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De Civitate Bidzinae

When leaving us, or to be more accurate, stepping down from the position of prime minister, Bidzina Ivanishvili offered some almost enigmatic words: "I am not going anywhere, I am here for a 20-year cycle." Upon hearing this, some far-sighted citizens immediately raised questions about what influence a private individual, who in reality is the patron of the ruling political team, would have on the political life of Georgia. They got the answer to this in mid-March from an interview of Bidzina...

Georgian Dream and Georgian Fairytale

If my memory serves me well, Natsarkekia, a ne'er-do-well and the hero of a popular Georgian folktale, was first used in the 1970s or 1980s to describe and embody the Georgian character in a literary review by Akaki Bakradze of his colleague, Guram Asatiani. Defining a people's character based on their ethnicity may prove to be a very contentious subject. Observing fairytales, however, may prove to be more interesting – not to understand a national identity, but rather to explore relationships...

Shashkin and Defense of English

The Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia has succeeded in its declared goal of entering the textbook market. Its success in cornering the English-language textbook market deserves a failing grade, however. Before September 2011, Georgian schools and schoolchildren had a choice of English-language textbooks. In September 2011, the Ministry of Education stripped them of their choice. Thanks to the efforts of the Ministry, schools and students are now left with a single compulsory English...

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