Posts tagged as freedom

American Exceptionalism

By Larry Romanoff on Thursday, September 10, 2020

“Welcome to America, the Land of Freedom”, read the signs at Washington, DC’s international airport as you line up to have your fingerprints taken and your body cavities searched for mini nuclear devices. I could have titled this article “Setting the Cat among the Pigeons”. In an attempt to forestall the expected avalanche of disagreement, I confirm my awareness of statistics produced by a wide range of individuals and institutions…

The Baltic States and sold freedom

By Lukas Ramonas on Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Military personnel from Latvia and Lithuania are participating in joint exercise with the U.S. Northern Strike2020. Northern Strike 20 is held July 19-31 at Michigan’s National All-Domain Warfighting Center, encompassing Camp Grayling Maneuver Training Center and Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center. More than 2,300 personnel participate, including Army and Air National Guard forces from California, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin. Active-duty…

Former President of Estonia Demands the Freedom of Doctor Gaprindashvili

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The Estonian Embassy in Tbilisi has recently released a video in which the former President of the Country Toomas Hendrik Ilves and his wife express the full support of Dr. Vazha Gaprindashvili, demanding his immediate freedom. The video features ex-president Ilves speaking in English, and his wife delivering the message in their mother tongue. In the video, the Former President says the following: “I call upon the De Facto authorities…

Britain says Iranian vessels tried to block tanker in Gulf

Thursday, July 11, 2019

The British navy said it prevented three Iranian paramilitary vessels from impeding the passage of a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz early Thursday, a day after Iran’s president warned of repercussions for the seizure of its own supertanker. Iran’s Revolutionary Guard denied the allegations, saying if it had received orders to seize any ships it would have done so immediately. The incident came at a time of…

President: Freedom of speech not shrunk in Estonia in past few months

Monday, May 13, 2019

Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid at the general meeting of the European Federation of Journalists on Friday highlighted the importance of free speech and noted that in her opinion, neither freedom of speech nor that of the press have decreased in Estonia over the past months. The Estonian head of state said, however, that the current patterns in the society are forcing us to increasingly commit to recreating the said freedoms.…

Sunday protest in defence of freedom attracts hundreds in Tallinn

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Hundreds of protesters gathered in Tallinn’s Old Town on Sunday to protest against politicians that may form part of the new Estonian government whom they believe are a threat to their freedoms. Current talks including the Conservative People’s Party of Estonia (EKRE), organisers said, are undermining the rights of the people. “According to the Constitution, no one may be discriminated against on the basis of nationality, race, colour, sex, language,…

European Court of Human Rights rejects Estonian prisoner’s complaint regarding transport van

By LETA/TBT Staff on Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has rejected a complaint by an Estonian prisoner who considered the conditions he would have had to tolerate in a prison transport van as inconsistent with human rights. “The European Court of Human Rights ruled that there has been no violation of Article 3 of the Convention [for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms] as the floor space of the single…

Turkey’s Erdogan in Berlin to turn page with Merkel

Friday, September 28, 2018

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is on a state visit to Germany on Friday, September 28, to seek improvement to the bilateral relations badly needed for both NATO allies. French news agency AFP reports that in an editorial article in the German Frankfurter Allgemeine daily, Erdogan expressed his wish to «turn the page» on a long period of tensions, sparked by Berlin’s criticism of his crackdown on opponents after a 2016 coup…

Majority of Latvian residents feel that they are free

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

According to a recent SKDS survey, the majority of Latvian residents feel that they are free people. The survey, conducted in February, ask residents if they feel like free people in Latvia. 79 percent stated that they felt like free people in Latvia – 33.2 percent feel ”strongly” about this, while 45.4 percent said that they ”mostly” feel that they are free. Meanwhile, 17 percent had an opposite view, while…