Stories about Latvia from December, 2006
Latvia: Ahistorical View of History
Marginalia writes about Latvia's WWI battles and the ahistorical approach of some observers.
Estonia, Latvia: EU for Non-Citizens
Itching for Eestimaa reports that the Council of the European Union now permits non-citizen residents of Latvia and Estonia to travel in the EU without visas: “Hopefully those newcomers that couldn't make it in Estonia can press their luck elsewhere.”
Russia: Litvinenko's Poisoning an Accident?
Copydude believes that Litvinenko's lethal poisoning could have actually been “a smuggling accident.” Also, here's his overview of Russia's unfriendly relations with its neighbors and the West: “Poland has a beef ban and an energy problem. Poland has a port blockaded by Kaliningrad. The lifeline Odessa-Plok pipeline has just been...
Estonia: “Poisonous” Putin
Itching for Eestimaa writes about Litvinenko's murder, the image of Russia and the meaning of the recent developments for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
Belarus: Absent-Minded Opposition
Belarusian opposition leader got detained recently, and – surprise, surprise – his detention was justified: he went to Latvia on his son's passport. More on the implications of such absent-mindedness at TOL's Belarus Blog.