2010-03-30Political Parsimony – Center Does not Divide Power With Regions
“In Samegrelo region, peasants in Ushguli (Svaneti region), Makhvshi (elderly and most respected people) and shepherds in Tusheti region everybody say one and the same – We are governors of ourselves,” said Davit Losaberidze, representative of the Caucasian Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development. He interviews people in various regions of Georgia about the local self-governmental system.
2010-03-30Reportage from the Village without Address
Village Erizimedi is located 65 kilometers away from Sighnaghi at Georgian-Azerbaijan border. The village was founded in 1989 and eco-migrants from Adjara autonomous republic were settled there. Officially, Erisimedi belongs to Sighnaghi district and is under jurisdiction of Georgia; however, even locals cannot enter the village without taking border control. Because of the unbearable conditions, villagers abandon the village. Several families have already returned to Khulo district in Adjara.
2010-03-29Mass Technical Examination of Mini-Buses Suspiciously Coincided with the Visit of Opposition Parties
In order to fail the events scheduled by the National Council in Ozurgeti district the mini-buses were ordered to take technical examinations.
2010-03-29Council of Ethic Charter of Journalists Concluded Natia Koberidze Breached Article 1 of Charter
On March 25, Council of the Ethic Charter of Journalists discussed the question related with the journalist Natia Koberidze based on the complaints filed by citizens. The Council concluded that journalist of the TV-Company Imedi breached Article 1 of the Charter when releasing the simulated chronicle on March 13. According to the Article, journalist shall respect truth and right of society – to get correct information.
2010-03-29Chronicle of The Pre-Election Terror
At the approaching elections of the self-governments, oppression on the supporters of the opposition parties has increased. Law enforcement officers and officials of the local government threaten members and activists of the opposition parties with ceasing social allowances, firing their family members and relatives from jobs, with planting guns or narcotics on them and detention unless they stop their activities in support of the opposition parties.
2010-03-29Why Was News Program of TV-Company “Sakartvelo” Closed?
News program of the TV-Company “Sakartvelo” ceased broadcasting. According to the executive director of the Human Rights Center, the reason might be active struggle of the foreign investor David John Mapley for his property. He has been fighting to protect his investments for many years.
2010-03-26Story about Pavilion - Or Next-Door Neighbor Is My Survivor
If you look out of your window one day and see workers working near your windows, you should not get surprised! Soon, a new building will be constructed very close to your house and you can even touch it through the window.
2010-03-25Charter of Freedom – A Mechanism for Security or An Additional Tool for the Government
Chairperson of the parliamentary fraction “Strong Georgia” Gia Tortladze requests to promptly discuss the Charter of Freedom. He said the parliament has not started discussion of the draft-charter which was first initiated in February.
2010-03-25Officials Do Not Want to Tighten Their Belts
“Kutaisi population should know what kind of “tightened belts” the members of district municipality board, they elected three years ago, were wearing. Some of them openly or in secret are leading their election campaign and do their utmost to remain in the government. They use administrative resources for personal purposes and waste state funds,” said members of the Kutaisi office of the Republic Party.
2010-03-25Movement Is Dangerous In European Sighnaghi
“Sighnaghi is the most beautiful city in Europe. Neither Chinese, nor Americans, nor Turkish people can build the houses so fast, with such a high quality and enthusiasm, like we did it”, stated president Mikheil Saakashvili at the pompous presentation of renovated Sighnaghi. A year and a half later, in Sighnaghi, residential houses in several streets of the city are pulling down. Reconstructed balconies have the paints removed and need repeated repair-works. Moving around the city is life threatening because of poorly done work by the construction companies, electricity wires in Sarajishvili and Chavchavadze streets are scattered on the streets and they can kill a person at any moment.
2010-03-24Amnesty International Exposed Georgia in Purchase of Tools of Torture
European companies are participating in the global trade in types of equipment widely used in torture or other ill-treatment, according to evidence presented in a new report by Amnesty International and the Omega Research Foundation released on March 16. In the full version of the report Georgia is also mentioned. More precisely, the report states that Georgia purchased torture tools from Germany and Czech Republic.
2010-03-24Three Guantanamo Detainees Sent to Georgia
Three detainees from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba were transfered "to custody and control" of Georgia, the U.S. Department of Justice said.
2010-03-24Sex show Scandalises Georgia
TBILISI (Georgia) - WEARING a tight red dress and leaning suggestively over a chair, Shorena Begashvili gazed into the camera and said in a husky voice: 'Today we're going to talk about the sounds people make when having sex.'
2010-03-24ICC Prosecutor, Georgian Justice Minister Meet over August War
International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo met last week with Georgian Justice Minister, Zurab Adeishvili, in The Hague as part of regular consultations launched since the events of the August war has been the subject of preliminary examination by ICC Prosecutor's Office.
2010-03-23Russian Olympics clouded by 19th century deaths
(Reuters) - A Muslim diaspora is demanding the Sochi 2014 Olympics be canceled or moved unless Russia apologizes for the 19th century deaths of many of their ancestors in the location where the Winter Games will be held.
2010-03-23Georgia Mounts American PR Campaign
George W. Bush once celebrated Mikhail Saakasvili, but President Barack Obama has given him the cold shoulder. Now the Georgian president is seeking to polish his image in the United States through an expensive Washington PR firm and by promoting the development of a Hollywood film starring Andy Garcia and Val Kilmer.
2010-03-23EU Openly Demonstrated Its Discontent about Georgia
Leaders of the EU told the prime minister of Georgia that the implementation of democratic reforms is urgently needed in the country, if Tbilisi wants to cooperate with Brussels.
2010-03-22Corruption in the Armament of Georgian Army?!
American investigators study corruption facts in the Georgian authority related with the purchase of armament. Purchase of weapon abroad has always been very obscure topic for the society and the government always claimed it was state and military secret… however, there has always been doubt (very often it was astonishing) that during the import of arms and equipment Georgian governmental officials (and not only from the defense ministry) earned millions as a result of corruptive deals.
2010-03-22Despite Natural Disaster, Government Reduced Funding of Bank-Reconstruction Activities 5 Times
From March 13 to March 17, natural disaster caused damage of 1 455 000 GEL in Kakheti. In autumn of 2009, the damage of the natural disaster amounted to 9 million GEL. According to environmentalists, in 2010 elemental geological processes will become very active after high humidity in Kakheti region. More than 50 villages in the region are in danger. Despite the dangerous situation, the government, in comparison with last year, reduced funds for the bank-reconstruction activities from 9 million to 1, 800 000 GEL.
2010-03-19“I Am Afraid of Chinese People!” “Negros Have Attacked Us?!” – Racism Problem in Georgia
"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite,” said Nelson Mandela, laureate of Nobel Prize in Peace who fought against racism for many years.
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