BBC Azeri and Turkish Services Publish Tbilisi Vake Park Protest Photo Story

BBC Azeri yesterday published some of my photos documenting the environmental protest in Tbilisi’s Vake Park and so I paid a return visit the night before to check if there were any new developments. Basically, there are none although legal action has not been rejected by the courts. Instead, more information needs to be provided before any case against the construction can proceed.

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Youth Solidarity Video Flashmob Against Violence in Ukraine Held in Tbilisi, Georgia

It was a simple wall post on a Facebook group that alerted me to Friday's flashmob in support of Euromaidan protestors in Ukraine, but I have to be honest and say I didn't know what to expect or whether it would last longer than 10 or 15 minutes. Instead, however, the action was much more elaborate than I initially imagined and lasted nearly two hours.

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Guerrilla Gardening Tbilisi: Another Day in Vake Park

It’s been almost a month since Guerrilla Gardening Tbilisi set up their camp in Tbilisi’s Vake Park to prevent the construction of a 7-storey hotel and its likely later expansion to include car parking areas and access roads. In cooperation with a local environmental organisation they’re currently taking the case to court while the camp serves as the vital early warning centre in case building work now on hold suddenly resumes.

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ACCT and Guerrilla Gardening Tbilisi Really, Really Free Market

Another day and another action in Vake Park. This time, however, the public event saw the Alternative Cultural Centre of Tbilisi move their Really, Really Free Market from the reclaimed building at the Hippodrome to the Vake Park camp. Although construction in the park is now on hold, it’s unclear when it might start up again so this show of solidarity is very relevant indeed. And given that I’m photographing both it was particularly interesting to see them come together in one location.

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Ashiq Qarib and the Sayat Nova Project in The Moscow Times

I was pleased to see that the Sayat Nova Project made into the arts section of the Moscow Times at the end of January and even happier to see that my photograph of the ethnic Azeri bard, Ashiq Qarib, led the piece. As readers of this blog will know, I accompanied the Kickstarter-funded project on some of their field trips in Georgia last year. They also traveled to Armenia and Azerbaijan.

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The Media and Internet in Regional Cooperation for Peace and Stability

Following my recent presentation for the U.K.’s Advanced Command and Staff Course during its study visit to Georgia, my next on the South Caucasus is set for later today at the Caucasian House in Tbilisi. This time, however, the main focus will be on the media in the context of regional cooperation for peace and stability.

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