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Mayor of Latvian Capital: Putin Is 'Best Thing Possible' for Latvia

Kevin M. F. Platt | Posted 09.07.2014 | 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 09.01.2014 | 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.

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.

Latvian Prime Minister Resigns After Supermarket Collapse

AP | Posted 01.27.2014 | World

RIGA, Latvia (AP) — Latvia's prime minister has resigned after accepting political responsibility for the collapse of a supermarket roof in the capi...

At Least 47 Dead In Supermarket Collapse

AP | GARY PEACH | Posted 11.22.2013 | World

RIGA, Latvia (AP) — Hordes of shoppers were picking up food after work in the Latvian capital when an enormous section of the supermarket's roof cav...

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.

Latvian Castle Severely Damaged In Fire

AP | Posted 06.21.2013 | World

RIGA, Latvia -- A major fire has caused extensive damage to Riga Castle, the medieval fortress that houses the National History Museum of Latvia. Vik...

Latvia Gets Go-Ahead To Join Eurozone

AP | DAVID MCHUGH | Posted 08.05.2013 | World

FRANKFURT, Germany — The tiny Baltic state of Latvia has won approval to become the 18th member of the troubled euro currency union – desp...

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.