In Georgia, Two Versions of National Identity Clash

September 28, 2021

July 2021 was marked as the hottest month of the year in Tbilisi, Georgia. While the temperature outside hit around 33˚C at 10 am on July 5, the day when the pro-LGBTQI+ “March of Dignity” was scheduled to take place, it was a counterprotest by conservative and radical-right actors that...

Obstructing Governance as a Substitute for Public Policy

April 05, 2021

It is hard to figure out why it seems so difficult to be a white guy in today’s America, even though I am a white guy and should be able to figure it out. The problem seems to be that there are just too many people in America who are not white guys, or even white guys and gals combined. Whenever...

Georgia’s Democracy Is on the Brink of Chaos

February 26, 2021

The ongoing political crisis in Georgia has been ramped up a notch over the last few days. The polarization of Georgian society, which is reflected at the political level, has reached a new high after the parliamentary elections last October, but especially so since the arrest and imprisonment of...

Georgia Runoffs Will Decide How Biden Will Govern

December 14, 2020

The Peach State denizens are headed back to polls yet again on January 5, 2021, this time to decide who will represent Georgia in the US Senate for the next two and six years. The runoff elections for both Senate seats are happening as none of the candidates managed to secure the required majority...

A Caucasus Border Dispute Brings Back Memories of War

September 24, 2019

The South Caucasus region remains politically unstable, and ongoing developments offer tinges of events that resulted in the 2008 Russo-Georgian War. South Ossetia, a breakaway region of Georgia recognized by Russia (and a handful of others) as an independent republic, finds itself yet again...

An Election Brings Abkhazia Back into Focus

August 23, 2019

The disputed existence of the breakaway republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia has come into focus again in the context of the ongoing diplomatic dispute between Russia and Georgia and the August anniversary of the 2008 Russo-Georgian War. Abkhazia remains at the heart of discussions because...

The Midterm Elections Are Not over in Georgia

November 15, 2018

The midterm elections have provided convincing reasons to fear for democracy in the US. The Daily Devil's Dictionary explains. The US midterm elections took place on November 6. But, as is becoming a pattern, they are not yet over, at least in the states of Georgia and Florida. Emulating...

Will Trade Bring Reunification or Annexation to South Ossetia?

July 30, 2018

The South Caucasus must shift away from geopolitical antagonism and focus on productive developments that leave questions of political legitimacy for later. The Syrian government’s recognition of independence of the de facto republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia was predictable. It is widely...

Detained in Georgia: A Living Nightmare

These are the cruel but usual conditions inside two Georgia immigration detention centers. Paul is a Nigerian asylum-seeker who was until recently detained at the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia. (“Paul” is a pseudonym to protect his safety.) Paul is 36 years old and was healthy...

What’s the “Mosque Controversy” in Georgia?

January 15, 2015

Preventing Muslims or any other group from practicing their faith is un-American, argues Azadeh Shahshahani. Muslim-Americans in Kennesaw, Georgia who had hoped to use space in a retail shopping center as a prayer center recently had to confront hateful and ignorant comments from some residents,...

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