Anders Åslund, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and author of the book “Ukraine: What Went Wrong and How to Fix It.” writes about the Russian proposal to restructure the $3 billion Eurobond lent to former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych as well as how Putin has changed the G-20 agenda from being dominated by Ukraine to having been taken over by Syria.
The economic problems are so long gone in Venezuela that debts have become a real threat to the country. The value of the currency decreases rapidly and inflation is going up. Foreign imports have ceased, resulting in empty shelves in stores around the country. Read more
Thursday, November 19, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation arranged the conference Russia’s Direction – Putin’s Objectives & the European Response. The conference was well attended and received high rating from the participants.
Tbilisi’s city court’s controversial judge Tamaz Urtmelidze dismissed last night the management of Georgia’s largest independent TV-channel Rustavi2. The controversial judicial decision came as a surprise without notice. The new management expects to consist of government proxies and leaders loyal with the ruling party. The ruling party Georgian Dream gains with this action nearly monopoly on the Georgian media landscape and the actions are condemned by numerous of NGO’s in the country. The U.S. Ambassador to Tbilisi, Ian Kelly, issued a “deep concern” and warned of “profound political implications.”
Read at joint statement from Transparency International and Atlantic Council among others here.
Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation has the pleasure of welcoming you to the conference Russia’s Direction – Putin’s Objectives & the European Response at Clarion Hotel Sign in Stockholm, Thursday, November 19. Read more about the programme and how to participate below. (more…)
Investigative journalist and author Svetlana Alexievich to receive the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature. “They pretend I don’t exist”, “I am not published [in Belarus], and I cannot speak publicly anywhere.” says Alexievich, a vocal critic of totalitarianism.
UNM activists sentenced to pre-trial detention, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe criticizes continued misuse of pre-trial detentionsOctober 6th, 2015 Georgia | News
UNM Activists Sentenced to Pre-trial Detention as PACE Slams Georgia for Abusing the Practice
Three UNM activists were sentenced to two-months of pre-trial detention in the western Georgian city of Kutaisi today for “hooliganism” allegedly committed while taking part in a rally in support of Rustavi2, Georgia’s most popular TV channel currently facing an aggressive government-backed takeover.
Kosovo has faced many challenges after its declaration of independence from Serbia in 2008, and corruption and youth unemployment were and still are crucial elements to establish a strong democracy. Strong democracies are built by democrats and the co-operation between the Democratic League of Kosovo and the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation aims to foster the future politicians of Kosovo in democratic values. (more…)
The former mayor of Tbilisi Gigi Ugulava was released following Georgian Constitutional Court declaring his prolonged pre-trial detention as anti-constitutional and illegal. Less than 24 hours later he was jailed again.
Read more below.
The Georgian Government refuses to comply with the ruling of the Constitutional Court to release the former Mayor of Tbilisi Gigi UgulavaSeptember 18th, 2015 Georgia | News
United National Movement, Georgia’s main opposition party, has published a statement on the Government’s refusal to comply with the ruling of the Constitutional Court to release the former Mayor of Tbilisi Gigi Ugulava.
Read the statement below.
Lukashenka’s refusal to building a contentious air base on Belarusian territory may have an impact on the upcoming Belarusian election and future.