Category Archives: Politics

Family Purity Day is Violence

(I wrote this in an expat discussion forum. Reposting here for permalink status.) The WHO defines violence as “the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, or against a group or community that either results … Continue reading

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This is why we can’t have nice things

Perhaps you’ve already heard the news that’s prompted me to come out of retirement and get back on my high horse: a group of Georgian chauvinists decided to bust up a film screening at a vegan cafe, because these days … Continue reading

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I take it back: don’t respect your own traditions

In case you didn’t catch it, the title is referring to a post I wrote before called “Respect Your Own Traditions” – emphasis on “your own” – arguing that Georgians should not selectively demand respect for some traditions while ignoring … Continue reading

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Liberty Without Guns

Georgia has pretty strict gun control laws – not that you would notice. I have often described the country as a libertarian paradise in many ways – laws are few and far between, and enforcement of existing laws is often … Continue reading

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Then They Build Monuments To You

“First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. And then they attack you and want to burn you. And then they build monuments to you.” – Nicholas Klein, American trade unionist Yesterday was the International Day Against Homophobia, and as … Continue reading

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A Shakespearean Election

Friends, Georgians, countrymen, lend me your ears; I come to bury Misha, not to praise him. The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones; So let it be with Misha. The noble … Continue reading

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Every Rose Has Its Thorns

Couldn’t resist the Rose pun. So the Georgian Dream has become a reality. It looks like they’ll take 80-84 seats in Parliament, based on the current numbers, but everyone agrees they’ll have a small Parliamentary majority. Last week I was … Continue reading

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