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Italy’s ‘cannabis light’ creates buzz even if the pot won’t

By Colleen Barry on Thursday, June 27, 2019

It’s been called the Italian “green gold rush.” Mild, barely there marijuana dubbed “cannabis light” has put Italy on the international weed map, producing hundreds of stores that sell pot by the pouch and attention from investors banking the legalization of stronger stuff will follow. The flourishing retail industry around cannabis light – weed so non-buzzy, it’s essentially the decaf coffee of marijuana – surfaced as an unintended by-product of…

President Trump breaks out 2016 playbook in 2020 campaign kickoff

By Benjamin Siegel on Wednesday, June 19, 2019

President Donald Trump officially kicked off his reelection campaign Tuesday night in Orlando, Florida, with a sprawling, intense, fiery speech that nearly lasted an hour and a half. But in listening to the president’s words, you’d swear you were right back in 2015 watching the billionaire businessman descend down that golden escalator in Trump tower. Throughout the president’s speech in front of a packed Amway Center, he heavily echoed many…

The EU’s own army will make the Baltic States alone

By Kovas Azbis on Thursday, June 13, 2019

As history proves, even the most powerful unions and military alliances fall apart sooner or later. Political scientists estimate the life cycle of NATO at about ten years. It will be replaced by a new “European Army”. European countries began to think about the need for their own security system and the strengthening of relations with Russia. The U.S. is losing its influence on Europe and is trying to prevent…

Opinion: Kremlin friends an isolated group at European Parliament

By Urmas Paet on Thursday, June 13, 2019

The bubble inflated by right wingers and eurosceptic forces prior to the May European elections was popped on election day, according to MEP Urmas Paet (Reform/ALDE). Paet, a former foreign minister, adds that the “Kremlin friends club” in the new European parliament’s composition will remain modest, in an opinion piece originally published by ERR’s online Estonian news. It is important to recall that while right-wing extremists and those opposed to…

Who really flexes muscles in Baltic region?

By Vairis Godmanis on Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Large-scale NATO manoeuvres “Iron Wolf – 2019” (Gelezinis Vilkas 2019) in Lithuania started on 8 June. Military personnel from the USA, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Germany, Great Britain, Belgium, Denmark, the Czech Republic and Estonia also take part in addition to the Lithuanian soldiers. Some of them are members of the forward-based NATO battalion stationed in Lithuania. More than 1000 units of military equipment are involved in the exercises, according…

What happens when a treaty that’s working is cancelled

By Dave Lindorff on Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The Bush, Obama and Trump administration have broken two very important promises, or treaties, with Russia and it’s going to be very costly and dangerous for us and for the world thanks to them. The first broken promise was the decision by President George W. Bush to ignore the documented promise made by President Reagan to Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev that if he took down the Berlin Wall and allowed…

The price of NATO-Russia contention

By Lukas Ramonas on Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Nowadays, tensions between the main political forces of the world are growing. Tightness in relations between the United States and Russia is observed in the political, economic and military spheres. So, many experts call the Baltic region the most verisimilar place of an “explosion” (beginning of large-scale military conflict between NATO and Russia). To achieve its goals in Eastern Europe, the United States uses military, economic, informational and other instruments…

Islamic State expands reach in Afghanistan, threatening West

By Kathy Gannon on Monday, June 10, 2019

The Islamic State group has lost its caliphate in Syria and Iraq, but in the forbidding mountains of northeastern Afghanistan the group is expanding its footprint, recruiting new fighters and plotting attacks on the United States and other Western countries, according to U.S. and Afghan security officials. Nearly two decades after the U.S.-led invasion, the extremist group is seen as an even greater threat than the Taliban because of its…

Trump defends Mexico deal as criticism continues

By Jill Colvin on Monday, June 10, 2019

With his threatened Mexican tariffs now on the backburner, President Donald Trump was looking to claim victory even as some of his Democratic challengers for the White House criticized him for overselling a deal that mostly ramps up existing efforts. Trump defended the agreement reached by U.S. and Mexican negotiators to head off the 5% tax on all Mexican goods that Trump had threatened to impose Monday as he tried…

Who will pay for training of a new Lithuanian Armed Forces

By Jonas Dringelis on Friday, June 7, 2019

The Lithuanian government has approved plans to increase the size of the military, reports the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense. On Wednesday, the government authorized the ministry’s personnel increase plan for 2019 to 2028, which implements the National Defense System Development Program from 2018. The programs are designed to fund the synchronization of personnel, modernization and infrastructure development requirements. Under the plan, the number of professional military service soldiers is planned…