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Latvia’s Imagined Status of Exceptionalism 

Author:Ksavjē Lands

Human rights are universal, and it is not the case that each country can pick and choose among them. Read

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Don't go dirty, don't go nuclear  

Author:Rita Ruduša

Energy companies are not denying that there is a climate change, but they are in denial over their own role in it. What we need is a paradigm shift. Read

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Dangerous liaisons 

Author:Vjačeslavs Dombrovskis

De jure, we have embraced the Western tradition, which sees the state manily as a service provider, but de facto our minds are still loyal to the concept of the state conceived by Lenin, the state designed to enslave and exploit the individuals. Read

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The School: A Perfect Place for Brainwashing? 

Author:Marija Golubeva

If our schools functioned as little democracies empowering the individuals who study there and giving them a sense of equality and security there would be no need for spoon-feeding students with dogma. Read

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Futureproofing Europe 1

Author:Rita Ruduša

Today, many people use money they do not have to buy things they do not need to impress people they do not like. That, in brief, is the current consumption pattern. Read

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Strategy plans for sustainable development: case studies from Denmark, Netherlands, Estonia, Lithuania and Sweden 

Author:Christian Ege Jorgensen

The aim of this paper is to describe national plans for sustainable development and assess whether they include the necessary goals and instruments. The plans from Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, Estonia and Lithuania have been chosen as examples. Read

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Attitudes of Europeans towards the issue of biodiversity 

Author:Providus

This Flash Eurobarometer survey on .Attitudes towards biodiversity. (No 219), requested by DG Environment, asked EU citizens to clarify how familiar they were with the term biodiversity and with the concept of biodiversity loss. The survey also dealt with the following aspects relating to biodiversity loss: Read

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Towards an Integrated Concept of Sustainability 1

Author:Joachim H. Spangenberg

The author says - all our economies are dependent on the life sustaining systems of the ecosphere. This long ignored fact came high on the political agenda only when the economic implications of environmental damages became obvious or at least foreseeable.

This is the background paper for the Conference Sustainable Development Planning, which took place in Riga year 2007.
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Jaunais Laiks: On the abyss? 

Author:Daunis Auers

Because Jaunais Laiks appears to be incapable of developing any discernible economic, social or foreign policies, it may be time for the party to return to basics and focus on Einars Repse and his almost messianic mission to fight graft. Read

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Is There any Good Argument Against Homosexuality? 

Author:Ksavjē Lands

Issuing a moral statement - X is bad, Y is good - does not provide any justification, especially in open and diverse societies. We need more. Read