Editor's Comment
Byron & Georgia and Georgia & the EU
03 July, 2014
A couple of months ago, during one of my occasional television appearances, I mentioned that we are the eaters of benches, used by exhausted pedestrians for a momentary rest in the street.
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Georgia’s Choice
26 June, 2014
Calling the last quarter of a century the “period of Georgia’s nervy tinkering with national independence and democracy” would probably be fair and descriptive enough
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Today’s Troubled World
19 June, 2014
Do you remember the 1989 winner of the national book award From Beirut to Jerusalem by Thomas Friedman? What a wonderful observation and what a great analysis of the situation
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What did you learn in school today?
12 June, 2014
“What did you teach my kid today?” is critically meaningful for every family to ask the school where their children go.

I was about fifteen when I first heard this famous country song performed by the celebrated American folk singer and composer Pete Seeger. Since then, its tune and lyrics have never escaped my memory and imagination. I am saying “imagination” because, while listening to the song played on a tape-recorder, I used to visualize every stanza and word of it. I also took the question, contained in the title, very personally.
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Political Stereotypes
05 June, 2014
The history of Georgia is long and eventful, and it is excessively charged with numerous political stereotypes – both good and bad. Categorizing those stereotypes and subjecting them to thorough analysis could prove to be a worthy theoretical effort, but it might as well take a lifetime, and many bulky volumes into the bargain. I think it is too late for me to embark on the project of this magnitude.
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Conchitaism
29 May, 2014
“Das ist mir doch alles Wurst” or “it’s all the same to me” – says this German expression, which is used as a catch phrase by Conchita to describe his/her personality and philosophy of life. It is all the same to him/her, but the most interesting part of the whole thing about this famous bearded drag queen is that the rest of the world doesn’t care either. Yes, we don’t care anymore whether we perform our libidinous shtick this way or that way. The Austrian singer Tom Neuwirth, 26 has chosen the German word “wurst” (sausage) as her stage name. And no more no less, he/she has recently won the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Conchita Wurst is a gay male, enjoying the conjugal life of the same category, no kids – just another DINK family!
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Expectations, rights, duties...
22 May, 2014
The 27th of June 2014 has officially been declared as the day Georgia will sign the Association Agreement with the European Union, further referred to as the Agreement. I have so many comments on this upcoming event that I don’t even know where to start and how to begin. I have also heard that the long-awaited signing of the document is going to be done by the Prime Minster. Who else! But I am getting increasingly confused with the terminology we are pushing into our thin political veins, if not clotted at all. I am reading in the press and among the wires that our president is a Chief Executive Officer.
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Eavesdropping
15 May, 2014
Before I embark on doing this funny piece today, let’s first delve into dictionaries to look up the meaning of the word “eaves” – it is the lower border of a roof that overhangs the walls of a building. So what? – One might exclaim. Patience, my dear friends, patience! Etymologically speaking, the curious word “eavesdropping” has come into English from this particular word. They say the dripping of water from the eaves of a house, or the ground on which such water tends to fall, was the prerequisite for coining the word “eavesdropping” which has lately acquired mega meaning in Georgia. Eavesdropping! And an eavesdropper used to be a personally interested or a deliberately commissioned man or a woman, who stood on eavesdrops with the intent of overhearing what was said inside.
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Being what you are
08 May, 2014
Why is there such a big hullabaloo in our society about being what we actually are? Why are so many serious people all agog about accepting or not accepting the unconventional sexual orientation, alternative sexual identity and same-sex marriage? Because, most probably, we do not want all these uncustomary ways of our self-expression to become standard, routine and anticipated! Understandable! But why is there such a stormy controversy? Because, in principle, the entire world is in disagreement on the issue, and we are part of that freshly born world, which differs drastically from the previously existent one, where we had lived only two or three decades ago!
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Dancing away as Star
01 May, 2014
I am getting seriously tired of being earnest about my life and work although I am well aware of “the importance of being earnest”(Thank you, Oscar!), especially when it comes to political journalism, which I am so much into at the moment. And guess what! As a result of my noisome fatigue, I have found myself in the much-talked about-and-watched television show DANCING WITH THE STARS. Who would say No to being rich and famous! Not me anyway! Some chances are coming once in a lifetime. Some of them are always there but you don’t even want to pick them up for X-number of stupid and wise reasons. For instance, I would never kill myself over using a chance to be on the go in big politics.
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GJ Editor's comment
23 October, 2014
Georgia does not have a state border with Abkhazeti a.k.a. Abkhazia because Georgia cannot have a state border with Abkhazeti for a very simple reason that Abkhazeti is an integral
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