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Armenians in Akhalkalaki struggle to learn Georgian (Dec 2014)

The Armenians from Samtskhe-Javakheti have a dilemma: They feel isolated from Georgian society because they don’t speak the state language, but at the same time they don’t have enough motivation to learn it. Shushana Shirinian, a journalist from Akhalkalaki, has lived in Georgia for all her live, but she does not speak Georgian. However, she needs… Continue reading Armenians in Akhalkalaki struggle to learn Georgian (Dec 2014)

Weak ruble and new immigration law impacting Armenians in Georgia’s south (Dec 2014)

It is a hard winter for ethnic Armenians living in Georgia’s southern Samtskhe-Javakheti region. The fall of the ruble has led to less money being sent home from relatives who have found jobs in Russia, and Georgia’s new immigration law is forcing people to acquire a residency permit, which they are not guaranteed to get even… Continue reading Weak ruble and new immigration law impacting Armenians in Georgia’s south (Dec 2014)

Pankisi residents want moderate Islam lessons to counter radicalism (June 2015)

PANKISI, DFWatch– Pankisi residents suggest to counter radical Islam by providing moderate Islam lessons for the young generation. Recently, four people were detained for recruiting new ISIS members in Pankisi Gorge. Journalists on a media tour here organized by the Institute for War and Peace Reporting just before the detentions found that locals were concerned about the rise… Continue reading Pankisi residents want moderate Islam lessons to counter radicalism (June 2015)

Lithuania needs to listen to its Poles before the Kremlin does (Jun 2015)

Lithuania’s Polish and Russian minorities are oddly friendly with each other, which is causing a headache for the Lithuanian government. Here’s how to avoid a potential disaster. Poles are the biggest ethnic minority in Lithuania. There are over 200,000 Poles (6.6% of the population) and 177,000 Russians (5.8%) in the country of 3 million people. Russians… Continue reading Lithuania needs to listen to its Poles before the Kremlin does (Jun 2015)

Radicalization in Georgia: a self-fulfilling prophesy? (Oct 2015)

Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge has been portrayed as a hotbed of Islamic radicalism. Its ethnic Kist residents suffer poverty and discrimination – a distant government and sensationalist media coverage alienate them further. A narrow valley in the foothills of the Caucasus mountains, Pankisi Gorge is back on the local and international media radar. In fact, Pankisi… Continue reading Radicalization in Georgia: a self-fulfilling prophesy? (Oct 2015)