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Open newsletter – february 21, 2022

from: Al Jazeera, Asia Times, Corriere della Sera, East Asia Forum, Euractiv, Global Times, Reuters, RFE RL, RUSI, TASS, The Interpreter, The Strategist  AFGHANISTAN The United Nations children’s agency says it will pay Afghan teachers a monthly stipend for at least two months. Salaries have been unpaid for months as the country plunged into economic crisis due […]

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Georgian Parliament Plans Vote To Eliminate Human Rights Watchdog (RFE RL)

Georgia’s ruling Georgian Dream party plans to move ahead this week with a proposal to dissolve an independent agency responsible for monitoring personal data protection and abuse of power despite concerns that the move is politically motivated. The Georgian opposition, member of the country’s civil society, the UN, and the United States have all joined […]

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Growing Irreconcilable Confrontation Between Georgian Authorities and Opposition (Giorgi Menabde, The Jamestown Foundation)

On December 8, the third president of Georgia, Mikhail Saakashvili, called on opposition parties to hold consultations on the formation of a temporary coalition council that would prepare the country for new elections and regime change. “We need a universal political amnesty and a roundtable on the redistribution of power and the run-up to the […]

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Georgia: A Pillar of NATO’s Wider Black Sea Strategy? (Giorgi Menabde, The Jamestown Foundation)

On November 8, the Blue Ridge–class command-and-control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) and the Arleigh Burke–class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) arrived in Batumi, Georgia (1tv.ge November 8). According to a statement released by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), “The port visit highlights an important relationship between NATO allies and vital Black Sea partner Georgia. Georgia has […]

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In Face of Western Criticism, Georgian Authorities Adopt Trappings of ‘Sovereign Democracy’ Rhetoric (Beka Chedia, The Jamestown Foundation)

On November 13, one of the top leaders of the ruling Georgian Dream party, former parliamentary chairperson Irakli Kobakhidze, issued a statement, in which he referred to Polish member of the European Parliament (MEP) Anna Fotyga as a “patron of criminals” (Facebook.com, November 13). Fotyga, who briefly served as minister of foreign affairs of Poland […]

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Saakashvili Supporters Again Demand Transfer To Civilian Clinic (RFE RL)

Hundreds of supporters of jailed former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili have gathered in the capital to hold rallies demanding the politician’s transfer to a civilian medical clinic as his health fails due to a hunger strike. Two groups of protesters organized by Saakashvili’s United National Movement (ENM) party marched on November 12 in Tbilisi from two different […]

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More Protests Planned In Georgia After Ex-President Alleges Abuse In Prison Hospital (RFE RL)

Opposition parties in Georgia are planning more protests after jailed former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, who has been on a hunger strike for more than a month, said he had been abused by guards at a prison hospital. Some representatives and supporters of opposition parties spent the night at the government administration building in Tbilisi […]

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Georgian Ex-President Vows To Continue Hunger Strike ‘To The Death’ (RFE RL)

Jailed former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has vowed to continue his hunger strike “to the death,” while the Justice Ministry’s Penitentiary Service issued a video over the weekend showing the former president eating unspecified items and drinking from a bottle in the detention center’s medical room. Georgian Ex-President Vows To Continue Hunger Strike ‘To The Death’ (rferl.org)

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Georgian Opposition Holds Fresh Rally In Support Of Imprisoned Saakashvili (RFE RL)

Hundreds of opposition supporters in Georgia have begun a demonstration to demand the release of jailed former President Mikheil Saakashvili, who is on a hunger strike. Demonstrators — holding banners and waving the flags of Georgia, Ukraine, and the European Union — gathered near the prison in the town of Rustavi where Saakashvili is being […]

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Kiev, Tbilisi should reject baseless accusations to hold dialogue with Russia, Moscow says (TASS)

A dialogue on settling bilateral relations with Ukraine and Georgia is impossible until they reject groundless accusations directed at Russia, Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Office in Geneva Andrey Belousov who represented the country at the meetings of the First Committee of the UN General Assembly in New York told Russian journalists. Kiev, […]

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Georgian Opposition Rejects Official Results of October Local Elections (Giorgi Menabde, The Jamestown Foundation)

On November 2, the “Opposition Coalition of Georgia” (OCG), which includes former president Mikheil Saakashvili’s United National Movement (UNM) party, held a rally in the Black Sea coastal city of Batumi, where its leaders announced the beginning of a mass protest movement. Demonstrators would demand the appointment of early parliamentary elections and the release from […]

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Saakashvili’s Hunger Strike Mobilizes Georgian Opposition (Giorgi Menabde, The Jamestown Foundation)

On October 25, United National Movement (UNM)—Georgia’s main opposition party, established in 2001 by former president Mikheil Saakashvili—released a statement regarding the hospitalization of its founder. In the statement, the party appeals to the international community, the diplomatic corps accredited in Georgia, and international and local non-governmental organizations (NGO) to take all possible measures to […]