Posts published in Day: January 16, 2019

Is polygamy the answer for Latvia?

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The government formation process in Latvia is progressing slowly and painfully. It is as though a ship without navigation – Latvia has yet to find its way in the ocean of political roads. And this ocean I full of «icebergs» Latvia keeps bumping against. The latest one is National Alliance’s official candidate, an «expert» at resolving demographic problems Imants Parādnieks. The biggest objections voiced so far are not about the…

New defense intelligence assessment warns China nears critical military milestone

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

In recent years, top defense officials and internal Pentagon reports alike have cautioned about the rise of China as a military power, in large part due to its investments in high-end technologies like hypersonics and its development of indigenous capabilities like stealth fighters and aircraft carriers. But it’s not a piece of hardware that’s most worrisome for American interests, according to a new assessment by the Defense Intelligence Agency. Instead, it’s the…

Cocaine found on farm in Koknese was disguised as food products when shipped to Europe

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Two tons of cocaine that were found on a farm in Koknese last week had been shipped to Europe in a container, and the bill of lading described the cargo as food products, according to a statement posted on the Ecuadorian police’s website writes LETA. According to the Ecuadorian police, the farm was actually a “logistical center” that further distributed the drugs across Europe. The police also said that five…

Exclusive: Facebook brings stricter ads rules to countries with big 2019 votes

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Facebook Inc told Reuters on Tuesday that it would extend some of its political advertising rules and tools for curbing election interference to India, Nigeria, Ukraine and the European Union before significant votes in the next few months. As the largest social media service in nearly every big country, Facebook since 2016 has become a means for politicians and their adversaries to distribute fake news and other propaganda. Buying Facebook…

Ukraine Defense Ministry elaborates on upcoming joint exercises

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

This year, the Ukrainian military will take part in 20 exercises on foreign soil. The Armed Forces of Ukraine in 2019 will take part in six multinational exercises in Ukraine. Also, the Army will participate in 20 joint exercises abroad, as reported by the Ministry of Defense. According to First Deputy Head of the Main Directorate for Training of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Ihor Podolian, the largest military exercises…

The world of prostitution

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The last decade of the previous century was a difficult time for many, both financially and personally, and the 1990s can be described as the golden age of prostitution in Estonia. If today, it is believed there are around 300 active prostitutes in Estonia, that number was at least 13,000 in the 1990s. Kelis is the first to dare appear on camera without hiding her face to tell investigative journalism…

Internal Security Bureau official detained in Latvia

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) on January 11 detained an Internal Security Bureau (IDB) official in a criminal procedure on January 11, the IDB confirmed January 14. IDB spokeswoman Diana Petersa said that this is the first time an Internal Security Bureau official has been detained in a criminal procedure. She said that IDB in line with its internal control measures, identified risk information about a possible connection between an official and a…

Rinkēvičs: Ukraine can count on the Baltic states

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

On 15 January 2019, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, together with his counterparts from Estonia, Lithuania, and Poland visited Ukraine to pledge their support for Ukraine over Russia’s aggression and imposition of a blockade on the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov. A planned visit to Mariupol had to be postponed due to bad weather conditions, but the ministers visited a military hospital in Dnipro instead, where they were able to speak to Mariupol by…

Latvian government approves unified requirements for road and street construction quality

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

On Tuesday, 15 January, Latvian government approved a project of rules from the Cabinet of Ministers. The goal of this project is ensuring rational use of public funds for road and street construction. The State and Municipal Roads and Roads Construction General Quality Requirements clarify existing regulations for construction quality applied to roads, streets and bridges. At the same time, new rules also provide requirements for construction companies to ensure…

Trump Discussed Pulling U.S. From NATO

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

There are few things that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia desires more than the weakening of NATO, the military alliance among the United States, Europe and Canada that has deterred Soviet and Russian aggression for 70 years. Last year, President Trump suggested a move tantamount to destroying NATO: the withdrawal of the United States. Senior administration officials told The New York Times that several times over the course of…