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The Non-acceptance of Intolerance

Ellen Cassedy | Posted 11.15.2016 | World
Ellen Cassedy

"You must meet Irena Veisaite." That's what I was told when I was first on my way to visit Lithuania. She was a remarkable woman, I was told, ...

A Blessing Coming Back

Ellen Cassedy | Posted 11.04.2016 | World
Ellen Cassedy

On my first visit to Lithuania, I found my great-grandfather's gravestone in a Jewish cemetery near the town of Rokiskis in the northeast corner of the country.

Imagining Donald Trump's Presidential Tweets

Doug Bandow | Posted 10.28.2016 | Politics
Doug Bandow

January 20, 2017 dawned bright. Temperatures approached the lows of the second Ronald Reagan inaugural, but that cold was nothing compared to the frig...

Sixty Years in Journalism: Revisiting the Revitalized Baltics

Irv Chapman | Posted 10.13.2016 | World
Irv Chapman

When I revisited Vietnam in recent years, after reporting from the region during the 1970s, I noted how its rulers had won their wars against France and the United States only to lose out on the economic front, as Communism put them a quarter century behind the roaring "tigers" of East Asia. Now they are struggling to catch up by offering their cheap labor to international investors.

Russia Moves Nuclear-Capable Missiles Into Kaliningrad Enclave

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 10.08.2016 | World

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has moved nuclear-capable Iskander-M missiles into the Kaliningrad enclave bordering Poland and Lithuania, the Defence Minis...

Stones Of Remembrance In Lithuania

Ellen Cassedy | Posted 09.12.2016 | World
Ellen Cassedy

There's no doubt that anti-Semitism is alive and well in Lithuania today. Yet an opposite tendency - a desire among Lithuanians to remember and honor the Jewish past - is also plain to see.

Weightlifter Celebrates Olympic Bronze With Epic Backflip

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 08.14.2016 | Sports

How would Aurimas Didzbalis have reacted if he’d won Olympic gold?!? The Lithuanian weightlifter pulled off a stunning backflip after scooping up a ...

Donald Trump Asks The Right Question: Why Are We Defending Populous And Prosperous Europe?

Doug Bandow | Posted 08.12.2016 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Disagreeing with Trump is easy. Often he's wrong, imagining that Americans are incapable of competing with other nations economically. Sometimes his argument is overwhelmed by specific insults and general incivility. Even when he's right, he's usually incapable of nuance. In the case of NATO it's the latter.

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 ...

Startling New Discovery At Site Of Nazi Massacre

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 06.30.2016 | World

In the final months of World War II, a group of Jewish prisoners were forced to cover up evidence of Nazi atrocities. Shackled by their German captor...

Meet The Most Beautiful Goat In All The Land

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 06.28.2016 | Weird News

Little Spot is a pretty big winner. The village of Ramygala, Lithuania held its annual goat beauty pageant on Sunday, and the winner was a female goa...

Arturas Zuokas and The Happiness Factor: A Lithuanian Perspective

Roslyn Bernstein | Posted 06.14.2016 | Politics
Roslyn Bernstein

Seven years ago, two tall Lithuanians, with their video camera, arrived in our SoHo loft. They were sent by filmmaker Jonas Mekas to shoot a video cli...

7 Secrets to Sustainability: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.08.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week at The Pollination Project, we are recognizing seven grantees who each hold key ingredients in understanding project sustainability. In Keny...

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.

Dear Fang, With Love: A Chat With Novelist Rufi Thorpe

Mary Pauline Lowry | Posted 05.23.2016 | Home
Mary Pauline Lowry

In acclaimed author Rufi Thorpe's second novel, Lucas--a hapless father blindsided by his 17-year old daughter Vera's diagnosis of bipolar disorder--decides to travel with her to Vilnius, Lithuania.

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.

How I Got There: Vytenis Andriukaitis

Lan Anh Vu | Posted 04.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Lan Anh Vu

Vytenis Andriukaitis is the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety. Andriukaitis is the first doctor ever put in charge of EU health policy....

Learning Yiddish in Lithuania

Ellen Cassedy | Posted 04.21.2016 | Religion
Ellen Cassedy

The sky above was a brilliant blue, with puffy clouds, as I crossed the courtyard of Vilnius University on my way to Yiddish class.

Despite Western Paranoia, Russia Unlikely to Attack the Baltic States

Doug Bandow | Posted 03.30.2017 | 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.

Arrive at a Lithuanian Business Meeting With Patience and Brand-name Attire.

Michal Küfhaber | Posted 03.10.2017 | Business
Michal Küfhaber

Lithuanians are tough businessmen. They give in slowly and do not enjoy doing so. During meetings they present a poker face, but they will never fail ...

Unexpected Reasons to Bootstrap Your Business in Lithuania

Tomas Laurinavicius | Posted 03.03.2017 | Business
Tomas Laurinavicius

After traveling for more than 18 months across three continents, I've decided to take a better look at my home country Lithuania as a bootstrapping hub for your startup or small business.

Western Paranoia Aside, Russia Unlikely to Attack the Baltics

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.26.2017 | 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 02.12.2017 | 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.

Dozens Of Ex-Soviet Military Officials Charged With War Crimes In Lithuania

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 01.27.2016 | World

VILNIUS (Reuters) - A trial opened in Lithuania on Wednesday against dozens of former Soviet military officials accused of war crimes and crimes again...

Holocaust Remembrance Day: A New Generation of Rescuers?

Ellen Cassedy | Posted 01.13.2017 | World
Ellen Cassedy

On January 27, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, people throughout the world will remember victims of the Holocaust. In Lithuania, teachers and students will join this day of commemoration by launching a project called "The Rescue of Another is the Highest Human Virtue."