When a group of patriots declared Latvia independent in Riga's National Theater on Nov. 18, 1918, they could not have imagined the scale of events that would strike their country over the next 8 decades. The whole world has seen awesome technological and cultural shifts this century, but for the Baltics, this time has been especially traumatic and often tragic.The roller coaster of change won't be slowing down in the near future either, but hopefully it will head in a peaceful direction.Today, the people of Latvia should be grateful to those who spilled their blood for freedom. The first Ba...
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