Zurab Chiaberashvili

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What Lies Behind Garibashvili’s “Arithmetic”?

The days following the local elections of 15 June 2014 have been marked by a number of hopeless attempts of Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili to persuade society that the low turnout in the elections, the disillusionment of the population with the Georgian Dream, and the retention of political pluralism in the country is not the reality, but merely the propaganda of the United National Movement (UNM).Here is the evidence:• Around 175,000 fewer voters turned out for the local elections as...

Ordinary Hakim-Pashism

"Fanaticism consists ofredoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim."George Santayana, The Life of Reason (1905)It has been two and a half years since oligarch Bidzina Ivanishvili, a man who denied that politics relies on messiahs whilst simultaneously presenting himself as such a messiah, first entered politics and a year and a half since he came to power, and today even his keenest supporters admit (to themselves) that things have not gone the way they imagined they...

Obamacare - Swimming Against the Tide

The government of the Georgian Dream coalition and its supporters who advocate the state taking the leading financial role in the health care sector will probably not like the tendency observed in “socialist” Sweden: tired of waiting in long queues and dissatisfied with poor quality medical services, Swedes increasingly purchase private health insurance policies.In a country with a population of 9.5 million, the presence of up to half a million private health insurance beneficiaries might not...

“The Destroyers of the System”

I heard about them with some delay, only after 1 October 2012. Before that – during those "nine years of darkness" – I did not use Facebook and, given my busy work schedule, was not able to actively follow all the Georgian media outlets.I then had the chance to meet the ideological segment of the movement in 2013 on a talk show aired on the Imedi TV channel in which the pressing social issues of Georgia were being discussed. At that point, not during the program itself, but during the...

On Politics

"... in respect of riches, no citizen shall ever be wealthy enough to buy another, and none poor enough to be forced to sell himself."Jean-Jacques RousseauThe Social Contract, Book II, Chapter 11Of late, I keep repeating that there was a positive side to what happened in Georgia on 1 September 2012, provided that during the rule of the Georgian Dream coalition we: avoid external threats; maintain those positions in terms of the protection of our territorial integrity and sovereignty that we...

The Process of European Integration and the Growth of the Georgian Economy

"What kind of growth do you want? Bear in mind that:"At an annual economic growth rate of 12% we will be a leading country in the world by 2040. No country so rich exists in the world today."With an annual 10% growth we will be among the world's top 20 most affluent countries by 2040."With an annual 7% economic growth, by 2040 we will be trailing behind developed countries."With 4% we will go bust."With 2% we will not be anything at all... we will be nothing...."When Kakha Bendukidze raised the...

Things That Don’t Fit with the Prime Minister’s Analysis

The Rose Revolution created a chance to build Georgian statehood, but in so doing it also gave rise to a number of incorrect assumptions among a certain segment of society.The most conspicuous example of such incorrect assumptions was the deep-rooted belief held among the United National Movement's (UNM) non-parliamentary opposition of the time that it would be sufficient for them to just take a certain amount of people to the streets (or gather them elsewhere, for example, in Dinamo stadium)...

Russia’s Lever

On 12 September 2013, the European Parliament adopted a resolution about the pressure exerted by Russia on Eastern Partnership countries in the context of the upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius. Paragraph B of the resolution reads:".... [t]he Russian pressure most recently faced by Eastern Partnership countries progressing on the road to Association Agreements [with the EU], including targeted sanctions against Ukraine's exports, an export ban on the Moldovan wine industry [to...

The Price of Inactivity

On 14 September 2013, US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reached an agreement in Geneva on the full inventorying and subsequent destruction of Syria's chemical weapons and their components.The agreement comes as a relief not only to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government but also for the US and Russian Presidents – Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin. The aim of this article is to examine what urged Washington and Russia to achieve this agreement at a...

The Utopia of Universal Health Insurance

On 26 August 2012, the Kaiser Health News webpage published an article entitled "Hospitals Look To Become Insurers, As Well As Providers Of Care" by Roni Caryn Rabin. The article described a process whereby the traditionally separate health insurance and health care sectors are formed into a single sector – a trend which is picking up in hospitals in the US.Under a standard health insurance scheme, private insurers or state/municipal programs of health insurance reimburse a medical institution...

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