· October, 2008

Stories about Georgia from October, 2008

Georgia: McCain Endorsement

  31 October 2008

Ahead of next week's presidential election in the United States, This Is Tbilisi Calling says that while most people would prefer a Obama victory, Georgia is firmly behind McCain and posts a photograph of the country's Minister for Refugees to prove it.

Armenia: Welcome To Georgia

  30 October 2008

Dispatches from Armenia travels to the neighboring Republic of Georgia and finds the journey to be quite unlike any other — the local and experienced driver hired to take the blogger and his wife to the border in a dilapidated Russian car did not know where it was and broke...

Caucasus: U.S. Presidential Election Preferences

  23 October 2008

Social Science in the Caucasus examines the findings of a poll for The Economist which indicates that support for Republican presidential candidate John McCain is stronger than for his Democratic rival, Barack Obama, in the Republic of Georgia. With the poll also showing that support for Obama is stronger in...

Caucasus: New Media Blog

  23 October 2008

Azerbaijani new media specialist Emin Huseynzade (interviewed by Global Voices Online here) has launched a new English-language blog. Caucasus New Media will detail the growth of blogs, as well as video-sharing and social networking sites, in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. In the first post, the blog looks at the impact...

Russia: Firing Grad Rockets at Tskhinvali on Aug. 8?

  19 October 2008

War correspondent Vadim Rechkalov (LJ user voinodel) has posted an Aug. 9 interview with a Russian soldier (RUS) who said they had fired at least 20 Grad “packages” (each “package” has 40 rockets, which makes it around 800 rockets) at Tskhinvali on Aug. 8 – because they “had to seize...

Georgia: Peace Corps Volunteer Blogs

  14 October 2008

Although Georgia was not the first country in the South Caucasus where the U.S. Peace Corps started working, it was until recently the most active in terms of blogs. However, the situation has changed considerably since war with Russia saw volunteers evacuated to Armenia with no prospect for return.

Azerbaijan: The Forgotten War

  9 October 2008

In an extended post accompanied by photographs, Michael J. Totten introduces his readers to the unresolved conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed territory of Nagorno Karabakh. The blog compares the mood in Azerbaijan with that in neighboring Georgia, another country in the region with its own territorial conflicts...

Georgia: Journalist's Blog

  8 October 2008

Following in the footsteps of Matthew Collin's This is Tbilisi Calling, another Western journalist resident in the country has set up a blog from Georgia. Dan Catchpole's Dateline Tbilisi is at http://datelinetbilisi.blogspot.com.

Armenia: Secular State?

  7 October 2008

Unzipped comments on an idea from a parliamentary deputy to build a church to bring the Armenian Apostolic Church closer to the country's legislature. Mentioning the situation in neighboring Georgia, where concerns have already been raised about the involvement of the church in local politics, the blog says that such...

Georgia: Economic Cost of War

  2 October 2008

Social Science in the Caucasus posts the comments of a consultant which questions newspaper reports estimating the economic costs of the war with Russia. However, the blog notes, the country will undoubtedly suffer in terms of investor confidence.

Georgia: Russian Boycott

  2 October 2008

Despite believing war with Russia was a huge mistake, Dv0rsky [GE/EN] says that he will still boycott Russian goods sold in Georgia in order not to invest in bombs that might be used against him later.