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TBILISI – EU-Russia summit setting in Stockholm hold out hopes to be a low-key affair neither sides,  after

EU, Russia Summit, 18 November, 2009

breakthroughs in a relationship that stalled after the Russian-Georgian war more than a year ago.

Energy security, rising protectionism and rule of law: there is no lack of potential areas of friction at the EU-Russia summit. Sweden has also been particularly critical of Russia in recent months, whether on the war in Georgia or human rights violations, to such a point that the Russians refused for a long time to have the summit held in the capital of the country holding the EU Presidency, as is the tradition.

Russia still hesitates about WTO

Speaking in Brussels on November 17, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt complained that Medvedev had appeared to gloss over that important theme.

“The difficulty that we have there is, of course, [the World Trade Organization],” Bildt said. “And although President Medvedev said a number of interesting things in his policy speech the other day, I was struck by the fact that the WTO wasn’t even mentioned. Clearly, that might mean something — that’s one of the questions we will have on the table for the Russians when we meet them.”

The EU also expects “clarification” from Russia on its World Trade Organisation membership. Russia is the last major power not to belong to the WTO. “Russia has not lost interest in the WTO but some WTO members no longer wish to see it join,” replied Chizhov.

The EU would also like “clear political assurances from Russia that in the case of a conflict between Russia and a third country, transit and/or export of oil and gas to the EU will not be reduced or interrupted,” according to a preparatory note drawn up by the Presidency. “It would be irresponsible to give guarantees on matters that depend on a third country,” responded the Russian Ambassador to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov, referring to Ukraine.

Protection of Human Rights Activists

Lastly, the EU will table the question of rule of law, particularly in the Northern Caucasus, in the wake of the killings of several journalists and human rights activists. “We welcome President Medvedev’s remarks on democracy and human rights but they have to be followed by action” because “the human rights situation is troubling” in the country, declared recently Sweden’s European Affairs Minister Cecilia Malmström. The European Parliament awarded its 2009 Sakharov Prize to Memorial, a Russian human rights NGO, one of whose staff members was killed in Chechnya last July.

Meanwhile, Georgia, although it remains a divisive issue between the EU and Russia, has been relegated to the status of a “regional conflict,” to be broached at the summit alongside Transdniester and Nagorno-Karabakh.

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Taken by Vusala ALibayli and Sabina Akbarova, in 2009, Georgia
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The rural house is standing in the forest. Various trees surrounded the house where live village dwellers and various

hourse, toy, 2009

hourse, 2009

domestic animals – cat, mouse, hen, chick, and horse outside the house. Multi-colored parrot is swinging on the branch of the tree. The village residents have the ships too, with yellow sails…

The world of the wooden toys starts from the entrance of the shop door which situated in Silver street, 25, in the Old City. The door was made of the wood and it looks like toy too. And next to door there are the shelves where you can see examples of the wooden toys. There are a lot of compositions here like the village life which I’ve described already.

They were all hand made by Merab Kuchuxidze. The first time when the wooden toys smiled to him he was a little boy. Now he is 45 years old. And it is already 10 years, to make wooden toys turned to his work from the hobby.

“It gave me energy when I smoothed out the wooden toy the first time. The wood has the power itself,” said Kuchuxidze.

His profession is being a builder. But after creation his own studio he started work only with toy making. When he was 30 years old he made wooden toys with his friend for themselves. Then they made it public.

“This is not a business. Because too few people are interested in it,” said he.

While looking at the face of the toys, for example, rabbit’s, cat’s, penguin’s, dolphin’s face you get positive energy, it is like brightness is coming to your heart. All toys are smiling to people.

“If toys are well smoothed and made very accurate people won’t avoid to buy toys or to play with them,” said Kuchuxidze.

Kuchuxidze, smoothing a toy, 2009
Kuchuxidze, smoothing a toy, 2009

Birch-tree and pear-tree form the main part of the toys. Also Kuchuxidze and his students use varnish which be brought from Germany, especially to make toys more smoothly and accurate. 1 cubic meter of the birch-tree costs 1000 lari. Kuchuxidze says that they have license to cut down birch-tree in the forest. But now he has worries about this tree, – “The birch-tree is getting less, even after some times it will be on red-book of the flora,” says Kuchuxidze.

Kuchuxidze works with his brother. He makes toys in his studio and brother sells them in the shop.

“The children who make these kinds of toys cant be bad people in the future,” Kuchuxidze says, “children speak with animals every time. And after making animals themselves their attitude to the nature is changing.  Their mind becomes open and their world wider and they can’t hurt any one”.

In the studio where toys are made there are also students who are learning how to make these toys. Kuchuxidze teaches students not depend their age. He has students from 7 to 35 years old. And the fee of the 2 hours in these courses is 8 lari.

“Actually we use this payment for the materials which they use during the work. And we don’t think about profit. Our

Kuchixidze, 2009
Kuchuxidze, 2009

gain to teach a lot of people and to involve them to this field,” said Kuchuxidze.

According to Kuchuxidze parents of the children come this studio too. And they make and play with toys together their children.

“Now parents found the easy way to amuse children. When child wants to play they show him computer or television. But none of them can give to child positive energy and none of them can make children more creative. Parents have to play games with them, create some tales,” says he.

Smile brings peace and happiness to people. This is the main point of the Kuchuxidze’s goal. His handworks have a smile in face, “Frightful world within all politic issues, wars, fights needs love, peace, and smile,” says Kuchuxidze who hopes save the world with his toy planet.

Vusala Alibayli and Merabi Kuchuxidze, 2009
Vusala Alibayli and Merab Kuchuxidze, 2009

By Vusala Alibayli, 2009

Bu gün doğum günündür sənin! Bu gün sənin xətrinə dəyməyəcəyəm. Dostum www.facebook.com-da  mesaj yazaraq xahiş edib. Əslində günün bitməyinə elə də çox qalmayıb. Əslində “Sənin doğum gününü qeyd edirəmmi?” sualı deşir beynimi. Yenə başımı nə ilə isə qatıb, səni yada salmayım gərək… Amma alınmır…

Bilirsənmi, nəyə bənzəyir taleyin sənin?

Neçə illərdən bəri övladı olmayan ailədə körpə doğulur, min bir naz-nemətlə qeyd edirlər. Deyək ki, 28 Mayda doğulur bu körpə. Çevik, ağıllı və yaşıdlarından fərqli fikirlərinə görə seçilən biri olur.  Azad, müstəqil qərarlar qəbul edir. Və günlərin bir günü, 2 yaşında olarkən, qonşuluqdakı uşaqlarla oynayan zaman çərhovuzun dayaz, amma bir o qədər də dərin suyunda boğulur…

Hmm… Heç nə əvvəl kimi olmur, daha valideyn əlləri göyləri cızmır duaları ilə, daha borc alıb nəzir verilmir…Nə az, nə çox, 7 (0) il belə keçir…

…Və müasir texnologiyanın köməyi ilə – olsun lap süni mayalanma – ananın bətnində körpə tərpənişi hiss olunur… Deyək ki, oktyabrın 18-də doğulur bu körpə.  Amma beyinlər hər mayın 28-i sızlayır. Və heç bir təm-taraq da görmür oktyabrın yetirməsi… Ana-ata qayğısından da payına azacıq düşür. Qəlblərindəki qəhər də, sevgilərini yeni doğulmuşla bölüşməyə izin vermir…

Anamın yaxşı bir misalı var: Ata və ana sevgisindən məhrum olmuş insanların ürəyini sonradan sevgilə isitmək olmur…

Həə, bu uşaq hələ də –  18 yaşına kimi özünü təsdiq edə bilmir, əksinə mənəvi cəhətdən sarsılmış biri kimi böyüyür. İnsanları incitməkdən zövq alır… Azad olmur, əksinə, azadlığı alınır…

Heç oxşarlıq tapdınmı? Hmmm… Sən də mənə bu gün, O GÜN doğulduğun qədər əziz deyilsən… O zamanın “SƏN”inin mayasında daha çox inam və sevgi vardı…O zamanlar SƏN daha Müstəqil idin. O zaman sən ehtiyac, sabaha ümid idin. İndisə hansısa planın yetirməsi…

Səni məhz 28 Mayla sevdim, Səni məhz 28 Mayda sevdim.

…O zaman səndən azadlıq iyi gəlirdi…

İndi isə cinayət…

18.10.2009

Vüsalə Əlibəyli

by Vusala Alibayli, Salome Kasradze, Khanim Javadova

streetblock

Photo taken by Khanim Javadova, student of GIPA

TBILISI, Georgia – The 42th day of protest in Tbilisi was uptight, in spite of the fact that not more than 2000 people were attending the demonstration on the bank of the river Mtkvari. Leaders of opposition parties gathered in the Rose Square and after half an hour Zviad Dzidziguri, member of Conservative Party announced the direction of demonstration.

“I am asking you to stay calm and be organized. Now we will move by the Rustaveli Avenue, then go down to the Elbakidze Street and then block the both sides of Mtkvari,” he said.

Protest reached the culmination in the Elbakidze Street when one of the drivers decided to break-through the people. He was against the protest. However, there were drivers who supported the protest. As 40-year-old driver Georgi Bagrationi,

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Photo taken by Khanim Javadova, student of GIPA

“I agree, I agree with all what is happening there,” he said.

Kakha Shartava, leader of ‘National Forum’ advised Protestants to stay calm.

“When Government’s violence has no limit, when they kill innocent people, torture prisoners, encroach personal proper ty- of course, we are not insured against such provocations. We should stay calm and everyone should join the protest. And no place will be left for such provocateurs,” he said.

After Elbakidze Street, demonstrators moved near the Ministry of Internal Affairs. They responded to the police operation against the military service officers, when they arrested  2 people and killed one person suspected in the motherlands betray. Opposition leaders spoke in the protest that this action was completely unfair.

Photo taken by Khanim Javadova

Photo taken by Khanim Javadova

Salome Zurabishvili, leader of ‘Georgian way’ party called for ministry of Internal Affairs Vasil Sikharulidze to join them, but there was no comment from him.

“We will continue as long as it will be necessary so people of Georgia can make their free choice about  what in future they want. They want this government which destroying or new construction. There will be very big rally on 26th of May. This will be culmination of the previous protests but not the end,” said Zurabishvili.

After 40 minutes, protest near the ministry of internal Affairs was over. It continued in 6 a.m. in front of the Parliament.

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Zakaryan has been living on the streets for 15 years

Among the thousands of protesters in front of parliament on Saturday, April 11, is Rauf Zakaryan, 45, a homeless man. Although he has no idea about what’s going on there.

“I asked people what they are doing here. No one gave me answer. I thought these meetings are for elections,” says Zakaryan, who has been living on the streets  for 15 years.

Zakaryan speaks in Azerbaijanian and Armenian. While talking he stopped, listened to know what opposition leaders speaking about. But he didn’t understand because all speeches are in Georgian language.

It is a month that former taxi driver Zakaryan has lived in Tbilisi, sleeping everywhere, for example, 50 meter far from Opera and around the Academy of Science of Georgia at night. According to him, any place where can be a shelter he lives there. He has only a big, black bag, black and dirty hat. He keeps his reserve shoes, some clothes there.

He lived in Russia, Ukraine, and Armenia before, but moved because of the lack of money and to find somewhere to live.

Zakaryan decided to live in Georgia because he heard it was a more law-abiding country. He thinks Georgia is a fairer place to live and is puzzled by the calls for Saakashvili’s resignation.

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"I know only that no one can make Saakashvili resign if he didn’t commit a crime"

It was on Saturday when I met him and started talking. There were fewer people than the first two days of the protests. When we talked, there were about 5,000 protesters in front of the parliament.

Zakaryan stared at people, seeming like he was counting them. Then he asked me “How much is the population of Georgia?” I replied “It is about 5 million.”

Zakaryan thought about that for a minute, then replied: “This is unbelievable. Now there are only maximum 5,000-10,000 people here. Let it be even whole population of Tbilisi. How can they to make difference in government instead of the remaining three or four million?”

“There have to be elections, there is no other way to get rid of the president,” said Zakaryan, before going off to look for a new place to sleep for the night.