Can Georgia’s Far Right Make It in Electoral Politics?

by Giorgi Lomsadze A prominent anti-immigrant activist in Georgia has announced plans to run for parliament next year as part of a far-right coalition. And a new study suggests that far-right politics may have broad enough appeal among Georgians to… Continue Reading  

Moscow Stirs Fear of American Germs

by Giorgi Lomsadze In this telling, Russian pigs have become the first victims of a test run for a future offensive on humans. That was the insinuation from a recent press conference by the Russian Defense Ministry, which has noted that swine flu… Continue Reading  

A French President for Georgia?

by Giorgi Lomsadze Georgia could get its first female president very soon if the establishment-backed candidate Salome Zourabichvili can watch her tongue. Backing from the ruling Georgian Dream party makes former French diplomat Salome Zourabichvili a strong contender for the presidency,… Continue Reading  

Georgia, Iran Spar Over Tourists In Hijab

by Giorgi Lomsadze The government of Iran has reprimanded Georgia for allegedly forcing Iranian women to remove their headscarves at airport security in Tbilisi, an increasingly popular vacation destination for Iranians. Several female passengers on a flight between Tbilisi and the… Continue Reading  

Five remarkable things about Azerbaijan’s unremarkable election

by Giorgi Lomsadze Azerbaijan’s presidential election was, as predicted, a non-event. Ever-incumbent leader Ilham Aliyev won his fourth consecutive term with an 86 percent landslide, while his token rivals got crumbs of voter support – in the low single digits –… Continue Reading