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Opinion

  • Georgia’s Magna Carta
    Davit Usupashvili
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    Shakespeare would no doubt concur that democracy has an element of drama. In this drama, a constitution may be likened to a play, minus the actors. Setting the scene, a constitution lays out the notion of a state, like the preamble of a play. Artic...

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Interviews

  • Europe Needs a New Narrative
    DFWatch staff
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    New Eastern Europe A Bimonthly Dedicated to Central and Eastern Europe An interview with John Kornblum, American diplomat, businessman and former US ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany. Interviewer: Matthew Luxmoore. Interview was p...

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NGO news

  • NGOs urge Georgia to overhaul its strategy towards Russiangos
    Tbilisi, DFWatch - Georgian NGOs call upon the government to "fundamentally revise" its politics toward Russia, postpone next round of Abashidze-Karasin talks and ensure more involvement of the international community in Georgian-Russian relations. ...

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Economy

  • Remittances to Georgia plummet by a fifthNational_Bank
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Money transfers from abroad to Georgia in June dropped by 20.8% compared to the same period last year, according to the latest monthly report by the National Bank. The total amount of money transfer flow in June was $100.4 mill...

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Society

  • Thousands of Georgians despair as Greece halts money transfersbank_of_greece
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The crisis in Greece has also hit hard for as many as 200,000 Georgians who are living and working in the country, and their families back home in Georgia. Money transfers are currently halted, as well as trailer transport. The...

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News

  • Georgian released from South Ossetian prison after talks57th_IPRM
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A Georgian citizen who was arrested for spying in the breakaway region South Ossetia has been set free after a meeting of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanisms (IPRM) held on July 30 in Ergneti. IPRM is a series of me...
  • Interpol calls off search for former Georgian defense ministerdavit kezerashvili
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Interpol has called off its search for former Georgian Defense Minister Davit Kezerashvili, because the case is believed to be politically motivated. Also an application by Georgia to declare former President Mikheil Saakashvil...
  • Tbilisi 2015: Georgia takes two more gold medals in Jr Olympicsmzia_beboshvili
    TBILISI, DFWatch-Georgia took two more gold on Thursday in the European junior Olympics which are currently being held in Tbilisi. Mzia Beboshvili won in 52kg women’s judo category, defeating her opponent Ilse Buren from the Netherlands. ...
  • Defense minister tries out life of a solder and discovers food is badtina_khidasheli
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s woman defense minister decided to live the life of a soldier and discovered that the food they are being served is not good enough. The last few days, Tina Khidasheli has been living as a soldier. At a presentation ...
  • GEM Fest kicks off in Anaklia, GeorgiaGEM_Fest_preparations_cropped
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Gem Fest starts Thursday in Anaklia, a beach resort on the Black Sea coast close to the border with Abkhazia. Georgian Electronic Music Festival will last from July 30 to August 7 and is carried out with the support of the Geor...
  • Youth Olympics: Georgia takes five medals in judoirakli_garibashvili_robinzon_beglarashvili
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia has won five medals so far in the European Youth Olympic Festival, which is being held in Tbilisi. All medals, one gold and four bronze, were won in judo. Robinzon Beglasrishvili Wednesday won gold in men’s 60kg categ...
  • Ivanishvili donates one million dollars to treat wounded soldiersbidzina_ivanishvili
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Former Prime Minister and billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili is donating one million dollars to support wounded soldiers, according to Defense Minister Tina Khidasheli. She told journalists on Wednesday that Ivanishivli had to fin...
  • Public Defender criticizes TV exposé about virginityucha_nanuashvili
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s Public Defender has criticized a TV report concerning a family conflict which for openly reporting about the personal life of a young couple. The report was aired Sunday on Imedi TV and describes a newlywed couple l...
  • Daily life in the shadow of South Ossetia2015-07-25 14
    An inhabitant of Chvrinisi, a Georgian village located right at the administrative boundary line with South Ossetia, tells about his daily life in the conflict zone. ‘There is no fence at the border in our village’, Vakhtang, an inhabitant o...
  • Exposé about young bride's virginity causes outrage in Georgiabeaten_bride_on_bed
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The question of whether a bride must be a virgin has become a hotly debated topic in Georgia after a man beat his new young wife after the wedding. The report shown on Imedi TV on Sunday also revived a discussion of how journal...
  • British band Placebo donates USD 40,000 to Tbilisi flood victimstbilisi_-x-zoo_Sunday_after_flood
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Placebo, a British band which recently played at Tbilisi Open Air festival, has donated about USD 40,000 to the victims of the flood on June 13-14. The website Indiegogo, which raises funds for charity, said it had received USD...
  • U.S. State Dep: Georgia shows progress in fight against human traffickingbrothel_busted_tbilisi
    TBILISI, DFWatch--In a new report, the U.S. Department of State says Georgia has had progress in fighting human trafficking. The 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report report, which was published Tuesday, says the Georgian government does not fully ...
  • EU representative's car hits and kills 15 year old in Georgiaozurgeti_police_car
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A car belonging to the European Union Delegation to Georgia ran into a 15 year old boy on Sunday causing his death. The accident happened 30km away from the capital Tbilisi. An EU delegation spokesperson confirmed to DF Watc...
  • Tbilisi Olympic festival not prepared for people with special needsTbilisi_2015_olympic_festival
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The European Youth Olympic Festival does not have proper infrastructure for people with special needs, according to Georgia’s ombudsman. Rustavi 2 reported Sunday that wheelchair users and others with special needs who wanted...
  • Tbilisi flood was preceded by more than 100mm of rainfallmud_-_flood_water
    TBILISI, DFWatch--A new study shows that there was more than 100 mm of precipitation the night of June 13-14, when a disastrous flood killed at least 19 people in Tbilisi. Three are still missing after the flood, which destroyed many houses and ...
  • European Youth Olympic Festival opened in Tbilisiolympic_festival_opening_ceremony_torch2
    TBILISI, DFWatch--The European Youth Olympic Festival opened in Tbilisi Sunday evening. About 1,500 people attending the opening ceremony at Mikheil Meskhi Stadium. The ceremony lasted about two hours and included Georgian national dances and ch...
  • Georgian man detained at South Ossetia borderkhurvaleti_border_fence
    TBILISI, DFWatch--Russian border guards Saturday detained a man in a village bordering with Georgia’s breakaway region South Ossetia. Davit Khuroshvili, 48, from Khurvaleti was detained for violating the border. Locals claim he was detained in...

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Minorities

  • Akhalkalaki media: Tbilisi should not fear Armenian separatismjnews
    Tbilisi, DFWatch - Georgia should not fear separatism in Samtskhe-Javakheti, writes jnews, an Akhalkalaki-based news website. In a meeting, organized by the Go Group Media back in June, journalists, local civil society activists from Akhalkalaki...

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Photo galleries

  • Zezvaoba - a people's celebration of 17th century herozezvaoba_2015
    Zezvaoba is a celebration held every year in the villages Zemo Alvani and Kvemo Alvani. It is a commemoration of Zezva Gaprindauli, one of the leaders of the Bakhtrioni uprising against the Persians in 1659. A ritual called Dalaoba is part of...

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