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Giga Bokeria: Should we apologize to Onishchenko but condemn the EPP?

The Chairman of the National Security Council of Georgia Giga Bokeria talked with Tabula about the country’s foreign policy orientation, its court reform, the plans and problems of the United National Movement as well as other important developments in the country. How much have the cuts in the budget of the National Security Council (NSC) affected the scope of...

NGOs Before and After the Elections

Thousands of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are registered in Georgia. According to Civil Registry data, the number of civil society organizations rose from 14,000 to 16,000 over the period 2010 to 2011. Out of this multitude of organizations, many are just formally registered and the share of active NGOs is smaller. The level of awareness in society about NGO activities is, generally, low. For example, a 2011 survey conducted under the Policy, Advocacy and Civil Development in Georgia...

Giorgi Margvelashvili: No education can be free

Since the new government was installed, several changes have been initiated in the educational system. Tabula interviewed the new Minister of Education, Giorgi Margvelashvili, to discuss those changes, including models for the 2012 and 2013 school graduation exams, as well as the role of schools, the financial independence of universities,...

Amnesty or Zero Tolerance?

The democratic transfer of power, unprecedented in the history of Georgia, is unfolding in a climate fraught with emotion. Along with mixed feelings about purely political developments, there is growing concern over another major post-election change – a notable increase in crime. The most conspicuous crimes of late have been a series of bank robberies. In early-October, masked armed robbers seized money from the Bank of Georgia branch in Tbilisi’s Varketili district. A day earlier, unarmed...

Davit Usupashvili: Both sides have to assume additional responsibility

Shortly after the Georgian Dream political coalition won the 1 October parliamentary elections in Georgia, Tabula interviewed one of its leaders, Davit Usupashvili, about the coalition’s patronage policy, political views and foreign policy course. In about two weeks' time after this interview, on 21 October, Davit Usupashvili was elected as Speaker of the...

Giorgi Tugushi: Had at least two people been punished earlier, we would not have witnessed this

Tabula interviewed Giorgi Tugushi, the Human Rights Ombudsman (Public Defender) of Georgia, shortly before he was appointed by the President to lead a major overhaul of the penitentiary system as the new Minister of Corrections, Probation and Legal Assistance. In the following interview, he talks about the video recordings released on 18 September which provide graphic documentation of the torture of prisoners and also discusses human rights abuses in the penitentiary system which until now...

Zurab Chiaberashvili: A good foundation has been laid

On 15 March, Zurab Chiaberashvili was appointed as the Minister of Labor, Health and Social Affairs. The Minister has already presented his plan of action, which identifies priorities, problems and solutions in health care and social spheres. These issues were discussed by Minister Chiaberashvili in an interview with Tabula. - It has been less than a month since...

Interview with Emzar Jgerenaia

What challenges does contemporary Georgian society face? Why is the degree of civil activity so low? These and other issues – such as political attitudes, societal expectations, sociological surveys and their influence on public opinion – were discussed in a Tabula interview with sociologist Emzar Jgerenaia. - How would you evaluate the state of Georgian society today, its place in a general, global context? I would evaluate the Georgian nation as a lagging nation, a lagging society. It has a...

Revolution or Reform: Dilemma of Activism in Georgia

The weakness of interest groups and a correspondingly low degree of civil engagement are often discussed in Georgia. Such assessments are not unfounded: one can easily sense estrangement between civil society and important institutions – the political establishment, business sector, media. Reasons for that estrangement are diverse. Georgian political, business and media institutions lack any history of accountability. The political spectrum, for its part, lacks a culture of listening which, in...

Andria Urushadze: Redistribution of responsibility between the public and the state

Reform of the Georgian health care system is now in progress. The public is especially interested in those steps taken by the state which affect the hospital sector, pharmaceutical market and health insurance. Andria Urushadze, the Minister of Labor, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia, speaks about those and other important issues in his interview with Tabula magazine. What challenges does the Georgian health care system face today? Health care reform is underway, successfully though not...

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