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Fight for Peace

 “A day will come when you, all nations of the continent, without losing your distinct qualities and your glorious individuality, will be merged closely within a superior unity and you will form the European brotherhood.  “A day will come when the only fields of battle will be markets opening up to trade and minds opening up to ideas.  “A day will come when the bullets and the bombs will be replaced by votes, by the universal suffrage of the peoples, by the venerable arbitration of a great...

Lingua Franca

Let’s continue our discussion about education. The decision to introduce compulsory English-language classes from the first grade has sparked wide-ranging criticism. The decision is blamed for infringing on freedom of choice, for degenerating Georgians, and so on and so forth. Luckily, the majority agrees that foreign language study is a must. But why English? (Let’s address the degeneration of Georgians some other time.) Chinese is studied for communications with the Chinese; Korean – with...

Those Who Know Not Where They Go, Those Who Have No Point Of View

Education, school, university – sometimes they even rival football in popularity. The other day, after a meeting, I opined extensively on this issue and was told: If that is what you think, put it on paper. So, I started writing but soon realized that one column alone would not express everything I thought. Therefore, I will have to disturb you several times with my musings on this topic. I have deliberately tried to shy away from this topic - because what I have to say will, probably,...

Russian Horse

When I woke up one fine morning, the monument of Stalin was not standing in Gori and has been moved to the museum. Congratulations to all! The government did a good job. Any job requires money. To do many jobs, lot of money is required. So what is better – a big or small budget? Tax considerations have revived these discussions. After all, is it worth arguing whether large is better than small? We could reach the large budget in two ways – to have high taxes or to go into debt every year. The...

History of a Boy

He was only 16 when his father gave him the family business. The boy had a love of order and capably ran the business. The boy thought so much and had so many ideas. The boy’s father told him that his family had come from Israel and had a Jewish name, but were baptized as Orthodox Christians. Their great grandmother was Armenian and grandmother was Ossetian. The boy first married an Armenian bride (only to later drive her out of the house, and she went to be a nun) and his second wife was a...

The Reason Why

What did I think about during those 10 seconds? I had already wrapped up my business activities in Russia so that wasn’t on my mind. Instead, I thought about Tbilisi, which looked unpleasant at the time – a dusty, potholed city; the blue paperboard-covered Iveria Hotel teeming with refugees. I thought about the ministers I had met who amazed me with their non-Soviet thinking. I thought about how good and beautiful Georgia was and could be. I thought about what an economy minister should do, and...

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