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  • Observers say violations do not affect election outcomekakha_kojoridze_Cropped
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Independent observers in Georgia’s local election say the extent of violations seen so far is not enough to influence the final results. Two hours before voting ended in Georgia’s local election on Sunday, non-governmental...

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Interviews

  • Russia might intervene in Ukraine if major violence
    DFWatch staff
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    TBILISI, DFWatch--Right now we have a civil war in Ukraine, says peace researcher Johan Galtung. He warns that Russia might intervene with a 'short sharp shock' if ethnic Russians are subject to widespread violence in eastern Ukraine. Russia is ...

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Opinion

  • How NATO can open a path to membership for Georgia
    Edward P. Joseph and Mamuka Tsereteli
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    Amid Ukraine Crisis, US Should Push to Remove an Obstacle Mae West once said that “an ounce of performance is worth a pound of promises.” For Georgians, to whom NATO promised eventual membership in the alliance back in 2008, truer words have nev...

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Economy

  • GeoStat publishes foreign trade data for Jan-Jun '14poti
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s foreign trade turnover in the first half of 2014 was 16 percent more than last year, according to preliminary data from the National Statistics Department, GeoStat. According to the new report published on Wednesday...

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Society

  • Bus drivers in Georgia protest against rough work conditionsbus_drivers_protesting_against_death_of_colleague_Cropped
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Bus drivers demonstrated in many Georgian towns on Tuesday, as a response to one of their colleagues who died on the job in Tbilisi following a fight with a passenger. At 14:00, drivers stopped their bus or minibus and let the ...

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News

  • Georgian team won medals at young scientist competitionYoung_Scientist_Olympiad_2014_Crop
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A team of Georgian school pupils won one gold and two bronze medals at the 26th International Olympiad in Informatics, which was held in Taiwan July 13-20. The Georgian team consisted of four pupils and two of their leaders. Th...
  • Georgian PM names all but one of new ministersirakli_gharibashvili_new_government_Crop
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili on Tuesday named another four out of seven candidates to fill the empty ministers seats left in a major government reshuffle. The first two replacements - for refugee minister and en...
  • Cramped student houses in Tbilisistudent_housing_Crop
    TBILISI, DFWatch--At the end of Kekelidze Street, in Vake, one of Tbilisi’s most prestigious districts, there is a lane with small houses with tiny rooms. Mostly students are living here, usually those who were born outside the capital. The...
  • Georgian students: the generation of 'three nos'Beka_Dadeshkeliani_-_Beka_Bekauri_Crop
    TBILISI, DFWatch--DF Watch on July 18 organized a discussion about the situation of students today. What problems are students facing? How can they be let to realize their skills and knowledge? In what way can the government or educational insti...
  • Seven ministers replaced in Georgian government reshuffleirakli_gharibashvili_Crop
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili on Monday fired seven ministers: the ministers for agriculture, prisons, refugees, environment, infrastructure, culture and diaspora. Explaining his decision at a morning briefing, he said th...
  • Green concert against maximum resource extractionGreen_Fist20140721_14_Crop
    TBILISI, DFWatch--What connects the Khudoni hydro power project, a prehistoric gold mine, shrinking green areas in Tbilisi and human rights abuses in the mining industry? They are all problems caused by the government's economic policy, accordin...
  • Indian medical students in TbilisiIndian_students
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Hundreds of Indians come to Georgia every year to study medicine at Tbilisi State Medical University (TSMU). The two Indian friends Nirmal and Samy have been studying at the university for three years and are quite happy about ...
  • Georgia ratifies association agreement with the EUsession-hall-parliament-2012-10-21
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian parliament on Friday ratified a new agreement with the European Union which was signed three weeks ago. The vote took place at a special session with 123 out of 150 MPs voting for and none against.27 MPs didn’t a...
  • Georgian parliament expected to ratify EU treaty Fridayparliament
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian parliament will vote on whether to ratify the Association Agreement with the European Union on Friday. Several prominent European politicians are expected to attend the vote, including Bulgarian Foreign Minister Kr...
  • Georgian soldiers leaving base in HelmandGeorgian ISAF soldiers Afghanistan
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian soldiers are leaving the U.S. military base Leatherneck in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, as it is being closed down. According to the Ministry of Defense, the closure of the base is related to the transfer of security...
  • Georgia considers reopening Ergneti marketergneti_03_resized
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian government plans to reopen the Ergneti market on the border with South Ossetia. In recent days, it has said reopening the market would not contradict a free trade agreement Georgia recently signed with the EU. Erg...
  • Georgian president calls ex-ambassador's death a murdererosi_kitsmarishvili_Crop
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Former candidate for Rustavi mayor Erosi Kitsmarishvili was found dead in his car on Kipshidze Street in a prestigious district of Tbilisi. The car was at an underground parking in the building where he was residing. Accordi...
  • Former ambassador found dead in Tbilisierosi_kitsmarishvili_220x185
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian politician and media investor Erosi Kitsmarishvili was found dead in Tbilisi Tuesday afternoon. The Ministry of Internal Affairs immediately launched an investigation into what appears to have been a suicide, and later...
  • Former presidential security staff questioned in 'top secret' casetemur_janashia_Crop
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The Prosecutor’s Office in Georgia has questioned three of former President Mikheil Saakashvili’s security personnel as well as a former maid about a ‘top secret’ matter, refusing to give any details. Former protection ...

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Minorities

  • Ombudsman asks for effective investigation of Armenian church attackucha_nanuashvili
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian ombudsman addresses law enforcement bodies to properly and effectively investigate the attack on priests at an Armenian church on July 19. On Saturday, about 50 people attacked Surb Etchmiadzin Church in Tbilisi. T...
  • Priests attacked at Armenian church in TbilisiSurb_Etchmiadzin_Church_Tbilisi_Crop
    TBILISI, DFWatch--About 50 people physically attacked priests at an Armenian Church in Tbilisi on Saturday. The Armenian Orthodox Church says the attack was motivated by religious and ethnic prejudice, but Georgia's Ministry of Internal Affa...

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