A landslide and flood hit parts of Borjomi, a resort in southern Georgia, on 20 May. [Read more…]
A large number of women’s issues have to do with stigmas and stereotypes that are based on non-existent biological differences between men and women. According to a lot of people, mental capabilities, functions, beauty standards, preferences, and more, vary between sexes. This in turn causes problems for women, problems that are often ignored or not perceived as problems in the first place. What puzzles me is that people are sometimes even more oblivious to women’s issues that arise from an actual, existent difference between the two genders. [Read more…]
Mining company Georgian Manganese has expressed concern at the Ministry of Environment’s decision to appoint a ‘special manager’ to the company. They claim that because of the state-appointed manager’s lack of competence, their operations have been ‘paralysed’. [Read more…]
On 17 May, Georgian government officials criticised EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and co-chair of the Geneva Discussions, Herbert Salber, after his recent visit to South Ossetia. Salber had congratulated newly elected president of South Ossetia, Anatoly Bibilov, on his electoral victory during the meeting in Tskhinvali (Tskhinval) on 16 May.
Queer rights activists successfully marked International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia on 17 May in Tbilisi, under heavy police presence. Meanwhile, priests and supporters of Georgia’s Orthodox Church took to the city’s central streets to mark ‘Family Purity Day’. The day passed largely without violence. [Read more…]
Residents of the village of Muguda, in Georgia’s Mtskheta–Mtianeti Region (historical Mtiuleti), staged a protest on 13 May demanding that construction of power lines passing through the village cease.
A recent poll published by the Washington-based National Democratic Institute (NDI) and CRRC Georgia, a Caucasus-based think tank, shows growing disillusionment among Georgians in their government institutions and politicians. Although 69% of those polled continue to believe that the country will be better for future generations, opinion on the nation’s current direction remains largely uncertain. [Read more…]
I’m a white, Georgian, Christian (well, that’s a bit debatable) girl born and raised in Tbilisi, and I still feel like a minority. I’m a diagnosed introvert (and when I say diagnosed, I just mean that my shrink swept all my emotional problems under the ‘struggling introvert’ rug on the first session and told me not come again). Of course, I never admit this to anyone: first of all, introversion is one of the most commonly misunderstood phenomena — everybody assumes introverts are the socially clumsy, rude people shying away in the deserted corner of a crowded party. Second of all, once you tell someone you are an introvert, they start treating you exactly like one of those shy people — they either assume you don’t want to talk (in which case they stay clear of you) or they think you have a desperate fear of being rejected (which is why they smile at you like psychopaths until their face hurts).