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Iraq. What are the choices? 


If the US attack on Iraq is allowed to take place, it would seriously undermine the efforts of many centuries in developing a legal and institutional regulation for the authorized use of force in relations between States. As they say – the genie may be let out of the bottle. Read

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Igaunijas pilsoniskās sabiedrības koncepcija 



Igaunijas pilsoniskās sabiedrības koncepcijas sagatavošanu uzņēmās Igaunijas Bezpeļņas organizāciju tīkls, kas pārstāv nevalstiskās organizācijas Igaunijā. 2002.gada decembrī šo dokumentu apstiprināja Igaunijas parlaments. Šajā dokumentā definēti pilsoniskās sabiedrības (nevalstisko organizāciju un citu pilsonisko apvienību) un valdības institūciju sadarbības pamatprincipi. Koncepcijai jākalpo par pamatu sabiedrības līdzdalībai politiskās dienaskārtības veidošanā un trešā sektora attīstībai Igaunijā.

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Change of mindset underway as Estonian parliament adopts agreement on civil society 


The Estonian Civil Society Development Concept became an international success story. Once a participant at an NGO and public officials meeting in Canada slapped his fist on the table and told Canadian officials: "If you can't do it like Estonians, don't do it at all!" Read

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Does Chechen independence stand a chance? 

Author:Ivars Liepnieks

Does the war on terrorism increase global security? It could be said that by eliminating all terrorists, terrorism itself would disappear. But that is not possible as the injustice that has developed of late in the international order will only create new terrorists. Read

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The new anti-corruption strategy – just more paper-pushing? 


Among Latvia’s anti-corruption bodies there is a culture of “institutional envy”– each institution applies its own elastoplast but the patient isn’t getting any better. The National Strategy for Preventing and Combating Corruption attempts, for the first time, to bring together all the elements of an anti-corruption policy in an organized and understandable form. Read

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Natural Racism 

Author:Artis Svece

Comments on the discussion on politika.lv after the interview with George Steele Read

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The Privatized Foreign Policy of Bush and Co. 


The obstinance of the White House casts doubt on exactly how important the three most frequently cited reasons for the looming war with Iraq - terrorism, weapons of mass destruction and human rights – really are. Less frequently debated alternatives seem more logical and believable. In short, the keyword is ‘Oil.’ Read

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The source of recruits for the political elite of Latvia (During the 7th Saeima) 

Author:Gints Klasons (BA)

This Bachelor's thesis, defended in the Social Science department of the University of Latvia's Social Science faculty in June, 2001, analyzes the process of recruiting Latvia's political elite during the 7th Saeima. Read

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"I now live in one of the most racist societies" 


During the 8 years since I have lived here I have not been in prison, or the police, I have not done anything illegal or anything at all to provoke hatred or suspicion. Must I accept racism if it is based on ignorance or fear? No. I have done nothing to provoke such an attitude. Read

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Learn from the positive examples! 


You must move away from the idea that the only way to protect the Latvian language is to exclude the use of other languages. Learn from the positive examples and do not use restrictions like Turkey or Algeria. Read