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We Don't Need a Big Military if We Don't Try to Police the World

Doug Bandow | Posted 01.26.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Much is said these days about the mismatch of missions and resources for the military. Indeed, the chants of neoconservatives on Capitol Hill have gotten quite loud: more military spending, more personnel, more weapons.

Why Is NATO Inducting Military Midgets Like Montenegro?

Doug Bandow | Posted 01.08.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Montenegro neither threatens nor is threatened by anyone. Adding it to NATO is like accumulating Facebook Friends. They do little more than allow preening Washington officials to wander the globe gloating how popular the U.S. is.

Why Energy, More Than Ever, Is About Latvia's Security

András Simonyi | Posted 12.18.2015 | World
András Simonyi

This is a story of Latvia, but with a lesson beyond. People with power in the energy sector meet people with political power, and the character of Latvia as a reliable Western partner, one that is resilient to Russia's carrots and sticks, is tested mightily.

7 Reasons the U.S. Should Stay Out of the Ukraine-Russia Fight

Doug Bandow | Posted 04.28.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Only a negotiated settlement, no matter how unsatisfying, offers the possibility of a stable resolution of the ongoing conflict. Indeed, the alternative may be the collapse of the Ukrainian state and long-term confrontation between the West and Russia, at great cost to all sides.

Why Germany Can't Avoid a Larger Military Commitment to NATO

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.15.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Germany's position as Europe's leading economic and political power put Chancellor Merkel in an awkward position vis-a-vis how to address Vladimir Putin's extra-territorial activities.

Mayor of Latvian Capital: Putin Is 'Best Thing Possible' for Latvia

Kevin M. F. Platt | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Kevin M. F. Platt

The mayor of the Latvian capital city Riga, Nil Ushakov, stated yesterday in Moscow that for Latvia, "the best thing possible right now is President Vladimir Putin." His presence in Moscow and his comments about Putin illustrate how far the views of many Latvians diverge from the Western mainstream on relations between Russia and the West.

Back in the USSR

Daniel N. Nelson | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Daniel N. Nelson

This is no Putin victory, and no Obama loss. It is a brazen Russian reassertion of interests. But being back in the USSR is of dubious benefit and no reward.

Week 2 of the Mongol Diaries in Pictures: Lithuania to Russia

Diana Lee | Posted 10.14.2013 | Travel
Diana Lee

The second week of our 10,000 mile road trip across the Eurasian continent marked a watershed moment -- we had officially exited the nations commonly defined as "Western European," and entered the Baltic countries, a region that was new and exciting for all of us.

E-Stonia

Jasmina Tesanovic | Posted 07.17.2013 | Technology
Jasmina Tesanovic

First things first: oh, you world travelers, for pleasure or for work, never, ever fly Baltic Airlines.

A Sneak Peek At The New Crystal Symphony

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 03.05.2013 | Travel
Dr. Irene S. Levine

Many luxury travelers are skeptical about taking cruise vacations. They associate cruises with mediocre, calorific buffet food; cramped, ill-designed cabins; hoards of people with lines at every turn; not being able to get off the beaten path; and being nickeled and dimed for extras. If you are cruise avoidant, a voyage on the Crystal Symphony will dispel any such misgivings.

Lithuania: The Hill of Crosses

Oneika Raymond | Posted 12.07.2012 | Black Voices
Oneika Raymond

No one knows for certain how the practice of putting down crosses started, but in more recent times it has come to symbolize the enduring committment of Lithuanians to their country and staunchly Catholic identity.

The Depression is Already Here for Some Members of Europe, and It Just Might Be Contagious!

Reggie Middleton | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Reggie Middleton

This is the 2nd to last installment in my Pan-European Sovereign Debt Crisis series. After covering western and southern Europe, we are moving eastwa...