Apologies + video

January 27, 2007

Apologies to everyone that expected the regular posts on here this past week. For different reasons I haven’t been able to post; a few other commitments, and then I was in Boston for a couple of days. I should be posting regularly now, however.

And just for fun, here’s what the “other commitments” sometimes involve. I’m the one playing bass:

Update: For those interested, I’ll be posting more of these kinds of video posts over at a new blog, Bitter Music.

In yesterday’s article entitled “Montreal: F.A.C.E. School Community Speaks Up,” I mentionned that William Paul, webmaster of www.ecolefaceschool.com recieved threats of legal action. Indirect threats of letters from CSDM lawyers were made, but William Paul was not directly contacted by any representative of the CSDM.

I regret the error — I had miscommunicated with the parties involved and in my attempt to hastily put the article together, made the regrettable error. I will be more prudent in the future. And I would like to apologize to the CSDM, for this mistake.

Blogging is not about media ethics. But accountability and transparency, I believe, is necessary.

I never intended this blog to be about the Russia-Georgia conflict, but in the last few days I have been drawn to write on this topic. Hence, I have a disclosure to make about a personal bias.

Two and a half years ago, as Georgia had its President Saakashvili sworn in, my cousin’s husband was incarcerated by this new administration. The arrest was political in nature and charges have never been laid since the arrest. It’s been over two years, but the confinement continues.

The Human Rights Watch, the Red Cross and others (I had started a petition) have been involved but without success. Gia Vashakidze continues to be held in a Georgian prison, while his wife (my cousin) is left to raise her child alone in Moscow — and not able to visit her husband.

Because of this, it is sometimes hard for me to accept President Saakashvili’s discourse of freedom. The reason Gia Vashakidze was incarcerated was because he supported a different candidate for the presidency (not Saakashvili); Gia was also an influential General and a deputy defense minister. In his bed for the presidency, Saakashvili thought that sometimes it’s worth to take some freedom away.

Obviously this issue doesn’t make me completely disregard Georgia’s position, but a bias is there. And I feel a need to admit it.

I will try to write on Georgia without compromising a certain level of integrity that I feel I have. But I know that sometimes my emotions may run ahead of me. I apologize in advance.