Thursday, September 18, 2014


News and Features from the Caucasus

EBRD Lowers Forecasts Due To Ukraine

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) says the Ukraine crisis is weighing heavily on economies where the bank operates, including Central and Southeastern Europe and the former Soviet republics.
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Azerbaijan's Opinion-Shaping Campaign Reaches 'The New York Times'

Just days after reporting about Azerbaijan's efforts to influence Western think tanks to advance Baku's interests in the United States, "The New York Times" itself published an opinion piece by an Israeli professor who did not disclose her affiliation with Azerbaijan's state oil company.
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Georgian Bill To Delay Broader Use Of Jury Trials

Georgia's parliament is debating a bill to delay the broader use of jury trials by two years.
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Abkhaz Rally For Scotland

Dozens of people have gathered in the capital of Georgia's breakaway Abkhazia region to express support for Scotland’s independence.
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Pro-Independence Scots Have A Friend -- In Abkhazia

On September 18, Scottish voters go to the polls to vote in a historic referendum on whether to break their three-century-old ties with the United Kingdom. In Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia, which claims its own form of independence, support for Scottish statehood is strong.
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Ivanishvili Steps Into Georgian Feud

The Georgian tycoon who led an opposition coalition to power in 2012 has defended Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili amid a feud in the South Caucasus nation's leadership.
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Vatican Foreign Minister Voices 'Solidarity' With Georgia

The Vatican's foreign minister has voiced support for Georgia during the first such visit to the South Caucasus nation in 11 years.
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U.S. 'Concerned' By Azeri Deportation

The United States says it has raised concerns with Azerbaijan about Said Nuri, a U.S. citizen of Azerbaijani origin who was deported by authorities in Baku after what he called days of "intimidation and harassment."
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Georgian Prime Minister Acknowledges 'Worsened' Ties With President

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili has acknowledged reported tensions between his team and the administration of President Giorgi Margvelashvili.
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Baku Deports Activist, Warns About Family

A U.S. citizen of Azerbaijani origin, Said Nuri, has been deported from Azerbaijan after what he called days of intimidation and harassment.
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