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Europe's Cheapest Cities This Year

SmarterTravel | Posted 03.17.2015 | 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 02.26.2015 | 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.

Why the West's Strategy of Containing an 'Aggressive' Putin Is Misplaced

Samuel Ramani | Posted 04.01.2015 | World
Samuel Ramani

While the world's attention is preoccupied with entertaining the possibility of Putin's invasion rampage, this misplaced focus distracts greatly from the internal crisis brewing in Ukraine.

Bread and Jam on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Ellen Cassedy | Posted 03.23.2015 | Religion
Ellen Cassedy

I hope for a world where reaching a hand across cultures is a part of daily life, as natural as a slice of bread and jam.

NATO's Future Rises to Focus of U.S. Presidential Election 2016?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 03.22.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

NATO was critical to the shaping of the "new Europe" two decades earlier after the fall of the Iron Curtain. Similar and new challenges have emerged where once again NATO may be a defining factor in the future of Europe as well as the Euro-Atlantic family.

Ukraine Crisis In Mind, Lithuania Establishes A Rapid Reaction Force

The New York Times | Rick Lyman | Posted 12.20.2014 | World
Read More: Lithuania, World News

RUKLA, Lithuania — Maj. Linas Pakutka walked back and forth behind the line of soldiers lying in the snow-crusted field, a row of distant pines form...

Lithuania Asks U.S. To Say If CIA Tortured Prisoners There

Reuters | Posted 02.09.2015 | World

VILNIUS, Dec 10 (Reuters) - Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius called on Washington on Wednesday to say whether the CIA us...

Energy Drink Ads Still Reach Young Kids

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 01.25.2015 | Parents
Bettina Elias Siegel

Two very different studies crossed my desk this week and, when read together, they point to a disturbing problem.

7 Perspectives From International Princeton Students

Sam Maron | Posted 12.14.2014 | College
Sam Maron

While it is important to be well-read and keep up with the news, it can be equally important to make sure the news stories mean something to you personally.

Out of the Vilna Ghetto: Dust -- and Determination

Ellen Cassedy | Posted 11.17.2014 | World
Ellen Cassedy

The young Lithuanians cleaning up the old ghetto library are hoping that, in time, a building that once offered a wider world to trapped ghetto residents will become a place that opens minds and hearts.

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.

Interview: What Will It Take to Rein in Rightwing Nationalism in Ukraine?

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 09.20.2014 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Recently, I caught up with Marko Bojcun, a Ukraine expert and political scientist at London Metropolitan University. Bojcun has worked in Ukraine on and off for 20 years, and was recently shouted down by rightists in a Kiev bookstore when he attempted to engage in a discussion about the historic role of Leon Trotsky.

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.

For Yom HaShoah: A Search for Bones in Lithuania

Ellen Cassedy | Posted 06.08.2014 | World
Ellen Cassedy

On Yom HaShoah, we remember the Jews killed in the Holocaust. Also on my mind will be a little town in Lithuania, and a white-haired man searching for a way to pay his respects to the dead.

Russia's Isolation Over Crimea Doesn't Seem to Bother Moscow

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 05.15.2014 | World
Evelyn Leopold

The West's objective in the UN Security Council was to show Moscow it was isolated in conducting a referendum in the Crimea asking Russia to annex the region. But none of this affected President Vladimir Putin.

Love Supreme

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 05.05.2014 | Good News
Jack Schimmelman

ictoria believes that autistic children are powerful souls who have diminished themselves in a body gone wrong; that they are the very best of us come here to teach. They are angels.

10 Weirdest Theme Parks Around the World

Off Track Planet | Posted 04.17.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

Swap funnel cakes and spinning tea cups for a tour of Escobar's pimped-out mansion and a visit to the depths of Hell, by way of Singapore. Photo by: ...

Stiff Competition: Funeral Homes Fight Over Corpses In Lithuania

100 Reporters | Linas Jegelvicius | Posted 01.30.2014 | World
Read More: Lithuania, World News

KLAIPEDA, LITHUANIA – Viktoras Stulovas had been in a medically induced coma for three days following vascular surgery when his worried son, Ramunas...

On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Questions for the Holocaust Museum

Ellen Cassedy | Posted 03.29.2014 | DC
Ellen Cassedy

Morality is not only an individual but also a social matter. To prevent genocide, we must do more than appeal to individual conscience. We must also nurture habits of civic and social activism.

Top 10 Backpacking Destinations For 2014

Off Track Planet | Posted 02.25.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

Whether you're into being a mere spectator, or looking to experience new sights and sounds, our list of Top 10 Backpacking Destinations for 2014 has a place to fit your broke-fancy.

Vladimir Putin is Just the Latest Bully in the Thousand Year Struggle for Ukrainian Nationhood

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 02.16.2014 | World
Ian Reifowitz

The outcome of the tug of war between the pro-government/pro-Russian forces and the pro-EU/pro-independence forces in Ukraine will have a decisive impact on Eastern Europe's development in the new millennium.

A Feisty Encounter With The Gambler Crew in Marrakech

Karin Badt | Posted 02.09.2014 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

The most stirring encounter I had at the Marrekech film festival last week was a fight with a director. I met director Ignas Jonynas the first night,...

Fate, Faith and Fortune: A Book for Hanukkah and Christmas

Jack Levison | Posted 01.26.2014 | Religion
Jack Levison

The Family tells the true story of how Laskin's family of Torah scribes and humble shopkeepers split into three branches at the turn of the last century.

UN Elects 5 New Security Council Members

AP | By EDITH M. LEDERER | Posted 12.16.2013 | World

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Saudi Arabia and Chad easily won coveted seats on the U.N. Security Council Thursday, despite criticism from human rights grou...