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2010-05-20
Obama's Betrayal of Georgia Kind of Makes Sense
Leading into the office of Mikheil Saakashvili, the president of Georgia, there is a room lined with more than a hundred photographs. Bill Clinton is there, and so are John McCain, Condoleezza Rice and, quite prominently, Richard Gere. Right beside the door, at center stage, there's a shot of George W. Bush watching Saakashvili bend down on the White House lawn and fondle his terrier, Barney. Taken together, the room is like an ostentatious Rolodex put out on display, a symbol of where Saakashvili has gotten his confidence. But there is no one on those walls from the Obama administration, and after last week it's little wonder why.
2010-05-20
Sen. McCain Criticizes Obama over Georgia
Republican Senator John McCain criticized the Obama administration saying that support for liberty and human rights is "mostly missing" from the U.S. foreign policy and as one of the examples, among others, the Senator brought situation in Georgia vis-à-vis Russia.
2010-05-20
Workers On Strike in Rustavi
On May 17, the workers of the GeoStyle Ltd went on strike in Rustavi. “Low salaries, no drinking water and toilets – these are our main problems. We have to work two days and nights a week and the salary is 300 GEL per month. It is slavery. They know that the country is poor and people live in unbearable conditions; so they treat us nastily. We went on strike 7 months ago too. We had same requirements. The administration promised to improve the conditions but nothing was changed,” said the worker of the factory Beso Bazadze. Strikers said they cannot take a bath after a working-day. “We have neither bath-room nor the dinning-room.”
2010-05-20
“We Have No Other Way but Living Together!” – Georgian Students Appeal to Abkhaz People
“If we want to gain Abkhazia back, we should first gain the hearts of Abkhaz people back; we should restore the broken bridge between the two nations of one state,” “Public diplomacy and peace will help us,” “We should forgive each other’s sins,” said the Georgian students during the discussion of Georgian-Abkhaz problem. However, we encountered radical statements too: “We will gain the territory lost by the war only through the war,” “Abkhaz people are blinded by Russia,” etc.
2010-05-19
Amnesty International Responds to the Assertion of the MIA - Georgia Has Not Purchased Torture Equipment
Georgia: Ministry of Internal Affairs misconstrued Amnesty International’s report on exports of policing equipment from EU member states to Georgia Amnesty International rebuts false assertions of the Georgian Ministry of Interior on 30 March1 alleging that the organization published inaccurate information with regard to exports of policing and security equipment from EU member states to Georgia in its report, From Words to Deeds: Making the EU Ban on the trade in ‘tools of torture’ a reality (Index: EUR 01/004/2010).
2010-05-14
Strikers Committee Is Waiting for the Georgian Manganese to Keep Their Promises
The strike and protest demonstrations against Georgian Manganese might renew in Zestaponi and Chiatura. On April 25, the administration of the Georgian Manganese and the strikers committee reached agreements after negotiations; however, it turned out temporary agreement. The employees of the Georgian Manganese doubt the administration lies to them. They doubted about it after the shareholders of the company could not reach agreement.
2010-05-11
International Federation of Trade Unions Reminded Mikheil Saakashvili of Workers Rights
International Federation of the Trade Unions of the World and Trade Unions of various countries got interested in the problems of the workers of Zestaponi Ferro Factory and Chiatura Mine. The strikes of the workers in Zestaponi and Chiatura on April 20-22 had the result.
2010-05-10
Georgian Participants of Hollywood Film Are Not Paid
Early in October of 2009, there was simulated fire in Gori center. Burning tires, exploded cars, simulated dead people were scattered in the streets; people with red paints on their faces were running in front of the Stalin Statue; there were wounded soldiers and scared people . Real tanks and helicopters were moving around… The city, who endured the war once, saw the same again because Hollywood works on a film about the war in August of 2008. Andy Garcia stars in the film in the role of President Mikheil Saakashvili. The filming process damaged both environment and people’s health who were not warned about it in advance.
2010-05-07
NGO Report on violations of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law during the Russian-Georgian War Was Released
Open Society Georgia Foundation and Georgian Human Rights NGOs released a report on violations of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law during the Russian-Georgian war of August 2008. Presentation of the report "In August Ruins" took place on May 5, 2010 in the National Library of the Parliament of Georgia.
2010-05-07
Vano Merabishvili Has Turned May 6 Into a Holiday of Violence
Radical opposition kept promise and failed the Police Day announced by the government. However, the supporters of the National Council were punished for the “victory”. The people with broken heads were taken to hospitals. Bloody show continues!
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