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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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News

  • Saakashvili: 'I have never committed a crime'mikheil_saakashvili_
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili on Monday responded to the criminal charges brought against him by writing that he has never committed a crime. “They have never proved that I’ve been guilty in any crime as I...
  • Three died when river flooded village in Georgiavani_flood_2014-07-27_Crop
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Three people died when the town Vani in western Georgia was flooded on Sunday. Heavy rain made the river swell and swoop up several cars and carry them away. A total of five people were in the cars. Three were found Sunday nigh...
  • Saakashvili formally charged for 2007 crackdownmikheil_saakashvili_in_new_york_2013-12-15_2
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili was Monday criminally charged for the hardhanded crackdown on anti-government protesters and the storming of a TV station in Tbilisi on November 7, 2007. Also charged along with ...
  • Traditionalists are against holding music festival KaZantip in Georgiaanti_kazantip_20140726_20_Crop
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A group of religious radicals protested in Tbilisi on Saturday against the music festival KaZantip, which is planned in the end of August in Anaklia, a sea resort in western Georgia. The same day, locals in Anaklia demonstrated...
  • Massive power outage in Georgiahigh_voltage_power_line_Crop
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A failure in a high-voltage power line has left large parts of Georgia without electricity Sunday evening. The capital Tbilisi is among the areas affected by the massive outage, which the Energy Ministry believes is caused by ...
  • New ministers confirmed by lighthearted Georgian parliamentsession-hall-parliament-2012-10-21
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Though officially on summer break, the parliament in Georgia convened on Saturday to declare trust in the government after seven of the ministers were replaced. The vote ended with 89 out of 150 representatives declaring trust...
  • NATO to strengthen cooperation along Russia's southwest fringeshugh_bayley_davit_usupashvili_Crop
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The head of NATO Parliamentary Assembly says the alliance will strengthen its cooperation with countries along Russia’s southwest borders. Hugh Bayley, a member of the British parliament for the Labour party, says one of the ...
  • Georgian Church wants music festival called offkazantip01_Cropped
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s Orthodox Church is against holding the electronic music festival KaZantip in Georgia, claiming that it will ‘harm’ Georgians. The ten-day music festival used to be held in Crimea, but due to the Russian annexati...
  • Georgian lawmaker wants to ban Russian TV channelsgiorgi-baramidze
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A lawmaker from the National Movement wants to ban Russian news channels in Georgia. Giorgi Baramidze floated the idea in a Facebook post last Saturday, but has not yet decided whether to make a formal proposal. Baramidz...
  • Georgian and Turkish football players clash in Tbilisifootball_match_turkey_georgia_Crop
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian and Turkish soccer players clashed in Tbilisi on Thursday, during a qualification match for UEFA Europe League. Georgia’s Chikhura defeated Turkey’s Bursa with a score 4-1 in a penalty shoot-out. The scuffle sta...
  • Rustavi 2 head acquitted in appeals courtgvaramia-nika_Crop
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The Appeals Court in Georgia on Thursday acquitted the head of Rustavi 2 TV in a corruption case. Rustavi 2 boss Nika Gvaramia was charged with accepting a bribe, money laundering, preparing fake financial documents, using them...
  • NATO politicians on visit to Georgiahugh_bayley_Crop
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A group of NATO politicians are arriving in Georgia on Thursday, to meet Georgian politicians and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The delegation is headed by the president of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, British Labo...
  • Insults exchanged in parliament's human rights committeeeka_beselia_pirveli_Crop
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Two members of the Georgian parliament insulted each other on Thursday during a meeting of the human rights committee. The committee was discussing the Public Defender’s annual report for 2013 when Chiora Taktakishvili from t...
  • New Georgian culture minister a government insiderMikheil_Giorgadze_Crop
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili on Wednesday presented economist Mikheil Giorgadze, a government insider, as new culture minister. The PM on Monday dismissed seven ministers, but immediately reappointed two of them in new m...

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