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Europe’s Refugee Amnesia

BARCELONA - After World War I, when millions of European civilians were made refugees, forced out of their homelands by enemy occupation or deportation, an international regime was developed to coordinate effective responses and ease the suffering...

Paradigm Change?

RIGA - “It was a paradigm change,” someone wrote on Facebook last week about the Europride festival that was held in the capital city of Riga on June 20.   Well, it was certainly the largest gay pride event ever held in R...

Renovating the World Order

WARSAW - Russia-instigated violence has returned to Ukraine. The Islamic State continues its bloodstained territorial conquests. As violent conflicts and crises intensify worldwide, from Africa to Asia, it is becoming abundantly clear that there i...

“Enemy music”

RIGA - The distinguished writer of popular music, pianist, and one of Latvia’s renowned  composers, Raimonds Pauls told The Baltic Times that jazz’s status in the 1950’s during the Soviet occupation of Latvia was considered ...

Remembering the roots at Baltica

In this modern age, with mobile phones, computers and the Internet, it is hard to stick only to traditions of one nationality. Globalisation means the smaller nationalities have a much harder time keeping their local traditions alive. But reminder...

Hoops and pucks under Jurmala’s pine trees

The Baltic Times chief sports contributor Victor Shestopalov tells the story of Jurmala’s professional and amateur sports. Let me ask you a question right off the bat: what are the first things that come to mind when you t...

All aboard the Klaipeda Sea Festival

KLAIPEDA - The tradition of the Sea Festival is one of Klaipeda’s valuables and a historical gift which represents the city and its nautical nature. Driven by innovative and bold ideas, the Sea Festival is opening a new historic page. The ho...

Rediscovering Isaiah Berlin

RIGA - Born in Riga back in 1909, Isaiah Berlin grew up to become one of the 20th century’s great thinkers. A titan of liberalism, his ideas resonated across the world. The man himself is long gone. He passed away in 1997. But this ...

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