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Tuesday, July 22 2008, #137 (1653)

Open letter attacks parliament for ‘cynical attitude to democracy’

An open letter signed by journalists and civil society figures blasts parliament for its “cynical attitude to democracy” after MPs hit out at Human Rights Ombudsman Sozar Subari’s annual human rights report. (more)

Saakashvili administration denies crippling hacker attack on president’s website

Russian hackers are to blame for an internet attack that took down the official website of the Georgian president over the weekend, suggested network security experts who documented the incident. The president’s press service, however, denied to Russian news agencies that the website had come under attack. (more)

Georgia detains four Ossetians on drug, weapons charges

Georgian police detained four Ossetian men on their way from Gori to the breakaway region on Sunday, an Interior Ministry spokesman confirmed yesterday. (more)

The News in Brief

President attends US-Georgia military training. (more)

Ruling party’s disregard for dissent leaves little room for optimism

Over the weekend, a group of civil society figures criticized parliament in an open letter for its dismissive treatment of the country’s human rights ombudsman, Sozar Subari. Parliament brushed off his lengthy 2007 report of human rights abuses in Georgia last week as just so much noise from a gadfly. (more)

Georgia eyes potential for new pipelines

On a recent trip to Kazakhstan Energy Minister Aleksandre Khetaguri said there is potential for more pipelines to be constructed through Georgia. (more)

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“Azerbaijani driver crashed into Greek bikers near Abasha” more

Germany is playing an increasingly visible role in peace talks for Georgia’s conflicts. Do you think Berlin can be of help in resolving the conflicts?
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