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  • Central Asia on NATO’s periphery
    to be a fixed event on the calendars of Latvia s diplomats politicians and university students alike However the topic of this particular 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 Born of a merger between

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  • Youthful terror
    of terrorism back to the front and centre in the world s attention the one that has stayed with me the longest is not the attack in France but rather an attack in Nigeria where two female suicide bombers blew themselves up with all of the attendant carnage One of them was 11 years old Think about that for a moment A pre pubescent girl What was she told that day Well today you re going to die darling 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 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 Our news analysis and commentaries provide readers

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  • Arts & Events guide
    organ I Eenma viola da gamba Programme Schutz Scheidt Palace Music Concert Series 17 00 Tallinn Kadriorg Art Museum J Henderson flute S Groote viola A Tohver piano Bloch Martinu Kats Chernin Durufle Glenn Miller Orchestra 19 00 Tallinn Nordea Kontserdimaja World famous Glenn Miller Orchestra on their pre Christmas tour conducted by Wil Salden Anticipation of Christmas The Second Advent Sunday 19 00 Tallinn Teachers House Raekoja plats 14 Early music ensemble Rondellus Programme Cantigas de Santa Maria Corelli Music brings joy to its audiences with the Christmas music festival Church Holidays in the Land of Mary MONDAY DEC 7 The Misanthrope Moliere 19 00 Tallinn Kadriorg Palace Theatrum Tuesday DEC 8 Concert series Elite concerts 19 00 Tallinn Estonia Concert Hall Baroque music ensemble Floridante M Valdmaa soprano E Raik baroque oboe M Orgse baroque violin S Fischer harpsichord organ T Joesaar baroque cello K Kao theorbo Bach Handel WEDNESDAY DEC 9 My Fair Lady operetta music 19 00 Estonian National Opera Concert series Sibelius 150 Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra 19 00 Tallinn Estonia Concert Hall The concert of the flagship of Finnish orchestras Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra concludes the 150th anniversary of Jean Sibelius in Tallinn The Tallinn concert takes place one day after the composer s birthday week culminating at Helsinki s new concert hall John Storgards conductor Finland Yefim Bronfman piano Israel USA Soile Isokoski soprano Finland Sibelius Tone poems Saga Luonnotar Symphony no 7 Beethoven Concerto for piano and orchestra no 5 Nutcracker ballet 19 00 Johvi Concert Hall Tchaikovsky Rebecca Kontus Band Edith Piaf 100 19 00 Tallinn Kumu Auditoorium Weizenbergi 34 Valge 1 www jazzkaar ee THURSDAY DEC 10 Carmen opera 19 00 Estonian National Opera Vocal group Estonian Voices 19 00 Parnu Concert Hall Gatsby La Dolce Vita short ballets 19 00 Tartu Teater Vanemuine suur maja Vanemuise 6 Sincere feelings subtle irony humour glamour and dreams Gatsby Music by G Reynolds based on Duke Ellington Producer choreographer S Stubbs La Dolce Vita Giorgio Madia s ballet to the music of Nino Rota Director choreographer lighting designer G Madia Italy Both Gatsby and La Dolce Vita are solid and wholesome ballet productions in which the dancer and his her persona are highlighted deservedly As the troupe consists of dancers of very diverse origins and backgrounds the display is varied and exciting Estonian Voices 19 00 Parnu Kontserdimaja Aida 4 Valge Gospel 19 00 Tallinn Saku Suurhall Paldiski mnt 104B FRIDAY DEC 11 Estonian National Symphony Orchestra Beethoven s Fifth 19 00 Estonia Concert Hall Antonio Mendez conductor Espressivo III Wagner Beethoven Ball im Savoy operetta musical 19 00 Estonian National Opera Pal Abraham s operetta in three acts Music arranged by Mart Sander J S Bach Magnificat 19 00 Tartu St Pauls Church Riia 27 Capella Cracoviensis soloists choir and orchestra Poland Jan Tomasz Adamus conductor organ soloist Programme Zebrowski Bach SATURDAY DEC 12 La traviata opera 19 00 Estonian National Opera Midnight in Paris ballet in two acts 19 00 Tartu Teater

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  • East meets West
    us create TV documentaries radio programmes a book lectures at the Academy of Music said Vahi These expeditions were the Silk Road Tour 2007 Arctica Antarctica 2010 a journey through Antarctica and both the Americas and the African Round 2012 2013 This all fuelled a desire in Vahi to organise an Eastern music festival in Estonia It was virtually impossible during the period of the Soviet occupation he says however right after the collapse of the Soviet empire we started preparations and the first Orient Festival took place in the spring of 1992 During its first years the main venue was only in Estonia but later many concerts have taken place in Latvia Lithuania Finland Sweden and Russia Vahi s recent visit to Asia was to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra an orchestra he has close association with and where The Baltic Times caught up with him The Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra has associations with a number of contemporary composers It s our greatest pleasure to be able to promote and perform the music of Peter Vahi in Asia said Bing Ching Yu the Executive Director of the orchestra The Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra performed Vahi s work Prayer wheel during their 2012 tour of Taiwan and two years later during their European concerts The work had previously been performed by several orchestras in Sweden England Latvia and Germany but I regretfully have to say that I was not pleased with the outcome when it was performed in these countries said Vahi It is quite possible that the Buddhist background and the melodics that partly deviated from the traditional Western tempered scale made the music incomprehensible for European orchestras I had already decided to destroy the score as unfit for further performances but then I heard the Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra perform it and it sounded exactly the way I had imagined it Most probably in order to fully feel the Buddhist background of the music one has to have a closer contact with the religion itself Vahi believes While in Taipei Vahi presented a loaf of bread baked by the First Lady of Estonia to Yu and well as the score of his work Reminiscences of Youth for Flute Cello and Orchestra At present neither Estonia Latvia nor Lithuania have diplomatic representation in Taiwan At present the Taipei Mission in Riga mostly fulfils the functions of an embassy The Baltic Times asked Vahi for his opinion about this and whether he feels that economic and cultural links with the Baltic countries could be enriched by representation in Taiwan Understandably as a representative of the cultural sphere I would be happy to see much closer contacts between Taiwan and the Baltic countries It is not really that difficult to guess what has hindered a closer relationship thus far said Vahi As a composer Vahi has tried to stay neutral focussing on performance to all prepared to listen Our festivals host mainland Chinese and Taiwanese Jews and Arabs Turks and

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  • Thailand
    Council for Peace and Order which unanimously elected General Prayut Chan o Cha as a new prime minister of the country Soon the King appointed him to run the country In Thailand it means the legitimation of the takeover It ought to be noted that King Bhumibol Adulyadej since 1946 every time without any further hesitation supported new government regardless of the way it was formed after the legal democratic elections or after just another coupd etat The military in Thailand is high powered and has competency to rule the country in the case of instability And the army generals were not slow to take advantage of it After the coup of 2014 Thai military detained members of the political class some scientists and journalists declared curfew and shut down the media The curfew was lifted only one year after the coupd état Besides lack of stability within the country Thailand has problems on its external boundaries Long term Cambodian Thai border dispute time and again place the neighbouring countries on the verge of full scale war Up to now there were only skirmishes on the border with the dead and wounded as the result During one of such a skirmish Cambodia accused Thai military of using neuroparalytic gas and cluster bombs banned by the international law Thailand denied these accusations All these factors are obvious to undermine reputation of Thailand in the eyes not only of its neighbours but also of the West The coups in Thailand again and again had been condemned by a number of nations whose officials said there was no justification for the coup and had to terminate vital political and economic agreements with Bangkok So it is not a surprise that Thailand cast a slur on its own reputation and got the name of one of the most unreliable partner and one of the most unsafe countries in the world What is suprisin gin this situation that even being aware of all the threats and risks some tourists still go to Thailand for the rest Though sometimes they get instead unrest And what is more surprising for me that Thailand with such an ineligible reputation hopes to take a seat at the place where the future of the whole world is taking on its form Thailand applies for the position of non permanent member of the United Nations Security Council in 2017 2018 The country that is not able to set a good example to follow wants to participate in the sealing fates of the others Politicians that are not able to establish order in their own country are going to establish order on a worldwide scale It is evident that the countries with such a biography at the place where the world s fatehangs in the balance at the very heart of the foremost international organization will not contribute to the strengthening of its leadership While the leadership at the moment is the thing of the first necessity for the United Nations which

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  • POFF lights up the dark in 19th year
    Suite follows the intertwining stories of migrants in Amsterdam including Sawadogo s character an illegal immigrant who works in a greenhouse The film s themes of transience and change perhaps struck a chord amongst the jury in a year in which there has been a well publicised debate over the question of Estonia taking refugees from war torn countries Though there is something of a running joke among POFF attendees that Black applies not only to the darkness of the nights in Tallinn at this time of year but also to the ambiance of the films being shown in fact POFF organisers have always gone to great lengths to show a diverse range of films This year the two week festival taking place in Tallinn Viimsi Tartu Narva Kardla Parnu Paide and Kivioli showed everything from children s morning cartoons to Kote Miqaberidze s borderline unhinged but influential 1920s Georgian classic My Grandmother to Asif Kapadia s masterful and extremely successful archive and interview study of Amy Winehouse Amy POFF s Vitamin Boost programme is always a treat with the films both sunny in colour and nature bringing a burst of happiness to the long autumn One of the highlights of the 15 film programme was the sun drenched The Beautiful Island La Isla Bonita featuring a gorgeous young cast alongside some superb older actors in a Woody Allen esque setup about a publicist visiting his friend on Menorca only for awkwardness and misunderstanding to follow him everywhere One of the surprise gems of the POFF programme was Experimenter in which Peter Sarsgaard plays the real life psychologist Stanley Milgram who sets out to prove that all men and women in certain social conditions are capable of torture The premise does not invite smiles and yet this sensitively filmed story is designed not to shock but to explain the humanity behind Milgram s apparently inhumane experiments The electric shock treatments on subjects who answered word association games wrongly were actually the film explains staged using tape recordings to elicit reactions from those administering the shocks Milgram had a political agenda having been scarred by knowledge of the Holocaust with his psychological studies partly an attempt to understand how Nazi war criminals such as Adolf Eichmann could claim as they did that they were only following orders Placed in its historical context Experimenter is a fascinating piece of historical docu drama illustrating how a difficult topic can be approached with both appropriate gravity and also humour even with such a potentially problematic plot there are several laugh out loud moments POFF gets this balance right again and again providing ample opportunity for every film goer to speak openly with writers and directors who visited to talk about their films after many of the screenings It is the kind of film festival that shows how cinema can shine a light on humanity its hopes and its dreams Comments Related Articles Vilnius gets vision Gingerbread Mania 2015 Latvian State Choir launches ambitious project

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  • Estonian Supreme Court makes progress in Bitcoin trader case
    there has been some movement in a landmark legal case related to the controversial cryptocurrency The Dutch Bitcoin trader Otto de Voogd who was in 2014 asked to supply information on all his website s users by the Estonian government decided even in spite of leaving Estonia to pursue legal action to clarify Bitcoin s status De Voogd announced on his Facebook page that he had received confirmation of progress in the Estonian Supreme C 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 Lithuania will host innovation experts and creators from around the globe Transport Ministry Sacks Chairman of Latvian Railways Office launch party of Latvian Asian Chamber of commerce Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Goliath Wind signs 100 million euro deal in India Estonia Merko signs contract on construction of Tallinn tram line extension Russian Roulette the shot of vodka heard round the world Estonia was Europe s biggest exporter of wooden houses in 2014 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

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  • Lithuania’s truckers lobby against further damaging relations with Russia
    We were notified about the levy in September and we were calm about that since each country has the right to decide on its road charges Mikenas told BNS He noted however that such issues were addressed on a political level by the Foreign Ministry in tandem with the Transport Ministry If that was their decision then it s probably necessary Mikenas said The new levy applies not just to Lithuania but also to the whole of Europe CIS and even to the Russian haulers There s no discrimination We both both Russia and Lithuania had advantageous terms Now these terms are no longer in place Mikenas said Queues at the border which had built up immediately after the launch of the new system had already vanished he added The note sent by the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry said that the new levy which took effect on Nov 15 was not in line with an agreement on transport cooperation signed between Lithuania and Russia in 1992 and a bilateral agreement on international road transport signed in 1993 These agreements provide that truckers from either country do not pay for the use of roads in the other country Comments Related Articles Lithuania will host innovation experts and creators from around the globe Transport Ministry Sacks Chairman of Latvian Railways Office launch party of Latvian Asian Chamber of commerce Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Goliath Wind signs 100 million euro deal in India Estonia Merko signs contract on construction of Tallinn tram line extension Russian Roulette the shot of vodka heard round the world Estonia was Europe s biggest exporter of wooden houses in 2014 Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with

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