This post was inspired by Five Worst Clichés of Russia Reporting.
For past couple of years Georgia is in western media almost every week, if not many times a week. Most of the coverage is about Georgia’s reforms, its food & wines, Georgia as a tourism destination, 2008 Georgia-Russia War, etc. and etc. Those articles later appear in local media: “Another article on Georgian reforms in NYTimes” or “Financial Times about Georgia’s economic growth.” And of course all of this coverage makes Georgians happy just like any other mention on web, for example this:
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Posted in Georgia, Internet, Media | Tagged Caucasus, former soviet republic of georgia, Georgia, Georgian on my mind, midnight train to georgia, mikhail saakashvili, Tbilisi | 3 Comments »
In the eleventh edition of Tbilisi Hangout Mirian Jugheli, Nick Clayton and Mathias Huter of Transparency International Georgia talk about Georgian media, net freedom, “cohabitation”, ownership transparency, February 8 National Library Incident, etc.
Posted in Georgia, Governance, Internet, Politics | Tagged Bidzina Ivanishvili, Caucasus, Georgia, Georgian Dream, Mathias Huter, Mikheil Saakashvili, Mirian Jugheli, Nicholas Alan Clayton, Tbilisi, Tbilisi Hangout, Transparency International Georgia, United National Movement | Leave a Comment »
Ladies and gentlemen, in the left corner, member of the Parliament, Sergo Ratiani, United National Movement.
In the right corner, member of the Parliament, Koba Davitashvili, Georgian Dream:
Want to know why did they fight? Read this article
Posted in Georgia, Politics | Tagged Georgia, Georgian Dream, Koba Davitashvili, Maestro TV, Sergo Ratiani, Tbilisi, United National Movement | 2 Comments »
Whenever you’re abroad for a long time you look for different ways to contact your family every once in a while (Skype, landline, etc.). A Georgian friend of mine who lives in Bulgaria wanted to call home and he decided to use Google Voice (A telecommunication service from Google). But before doing so he checked call rates. By doing this he suddenly discovered that Google Voice lists Abkhazia as one of the rates for calling Russia.
In addition to this strange fact it turns out that the fee for Abkhazia is the highest in the list. I decided to write Google Voice and ask them why do they list Abkhazia as an option for Russia. I am waiting for their answer and as soon as they reply I’ll post it here.
Posted in Abkhazia, Georgia, Internet, Russia | Tagged Abkhazia, Caucasus, Georgia, Google Voice, Moscow, Russia, Tbilisi | 3 Comments »
Mikheil Saakashvili, the president of Georgia and his political team – United National Movement have been very tough on soviet symbols in Georgia. During their parliamentary rule a law was passed that required all soviet symbols to be taken down from public buildings. They also removed monuments of Stalin from Gori (Stalin’s hometown) and other parts of Georgia. After the October 1, 2012 parliamentary election, when Bidzina Ivanishvili’s Georgian Dream came to power elderly citizens of Georgia began to re-erect Stalin’s monument in various parts of Georgia. For example in this video called “Glory to big Stalin” people say what a great person Stalin was and what great things he has done:
This fact has upset the other part of Georgians who decided to fight against resurrection of Stalin monuments by painting them pink. And this is the result:
Stalin monument in Village Alvani, Kakheti region.
Stalin monument in village Akura, Kakheti region.
Stalin monument in village Kiketi, near Tbilisi
A Facebook page called Pink Stalin has been created calling everyone to join them in painting Stalin’s monuments wherever they are. In addition to that the Ministry of Internal Affairs has issued a statement saying that the it is investigating these cases. As a result of this statement many Georgians recorded a video of themselves saying “I painted Stalin’s monument”
It seems like this guerrilla movement is getting viral so expect more in coming days.
Posted in activism, Bidzina Ivanishvili, Mikheil Saakashvili, Stalin | Tagged Bidzina Ivanishvili, CCCP, GD, Georgia, Georgian Dream, Mikheil Saakashvili, Pink Stalin, Stalin, Tbilisi, United National Movement, UNM, USSR | Leave a Comment »
JumpStart Georgia, an NGO which applies open-source technologies to open up public data has launched a new project called Feradi.info.
Feradi.info is a collection of news and data that is brought to you visually; The website calls all interested individuals to share their own visuals or ideas. So far JumpStart has posted two infographics about the death rate in Georgian penitentiary system. Information is based on an annual report presented by the Public Defender’s office of Georgia. According to the data 653 inmates died in the period 2006-2011, 1/3 of them because of tuberculosis. Continue Reading »
Posted in Georgia, Infographic | Tagged Caucasus, Death Rate in Georgian Prisons, Georgia, Gldani, Infographic, JumpStart, Prison, Public Defender, Tbilisi | 3 Comments »
დღეს ვიყავი კინოთეატრ ამირანში Cirque du Soleil-ზე. საკმაოდ სანახაობრივი ფილმია, თავად ეს საცირკო დასი საოცრებაა, მხოლოდ 2010 წელს მზის ცირკის წლიურმა შემოსავალმა $850 მილიონი შეადგინა. ფილმში საუბარი მხოლოდ რამდენიმე წუთი გრძელდება, დანარჩენი კი კინემატოგრაფის ოსტატობაა. თუმცა, როგორც ბოლო დროის ბევრი სხვა ფილმი ისიც 3D არის.
3D მსგავს ფილმებში საინტერესო ეფექტებს ჰქმნის, თუმცა მისგან თვალები მტკივდება; არ ვიცი ეს ჩვენი კინოთეატრების პროექტორის ან სათვალის თუ ჩემი თვალების ბრალია, მოკლედ ამ მიზეზის გამო კინოში ხშირად ვერ დავდივარ. Continue Reading »
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