South Ossetia

#Georgia: Sharing books by leaving them at public places goes viral

მოხეტიალე წიგნები (Strolling Books) – A Facebook page has been set up in Georgia to give out books for free. The idea went viral and in three days the page got almost 30,000 likes.

According to the page, any person may leave a book at public place, add a message a date and a place. The next person who’ll find and read the book should also add a date and place when and where found; later leave it at a park, in a cafe or somewhere else. The books are about everything and for everybody.

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Freedom House lists Abkhazia and South Ossetia as separate countries

Freedom House, Washington D.C. based democracy and human rights advocate has recently released its Freedom of Press in 2012 Findings. The report highlights key developments in global press freedom over the last year, including improvements in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and crackdowns in authoritarian states. The annual report includes findings in 197 countries and territories.

Media in Georgia, according to the report is partly free and out of all the countries it’s on 111st place, which makes it a leader in the region (Turkey is 117th, Armenia 149th, Azerbaijan and Russia 172nd).

Freedom House website gives separate findings and articles about each state. Interestingly, under the list of countries in Central and Eastern Europe/Eurasia Georgia’s breakaway regions Abkhazia and South Ossetia (Along with Nagorno-Karabakh and Transnistria) are listed as separate countries.

Abkhazia and South Ossetia are Georgia’s disputed regions that are recognized independent by Russia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Nauru, Tuvalu and Vanuatu, the rest of the world considers it as a part of Georgia. With more than 200,000 IDPs, the conflict is still unresolved and Georgia officially refers to these regions as “Occupied Territories”.

Beyonce – Run The World (Girls)

Beyonce Knowles, 29, has finally released a video to her new sizzling track – Run The World (Girls), which after Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) and Diva is considered to be a continuation of her messages of female empowerment.

In the Run The World (Girls) video, Beyonce is a leader of a female-gang that takes on its male enemies with impressive and energetic dance moves. The video features Beyonce on a wild horse, on a car with Revolution written on it, in a factory and etc. Beyonce changes costumes several times and strikes with powerful poses throughout the video.

In one of the scenes the singer holds hyenas and stands in a field with a road sign in the back. The sign is from Georgia and gives directions to Tbilisi, Tskhinvali and Gori.

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NATO Resolution 382 on the situation in Georgia

Originally posted on NATO Parliamentary Assembly Website 

RESOLUTION 382 on THE SITUATION IN GEORGIA (November, 2010)

Presented by the Committee on the Civil Dimension of Security and adopted by the Plenary Assembly on Tuesday 16 November 2010, Warsaw, Poland
The Assembly, 

1.   Commending Georgian authorities on their efforts to further democratic reforms, and in particular, to fight corruption, build democratic institutions and engage opposition in decision‑making;

2.    Acknowledging the significant contribution of Georgia to the NATO mission in Afghanistan;

3.     Welcoming the conduct of competitive and democratic local elections on 30 May 2010, which, according to international observers, marked progress towards meeting OSCE and Council of Europe commitments, despite significant remaining shortcomings;

4.    Welcoming also the process of constitutional reform, but regretting that full use was not made of the advisory mechanism of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe;

5.     Deeply concerned by the humanitarian situation in Georgia  ’s occupied territories of Abkhazia andSouth Ossetia, as well as the ongoing denial of the right of return to Georgian populations displaced from the two regions; (more…)

Georgians protest Russian occupation in front of the UN headquarters

On August 7, 2010, 12:00 noon approximately 50 Georgians gathered in front of the UN headquarters in New York to protest two years of Russian occupation of Georgia. The protest was peaceful and lasted for an hour. Protesters held flags of Georgia and posters like “Russia get out of Georgia” or “Russia gives us back our homes”.

Among all the protesters were IDPs from Abkhazia who have not been in their homes for almost 20 years.

Photos by Mirian Jugheli

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Maradona to visit South Ossetia?

President and delegation of the breakaway region of South Ossetia visited Venezuela last week. Venezuela is one of the 4 countries who recognized South Ossetia’s and Abkhazia’s (another Georgia’s breakaway region) independence after the war in August 2008.

While staying in Caracas, South Ossetia’s President Eduard Kokoity met legendary football player Diego Maradona, who is the current coach of Argentina’s national football team. According to OSinform Not only they did shake each other’s hands but Kokoity invited Maradona to visit South Ossetia. The same information agency claims that Maradona happily accepted the invitation, but it is unknown if he will really visit and when.

It has to be noted that Maradona has visited Georgia in October 2008, where he participated in a friendly match between former stars of Argentinian and Georgian national football teams. He left the country disappointed because due to a high ticket price half of the stadium was empty.

Here are some pictures of Maradona and Kokoity posing for photographers:

Ethnic Map of Georgia

This is an ethnic map of Georgia that was released by the European Centre For Minority Issues. It is a bit outdated because it was released in January, 2009, but no other similar map has been released since then.

According to the data there were 239,872 Georgians in Abkhazia in 1989, however according to 2009 data there are approximately 45,000-65,000 left, who either stayed after the war or returned mainly around Gali (which is the closest town to the Georgian border).

According to the same data there were 28,544 officially registered Georgians in South Ossetia in 1989, today the there are only 2-3,000.

Take a look at more interesting info at the map below:

Most of the young Georgians from Abkhazia have IDP status and they live around Georgia or around the world. Those from Abkhazia have not had a chance to get back to their homes for almost 20 years, some of them even don’t remember how their houses look/looked (because part of the property was either burned or destroyed). Will they ever have a chance to stand on their homeland? Nobody has an answer..