Tamar Chergoleishvili

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Tamar Chergoleishvili is the Director General of Tabula Media, which she has founded in 2010 as a weekly magazine Tabula that transformed into one of the most influental and widely read online multimedia platform in Georgia.

Before that (2000-2010) she had served at various posts at the Council of Europe, in Strasbourg. In her capacity as the head of the Council of Europe’s Legal Task Force, she contributed to Georgia’s legislative reforms in the fields of criminal justice, economic crime, cybercrime, human rights and media. She also cooperated with the US Department of Justice on the reform of the General Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia (1999-2000). She was actively involved in the legislative and judicial reform process as program coordinator for American Bar Association in 1997-1998.

She graduated Tbilisi State University, the Department of International Law and International Relations.

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Gldantanamo or Systemic Failure

“When a police officer commits any wrongdoing the whole country learns about it. When the Minister does not take remedial measures, then that Minister is as much a scoundrel as that police officer! And when the President does not fire the Minister for that, then the President is a scoundrel too!” Mikheil Saakashvili spoke those words in 2003 before the Rose...

I, Politrobot

“How are you going to conduct your election campaign?” Davit Kovziridze, presenter of the Internet TV program “Hard Talk with the Heavyweight,” asks politician Adria Urushadze. The talk show guest is a single-seat candidate from the United National Movement ruling party who is fighting to win the hearts of voters in Tbilisi’s Saburtalo district. The presenter...

Goudji

“I was born in Paris at the age of thirty-three,” is how life began for the man whose liberation from Leonid Brezhnev’s Soviet Union was secured by French President Georges Pompidou in 1974. “I found tremendous freedom. What I did here was prohibited in my home country. No one opposed me…. I was absolutely free. What else could a person wish? Once I was free I was...

John Bass: these are Georgians and Georgian decisions to be made

 “Given the very colorful sport in Georgia of conspiracy theorizing, when you don’t have a common set of information available to people in the same space, you then create a breeding ground for people to come up with their own interpretations,” John Bass told Tabula in November 2010, a year after commencing his service as the U.S. Ambassador to Georgia. Back then,...

Beka Gochiashvili: Where freedom is restricted, jazz cannot exist

He stepped out of the school into the Times Square neighborhood, which, as always, was noisy and crowded. What else might one expect mid-day in mid-town Manhattan? Walking along Eighth Avenue, he was beating a steady rhythm in the air with drumsticks and thinking about Herbie Hancock – turning over in his mind shots of that Hancock video he needed for his personal collection. “They may have that DVD in here,” he thought as he entered a video store. Before he even had time to open his mouth, a...

Charles Krauthammer: We don’t have a statue of equality; we have the Statue of Liberty

Many people insist that America is in decline and that that process is inevitable. You say that the decline is the choice of the current leadership rather than inevitability. Why do you think that it’s the choice of the current leadership and not the people? Perhaps the American people want that? Well, in democracy, you can say leadership reflects the people. But it is apparent that people mostly elected this leader on domestic issues, partly to get out of the war, but mostly on domestic...

Freedom Empire Facing a Choice

“As the space shuttle Discovery flew three times around Washington, a final salute before landing at Dulles airport for retirement in a museum, thousands on the ground gazed upward with marvel and pride. Yet what they were witnessing, for all its elegance, was a funeral march.” That’s how American political commentator Charles Krauthammer later recalled the morning of April the 17th. On that day, we watched together from a window of his office as the space shuttle was carried airborne by its...

Edward Lucas: Once powerful “Stierlitz” has grown very weak

Your last book, “Deception: Spies, Lies and How Russia Dupes the West,” is about a massive infiltration of Russian spies in the West and represents a sort of warning which, as Vaclav Havel recommended, should be treated seriously. Why? What is the actual threat of Russia “stealing secrets”? Where can it materialize? I think you have to start off with the rather controversial assumption that this country [Great Britain] still has secrets and still has national interests and that Russia’s...

Putinocracy

“I swear that in exercising the powers of the President of the Russian Federation, I shall respect and protect human and civil rights and freedoms…” With those opening words of the oath he has sworn three times in the past twelve years, Vladimir Putin revealed his well-hidden secret – that the essence of his life is to faithfully serve his country and people. The start of Putin’s third (de facto fourth) presidential term looked more like the coronation of a monocratic Tsar than the...

Leon Aron: I don’t think Putin will be able to start his second term

Leon Aron is a member of the foreign policy team of presumptive U.S. presidential candidate for the Republican Party Mitt Romney. At the same time, Dr. Aron is Resident Scholar and Director of Russian Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. He is the author of several books, including the first full-scale scholarly biography of Boris Yeltsin. He also writes for The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, The New Republic and Weekly Standard, among...

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