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In Georgia, more important than Santa

New Year’s is the main winter holiday in the post-Soviet world, after the communists took Christmas customs and melded them into the more secular January 1. But Georgia’s mekvle tradition long predates this shift.
Giorgi Lomsadze Dec 27, 2019

Karabakh’s contentious mosque restoration

The restoration has sparked arguments about whether the mosque should be considered “Persian” or “Azerbaijani,” and some locals question whether the Armenian-controlled territory should be rebuilding its mosques at all.
Joshua Kucera Dec 4, 2019