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Why re-imagine Soviet Georgia?
Georgia

Why re-imagine Soviet Georgia?

By Sopiko Japaridze Reproduced from Monthly Review, with thanks (posted Dec 15, 2023) “If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”—Malcolm X A couple of years ago, I was hanging out with friends and decided to play a game. It resembled Mafia night but involved “Who is Hitler?” cards. We deal the cards, someone receives the Hitler card, and we have to figure out their identity through conversation. It’s a spin on the classic ‘Mafia’ game popular in Georgia. The ‘good guys’ were the ‘liberals,’ featuring a crest reminiscent of the Soviet Union—minus the hammer and sickle, which was replaced by a dove. The game pitted the liberals against the villainous fascists. None...
Why re-imagine Soviet Georgia?
Georgia

Why re-imagine Soviet Georgia?

By Sopiko Japaridze Reproduced from Monthly Review, with thanks (posted Dec 15, 2023) “If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”—Malcolm X A couple of years ago, I was hanging out with friends and decided to play a game. It resembled Mafia night but involved “Who is Hitler?” cards. We deal the cards, someone receives the Hitler card, and we have to figure out their identity through conversation. It’s a spin on the classic ‘Mafia’ game popular in Georgia. The ‘good guys’ were the ‘liberals,’ featuring a crest reminiscent of the Soviet Union—minus the hammer and sickle, which was replaced by a dove. The game pitted the liberals against the villainous fascists. None...
Ex-Georgian leader fully responsible for 2008 war
Georgia, Russia

Ex-Georgian leader fully responsible for 2008 war

Reckless decisions have made Mikhail Saakashvili a pariah in his own country, the former Russian president has said FILE PHOTO: Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev ©  Sputnik / Yekaterina Shtukina Former Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili has paid the price for instigating the 2008 conflict with Russia, ending up as a pariah in his own country, former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview with RT and TASS news agency on Friday.  The five-day war erupted on the night of August 8, 2008, when the US-backed Saakashvili sent troops into Georgia’s breakaway region of South Ossetia, shelling the base of Russian peacekeepers in the process. Moscow recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, another breakaway region, on Augu...
Ex-Russian president hopes Georgia will abandon territorial claims
Georgia, Russia

Ex-Russian president hopes Georgia will abandon territorial claims

Unlike their predecessors, the current leaders in Tbilisi have been showing “pragmatism,” Dmitry Medvedev says Dmitry Medvedev (C) meets with presidents of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, Alan Gagloyev (R) and Aslan Bzhania (L) on August 25, 2023. ©  Sputnik / Valery Sharifulin Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has expressed hopes that Georgia will “show pragmatism” and recognize the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. The ex-president, who is now the deputy head of Russia’s Security Council, made the remarks in an interview with RT and TASS on Friday. The interview marked the 15-year anniversary of Russia recognizing the breakaway formerly Georgian regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in the aftermath of the five-day war between Moscow an...
Georgian president wants restrictions on Russian migrants
Georgia, Russia

Georgian president wants restrictions on Russian migrants

Salome Zurabishvili accused the government of selling the country’s “dignity” Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili delivers a speech on Independence Day in Tbilisi, May 26, 2023 ©  president.ge Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili has urged the government to adopt “fair regulations” and monitor the “activities” of Russian citizens in the wake of resumed visa-free and direct air travel between the two states. “The independence we celebrate today also means protecting our own citizens from the state. Statehood is when the country is governed by rules and laws,” Zurabishvili told a crowd during an Independence Day speech at Liberty Square in Tbilisi on Friday. The public holiday is celebrated annually on May 26, ma...
DARE CALL IT A COUP? CIA FRONT THREATENS COLOR REVOLUTION IN GEORGIA
Georgia

DARE CALL IT A COUP? CIA FRONT THREATENS COLOR REVOLUTION IN GEORGIA

Feature photo | Illustration by MintPress News In the second week of March, thousands took to the streets of Tbilisi, Georgia, to vent their fiery indignation over a draft law requiring any NGO operating in the country that receives over 20% of its revenue from overseas to register as a “foreign agent.” Violently clashing with police, daubing anti-Russian graffiti on virtually every available vertical surface, chanting mutinous, belligerent slogans, and prominently displaying the flags of the European Union, Georgia, and Ukraine, these widely-reported scenes were complemented by a never-ending soundtrack of hostile commentary from E.U. and U.S. officials. Calling upon Georgian parliamentarians to “drop” the proposal, notorious war hawk and USAID chief Samantha Power inexplica...
EU and US threaten ex-Soviet republic with sanctions
Georgia, USA

EU and US threaten ex-Soviet republic with sanctions

Georgia will be punished if it resumes flights to Russia, Western officials warned FILE PHOTO: Passengers walk past a departure board at Sheremetyevo international airport in Moscow, Russia, July 8, 2019 ©  AP / Pavel Golovkin American and EU officials have threatened Georgia with economic sanctions if Tbilisi resumes air travel with Russia. No planes have flown between Russia and the former Soviet republic since 2019. “The European Union calls on Georgia to join the sanctions…against Russia in the aviation sector and to remain vigilant against any possible attempts to circumvent the sanctions,” a spokesman for the bloc’s External Action Service told Georgia’s Netgazeti news site on Saturday. He added that the EU is “considering imposing san...
Georgia Guidestones Attack Suspect Identified
Georgia, Russia

Georgia Guidestones Attack Suspect Identified

Larry Silverstein, Who Purchased the Guidestones Two Months Ago, Confesses to "Pulling" Them By: Kevin Barrett A suspect has been identified in the demolition of the Georgia Guidestones: 91-year-old New York City businessman Larry Silverstein. Silverstein, in an interview for the new PBS documentary “Georgia Rebuilds,” says: “I remember getting a call from the, er, State Police commander telling me they were not sure they could contain the damage. And I said, ‘well, you know, killing seven billion people would be such a terrible loss of life, that maybe the best thing to do is, is pull them. And so they made that decision to pull, and we watched the Guidestones collapse.” Silverstein reportedly bought the condemned-for-asbestos Georgia Guidestones two mon...
Proof: The US Created and Weaponized COVID in Ukraine and Georgia as a ‘First Step’
Georgia, Ukraine, USA

Proof: The US Created and Weaponized COVID in Ukraine and Georgia as a ‘First Step’

️An analysis of the information received indicates that Ukrainian specialists are not aware of the potential risks of transferring biomaterials By VT ️The Russian Defence Ministry continues to study materials received from employees of Ukrainian laboratories on the implementation of military biological programs of the United States and its NATO allies on the territory of Ukraine. ️Western mass media and some biologists, who most often have a second American citizenship, express doubts about the reliability of the materials published by us. I would like to draw your attention to the fact that the documents have the signatures of real officials and are certified by the seals of organizations. ️We believe that components of biological weapons were created on the territory of ...
Georgia, Russia

Nine Years After Georgia-Russia War, ‘NATO Hustle in Caucasus Looks Suspicious’

NOVANEWS Sputnik  Exactly nine years ago Tbilisi launched the US-backed Operation “Clear Field” against South Ossetia and Abkhazia. While the operation led to the resounding defeat of the Georgian armed forces, it appears that the lesson remained unlearned, Sputnikcontributor Alexander Khrolenko notes. If Georgia, the US, and their allies don’t take into account the interests of Russia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia in the Caucasus, that’s not going to be good for anyone, Sputnik contributor Alexander Khrolenko points out, recalling that exactly nine years ago Georgia kicked off its Operation “Clear Field” aimed at depriving South Ossetia of its independence and sovereignty and invading Abkhazia. “On the night of August 8, [2008] Georgian troops attacked the capital of South Ossetia Tskhin...