A polyphonic blog-poem—in English and Georgian—about decolonizing one's self.


One week after the bombings in Boston and I still feel the urge to write about this so much.


Zviad K. Gamsakhurdia wrote his work “Dilemma for Humanity” just before his imprisonment in 1977.


Nino Chubinishvili has created her own Alter-Modern world in Tbilisi.


Naira Gelashvili is in her own right one of the leading Georgian writers and literary critics of last 40 years or so. Her writings have been very popular and controversial through the last 25 years when she came out as one of the leaders of Georgia's Green movement and at the same time defending rights of minorities through the Caucasus.


October 1st saw once again that liberalism does not equal democracy.


On Tuesday, Georgian TV unveiled unprecedented facts of torture and rape of inmates, some of whom are under age of 18 that were used by the government of Mikheil Saakashvili, friend of Mr. Bush and Senator McCain.  This is not just a copy of Aby Ghraib tortures but even going further.


“Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear”  —George Orwell


It is already 20 years since the breakup of the Soviet Union.  We were the generation who was filled with hope in 1989, who expected great transformation of the world after the demise of the totalitarian state.  We expected so much.


You may know that a Russian Court has sentenced Russian poets Maria Alyokhina, Yekaterina Santsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova to two more months in prison. Amnesty International has declared them prisoners of conscience.


Irakli Zurab Kakabadze
Irakli Kakabadze has been a leading figure in the nonviolent movement for social change in Georgia for more than two decades.  A member of the Civic Disobedience Committee in 1989 and during the Rose Revolution in 2003, he has since been harassed and detained repeatedly by authorities.  He is the author of five books and hundreds of essays in English, Georgian, and Russian. His play Candidate Jokola controversially depicted a love story between a Georgian presidential candidate and an Abkhaz woman. He is also an author of lyrics for “Postindustrial Boys,” and, together with Zurab Rtveliashvili, practices a literary performance style called Polyphonic Discourse.  He now teaches art and peacebuilding at Cornell University.