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The Privatized Foreign Policy of Bush and Co. 

Author:Providus

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" 

Author:Providus

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! 

Author:Providus

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

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Monitoring the EU accession process: minority protection (2002) 

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OSI’s two-volume report Monitoring Minority Protection focuses on the situation of vulnerable minority groups in 15 European countries. The first volume of the report concentrates on the ten EU candidate States of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and assesses the policies that Governments have developed to improve the situation of the Roma minority in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia; and to facilitate the integration of Russian-speakers in Estonia and Latvia. This volume follows up on EUMAP’s 2001 Minority Protection Report, which examined the legislative and institutional framework for minority protection in the ten CEE candidate countries. The second volume concentrates on the five largest EU member States, examining the situation of Muslims in France, Italy and the UK, and of Roma in Germany and Spain. This volume was prepared with the intent of underlining that EU standards must be applied and monitored equally throughout the European Union, not only in candidate countries.
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Benign nationalism 

Author:Providus

There is nothing unusual about Latvia. You have this ethnic and cultural division at the heart of your country. If it were better managed – the politics of it and the societal aspects of it, it could be one of the things that make people like this country. Diversity is appealing, simplicity is boring. Read

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The critical philanthropist 

Author:Providus

There are many businessmen who pretend to be philanthropic but are really furthering their own interests. So I am suspicious of them and journalists are right to be suspicious of me. Read

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Latvian GDP growth: miracle or mirage? 

Author:Providus

So we have a ‘dream’ outcome – high growth and low inflation. Can we explain this performance? Is it reflected in a real increase in Latvian living standards? Is it sustainable? Read

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Human rights in Latvia 1 January 2002 – 30 June 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 the first half of 2002.
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Social Integration Issues and the 8th Saeima 

Author:Nils Muižnieks

Compared to the previous Saeima elections, issues related to social integration and ethnopolitics have not been very prominent in this electoral campaign. This quiet on the “integration front” is a bit deceptive. Read