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Out of the Vilna Ghetto: Dust -- and Determination

Ellen Cassedy | Posted 09.17.2014 | 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 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.

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...

Playing On The Walls In Singapore

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 10.16.2013 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

A quickly rising street art installation artist from Lithuania is keeping his work refreshingly down-to-earth and sincerely engaging with the public...

Can Vilnius Remember Vilna?

Ellen Cassedy | Posted 11.05.2013 | World
Ellen Cassedy

These tendencies make Lithuania's plans for observing the 70th anniversary of the ghetto liquidation all the more important.

Embattled Gay Pride Celebration Marches On Despite Protests

AP | VYTAUTAS VALENTINAVICIUS | Posted 07.27.2013 | Gay Voices

VILNIUS, Lithuania -- A group of protesters tried to disrupt Lithuania's second gay pride parade ever on Saturday, defying an enormous police presence...

Taxman Uses Google Maps To Uncover More Than 100 Dodgers

AP | LIUDAS DAPKUS | Posted 06.10.2013 | Business

VILNIUS, Lithuania — As soon as Google Maps Street View was rolled out in Lithuania earlier this year, tax authorities were ready. Sitting in t...

Early Education In Bribery

100REPORTERS | Linas Jegelevicius | Posted 11.19.2012 | World

Vilnius, Lithuania – Edita Bagdoniene furrows her brow as her 3-year-old son, Mykolas, splashes mischievously in puddles outside. Mykolas is abs...

Lithuanian Homesick Blues

Terry Lyons | Posted 12.09.2012 | Sports
Terry Lyons

To those, like me, who were in attendance in Barcelona during the 1992 Olympics, the bronze medalists, a.k.a. "The Other Dream Team," stole the show.

Movie Review: The Other Dream Team Documentary Highlights Lithuania's Basketball Team

Zorianna Kit | Posted 12.07.2012 | Sports
Zorianna Kit

When Lithuania regained its independence, Sarunas Marciulionis decided to put together a basketball team. Unfortunately the country was bankrupt and funding was an issue. As luck -- or fate -- would have it, The Grateful Dead were big fans of basketball.

Lithuania: The Hill of Crosses

Oneika Raymond | Posted 12.07.2012 | Black Voices
Oneika Raymond

No one knows for certain how the practice of putting down crosses started, but in more recent times it has come to symbolize the enduring committment of Lithuanians to their country and staunchly Catholic identity.

10 Things You Didn't Know about Rachel Maddow's Roots

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics
Megan Smolenyak

Without further ado, here are some snippets of Ms. Maddow's family history.