Georgia News Digest 08-10-07
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1. UNSC cannot judge Georgian air incident for lack of precise info
2. Press conference by Georgia on 6 August airspace ‘violation’ by Russian aircraft
3. U.N. Council stalls Georgia bid for missile debate
4. Russian missile reaches UN: Georgia seeks UN support over an alleged Russian missile attack
5. Georgia’s request for UN meeting “PR move” – Russian foreign ministry source
6. Georgian regime releases OSCE unreleased report
7. Report gives some details on missile strike
8. NATO closely watches conflict zone’s bombing investigation
9. NATO ‘following’ mystery missile attack case in Georgia
10. U.S. condemns “rocket attack” on Georgia
11. U.S. diplomat sees no evidence of ‘Georgian provocation’
12. Polish Foreign Ministry on incident in Georgia
13. Baltic states back Georgia in ‘air raid’ row with Russia
14. Regional powers call for restraint in Georgia missile incident
15. Investigators tackle Georgian missile attack mystery
16. Tbilisi mayor damns some opposition figures as ‘traitors’
17. “The bombing game” involves Georgian President himself – Labor Party
18. The bombing of Tsitelubani could be Merabishvili’s performance
19. “Attack was not in Russia’s interests:” Georgia bombed by Vano Merabishvili?
20. Russian general: Georgia made up raid
21. Russian chief peacekeeper asks why Georgia hurried to destroy missile warhead
22. Russian Air Force: Georgia’s accusations are “political imagination”
23. Saakashvili said trying to grab attention in alleged bombing incident
24. Quotes from Russian press
25. f Russia accuses Georgia over missile “stunt”
26. Georgia hurried to destroy warhead of unexploded bomb: peacekeepers
27. Under the umbrella: Why Georgia must join NATO
28. Missile didn’t explode, but Georgian-Russian relations might
29. Russian-Georgian relations resemble ‘bad divorce after long and rocky marriage’
30. Ships, subs and missiles: Russia’s new assertiveness
31. video: Russian – Georgian tug of war continues
32. Russian senators dismiss Georgian statements on missile attack
33. audio: despite increased attention on Russian military affairs, questions remain
34. Bombing Georgia – is Russia to blame?
35. Russian bombers play war games with US
36. Response to “Georgia: A Bombing Whodunit”
37. Russian aggression? Another missile attack in the Republic of Georgia
38. Georgian Missile Defense
39. Georgia denies jet flight recorded by peacekeepers, accuses Russia the next day
40. Accusations fly after missile hits
41. Georgian foreign minister briefs journalists on probe into air space violation
42. Further questions dog Georgian missile attack
43. Georgians claim proof of a foray: Missile was dropped by Russians
44. Georgia identified a Russian missile: And destroyed it immediately
45. Separatists may have been cause of Georgia missile row: South Ossetian rebels fired on Russian jets
46. book review: Georgia Diary: A Chronicle of War and Political Chaos in the Post-Soviet Caucasus
47. report: The Khudoni Dam – A necessary solution for the Georgian energy crisis—press release
48. There is a Caucasian war between Russia and the United States
49. Put in a difficult situation by Kosovo, Georgia sees enemies in peacekeepers and Russia in general
50. Tbilisi Says JCC Session Depends on Missile Probe
51. Tbilisi JCC session off, Georgians downgrade representation on commission
52. Georgia torpedoes conflict-resolution body
53. Georgian minister pledges “top security guarantees” for separatist official
54. Georgia ready for South Ossetia talks “in all existing negotiating formats”
55. South Ossetian separatists agree to continue peace talks in September
56. Breakaway S. Ossetia asks Russia for air defenses in conflict zone
57. South Ossetia requests military support from Russia
58. Tskhinvali wants air defense system for Russian peacekeepers
59. Georgian troops plant landmines and launch grenades at peacekeepers and civilians, destroy property
60. TV makes parallel between Kmara and Fandarast
61. Separatists’ actions become more aggressive
62. Nika Gilauri: Abkhazia gets electricity with the agreement of Georgia
63. Georgian official says separatist Abkhaz police persecuting civilians
64. Two Russians killed by blast at picnic in Gagry
65. Georgia’s minorities face university barrier: Most ethnic Armenians going on to higher education in other countries
66. According to Opinion Poll 42% of Respondents Consider Govt Keeps up Pressure on Media
67. Tbilisi water PPP to hit residents’ pockets and health, groups warn
68. Train with Russian weaponry leaves Batumi base in Georgia
69. Rustaveli Avenue businesses kicked out by Ministry of Economic Development
70. Authorities crack down on Dry Bridge street vendors
71. Former Abashidze press secretary to be released before end of term
72. Trade unions demand a lower income tax
73. Georgian forests threatened by illegal logging and plant diseases
74. Revenues of Georgian cellular operators up 53.1% in 2006
75. Revenues of Georgian Internet providers up 32% in 2006

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Jonathan Kulick, Ph.D., Director of Studies, Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies, 3a Chitadze, Tbilisi 0108, Georgia (Republic),, office: +995 32 47 35 55, mobile: +995 95 33 33 40, USA voicemail: 310.928.6814


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