Posts published in Day: April 4, 2019

Europe’s Worst Nightmare: Here’s What a NATO-Russia War Would Look Like

By Dave Majumdar on Thursday, April 4, 2019

If a war were to breakout in the Baltics between Russian and NATO, it might ultimately be irrelevant what the conventional balance is on the ground. “The other problem with the fixation on conventional deterrence in the Baltic fight is that just as in the old standoff between NATO and the Warsaw Pact, this battle is fraught with opportunities for nuclear escalation,” Kofman wrote. “Most Russian experts I know in…

Latvia lags behind other Baltic states in road safety

Thursday, April 4, 2019

The situation with road traffic safety in Estonia and Lithuania is better than in Latvia, said Normunds Krapsis, head of the State Police’s Traffic Safety Department, in an interview with the Latvian public television today. He said that with regret he learned today results of the speed control marathon conducted on Wednesday, revealing that in total 576 protocols for speeding had been drawn up. Krapsis said that the situation on…

‘The father of the American cavalry’ was a woman

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Scientific researchers are arguing that examination of skeletal remains and DNA testing has found that a Revolutionary war hero dubbed ‘the father of the American cavalry’ was in fact biologically female. Researchers from Georgia Southern University say they made the discovery about General Casimir Pulaski after years of research examining the general’s remains. Their claims are laid out in a new documentary – The General Was Female? – on the…

NATO chief faces alliance’s fractures and foes in address to Congress

Thursday, April 4, 2019

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg used an unprecedented address to Congress on Wednesday to acknowledge strains in the pact and to add pressure on Russia to return to compliance with the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty. His remarks, as NATO celebrates its 70th anniversary, vaguely touched on President Donald Trump’s questioning of the value of NATO and admitted the strength of the alliance is in question, amid divisions over trade, energy, climate change and the Iran…

Britney Spears ‘checks herself into a mental health facility’

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Britney Spears has checked herself into a mental health facility suffering from severe emotional distress over her father’s spiraling colon condition. The 37-year-old singer has been left distraught over Jamie Spears’ worsening health, which last month forced her to put her Las Vegas residency on hold to be by his side. The specifics of his condition are not yet clear, however it is understood his colon ruptured in January which required…

2,000-Year-Old Fast Food Stands Called Thermopolia Discovered In Pompeii

Thursday, April 4, 2019

A thermopolium was a fast-food stand meant for the lower class Pompeiians who didn’t have cooking tools or amenities of their own to eat, drink, and socialize. It might seem as though our modern-day appreciation of food trucks and portable snacks is entirely contemporary. As it turns out though, even residents of Pompeii were grabbing meals on the go. According to The Guardian, archaeologists have just discovered around 150 thermopolia, or snack bars, littered…

Britain to lead military exercise with eight nations in Baltic region

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Britain will send nearly 2,000 members of its armed forces to the Baltic Sea for its biggest exercise with nations in the region next month. Another 1,000 sailor and marines from eight nations — Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden — will participate in the Joint Expeditionary Force drills, according to a release Wednesday from the U.K. Ministry of Defense. The JEF was established at the 2014…

Latvian cabinet approves international development plan

Thursday, April 4, 2019

On 2 April 2019, the Latvian Cabinet approved the Development Cooperation Policy Plan for 2019 drawn up by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The plan sets out Latvia’s Development Cooperation Policy Guidelines for 2016–2020. The amount of 463,813 euros has been allocated in the Foreign Ministry’s budget for the implementation of bilateral cooperation for development in 2019, a similar figure to that approved in 2017 and 2018. More than a half…

Biden promised to change behavior

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Joe Biden promised to be more respectful of individuals’ “personal space” Wednesday, even as he signaled that a politically-charged controversy over his hands-on brand of campaigning won’t deter him from a White House run. In a two-minute video posted to Twitter, the former Vice President acknowledged that “social norms are changing,” and that what he viewed as “gestures of support and encouragement that I’ve made to women and some men”…

NATO at 70: what does the future hold for the military alliance?

By Sukhada Tatke on Thursday, April 4, 2019

On March 5, 1946, at this tiny rural college, Churchill announced the dawn of the Cold War. In this now famous Sinews of Peace speech, he also called for the creation of a military force for “the grand pacification of Europe within the structures of the United Nations.” Seated not too far from Churchill, then American president Harry S. Truman listened closely. Truman would, a year later, tell the US…