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2008-07-04
Lack of Roads in Ninotsminda District Villages
The lack of road continues to be a great problem for the residents of the Ninotsminda district. Local authorities state that soon the problem will be at least partially resolved. However, the incomplete resolution of the problem means that the roads will be repaired only in several villages of the district.

2008-07-03
Books and Jobs Sacrificed to Contraversy
Former employees of the Sighnaghi Library have been protesting in the building of Sighnaghi Municipality Board for ten days. Demonstrators state they were fired from the library under the order of Nugzar Abulashvili, Sighnaghi single mandate candidate of the Georgian Parliament. The reason for their dismissal was the refusal of library personnel to visit families before the parliamentary elections and persuade people to cast their votes for the ruling party.

2008-07-03
Children Drawing Their Dreams
 “Peace Now and Adults Stop Playing War

Last week the Human Rights Center and Georgian Centre for Psychological & Medical Rehabilitation of Torture Victims (GCRT) organized an action in Support of Victims of Torture in Kutaisi. An art contest was held within the framework of the event. IDP children had to paint what they wanted in the city central park.


2008-07-02
University Lecturer Dismissed on Political Grounds Appeals Decision
Archil Jorjadze, former coordinator and lecturer at the Legal Faculty of the Telavi State University, protested the resolution that provided for his dismissal from the university. On Monday, Jorjadze appealed to the Telavi District Court and demanded to annul the resolution of the head of university administration, and to reimburse the salary of the months when he was illegally fired and demanded 10, 000 GEL for moral compensation.

2008-07-02
Political Funding for Georgian TV Companies
I doubt media will be supported in the future; the freedom of expression will be further restricted; newspapers and TV Company “Kavkasia” will encounter additional problems.”
“Everything depends how skilled and strong media sources stand. I do not know what they are planning but I know what I am going to do,” said journalists Ia Antadze and Nino Jangirashvili after news program of the TV Company “Mze” was taken off the air. Although the TV Company was often blamed for partiality, the closure of the news programs made the situation even tenser.


2008-07-01
Georgia Has Shanghaied Its Flagship of State with Rigged Elections
Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (CoE) Election Report

“I wonder if CoE are talking about the same parliamentary elections - or was this report from another country and they [CoE] used the cut and paste function in its production; it is clear that PACE didn’t see or didn’t want to see some of the more blatant violations - and it does not understand that democracy is a far cry from being alive and well in Georgia.” 
 


2008-07-01
Georgian Reforms: Benefits or Not, & “Who Really Benefits”
“My last visit to Georgia was sad. Nothing worked in this country; there was no light and people were afraid to go out in the street. I discovered that people return home at 3-4:00 PM instead of 6-7:00 PM as they should arrive home before it gets dark. That’s why I always avoided to arriving back to Georgia and preferred to invite my relatives to my home outside of Georgia. However, after many years I arrived in Georgia in 2004 and found out that nothing had been changed. The country was still in frozen situation and face dire economic conditions. It is like seeing your house without windows and with ruined walls. It is only natural that the first idea that comes to your mind is to renovate the house. However, it is not a valid question to go the next step and ask as whether or not I should redecorate the house or not?  This was the assessment of Kakha Bendukidze, the head of the Prime-Minister’s Administration about the urgency of structural and economic reforms.

2008-07-01
Professors vs. Administration: What’s going on at Zugdidi State Institute?!
There exists a controversy between the lecturers and interim rector of the Zugdidi Shota Meskhia State Institute, which resulted from a stiff competition for academic positions at the institution of higher education. The professors feel that they have been swindled out of academic positions by the terms of the competition having been changed midway.  Consequently they have since filed complaints against Teona Khupenia to the Georgian Parliament, president’s chancellery and the Georgian Ministry of Education and Science. They hold Khupenia, the interim rector responsible for having conducted an illegal competition. The terminated and not rehired professors are now demanding that responsible institutions react to the violation that their labor and academic rights be protected.

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