Set Me Free! Let Me Go…

Narmin wrote a letter to her husband before leaving home. It is not the life that she wanted to live anymore, and putting it on paper was the easiest way to explain it to her family. Otherwise, she was afraid that they would never let her go. Her fear was not groundless – the step she was going to take would cost her life. "Saleh, forgive me. I was not able to be a decent wife for you. Neither was I a decent daughter to my mom and dad. I betrayed..."

Tbilisian Cobbler Spending his All Life in Atelier (Photo Story)

A 60 years old cobbler, Aleks Aragvishvili has been tailoring shoes since 1981. He says he is the only person in Tbilisi making high-heeled shoes with metal heels. During the Soviet period, he worked at the atelier only making shoes for the communist party members. After the collapse of the USSR, he started his own business. Despite the saying “Masters making clothes for others never have clothes for themselves,” he makes his own shoes.

Georgia strives for the sustainability of visa-free travel to the EU

Since Georgia achieved visa liberalization with the EU on March 28 of 2017, one of the challenges for the country is to maintain the sustainability of the visa-free regime. "Georgians are very keen not only on getting visa-free but remain having it because there is a so-called visa suspension mechanism. If the European Union thinks that visa-free travel for certain countries creates more trouble than good then they revert the decision and say you go back to the visa regime,” says Marc Hulst, Georgia Programme Officer at the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Kelbakiani, A Man Who Came to Vote With a Cane

Though he could hardly walk, a 70-year-old retiree Teon Kelbakiani came to elections with a cane, to make sure his vote “was not lost” like it happened during last elections. Before previous elections, he applied for a ballot box to be brought to his place, because he walk with difficulty due to a problem with his right foot, but they did not bring it. He does not want his vote to be lost again this time.

Encouraging foreign investment to revitalize Iran’s car industry - Interview

Iran’s biggest non-oil sector car industry looks like slipping into recession recently. The situation got even worse with the disagreement between auto-parts makers and carmakers of the country. The problem is that car producers prefer low quality imported auto parts from China. Nevertheless, domestic producers of auto parts would be in a better position if the exchange rates were market determined and safety standards were rigorously applied to domestically produced cars, said Kamran Dadkhah, associate professor of Economics at the Northeastern University via email to Azernews