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Archive for August, 2011

Sigismund Augustas never trusted the Jesuit Brothers

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Actually Sigismund Augustas never trusted the Jesuit Brothers and he had the Grail secretly hinded in the bell tower, because that is the last place the Brotherhood would look for the Grail after his death.

Joe Bakaitis

Category : Opinions

Legends do sell and we need them to market this country.

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It is worth to mention that later on starting from 1779 Vilnius and the Lithuanian Grand Duchy, as many other nations around the world, was an invisible battleground between Jewish led Illuminati freemasons and Vatican Jesuits fighting each other in order to gain and maintain control. Maybe It is worth to mention some colourful names and their activities like Elijah ben Shlomo Zalman known as the Vilna Gaon or Elijah of Vilna

Enjoyed this interesting VilNews issue. Especially, your article on Holy Grail and Sforza family connection even though you did not provided any supporting historical data to prove this. Nevertheless, legends do sell and we need them to market this country. 
It is worth to mention that later on starting from 1779 Vilnius and the Lithuanian Grand Duchy, as many other nations around the world, was an invisible battleground between Jewish led Illuminati freemasons and Vatican Jesuits fighting each other in order to gain and maintain control. Maybe It is worth to mention some colourful names and their activities like Elijah ben Shlomo Zalman known as the Vilna Gaon or Elijah of Vilna who was an exceptional Talmudist, Halachist, Kabbalist, and the foremost leader of non-hasidic world Jewry of the past few centuries. He is commonly referred to in Hebrew as ha'Gaon ha'Chasid mi'Vilna, "the saintly genius from Vilnius." 

Arvydas Arnasius, Vilnius

Category : Opinions

Fantastico

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Fantastico . Molto bella come storia, anzi credo proprio che se qualcuno pieno di soldi ne facesse un film, come "il codice da vinci" la Lituania avrebbe un ritorno economico non indifferente, specie se, nel racconto il sacro grall avesse fatto tappa in diverse località della Lituania, prima di arrivare a Vilnius ... così che ci sia un percorso da seguire per vedere posti, di importanza storica dove tra mistero ed intrighi il sacro grall passò attraverso le mani di quei seguaci del Cristo Bianco, così come veniva chiamato tra le popolazioni del nord il noto e ben amato Gesù Cristo ..........

Rino Logiacco

Category : Opinions

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Santa Claus and Lithuania’s Grand Duchess buried in same South-Italian basilica
(maybe no need to tell your kids…)


Grand Duchess Bona Sforza (1494-1557) and St. Nicholas (270-343).

The Basilica di San Nicola in the South-Italian city Bari was built between 1087 and 1197. Its foundation is related to the stealing and burying of the relics of St. Nicholas (270-343) from the saint’s original shrine in Myra in what is now south-west Turkey.

When Myra passed into the hands of the Saracens, some saw it as an opportunity to move the saint's relics to a more hospitable location. According to the justifying legend, the saint, on a trip passing by the city on his way to Rome, had chosen Bari as his burial place.

There was great competition for the relics between Venice and Bari. The latter won and the relics were carried off under the noses of the lawful Greek custodians and their Muslim masters, and on 9 May 1087, were safely landed at Bari. A new church was built to shelter Nicholas' remains and Pope Urban II was present at the consecration of the crypt in 1089.

460 years pass, and Lithuania’s Grand Duchess Bona Sforza, now widow after Grand Duke Sigismund the Old, comes to Bari to claim the dept Spain’s King Philip II has to her – but instead she is poisoned and dies here in Bari in 1557.

It was, by the way, Bona and her mother, Isabella d'Aragona, princess of Naples, Duchess of Milan and Bari, who transformed the Bari Castle, that so much dominates the city’s old town, into a cultural centre and adding imposing defensive bastions to it. Today the castle is the seat of a Gallery of plaster casts and of temporary exhibitions..

The Sforza family’s role in Bari was indeed very important, and it’s no wonder that Bona’s sarcophagus in the St. Nicholas Basilica even today fully symbolizes and represents this role.

So here they are, St. Nicolas who later became better known as Santa Claus, and Bona Sforza, the Grand Duchess who also was the mother of the two last representatives of Lithuania’s famous Jagiellon Dynasty, Sigismund Augustus and Anna Jagiellon.

With them the 300-year Dynasty after the House of Gediminas ended, and today the world knows very little about what once was Europe’s largest country, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.

And, ironically enough, relics of the woman who was such a leading symbol of Lithuania’s days of glory are to find right here in Southern Italy – along with the relics of a truly main symbol of our today’s Christmas traditions...

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Losing Trust in Lithuania
BY JEREMY DRUKER


Jeremy Druker is the Executive Director and Editor in Chief of Transitions Online (TOL), a media development organization that he co-founded in 1999. TOL publishes an Internet newsmagazine on Central and Eastern Europe and runs journalism and new media training programs with a mission of improving the professionalism, independence, and impact of the media and civil society organizations in this region.

Over the past few years Vilnius has served as something of a sanctuary for Belarusian human rights activists, critically minded students, independent journalists, and other “enemies” of the regime. There is a Belarusian Human Rights House, which provides a meeting space and facilities for human rights defenders, and perhaps the only university operating completely in exile—the European Humanities University, with around 600 students—has its home here. A short and cheap bus trip from Minsk, the city has also proven to be a popular venue for international meetings that gather opposition types.
All of that could be changing, after the recent arrest in Belarus of Ales Bialatski, chairman of the Viasna Human Rights Center. The Belarusian authorities have accused him of tax evasion over money that he received through accounts in Lithuania for his human rights work. Disturbingly, it has emerged over the past week that the authorities in Lithuania were directly involved with providing the Belarusians with the financial information that led to his arrest.

Read more at:
http://eastofcenter.tol.org/2011/08/losing-trust-in-lithuania/

Category : News

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Hungarian Wizz Air
Central and Eastern Europe’s largest low-cost carrier expands in Vilnius


Hungarian Wizz Air remains confident of the success of the new base in the Lithuanian capital, which was launched last April.

Wizz Air launched its operations and opened its 14th operating base in Vilnius in April, 2011. Currently Wizz Air deploys one Airbus A320 aircraft and operates 21 flights on 8 routes per week.

Wizz Air has one of the youngest fleets in the world, consisting of 35 Airbus A320s.

This summer, FL Technics, an aircraft maintenance and repair organization signed its first contract with Wizz Air. FL Technics has been entrusted to provide maintenance services for the airline’s Airbus 320 at its newly opened base in Vilnius International Airport.

According to the recently signed agreement, FL Technics will provide Wizz Air with the fixed price all inclusive line maintenance support, coupled with additional support services.

“We are honoured that one of the largest carriers in the CEE region, Wizz Air has decided to start cooperating with FL Technics, which is the reward for our strive for quality and customer satisfaction. We have worked very hard and have earned the name of a trustworthy aircraft technical maintenance centre, leader in CEE region. Wizz Air has joined a long and constantly expanding list of our highly appreciated clients and partners. We are looking forward to an ongoing and gradually growing cooperation between FL Technics and Wizz Air” – said Jonas Butautis, CEO of FL Technics.

Category : News

Fascinating news of Hungarian links with Lithuania

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Fascinating and welcome news of Hungarian links with Lithuania. As a collector of Hungarian philately for over 60 years and with a family friendship that has lasted as long, I find Hungary an amazing place. Glad to see it featured.

Mervyn Benford,
Oxford, UK

Category : Opinions

And the leader in high speed fiber broadband is… Lithuania

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Are you an AT&T residential broadband customer in the United States, grumbling over the inauguration of 150GB bandwidth cap for your pokey DSL connection? Or maybe you're a Canadian—bitter over the low ceiling caps imposed by Rogers Cable and other ISPs, not to mention the likely expansion of metered billing packages down the line?

If you've had the vague sense that the Internet in North America is moving back toward scarcity rather than forward to abundance, we've got a solution for you. Move to Lithuania. TEO LT, Lithuania's top telecommunications service, says that in two weeks the company will boost the speed of its ZEBRA Fiber-to-the-Home ISP service "premium" plan to up to 300Mbps for downloads.
The "basic" plan's speed will double—from 20 to 40Mbps; the "optimal" plan will go from 80 to 100Mbps.

Category : News

Oh, and by the way: “TEO increases the Internet speed for residential customers without any additional fees.”

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According to the Fiber to the Home Council Europe, Lithuania is already the front runner when it comes to deployment of FTTH networks. It tops the European list at 22.6 percent household penetration. Next comes Sweden at 13.6 percent. In absolute numbers, Russia is number one at 4.18 million fiber households, followed by Sweden (600,000) and France (486,700).

TEO says its telecom network is accessible to about half of Lithuania: 570,000 households. Its next-generation services are available to most of the residents of that country's big cities: Vilnius, Klaipeda, and Kaunas. Over half of Panevėžys and Šiauliai residents can get them too.
Why are Lithuanians getting this FTTH windfall? Investment, it appears. TEO says it will plug more than LTL70 million (about US$30 million) into the fiber project by the end of this year, bringing the total investment to LTL325 million (about US$139 million) over four years.

Category : News

Also Estonia

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Lithuania's neighbor Estonia, by the way, is ranked by Freedom House as among "the most wired and technologically advanced countries in the world." In 2009 more than 91 percent of its citizens filed their taxes online. Estonian identity cards facilitate widespread electronic voting for city and European Parliament elections.

"Restrictions on Internet content and communications are among the lightest in the world," Freedom House's latest report on the country notes.

Category : News

Lithuania’s relationship with Belarus is one of the puzzles of European diplomacy

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Lithuania's prime minister, Andrius Kubilius is on bicycle holiday in Belarus, while the tension between the neighbouring countries seemingly is growing.

LITHUANIA'S relationship with Belarus is one of the puzzles of European diplomacy. Seen one way, relations seem icy. Lithuania is a favoured port of call for the beleaguered Belarusian opposition. The autocratic regime in Minsk shelters Vladimir Uschopchik, whom Lithuania wants to put on trial for the killings and failed putsch of January 1991. A senior Lithuanian spook, Vytautas Pociūnas, posted to a diplomatic job in Grodno (Gardinas in Lithuanian) died in still-unexplained circumstances in 2006.

Yet below the surface things are different. Trade ties are good. The Lithuanian authorities quietly keep close working relations with their southern neighbour, and have blocked (or at least queried) some attempts by the EU and America to impose sanctions. Lithuania's prime minister, Andrius Kubilius, takes his holidays in Belarus, cycling round the sites of the old Grand Duchy of Lithuania, with the local KGB (as it is still called) in polite but puzzled pursuit. Some fear that Belarus is the Achilles heel of Lithuania's Euro-Atlantic orientation. Others think that Lithuania is the one country that can guide Belarus back into the European fold. Perhaps both views are right.

Read the article at:
http://www.economist.com/blogs/easternapproaches/2011/08/lithuania-and-belarus

Category : News

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A black man in Lithuania as "Chairman of Klaipeda International Business Club", I'm loving it!
Ref. our article about Mr. Lont: http://vilnews.com/?p=7623


Clifford Lont, Chairman of Klaipeda International Business Club, has moved the long way from Suriname in South America to a much colder climate here at the Lithuanian coast.

First of all I would like to say that I admire Clifford's courage and perseverance. Second, I have respect for the way he has managed to adapt himself not only to the (sometimes very) cold weather and the different lifestyle, but also to the very different culture. He conquered it all. A black man in Lithuania as "Chairman of Klaipeda International Business Club" , I'm loving it!

I see Clifford as one of many who are building bridges between nations. I wish him well.

U sisa

EML

Category : Opinions

Lithuania’s inflation decelerates

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Jekaterina Rojaka,
Chief economist, DnB NORD.

Lithuanian consumer prices declined by 0.2% m/m in July, down from -0.1% in June. The drop in prices was mainly in line with market expectations and DnB NORD's estimate (-0.1%). Admittedly, the annual rate eased down from 4.8% to 4.6% y/y.

The main cause of the decline in the month-on-month rate was an expected (seasonal) drop in the prices of food, and a pronounced drop in the prices of clothing and footwear.

However, latest producer prices figures in Lithuania issued last week proved that cost pressures are still rising, especially on energy and food products. On the other hand, forward-looking surveys of manufacturers’ pricing intentions suggest that output price inflation should rise only marginally. Moreover, falling oil prices are expected to fetch down prices further.

Assessment: We expect consumer prices to ease somewhat in nearest months, before accelerating in autumn after the heating season begins. However, higher base effect will reduce an increase in prices. Annual inflation is forecasted to reach 4% in the end of 2011, while it will heavily depend on energy price developments.

Category : News

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By Dr. Boris Vytautas Bakunas,
Ph. D., Chicago

A wave of unity sweeps the international Lithuanian community on March 11th every year as Lithuanians celebrated the anniversary of the Lithuanian Parliament's declaration of independence from the Soviet Union in 1990. However, the sense of national unity engendered by the celebration could be short-lived.

Human beings have a strong tendency to overgeneralize and succumb to stereotypical us-them distinctions that can shatter even the strongest bonds. We need only search the internet to find examples of divisive thinking at work:

- "50 years of Soviet rule has ruined an entire generation of Lithuanian.

- "Those who fled Lithuania during World II were cowards -- and now they come back, flaunt their wealth, and tell us 'true Lithuanians' how to live."

- "Lithuanians who work abroad have abandoned their homeland and should be deprived of their Lithuanian citizenship."

Could such stereotypical, emotionally-charged accusations be one of the main reasons why relations between Lithuania's diaspora groups and their countrymen back home have become strained?

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Text: Saulene Valskyte

In Lithuania Christmas Eve is a family event and the New Year's Eve a great party with friends!
Lithuanian say "Kaip sutiksi naujus metus, taip juos ir praleisi" (the way you'll meet the new year is the way you will spend it). So everyone is trying to spend New Year's Eve with friend and have as much fun as possible.

Lithuanian New Year's traditions are very similar to those in other countries, and actually were similar since many years ago. Also, the traditional Lithuanian New Years Eve party was very similar to other big celebrations throughout the year.

The New Year's Eve table is quite similar to the Christmas Eve table, but without straws under the tablecloth, and now including meat dishes. A tradition that definitely hasn't changes is that everybody is trying not to fell asleep before midnight. It was said that if you oversleep the midnight point you will be lazy all the upcoming year. People were also trying to get up early on the first day of the new year, because waking up late also meant a very lazy and unfortunate year.

During the New Year celebration people were dancing, singing, playing games and doing magic to guess the future. People didn't drink much of alcohol, especially was that the case for women.

Here are some advices from elders:
- During the New Year, be very nice and listen to relatives - what you are during New Year Eve, you will be throughout the year.

- During to the New Year Eve, try not to fall, because if this happens, next year you will be unhappy.

- If in the start of the New Year, the first news are good - then the year will be successful. If not - the year will be problematic.

New year predictions
* If during New Year eve it's snowing - then it will be bad weather all year round. If the day is fine - one can expect good harvest.
* If New Year's night is cold and starry - look forward to a good summer!
* If the during New Year Eve trees are covered with frost - then it will be a good year. If it is wet weather on New Year's Eve, one can expect a year where many will die and dangerous epidemics occur.
* If the first day of the new year is snowy - the upcoming year will see many young people die. If the night is snowy - mostly old people will die.
* If the New Year time is cold - then Easter will be warm.
* If during New Year there are a lot of birds in your homestead - then all year around there will be many guests and the year will be fun.

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VilNews
Christmas greetings
from Vilnius


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Ukraine won the historic
and epic battle for the
future
By Leonidas Donskis
Kaunas
Philosopher, political theorist, historian of
ideas, social analyst, and political
commentator

Immediately after Russia stepped in Syria, we understood that it is time to sum up the convoluted and long story about Ukraine and the EU - a story of pride and prejudice which has a chance to become a story of a new vision regained after self-inflicted blindness.

Ukraine was and continues to be perceived by the EU political class as a sort of grey zone with its immense potential and possibilities for the future, yet deeply embedded and trapped in No Man's Land with all of its troubled past, post-Soviet traumas, ambiguities, insecurities, corruption, social divisions, and despair. Why worry for what has yet to emerge as a new actor of world history in terms of nation-building, European identity, and deeper commitments to transparency and free market economy?

Right? Wrong. No matter how troubled Ukraine's economic and political reality could be, the country has already passed the point of no return. Even if Vladimir Putin retains his leverage of power to blackmail Ukraine and the West in terms of Ukraine's zero chances to accede to NATO due to the problems of territorial integrity, occupation and annexation of Crimea, and mayhem or a frozen conflict in the Donbas region, Ukraine will never return to Russia's zone of influence. It could be deprived of the chances to join NATO or the EU in the coming years or decades, yet there are no forces on earth to make present Ukraine part of the Eurasia project fostered by Putin.

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Watch this video if you
want to learn about the
new, scary propaganda
war between Russia,
The West and the
Baltic States!


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90% of all Lithuanians
believe their government
is corrupt
Lithuania is perceived to be the country with the most widespread government corruption, according to an international survey involving almost 40 countries.

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Lithuanian medical
students say no to
bribes for doctors

On International Anticorruption Day, the Special Investigation Service shifted their attention to medical institutions, where citizens encounter bribery most often. Doctors blame citizens for giving bribes while patients complain that, without bribes, they won't receive proper medical attention. Campaigners against corruption say that bribery would disappear if medical institutions themselves were to take resolute actions against corruption and made an effort to take care of their patients.

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Doing business in Lithuania

By Grant Arthur Gochin
California - USA

Lithuania emerged from the yoke of the Soviet Union a mere 25 years ago. Since then, Lithuania has attempted to model upon other European nations, joining NATO, Schengen, and the EU. But, has the Soviet Union left Lithuania?

During Soviet times, government was administered for the people in control, not for the local population, court decisions were decreed, they were not the administration of justice, and academia was the domain of ideologues. 25 years of freedom and openness should have put those bad experiences behind Lithuania, but that is not so.

Today, it is a matter of expectation that court pronouncements will be governed by ideological dictates. Few, if any Lithuanians expect real justice to be effected. For foreign companies, doing business in Lithuania is almost impossible in a situation where business people do not expect rule of law, so, surely Government would be a refuge of competence?

Lithuanian Government has not emerged from Soviet styles. In an attempt to devolve power, Lithuania has created a myriad of fiefdoms of power, each speaking in the name of the Government, each its own centralized power base of ideology.

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Greetings from Wales!
By Anita Šovaitė-Woronycz
Chepstow, Wales

Think of a nation in northern Europe whose population is around the 3 million mark a land of song, of rivers, lakes, forests, rolling green hills, beautiful coastline a land where mushrooms grow ready for the picking, a land with a passion for preserving its ancient language and culture.

Doesn't that sound suspiciously like Lithuania? Ah, but I didn't mention the mountains of Snowdonia, which would give the game away.

I'm talking about Wales, that part of the UK which Lithuanians used to call "Valija", but later named "Velsas" (why?). Wales, the nation which has welcomed two Lithuanian heads of state to its shores - firstly Professor Vytautas Landsbergis, who has paid several visits and, more recently, President Dalia Grybauskaitė who attended the 2014 NATO summit which was held in Newport, South Wales.
MADE IN WALES -
ENGLISH VERSION OF THE
AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF
VYTAUTAS LANDSBERGIS.

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IS IT POSSIBLE TO
COMMENT ON OUR
ARTICLES? :-)
Read Cassandra's article HERE

Read Rugile's article HERE

Did you know there is a comment field right after every article we publish? If you read the two above posts, you will see that they both have received many comments. Also YOU are welcome with your comments. To all our articles!
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Greetings from Toronto
By Antanas Sileika,
Toronto, Canada

Toronto was a major postwar settlement centre for Lithuanian Displaced Persons, and to this day there are two Catholic parishes and one Lutheran one, as well as a Lithuanian House, retirement home, and nursing home. A new wave of immigrants has showed interest in sports.

Although Lithuanian activities have thinned over the decades as that postwar generation died out, the Lithuanian Martyrs' parish hall is crowded with many, many hundreds of visitors who come to the Lithuanian cemetery for All Souls' Day. Similarly, the Franciscan parish has standing room only for Christmas Eve mass.

Although I am firmly embedded in the literary culture of Canada, my themes are usually Lithuanian, and I'll be in Kaunas and Vilnius in mid-November 2015 to give talks about the Lithuanian translations of my novels and short stories, which I write in English.

If you have the Lithuanian language, come by to one of the talks listed in the links below. And if you don't, you can read more about my work at
www.anatanassileika.com

http://www.vdu.lt/lt/rasytojas-antanas-sileika-pristatys-savo-kuryba/
https://leu.lt/lt/lf/lf_naujienos/kvieciame-i-rasytojo-59hc.html
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As long as VilNews exists,
there is hope for the future
Professor Irena Veisaite, Chairwoman of our Honorary Council, asked us to convey her heartfelt greetings to the other Council Members and to all readers of VilNews.

"My love and best wishes to all. As long as VilNews exists, there is hope for the future,"" she writes.

Irena Veisaite means very much for our publication, and we do hereby thank her for the support and wise commitment she always shows.

You can read our interview with her
HERE.
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EU-Russia:
Facing a new reality

By Vygaudas Ušackas
EU Ambassador to the Russian Federation

Dear readers of VilNews,

It's great to see this online resource for people interested in Baltic affairs. I congratulate the editors. From my position as EU Ambassador to Russia, allow me to share some observations.

For a number of years, the EU and Russia had assumed the existence of a strategic partnership, based on the convergence of values, economic integration and increasingly open markets and a modernisation agenda for society.

Our agenda was positive and ambitious. We looked at Russia as a country ready to converge with "European values", a country likely to embrace both the basic principles of democratic government and a liberal concept of the world order. It was believed this would bring our relations to a new level, covering the whole spectrum of the EU's strategic relationship with Russia.

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The likelihood of Putin
invading Lithuania
By Mikhail Iossel
Professor of English at Concordia University, Canada
Founding Director at Summer Literary Seminars

The likelihood of Putin's invading Lithuania or fomenting a Donbass-style counterfeit pro-Russian uprising there, at this point, in my strong opinion, is no higher than that of his attacking Portugal, say, or Ecuador. Regardless of whether he might or might not, in principle, be interested in the insane idea of expanding Russia's geographic boundaries to those of the former USSR (and I for one do not believe that has ever been his goal), he knows this would be entirely unfeasible, both in near- and long-term historical perspective, for a variety of reasons. It is not going to happen. There will be no restoration of the Soviet Union as a geopolitical entity.

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Are all Lithuanian energy
problems now resolved?
By Dr. Stasys Backaitis,
P.E., CSMP, SAE Fellow Member of Central and Eastern European Coalition, Washington, D.C., USA

Lithuania's Energy Timeline - from total dependence to independence

Lithuania as a country does not have significant energy resources. Energy consuming infrastructure after WWII was small and totally supported by energy imports from Russia.

First nuclear reactor begins power generation at Ignalina in 1983, the second reactor in 1987. Iganlina generates enough electricity to cover Lithuania's needs and about 50%.for export. As, prerequisite for membership in EU, Ignalina ceases all nuclear power generation in 2009

The Klaipėda Sea terminal begins Russia's oil export operations in 1959 and imports in 1994.

Mazeikiu Nafta (current ORLEAN Lietuva) begins operation of oil refinery in 1980.

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Have Lithuanian ties across
the Baltic Sea become
stronger in recent years?
By Eitvydas Bajarunas
Ambassador to Sweden

My answer to affirmative "yes". Yes, Lithuanian ties across the Baltic Sea become as never before solid in recent years. For me the biggest achievement of Lithuania in the Baltic Sea region during recent years is boosting Baltic and Nordic ties. And not because of mere accident - Nordic direction was Lithuania's strategic choice.

The two decades that have passed since regaining Lithuania's independence can be described as a "building boom". From the wreckage of a captive Soviet republic, a generation of Lithuanians have built a modern European state, and are now helping construct a Nordic-Baltic community replete with institutions intended to promote political coordination and foster a trans-Baltic regional identity. Indeed, a "Nordic-Baltic community" - I will explain later in my text the meaning of this catch-phrase.

Since the restoration of Lithuania's independence 25 years ago, we have continuously felt a strong support from Nordic countries. Nordics in particular were among the countries supporting Lithuania's and Baltic States' striving towards independence. Take example of Iceland, country which recognized Lithuania in February of 1991, well in advance of other countries. Yet another example - Swedish Ambassador was the first ambassador accredited to Lithuania in 1991. The other countries followed suit. When we restored our statehood, Nordic Countries became champions in promoting Baltic integration into Euro-Atlantic institutions. To large degree thanks Nordic Countries, massive transformations occurred in Lithuania since then, Lithuania became fully-fledged member of the EU and NATO, and we joined the Eurozone on 1 January 2015.

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It's the economy, stupid *
By Valdas (Val) Samonis,
PhD, CPC

n his article, Val Samonis takes a comparative policy look at the Lithuanian economy during the period 2000-2015. He argues that the LT policy response (a radical and classical austerity) was wrong and unenlightened because it coincided with strong and continuing deflationary forces in the EU and the global economy which forces were predictable, given the right policy guidance. Also, he makes a point that LT austerity, and the resulting sharp drop in GDP and employment in LT, stimulated emigration of young people (and the related worsening of other demographics) which processes took huge dimensions thereby undercutting even the future enlightened efforts to get out of the middle-income growth trap by LT. Consequently, the country is now on the trajectory (development path) similar to that of a dog that chases its own tail. A strong effort by new generation of policymakers is badly needed to jolt the country out of that wrong trajectory and to offer the chance of escaping the middle-income growth trap via innovations.

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Have you heard about the
South African "Pencil Test"?
By Karina Simonson

If you are not South African, then, probably, you haven't. It is a test performed in South Africa during the apartheid regime and was used, together with the other ways, to determine racial identity, distinguishing whites from coloureds and blacks. That repressive test was very close to Nazi implemented ways to separate Jews from Aryans. Could you now imagine a Lithuanian mother, performing it on her own child?

But that is exactly what happened to me when I came back from South Africa. I will tell you how.

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