Zaza Bibilashvili

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Reinstatement of Injustice

Let us not deceive ourselves – what is happening to us should not be blamed on either the 70-year Bolshevik regime or the two-century-long Russian occupation. If you do not trust me, just read the notes of those travelers who visited Georgia over the ages and they will convince you of that.The main enemy of Georgia has always been our "traditions" – the traditions that were cultivated by our domestic conformist "elite" who always felt at ease and in harmony with the enemy:the lack of sense of...

What Benefits Do We Get from the Georgian Dream?

The recent nine-hour-long interrogation of Kakha Bendukidze concerning the privatization of the Agricultural University alongside a new surge in the campaign against that university, which began exactly one year ago with the first wave seeing it get stripped of its authorization (before this was subsequently reinstated following protests from wider society), begs the question: What are the benefits we get from the Georgian Dream coalition?According to the most radical of the electorate, the...

From Potato Soup to Elite Potato Seeds

Or Collaborationism as a State Policy In 1940, after the Second Armistice at Compiègne, at which Adolf Hitler, driven by revenge, made France sign an armistice in the very same railway carriage that the Germans had signed the 1918 armistice, ending the First World War in a humiliating defeat for Germany, France was split into several parts. Alsace and Lorraine were taken over by the Third Reich. The north and west of France was occupied by the German Army (though formally remaining under...

Three Thousand Years of Solitude

We, Georgians, are a happy nation – "failing to recognize our enemies, condemning our friends; being cowardly outside, but brave at home; possessing nothing, knowing nothing; never worrying and always hungry." This was the observation of Ilia Chavchavadze almost 150 years ago – a man whom we first killed and then, when he was rendered un-dangerous, canonized as a saint. As the past 22 years of independence have shown us, we, Georgians, adore ourselves and do not want to change a bit. Happiness...

When Bidzina Leaves

In contrast to virginity, dignity can neither be lost nor restored. You either have it – and in this case, no one can make you lose it; or you don't – and if so, you can never gain it.It seems to be logical that those people who think that they restored their dignity after the October 2012 elections – for example, those who justify the release of an officer of the Russian special services with the status of a political prisoner and yet disapprove of former Prime Minister Vano Merabishvili being...

Coming Out of the Dream

Coming out (or, coming out of the closet) literally means making a confession. The phrase has long denoted public acknowledgment of an individual's attraction towards the same sex (i.e. self-disclosure about being gay). In modern understanding, the phrase often means public disclosure of a secret that had been suppressed in one's heart for years.Why am I saying all this? The thing is, Georgia plans a mass "coming out" in the weeks before the presidential elections. This process has already...

Russia is Our Neighbor!

I must admit that I have always believed in Russia. I believed in Russia when Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili was trying to persuade us that settling relations with that country was possible by merely changing the style of our relations and the tone of our rhetoric. I believed in it when our eloquent oligarch was reinstalling figures desirable for Moscow in the government of Georgia. I believed in Russia when the Georgian Dream was discrediting Western ideas by referring to the Georgian...

Where I Was During Those Nine Years

Emotion is a weird thing. It may arise unexpectedly because of one clear, subjectively perceived experience and can remain in the subconscious for a long time. Changing emotions, however, requires time and, often, irrational processes.The Georgian opposition used to be a collection of resentful and/or unsuccessful people – those...

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