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The Authoritarian Temptation

NEW YORK – Twenty-four years ago this month, Soviet hardliners, desperate to stop the country’s nascent democratic transition, arrested Mikhail Gorbachev and declared martial law. In response, millions of protesters poured into the str...

A Ridiculous Debate

RIGA - “My personal opinion is that of course they should not wear such a veil,” Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis declared in a recent interview.  He was referring to Muslim women who wear the burqa or the veil that covers their...

A house in Jurmala

Many years ago, I was a boy growing up in Kharkov, Ukraine in what was then the indestructible Soviet Union.   For 5 straight years in the early 1970’s, I spent one month each summer in a rented house in Jurmala, a small resort tow...

No world headlines, just music

JURMALA - Throughout the performance of the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra at Dzintari Concert Hall in the beach resort of Jurmala on August 20, it was hard not to notice a large cortege of security guards — whose sleek, elegant suits brough...

ARTS, ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS GUIDE

Latvia THURSDAY, 3 SEP RIGA FOOD 2015  (until  5 Sep) @ Kipsala International Exhibition Centre, Riga. 3–4 Sep 10.00–19.00. 5 Sep 10.00–17.00. Everybody is welcome to draw inspiratio...

Lietuva in brief

Conscripts arrive August 24, 2015, saw Lithuania welcome first conscripts to its armed forces. The 495 men aged between 20-to-30 were the first wave of conscripts to the Lithuanian army, since the government re-introduc...

Latvija in brief

On August 29, 2015, Russia criticised Latvia for its decision to deny the Russian news agency, Rossiya Segodnya*, the registration and opening of a Latvian bureau. Russia has interpreted the decision as discrimination of mass media. &...

Eesti in brief

Port Corruption Speaking on August 27, 2015, Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas said the corruption case found within the state-owned company, Port of Tallinn, is a serious threat to Estonia’s national security. ...

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