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The Voyages Issue: How Do Families Around the World Spend Their Vacations?
Joakim Eskildsen for The New York Times Gross domestic product per capita: $20,122 Estonia’s ‘‘singing revolution’’ involved mass demonstrations of choral…
travel  vacation  local  chongqing  baltic 
september 2017 by aries1988
L’Estonie, perle balte du tout-numérique

L’Estonie est une société hyperconnectée, et cela commence dès l’école. Grâce à leur carte d’identité numérique (une carte à puce sécurisée) ou à leur mobile, les 1,3 million d’habitants font à peu près tout en ligne grâce à un portail gouvernemental : voter aux élections, déclarer les impôts, signer « numériquement » un contrat de travail et, même, renouveler une ordonnance auprès de leur médecin de famille. « Nous pouvons dire sans rougir qu’en matière de numérique, nous sommes des pionniers », se félicite Tea Varrak, la flamboyante directrice du centre d’innovation Mektory, sur le campus de Tallinn.

Mais, auparavant, il faudra rassurer les Européens sur la protection de leurs données personnelles. Vu de Paris ou de Bruxelles, la grande confiance des Estoniens envers les nouvelles technologies à de quoi dérouter. D’autant que les institutions du pays ont subi une cyberattaque massive en 2007.
baltic  numeric  government  innovation 
february 2017 by aries1988
European wargames
As Nato leaders prepare to meet in Warsaw, thousands of troops are engaged in large-scale military exercises on both sides of Russia’s border with Europe. Sam Jones reports
europe  war  russia  baltic 
july 2016 by aries1988
Latvian Region Has Distinct Identity, and Allure for Russia - NYTimes.com
Only about 100,000 people actually speak Latgalian. The authorities in Riga, Latvia’s capital, consider it a dialect of Latvian, not a separate language, and nobody is punished for speaking it.

He said there were no signs of separatist fervor in Latgale itself and described the Latgalian People’s Republic as an “artificial creation by outsiders.”

Eastern Ukraine also displayed no separatist fervor until Russian-backed gunmen in March 2014 seized government buildings in Donetsk, silenced local supporters of Ukraine’s central government and, aided by Russian state television, mobilized a previously passive population to the separatist cause.

He noted that regular rotations of NATO troops and aircraft through Latvia had sent a firm message to Moscow that “the risks would be tremendous” if it tried to copy its Ukrainian playbook in the Baltics.

The exercise was held in the center of town, a few yards from a bronze statue called United for Latvia, a monument to national unity that, over the decades, has been more an emblem of the tenuousness of power in these parts. Erected in 1939 during a short-lived Latvian republic, it was taken down when the Soviet Union annexed the Baltics in 1940, put back up in 1943 during the Nazi occupation, removed again in 1950 after Moscow regained control, then put back up again in 1992 after Latvia regained its independence.

Though there are no reliable opinion polls to gauge Latgale’s discontent, the region has many reasons to feel separate, set apart by its religion — Catholicism instead of the Lutheranism favored elsewhere in Latvia — its dying language and its distinct, often nightmarish history.

“We are the smallest community but have the biggest graveyard,” said Lev Sukhobokov, a local Jewish leader, showing a reporter the spot where Germans and their Latvian helpers staged a mass killing of Rezekne’s Jews in 1941.
russia  2015  baltic  geopolitics 
may 2015 by aries1988

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