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“I am convinced NATO allies will come to the defen...
“I am convinced NATO allies will come to the defense of the Baltics.”
50-year-old Arvydas Anusauskas, a stalwart of the Motherland Union and Lithuanian Christian Democrats, has been acclaimed as a prominent historian, publicist and politician in the country. Historian by education, he had headed for 10 years one of Lithuania’s People Genocide and Resistance Center’s departments before clinching a seat in Parliament. Serving his second tenure, his focus has been on the state’s history. During his 2008-2012 parliamentary stint, he served as head of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC). With the Social Democrats winning the parlia...  Full story...
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 Mar 05, 2014 - Living without illusions...
Living without illusions
A popular public figure in Latvia who has risen through the ranks of national politics, Artis Pabriks has a lot on his mind these days. He held, until recently, the post of defense minister where efforts included continuing the modernization of the military. But Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis’ resignation last year meant the end of his term in office. Pabriks after being passed over as...
 Feb 06, 2014 - True sportsmanship is about Olympic spirit, not po...
True sportsmanship is about Olympic spirit, not politics
Amid the worries over the Sochi Olympics security, Vida Venciene, the head of the Lithuanian Olympic delegation, who arrived in Sochi two weeks prior to the opening ceremony, dismisses the concerns. “When the plane landed and we got off, I was stunned by the balmy, warm weather, in the upper 20s and saw only lush palms trees around, but, frankly, I did not notice any visibly reinforced se...
 Jan 31, 2014 - Paddle for life: A European and world dream...
Paddle for life: A European and world dream
“The problem of climate change calls for concerted efforts, increased attention and new solutions,” said Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite in Brussels on October 24, 2013.  On New Year’s Eve, as Lithuania's presidency of the European Union came to a close, I sent President Grybauskaite a bouquet of flowers and a message: “Congratulations on the Lithuan...
 Jan 08, 2014 - Olekas’ promise: “Defense budget will go up”...
Olekas’ promise: “Defense budget will go up”
Juozas Olekas, the 57-year-old Social Democrat and now Lithuania’s defense minister, has had one of the most outstanding careers in an independent Lithuania. Born into a family of Lithuanian exiles in Siberia, he managed to do what virtually seemed impossible for such a child - enter the prestigious Vilnius University’s Medicine Faculty. Ever since graduation he saw his medical care...
 Dec 19, 2013 - Deposed President Paksas again sets sights on high...
Deposed President Paksas again sets sights on high office
Driven out from Lithuania’s Presidential Office in 2004, Rolandas Paksas, now MEP, has devoted his life to clearing his tarnished name, and to having the right to run for election reinstated. After the Strasbourg Court’s binding ruling that Lithuania had violated the European Convention on Human Rights by barring - for life - Paksas from any state office where the state oath is requ...
 Nov 28, 2013 - EP May election may change member make-up...
EP May election may change member make-up
MEP Laima Andrikiene, a stalwart of Lithuania’s Homeland Union - Lithuanian Christian Democrats (HU-LCD) and a member of the European Parliament’s Christian Democrats Faction, is in her 9th year in the European legislative chamber. But now, she says, time has come for change. “I’m just at the point where I see myself already doing something different, perhaps plowing exe...
 Oct 31, 2013 - Mixing academia with literary fiction...
Mixing academia with literary fiction
“Now, he finally stepped from the lurching boat onto the harbor dock, onto the slippery boards nailed onto logs that were rammed into the mud beneath the water, and peered hesitatingly at his surroundings. The wind flung drizzle into his face in bursts from the low sky, and he strove to understand what sort of land it was, to which he had arrived by his own free choice.” The une...
 Oct 03, 2013 - Extraordinary (non) liberal who calls herself a “n...
Extraordinary (non) liberal who calls herself a “national nugget”
When a couple of years ago she brazenly called herself “a national nugget of Lithuania,” she had become the trolls’ tastiest titbit, a figure of never-ending sneers and jabs, but she did not relent. When soon thereafter the Lithuanian LGBT Web site nominated her as “lesbians’ little strawberry of the year” for making homophobic slurs, she did not balk either,...



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