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The next great challenge: turning our attention eastward 

Author:Providus

The problem of how to deal with the strong-arm tactics of Russia’s oil-pipeline monopoly has lain bare the exceptionally soft underbelly of our nation’s foreign policy and is but a foreshadowing of the great reevaluation of priorities and policy that awaits us in the near future. Read

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Human Rights in Latvia in 2002 

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The Latvian Centre for Human Rights and Ethnical Studies (LCHRES), a member organisation of the International Helsinki Human Rights Federation, has prepared its regular review on the human rights situation in Latvia in 2002.
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UN Human Development Report 2002. Deepening Democracy in a Fragmented World 

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Every year, the UN publishes a report on human development in which countries are evaluated based on the human development index (HDI). This index is calculated by taking into account the population’s average life expectancy, education and per capita income. For the first time, Latvia was ranked among the developed countries of the world in this report. This year’s report “Deepening Democracy in a Fragmented World” is devoted to an analysis of the role played by the existing level of democracy and state administration in a country in the process of human development and social and economic growth.
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Analysis of Expenditures for the 8th Saeima Elections 

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This study contains a compilation of conclusions regarding expenditures on the 8th Saeima (Parliament) election campaign, and recommendations for legislators and regulatory institutions to promote future transparency in political party financing, and to limit the increasingly high cost of pre-election campaigns and the dependency of parties on sponsors. The project recommends a ban on paid advertising in the electronic mass media as the most effective solution. Such a solution is in force in ten European countries.
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Analysis of political party expenditure and revenue before the 8th Saeima elections 

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The analysis of political party expenditures and donors was carried out as part of the project “Transparency for the 8th Saeima Pre-election Campaign Funding”. The project made use of new legislative tools, provided by amendments to the political party funding law, to prepare an analysis of political party revenue and expenditure leading up to the elections.
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Iraq (2). The Interest of small States in the International Legal Order 

Author:Providus

The war against Iraq is unlawful, so is the official support of military action in Iraq without a UN Security Council resolution. The UN Charter does not say that if one country breaches a binding resolution, other countries have the right to attack it. The precedent thus created is especially dangerous for small countries like Latvia, which has experienced the consequences of a failure of enforcing international law. Read

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Latvia's Youth Leading the Charge against Racism 

Author:Providus

A casual review of Latvian media might give the impression that racism is not an issue in Latvia. A look at the homepage of a group of Latvian extremists, which seeks to justify racial segregation as an acceptable form of animal breeding, proves otherwise. The National Youth Council of Latvia has joined the "European-wide Action Week Against Racism," will anyone else? Read

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EU foreign policy: destined to fail 

Author:Providus

A common foreign policy cannot succeed because it is contrary to the EU's inherent identity as an organization of sovereign states. If it is to be realized, member states must, by definition, be deprived of the sovereignty that they would never agree to relinquish. Read

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Slovenians back the slogan “At Home in Europe, Safe in NATO” 

Author:Dace Akule

Slovenia could well go down in history as the most EU-optimistic candidate country, as Slovenes seemed to agree that the country had received a very good deal in the accession negotiations. For NATO the support was lower, but here one of the major turning points was the assassination of Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic. Read

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The first community foundation in Latvia 

Author:Providus

In its first decade of operation, the Talsi Regional Foundation will have to reconcile two different factors – the public’s desire to see quick results and the slow process of accumulating resources, which will occur gradually over the years. Read