Through Western eyes: a look at coverage

  • 1999-03-18
  • Steven C. Johnson
RIGA - The story goes like this: a Latvian woman checks into a Paris hotel room and fills out the proper forms. Suddenly, the desk attendant addresses her: "Is Latvia your first name or your last name?"Latvia is a little known land to Western Europeans. To the Western media, Latvia is a name without a face, one of a dozen or so Eastern European countries that usually only slips into newspaper stories when they're about European Union enlargement.But last March 16, when media learned a group of Waffen SS veterans known as the Latvian Legion were to hold a ceremony in central Riga, Latvia sud...
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