The Old Tbilisi resistance – „I refuse to move out“

When I moved to Tbilisi I especially liked the Old Town – wooden balconies, hidden yards, carved ornaments and beautiful doors and porches give this part of the city an unique character. Guests and tourists from abroad admired this historical setting. But what was astonishing: unlike in Western European cities „normal“ people who lived there…

Tbilisi Pride and Prejudice

Despite the threats of nationalist groups and the announcement of the government to not be able to ensure safety, the team of „Tbilisi Pride“ is determined to hold a number of events. Lack of security, death threats and the exposing attitude of the own family are constant companions.

German police closing in on Armenian mafia

Police and journalistic investigations conclude that the German city of Erfurt has become the centre of Armenian organized crime in Germany This article was also published by Photo by: MDR. A German police report published by journalists speaks of an extensive network of organized crime operated by Armenian immigrants in Germany. Local publications question…

Election campaign 2016 in Georgia

When the roads in Tbilisi are renovated and flash lights are installed, it is again time for elections. On 8th october 2016 the voters will decide on the composition of the parliament. After a hot august, when the elction campaign activities was resting, they started again in september and left several injured.

Crossing the bridge: GEM Fest in Anaklia

From 10th – 14th august 2016 for the second time the GEM Fest took place at the beach of Anaklia. On five days the visitors experienced at bunch of national and international acts of the electronic music scene. Although it was all about music, the festival also contained a small political aspect.

Video Poll: What do you think about „Europe“?

JAM News recently published my video poll conducted in the streets of Tbilisi about what people think about Europe. With the help of Georgian friends we asked people about their associations and opinions about Europe. We wanted to know what first comes to their mind when they hear the word „Europe“.

Video Poll: Smoking in Bars

Georgia is a paradise for smokers. Cigarettes are cheap and you can smoke almost everywhere: in bars and restaurants, public places, tunnels, in the taxi and even bus drivers like to puff their cigarettes. But does really everybody appreciates this freedom for smokers? I conducted a video for JAM News about what locals and foreigners…

Independence Day in Tbilisi

On 26th May 2016 the annual celebration of the Georgian Independence Day took place. This date marks the foundation of the Democratic Republic of Georgia which was founded on 26th May 1918 after the collapse of the Russian Empire. The new funded state existed only until spring 1921 when it was invaded by the Red…

Dialogue or Oppression?

The student movement Auditoria #115 demands large-scale reforms of the educational system in Georgia. A protest march and the occupation of the university was followed by a meeting with Prime minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili. Although the politician promised a joint work on a new law on education, there are reports about intimidations of activists by state…

European Day in Tbilisi

As one of the founding dates of the European Union 9th May is celebrated in several European countries. As Georgia holds close political and economical ties to the EU, there was also a big event in Tbilisi’s Rike Park. With food, information and a bunch of stereotypes so colourful like the balloons in the kid’s…