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NGO news

  • 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
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    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

  • Ashamed of being straight
    Inga Popovaite
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    I am lucky to be born straight. I am lucky to be one of those people who are not stigmatized on the basis of their sexual affection to a certain human being; who can kiss and hold hands in public without being attacked or bullied for it; who can ge...

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Economy

  • Georgia's wine production grew 13% in 2013grapes
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia produced 12.6 percent more wine in 2013 than in 2012, according to the government’s international monitoring center. 71.2 percent of the 183,381 tons of wine produced in 2013 came from households, and 28.8 percent fro...

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Society

  • Martyrs remembered in Tbilisi100 000 martyrs march 2014
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s Orthodox Church on Thursday remembered the 100,000 martyrs by walking through the streets of Tbilisi for hours and conducting a prayer on Metekhi Bridge. The church marks this day the same way every year. According ...

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News

  • Georgian parliament makes new attempt to agree on surveillance reformsession hall parliament 2012-10-21
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia has still not decided who should have access to secret surveillance material, a problem that has remained unresolved for more than half a year. But this week, parliament is to review several legislative proposals. A pre...
  • Georgia goes dark after accident at thermal power planthigh_voltage_power_lines_Crop
    TBILISI, DFWatch--An accident at a thermal power plant in eastern Georgia caused a country-wide blackout early Monday morning. Almost the entire country was without electricity at 02:10 in the middle of the night, as the thermal power plant in G...
  • Georgian president pardons 121 prisonersprison_
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili pardoned 121 prisoners in connection with the celebration of Giorgoba, an important Christian holiday in Georgia. 93 of those who were pardoned left prison the same day Friday, while 28 ...
  • Kakha Bendukidze buried in Tbilisi on Saturdaykakha_bendukidze_panashvidi_01_
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s former economy minister, the businessman Kakha Bendukidze was buried in Tbilisi on Saturday. Bendukidze died in London recently. A public funeral service was held earlier on Saturday at one of the universities which...
  • Prosecutor's Office investigating possible prisoner mistreatmentPrison_No_8_Gldani
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The Prosecutor’s Office is investigating a possible mistreatment case at Gldani prison (“No 8”) in Tbilisi. The investigation will involve questioning prison staff and prisoners and conducting a forensic examination of bo...
  • Demonstrations in support of Kodori rebel leaderemzar_kvitsiani
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s Supreme Court says it has become the target of harassment by certain politicians, particularly following the recent conviction of man for leading the 2006 Kodori mutiny. Emzar Kvitsiani, who in 2006 declared disobed...
  • Who is building most roads is the new debate in Georgiatbilisi-senaki-leselidze_motorway-
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Road construction has become the new subject of dispute between the former and current government in Georgia. What sparked the debate was when the prime minister opened a new section of highway in western Georgia by scathingly ...
  • Ombudsman asks to investigate possible beating in Gldani prisongldani-prison-guard-tower
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s ombudsman claims they have reason to believe prisoners were tortured last week at a prison in Gldani, Tbilisi; the very same prison where humiliating abuse of prisoners was filmed and shown on TV two years ago. The ...
  • Georgia's dismissed defense minister gives 'final warning'irakli_alasania
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s dismissed defense minister has given a ‘final warning’ to the country’s prosecutors, after which he plans to get the international community involved in the process. Irakli Alasania was dismissed shortly after...
  • Parliament fails to reach agreement on hat-removal during anthemparlamenti-dumili
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Parliamentarians in Georgia failed to reach agreement Tuesday about whether men should be legally obligated to take off their hats when the national anthem is played in the assembly. Giorgi Kakhiani has authored a draft bill th...
  • Georgian PM claims Russia plans annexation of territoriesirakli_garibashvili
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian prime minister claims Russia is preparing to annex two Georgian breakaway regions. Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili said this while meeting NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Monday. One of the topics ...
  • Georgia's Prosecutor's Office checking the finances of several ministrieschamber_of_control
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The Prosecutor’s Office in Georgia has begun examining the finances of the biggest government ministries. This follows findings by the Audit Office of violations in several ministries expenditures. Head of the Audit Office...
  • Leader of 2006 Kodori mutiny gets 12 years in jailemzar_kvitsiani
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The leader of the Kodori Gorge mutiny in 2006 was Monday sentenced to 12 years in jail. Emzar Kvitsiani was convicted of mutiny and forming an illegal paramilitary group. His lawyer said they will appeal the verdict to the A...
  • Saakashvili appears via video link at anti-Russia rally in Tbilisisaakashvili_2014-11-15
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s former ruling party mobilized several thousand people on Saturday for an anti-Russia themed rally and blamed the government for inaction in the face of what it claimed is impending Russian annexation of two breakaway r...

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Minorities

  • Pankisi's Council of Elders and what they doirakli_garibashvili_Council_of_Elders
    DUISI, DFWatch--Despite its reputation, Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge is now a quite peaceful place, according to the Council of Elders, an informal body which arbitrates conflicts in the area. The council has a long history here. Its role is to med...
  • Pankisi youth choose radical Islam over grim realitywomen_on_street_pankisi
    DUISI, DFWatch--The people in Pankisi Gorge have been under increasing scrutiny for the last few months, as fighters from this region have become high-ranking commanders in the forces of the Islamic State. Pankisi is merely a 34 square kilometer...

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