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  • Mshybzia! Futile activism serves the interests of elites
    Dominik K. Cagara
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    The new Georgian social media campaign aimed at reaching out to Abkhaz society is an example of a futile activism informed by nationalist narratives which are being used by Georgian political elites to distract society from the core issue of unreso...

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  • Plans revived for Trump Tower in Batumi, Georgiadonald_trump_tbilisi
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Plans for a Trump Tower on Georgia’s Black Sea coast are being revived, after laying dormant for the last five years. Newly elected US President and businessman Donald Trump visited Batumi personally in 2012 and later prais...

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  • Under-staffing indicated as cause of miner's death in ChiaturaDSC_0372_copy_Chiatura_miners_2014-03-21
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A 53-year-old man died in an accident in a manganese mine in Chiatura on Saturday. Paata Ghavtadze died from injuries while leaning out of the locomotive he was driving in the poorly-lit Itkhvisi mine in the mining town in the ...
  • One dead, eight injured as truck slams into minibustraffic_accident_truck_minibus
    TBILISI, DFWatch--One person died and eight were injured Saturday in an accident in the south of Georgia. The accident happened on the Tbilisi-Akhaltsikhe highway near Atskuri at about 13:00. The local newspaper Sknews.ge reported that a truc...
  • UNESCO recognizes Georgian alphabet as part of humanity's shared heritageGeorgian_alphabet
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian alphabet has been recognized by UNESCO as part of humanity’s cultural heritage. The decision to include three variations of the Georgian alphabet in the United Nations agency’s Representative List of the Intangible...
  • Martin Schulz optimistic about visa liberalization for Georgiamartin_schulz
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili met President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz on Wednesday. Schulz is leaving EU politics when his term expires in January in order to focus on the federal elections in Germa...
  • UNM barely avoids splitting in two after talk of ditching Saakashvilidavit_bakradze
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The faction supporting Mikheil Saakashvili narrowly won a debate at a National Movement party conference on Wednesday. A  resolution was passed to hold a party convention in the format favored by the country’s former president....
  • Georgian government to raise excise tax due to tanking larigiorgi_kvirikashvili3
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Amid growing discontent with the economic situation in the country, and a national currency which plunges to new depths every day, the government announces a hike in excise the tax rate for fuel, tobacco, imported autos and gambling. ...
  • 13 women killed in family violence so far in 2016take_back_the_night
    TBILISI, DFWatch--New grim figures from Georgia’s ombudsman show that 13 women have been killed in family violence during the first ten months of 2016. In some cases, the police were alerted in advance, but did not intervene. Public Defender Uc...
  • Founder of failed UNM splinter party leaves politics to start lobbying firmpavle_kublashvili2c
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A former lawmaker with background from the National Movement announced on Monday that he is leaving politics, after founding and campaigning for the splinter party Girchi. Pavle Kublashvili, a former head of the justice commit...
  • Fake TSU diplomas may be in circulation after forgery ring bustedshss-game
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A forgery ring sold diplomas that looked like they were issued by the country's most prestigious educational institution, Tbilisi State University. Investigators are now trying to hunt down the fake documents. Four peopl...
  • Georgian parliament approves new governmentparliament_vote
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian parliament Saturday passed a vote of confidence in a new cabinet government formed after Georgian Dream won a landslide in the October 8 election. 110 MPs voted for and 19 against a cabinet, which had only three p...
  • TSU students begin new sit-in, demand election cancelleddemetre_egnatashvili
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Student at Tbilisi’s largest university began another round of protest this week, breaking into building number 6 of TSU and refusing to leave until there are reforms of the education system. Using the same name as the ad hoc gro...
  • Britain’s Sir Alan Duncan visited Georgiaduncan_kumsishvili
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Sir Alan Duncan, United Kingdom’s Minister for Europe and the Americas, visited Georgia this week to take part in bilateral talks about reforms and security. The Waldrop dialogue is an annual conference between representative...
  • Georgian lari hits all-time lowgeorgian_lari
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian lari on Friday hit an all-time low at 2.5026 against the US dollar. The previous record was in January this year, when it was valued at 2.49 laris per USD. Georgia’s National Bank has sold USD 180 million of its res...
  • Women in Tbilisi say: We won't give away the nightar_davtmot_Rame2
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Women carried dresses and skirts as flags through central Tbilisi on Friday to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The march was organized by Movement of Women and began from Pushkin Square...
  • Georgian interior minister lists achievements ahead of confidence votegiorgi_mgebrishvili
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Acting Interior Minister Giorgi Mghebrishvili showed up at several committee hearings on Wednesday as parliamentarians were preparing for a vote of confidence in the new cabinet. Listing his ministry's achievements, Mghebrish...
  • Georgian prosecutor plans to reopen case against former president's sonPIRVELI_tsotne_gamsakhurdia
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The Prosecutor General’s Office in Georgia is planning to take a fresh look at a high profile trial against the son of deceased former President Zviad Gamsakhurdia. "Prior to this decision, a comprehensive and objective inves...

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  • Compromise it took two years to plan failed to solve mosque disputeMokhe_prayer_snow
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Muslims in Mokhe in southern Georgia do not accept a compromise suggested by a government commission and continue to pray on the ruins of a mosque in the village. Local Muslims and Orthodox Christians have disagreed for two yea...
  • Another transgender woman attacked in TbilisiMIA_shark
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A transgender woman was attacked in Tbilisi on November 25. The attack happened late at night on Tamar Mepe Avenue. The target of the attack, Nata, had her nose broken and suffered other facial injuries. She left the hospital o...

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  • Investigation reveals misspending of Government Reserve Fundifact
    The Georgian Government Reserve Fund aimed at funding unexpected and urgent situations, has spent 62% of its budget for programs already funded by the national budget and for which there seems to be no need for emergency spending, investigative website...

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