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From The Blame Game To Half Confessions, Here's How Global Leaders Are Reacting To The CIA Torture Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 12.15.2014 | World

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Intelligence Committee's intensely critical report on the CIA's torture program, a summary of which was released last Tuesda...

The Case for a More Proactive U.S. Public Diplomacy

Philip Seib | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
Philip Seib

Much of American public diplomacy, like much of the rest of U.S. foreign policy, is reactive. When a crisis erupts, policymakers respond as best they can to limit the damage. In this social media era, they are often outpaced by those who are better prepared.

Why Estonia's Gay Partnership Law Breaks New Ground

AP | JARI TANNER | Posted 10.09.2014 | Gay Voices

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Estonia's Parliament on Thursday narrowly passed legislation to legalize gay partnerships, the first such decision by a form...

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...

Putin's Whack-a-Mole Game Extends to NATO

Kimberly Marten | Posted 11.07.2014 | World
Kimberly Marten

On Friday, Russia's Federal Security Service (the FSB) kidnapped an Estonian intelligence officer at gunpoint, using a smoke bomb and jamming Estonian radio communications. Moscow later claimed it had captured a spy.

Estonia Says Security Officer Abducted, Taken To Russia

AP | Posted 11.05.2014 | World

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Estonia said Friday that a security service officer was abducted by unknown gunmen and taken across the border to Russia, bu...

Obama Casts Russia As A Threat To Peace In Europe

AP | Julie Pace | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Lashing out at Russia, President Barack Obama on Wednesday cast Moscow's aggression in Ukraine as a threat to peace in Europ...

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.

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.

Era of Benign Neglect of House Price Booms Is Over

Min Zhu | Posted 08.13.2014 | Business
Min Zhu

House prices are inching up. But is this a cause for much cheer? Or are we watching the same movie again?

Putin Is Right: Democracy Is a Threat

Ben Barber | Posted 06.21.2014 | World
Ben Barber

But it took years for Russians to develop their sixth senses about being propagandized. Perhaps they are backing Putin in the polls because they are out of practice after 20 years of relative freedom?

Expat Recovery Room: Estonia's Winter of Content

Mike Dunphy | Posted 04.08.2014 | Travel
Mike Dunphy

Without a stitch of clothing, I stepped out into the snowy Estonian landscape. Days of sub-zero temperatures had transformed the white coating underfoot into sharp crystals. Scooping a handful, I ground it in a circular motion into my bare chest.

Shemlan: A Deadly Tragedy

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 02.12.2014 | Books
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's the third in a trilogy involving international espionage, treachery, intrigue, murder, and love - all the makings of a good movie. Shemlan: A De...

Rx for Obamacare In Estonia

Monica Gray | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Monica Gray

Where should the administration turn? The answer may lie in Estonia. With a population just 1.29 million, Estonia is one the most advanced e-societies in the world.

Russia's Baltic Neighbors Might Rely More on Public Diplomacy

Philip Seib | Posted 11.27.2013 | World
Philip Seib

The annual Baltic Conference on Defense took place in Tallinn last week, with principal focus on how soft power and hard power might be combined as smart power. As one of the few Americans participating, I realized quickly that the physical distance between the U.S. and Russia has made us nonchalant about Russian power and intentions.

Cartwheeling Around the World

Emily O'Dell | Posted 08.06.2013 | Travel
Emily O'Dell

For the past decade, I've been wandering like a dervish around the globe -- trying to see things from a different perspective -- specifically, upside down. While some people fly or sail around the world, I'm trying to cartwheel across this great Earth.

A Place Stuck in Time

Renee Blodgett | Posted 09.18.2013 | Travel
Renee Blodgett

I couldn't get enough of it. The moss. The barren trees. The farmhouses. The giant boulders which fenced off living areas. The boats. The emptiness.

At 'Bank Of Happiness,' Customers Deposit Good Deeds

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 07.18.2013 | Impact

When a Massachusetts woman needed help perfecting her English, she posted a simple six-word note online. Three eager fluent speakers willing to teach ...

Barren, Forgotten, Isolated

Renee Blodgett | Posted 07.30.2013 | Travel
Renee Blodgett

An hour or so outside of Tallinn Estonia, along the coast of the Baltic Sea, lies an abandoned Soviet submarine base next to the village of Hara. Barren, forgotten, isolated.

This Small Country Is A Shale Oil Giant

AP | By GARY PEACH | Posted 07.30.2013 | Green

AUVERE, Estonia (AP) — Home to the creators of Skype and the first country to use online voting, Estonia relishes its image as a technological pione...

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.

Meet the Ever So Charming Tallinn, an Estonian Gem

Renee Blodgett | Posted 07.09.2013 | Travel
Renee Blodgett

Tallinn doesn't come with overly commercial trimmings, yet it boasts five star hotels, spa experiences and chefs who can compete with the best in Europe.

Want A Free Ride? Move To Estonia

AP | JARI TANNER | Posted 04.04.2013 | World

TALLINN, Estonia -- Looking for a free ride? Go live in Tallinn. Estonia's capital became the world's first to introduce free public transport for al...

Man Returns Overdue Book 69 Years Late, Blames WWII

AP | Posted 03.13.2013 | World

TALLINN, Estonia -- An Estonian man has returned a library book 69 years late, partly blaming a World War II aerial bombing that damaged the library f...