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Trump, NATO and the Baltics - heed the hard-earned lessons

Joergen Oerstroem Moeller | Posted 07.28.2016 | World
Joergen Oerstroem Moeller

Trump, NATO and the Baltics - heed the hard-earned lessons. By: Joergen Oerstroem Moeller. For the third time since 1945 U.S. risk to be drawn into a ...

Trump's Anti-NATO Stance and Praise for Putin May Haunt Him

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 06.07.2016 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

If you are in the U.S. keeping up with the outrageous, bizarre and controversial things Donald Trump has said since he announced his campaign for president can feel almost like a full-time job.

U.S. and NATO Should End New Cold War With Russia

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.22.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

It's good that NATO and Russia met. Dialogue should continue, with the EU and U.S. prepared to negotiate a deal normalizing relations.However, the allies won't know without trying. And everyone would benefit from ending the current impasse. Especially the Ukrainian people.

#WPFD2016 Drives Freedom, Safety, Rights for Journalists

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.07.2016 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

As UNESCO held its World Press Freedom Day (#WPFD2016) conference this week, an Egyptian speaker lamented the declining state of liberty in her countr...

Despite Western Paranoia, Russia Unlikely to Attack the Baltic States

Doug Bandow | Posted 03.29.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

NATO expansion was considered a great success. But now the alliance realizes that it is obligated to war against nuclear-armed Russia on behalf of three essentially indefensible countries.

Dreamy and Atmospheric, Kashuks' Fiction Is Wonderfully Enigmatic

Shawn Russell Johnson | Posted 03.25.2016 | Entertainment
Shawn Russell Johnson

I recently had an album come across my desk that was a bit different than anything I'd covered before. It was simple, elegant, cinematic, and epic. Af...

Western Paranoia Aside, Russia Unlikely to Attack the Baltics

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.26.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

What would Russia gain from attacking the Baltics? A recalcitrant, majority non-ethnic Russian population. A possible temporary nationalist surge at home. A likely short-lived victory over the West. The costs would be far greater.

U.S. to Spend More on Europe's Defense: Let the Europeans Pay Instead

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The U.S. plans on filling Eastern Europe with thousands of troops along with vehicles and weapons to equip an armored combat brigade. Uncle Sam may be bankrupt, but nothing is too expensive for our pampered European allies, who enjoy greater wealth while spending far less on the military.

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 Foodie Restaurants in Eastern Europe

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 12.03.2015 | Travel
Janice S. Lintz

The former communist bloc hasn't yet hit Michelin's radar but it has many star worthy restaurants and stellar chefs. The Iron Curtain has been pulled ...

Tirana Top Secret (2)

Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort | Posted 10.23.2015 | World
Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort

Albania's Ministry of Foreign Affairs indicates that there are currently 33 Honorary Consuls posted in Albania. Honorary Consuls are usually businessmen and businesswomen with a successful track record at the corporate level and well positioned to remain influential in political circles.

Tirana Top Secret

Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort | Posted 10.22.2015 | World
Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort

Tirana, the capital city of Albania, hides an exciting hidden, secret life at the diplomatic level that this article intends to open up.

Solidarity or Self-interest? European Integration and the German Question

David Miles | Posted 08.21.2015 | Politics
David Miles

The challenge for the European Union and its member states, particularly Germany, is in balancing the often incongruous demands of co-operation and self-interest, and thus demonstrate to their own citizens that concrete achievements can still create a Europe of solidarity and prosperity as Schuman envisaged.

Why Should Washington Confront Russia if Europeans Won't Protect Ukraine?

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.13.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Americans shouldn't be expected to protect their rich cousins even if the latter were devoted to protecting each other. That the Europeans expect the U.S. to do their job is yet another reason for Americans to say no more.

I Was Attacked On Easter Sunday

Lori Sokol | Posted 05.26.2015 | Impact
Lori Sokol

This was just one of the countless stories read by women, about women, who would not be alive if not for the support of Donor Direct Action (DDA), an organization which has been providing decades-long support for women.

Europe's Cheapest Cities This Year

SmarterTravel | Posted 05.17.2015 | Travel
SmarterTravel

You've heard it a lot in the last few months: Europe is cheaper than it's been in a long time. The time to go is now. But Europe is a big place. So where should you go to make the most of the strong dollar?

Six Allies Washington Should Dump From Its Lonely Hearts Club

Doug Bandow | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics
Doug Bandow

With almost a year before Valentine's Day hits again, the Obama administration has time to take an unsparing look at the ever-growing crowd of American allies and ally-wannabes. It's time for Washington to send the equivalent of a "Dear John" letter to a half dozen foreign capitals.

What Can Latvia's Integration With Europe Teach Ukraine?

Fabrizio Tassinari | Posted 02.21.2015 | World
Fabrizio Tassinari

Real convergence does not happen only between East and West, but first and foremost inside each country. And it resides in the social contract between the state and its citizens. But Ukrainians must also have no illusion that this is a project lasting at least a generation. For a generation, from independence to the EU presidency, is exactly the time it took Latvia.

Latvian Foreign Minister Comes Out In A Tweet

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs apparently came out of the closet in a single, sunny tweet on Thursday. I proudly announce I'am gay......

Lithuanians in L.A. - A Celebration of Life!

Jay Weston | Posted 12.08.2014 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

all photos by Jay Children's chorus singing Lithuanian songs. This weekend I attended the annual LOS ANGELES LITHUANIAN FAIR at St. Casimir's Churc...

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.

Why President Obama's Visit to Estonia Really Matters

Erik Brattberg | Posted 11.01.2014 | Politics
Erik Brattberg

President Obama's brief stopover in Tallinn en route to the NATO Summit in Wales this week couldn't have been be any timelier. Showing up in person matters a lot to the Balts who are increasingly feeling the heat after Russia's invasion of Crimea and subsequent aggression in Eastern Ukraine.

Let Eastern Ukraine Go

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 09.28.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

It doesn't matter. It's a small, totally irrelevant piece of land. Give the separatists a measure of autonomy.

Top 10 Reasons to Travel the Ex-USSR

Miles Atkinson | Posted 09.24.2014 | Travel
Miles Atkinson

This is the land of communal bathrooms, sweaty trains, body odor and too much mayonnaise. But, if you can set aside a few creature comforts, then the former Soviet Union is the most exciting travel destination there is.