said in private.

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16 August, 2012
16 August, 2012

 

As is the case before elections in Georgia, there are now three groups of us:  those who hate the opposition and are blind to the faults of the  ruling party, those who hate the ruling party and are blind to the faults of the opposition.  These two groups hate each other and can not understand how the other is so deluded, they think the other must be composed of bad people, immoral, or corrupt, or all of those.

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16 August, 2012
16 August, 2012

On my visit to Italy, I had a chance to spend a night and half a day in Eco Del Mare, an exclusive resort in Lerici on the cost. Eco Del Mare is a small (by American standards) boutique resort, the kind you see in travel magazines, where all the details from the bellowing nets of the canopies to the private elevator down to the private beach make you feel like you are in paradise on earth. I got in really late night, as I got lost a few times driving in from Modena. 

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09 August, 2012
09 August, 2012

 

William Penn was a Quaker aristocrat who lived in Great Britain in the late 1600s. During this time, England was torn by religious civil wars fought among the Church of England (a spin off of the Roman Catholic Church), the politically ambitious and religiously severe Puritans, and the tolerant, anti-materialist, pacifist Quakers who had no political ambitions. Penn proposed a mass migration of Quakers to the American colonies and he was given a 120,000 square kilometer land grant, making him the largest non-royal land owner in the world at that time. Today this land grant is better known as the state of Pennsylvania. Many thousands of Quakers left for the new world along with Penn and together they founded the city of Philadelphia.

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09 August, 2012
09 August, 2012

 

While I am Georgian by birth, as for many children of the former Soviet Union, Georgian is not my first language, nor is it the second. I do try to learn as much as I can, by reading books and talking to friends and family, but living in the States or any foreign country it requires somewhat of an effort to keep studying on my own. For people like me, and others willing to learn a new language, a Georgian Rosetta Stone would not be such a bad idea.

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02 August, 2012
02 August, 2012

Georgia is negotiating a trade agreement with the European Union that will bring it closer to being a part of that community. But how does Georgia view the EU? In traveling around the Baltics, I have noticed substantial differences in how they view Europe as compared to Georgians.

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26 July, 2012
26 July, 2012

There is something different about arranging a meeting in Georgia. Elsewhere, if you ask to grab lunch a week from Wednesday at one PM, you'll agree on a place and, at one PM on the appointed Wednesday, the two of you will meet for lunch.

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26 July, 2012
26 July, 2012

Movie going has been one of the staple American pass times, after baseball and football. Out of all the things that can go wrong in the movie theatre; the projector jams, the theatre seats turn out to be dirty, the air-conditioning doesn’t work, the movie sucks, and so on. Out of all those things people might expect from a movie night experience, no one walks into a movie theatre in the US expecting to be shot. 

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19 July, 2012
19 July, 2012

 

The traditional method of categorizing political parties was with the

right-left spectrum.

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19 July, 2012
19 July, 2012

In the world of online commenting the loudest and the most obnoxious nincompoop wins. There’s really no science behind it, just lots of foul language and extremely incorrect statements masquerading as facts. The angrier the posts are the more likely they are to get a response from more level headed commentator trying to change the angry commentator’s mind. The second biggest mistake of any relatively sane computer user is to engage in online bickering with an obvious cyber bully.

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12 July, 2012
12 July, 2012

Today, Georgia's number one export is used cars. I have heard many senior government officials say this to internationals as a way of explaining the sort of reforms the government has implemented. And it really is a great example. The sale, inspection, and ownership of cars
has always been a focal point for corruption around the world. This certainly was true during the Soviet period as well as under Shevardnadze. Because of these lauded reforms, car ownership is now open to many more people in Georgia. The system is so good that people in neighboring countries often prefer buying used cars from Georgia rather than getting them directly from the source.

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12 July, 2012
12 July, 2012

Despite the summer – the holiday time – so many things are happening in the Russian political and social life that it is hardly possible to choose the most important story to write with the most long-term effect. Some days, news are coming too fast for the eye to follow on the screen of my PDA. Among the latest top stories I would definitely mention the new law about NGO-s, which will substantially complicate the activity of a countless number of non-commercial organizations, working in the spheres of medicine, civil rights, ecology etc. This new law, which already passed the first stage of approval in the Russian parliament, is a direct result of the phobia that Russian elite has towards the uncontrolled social life in Russia. Like the new version of the law about manifestations, which restricts people’s right for protest, this legislation should limit their desire to solve the problems, which the government does not want or is not able to resolve. Like the problem of medicine shortages to treat serious diseases such as cancer, which face even the clinics in Moscow and which the NGO-s can effectively handle.

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06 July, 2012
06 July, 2012

There's a new government, which is always a good time to think about how to improve the way the government of Georgia does what it does.

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28 June, 2012
28 June, 2012

I have spent some time in nordic cities recently, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Helsinki. One thing you notice there is the number of women wearing hand made clothes produced by young domestic designers.

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22 June, 2012
22 June, 2012

For over a year there has been a big story in the British media. A man named Rupert Murdoch controls an international media corporation that owns newspapers, as well as radio and TV stations around the world.

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15 June, 2012
15 June, 2012

One of the many big policy issues being discussed particularly around Tbilisi now is the preservation of historical architecture. This is quite a complex problem for several reasons.

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The Parliament of Georgia will continue working in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia from January 2019. Currently, the building is located in Kutaisi (west Georgia).
On the 21st of September Tochinoshin lost his fight with Shodai. It is his sixth defeat in the autumn Basho.
Georgia is the largest contributor to NATO among non-member countries. Many Georgian soldiers have served in the international peace missions
Nino Machaidze, a well-recognized Georgian operatic soprano is sometimes called the “Angelina Jolie of The Opera” and “Georgian Sensation”.
The Swiss photographer DANIEL Spehr uploaded the photos of Georgia taken in 1993 on his Facebook last year.
David Komakhidze, also known as David Koma, is a Georgian born, London based fashion designer.
A 40-year-old Giorgi Bokhua is a well-recognized Georgian designer. The designer has worked for the companies such as Disney, New Balance, NFL, Wired Magazine, etc.
On the 20th of September Tochinoshin lost fight with Yokuzuna Hakuho. It is his fifth defeat in the autumn Basho.
The Georgian PM Mamuka Bakhtadze Brought a wreath to the tomb of the Georgian military serviceman John Malkhaz Shalikashvili.
Night public transport will soon be provided every Friday and Saturday from 00:00 to 06:00 a.m.
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