Thursday, June 18, 2020

Islamic Regime Disrupt the Asylum Process in Georgia

Based on my observations, in general, Iranian asylum seekers can be classified into 5 groups:
1 - Activists: Those who are wanted for political or civil activities in Iran.
2- Sensitive: They are tired of the bad social situation and lies and deceit in clerical regime, but they do not have enough money or expertise to immigrate, so they seek refuge.
3. Garbage: They want to immigrate, they have enough money and facilities, but they apply for asylum because they want to immigrate at a lower cost.
 4- Criminals: Those who have committed a crime in Iran and because of which they cannot get a police certificate to apply for residency, so they apply for asylum.
5- Officers: These people chose a way to seek refuge  under the guidance of a security-intelligence agency in Iran. They do and follow certain projects.
The most unfortunate asylum seekers are in the first group. They have no support, and immigration officials in Georgia have recently encountered Iranian asylum seekers and do not  have enough experience and information about the situation. A very important point about this group of asylum seekers:
⟢If a political activist is arrested in Iran, he will not be given any evidence to prove his arrest. Therefore, these asylum seekers often have difficulty in the asylum process and their application may not even be approved. But the fifth group provides every document and paper they need to seek asylum.
Mina Bayi an Iranian journalist in Norway says: Those who are real political activists do not have paper, but for other groups, the government of the Islamic Republic makes paper to say, for example, that I am a Baha'i  and this is the letter from the Baha'i Association. These people are seeking asylum and working for the islamic regime. *
According to my information, wanted political or civil activists  are less than 10 percent of Iranian asylum seekers in Georgia. This atmosphere has created a good opportunity for the Islamic regime to attract many asylum seekers to its connected network.This mafia network not only attracts and controls asylum seekers, but also tries to disrupt the asylum process by infiltrating various organizations. Although I know it's dangerous, there's no other way, I will talk more about it on this blog.
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Saturday, June 13, 2020

Advertisement of Georgian Casino on Youtube

A YouTube channel advertises for a Georgian casino. Videos of the ad have been posted on without tagging or warning "inappropriate content for children."
This YouTube channel belongs to a Persian language TV channel called Manoto. The video clip does not use the words casino or gambling, but its services are described by the following phrases: nightlife and live music performances, a variety of dishes, exciting games.The roulette table is also displayed during the ad.
Certainly the introduced center is only a casino, and in Georgia its business is registered under casino laws. In general, casino advertising is prohibited, especially on sites and networks that children have access to. YouTube also asks if users upload inappropriate content.
To find referred video, just search this phrase in YouTube: "اتاق خبر-هشتم دی ", ads at 42:23 .   
Manoto TV channel broadcast both on air & cyberspace. The channel is famous in Persian speakers for its non-transparent financial resources.

How important is the Persian language market for the gambling industry in Georgia?
 Many casinos in Tbilisi have Persian-speaking staff. The content of the website of some casinos has been published in Persian too. There is also a Persian magazine on gambling and betting called Leylaj. Some media outlets have claimed that the site's content is produced and published in Georgia.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Mtskhetoba City Fest

On October 14, Georgia celebrates the  fest of Mtskheta city or Mtskhetoba. The festival has religious roots and is associated with the Svetitskholoba სვეტიცხოვლობა, but a national holiday.
Svetitskhoveli Cathedral  in the city of Mtskheta is one of the most important religious sites for Orthodox believers. It is said that the Seamless Robe of Jesus (Holy Robe) has been buried in the churchyard.
According to religious tradition, Holy Robe was brought to Georgia by Elias in the 1st century AD. Elias, a Mtskhetian resident, bought the robe from a Roman soldier in Jerusalem. When Elias returned to his hometown, he met his sister Sidonia. When Sidonia touched Jesus' robe, she was so moved that she died, and no one could separate the robe from her. So they buried Sidonia and Robe together. A tall cypress tree growd at Sydonia's burial place.
During the reign of King Mirian (early fourth century AD), they decided to build a church in the
place where the cypress was located. So they cut down the cypress tree, and Saint Nino (the holy Nino) built seven pillars by them. The seventh pillar, however, was magical and went to heaven. Saint Nino prayed all night until the pillar came back to earth. From the seventh column flowed a sap that healed all the sick. In Georgian, sveti means column and tskhoveli means life .The so-called Church means a pillar of life.
The current building of the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral was built in the early 11th century. Svetitskholoba is the name of a ceremony held every year on October 14, during which people visit Svetitskhoveli Cathedral. Because this ceremony is held in Mtskehta, on the same day, the celebration of the city of Mtskheta is also held, and it is called the Svtsitskholoba-Mtsekhetoba ceremony.
In recent years, however, the religious aspect of the ceremony has diminished, especially among young people, and October 14 is called Mtskhetoba or the day of celebration of the city of Mtskheta. Like other national festivals in Georgia, traditional dances and music and wine drinking are common in the fest.

Monday, June 1, 2020

Dry Bridge In Tbilisi

Dry Bridge (მშრალი ხიდი) is one of the historical monuments of Tbilisi, next to which there is a market of the same name. This proximity has led most sources to point to the "Dry Bridge Market" and pay less attention to the Dry Bridge, as many tour guides do not know the history of the bridge.
Today, the Dry Bridge is located on Zviad Gamsakhurdia Street (ზვიად გამსახურდიას ქუჩა).At the time of the bridge's construction, there was no such highway, but instead a canal through which
the water of the Mtkvari River flowed.
 The Dry Bridge was built between 1848 and 1851, in the mid-nineteenth century. The builder of this bridge is an Italian architect named J. Skuderi (Джованни Скудьери). At the time, Bridge was called the Small Mikhailovsky Bridge (Малым Михайловским) , which ran along the Great Mikhailovsky Bridge. In 1933, the water canal under this bridge dried up and was replaced by a street. Since then, the bridge has been known as the Dry Bridge. The bridge is now located along the the Bridge (ზაარბრიუკენის ხიდი) which is larger than that. The Dry Bridge Market was formed in the late Soviet era and has survived to the present day. In this market, antiques, Georgian rugs, churchkhela, second-hand accessories and in general, any object that people have at home are offered. Paintings are on display in some parts of the market, and some call it the Painters' Park. Part of it is the hangout of real estate brokers and intermediaries, who are engaged in renting houses and apartments and selling land. Here are some photos from the Bridge of Dry Bazaar and the Painters' Park:

Painting and artwork from production to consumption:

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Image Of Khamenei And Hitler

A banner depicting Khamenei and Hitler was displayed in front of the Islamic Republic's embassy in Tbilisi. The banner is reminiscent of two genocides at different times in history.
On the afternoon of December 26, 2019,  a banner featuring images of two criminals in history, Khamenei and Hitler, was displayed at the entrance of the Islamic Republic's embassy in Tbilisi. It was an unprecedented event that prompted the police to be curious before reacting. In the images obtained from this event, the face of the person who took the banner is hidden behind the banner, but considering the dimensions of the banner, it seems that the person is huge.
 An interesting point in this picture is the appearance of the Nazi logo and the logo of the Islamic Republic next to both dictators. After a while, the police appeared on the scene in front of the embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran and warned the banner holder. Embassy staff appear to have asked the police for help.

 Is it possible to compare Hitler and Khamenei? 
The two have at least one thing in common. Hitler was anti-Semitic and Khamenei was anti-Iranian. Both wanted to destroy what they thought the enemy through genocide. Khamenei has repeatedly ordered the killing of Iranians in order to isolate or send the younger generation abroad with the aim of making the Iranian nation part of the provincial ummah. Apart from genocide, there does not seem to be another obvious common denominator between the two. Hitler's Germany was at the forefront of industry and military power, but the only industry and production under Khamenei's rule was lies, deception, and psychological warfare.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Is Georgia A European Country?

It may have happened to you that when you want to register on a site or read a global report, you don't know if you should look for Georgia in the list of European countries or in the list of Asian countries because there are both possibilities. Some sources describe Georgia as European and some as Asian. In this post, we try to answer the question: Is Georgia European?
In many cases, the above question is asked by immigration enthusiasts. They want to know if immigration to Georgia will lead to the benefits of a European country. There is a simple answer for this group: No. Georgia has a weak economy and with the current growth, it has no prospects of reaching the level of rich European countries in the next few decades. If we want to answer the above question beyond discussion with those who are interested in immigration and with a technical look, then we will see that this is a complex question and does not have a clear answer. We must first clarify what we mean by Europe. Do we consider Europe to be a geographical or a political or a cultural concept?

 Geography of Europe
 In the classical definition, large landmasses surrounded by seas are called continents. According to this definition, Asia and Europe are a continent called Eurasia. Swedish researcher Philip Johan von Strahlenberg is said to have suggested for the first time in the 18th century that mountain ranges could also be considered for the demarcation of continents. According to this theory, the Ural Mountains were the border between Europe and Asia.
During the Soviet era, the Caucasus Mountains were also introduced as another border between Europe and Asia. This demarcation has so far been complied with by reputable international authorities, as used by National Geographic maps. Georgia is located in Asia and only a small part of it located around the Terek river თერგი in the Kazbegi region is located in Europe.
Georgia is geographically an Asian country.

 Political Europe
 Although Georgia is not a member of the European Union  rapidly adapting to EU standards in terms of laws and institutions. Georgia's ruling parties are pro-European in the sense that they are strategically and politically oriented toward macro-European policies. Hundreds of non-profit organizations have been set up in Georgia funded by the European Union or European countries. The task of these organizations is to influence public opinion and the culture of the society in order to meet the demands of Europe in this regard.
However, Georgia is not expected to join the European Union in the near future. During a visit to Georgia in 2018, Angela Merkel made it clear that Georgia's accession to the European Union would be a long one.
Georgia is a country that is convergent with Europe.

European Culture
 Is Georgian culture European? Georgian language is the most important cultural indicator in this regard. Georgian does not belong to the group of European languages. But let's not forget that the Georgian language is not in the group of Iranian and Turkish languages. Linguists place the Georgian language in the Kartvelian languages family. The main language spoken in this family, which has the most speakers, is Georgian or Kartuli. In the case of other languages ​​of this family, there is no single opinion. Some consider one member to be an independent language and some consider it to be another dialect of the Georgian language. This is a detailed topic, but so far it is enough to know that Georgian is the unique language.
Relying on language, it may be said that Georgia has a unique culture, but let's not forget that the people are not static. Culture is changing and its orientation is not important. The election of Salome Zourabichvili as President of Georgia is a matter of concern for the Georgian people. Born in Paris and a French citizen, how could the Georgian people not be sensitive to this issue and elect her as president? In an interview with Euronews, Salome Zourabichvili told reporters: "First of all, I want to say that I was elected, not despite being French and European, but that's exactly why." It is in the minds of the Georgian people that they are Europeans, not something they want to strive for, they are Europeans. Apart from what President Zourabichvili says, it is also important to note that national identity in Georgia is based on ethnic identity. Maybe the Georgian people had no problem voting for her because they considered her Georgian, not because they thought they were European. If so, will Georgian society tolerate a Georgian who is also a citizen of Iran, Russia and Turkey achieving a high position in this country? The answer is negative in the author's point of view, but again not because the Georgian people consider themselves European, but because of the negative mentality that has developed over the Persian, Soviet, and Ottoman empires. For a variety of reasons beyond the scope of this talk, there is no sense of resentment or pessimism about European empires, and the Georgian people are mentally ready to join Europe.
Georgia's cultural orientation is towards Europe. As mentioned in the section on political Europe, the country's public organizations and media have played an important role in creating this culture, and it seems that they have had some success in this regard. In Georgia today, homosexuals have their own associations and can hold rallies in enclosed spaces. Girls do not need to present a virginity certificate for marriage, and secularists allow themselves to challenge the country's spiritual leader . There are many examples, none of which could have been imagined two or even a decade ago, but today they are in line with Europe. The direction of cultural change in Georgia is in the direction of Europe, and European identity is taking shape in public opinion.

Is Georgia European?
 Georgia is geographically located in Asia but politically, culturally and socially closer to Europe. The prospects for Georgia's accession to the European Union are unclear. Let's not forget that the union faces many challenges and powers such as China are infiltrating the Caucasus region.
 Perhaps the best description is that Georgia is Europe's neighbor and friend.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Bride kidnapping in Georgia

Bride kidnapping is a form of forced marriage იძულებითი ქორწინება that is still prevalent in some parts of Georgia. While the law provides  severe punishment for this act, the public conscience does not consider it a crime.
 Georgia's Interior Ministry announced on February 14 that a 22-year-old man had been arrested for kidnapping an 18-year-old girl in Marneuli. The Interior Ministry said in a statement that the man would be sentenced to seven to ten years in prison under the law.
 Although the news may seem scary at first glance, it was the intention of the man to kidnap her, and this phenomenon is very common in parts of Georgia. Last October, two young men were arrested on similar charges .

 What is a kidnapping bride?
 The phenomenon of kidnapping a bride is such that a boy kidnaps a girl with the help of his friends in order to marry her, and then asks his family to agree to marry them.
What happens to a girl after she is abducted depends on the culture and morals of the kidnappers. In some cases, rape or forced sex with a girl has been reported, but the fate of all the abductees is not so terrible.
 A 28-year-old girl from Tbilisi said to me the story of her marriage : During high school, we lived in a village around Marneuli. One day as I was walking home from school, a couple of my boys forced me to get in the car. At first I was very scared, but when I saw one of the boys whose face was familiar to me, I calmed down a bit. I had seen him before, although I had no knowledge of him, but I felt that he was a good boy and did not want to harm me. The boys took me to a house and put me in a room with a dining table. The boys disappeared. There were a few ladies there who kindly invited me to sit at the table together. One of the ladies was so kind that I quickly became friends with her so much that I forgot she had been kidnapper. I was talking and eating with them. An hour later, the door to the room opened and my mother and aunt entered the room with the boy in the group of kidnappers. I was shocked to see them. Then I found out that the landlord had called them. One of the hostesses took my hand and forcibly put it in the boy's hand. Everyone applauded and said congratulations.

The abduction of the bride and the public conscience of the community
 The abduction of the bride is common in the Azeri areas of the province of Kvmo Kartli . In a report published in the summer of 2017 by a local magazine , residents of one of the villages in the area describe the abduction of a bride as a tradition. In the same report, a civil activist in Marneuli says that the kidnapping of the bride is much less than in previous years. In October 2019, tensions erupted between a young teacher and residents of the village of Tazekendi over the abduction of a bride. Hamid Sediq, a geography teacher in the village, wrote on his Facebook page on October 9: One of my students was abducted. He was due to start his first day at university today, but he was abducted at a bus stop. Our society is made up of such lowly, bastard and dirty human beings. Now these crazy elders  come and say, "Don't worry, they will understand each other." The Facebook post was so negative that Hamid Sediq removed it from his page. In a video released from the street trial, a resident tells him that they respect his honor because he is a village teacher, but he has disrespected adults. Finally, Hamid Seddiq apologizes to the elders

Hamid Siddiq's story is a fact that shows that public opinion in these areas is in line with the phenomenon of abduction and does not consider it a crime or an important crime. In several cases, the Georgian police and government have dealt with the abduction of the bride, but there have been no reports of private complaints.

 Georgian government and kidnapping bride
Under Georgian rule, a kidnapping bride is punishable by a heavy fine. Following the kidnapping in
February, Nino Lomjaria, Ombudsman, travels to Marneuli and meets with the victim's family. The important point in the reports about Ombudsman's meeting with the girl's family is that they do not file any special complaint or lawsuit. It seems that Ms.Ombudsman insists that a major crime has taken place more than the "victim's" family (if this phenomenon is considered a crime from the family's point of view). While there is no private plaintiff in the case, Ms. Ombudsman emphasizes that the abduction of young people is part of the Marneuli school curriculum, and  the February incident was not in line with the girl's will and choice.
In the annual Ombudsman report for 2018 It is pointed out that some girls drop out of school due to fear of being abducted. This shows how serious and pervasive the issue of kidnapping girls is in some areas. However, the presence of Nino Lumjaria on the scene and her meeting with the bride's family or the victim is a positive signal that the Georgian government has noticed a gap that has been created between civil society and the government.