Georgia pays tribute to the victims of Paris attacks.

#ParisAttacks #Georgia #Paris #November13

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Rugby is our game! #GORGODZILLA #Lelos #GOGeorgia

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Beka Tsiklauri’s Try Against All Blacks

In the frames of US Embassy Speaker program, Los Angeles Times investigative journalist and writer Bill Rempel met Georgian journalists working in investigative field in Frontline Georgia.

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Photo By Medea Kavelashvili

Bill Rempel’s long and eventful career at the Los Angeles Times, both as a writer and an editor, produced an impressive collection of high-profile projects and change-makers. His reporting triggered government investigations, exposed White House and Pentagon scandals, and prompted reforms of state courts and consumer protection laws.
Groundbreaking reports on Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda were published before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and his extensive coverage of supertanker safety flaws began years before the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster.

The datelines on his overseas investigative reports range from Kiev to the Turks and Caicos Islands. He has co-authored exclusive reports detailing secret U.S. arms deals with Iran, tracking tons of explosives smuggled to terrorist camps in Libya, tracing embargoed nuclear technology out of South Africa and documenting sales and leases of Ukrainian cargo planes to Colombian drug lords.

He left the Times in 2009 to complete work on his book, At the Devil’s Table. His current project for Harper Collins is a biography due for delivery in 2016. The more about him you can find here – William Rempel

Photo by Frontline Georgia

Photo by Frontline Georgia

The meeting continued for several hours. Journalists asked loads of interesting questions and the answers were also promising. Here are some important lines from the discussion.

Bill Rempel about internet and social media: “It’s make investigative journalism unbelievably easy, It took me several weeks and months to fly from one place to another to get information, now it’s easy, it gets you only minutes surfing on internet. As for social media, it made possible to make every citizen investigative reporter and yeah, if we say that information is power, then everything is in our hands.”

His view about imprisonment of Khadija Ismayilova for seven years, the question was asked by young reporter from Azerbaijan: “You should seek public support, that’s the only way, because the public needs you and the public should to defend you, there is no other way, the same goes with Rustavi 2.”

Photo By Medea Kavelashvili

Photo By Medea Kavelashvili

He on censorship: “I was never ever censored, threaten from anyone during my whole career, so it’s hard to me to talk about it, knowing how brave you all are working under hard pressure, especially in Azerbaijan.”

Rempel about Edward Snowden: “If we lie in order to say true, it’s wrong, it puts down our authority, so it;s wrong in the beginning and also he fled to Moscow to our enemy, this says a lot.”

He on abandoned stories: “I stop to work on the project when I’ve not enough facts, it happens not often, but it happens. Just take into consideration that sometimes you’ll need much more time to collect the facts, then it supposed to take, for example, I spent 8 years on story about Cali Carter, you can find out more from my book Devil’s Table.”

Go Georgia! Rugby is our Game!

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This is GEORGIA! – By Rugby Supporters

Street art culture develops very fast and interesting way in Georgia. You can find loads of graffitis related to social, political, gender issues or loads of them done just for fun in Tbilisi, Batumi and other parts of Georgia.

Let’s look back how it was started. First graffitis in Tbilisi appeared about 10 years ago and the first Georgian artist doing them was Mirtsumi – Mirian Shenelaia (Miro)

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Little Prince – Mirian Shengelaia (Miro)

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The Cure paiting wall in Old Tbilisi – Mirian Shengelaia (Miro)

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Famouse wall in the centre of Tbilisi – Mirian Shengelaia – Miro

And this one, self-made street art near Freedom Square :)))

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Locked on the Wall – Photo by Medea Kavelashvili

And now 10 years later…The following art works are done by Dr. Love

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Street Art in Batumi

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Street Art in Batumi

This one is the biggest mural in Georgia, located in Batumi.

Photo by Abesalom Kavelashvili

Street Art in Batumi by Dr. Love

Photo by Abesalom Kavelashvili

Street Art in Batumi by Dr.Love

Photo by Abesalom Kavelashvili

Street Art in Batumi by LAMB

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Painted Piano in Batumi by Musya

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Painted Piano for the Project Heat Batumi 2015

And here comes the art-works by GagosH – one of the most popular street artists in Georgia.

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Painted Piano for the project Heat Batumi 2015

This graffiti has funny story, just after several days it was painted, the workers of Tbilisi City Hall always put the litter-basket below next to graffiti so that it was completely covered. Later on the author  Giorgi Gagoshidze decided to paint the litter-basket as well, after some time he transformed it to Singing Litter-basket, which would sing after someone put the litter in it. :)))

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The City – Photo by GagosH

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Singing litter-basket – Photo by GagosH

To continue litter-baskets theme, another nicely painted one from Batumi encouraging citizens to throw litter there not on the ground and keep their city clean.

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Photo by Georgian Street Art

And another one with the character from Wall-E by Dr. Love

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Photo by Georgian Street Art

Following two are done by another promising Georgian street artist – Musya Qeburia. Subject of these graffitis is the irrelevant laws against Cannabis users in Georgia, more about this you can find here – Georgian Government’s Attitude on Cannabis Issues

Musya Qeburia's Art

Musya Qeburia’s Art

Musya Qeburia's Art

Musya Qeburia’s Art

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Don’t Catch – GagosH

Another graffiti from Musya dedicated to World Down Syndrome Day.

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Friends don’t count chromosomes – Musya Qeburia’s Art

And this one is done by Dr. Love to support Ukraine.

Photo by Street Art in Georgia

Photo by Street Art in Georgia

Dr. Love again, protesting Russia’s creeping occupation in Georgia

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Dr. Love – Say No To Occupation

Famous characters from Pulp Fiction with Kantsi -Traditional Georgian drinking horn for wine.

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Photo by Street Art in Georgia

The first Europeans – Zezva and Mzia taking selfie

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Photo by Street Art in Georgia

Following three are done by Medic+, another interesting Georgian street artist focusing on phrases of rock musicians and other famous artists.

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Photo by Street Art in Georgia

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Photo by Medic+

Photo by Medic+

Photo by Medic+

Following is another mural from Batumi done by Polish graffiti artist Kamil Kuzko for Urban Art Festival – Art Active.

Mural on Facade of Batumi Art School by Kamil Zuzko

Mural on Facade of Batumi Art School by Kamil Zuzko

Mural on Facade of Batumi Art School by Kamil Zuzko

Mural on Facade of Batumi Art School by Kamil Zuzko

Mural on Facade of Batumi Art School by Kamil Zuzko

Mural on Facade of Batumi Art School by Kamil Zuzko

This one is done by German street artists – Inner Fields

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Photo by Street Art in Georgia

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Photo by Medea Kavelashvili

Following is done by patients of Psycho-social rehabilitation center for ex-drug users – Kamara.

Photo by Natia Pandjikidze

Photo by Natia Pandjikidze

Photo by PATTRAVEL

Photo by PATTRAVEL

Photo by PATTRAVEL

LAMB – Photo by PATTRAVEL

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LAMB – Photo by Street Art in Georgia

Dr. Love - Photo by PATTRAVEL

Dr. Love – Photo by PATTRAVEL

Dr. Love - Photo by Street Art in Georgia

Dr. Love – Photo by Street Art in Georgia

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Photo by Street Art in Georgia

Mirian Shengelaia (Miro)

Mirian Shengelaia (Miro)

Levan Ochkhikidze - Photo by Street Art in Georgia

Levan Ochkhikidze – Photo by Street Art in Georgia

The following is a very nice graffiti reminding all Georgians funny childhood game – “წეროები მიფრინავენ” (The Cranes are flying away). The author is unknown.

Photo by Street Art in Georgia

Photo by Street Art in Georgia

Boy playing with kite in concrete jungle was painted ten years ago and now it’s even more actual problem for Tbilisi, as the city is left almost without green space.

Mirian Shengelaia (Miro)

Mirian Shengelaia (Miro)

The  following art works are done in 2013, when Tbilisi Mayor gave permission to build the hotel at Vake Park and Guerrilla Gardening Tbilisi started permanent protests against Tbilisi City Hall, more about that you can find in the video:

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Mother of Georgia with gas-helmet by Mirian Shengelaia (Miro)

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Toss Tree by Miro and Dr. Love

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Toss Tree by Miro and Dr. Love

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Toss Tree by Miro and Dr. Love

Ain't no fresh air, in the heart of the city ☢

Ain’t no Fresh Air, in the Heart of the city ☢ by A Four

GagosH - photo by Street Art in Georgia

GagosH – Walking in Tbilisi

And the most recent one on the same theme by GagosH again

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Plot for Sale with the permission to build the Block – GagosH

GagosH protesting corruption in Georgian Orthodox Church as the majority of its priests have high class Jeeps.

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GagosH – Photo by Street Art in Georgia

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GagosH against unemployment in Georgia

Gender rights are also very popular in Georgian graffiti art. The Following art works are from the campaign for women rights, which covered all pavements in the city by the stereotyped phrases on gender issues in Georgia and was very popular – Change your opinion

To support Women Rights in Georgia

Woman, Go to Politics – To support Women Rights in Georgia

Support Women Rights in Georgia

To Support Women Rights in Georgia

Support Women Rights in Georgia

Woman and the leader?! – To Support Women Rights in Georgia

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GagosH – Photo by Street Art in Georgia

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Dr. Love – CAFE LINVILLE

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Dr. Love

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Monkey to support LGBT rights in Georgia

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Dr.Love to support LGBT rights in Georgia

This one is the most popular art-work from Miro’s recent stencils transforming Georgian folk songs hero Shavlego (Black Lego) to LEGO star. :))) Here you can find Shavlego‘s lyrics to get the point. :)))

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ShavLEGO by Mirian Shngelaia (Miro)

And of course rugby is the popular theme for street art Georgia. Giorgi Maskharashvili to support Georgia Rugby Team at Rugby World Cup 2015 in England. Fore sure, there will be more to come as our players show great performance!

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Giorgi Maskharashvili to support Georgian Rugby Team at RWC 2015

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Sound of Noise in Batumi

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Photo by Street Art in Georgia

Rustavi 2 – the main opposition TV channel in Georgia is under attacks of one of the ex-owner – Kibar Khalvashi since this summer. Tbilisi City Court on Thursday ordered to seize shares of the company that owns the television channel Rustavi 2 – TV Sakartvelo, which holds 51 percent of the channel. In yearly August the Court seized all Rustavi 2’s shares too.

The director of Rustavi 2 – Nika Gvaramia, blamed the government and ex-premier of Georgia – Bidzina Ivanishvili in these processes and attempting to close main opposition channel 1 year before the Parliamentary Elections 2016. He also asked the viewers for donation because as he said, the channel hasn’t any means of income anymore. The following bank account of the channel was on their screen during whole day yesterday. The supporters of Rustavi 2 were actively sharing the account to their page – https://www.facebook.com/groups/rustavi2/

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Rustavi 2 has played an important role in recent Georgian history. It was critical of the government during the end of Shevardnadze’s presidency, encouraging the rose revolution in 2003, then became strongly pro-government during the Saakashvili era 2004-2012. After Saakashvili period till now Rustavi 2 is the main opposition channel in the country. It has highest raiting among other Georgian channels.

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Photo by Vaso Gabunia

Several days ago Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia shared the photos of the event of their local office in Akhaltsikhe region. Akhaltsikhe’s office together with pupils of local public school gathered wild cannabis near the Rabathi castle and destroyed it. The wording of their post on Facebook was identical to the soviet era slogans. – http://on.fb.me/1KIstyn

To respond their action street artists in Tbilisi have written on the wall – Cannabis doesn’t kill! You can see on the photo above how workers are trying to delete the sentence under the directions of some officials.

Other street art graffitis related to the same issues.

Musya Qeburia's Art

Musya Qeburia’s Art

Musya Qeburia's Art

Musya Qeburia’s Art – Don’t Catch

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GagosH – Don’t Catch

At the same time Parliament of Georgia discusses the new law about decriminalization of Cannabis. According the current law person can be inprisoned for using cannabis for 7 years.