By the time Baltic Times readers happen by this column, the buzz of the festivities of the 90th ann-iversary of independence of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia will be in the cold February air. What strikes the visitor to the Baltic states is the ferocious desire for independence of all three countries. Many of us (from the English speaking world certainly) equate independence with self-determination, which is the desire to chart one's own national course based on the sovereign will of the people. Certainly, democracy is alive and well in the Baltic states, but it does not necessarily trans...
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