Business Focus on Georgia, the Caucasus, and a Thwarted Coup d’Etat


The Republic of Georgia is all in the headlines again this week, this time over former president Mikheil Saakashvili’s alleged role in planning a violent coup in that key Caucasus country…

Georgia: Saakashvili’s Goose is Finally Cooked!


Jeffrey Silverman, Georgian Bureau Chief for Veterans Today, Tbilisi, Georgia, has given some rather direct and hard hitting interviews to the Georgian media in recent days, as the efforts to change the Georgian government have run into a snag…

How Vladimir Putin Took Over the World


To create division and dissent where no discord need exist, this is the talent of the destroyers. As the world looks on Syria and an emerging Iran, the larger scope of conflict escapes a multitude. However convenient it may be to assume Syria or Ukraine…

Saakashvili is planning a bloody coup in Georgia


The boiling news in Georgia, “the big story here” according to various sources, is another attempt to bring about a change of government. One of the inside sources for this story wrote, “I don’t have enough on this but what you wrote before is what…

Mamuka Mamulashvili: A Threat to Georgia’s National Security or Everyone Else’s?


One of the problems with writing an article about a controversial figure is that they want to control the transcript. They will not provide an interview unless they can control what will ultimately be printed…

Georgia: Rustavi 2 is the keystone of the UNM’s resilience


As for now, the jury is out and all of Rustavi 2’s assets have been frozen by a Georgian court. Most Georgian obtain the bulk of their information from informal networks, the proverbial grapevine, or from Rustavi2, the most popular TV station in…

VT Bureau Chief Detained by Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs


When Jeffrey Silverman, Georgia Bureau Chief for Veterans Today, was detained for five hours last Friday the Georgian authorities could not find his name in their high…

Davit Kezerashvili, Georgia’s Most Wanted: Walks Free with Political Impunity


Whenever Georgia has made the news in recent years one name has kept cropping up – that of Davit Kezerashvili, the Defence Minister during the 2008 Russia-Georgia war. At that point he was 29, and people were asking how he could have…

Evidence Destroyed by FBI agent in Zurab Zhvania Murder Case


The case of former Georgian Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania, who was found dead in a rented flat in suspicious circumstances back in February 2005, is finally being reexamined by the Georgian courts. No one has ever believed the official…

South Ossetia Border Issue Is the News But Not the Story


What is going on here in Georgia, a country of never-ending flux, reform and intrigue? Various NGO-backed youth organisations and other ‘vested interests’ have begun conducting protests. This is not unusual in itself, but they are working at the behest…

No, I Was Right: Hepatitis C Drugs in Georgia


On May 6 New Eastern Outlook published an article about the new Hepatitis C drugs being introduced to Georgia. It stated that this is another US-imposed programme in which patients will be given experimental drugs which they cannot give their informed…

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Extends Someone Else’s Empire to the Caucasus


Just as I was finishing an article about the unusual number of Chechens and Georgians in Ukraine came the news that a new front is about to open in the presumed war of attrition with the Russian Federation. The Islamic…

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