Opinion: Dread, confusion and loathing in Palestine

For a past week, to talk about the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian relations objectively became quite a self-indulging activity. The debate itself is toxic, since, according to the opposing camps, any affection to the Palestinian cause turns one into an anti-Semitic, terrorist-loving, revanchist bastard, whereas backing Israel means support to genocidal, child-killing, quasi-religious nationalist regime. […]

Monument for Grand Duke Algirdas in Vitebsk, Belarus. Photo by tut.by

Opinion: Why are our neighbours poaching our history?

It is a country’s business what monument, where and how it will be built or demolished. For instance, the Poles have built a statue of urinating Lenin, the Lithuanians seem not to be able to wipe out the symbols of the Soviet reality overlooking the capital from the Green Bridge (should we hold a referendum?), and the Russians may return the Stalingrad name to Volgograd or call it Putingrad – of course, with many busts of the “leader of nations” or the current militant president… […]

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Opinion: Vilnius increases defence spending in face of disappointing responses from Western Europe

The Lithuanian parliament on July 10 adopted budget amendments to increase spending on national defense by 37.6 million euros. The decision, which was predicted by Stratfor, passed with the support of the government and the opposition and was praised by the American Embassy in Lithuania. With this measure, Lithuania will take its military spending closer to 1 percent of gross domestic product – a mark still well below NATO’s official target of 2 percent. […]

Kęstutis Girnius

Opinion: President’s new priority?

At the beginning of her second term of President Dalia Grybauskaitė, we must pose the inevitable question of her priorities and how she will try to change the course of Lithuanian politics. I think the President will pay much more attention to the defence policy – not only in Lithuania, but also in order to influence the foreign partners. […]

Romas Sadauskas-Kvietkevičius

Opinion: Let’s not rush to equate referendum supporters with enemies of state

Since a week ago, welcoming political maturity in our state, I wrote that one of the evidence thereof would become an unsuccessful referendum on the restriction of right to dispose of property and other stupid questions, now I could feel like the Old Testament prophet who sent the knowledge to his people received from the above. Moreover, I do not need to shave the beard which I promised to donate publicly in the social network Facebook in case of referendum success. […]

Dalia Leinartė

Shall we live in a Eurasian empire of woman haters?

Vladimir Putin, Russian politicians and some intellectuals keep talking about the “Russian world” and readiness of the country’s armed forces to defend the Russian population in any country. It is worth remembering that before the Bosnian war (1992-1995) and the mass killings of Bosnian Muslims and Croats, Radovan Karadžić also spoke of Serbia’s interests not only in countries with the Serb minority, but also in those with only Serbian graves […]

Vladimir Putin

Opinion: How soon will Europe forget Russia’s actions?

Russia’s actions in Ukraine show a cynical, and yet, according to Vladimir Putin’s understanding, the only possible response to regional development tendencies that have been evolving for decades. […]

Vytautas Dumbliauskas

Opinion: Are political posts just ill-gotten gains?

When we want to talk about relations between our state institutions, we always bear in mind that there are two dimensions to these relations. Dimension one is the rules for these relations which are written in the Constitution. Dimension two is the political practice and experience that have come about in the last ten years of our restored state, writes Vytautas Dumbliauskas for LRT.lt. […]