Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, Tbilisi, Georgia

The week that's been was particularly refreshing in part because of the first workshop on social media and citizen journalism for national minorities in Georgia. There'll be a second next month, but the first comprised ethnic Armenian, Assyrian, Azeri, Russian, Ukrainian, and Yezidi citizens of Georgia. Among them was also Father Mikael Khachkalyan of the Armenian Catholic Church.

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Tbilisoba

Residents of Tbilisi, the Georgian capital, are understandably proud of their city and with good reason. For centuries it's arguably been the heart and soul of the South Caucasus and very definitely my favorite city in the region too. Finally, after missing it in previous years, I managed to catch the the last day of Tbilisoba.

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Another visit to Tbilisi’s Catholic Armenians

As I mentioned in a previous post, a message posted to a mailing list saw me pay a visit to an Armenian Catholic center in Tbilisi. Although Armenians are mainly Apostolic, Catholic Armenians are still an important minority in both Armenia and Georgia. Today’s return visit wasn’t just to photograph the kids at the center, however. It was also to help them with their English language skills.

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Social Media and Citizen Journalism Training for Representatives of Ethnic Minorities

New and Social Media tools have revolutionized the way journalists report news, but more significantly they have also empowered citizens the world over, allowing them to communicate and disseminate their own information and opinion locally, nationally, and internationally. When used appropriately, these new tools can also act as bridges between nationalities and cultures, encouraging communication, cooperation, and discussion. From art and culture to social issues and local problems, New and Social Media can particularly empower minority groups.

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Three Weeks before the Presidential Election in Georgia

With a little over three weeks to go before the 27 October Presidential Election in Georgia, I decided to take my camera out with me on a little stroll to buy an extension cable for my desktop PC. To be honest, there's little sign on the streets so far that a presidential election is imminent, but there are at least some. Schools have been identified as polling stations, election campaign offices have been opened, and there are a few posters and electronic billboards around.

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