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  • Europe’s Refugee Amnesia
    has not risen to the occasion with many of its responses failing to match the urgency of the situation In just the first few months of 2015 more The article you requested can be accessed only by subscribing to the online version of The Baltic Times If you are already subscribed to The Baltic Times please authorize yourself Log In In case you don t have a subscription yet please visit our SUBSCRIPTION section Comments Related Articles Rhetoric at the Riga Conference what we talk about when we talk about war with Russia What refugees are running from What changes lie in store for Poland Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles The phantom of separatism in Latgale EDITORIAL The Baltic Security Question Baltics 2015 The long march to Paris Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania

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  • Climate Change: The Pope’s Encyclical and a Paddle for Life
    problem You could place the Paddle for Life and its ideas into the hands of President Obama within a couple of weeks The Pope will be delighted President Obama will be delighted and 77 2 of the people of Lithuania will be too But there is more for I believe that because of your action in being the first president in the world to sign a Paddle for Life because of your love of sport because Lithuania is a land of lakes and because of a story about the founder of the modern sport of canoeing we can by working together in one simple symbolic event here in the Heart of England create a world story which will help to unite the European Union and help to make the world a more stable and secure place I can guarantee it for I will write the story In my letter to the Pope I write that on each bell boat we carry two names and with them two stories to inspire all on board to together to take part in tackling the climate change problem What I would suggest we do to get things started is that your Ambassador visits us at the earliest opportunity and launches a bell boat with the names the Spirit of Dalia Grybauskaite and Energy Climate Era and the Spirit of Rob Roy and Energy Climate Era You already have the story of the Rob Roy which John McGregor the founder of modern canoe sport used on his voyages around Europe and to the Baltic He came from the Protestant tradition of Scotland and was a little extreme being a member of an anti Pope group but on the issue of the environment I am sure that he would now if alive be backing the Pope So through that story we can inspire all of a similar persuasion on board and of course those with no faith and those who enjoy the environment by paddling their own canoe Whenever a child asks me Why is it called the Spirit of Dalia Grybauskaite I will be able to tell them the story about the part played by Lithuania in Saving Our Home on the Blue Planet by bringing people with very different beliefs together in one boat In the naming of that one boat we can put together the Catholic and Protestant beliefs as well as those with environmental beliefs and those of no belief at all Which of course means that you will bring happiness to perhaps 100 of the people of Lithuania which will be remarkable for a democracy it will be an inspiration for President Obama and the Pope will be very happy at Lithuania leading the way With that in place all you have to do is to write to President Obama with the story of how an Hawaiian designed inspired boat is bringing Lithuania together on the climate change issue and I am sure that he will be delighted to sign the

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  • Renovating the World Order
    the richest and the poorest both within and among countries has grown larger diminishing the sense of unity of purpose that is so important to a legitimate international system How can one speak of the common good when so few have so much and so many have so little Against this background it will undoubtedly be extremely difficult to create an international order that strikes the needed balance between legitimacy and power To meet this challenge three potential approaches stand out The first approach entails redefining the international order so that it better reflects geopolitical realities After World War II a bipolar worldorder dominated by the US and the Soviet Union emerged When the Soviet Union collapsed the world became unipolar with the US as the sole superpower But in the last decade as the US has retreated from its global leadership position no other country has stepped in to fill the void leaving the system vulnerable to instability Clearly another power must help the US to support global stability and promote multilateral cooperation The European Union mired in crisis is not prepared to fill this role Russia not only lacks the means to assume such a position it has also proven itself to be a primary generator of disorder And emerging countries like Brazil and India as well as developed countries like Japan are great regional powers but have yet to develop a global mindset In fact the only country with the means and ambition to serve alongside the US as a world leader is China an obvious conclusion perhaps Together these countries can reinvigorate the international system so that it is better able to stem the tide of chaos and violence Of course the creation of such a bipolar world order would not be a panacea Despite its relative decline the US still possesses important structural advantages over China relating to innovation and values not to mention vastly greater energy resources As a result the neworder would be lopsided Still the recognition of China as a true global power would force the US to come to terms with its declining hegemony and compel China s leaders to recognize their international responsibilities The second approach to revitalizing the international system is to reinforce the values that underpin it At the end of the eighteenth century Jean Jacques Rousseau was convinced that the absence of democracy in Europe constituted one of the main causes of war Today it seems that what is missing is the rule of law The dynamic is simple As ordinary citizens have watched the wealthy get wealthier often aided directly or indirectly by corrupt governments they have become increasingly frustrated In order to quell popular unrest many governments have turned to nationalism often in its most revanchist form blaming some external enemy say the Western countries that imposed sanctions on Russia for their citizens struggles An international system that enforced the rule of law effectively would go a long way toward mitigating such conflict generating behaviors

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  • Estonian Drink Drivers Undeterred By Risks of Punishment
    out by the Justice Ministry and reported by BNS The study points to the need to pay more attention to driver risk evaluation and development of penal measures to change behavioral patterns accordingly the Justice Ministry said The number of drunk drivers is so big that handling of those cases has become for the police prosecution and courts a conveyor belt job where the speed of handling and standard solutions are of esse The article you requested can be accessed only by subscribing to the online version of The Baltic Times If you are already subscribed to The Baltic Times please authorize yourself Log In In case you don t have a subscription yet please visit our SUBSCRIPTION section Comments Related Articles Concept of foreign policy has changed for Estonia Medieval ships uncovered beneath Tallinn building sites Go Rail ends Tallinn Moscow service for economic reasons Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Japan follows Estonia s lead with electronic ID cards Right wing parties launch 24 hour anti migrant rally Right wing parties launch 24 hour anti migrant rally in Tallinn The battle for the Estonian coastline Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born of a merger between The Baltic Independent and The Baltic Observer in 1996 The Baltic Times continues to bring objective comprehensive and timely information to those with an interest in this rapidly developing area of the Baltic Sea region Read more

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  • Latvia’s “ad hoc” integration policies
    than opportunities here and there is practically no targeted support for immigrants in Latvia Latvia s score has only climbed 1 poin The article you requested can be accessed only by subscribing to the online version of The Baltic Times If you are already subscribed to The Baltic Times please authorize yourself Log In In case you don t have a subscription yet please visit our SUBSCRIPTION section Comments Related Articles The amazing careers of Igor Sikorsky Unrest prevails as NATO moves in Saeima elections and Latvia s political challenges Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Arts Events guide SMALL STEP FOR CHINA GIANT LEAP FOR THE BALTICS LITHUANIA S STAUNCH SUPPORT FOR UKRAINE Want your children to have happier and more successful lives Turn them over to us Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania

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  • CEPA report questions strategic incoherence of Nordic-Baltic Defence Capabilities
    involves smaller weaker and more muddle headed countries For their part the Nordic and Baltic countries fear Poland s political unpredictability Elites and public opinion in Sweden and Finland fear entanglement in an American led military alliance The Baltic states fear any dilution of the Article 5 guarantee Denmark is also skeptical of anything that might weaken the centrality of NATO Norway which has by far the largest interests in the Arctic fears that the other countries do not understand the threats and opportunities it faces The Nordic five prosperous and established democracies fear that the poorer and worse governed Baltic states will not fit into their existing cooperation The Baltic states do not trust each other or cooperate smoothly and are worried that the rest of the region regards them as too small and too vulnerable to be taken seriously CEPA describes the situation in the region The report notes that no institutional mechanism for resolving these difficulties exists The Council of Baltic Sea States includes all the state of the region plus Russia Germany and the European Commission but is a talking shop not a security organization In CEPA s opinion Russia does not want to restore the Warsaw Pact It has no interest in gaining swathes of territory populated by resentful foreigners What it does want is to regain influence and insight in its neighborhood The aim is that nothing happens that we don t know about and nothing happens that we don t like It is possible though unlikely that Russia is indeed planning a surprise full scale military attack on the Baltic states their Nordic neighbors and Poland This would be possible only if Russia withdrew the estimated 15 000 20 000 forces that are currently involved in operations in and around Ukraine Russia does not have the military means to fight two wars simultaneously says the report But recent military exercises have shown that Russia s armed forces are now highly maneuverable and an operation in the Baltic Sea region could be mounted rapidly and effectively Even the chairman of NATO s Military Committee General Petr Pavel has said publicly that Russia would be able to conquer the Baltic states in a couple days before NATO s decision making process could react Such a successful move would pose a dilemma Would the West use military force to regain these territories perhaps in the face of a nuclear threat from Russia Or would it try to negotiate inquires CEPA The report recommends intensifying the political and military cooperation in the NBP9 as well as organization of joint military procurement tenders military exercises and ensuring interoperability Better coordination in the NBP9 against Russian espionage corruption and organized crime would blunt the edge of the Kremlin s most potent weapons indicates CEPA It also believes that NATO needs to pre position equipment and ammunition in the Baltic states and allied forces need to be a robust and permanent presence in the region Just as the NATO warplanes

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  • News search
    violation of th Read More Lithuanian Justice Minister very few cases of same sex couples in Lithuania Lithuania s Minister of Justice Juozas Bernatonis has said there is no need to legalise civil partnerships due to very few cases Read More VEF Riga wins LBL finals On May 28 the sixth game of the Latvian Basketball League LBL finals ended in style for VEF Riga as they saw off the challenge from Ventspil Read More Gulbis tumbles out of French Open in second round PARIS Flamboyant Latvian tennis player Ernests Gulbis fought hard on the clay last week at the French Open But that was not enough to get pas Read More VEF Riga s American Trailblazer TBT chief sports contributor Victor Shestopalov talks with American basketball player Gerald Robinson who was an instrumental part of VEF Riga Read More Why Is Latvia Whining About Refugees RIGA It is both astonishing and embarrassing that we live in a country where the majority of politicians Harmony party aside are against acc Read More A War of Values With Russia COPENHAGEN Russian authorities recently threatened to aim nuclear missiles at Danish warships if Denmark joins NATO s missile defense sy Read More Europe s Movement Against Moving PRINCETON The largest unresolved issue in the European Union is mobility The integration process was intended to make it easier and more attr Read More Previous 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 Next Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an

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  • “We will continue to speak out against the marginalization and persecution of LGBTI persons.”
    rights are LGBTI rights and LGBTI rights are human rights This emphasis matters it underscores our belief which is that equality for LGBTI persons is not a special or boutique issue but a core human rights issue All people are deserving of human rights but LGBTI persons have for too long been unjustly excluded from this conversation Progress on LGBTI issues and broader human rights is a powerful indicator that a country is moving in the right direction Unfortunately we re not seeing that progress in all countries In some cases we have seen backsliding marked by attempts by governments to use new legislation and other means to shrink space for civil society What does this backsliding look like Here s one example in the past two years we ve seen laws enacted or proposed in several countries seeking to restrict public discussion of sexual orientation under the guise of protecting minors from information on so called non traditional sexual relations These laws sometimes called anti propaganda laws are often vaguely worded and arbitrarily restrict the rights to freedom of expression and of assembly They also contribute to ongoing persecution of members of the LGBTI community including young persons who identify or are perceived as LGBTI The United States is deeply concerned about developments in this vein in Kyrgyzstan Nigeria the Russian Federation and Uganda Government sponsored anti LGBTI initiatives like the propaganda ban suggest that homophobia is officially sanctioned and in some cases can effectively legitimize those who would act violently on such prejudice Prohibiting expressions of support for LGBTI individuals is not the way to promote social harmony rather it can lead to intolerance discrimination societal divisions and in some cases violent assaults Here s another backsliding example Recent and proposed foreign agents legislation requires that NGOs that receive funding from abroad register as foreign agents This is a problem because often times our best work is done by civil society actors They have the best knowledge of what is happening on the ground These partners need to have space and freedom to act Both types of laws anti LGBTI propaganda laws and foreign agents laws are used to shut down LGBTI advocacy organizations and silence activists We believe that expressions in support of the human rights of LGBTI individuals or for other human rights related purposes such as the wearing of pride symbols or other acts of peaceful protest must be protected they constitute an exercise of the universally recognized freedoms of expression association and assembly We will continue to engage countries passing these laws or attempting to do so and remind them of their international legal obligations to uphold these basic human rights When countries deny the human rights of their LGBTI citizens they threaten the human rights fundamental freedoms and dignity of all people By standing for the human rights of LGBTI persons governments businesses and individuals defend and protect these principles for everyone As Secretary Kerry has said The places where we face some

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