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  • Georgian PM criticizes NGOs for being biasedirakli_gharibashvili_Crop
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili on Monday criticized non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for not being objective. He said during a meeting with students that it is important for democracy to have a strong, objective and u...

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Interviews

  • Caucasus is caught between two ambitious powers
    DFWatch staff
    ronald_suny
    Ukraine and the Caucasus countries are caught between two ambitious powers: Russia, which wants to have hegemony in the former Soviet space, and the United States, which wants global hegemony, according to Ronald G. Suny, professor of political sci...

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Opinion

  • Georgia’s labor code still favors employers
    Sarah Delys
    delys_sarah_Crop
    Last week hundreds of train workers went on strike after negotiations to improve working conditions and raise salaries failed. The strikers demand overtime compensation, new salary rules and a 13th month salary payment [1]. Leaders of the trade ...

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Economy

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Society

  • Campaign launched in Georgia against domestic violenceno_to_violence_against_women04
    TBILISI, DFWatch--There were demonstrations in 22 cities and towns all over Georgia on Tuesday to highlight the problem of violence against women. 24 women have been killed this year in Georgia, and there are many reports of family conflicts, wh...

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News

  • Brain behind Georgian charity success shares his secretsboris kiknadze4
    TBILISI, DFWatch--According to the official data, one out of three young Georgians (20-29 years old) is unemployed.  But a senior student at the University of Georgia Boris Kiknadze is not one of them. Less than one year ago he established a cr...
  • Groups want independent inquest into destruction of ancient gold minesakdrisi_investigate_destruction_2014-12-19
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Non-governmental organizations in Georgia demand an inquest into how an important archaeological site was almost completely destroyed by a mining company a few days ago. The 5,400 years old gold mine in Sakdrisi was mostly dest...
  • EU parliament ratifies association agreement with GeorgiaEuropean_parliament_plenary_session
    TBILISI, DFWatch--With 490 votes against 76 and 57 absentees European Parliament Thursday approved EU-Georgia’s Association Agreement and adopted a resolution about Georgia with 491 votes against 84 and 63 absentees. The current Georgian presi...
  • Georgia to reform the Prosecutor's Officeirakli_gharibashvili
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia's PM wants to start consultations about institutional reform of the Prosecutor’s Office which has long been criticized for political bias. Apart from the Prosecutor’s Office itself, the consultations will include la...
  • Georgian politician confirmed as Ukraine's new deputy interior ministereka_zghuladze2
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A Georgian politician was on December 17 officially appointed as deputy interior minister in Ukraine, the same post she held under President Mikheil Saakashvili in her home country a few years ago. Eka Zghuiladze is now first d...
  • Head of Tbilisi NGO detained for illegal possession of firearmgiorgi_kldiashvili
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The director of an influential Tbilisi-based non-governmental organization says he was detained for illegal possession of a firearm on December 12. Giorgi Kldiashvili, head of the Institute for Development of Freedom of Informa...
  • Outrage in Tbilisi over destruction of 5,400 year old gold minesakdrisi rally
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The news that a prehistoric mine has been damaged by a mining company sparked outrage in Tbilisi Tuesday. People gathered in the evening outside the National Agency on Cultural Heritage Protection to demand the Georgian culture mi...
  • Governing coalition may dismiss Free Democrats committee headgiorgi_volski
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The governing coalition is discussing whether to dismiss the head of parliament's finance and budget committee, because he is a member of a party that left the coalition. The parliamentary majority believes it would be a mistak...
  • Guard accused in Zhvania case released on bailmikheil_dzadzamia_
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A former head of shift of Zurab Zhvania’s security detail, who was detained in the new investigation into the prime minister's death in 2005, was Sunday released from preliminary detention on a 2,000 lari bail (nearly USD 1,090)...
  • One more Georgian ex-official proposed for post in Ukraineeka_zghuladze
    TBILISI, DFWatch--One more former official from Mikheil Saakashvili's government has been granted Ukrainian citizenship after being proposed for a high post in the new Ukrainian government. Eka Zghuladze, a former deputy interior minister in Geo...
  • Georgian patriarch deplores destruction of ancient minesakdrisi IPN
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The influential Georgian patriarch on Sunday criticized a company which is excavating an ancient mine in the southern part of the country, and called on the government to intervene. Mining company RMG Gold on Saturday resumed w...
  • Mining work resumed at prehistoric Sakdrisi sitesakdrisi_-_overview
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Mining work resumed at Sakdrisi on Saturday, a site where scientists and environmentalist groups say is an ancient gold mine with invaluable artifacts from prehistoric man. The controversy about the mine near Bolnisi in the sou...
  • One more Defense Ministry official detained for corruptiondefense_ministry
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The Finance Ministry’s investigative service detained one more Defense Ministry official on Saturday. Bakhva Surmanidze was detained for accepting a 400 lari (USD 218) bribe. He is head of the purchasing department at the ...
  • Film by Georgian director nominated for Golden Globetangerines
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A film by a Georgian filmmaker has been nominated for a Golden Globe award. Tangerines, or Mandariinid, is a Georgian-Estonian production written and directed by the Georgian Zaza Urushadze. Producer of the film is Ivo Felt and...

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Minorities

  • Ombudsman to study progress of Mokhe commissionmokhe_scuffles
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia's Public Defender is considering checking the progress of a new commission tasked with studying a conflict around a mosque in Mokhe, a village in southern Georgia. Public Defender Ucha Nanuashvili says he thinks people'...
  • Controversial bilingual education program to be changedschool_class_-_Ministry_of_Education_and_Science
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The current bilingual education program does not serve its purpose, according to Armenians in the Samtskhe-Javakheti region of Georgia. A specialist from the Ministry of Education and Science agrees with the critique and says that...

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