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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Chokha Love


“When you love your chokha, you love your country. When you love your country, you love your traditions,” expounded 60-year-old Rezo Sulava, a leader of the All-Georgia Chokha Society.

The Chokha is the Georgian national costume, a garment some consider sacred and others see as an old-fashion relic of the past. Justyna and I did a story about this surprisingly controversial set of threads for Eurasianet.org. (Just click the photo to follow the link)

Monday, February 7, 2011

Our friend, Somalia

(nerdnirvana.com)

As of January 6th, Georgia has established diplomatic ties to:

A country mired in a civil war for over 20 years;
number one failed state in the world;
no central government control over most of the country's territory;
the world's most famous piracy hot spot;
life expectancy - 50 years (men), 53 years (women);
1.1 million displaced people (IDPs) since 1988;
no permanent national government;
no national legal system;
no political parties;

A humanitarian crisis exists across the country, but hey, at least it's a member of the United Nations. My piece for the Moscow Times is HERE


(chinadaily.com)

To read more about Somalia check out this press release from HRW.