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Educating Children with Special Needs in Georgia: Available Options and Common Obstacles

Murder of Bela Dzamsashvili

Armenian citizens flying from Georgia: incomparable prices and high hopes

CONTEXT OVER CONCEPT

CONTEXT OVER CONCEPT

Sona Simonyan

“As Frank Gehryn said, “in the world we live in, 98 % of modern architecture is pure shit,” says Ashot. Ashot and Armine Snkhchyans are young architects, a couple working and living together since they graduated from the same university in 2012.

THE LAST HOUSE IN A NEIGHBORHOOD

THE LAST HOUSE IN A NEIGHBORHOOD

Vusal Azizov

As Baku prepares to host first European Games 2015, scheduled to begin on June 12th next year, new infrastructural projects in the capital gain momentum.

EXPENSIVE SCHOOL GRADUATION

EXPENSIVE SCHOOL GRADUATION

Hasmik Soghomonyan

25 000 pupils are celebrating their graduation from schools in Armenia on May 23. Sunny day is full of noise of car signals and graduates voices in Yerevan, heralding for the holiday.

JOURNALISTS AND SOCIAL NETWORKS

JOURNALISTS AND SOCIAL NETWORKS

Vusala Hasratli

Number of worldwide social networks users is growing rapidly. Nielsen Research Center report shows that nearly 4 in 5 active Internet users visit social networks and blogs. Also according to statistics 58% of people use social networks in the world.

Unseen Tutors

Unseen Tutors

Hasmik Soghomonyan

As the hot season of school graduation and university entrance exams is approaching, pupils are getting more stressed, parents more concerned, and teachers are impatient about the end of academic year to enjoy the long awaited holiday. As for tutors – they are busier than ever before.

FOCUS OF THE WEEK-NATIONALISTS' MOVEMENT IN GEORGIA

FOCUS OF THE WEEK-NATIONALISTS' MOVEMENT IN GEORGIA

Ani Gabrielyan

Within a year there were many protest actions of some nationalist groups for the rights of Georgians and against migrants. What they do and did, what is the impact of it and their demand.

VOLUNTEER SUPPORT TO GANUN

VOLUNTEER SUPPORT TO GANUN

Vusala Hasratli

Five months ago Audit Department of Azerbaijan Ministry of Taxes took the documents and computers of Ganun Publishing House on expertise.

AMAL CLOONEY WILL REPRESENT ARMENIA AT THE EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS

THE PRESIDENT AND THE OPPOSITION LEADERS OF UKRAINE SIGNED A DEAL TO HOLD EARLY ELECTIONS

SERJ SARGSYAN WON’T RUN FOR A THIRD TERM

SERJ SARGSYAN WON’T RUN FOR A THIRD TERM

Ani Mejlumyan

The president of Armenia officially announced that he never again will run for a president seat of the state. During the meeting with the commission of Constitutional reforms on April 10 the incumbent president said:"I am convinced that a man in his life, more than twice shouldn't aspire to be the head of the country, in Armenia.”

MEETING GEORGIAN PHOTOGRAPHER DINA OGANOVA

MEETING WITH EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR UNION “SAPARI” ORGANIZATION

MEETING WITH EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR UNION “SAPARI” ORGANIZATION

Tatia Kukhalashvili; Bayram Isgandarov

Violence against women is one the most critical topics in Georgia today. According to the MIF recent statistics, which, by the way, reflects only a small part of reality, because often aggrieved party, especially in Georgia, avoids filing a claim against a family member abuser, during the period 2007-2014 are recorded 1102 facts of violence, including 2223 individuals.

CAUCASUS NEWS DIGEST - PLACE WHERE CAUCASIANS MEET

CAUCASUS NEWS DIGEST - PLACE WHERE CAUCASIANS MEET

Gunel Safarova; Lilit Kochinyan

A little bazaar near Samgori metro station is one of the oldest in Tbilisi. It’s one of the rare places where diverse nationalities and ethnicities of the Caucasus meet.

FOCUSING ON MODERN GEORGIAN DRAMATURGY

CAUCASUS NEWS DIGEST - FUTURE OF ARMENIAN CHURCHES IN TBILISI

CAUCASUS NEWS DIGEST - NEW VISA REGULATIONS IN GEORGIA

HOW MEDIA COVERS VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

BARCELONAS'S BRILLIANT VICTORY

BARCELONAS'S BRILLIANT VICTORY

Beka Goginashvili

Barcelona dominated the game and deserved the victory. Best player in the world Lionel Messi has scored twice. Other players who scored for Barcelona were Jordi Alba and David Villa.

ASYNCHRONOUS COUNTDOWN AT RUSTAVELI THEATER

CHRISTIANS GATHERED IN JAVAKHETI TO GO THROUGH SAINT NINO’S WALK

GLOBAL MILITARIZATION INDEX 2014

GLOBAL MILITARIZATION INDEX 2014

Karen Tovmasyan

wo countries of the South Caucasus region Armenia and Azerbaijan are consider to be among the most militarized states of the world.

MEYDAN TV CLOSED IN AZERBAIJAN

ARMENIAN OPPOSITION COMEMORATED HUMAN RIGHTS DAY

TAXI DRIVERS' STRIKE IN ARMENIA

TAXI DRIVERS' STRIKE IN ARMENIA

Anushik Avetyan

Taxi drivers strike started on December 17 and still goes on. The price increase on gas has brought drivers into the street.

OFFICIAL MASCOTS OF BAKU 2015 EUROPEAN GAMES UNVEILED

“LA BEAUTÉ C'EST LA MORT” - YUKIO MISHIMA. ("BEAUTY IS DEATH")

GIPADOCU 2016

GIPADOCU 2016

The fifth annual GIPADocU Festival features documentary films and transmedia stories, where each piece is produced by the GIPA students and graduates.

I AM MEDIA - YOUTH COMPETITION WINNERS

I AM MEDIA - YOUTH COMPETITION WINNERS

Tamar Grdzelishvili, Ana Archvadze and Giorgi Vardidze were awarded the best video/animation, the best essay, and the best visual works in the youth competition describing their attitudes, views and experiences in relation with media.

IRANIAN PEOPLE CELEBRATE 35 YEARS OF REVOLUTION

EXTREME VIOLATIONS OBSERVED AT POTSKHVERIANI POLLS

15-MINUTE DELAY

15-MINUTE DELAY

Tatia Shaishmelashvili

The chairperson of the "European Georgia" was not allowed at the polling station # 26 in Marneuli.

DONORS GIVE MORE THAN 10 MILLION

DONORS GIVE MORE THAN 10 MILLION

Suliddin Baghirov

“Georgian Dream” is the largest receiver of donations. Financial contribution from the individuals and legal entities makes up 93% of the total amount - 10,319,998 GEL.

NO ACCREDITATION

NO ACCREDITATION

Ulkar Natiqqizi

At polling station 49 in Marneuli, an 18-year- old boy with no accreditation stood right in front of the voting list.

NON-POLITICAL PROGRAMS AS METHOD OF PROPAGANDA

NON-POLITICAL PROGRAMS AS METHOD OF PROPAGANDA

Manana Ghoghoberidze

Political life is a highway from election to election. The main goal is to hold the positions The choice is made at the ballot box, but election candidates prepare in front of the TV box.

THEIR ATTITUDE WILL CHANGE

THEIR ATTITUDE WILL CHANGE

Javid Ramazanov

Interview with Vladimer (Lado) Vardosanidze. He is an architect-urbanist, a professor at the Georgian Technical University. Lado’s professional interests include: urbanization, urban culture, protection of urban heritage, social and cultural aspects of urban development.

UNFORSEEN SUPPORT

UNFORSEEN SUPPORT

Ekaterine Kharbedia; Tako Kvachantiradze

"It was a tottally unexpected to feel this strong support during the pre-election period."

ELECTIONS IN VAZIANI

ELECTIONS IN VAZIANI

Aygun Rashidova, Duygu Gasimli

What Vaziani residents expect from the Local Elections.

I AM THE MEDIA (YOUTH COMPETITION)

I AM THE MEDIA (YOUTH COMPETITION)

Do you follow the local, national, or international news? Or access media only for entertainment content? Have media confused you ever? Have they helped you in your life? Do you have critical views of newspapers, television or online media? Do you see media in a certain way?

LIFE IN CONFLICT ZONE

LIFE IN CONFLICT ZONE

Nino Abdaladze, Thea Ghvinadze, Ekaterine Zhgenti, Tatuli Omiadze

Less than 70 Kilometres away from Tbilisi lays the village Khurvaleti surrounded by green mountains.

BORDER BETWEEN GEORGIANS

BORDER BETWEEN GEORGIANS

Sopho Vasadze, Maradia Tsaava, Gulnar Salmova, Zurab Mamgulashvili, Andrew North

At the age of 82 David Vanishvili became a star. Though, being a star is not always attractive. Vanishvili appeared to be living in a “cage” where people come to look at him several times in a month.

CINEMA STYLE POPULAR IN DOCU FESTIVAL

CINEMA STYLE POPULAR IN DOCU FESTIVAL

Aygun Rashidova, Fatima Karimova, Ulkar Salamova

”From year to year, the stylistic approach changes and we allow it. This year students presented cinematic films,” said Nino Orjonikidze, documentary film teacher at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA).

FOR FIRST TIME, GIPA DOC U HAS TEENS’ JURY

FOR FIRST TIME, GIPA DOC U HAS TEENS’ JURY

Davit Msakhuradze; Anna Makharadze

‘’We are watching these amazing documentaries, and in my opinion, this experience is very important for us and for our future,’’ said Salome Ramishvili, 10th grade student government officer at 163 School.

GIPA DOC U 2016 JURORS PRAISE MANY ENTRIES

GIPA DOC U 2016 JURORS PRAISE MANY ENTRIES

Salome Gvelesiani, Gvansa Margishvili, Javid Ramazanov

As the part of GIPA Doc U 2016, screenings of documentary films and trans-media projects produced by students of the Caucasus school of Journalism and Media Management (CSJMM) took place in MEC (Multimedia Education Center) on November 14 and 15.

“WHY PIGS DON'T HAVE A NAME” WINS A GIPA DOCU AWARD

“WHY PIGS DON'T HAVE A NAME” WINS A GIPA DOCU AWARD

Suliddin Baghirov; Duyghu Gasimli.

The Annual “GIPA Docu” Documentary Films Contest featured presentation of trans-media projects by the second-year students of the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs. On November 15, a jury comprised of specialists from the film industry gave awards to nine projects.

DOCUMENTARY MOVIE BY EKA MAGALDADZE “SPLIT” WON GIPA DOC U’S AWARD

DOCUMENTARY MOVIE BY EKA MAGALDADZE “SPLIT” WON GIPA DOC U’S AWARD

Eka Kharbedia, Tatia Shaishmelashvili, Tako Kvachantiradze

Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA) second-year student Eka Magaldadze won the GIPA Doc U main award for her movie “Split”, which was her very personal story of the difficult history of relationships in three generation of females in her family.

MOSUL-TBILISI

MOSUL-TBILISI

Sopho Vasadze

In Mosul, he lived alone, and in Tbilisi he wants to have a pet. Listen more in Sopho's reportage.

VESTIKAVKAZA.RU: “GEORGIANS VOTED WITH STONES AND BASEBALL BATS” RUSSIAN MEDIA COVERAGE OF GEORGIAN PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS

“WE WANT TO HAVE A BETTER FUTURE,” THE WOMEN OF MARNEULI USED THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS IN THE ELECTIONS

WHAT DO VOTERS EXPECT

WHAT DO VOTERS EXPECT

Ulkar Salamova, Anna Makharadze, Teote Chakvetadze

What do voters expect from these elections?

PRE-ELECTION EVENTS: HOW THEY AFFECTED VOTERS’ DECISIONS?

PRE-ELECTION EVENTS: HOW THEY AFFECTED VOTERS’ DECISIONS?

Dato Msakhuradze, Fatima Karimova, Natia Kurdadze, Javid Ramazanov

Georgian citizens go to elections to define their future. Today, 8 October 2016, after a very tense pre-election week Georgian citizens went to polling stations in order to figure out who they want to see in parliament seats in the next term.

THE EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM

THE EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM

Alim Aliyev

Ilaha Musayeva has a 5-year-old son with autism. She says the family applied to the public kindergarten several times, but they would not admit the child: “My son has been getting rehabilitation for three years.

NAGORNO-KARABAKH - COST-EFFECTIVE TOOL TO MANAGE

NAGORNO-KARABAKH - COST-EFFECTIVE TOOL TO MANAGE

Samra Sadraddinli

The so-called cease-fire . At least 30 soldiers and a boy were reported killed as heavy fighting erupted between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

AZERBAIJANI JOURNALIST STRUGGLES FOR FULL ACQUITTAL

AZERBAIJANI JOURNALIST STRUGGLES FOR FULL ACQUITTAL

Leyla Mustafayeva

Thomas de Waal: ”Mirkadirov’s arrest was awful and the court’s decision on suspended sentence was pointless” Baku Court of Appeal released Azerbaijani columnist and journalist Rauf Mirkadirov on a suspended sentence on March 17, 2016.

ON THE ROAD - TOWARDS EU WITHOUT TRANSPORT POLICY?

ON THE ROAD - TOWARDS EU WITHOUT TRANSPORT POLICY?

Eka Maghaldadze

Old and in need of repair cars which are dangerous, increasing number of injured and dead in car accidents, intercity transportation out of control - Georgia still does not have any transport policy.

“DO ALL ROADS LEAD TO EU?" - GIPA IN LVIV

“DO ALL ROADS LEAD TO EU?" - GIPA IN LVIV

Eka Maghaldadze

“Do All Roads Lead to EU?" - This was the main question for young journalists gathered in Lviv, Ukraine to participate in International School of Journalism.

EUROPEAN WOMEN IN POLITICS

EUROPEAN WOMEN IN POLITICS

Alim Alyev

Women appear in European politics since 20th century. French politician Elisabeth Guigou claims that home care prevent women from making their career in politics.

A DAY OF TRANSPORT INTBILISI

GENO - NEW GEORGIAN 3D ANIMATION

GENO - NEW GEORGIAN 3D ANIMATION

Gvantsa Akiashvili

Dato Kiknavelidze is an author of "Geno" - the first Georgian-German co-production, 3D animation, which won Robert Bosch film Prize and the Georgian National Film Center's grant.

MAGIC PORTALS INSTEAD PUBLIC TRANSPORT

MAGIC PORTALS INSTEAD PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Ani Kasareli

When I was a child, I imagined I had a private portal - magic doorway in my wardrobe. Whenever I entered my “portal”, I closed my eyes and imagined I traveled through time and appeared wherever I wanted.

OVERCOMING THE OBSTACLES

OVERCOMING THE OBSTACLES

Ara Harutyunyan

Zara Batoyan has been struggling for 15 years for disability rights in her country, Armenia. Now she tries to make the municipal authorities to create accessible environment for people with disabilities.

ISTANBUL - THE NEW SETTLEMENT FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES

ISTANBUL - THE NEW SETTLEMENT FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES

Nezaket Zeynalli

There are 822,000 refugees registered in Turkey according to UN, when Turkish Emergency Management, Civil Defense and Disaster Affairs AFAD Director General Fuat Oktay claimed there are more than 1.6 million Syrians in Turkey. Only 227,000 are registered in camps.

INTRODUCTION TO ART THERAPY

INTRODUCTION TO ART THERAPY

Ia Shalamberidze, Maka Gogaladze

Psychologist Salome Panjikidze talks about Art Therapy as a tool for self-expression and empowerment for everyone. 

JOE COCKER DIES AT THE AGE OF 70

ARMENIA AND TURKEY:WHAT’S NEXT AFTER 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE?

ONLINE AND SOCIAL MEDIA ABOUT FIRE IN AZERBAIJAN

EUROPE ON AIR – A NEW OPPORTUNITY FOR GIPA STUDENT RADIO

EUROPE ON AIR – A NEW OPPORTUNITY FOR GIPA STUDENT RADIO

Eka Maghaldadze

GIPA student radio joined the collaborative project "Europe on Air" to prepare, analyze and experiment with different radio formats together with 25 other students from universities in Turkey, Bulgaria, Spain and Belgium in March 2015.

FOLLOWING YOUR DECISION

FOLLOWING YOUR DECISION

Gunel Safarova

If a person wants to achieve his goal, all the obstacles will be removed. Like my hero. He was a soldier, for the homeland’s sake he lost his ability of walking. But he didn’t give up on life, now he is a TVpresenter who covers problems of disable people. Meet Ilham Maharramov.

WAR VETERANS' HOSPITAL

WAR VETERANS' HOSPITAL

Lala Aliyeva

There is three storey, red brick building with falling cracked plaster and paint inside, cracks in the walls, and huge holes in the ceiling. The building blows cold and drenched by his own history. The building serves as war veteran hospital since 1978 in Tbilisi, Georgia.

NEW POSSIBILITIES FOR IRAN AND ARMENIA

NEW POSSIBILITIES FOR IRAN AND ARMENIA

Karen Tovmasyan

The diplomatic success on April 2 in the Swiss city of Lausanne over the Iranian nuclear program and the reaching of an agreement between Iran from one side and the six world powers (USA, UK, France, Russia, China and Germany) from the other, changed the diplomatic climate and can have a decisive impact on the Middle East and Caucasus region.

WE ARE THE CHANGE MAKERS

WE ARE THE CHANGE MAKERS

Anushik Avetyan

“It is very difficult to live in Armenia from the moment you are born, you have been put into the certain role by your parents, relatives and circles and as soon as you understand you do not want to be put into certain limits and you try to break those limits you are facing a lot”.

CHILDREN WITHOUT DOCUMENTS

CHILDREN WITHOUT DOCUMENTS

Nezaket Zeynalli

Leyla (name changed) is one of 23 children living in orphanage. She was 2 when mother gave her to Russian baby sitter. She never came back. Little girl didn’t go to school; she lived with her nanny until she got 13. Leyla remembers how occasionally her mother sent her money and clothes.

SEX SELECTIVE ABORTIONS IN ARMENIA

SEX SELECTIVE ABORTIONS IN ARMENIA

Anushik Avetyan

If the phenomenon of gender-based artificial termination of pregnancy continues in Armenia, the country will lose about 93.000 women or potential parents till 2060. Today's index of 1400 unborn infant girls per year will rise to 2000 up to 2060.

I AM ALONE WITH MY PROBLEMS

I AM ALONE WITH MY PROBLEMS

Anushik Avetyan

During the day I am sitting in front of my house: here is warmer, than in the home. I am sitting here not to switch the light.

THE WINDROSE

THE WINDROSE

An Armenian band "The Windrose" was created two and a half years ago. A group of young musicians are playing Celtic folk music, introducing an "unknown" culture to the Armenian audience.

ARMENIA IN FRONT OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGES

IVANOVKA - A LITTLE PIECE FROM SOVIET UNION

IVANOVKA - A LITTLE PIECE FROM SOVIET UNION

Lala Aliyeva

Ivanovka, Azerbaijan is a little piece from Soviet union, the collective farm and Molokans- a group of Christians, who were exiled from Russia by Catherine the Great in 1834.

REISLAMISATION IN AZERBAIJAN: STREAMS AND STAGES.

REISLAMISATION IN AZERBAIJAN: STREAMS AND STAGES.

Lala Aliyeva

If during the Soviet era Islamisation was associated only with violence, in the post-Soviet period voluntary adoption of Islam has been getting more popular and Islam is experiencing a time of its renaissance.

TECHNICAL INSPECTION DEADLINE

TECHNICAL INSPECTION DEADLINE

Giorgi Parkosadze

Due to the EU association agreement, signed last year, Georgia must pass regulations to get closer to European standards.

WOMEN IN POLITICS: RULING STEREOTYPES

WOMEN IN POLITICS: RULING STEREOTYPES

Lilit Kochinyan

Only 17 out of 866 rural communities in Armenia are headed by women. From 4888 council members only 353 are women, which is only 7.2%. There are no female Governors and City Mayors, and none of the 12 communities of Yerevan have female leaders or deputies.

AUTISTIC CHILDREN AT SCHOOL

POLICE REPRESSIONS IN ARMENIA BEFORE THE OPPOSITION RALLY

ARMENIAN BILLIONAIRE GAGIK TSARUKIAN TAKES THE CHALLENGE

ARMENIAN BILLIONAIRE GAGIK TSARUKIAN TAKES THE CHALLENGE

Karen Tovmasyan

"Political actor Gagik Tsarukyan has become a pest for our state, and this is natural. A person who controls mechanism needed for participating in political processes but has low mental ability automatically becomes an obstacle to any development.”

GEORGIA IS TAKING ACTIONS TO AVOID AN INCREASE CUSTOM DUTIES

SERIES OF ATTACKS ON POLITICAL AND CIVIL ACTIVISTS IN ARMENIA

SERIES OF ATTACKS ON POLITICAL AND CIVIL ACTIVISTS IN ARMENIA

Karen Tovmasyan

The situation with the human rights violations in Armenia raised some concerns after a number of attacks on political and civil activists. Since the early December six activists and politicians were beaten and transported to hospitals, cars of 7 activists were fired the same night in different places.

INSPIRED BY EMOTIONS

INSPIRED BY EMOTIONS

Sona Simonyan

Levan Ochkhikidze, a graphic-artist works with mixed media – drawing, painting, illustration, and digital art.

MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS STARTED IN AZERBAIJAN

MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS STARTED IN AZERBAIJAN

Ara Harutyunyan

Municipal elections started today in Azerbaijan. According to Cental Election Comiteee 4,819,382 voters are registred. The ballots include 37,077 candidates from 30 political parties.

TIME MAGAZINE’S BEST WIRE PHOTOGRAPHER OF 2014

VOTING IN MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS ENDS IN AZERBAIJAN

VOTING IN MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS ENDS IN AZERBAIJAN

Nezaket Zeynalli

Voting process in municipal elections in Azerbaijan was completed at 19.00 on 23 December. The head of the Information Center of the Central Election Commission Rufat Gulmammadov said that voter turnout in the municipal elections in Azerbaijan was 38.93 percent.

ERDOGAN DECLARED CONTRACEPTION AS "TREASON"

ERDOGAN DECLARED CONTRACEPTION AS "TREASON"

Nezaket Zeynalli

Turkish President Erdoğan addressed the bride and groom at the wedding ceremony. He advised the newlyweds that using birth control methods was a betrayal to Turkey's ambition to make itself a flourishing nation with a growing young population.

5 GEORGIAN JOURNALISTS ARE WINNERS OF EU PRIZE FOR JOURNALISM 2014

POPULAR TURKISH SHOW FINED FOR "IMMORALITY"

GIPA'S MEDIA STUDENTS TALK SHOW ON A CASE OF KHADIJA ISMAYILOVA

THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT RATIFIED EU-GEORGIA ASSOCIATION AGREEMENT

THE PARLIAMENT OF GREECE FAILED TO VOTE PRESIDENT IN THE 1ST ROUND

NEW NEGATIVE RECORD OF RUSSIAN RUBLE

EU REACTS ON RECENT ATTACKS IN ARMENIA

EU REACTS ON RECENT ATTACKS IN ARMENIA

Karen Tovmasyan

The European Union Delegation in Armenia issued a statement expressing concern over the recent attacks on the civil society activists and opposition politicians.

CHANGES ON MEDIA LAW IN AZERBAIJAN

NEW US AMBASSADOR IN AZERBAIJAN

66 JOURNALISTS WERE KILLED WORLDWIDE IN 2014

THEY WENT TO SCHOOL AND NEVER COME BACK

HUGE INFLATION CAUSED PANIC IN ARMENIA

OPPOSITION MP ATTACKED IN ARMENIA

OPPOSITION MP ATTACKED IN ARMENIA

Karen Tovmasyan

Armenian National Assembly MP Aram Manukyan was attacked by unknown in front of his house late night on December 11.

CITIZENS OF ARMENIA CAN GET US VISA EASILY

CITIZENS OF ARMENIA CAN GET US VISA EASILY

Anushik Avetyan

Citizens of Armenian Republic will get visa to United States easily, - announced the minister of Foreign Affairs Edvard Nalbandyan during Government session.

DRUM SCHOOL IN TBILISI

DRUM SCHOOL IN TBILISI

Sona Simonyan

Giorgi Vartanov is a founder of the school, opened 4 years ago. In Drum School Giorgi teaches children drums and percussion . School band perform in different events.

KHADIJA ISMAYILOVA IS STILL IN PRISON

SOLIDARITY ACTION IN SUPPORT OF KHADIJA ISMAYILOVA

NATO WARNS GEORGIA

NATO WARNS GEORGIA

Karen Tovmasyan

"If the leadership of NATO member countries will have a feeling that in Georgia there is evidence of political persecution of political opponents, it will not contribute to the process of tightening relations with the alliance".

ARMENIA JOINS THE EURASIAN ECONOMIC UNION

RUSSIA CANCELS SOUTH STREAM

RUSSIA CANCELS SOUTH STREAM

Karen Tovmasyan

President of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin stated yesterday inTurkey that the government drops down the construction of "South Stream" pipeline.

THREE FOREIGNERS IN UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT

THREE FOREIGNERS IN UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT

Karen Tovmasyan

Ukrainian General Rada submitted the new Ukrainian government led by prime-minister Arseniy Yacenyuk. There are 3 foreigners appointed as members of the Ukrainian government.

GIPA DOCU 2014 WINNER IS 'A FRIEND'

IN VITRO FERTILIZATION (IVF) IN GEORGIA

IN VITRO FERTILIZATION (IVF) IN GEORGIA

Lala Aliyeva; Gunel Safar

The world's first "test tube baby" was born in Great Britain in 1978. The first child with the help of In Vitro Fertilization in Georgia was born 15 years ago. Despite that IVF helps to five million couples to become parents in the world, the Church in Georgia is against of it.

NGOs OPPOSE CHANGES IN AZERBAIJANI LEGISLATION

HOMOPHOBIA IS BEING REGARDED AS FREEDOM OF SPEECH IN ARMENIA

HOMOPHOBIA IS BEING REGARDED AS FREEDOM OF SPEECH IN ARMENIA

Karen Tovmasyan

According to the Armenian court publishing blacklists of homosexuals or their supporters and calls to isolated them from the society, fire from their jobs and don't even greet them in the street is not a hate speech, but is an expression of freedom of speech.

LIMITED SOCIAL SPACE

LIMITED SOCIAL SPACE

Teona Goderzishvili

Experts say that as many as 95 percent of patients diagnosed with schizophrenia can function as well as any other person if they receive proper treatment. But Georgians with this diagnosis often do not have access to such treatment.

ARMENIAN AND AZERI MINISTERS TO MEET IN DECEMBER

POMEGRANATE FESTIVAL IN AZERBAIJAN

WORLD PRESS FREEDOM REPORT

WORLD PRESS FREEDOM REPORT

Ara Harutyunyan

"Reporters without Borders" publishes World Press Freedom Index annual report about freedom of media in the world.

INVISIBLE CHILDREN

INVISIBLE CHILDREN

Gunel Safarova

Without state registration papers, many beggar children in the streets of Azerbaijan do not officially exist.

NEW VISA OBSTACLES FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS

NEW VISA OBSTACLES FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS

Tamta Tvalavadze

Kamil Sungurov, 21, is a native of Dagestan and thus a citizen of the Russian Federation. He is a fourth-year student in Tbilisi State University’s faculty of Caucasian Studies, thanks in part to funding from the Georgian Ministry of Education.

MEETING WITH LOUDSPEAKERS

MEETING WITH LOUDSPEAKERS

Hasmik Hayrapetyan; Sona Simonyan

This week, GIPA Student Media team meet with Georgian rock band LOUDspeakers.

EMIGRATING ARMENIA

EMIGRATING ARMENIA

Karen Tovmasyan

Emigration crisis still remains one of the most major topics of the Armenian political agenda.During the pan-national rally of the three leading opposition forces on October 10 the country's first president Levon Ter-Petrosian stated high emigration level becomes real danger to the national security.

HOMOSEXUALS STRUGGLE IN AZERBAIJAN

BAKU CANCELLED THE CONCERT OF MAKAREVICH

CUSTOM UNION CHALLENGE

CUSTOM UNION CHALLENGE

Karen Tovmasyan

Armenian and EU officials will meet to negotiate on a new framework for bilateral relations, which would be in line with Armenia’s upcoming membership in Custom Union.

"FREE LEYLA YUNUS!"

MASS PROTESTS IN ARMENIA

MASS PROTESTS IN ARMENIA

Karen Tovmasyan

The three leading opposition forces of Armenia which are Armenian National Congress, Prosperous Armenia, and Heritage parties continue their mass protests in the regions of Armenia before the pan-national rally on October 10 in Yerevan.

EREBUNI-YEREVAN 2796

EREBUNI-YEREVAN 2796

Karen Tovmasyan

Yerevan city councill will be spending 321 000 dollars ( 130 000 000 drams) for celebrations of the 2769 years of Yerevan

SOVETSKI

SOVETSKI

Shanhnaz Hasanova

The old part of Baku known as SOVETSKI is being demolished now.Officials claim that this residential area needs to be reconstruction, because of the poor infrastructural condition of the buildings. However many residents refuse to sell their property move from the old, historical part of Baku.

MOTIVATION FOR YOUNG FILMMAKERS

MOTIVATION FOR YOUNG FILMMAKERS

Nigar Musavi

Half-naked young man is bandaging his hands and saying: “Wait... Wait a little, I will be ready soon”. He isn't injured – he's just a cameraman and doesn't want the camera to slip in his sweaty hands. Baku. July 2013, +44C, underground garage, film shooting. Young director Rufat Hasanov gets nervous, he can't shoot the scene as he had wished.

DO YOU HAVE A GIRL?

DO YOU HAVE A GIRL?

Lilit Nurijanyan

In the end of August people started to post on Facebook photos of their daughters with the hashtag #FlashmobAgainstSelectiveAborts.

CASCADE SIGHTSEEING IN YEREVAN

CASCADE SIGHTSEEING IN YEREVAN

CASCADE SIGHTSEEING IN YEREVAN

Many of my foreigner friends when planning to visit Yerevan ask me what is the best spot in Yerevan to hangout. Of course pubs and open-air cafes, museums and parks are coming to my mind to recommend them. But there is one special spot, which is the best part of modern Yerevan. It is Cascade.

LANDLESS MUSICIAN

LANDLESS MUSICIAN

Kamil is smoking and watching the crowd. There are a lot of young people– with colored hair and tatoo, in fancy dresses and torn jeans, with guitars or cardboard coffee cups in hands.

GIPA STUDENTS FIRST DAY ON AIR

ARMENIA: FROM TRADITIONAL MEDIA TO INTERNET

FORMER FINANCE OFFICER STRUGGLES FOR JUSTICE

FORMER FINANCE OFFICER STRUGGLES FOR JUSTICE

Jasur Mammadov

Former MajorRenat Yusufov, serving as a finance officer in the Azerbaijan Armed Forces, now resides in jail # 2 in Baku. Now he declares he has witnessed number of illegal operations at the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan.

OFFERS AND GAPS

OFFERS AND GAPS

Ani Mejlumyan

There are 2, 514 registered websites in Armenia and 227 are in focused on Sport, Health and Recreation. To start online media project all you need to do is to pay $100 for domain annual fee. There are 4 major sports websites in Armenia: Armsport.am, Sport.news.am, Totalfootnall.am and Armfootball.com.

ONLY 20 KHRUSHOVKAS ARE PLANNED TO REPAIRED IN 2014

ONLY 20 KHRUSHOVKAS ARE PLANNED TO REPAIRED IN 2014

Giorgi Parkosadze

In the middle of an ordinary Tbilisi suburb, there is a building that used to have three porches. It was built in the late 1950s along with hundreds of other four- or five-story buildings called Khrushovkas. As you approach the building, problems become visible.

TBILISI PHOTO FESTIVAL 2014 OPENING

THE IDEA AND HISTORY OF MY PROJECT

WHERE DO WE GO AFTER SCHOOL?

WHERE DO WE GO AFTER SCHOOL?

Hasmik Soghomonyan

School graduation examinations will be held in Armenia in the time period of June 3-28. During those 3 weeks pupils will have to take 9 exams: Biology, Geography, World History, Armenian language and literature, Physics, Mathematics, Armenian History, Russian and foreign language.

WINE FESTIVAL

WINE FESTIVAL

Hasmik Hayrapetyan

This is what we call a wine festival. Museum of Ethnography, beautiful nature, people of different ages, music, free wine. It was not only a wine festival, but it can be easily called as a family festival.

HOLIDAY OF FLOWERS" FOR 60 MLN MANAT

HOLIDAY OF FLOWERS" FOR 60 MLN MANAT

Tural Ibadov & Vusale Ahmedova

"Holiday of flowers" was held in Baku during a week. As every year, "Holiday of flowers" was held in Baku in may, 10. Holiday began to be celabrated from 2004 year and connected with the day of birth of former Azerbaijan prezident Haydar Aliyev.

IT’S HARD TO LIVE IN A CITY WHERE YOU ARE ‘’INVISIBLE’’; PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN ARMENIA ISN’T ADAPTED YET

WORKING OR LIVING AS A MOTHER

WORKING OR LIVING AS A MOTHER

Ruzan Gishyan

Four-years embroidery doll has been living with Syuzi and Meline in their room. Syuzi made it with her own hands at school. Sisters prepare their homework every day, take a rest and also find time to help their mother.

ARASTUN ORUJLU: "WE HAVE GAME WITH MUCH BIGGER PLAYERS"

RALLY AGAINST MANDATORY PENSION SYSTEM

NEW PM OF ARMENIA

NEW PM OF ARMENIA

Ani Gabrielyan

Armenia now has a new Prime Minister. Hovik Abrahamyan, who is a member of the ruling Republican Party and the Speaker of the National Assembly of Armenia (NA) has become the 13th Prime minister of Armenia.

CRIMEA AND OTHER ‘GRAY AREAS’ IN CAUCASUS

CRIMEA AND OTHER ‘GRAY AREAS’ IN CAUCASUS

Ani Mejlumyan

Every conflict in the world directly or indirectly affects the regions close to the conflict area. When the world is over-concentrated on the West’s opinion, Caucasus seems to be one of the closest regions with many ‘gray areas’ (conflict zones).

ARMENIA DIDN’T BETRAY UKRAINE

ARMENIA DIDN’T BETRAY UKRAINE

Ani Mejlumyan

Armenian Ambassador in Ukraine explained Armenia’s position during March 27 UN voting where Armenia voted against of Crimean referendum illegality.

GEORGIAN DEMOGRAPHY AND THE PROBLEMS RELATED THE POPULATION

LIVING IN FREEDOM IS HARDER

LIVING IN FREEDOM IS HARDER

Vusala Ahmedova

“First 2-3 weeks after my release from the prison were very difficult for me, I could not adapt to people”, says Maria,former prisoner.

RIGHT OF PRIVACY

RIGHT OF PRIVACY

Vusala Ahmedova

Every citizen of Azerbaijan Republic is granted the right on Personal Immunity. According to Azerbaijan Constitution any interference on privacy is penalized. Though the law is rarely protected in the country.

CONSTITUTIONAL COURT’S DECISION ON MANDATORY FUNDED PENSION SYSTEM IN ARMENIA

NOWRUZ IN AZERBAIJAN

ARMENIANS AGAINST MANDATORY FUNDED PENSION SYSTEM

ALI ASKER: “SOCIAL NETWORKS IN TURKEY WILL BE OPENED”

ARMENIA IS STEPPING A NEW STAGE OF POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS

ARMENIA IS STEPPING A NEW STAGE OF POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS

Karen Tovmasyan

During the March 1st rally of Armenian National Congress opposition party the leader of the party, the 1st president of Armenia Levon Ter-Petrosian (1991-1998) in a speech addressed to his supporters describing the political situation of Armenia said that there is an “extremely favorable moment for the regime change” also stressing that no one party alone can bring change to Armenia.

OTHER SIDE OF ARAM MP3

OTHER SIDE OF ARAM MP3

Aram MP3 is a well known singer-songwriter, musical comedian and showman in Armenia.. He will be presenting Armenia in Copenhagen at Eurovision Song Contest on May 6.

JUDICIAL PROCESS OF "N!DA" CONTINUES

JUDICIAL PROCESS OF "N!DA" CONTINUES

Aygul Mehman

Judicial process of the members of "N!DA" Civil Movement and “Free Youth” Organization, at Court of Grave Crimes continues in Baku.

LIMITED EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

LIMITED EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Tamta Tvalavadze

Qeti Chigladze, 34, from Qutaisi, the first group disabled person, movies with wheelchair, lives in Qutaisi. At the age of 16, as a result of incorrect treatment of spine disease she moved with crutches, but seven years ago due to complicated health conditions she had to move eventually with wheelchair.

THE MOST PHOTOGRAPHED PLACES IN THE WORLD

THE MOST PHOTOGRAPHED PLACES IN THE WORLD

Hasmik Soghomonyan

Google is measuring the most photographed places in the world. It's called SightsMap and it uses Google Map's Panaramio platform, Wikipedia and FourSquare to determine what everyone is taking photos of these days.

101 MILLION NON WORKERS IN AMERICA

SYNTHETIC DRUGS = DEATH

SYNTHETIC DRUGS = DEATH

Asim Jalilov

Health researchers have claimed that those who experiment with legal highs are "dancing in a minefield" as they highlight a leap in the number of recent deaths in Britain connected with the synthetic drugs.

FREE KHADIJA ISMAYILOVA

FREE KHADIJA ISMAYILOVA

"Freedom for Khadija Ismayilova!" "Freedom is more important than Gas!" "Azerbaijan government - respect international human rights law!" - said the posters at the demonstration for the release of Radio Liberty journalist Khadija Ismayilova.

GEORGIAN AIR SPACE IS GOING TO BE ‘’BLOOMED’’

NEW CITIZEN

NEW CITIZEN

Nino Baqradze

Today, Bidzina Ivanishvili introduced his newly launched Non-governmental organization Citizen to public and answered the questions of Journalists.

CASE NAMED: ‘’TWO DEAD BODIES’’

CASE NAMED: ‘’TWO DEAD BODIES’’

Nino Baqradze

Vano Merabishvili’s request to bring him two bodies in exchange of ‘high bonus’’ became the turmoil in Georgian politics everyday life.

AZERBAIJANI EXPERT ABOUT THE THREE MONTHS OF NEW MINISTER OF DEFENSE

NEW YEAR ONCE, NEW YEAR TWICE

NEW YEAR ONCE, NEW YEAR TWICE

Nino Japaridze

I was always wondering about my family which was celebrating the New year for twice. First On December 31, and then on January 13th.

SAAKASHVILI REFUSED TO TAKE A POSITION IN UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT

DOCUMENTARY LIFE IN GEORGIA

DOCUMENTARY LIFE IN GEORGIA

Ruzan Gishyan

Topic of the show is documentary film producing and presenting in Georgia, film festivals and competitions. How much developed there are and what are main gaps in this area.

MODERN LIFE VS SEXUAL LIFE

MODERN LIFE VS SEXUAL LIFE

Gayan Simonian

New media platforms and new lifestyle affect sexual life and behavior. More than 15.000 people were polled about their sexual life. Researchers say that financial worries, daily problems, distractions of Social Media prevent people from having sex frequently.

HOW SOCIAL MEDIA AFFECTS TRADITIONAL JOURNALISM

HOW SOCIAL MEDIA AFFECTS TRADITIONAL JOURNALISM

Vusala Hasratli

Social media is becoming source of information for the all over the world. Some Journalists from South Caucasus agree with this opinion. And they use different social networks while doing their journalistic works.

SCHOLARSHIP LESS THAN MINIMUM LIVING COST

A GLIMPSE OF HOPE FOR CHANGES ON AKHALKALAKI PEOPLE’S FACES

A GLIMPSE OF HOPE FOR CHANGES ON AKHALKALAKI PEOPLE’S FACES

The residents of Akhalkalaki region are expecting some changes after the Presidential Elections in Georgia. Education, infrastructure, relations with Russia and Armenia are among the most important problems that Akhalkalaki residents list when they talk about the major concerns in their region.

AZERBAIJAN GOVERNMENT INCREASES PRICE ON OIL

AZERBAIJAN GOVERNMENT INCREASES PRICE ON OIL

Asim Jalilov

Azerbaijan government increases price on oil. By the decision Tariff Council from on December 3, 2013 years retail price of gasoline and diesel fuel, also wholesale price of some oil products were raised.

EAT, PRAY AND BEG TOGETHER…

EAT, PRAY AND BEG TOGETHER…

Ruzan Gishyan

Ajbe, Amina, Nabat, Zarina, Kaka, Omar, Abida, Zeytun and other children are on Rustaveli Avenue from early morning. It’s usual for them to ask or demand money, hit people and steal food from pedestrians.

DOUKHOBORS FROM GORELOVKA

DOUKHOBORS FROM GORELOVKA

Doukhobors came in the village Gorelovka in 1841. Nowadays, the biggest community of Doukhobors live in the village along with Armenians and eco-migrants from Achara.

THE LUMIERE SHOT - NINOSTMINDA 2013

THE LUMIERE SHOT - NINOSTMINDA 2013

It’s been a month since the students of Ninostminda school started to learn how to shoot documentary movies. This is their first project.

A DESERTER GONE ASTRAY

A DESERTER GONE ASTRAY

Keti Arjevanidze

does god exist or not? does the spirit?- A human beings inner fight, the essence of humanity, melancholy and chaos, quest for a right wave of life- all these emotions are written and often visualized in works of Salome Machaidze, Berlin based Georgian painter, whose art is displayed in Museum of literature.

JOHN ISNER WINS TOURNAMENT IN HOUSTON

JOHN ISNER WINS TOURNAMENT IN HOUSTON

Beka Goginashvili

After the final Isner said he now has confidence and will try his best to be successfull in future tournaments. John beat Nicolas Almagro in final with score 6-3,7-5. Every year tennis tournament is held in Houston.

GEORGIAN FAST FOOD IN US

GEORGIAN FAST FOOD IN US

Tatia Lashauri

Portlanders now have the chance to try khinkali for lunch just for 6 dollars. It`s been several weeks since Georgian fast-food restaurant Kargi Gogo opened in the US.

PARLIAMENT OF GEORGIA IN KUTAISI

PARLIAMENT OF GEORGIA IN KUTAISI

Tata Chikviladze

The Multimedia slideshow is about parliament of Georgia in Kutaisi, who built it, how many people were involved in construction works and how long did it take to finish the building. The architect is Alberto Domingo, head of CMD Engineers.

REAL MADRID GETS TO SEMIFINAL OF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

REAL MADRID GETS TO SEMIFINAL OF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Beka Goginashvili

Real Madrid was the predicted winner, but Galatasay played great game and deserved their victory. They won 3-2. Emanuel Eboe, Didier Drogba and Wesly Sneider scored from Galatasaray, while Christiano Ronaldo scored Real madrid's both goals.

SPAIN BEATS FRANCE IN PARIS

SPAIN BEATS FRANCE IN PARIS

Beka Goginashvili

Before this match France were ahead of Spain by two points. That's why Spain needed to win. Pedro Rodrigues scored the only goal of the game on 58th minute.

RAFAEL NADAL WINS IN INDIAN WELLS

RAFAEL NADAL WINS IN INDIAN WELLS

Beka Goginashvili

Rafael Nadal played great in this tournament and deserved this victory. He beat former number one tennis player Roger Federer in quartefinal.

A MAN FROM MARS

A MAN FROM MARS

Sophie Datuashvili

A pale man with silver hair and purple sweater sits in the narrow room, stares at his painting and sings with a very low voice.

GIPA DOCU FILM FESTIVAL

GIPA DOCU FILM FESTIVAL

Ruzan Safaryan; Sona Kocharyan

GIPA students produced 8 documentary films on different topics, addressing major social problems in Georgia.

HIV INFECTION PREVENTION IS AVAILABLE, BUT NOT FOR EVERYBODY

FAMILIES REVEAL TRUTH BEHIND RENOVATED TBILISI FACADES

FAMILIES REVEAL TRUTH BEHIND RENOVATED TBILISI FACADES

Keti Zhvania; Mariam Khanjaliashvili

Painted facades, beautiful balconies, ornaments, statues of the lion, new roofs, colorful walls – rehabilitation of Aghmashenebeli avenue is coming to an end. The first part of the reconstruction was celebrated one year ago, on November 23, the second part is scheduled for completion by the end of this year. Behind the beautiful facades families continue their daily life.

DIGITAL TREND IN GEORGIAN BOOK MARKET

DIGITAL TREND IN GEORGIAN BOOK MARKET

Elena Makharoblishvili

Digital era has had a major influence on traditional book market. Books changed their forms and moved from book shelves into an online space.

LAZIKA: ECONOMICAL CENTRE OR ECOLOGICAL DANGER?

LAZIKA: ECONOMICAL CENTRE OR ECOLOGICAL DANGER?

Ani Hovhannisyan

New Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili doesn’t see the need to build city Lazika in western Georgia. For him it is the most anecdotal case that is associated with Saakashvili. Final decision about stopping construction of Lazika isn’t yet made. Newscafe reporter Ani Hovhannisyan traveled at the site to see what is going on.