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Freedom(less) Island 

Author:Viktors Makarovs

What the Cuban government is worried about is human rights activists who might grab their mass appeal. But in the end of the day, the civil society has been growing in Cuba, first of all, due to the courage, and second, thanks to the support it has been receiving. Read

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Taking child abuse seriously 

Author:Mark Case

However unpleasant it is to have to consider child abuse as a possibility, I do believe that schools need child safety professionals, as children need social services who will watch them carefully and deserve police forces that will take abuse seriously. Read

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Is It Really State Business? 

Author:Ksavjē Lands

By using commercial rationale to justify the closure of a public TV show the frontier between public and private media become blurred. Read

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Crime and Punishment. Or simply PR?  

Author:Ilona Kronberga

If we continue dealing with crime by the means of impulsive repression and empty rhetoric, we may end up in the world where an individual citizen is forced to take care of his own security and keeps firearms instead of firewood in his shed. Read

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Love, Marriage and Ministry of Foreign Affairs  7


t turns out that love is not a good enough reason for marriage. What is then? “Long-term relationship,” a Foreign Ministry official informed me. Read

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NATO: Back to the Future 

Author:Māris Andžāns

Georgia's moving closer to NATO is not compatible with good relationship between NATO and Russia. If Georgia joins the alliance, the relationship may become reminiscent of the Cold War. Read

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Neither Multiculturalism, nor Nationalism 

Author:Ksavjē Lands

In a context of growing social inequalities, there are more urgent and important tasks than trying to preserve or enforce national or minority culture. Read

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War and vacation in Europe 

Author:Mārtiņš Mūrnieks

The unified position taken by the Baltic States, Poland and Ukraine has marked out a new form of cooperation that is dictated by the actual events. This can be seen as a good starting point for coming together to seek out ways of reducing the split between European countries, and convincing them about the seriousness of current situation. Read

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Subversion of Democracy? 

Author:Vjačeslavs Dombrovskis

There is convincing evidence that political connections are pervasive in Latvia and that they provide benefits to the connected firms. This implies that the risk that our democracy is a mere 'façade' is too high to be ignored. Read

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He Died. Because We Failed To Protect Him 

Author:Dita Arāja

Until the relevant political officials find a way of protecting children in a preventive way, we will continue to lose children from time to time. Read