Category Archives: Georgia

Get in There and Win One For Mom and Apple Pie: Non-Combatant Molly McKew Pounds the War Drum

Man is the only animal that deals in that atrocity of atrocities, War. He is the only one that gathers his brethren about him and goes forth in cold blood and calm pulse to exterminate his kind. He is the … Continue reading

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Hello; I’m From the European Council on Foreign Relations – I Hear You Have a Bridge For Sale.

Are you familiar with the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR)? No? Well, have a look at their website. Not to be a spoiler or anything, but let me quote briefly from it: “Inspired by the role American think tanks … Continue reading

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About That Batumi Miracle…

Hey, remember back when Al Jazeera was the object of loathing and fear in the USA? Bankrolled by the Emir of Qatar – a thriving democracy in the Middle East whose ruler has been a male member of the Al … Continue reading

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Under New Management – A Progress Report on Ivanishvili’s Georgia

“The show doesn’t go on because it’s ready. The show goes on because it’s time” Lorne Michaels On October 1st, 2012, it was time. And the show went on. The increasingly-autocratic and dysfunctional government of Mikheil Saakashvili was swept away … Continue reading

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The Moscow Times’ Latynina Blows Her Wheels: Next Stop, Bellevue?

As newspapers go, The Moscow Times is heavy on the outrage and light on the research. It employs a stable of colourful journalists, including Alexei Bayer – whose articles typically carry the byline “Alexei Bayer, a native Muscovite” although he … Continue reading

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Mikheil Saakashvili Channels His Inner Nixon

Once upon a time, posters were youth’s talisman against an ordinary life of mediocrity – large, colourful pictures decorating our walls which advertised not so much who we were as who we wished we were; the circles in which we … Continue reading

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Dancing With Delusion – Military Strategy 101 with Yulia Latynina

Everybody knows someone who is terrible at a particular hobby or chosen field of interest, but who stubbornly continues their pursuit of it in the face of considerable evidence that they have no aptitude for it. Motorhead and music, for … Continue reading

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