Posts published in Day: January 12, 2019

Countering Russian disinformation the Baltic nations’ way

By Terry Thompson on Saturday, January 12, 2019

As the new Congress begins, it will soon discuss the comprehensive reports to the U.S. Senate on the disinformation campaign of half-truths, outright fabrications and misleading posts made by agents of the Russian government on social media in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. After years of anemic responses to Russian influence efforts, official U.S. government policy now includes taking action to combat disinformation campaigns sponsored by Russia or…

March against social, ethnic inequality held in Latvia’s Riga

Saturday, January 12, 2019

A rally against social inequality was held in the Latvian capital of Riga on Saturday, bringing together several hundreds of protesters, a TASS correspondent reported from the scene. The protesters wanted to express their disagreement with the government’s policies and demanded changes. They gathered in central Dome Square and marched past the Riga Castle, the presidential residence, towards the building of Latvia’s parliament. The organizers pointed out that Riga’s residents…

Church criticizes Lithuania’s top court over same-sex family concept

Saturday, January 12, 2019

The Lithuanian Catholic Church on Friday criticized the country’s Constitutional Court for deepening the separation of the concepts of marriage and family and taking a step toward treating homosexual relationships like family relationships. “The court maintains that marriage is gender-based, while family is gender-neutral. Thus, the court’s ruling sets these two concepts, which we view as being essentially interrelated, apart,” the Lithuanian Bishops’ Conference said in a comment to BNS.   “Marriage is the foundation…

Three major high street banks phase out pass code cards, beginning February

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Three of Estonia’s major high street banks are to completely phase out the use of pass code cards when using their services online, from early February. The pass code cards, which have been in use for practically as long as online banking has been provided by banks in Estonia, are physical plastic cards printed with around 30, 6-digit numbers (see picture). On logging in, a user must provide one of…