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Return to the island of lost souls

Return to the island of lost souls

The following blog entry has been republished here courtesy of Baltic Features. A few months ago I wrote about my exploration of the mysterious island of Lucavsala, a forgotten fragment of Riga floating in the River Daugava and apparently peopled by mutants. Yesterday I went back, and as well as encountering a few more curios, […]

Court clears neo-Nazi of race hate speech

Court clears neo-Nazi of race hate speech

The following blog entry has been republished here courtesy of Free Speech Emergency in Latvia. The so-called “Senate” or highest appeal level of the Latvian Supreme Court (Augstākā tiesa) has let stand a lower appeals court decision clearing Latvian neo-Nazi Andris Jordāns of charges of inciting race hatred. Jordāns was originally sentenced to an 18 […]

Estonia needs a postmodern Green party

Estonia needs a postmodern Green party

The following blog entry has been republished here courtesy of Itching for Eestimaa. Yesterday, the Estonian Green party expelled some of its top members, including former leader Peeter Jalakas, who briefly replaced party leader Marek Strandberg after the party bombed in last year’s municipal elections before Strandberg muscled his way back to the top. In […]

World’s worst undercover reporter?

World’s worst undercover reporter?

The following blog entry has been republished here courtesy of Baltic Features. “If you want to get rich, don’t bother becoming a journalist,” an old editor of mine once said. Experience over the years has tended to suggest he was right, but this week I saw something that made me wonder. Walking down Stabu street […]

A trip to Lithuania

A trip to Lithuania

The following blog entry has been republished here courtesy of With a Grain of Druska. A Lithuanian blogger (Ežiukas Vilniuje–blogas kuris myli Vilnių) (Hedgehog in Vilnius–the blog that loves Vilnius) recently posted a set of clips from a program about travel in Lithuania that appeared on the Travel Channel. You can watch the episode (three […]

Gold Rush

Gold Rush

The following blog entry has been republished here courtesy of Baltic Features. Estonia’s cyber-credentials are getting more impressive by the minute. We’ve already witnessed such well-publicised (and usually self-publicised) things as their weathering a Russian cyber-storm relatively unscathed — which rather ironically helped them to subsequently open a NATO cybercrime HQ in Tallinn — and […]

Karlberg leaves TeliaSonera

Karlberg leaves TeliaSonera

The following blog entry has been republished here courtesy of Telecoms in Latvia. TeliaSonera’s head of Mobility, Kenneth Karlberg, left or was eased out of his position at the Swedish telecoms group. It was only two weeks after I interviewed him for this blog. Mobility had shown good results and Kenneth was preparing to go […]

For and against

For and against

The following blog entry has been republished here courtesy of Baltic Features. Another year in Latvia, another Legionnaires’ Day parade. While I’ve written at length about the event in the past, this year’s parade was barely worth the coverage given to it. The number of participants seemed to be down among both the supporters and […]

Finland vs. Estonia

Finland vs. Estonia

The following blog entry has been republished here courtesy of Itching for Eestimaa. I knew I was nearing reindeerland as soon as I headed towards the Tallinn docks. Some cheeky Finnish youth actually said “Welcome to Helsinki” to me as he trudged through that day’s blizzard towards the ship with a bundle of discount booze […]

A tentative green shoot of resistance -4.ATA

A tentative green shoot of resistance -4.ATA

The following blog entry has been republished here courtesy of Failed State Latvia? The riot of January 13, 2009 turned Latvia’s then Prime Minister Ivars Godmanis into a stone-faced figure on morning television proclaiming that we were waking up in “a different Latvia” (hello??). President Valdis Zatlers shortly thereafter told the Saeima to basically get […]

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