Politik, Kultur, Geschichte, Wirtschaft, Internet und andere Aspekte über den Süd-Kaukasus // Politic, Culture, History, Economy, Internet And Other Aspects About South-Caucasus // Re-Blogged & Posted By Ralph Hälbig
Saturday, December 01, 2012
TRAFFIC: Opening of Abkhazian railway meets the interests of all South Caucasian countries (armradio.am)
Exploitation of the Abkhazian railway meets the interests of the all countries of the South Caucasus, some Georgian experts say. They consider that this will have a positive influence on the economies of those countries. The new authorities in Georgia have declared recently about the willingness to restore the railway communication with Russia interrupted 20 years ago.
“If we open our part of the railway, Abkhazia will have an alternative,” says Paata Zakareshvili, Georgia’s State Minister for Reintegration. “The railroad will serve all –Russia, Georgia, Armenia. This will increase the geopolitical role of our country. The cargoes will then be shipped not only from the east to the west, but also from the north to the south.”
“Surely, the operation of the railway will be positive for the economies of Armenia and Georgia also as other countries of the region. The volume of commodity turnover will increase,” political analyst Georgy Areshidze says. However, he advises the Georgian authorities to be cautious and consider the issue primarily from the point of view of national security.
As for the negative reaction of the Azerbaijani side, the expert says it’s understandable. “Azerbaijan fears that the Russian military cargoes will reach Armenia this way. If the railway is really re-launched, it will bring about tension in the Georgian-Azerbaijani relations,” Areshidze notes.
It’s worth mentioning that in response to assessments of some Azerbaijani political scientists, Paata Zakareshvili said “it’s not up to Azerbaijani political scientists to decide whether the rail communication with Russian should be restored or not.”
“No Georgian government will ever question the Georgian-Armenian and Georgian-Azerbaijani relations, but it’s not going to sacrifice its interests to the benefit of other countries,” the Minister for Reintegration declared.
The railway was constructed during Tsarist times. The railway communication was suspended in 1992-1993 after the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict.
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Lohnenswert: Dokumentarfilm von Ruth OlshanWIE LUFT ZUM ATMENist eine Reise in ein kleines Land zwischen Asien und Europa, das zu unrecht zwischen den Grenzen der Kulturen vergessen wird: Georgien, das hier in seiner ganzen Schönheit, seinem Zauber und seiner Vielfältigkeit eingefangen ist. Der Dokumentarfilm von Ruth Olshan entdeckt vor allem die beeindruckende Musik Georgiens, in der die kulturelle Identität seiner Bewohner tief verwurzelt ist. In den fast verloren gegangenen und wieder entdeckten Gesängen und Tänzen, die die UNESCO auf die Liste des Weltkulturerbes gesetzt hat, meint man Stimmen und Lieder aus einer vergangenen Zeit zu hören.
Musik sei für sie so wichtig wie die Luft zum Atmen, erzählt eine Protagonistin im Film und man versteht sie sofort. Ruth Olshans vielschichtiges Porträt eines Landes, seiner Menschen und ihrer Musik zeigt, was das Besondere an der georgischen Musik ist: die Lebendigkeit der Folklore im Alltag, die aufrecht erhaltene Tradition, die in den Texten gespeicherten Mythen, das soziale Erleben der Musik, die regionale Unterschiedlichkeit der Kultur, und die Musiker, die die Musik heute auch in Pop- und Jazzbereiche weiterführen."Großartige Bilder, sympathische Protagonisten und schöne, unvertraute Musik!" (filmdienst)
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"Folklore kann ganz schön cool sein!" (Die Welt)
"Ein ‚Hit’ für musikbegeisterte Weltreisende im Kino!" (programmkino.de)
Ruth Olshan in her film portrays musicians who work with different approaches: a male choir searching and cultivating old folk songs in the Caucasus region, a female choir, a school dance company and musicians who enhance Georgian folk music. There is a common denominator that links the diverse protagonists in Olshan’s film: Singing, dancing and music are crucial elements of their lifestyle. Music is as important as “air to breath,” explains the director of the female choir . The subtle camera work discreetly catches moments and spontaneous encounters, showing that the rehearsals and the singing brings moments to these women where they are taken away from their normal course of life. For life in Rustavi, a small town near Tiflis, seems bleak. The industry is dead, the unemployment rate is enormous. You ask yourself how people can live. The choir women’s beauty and positive energy exude an affirmative sign of life, even in mournful moments. Men and women sing and dance both joy and sorrow off their chest. In Georgia, music seems to be omnipresent, almost existential. Even if a young singer does not think folk music is “sexy”, he still gets hooked. It gets under his skin. The film pays tribute to this fascination, vitality, and spiritedness.
Verantwortlich: Ralph Hälbig, Heinzelmannweg 3, 04277 Leipzig, Deutschland, mobil: 01799094675 e-mail: Ralph.Haelbig@mdr.de and Ralph.Haelbig@googlemail.com
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