iOS app Android app

Latvia

Latvia, the Country Prof. Krugman Loves to Hate, Wins 1st Prize

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 09.17.2014 | World
Steve H. Hanke

Latvia, a country Paul Krugman loves to hate, takes the prize for the least miserable of the former Soviet Union countries in this sub-ranking.

Too Bad Ukraine Didn't Keep Its 2,000 Nuclear Weapons

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

The U.S. should tone down the rhetoric and concentrate on the core issues for worldwide peace and accept the Crimean reality. The solution will evolve slowly, if we let it.

The Gospel of Service and Fighting Hunger

William Lambers | Posted 06.28.2014 | Impact
William Lambers

Feeding a society is challenge enough, even in peacetime. Droughts or flooding can always interrupt the growing of food. There may be transportation, storage and distribution issues with food. In wartime everything is disrupted.

How to Not D-I-E on a D-I-Y Amusement Park Ride

Oral Fixation | Posted 05.24.2014 | Comedy
Oral Fixation

You know how they say that in the moments before death, your life flashes before your eyes? It doesn't. Mainly it's just images of a Latvian amusement park ride rushing past.

Latvia Is Europe's Greatest Secret

Posted 03.24.2014 | Travel

We're constantly looking for the next great destination... something underrated and under-the-radar, a place that will satisfy nature lovers, culture ...

Blooming Spring: European Hotlist 2014

Gogobot | Posted 05.12.2014 | Travel
Gogobot

Stuck in snowstorms and sub-zeros? Spring from the pits of winter hibernation to sun-kissed blossoms in Europe. Spring is exquisite in the continent steeped in history, cultivated in culture and bursting with beauty.

The Trillion-dollar Question: Who Owns Emerging Market Government Debt?

Serkan Arslanalp | Posted 05.05.2014 | Business
Serkan Arslanalp

There are a trillion reasons to care about who owns emerging market debt. That's how much money global investors have poured into in these government...

50 Incredible Travel Destinations to Consider for 2014

Viator | Posted 03.29.2014 | Travel
Viator

No, we don't propose that you visit all 50 in a year -- although, hey, that's an admirable goal -- merely that you take these places into consideration when planning your 2014 travels.

Scandiweb: Latvia's Magento Magicians

Bill_Robinson | Posted 02.03.2014 | Technology
Bill_Robinson

Having studied at university and been fascinated with early programming classes, Antons Sapriko then went on to study IT at the University of Copenhagen, a top regional business school and there became mesmerized by Magento.

PHOTOS: Creepy Hospital-Themed Restaurant

The Huffington Post | Rachel Tepper | Posted 09.04.2013 | Weird News

Most people dislike going to the hospital, which is perhaps why Hospitalis, a hospital-themed restaurant in Latvia, went out of business. Still, im...

The New Stars of European Travel

minube | Posted 10.09.2013 | Travel
minube

Could it be that American travelers are passing over Western Europe's traditional tourist trail in favor of newer, less-traveled destinations in southern and eastern Europe?

The American Path to Citizenship: Mass Statelessness in America

Richard Brodsky | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

All over the world there is turmoil about how nations turn immigrants into citizens. The debates lay bare distressing truths about racial and cultural divides.

Truth Wins

Edward Jacobs | Posted 07.31.2013 | World
Edward Jacobs

First and foremost, it is crucial that governments enforce a zero-tolerance policy for all anti-Semitic and other xenophobic behavior. Equally imperative is to distinguish between Nazi-era crimes and those committed by the Communist regime.

Global Yodel Follows an Adult

Global Yodel | Posted 07.15.2013 | Travel
Global Yodel

Adults thought they had the upper hand when they started spying openly on the teens around them and recording their adolescent antics using the #followateen hashtag.

Home Is Where the Local Is

Global Yodel | Posted 06.28.2013 | Travel
Global Yodel

We reached out to our contributors and asked them to share pictures of their homes. Click through the slideshow below to meet a speedo-clad man named Cloudy Cloud, see a LA pillow fight and learn what happens when a group of travelers take over a 4,000-square-foot warehouse.

WATCH: 'Monstrous' Whirlpool Devours All That Enters

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 04.26.2013 | Green

In 1841, Edgar Allan Poe referred to a maelstrom, or powerful whirlpool in the ocean, as a "whole sea ... lashed into ungovernable fury." Now 172 ...

Riga and the Waffen-SS: Face to Face with the Unspeakable

Richard Brodsky | Posted 06.09.2013 | World
Richard Brodsky

On March 15 we had visited several sites of massacres, mass murders and concentration camps where hundreds of thousands of people had been shot or otherwise killed. The next day I'm standing face-to-face with someone who might have been there.

LOOK: Hundreds Stranded On Drifting Iceberg Near Latvia Rescued

Posted 03.29.2013 | World

Rescue teams responded after hundreds of people, including children, became stranded on two ice floes drifting off the coast of Latvia in the Gulf of ...

Nazis? Again? Really?

Richard Brodsky | Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

Most, but not all, European governments and political parties have opposed the Riga march. But as memory dims, too often the positions taken are based on the politics of the moment.

How Youth Are Changing The World

Ravi Kumar | Posted 04.22.2013 | Technology
Ravi Kumar

Today, 43 percent of the world's population is 25 years old or younger. This young group is impatient and ready to change the world. Change for this g...

8 Reasons to Explore Eastern Europe

Global Yodel | Posted 02.18.2013 | Travel
Global Yodel

It's affordable, steeped in history and, in parts, both bizarre and incredibly beautiful. Plus, in some countries, beer is cheaper than water. Yes, really, it is. But for some reason, Eastern Europe doesn't often feature on many travellers' bucket lists.

PHOTOS: Is This The Smartest Cruise Line Ever?

Jeanine Barone | Posted 10.12.2012 | Travel
Jeanine Barone

Swathed in a SmartWool sweater, a Cintamani polar fleece jacket, a pair of Mountain Hardware pants and other high-tech adventure gear, I'm fairly sure I fit right in with the Zegrahm uniform. But, alas, even though our ship, the Clipper Odyssey, is only 335 feet long with a mere seven decks, I'm often lost -- a dead giveaway that I'm a first timer.

Keep the Pressure on Greece

Barry D. Wood | Posted 10.05.2012 | Business
Barry D. Wood

Greece's unwieldy coalition government that took office after elections in June is facing its first big challenge.

Wrong Lessons From Latvia for the Eurozone

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 08.19.2012 | World
Mark Weisbrot

If there's one simple lesson that most of the world -- if not the European authorities -- seems to be learning from the prolonged crisis in Europe, it's that fiscal tightening is not the proper response to a recession.

IMF Chief Praises Latvian "Success Story" -- A Scary Speech for the Eurozone

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 08.13.2012 | World
Mark Weisbrot

It is amazing to hear Lagarde, who almost certainly knows better, calling Latvia a "success." It is like calling the Great Depression a success -- after all, the U.S. economy did eventually recover from the Great Depression.