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Estonian language initiatives great, but will they work out?

By Andrew Whyte on Friday, January 18, 2019

The recent opening of the very admirable and very well-meaning Estonian Language House in Tallinn is another step in the phasing in of a much more proactive approach to Estonian and getting foreigners to speak it properly. But is the trend wholly helpful and will it bring results? After all, as people sometimes like to say, there have been people living here for 50 years who can’t speak a word…

US exit from NATO

By Jonas Dringelis on Friday, January 18, 2019

Last year, US President Donald Trump suggested a move tantamount to destroying NATO: the withdrawal of the United States. over the course of 2018, Mr. Trump several times privately said he wanted to withdraw from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. D.Trump repeatedly accused Europe of exploiting the United States, because most NATO members spend less than 2 percent of GDP on defence. He especially annoyed with Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel…

Talk of Western intervention in the Black Sea is pure fantasy

By Pepe Escobar on Thursday, January 17, 2019

A power struggle over the Black Sea between Russia and the US plus NATO has the potential to develop as a seminal plot of the 21st century New Great Game – alongside the current jostling for re-positioning in the Eastern Mediterranean. By now it’s established the US and NATO are stepping up military pressure from Poland to Romania and Bulgaria all the way to Ukraine and east of the Black…

Canadian soldiers’ nightmare in Latvia

By Viktors Domburs on Thursday, January 17, 2019

Latvia’s Defense Ministry reported that January 9 a change in the top brass of NATO’s enhanced forward presence in Latvia took place. Lieutenant-Colonel Philippe Sauvé took over command from his Canadian compatriot Lieutenant-Colonel Steve MacBeth, thereby concluding the rotation of the third group of troops deployed in Latvia. In an interview with a French-language Canadian news site immediately prior to his departure for Latvia, Sauvé noted the main threat to…

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…

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…

She thought her grandfather was a Lithuanian hero. Research leads her to ask, was he a patriot or a Nazi?

By Ron Grossman on Monday, January 14, 2019

To this day, Silvia Foti is not sure if she was supposed to expose or exonerate her grandfather Jonas Noreika. In Lithuania, he is remembered as General Storm, his nom de guerre when he led an underground resistance to the Soviet army’s invasion of his homeland during World War II. There are statues and streets named for him. His daughter, Foti’s mother, spent decades assembling myriad documents for a biography…

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…

NATO generals do not believe in good relations with Russia

By Viktors Domburs on Thursday, January 10, 2019

In December NATO allies agreed the civil and military budgets for 2019. At a meeting of the North Atlantic Council allies agreed a civil budget of €250.5 million and a military budget of €1.395 billion for 2019. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed the agreement of the budgets, saying: “The world is changing, and NATO is adapting. Allies are investing in NATO to address the challenges of our time, including…

Latvia opens its KGB archives — while Russia continues to whitewash its past

By Vladimir Kara-Murza on Thursday, January 10, 2019

Shortly before Christmas, the National Archives of Latvia presented an unpleasant gift to the country’s ruling elite: a full alphabetical index of some 10,000 people recruited as agents or informants by the Soviet KGB. The publication, which followed two decades of public debate and the passage of a special law, revealed the names, code names, birthplaces and other data on active and former KGB agents as of 1991, the year Latvia regained…