Wednesday, 22 February 2017
Archive by 2010-01-14
USA considered variant of force interference in August war 2010-01-14 18:47 Asmus, who served as deputy assistant secretary of state in the Clinton administration, writes that “several senior White House staffers” urged “at least some consideration of limited military options,” such as bombing the mountain tunnel [Roki tunnel] that served as Russia’s main supply line.
Unprecedented security measures in Georgian schools 2010-01-14 18:08 In recent days local TV companies showed reportages about violent fights of students, even girls, right in school. Mostly these videos were shot by cell phones.
New OSCE head to visit Caucasus in February 2010-01-14 17:42 Secretary of State - Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Kanat Saudabayev, as the new acting OSCE chairman, intends to visit South Caucasus first.
Georgian opposition failed to elect new CEC chairman 2010-01-14 16:33 At today’s sitting opposition members of the Central Electoral Commission failed to reach consensus on the chairman candidate. Out of four present members only three were voting, and all three were against the candidates, introduced by the President.
Georgia to help Haiti 2010-01-14 15:57 Georgia sends a group of 10 rescuers to Haiti, the country, which suffered in destructive earthquake, stated deputy Foreign Minister Nino Kalandadze in the live air of Imedi.
President of Georgia met with Vice PM of Belarus 2010-01-14 15:31 Mikheil Saakashvili, the President of Georgia, held meeting with Andrei Kobyakov, the Vice Prime Minister of Belarus.
McCain admires Saakashvili and Georgia 2010-01-14 14:44 John McCain, the ex-presidential candidate of the USA, who recently visited Georgia, admires both the country and its leader.
20 died of swine flu in Georgia 2010-01-14 13:03 According to the official data of the National Centre for Disease Control, in Georgia 20 have died of swine flu so far.
Georgia sent cooperation plan 2010 to NATO 2010-01-14 12:34 Georgia sent new cooperation plan for 2010 to the NATO headquarters. This document must favor even further approach of Georgia with the Alliance, as in 2008 Tbilisi failed to receive Membership Action and now is working on annual plans, the VZGLYAD reports citing to Imedi.
Over 20 Georgians deported from Poland 2010-01-14 12:01 Yesterday 24 Georgian refugees, who had tried to obtain asylum, were deported from Poland.
Georgian monitors headed for Ukraine 2010-01-14 11:15 This morning Georgian monitors headed for Ukraine. They departed from Tbilisi airport several hours late due to thick fog which impeded other flights as well.
Minister of Finance of Georgia departed for the Philippines 2010-01-14 10:25 Kakha Baindurashvili, the Minister of Finance of Georgia, this morning departed for the Philippines with a working visit. According to the press service of the Ministry, Baindurashvili will participate in the regional forum of the Asian Development Bank - Impact of the Global Economic and Financial Crisis-to be held in Manila on January 14th-15th - Georgia Times correspondent in Tbilisi.
Freedom as the only demand
Tomorrow Brussels, Berlin, Moscow and Tskhinval are hosting rallies for release of Ossetian citizens from Georgian prisons organized by relatives of South Ossetian detainees, Alanty Nykhas, the organization of Ossetian diaspora and Die Linke (the Lefts) party from Germany in cooperation with the German-Ossetian cultural center. Remarkably, in Belgium at the European Commission building the demonstrators plan to submit a petition to EU President Herman van Rompuy calling the West to take an active part in release of nearly 40 people as official Tskhinval reports.
Bad mark for freedom
For the past two days the press all over post-Soviet space has been actively discussing Freedom House’s annual report on civil rights and political freedoms worldwide. Freedom House rights defending NGO estimated the level of civil and political freedoms in 194 world countries and a number of “special territories”, i.e. state establishments of disputable status, as the rights defenders evaluate. Such indexes as electoral process, country management, women’s rights, media independence and basic civil rights have been assessed by tradition. As a result a country was either acknowledged as “Free”, “Partly Free” or “Not Free”. Calculation of points is made by a 1-7 scale with 1 as the highest level of freedom.
The Kutaisi memorial: to rebuild or not to rebuild?
The reconstruction of the Glory Memorial blown up in Kutaisi causes controversial reaction both among the Georgian and the Russian people. Despite the fact that author Merab Berdzenishvili and his Russian colleague Zurab Tsereteli spoke against creating a copy of the memorial, the “Us” Russian youth movement has already started collecting funds. GeorgiaTimes tried to find out the attitude of the famous Russian people to the idea.2010-01-14 09:55
The meetings of the Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin with the Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan in Moscow and the heads of the foreign policy administrations of Armenia and Russia in Yerevan became one of the momentous events in the Caucasian political area. The set of issues and problems that were solved in the course of these meetings have been accumulating for many years. For instance, the negotiations between the governmental heads resulted in discussing the issues of collaboration in the field of nuclear power engineering, construction of the South Stream pipeline and the Samsun – Ceyhan oil pipe line, as well as eliminating visa limitations between Russia and Turkey. Besides such purely economical issues, the negotiators touched upon the much more complicated topics, such as the situation in the Caucasus, relationship between Armenia and Turkey and the problem of Nagorny Karabakh.
Georgian revisionism – no sense, no mercy
January 12, Baku: scholars from Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia presented “Historical digest of South Caucasian countries” monograph covering the period from the earliest times to 1921. The book was initiated by the Council of Europe 15 years ago. The work was suspended because of antagonistic approach to history by Armenian and Azerbaijani scholars. The current edition represents their “own view of historical processes in the region”. As Rauf Gusseynov, an author of the book said in an interview with Regnum news agency “historical essays in the first half of the book can’t be consistent or congruent in all respects. At times they contain “conflicting truths”. As a result a common reader will have to take time to think”. We are left to hope that the controversial views on their own history won’t go against common sense as we frequently hear from Georgian politicians speaking about the history of Georgia.
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