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FOREIGN MEDIA ABOUT GEORGIA

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2011-12-14
Georgia: Saakashvili Pardon of Two Israeli Entrepreneurs Raises Questions
In Georgia, some people are asking whether a get-out-of-jail card costs $73 million.

2011-12-09
U.S. Senate Move To Push NATO Membership For Georgia Fails
An effort by a U.S. senator to make a renewed push for Georgian membership in NATO has been foiled. From The Daily Caller:

2011-11-24
Abkhazia must raise its game on human rights
They like playing dominoes in Abkhazia. As dusk falls, young men unpack their pieces on the promenade by the Black Sea in Sukhumi, the picturesque capital of this breakaway territory bidding for independence from Georgia.

2011-11-21
Condi: I Did Not Blame Georgia!
There aren't many issues on The Bug Pit's radar that have much political resonance in Washington (or elsewhere), but the Russia-Georgia war is by far the most significant. As someone who had already been following the region for a while before the 2008 war, it was dispiriting to see how, over the few days that that war lasted, how polarizing the issue became.

2011-11-17
People Flee From Georgia and Norway Is Also Guilty In It
In 2004, Bondevik’s second cabinet sent experts to Georgia to assist the country in the reforms of judiciary system. Their aim was to create and establish the Rule of Law in Georgia.

2011-11-16
Condoleezza Rice: Saakashvili Let Russians Provoke Him Into Starting War
Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says Georgian President Saakashvili "let the Russians provoke him" into starting a war over South Ossetia. According to the Eurasianet.org Rice wrote about it in her memoires No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington.

2011-11-14
Bidzina Ivanishvili’s Letter in Le Monde
Famous French edition Le Monde published Bidzina Ivanishvili’s letter. Businessman wrote about his motivation to join Georgian politics as well as his future plans. Foreignpress.ge published Georgian translation of the letter.

2011-06-28
Different places different standards
I have twice - in 2006 and 2007 - called upon European policy makers, through the pages of 'New Europe', to end their blatant use of double standards in addressing human rights violations in different countries. Moreover, even the European Parliament takes sometimes a selective approach in these matters - on occasions choosing to give a clear signal on a particular human rights issue, whilst at certain other times abstaining from doing so.

2011-06-22
Sought by International Police Is Now Political Refugee
The Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs seeks Temur Basilia, 54, with the support of the INTERPOL. However, the USA granted political shelter to him.

2011-06-15
Georgia's Cycle of Violence Reflects Dysfunctional Politics
Pati Managadze was delighted to learn that her son Demur was in jail. For nearly a week Managadze had searched for the 21-year-old, who had gone missing following violent clashes between police and antigovernment demonstrators in downtown Tbilisi on the night of May 25-26. She feared the worst when Demur's name did not appear on the police list of those who had been detained. After searching the city's police precincts for days, Managadze finally got lucky.

2011-06-14
Georgians from Abkhazia: Beyond Limbo
Many Georgians displaced by the Abkhazia war of 1992-93 now live in rudimentary centres around the country. They face great difficulties in building their lives. But a survey of their views and aspirations contains some surprises, says Magdalena Frichova Grono.

2011-06-09
Georgia: Hollywood Version of 2008 War Produces Mixed Feelings in Tbilisi
Hollywood’s treatment of the Russia-Georgia war in 2008 is about to hit movie theaters in the United States. The Georgian-funded action flick, titled Five Days of August, seems to blur the line between entertainment and propaganda.

2011-06-03
Georgia Comes down Violently on Pro-Democracy Protest. A First Hand Account
Tbilisi May 26, 2011 - Georgia celebrated its Independence Day on Thursday with a massive show of force, showcasing tanks, rocket launchers and aircraft similar to those used during its failed war against Russia in August 2008. The parade came just hours after its government had unleashed a lethal body blow to protestors who had gathered along the Georgian capital’s Rustaveli Avenue the night before with the aim of preventing the military parade from taking place as planned.

2011-06-03
Pro-democracy activists arrested in Georgia
Protestors massed for a second night in the Georgian capital Tbilisi, fending off intermittent clashes with plain clothed policemen with flagpoles conveniently turned into instruments of self defense.

2011-06-02
International Unions Slam Georgia On Labor-Rights Record
BRUSSELS --Top officials from the International Trade Union Confederation (ICTU) have slammed the government of Georgia, saying the country's labor policies made it "the black sheep of workers' rights in Europe."

2011-05-24
Protesters Call for the Resignation of Georgia’s President
MOSCOW — The police clashed with antigovernment protesters in Georgia on Sunday, at one point firing tear gas and rubber bullets, as hundreds of demonstrators gathered in the capital of the former Soviet republic to demand the ouster of President Mikheil Saakashvili.

2011-05-16
Amnesty International: Annual Report on Georgia (2011)
Concerns continued over the progress of investigations into crimes under international law during the war between Georgia and Russia in August 2008 and in its immediate aftermath. Despite some progress, solutions for the housing and integration of internally displaced people remained insufficient.

2011-05-05
Georgia: Will Music Drown Out the News in Tbilisi?
Georgia’s main regulatory authority for radio and television says preference in the granting of broadcast licenses will be given to applicants that seek to entertain, rather than inform. Some observers in Tbilisi see the announcement as a government attempt to manipulate upcoming presidential and legislative elections.

2011-03-25
The Geneva Process: A Balance Sheet since the Russia-Georgia War
Two and a half years into the armistice and fifteen rounds into the Geneva implementation talks (“Georgia & The Geneva Process: A Balance Sheet Since The 2008 War,” EDM, March 10), the Geneva process seems to be leading nowhere.

2011-03-11
Diplo 'Thief' Feed Shoplift immunity
A foreign government worker used a loophole in diplomatic-immunity laws to dodge prosecution after he allegedly pilfered hundreds of dollars of merchandise from the Century 21 department store downtown, The Post has learned.

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