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Paul Rimple

Something Brewing: Georgia’s Tea Renaissance

“Tea,” our friend Lasha indicated with a head nod, driving past fields...

Garlic Chicken with Tony

About 14 years ago, when Georgia was a just a charming little...

Georgia: Constitutional Court Decision Stokes Debate on Marijuana Legalization

Drug legalization advocates in Georgia have reason to cheer. The South Caucasus...

Georgia: Tbilisi Zoo Reopens, but Questions Persist

The hippo has a new home, and the penguins have given up...

Letter from Ureki: Reinventing the Blues on Georgia’s Black Sea

I’m playing the harmonica solo to blues-great Jimmy Roger’s “Walking By Myself”...

Georgia: Tbilisi’s Flood-Relief Efforts Spark Deluge of Questions

No sooner had images of a hippopotamus lost on a central street...

Georgia: Flood Fallout Spurs Political Bickering

As the Georgian capital Tbilisi struggles to recover from a calamitous flash...

Georgia: Tbilisi Tries to Prevent “Jihad Travel”

Legislators in Georgia are amending laws designed to hinder Georgian citizens from...

How Strong Is Russia’s Soft Power in Georgia?

Few Westerners doubt the South Caucasus country of Georgia’s commitment to eventual...

What Is the EU’s Game in the Caucasus Separatist Territories?

The European Union is making a push to raise its profile in...

Economics Not Impacting Russian Support for Georgian Separatists

As the Russian economy tanks, some observers are starting to ask: is...

Georgia: Catching a New Wave of Cinema

Georgian cinema has the wind at its back once again after spending...

Georgia: Russian-Owned Gold Company Restarts Work at Archaeological Site

The Russian-owned mining company RMG Gold this past Saturday, December 13, overlooked...

Russia: Sochi Bets on Becoming the Black Sea Monte Carlo

A decade ago, it was just another down-at-heels vacation destination. But the...

Russian Rules Leave Migrants High and Dry in Abkhazia

When Rasulov Bakhtier arrived in Abkhazia in 2012 as a migrant laborer,...

Georgia: Kazantip Rave-Fest Gets Mixed Reception

The booming rhythms and bass beats of electronic music go on for...

Georgia: Teenage Prostitution Part of a Bigger Problem

Below Tbilisi’s Rose Revolution Square and its shiny Radisson-Blu Hotel lies a...

South Caucasus: “Woman with a Monkey” Documents a Region’s Search for Hope

When you hold Justyna Mielnikiewicz’s book in your hands, you know you...

Georgia: Locals Say Pankisi Gorge Isn’t Jihadist Hotbed

His nom de guerre is Omar al-Shishani (Omar the Chechen), and he...

Georgia: Grassroots Movement Seeks to Decriminalize Marijuana

They came with bags full of cups of urine and left them...

Georgia: Tbilisi Struggles with Drug-Policy Reform

Georgia has held transparent elections and it has pledged to create an...

Post-Crimea, Phantom of Armenian Separatism Haunts Georgia

For many in Georgia, Russia’s annexation Crimea is reigniting fears about separatism...

Syrian Refugees Grapple with Adapting to Life in Abkhazia

In 2013, as Syria’s civil war raged, 23-year-old Samar Abaza opted, like...

Georgia Opts for Gold Mining at Protected Historical Site 

It turns out the choice between gold and historical preservation is an...

Georgia: What’s Worth More – Gold or Knowledge about Human Origins?

A classic conflict is building in Georgia that pits matters of general...

Abkhazia: Olympics Can Be Seen, But Not Experienced

From the shores of the Black-Sea resort town of Gagra, situated in...

Georgia: Two Decades Later, Still Searching for the Missing

The last time 76-year-old Venera Oshoridze saw her son, Kakha, was September...

Georgia: Borjomi Beverage Thrives, the Town Struggles

In 1972, legend has it, Russian film director Andrei Tarkovsky insisted on...

Georgia: Tbilisi Pols Looking to Washington to Influence Election Outcome?

As the South Caucasus state of Georgia gears up for parliamentary elections...

Georgia: Football Players Cry Foul

Twenty-year-old Issac Nyengue, a defender from Cameroon, a football hotbed in Africa,...

Georgia: Using “Different Methods” to Scrutinize Supporters of Billionaire Ivanishvili

The tug-of-war over Forbes billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili’s Georgian citizenship may now be...

Georgia: Rugby Revenge Against Russia Provides Fleeting Satisfaction

During the Soviet era, international athletic competition was often seen as an...

Georgia: Soaking Up the Dying Tradition of Massage in the Tbilisi Baths

It might not be Tbilisi’s oldest legitimate profession, but, arguably, it is...

Abkhazia: Preparing for the Future, Post-Bagapsh

The unexpected May 29 death of Sergei Bagapsh, the de facto leader...

Abkhazia: Rockers Resilient Amid Sukhumi’s Hard Knocks

It’s Thursday night at the Soviet-era House of Culture in Agudzera, a...

Georgia: Russian-Language News Satellite Station Reborn

A satellite news channel making its debut January 25 in Georgia receives...

IDPs Evicted from Tbilisi Buildings

Just over two years after war drove them from their homes in...

Georgia’s Drivers: The Last Frontier for Reform

Georgia may have reformed its police, rebooted its electricity supplies and cracked...

Ancient Game of Lelo Pits Villager Against Villager

While the rest of the country celebrates Easter every year at home...

Georgia: Village Celebrates Easter with Rugby-Style Struggle for a Ball

While the rest of Georgia celebrated Easter on April 4 at home...

Georgia: Unions Press for Labor Law Reform

As Georgia strives to recover from the global economic crisis, the government...

Playing the Slots: Georgia's Hidden Addiction?

Amid a Tbilisi slot-parlor boom, experts believe that problem gambling is on...

Abkhazia: Ethnic Georgian Region Faces Citizenship Quandary

Many Georgians in Gali, a predominantly ethnic Georgian (Mingrelian) area, fear that...

Abkhazia: Ethnic Georgian Region Faces Citizenship Quandary

Many Georgians in Gali, a predominantly ethnic Georgian (Mingrelian) area, fear that...

Abkhazia: Ethnic Georgian Region Faces Citizenship Quandary

Abkhazia has hailed Russian recognition of its independence from Georgia as the...

Georgia: Georgian Villagers Recount Tales of Marauders

The Georgian village of Karateli lies seven kilometers north of Gori. While...

Border Attack Spurs Fresh Tension Between Georgia, Abkhazia

For many Georgians, May 21 was as much about a mysterious armed...

Amid War Worries, Abkhazia Hails the End of Embargo

Almost inured to conflict, residents of Sukhumi, capital of Georgia's breakaway region...

Georgia: Azeris in Kvemo-Kartli Region Support Saakashvili Re-Election Bid

In the Georgian region of Kvemo-Kartli, Mikheil Saakashvili seems destined to capture...

Georgia: Azeris in Kvemo-Kartli Region Support Saakashvili Re-Election Bid

In the Georgian region of Kvemo-Kartli, Mikheil Saakashvili seems destined to capture...

Georgia: Imedi Returns to Work, but Faces an Uncertain Future

A month to the day the plug was pulled on Georgia's Imedi...

Georgia: Build It, and They May Come

Georgia's got the beaches, it's got the mountains. The food and the...

Georgia's Action Plan Sets Ambitious Growth Target

Amid a cabinet shakeup, Georgia's President Mikheil Saakashvili is promoting an ambitious...

Georgia-Russia Row Heats Up Over Fresh Mystery Aircraft

Now you see it, now you don't....

Property Rights Controversy Dogs GeorgiaÆs Privatization Campaign

A string of police-led property seizures in Tbilisi is stirring up fresh...

Georgian Rocket Attack Raises Questions

Georgia claims to have proof the aircraft that violated Georgian airspace on...

South Ossetia Power Struggle Simmers On

As often in the conflict-ridden topic of conflict resolution in South Ossetia,...

Georgia: Parliament Considers Meskhetian Turk Repatriation Plan

After several false starts, Georgia is on the verge of approving a...

Georgia: Parliament Considers Meskhetian Turk Repatriation Plan

After several false starts, Georgia is on the verge of approving a...

Georgia Grapples with Rising Teenage Crime

International organizations and some Georgian social welfare workers are voicing concern over...

Public Confidence on the Upswing in Georgia - Poll

A recent public opinion survey in the south Caucasus state of Georgia,...

Gali: A Key Test Case for Georgia's Separatist Abkhazia Region

Two days before March 4 parliamentary elections in the breakaway Georgian region...

Economic Development: The Latest Recipe for South Ossetian Peace

An economic development campaign in Georgian-controlled areas of the breakaway region of...

Georgia: What Promise Is There for Zourabichvili Election Campaign of No Promises?

When ex-Georgian Foreign Minister Salome Zourabichvili was dismissed from office in late...

Harsh Sentence for Juvenile Offender Raises Questions about Georgia’s Justice System

The sentence, passed in July, has also raised concern about judges' sense...