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Georgia’s Secret City

May 15, 2012

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The city is very old, but most Georgians don’t know that. It has been destroyed, reborn, destroyed, reborn, and destroyed and reborn again. In the city’s lone, mostly unknown, museum, lie the plaster-cast remains of a girl. Centuries ago, she died at her doorway, a weapon in her hand, while she attempted to defend her […]

Georgia’s Revolution Against Corruption

February 20, 2012

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I prepared to read the World Bank’s report on Georgia’s anti-corruption reforms with some cynicism. As a long-time government employee in the U.S., I read many self-aggrandizing reports designed to make the administrations du jour look good. Hell, I wrote some of them myself! Yes, I knew that Georgia had transformed itself from a society […]