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14 December 2017
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Only a few kill themselves for rational reasons

Dr. Boris Vytautas Bakunas

By: Dr. Boris Vytautas Bakunas, M. A., M. Ed., Ph. D.

"The vast majority of people who commit suicide are severely depressed. Only a few kill themselves for rational reasons such as avoiding the final stages of an extremely painful and fatal illness. Depression may be triggered by adverse events, but they are not the direct cause of most depressions. Many people face extreme adversity without succumbing to depression.

As a vast amount of empirical research has shown, the belief systems that people hold have a profound effect on their moods. People who suffer from depression generally believe several of the following things : (a) their lives are terrible, (b) they are guilty for having brought on the bad conditions they face, (c) they are powerless to change their lives, and (d) their lives will never improve. When you're depressed you tell yourself that a horrible tragedy has struck your life, you are worthless and overwhelmed by the difficulties you face, and since there is nothing you can do to solve your problems, your life is not worth living.
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Bipolar Manic Depressive Disorder can be beaten

Ray Tyler

Suicidal thoughts occur when pain coping resources are exceeded by pain. This comment (or variations on it) occurs regularly if a search on suicide is made on the internet. The comment is so common that it could almost be accepted as a definition of suicidal thoughts.

If it is accepted as a definition of suicidal thoughts it immediately high-lights two immediate ways of reducing the chances of suicide.
Reduce the person's pain or increase that person's coping ability. In many cases even knowing that they are being listened to can achieve this result.
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Ray Tyler
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It's time to seriously consider Lithuania’s high suicide rate

Marina Farrell

It's time to seriously consider the high suicide rate of Lithuania. Recent news of another in Vilnius as well as being described as an epidemic has brought world-wide concern, especially to those who have close ties to Lithuanians.

Here's a video from an ad campaign by popular singer Andrius Mamontovas from a couple years ago, who has put forth great efforts to prevent suicide in Lithuania.



Marina Farrell,
Denver, Colorado, USA


To learn more, go to Marina’s website “I love Lithuania” ...for fans, friends & all who love Lithuania”. She runs this fantastic site from her hometown Denver!

http://www.ilovelithuania.com/
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Health tourism in Lithuania

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Many people come to Lithuania for quality health care at a reasonable cost. Medical quality is very high. As an example, I recently destroyed a molar tooth. About 1/3 of the tooth broke off.

The next day I had a dental appointment at one of the best dental centers in Vilnius located centrally in the old town. It is a modern facility, very comfortable which looks exactly like any other quality dental center in any other country of the world. Several dentists and dental assistants work at the dental center. My dentist is very professional, speaks very good English. She is also the first dentist I have ever visited who has given me a hand mirror so that I could watch her work. Very entertaining to watch!

In about 1.5 hours she completely rebuilt my tooth and it was completely painless. Aside from the the discomfort of having my mouth held open for 1 1/2 hours, there very little discomfort.

The new tooth feels great. It feel completely natural and looks like the rest of my teeth. Only a trained dentist would be able to tell that it was not my real tooth. I am 100% satisfied with it.

How much did I pay for the work? 300 litas or approximately 85 euros all inclusive. I expect I would have paid 10 times that amount in many countries. Perhaps that explains the health tourism in Lithunia.

Text: Gene Emmer
(from his travel blog www.lithuania-travel.net)

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God bless the Baltic American clinic!

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Our baby was born at the Baltic American Clinic and our experience at the BAC could not have been better. Much of our positive experience at the Baltic American Clinic was due to two people: Our amazing OB/GYN Jurate and the excellent mid-wife Rasa. Rasa is something like the "mother superior" of the Baltic American Neonatology Center. Rasa runs everything with her experience and her charm. Rasa gave us our first lessons in parenthood. While Jurata took care of all things medical, Rasa was responsible for nearly everything else (food, comfort, diaper changes, even the bill at the end of the stay). Rasa seemed to be always watching over us with her careful eye. We loved it!

The BAC is something like a cross between a 5 star hotel and a hospital. To be sure the BAC is not set up for difficult births and if they believe that your birth might be complicated, you will be referred to the University Hospital. But if you will have a normal birth, the BAC will be for you.

You will receive round the clock care in a private room, room service, highly trained staff who will cater to your every need. You will be comfortable and well cared for and receive some basic training if parenthood if you need it. Both parents and baby are welcome to stay 24 hours per day in the guest rooms. There are no visiting hours (at least for parents). Fathers are always welcome.

While our pregnancy and delivery at the BAC were only positive, we have not always been happy with other medical care at the BAC. Like everywhere else, whether you are happy or not will depend on the health care provider. But if you are having a baby in Lithuania, we would highly recommend delivering at the Baltic American Clinic.

Text: Galina Emmer
(from her travel blog www.lithuania-travel.net)

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Mastering the vacation battle

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The Nida resort at the Curonian Spit is the place
to go to recharge you batteries.

Finding the balance between relaxation and a cultural experience on holiday can be a challenge, but the friendly Lithuanians of the Curonian Spit have mastered the vacation battle, according to Daniel Andrews of Travelbite.co.uk.

White sand beaches, wind swept dunes and the dancing forests of pine, this UNESCO World Heritage Site offers Europe's most preserved touch of natural paradise. Known for the highest drifting sand dunes in Europe, the 5,000-year-old, 97km peninsula, split between Kaliningrad (Russia) and Lithuania, provides a sense of tranquillity and an assortment of natural wonders.

Being so protected from development, it isn't the easiest place to get to. But once you are there, you'll be glad you made the trip. airBaltic provide flights from London Gatwick South to Riga, Latvia, where you can catch a connecting flight to Palanga, a 45 minute journey via taxi or public transport to Klaipeda, the start of any journey to the Curonian Spit.

According to the National Tourism Office, Klaipeda offers a true reflection of Lithuanian life. A stay at The Old Mill Hotel, situated in the up and coming historical port area of the city, provides luxurious comfort at an affordable price. Minutes from the hotel you'll find the Castle Museum, built in the remains of Memelburg Castle, dating back to 1252. The restored underground tunnels hold the entire history of the oldest city in Lithuania.

Take a walk along Aukstoji Street, beautiful 18th century warehouses line the old cobbled lane and is a great place to start exploring the old town and its unique architecture, which houses some of the cities many museums and galleries. One museum definitely worth a visit is the Blacksmith's Museum. Established in 1993, the working blacksmith's holds an impressive selection of craftsmanship.

Klaipėda

Rescued iron grave markings from the city's old cemetery, after it was levelled by Soviets, make for interesting viewing. After a walk around the museum, take a seat in the workshop and try your hand at crafting their own piece of jewellery, but be patient, it's harder than it looks.

If you are in the city on a Sunday, make sure that by midday you are in the old Post Office courtyard. For 30 minutes a carillon of 48 chromatically tuned bells provides the city with an inspiring concert of sound ranging from the old classics to this years chart toppers. Before leaving, make sure you take a peak inside the red-brick neogothic Palace, built in 1893. It is one of the most impressive buildings in Klaipeda.

For something to eat, head to Friedrich Passageway, the western European styled street has something for every taste. For the adventurous types try Friedrich Pub which serves traditional food dishes like eel in white wine, Cepelinai (potato dumplings filled with meat - despite looking like an alien egg, it is actually quite enjoyable). If the traditional cuisine isn't to your fancy, the nearby pizzeria or Mediterranean Friedrich provide a fine selection of western dishes.

After a good night's rest, hire a bicycle and take the five minute ferry ride over to the Curonian Spit. Described as a Mecca for artists and the recreational oasis for the tired, the tourism brochures are not far off the mark.

A dedicated cycle path weaves its way through the pine forests between the small settlements and is a great way to explore the natural sites. If you are extremely quiet, amongst the small deer that inhabit the island you might spot the pair of Elk which are said to have crossed the frozen Baltic sea.

Your first port of call should be the small town of Juodkrante. Lithuania is famous for its amber and on the bay of amber, after stormy weather, small pieces can be found washed up on shore. Further into the town, have a unique refreshment stop on board Kogas, a pseudo pirate ship moored in the harbour. Here you can enjoy a cold glass of Svyturys beer and some light lunch while looking out to the Baltic Sea.

Continue by bike through the pine forests that line the Baltic Sea side of the peninsula before crossing the Nida-Klaipeda road. A short distance from the crossing you will find one of the most fascinating sites of your stay, the Dead Dunes. Over hundreds of years the rolling dunes have engulfed villages which remained buried below the white sands. Make sure you stick to the specially laid boardwalk, which takes you up to the vantage point, or face a hefty fine. From the top you can view the Baltic Sea on one side and the Curonian Lagoon on the other.

For a relaxed night's stay, call in at Villa Queen Luise, named after the Prussian Queen who stayed at the site's original inn in 1807 before it had to be rebuilt after a fire in 1829. The views from your private balcony out across the Curonian Lagoon are stunning. The hotel also offers row boats for an evening on the lagoon or a Swedish sauna in the open air.

Next morning, head out for the final cycling stretch to Nida, the region's largest settlement. The path takes you through the forest before winding around the lagoon bay.
The best way to see Nida is by foot. Stop in at the local supermarket for refreshments and then head up to the lighthouse. During the summer months a number of festivals and open air film nights take place here, but head up early to beat the crowds. Continue through the forests towards the Parnidzio dune. At the top from storm damaged sundial calendar, the true beauty of the Curonian Spit can be admired.

Head back into the town, winding your way down the sand dunes and visit one of the many amber museums before taking a sunset cruise along the shoreline. Local boats take you right along the coast, up to the Kaliningrad border, and from here you really appreciate the size of the sand dunes as they tower above you.

Make sure you get up early the next morning and join the locals for a free early morning yoga session starting at 8am. An hour of gentle exercise on the soft white sand, with the wind massaging your skin, prepares you for the more invigorating blokart. Irklakojis offer the land sailing tours, wind levels provided, along with kayaking, sailing and hiking.
No visit to the area is complete without a taste of amber vodka or tea, enjoy your final Lithuanian sunset from one of the bars or cafes lining Nida bay. A perfect end to a culturally relaxing holiday.

Daniel Andrews
http://www.travelbite.co.uk/holiday-ideas/europe/lithuania/lithuania-s-natural-paradise-$1377673.htm

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Vilnius health clubs

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Vilnius has two health clubs:

Forum Sports Club on Konstitucijos 26

Impuls Gym: Several locations around town including Kareivių, Savanorių, Ozo, etc.

However, if you are in the old town or in the center you will find no quality gyms close by.

Some of the hotels, such as the Radisson will offer memberships. But the Radisson sports club is small and the equipment is very limited. If there are more than two people there at a time, it feels crowded. We have heard good things about the Forum Sports Club, but we have not visited. We are put off by both the location and the high membership fees. We visited the Impuls gym, but they seemed in need of renovation and again the locations are just not very convenient.

It seems that every second shop in the old town sells either Amber or Linen. I wonder if anyone would think about opening up a quality health club in the old town?

Text: Galina Emmer
(from her travel blog www.lithuania-travel.net)

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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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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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