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09 May, 2013
09 May, 2013
On Easter the topic of Georgia's demographic problem and abortion was raised. I don't agree that abortion should be illegal or even that there is a demographic problem, but it is good that the conversation has started about the topic. Georgia has one of the highest abortion rates in the world. Also, Georgia, along with Armenia and Azerbaijan, has among the highest rates of sex selective abortions in the world, around the levels of India and China.
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09 May, 2013
09 May, 2013
Apple sold 5 million iPhone 5 units in the first three days after release in the USA and Europe. Georgia sales figures are around half a million. Considering most of these buyers never saw, held or played with an iPhone 5 in person, that’s a big leap of faith. While we haven’t seen any flubs the scale of “Antennagate” this time around, there have been plenty of complaints about the new smartphone. . .
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02 May, 2013
02 May, 2013
The end of Shevardnadze's traffic police and the creation of the Patrol Police is one of the most talked about reforms of the former government. There is no more powerful symbol of a clear break with the past. And it worked. Patrol Police continue to be a respected group in Georgia. But Georgia in 2013 is different from Georgia in 2003, so maybe it is time to take a look at the police and see if what we have what we need.
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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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Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Gakharia, together with the heads of the GUAM countries, has met with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky.
Today the Parliament approved candidates for the Supreme Court in Georgia. Opposition parties claim that 20 candidates are politically biased.
Five military servicemen of the Georgian contingent's rapid response unit were injured as a result of a terrorist attack at the Bagram Air Base in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
The new PACE session beginning in January 2020 will be an arena of serious confrontation. The interests of Western and Eastern European countries are to confront.
Holiday Factory was officially announced as The Best Incoming Tour Operator 2019 at Welcome To Georgia! National Tourism Award event held in Sheraton Grand Metekhi Palace in Tbilisi on Friday, Dec 6th.
The Euronest Parliamentary Assembly has adopted a special statement regarding Vazha Gaprindashvili, the Georgian doctor who is in illegal detention in occupied Tskhinvali region.
The 8th ordinary session of the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly - "Future Visions of the Eastern Partnership" has opened in Tbilisi.
During the opposition rally outside Mtskheta City Hall, supporters of the opposition and the Georgian Dream clashed with each other several times.
Police had been blocking entrances to the parliament with metal structures since morning. Patrol Police Chief Vazha Siradze said the metal barricades have been installed due to security reasons.
The riot police used water cannons against the protesters gathered in front of the Parliament building in Tbilisi.
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