Sandro Tarkhan-Mouravi

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The Contours of the Postponed Higher Education Reform

No paper outlining a reform project for Georgia has ever resonated as much as that created by the so-called Dvali commission. Physicist Gia Dvali, along with biologist Zaza Kokaia, physicist Vazha Berezhiani and paleontologist Davit Lortkipanidze, who together comprise the State Commission on Education and Science Reforms that was established shortly after the Georgian Dream came to power in October 2012, drew up a concept for the reform of higher education and science. One can hardly recall...

The Mirrored Sunglasses of Propaganda

It is difficult to parody the essence of that rancid propaganda that a segment of the Georgian media pours onto the population on a daily basis. No one is capable of conveying the hysterical loathing which permeates a soul fed by the philosophy of the Russian ideologists of the Eurasian empire, such as Aleksandr Dugin, or the fabricated reports of Russian TV channel ORT, except an owner of such a soul.How otherwise can one come up with a phrase such as: "in that tolerant Europe incest has...

The Church Greater than God

"Do not blaspheme!" This is the common reaction that follows any somewhat unusual statement made about religious issues, it is an exclamation parroted by many without any reasoning and it spoils my mood. If you are a believer and find something blasphemous in the title of this article, I will not reprove you for that. This will mean that both you and I might get close to the correct understanding of religion. Indeed, the idea of god, at least in the Christian belief, is undoubtedly a central...

From November to October

W e have grown rather accustomed to repeatedly hearing assessments like "the first ever really democratic and free election in the history of Georgia," and the recent presidential election held on 27 October was no exception in this regard.Was the 27 October election better than all previous ones? Maybe. In certain directions, we have indeed made significant headway.Do we have grounds to congratulate one another on the establishment of democracy? Not yet. Democracy still remains a desired goal...

Crime & Democracy

"There is no kind of theft there and, if anyone steals anything, even a petty thing, they are hanged. And those who lie have with a rope run through their tongue and are taken to the streets with looped hands and legs for everyone to watch."Such was the fate of those violating biblical commandments in 17th century London, according to the description of Russian travelers.Those with a deep insight into the history of London may reveal certain inaccuracies with the fragment cited above, but it is...

The Hopes of the Powerless

A flat universe is a popular metaphor for developing understanding beyond the usual three dimensions. In such a world, we imagine creatures moving along a flat dimension incapable of either entering a space or perceiving the existence of a significantly larger and more complex spatial universe. In light of the fundamental ignorance of such a world’s inhabitants, were we to damage their universe, they would probably never be capable of understanding the cause of changes.The recent analyses that...

Festina Lente

“How can you expect the world to support you in your just struggle against the Russians, if you have no courage to judge Stalin and his crimes against humanity?” The presenter of a BBC documentary read out this comment left by a tourist from New York City in the visitors’ book of the Stalin museum in the city of Gori. He then turned to camera and claimed he was in outright agreement with that tourist’s sentiment. We may criticize the BBC film crew for being one-dimensional. We may recall the...

Party

The term “political party” still scares us a little – and fairly enough. For seventy years, “the Party” was a symbol of authoritarianism, a behemoth which demanded conformism and oppressed those who did not show false allegiance toward it. The Party was the one, the only, the all-encompassing and the almighty. If you did not collaborate with the Party you were miserable; if you did, you were malevolent. No third way existed. No surprise then that partisanship retains such a dark hue these...

Politics in the Age of WikiLeaks

Tbilisi, 2022 URL: politicians.ge Menu > live > candidates for deputies > election bloc Georgia Forward > Tamaz Doborjginidze At 08:30 a.m. Mr. Tamaz wakes up and rushes out of the house without brushing his teeth.   - Hold on, why should we care about Mr. Tamaz’s teeth and whether he has a gleaming smile? Essential for us are his political ideals, moral principles, life credo. - OK, it’s clear, absolutely clear. Wind it forward. However, not brushing his teeth also...

18 September

On 18 September, by exposing scenes of violence against prisoners, Georgia has finally moved out of darkness toward “the light at the end of the tunnel.” It is difficult for any respectable human being not to be disgusted by those prison atrocities. But those who call for a vendetta and demand “an eye for an eye” only draw us back toward the darkness. “The same must be done to them in front of their wives and children” may be regarded as an understandably emotional expression of outrage when...

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