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Georgia News Digest 10-25-07
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1. The tastier our pie, the more people want a piece of it [excerpt]
2. World must boycott Russian Olympics
3. Kremlin’s CIS spin-doctor fired
4. The nuke deal is dead [excerpt]
5. US hopes to see South Caucasus as stable and peaceful region
6. Burjanadze, Bezhuashvili visit Turkey for BSEC summit
7. Georgia to provide Ukraine with oil produced in Azerbaijan
8. Georgian President asks his Azerbaijani counterpart for flour
9. Armenia is the bridge linking Moscow and Tehran
10. No final document on South Ossetian conflict settlement yet
11. JCC pointless, but Tbilisi will not deter it
12. JCC on S. Ossetia resumes talks
13. All four sides sit down for Tbilisi talks on South Ossetia conflict
14. Separatist minister demands Georgia to reconsider cases of detained Ossetians
15. Georgia demands new checkpoint at talks on South Ossetia conflict settlement
16. Head of Gazprom met with Kokoity
17. Tbilisi wants UN experts to review Abkhaz peace process
18. Ethnic purging to be discussed at UN headquarters on November 29
19. Abkhaz vice-president blasts UN over latest resolution on conflict with Georgia
20. Alasania evaluates last resolution by UN as result of right policy carried out by Georgia
21. Georgia to push for UN assessment of situation in Abkhazia conflict zone
22. Malaskhia names last resolution of UN positive for Georgia
23. Georgian, Abkhaz negotiators to discuss renewing talks
24. Minister to visit Abkhazia this week for talks
25. State Minister Bakradze to visit Sokhumi
26. Separatist minister protests Georgia’s alleged use of unmanned aircraft
27. Shamba accuses Georgian side of using pilotless aircrafts
28. MIA detained suspected of drug dealing from Abkhazia
29. Abkhazia media overview
30. Sokhumi hosts conference to push Winter Olympics investments
31. Gogi Topadze elected Georgia’s National Olympic Committee president
32. Sport official accuses authorities of “racist approach”
33. Olympic body official accuses government of ethnic discrimination
34. Changes at competition agency necessary
35. Merabishvili starts struggle against artificial monopoly
36. Saakashvili ordered government to reduce monopoly on Georgian market
37. President sets up anti-monopoly body in effort to combat rising prices
38. Curb monopolies to prevent price hikes – Saakashvili tells ministers
39. Tarkhnishvili to meet representatives of three opposition parties
40. Chairman of CEC to inform Kirkitadze about process of door-to-door program
41. A lower vote threshold may be good for democracy, but is bad news for the opposition
42. Ruling party rejects opposition’s initiation
43. Action supporting press held at State Chancellery
44. Equality Institute held protest action to support press
45. Shida Kartli governor has new press secretary
46. Georgia’s most watched TV channel
47. RIA Novosti to become more active on Georgian information market
48. Regional organization “Movement For United Georgia” established in Batumi
49. Nobody should hope that subdivisions of special task units will be used against the people
50. Equality Institute found new movement in Khobi
51. United opposition continues tour of western Georgia
52. Inmates warn against provocation ahead of planned opposition democratic
53. Opposition to stage other protest rallies in regions
54. Opposition to hold rally in Poti
55. Top MP queried on links to arrested ex-minister
56. I tried to make Okruashvili change his mind
57. Vakhtang Machavariani appeals to Prosecutor’s Office against Culture Ministry
58. Saakashvili demands ascertaining of precise number of pensioners
59. 65% of vouchers issued in Tbilisi
60. Georgia will not start new program of cooperation with IMF
61. BP’s 10 million dollar grant for the state roads
62. Authority of the financial monitoring service of Georgia to be enlarged
63. Arveladze to open new office of National Investment Agency of Georgia
64. In Georgia rise of price on flour is caused by foreign factor
65. Reorganization reported in Ministry of Energy
66. Railway deal annulled, ministers confirm
67. Express of interests on privatization of “Georgian Railway” to be announced
68. Bendukidze excludes increase of inflation by issuing vouchers
69. 33 issues to be discussed at cabinet session
70. Unlike some national minorities Georgian Azerbaijanis are not under the influence of Russia
71. Anti-torture body criticizes Georgia
72. Saba hosts exhibit of modern paintings from Georgia

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

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