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The Kistler-Ritso Foundation, a founder of Tallinn's Museum of Occupations, is donating millions of dollars to the Stanford University Foundation to support education on Estonian history in the United States. Kistler-Risto founded Tallinn's Museum of Occupations in 2003, at the request of the Estonian government. "[I]ts purpose is to show future generations how terrible the decades of Soviet rule were, a time when no one was allowed to believe in a free and independent Estonia," wrote Cambridge historian Peter Martland in a privately published volume on the family's history, Footprints in the Sands of Time.

 

Washington, DC – The Central and East European Coalition (CEEC) announ-ced that it will hold its Fall Advocacy Day on Wednes-day, October 5, 2011.   The Estonian American National Council (EANC) and Joint Baltic American National Committee (JBANC) are both members of the CEEC and urge Estonian Americans throughout the United States to participate in this event.  Please contact your local Congressmen on or near October 5 by email or telephone, if you cannot be at the event in Washington, and tell them that you are supporting the CEEC Advocacy Day and its positions, and requesting Congressional action as discussed in the policy paper below.  

On Friday, 9 September, Marina Kaljurand, the new Estonian Ambassador to the United States, presented her credentials to U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House.
In a conversation that followed the presentation ceremony, President Obama welcomed Marina Kaljurand as the first female Estonian ambassador in Washington. He also expressed his satisfaction that relations between Estonia and the U.S. are very good and that the countries are cooperating in many important fields of activity. Obama expressed his hope that this cooperation will continue and asked to have his greeting forwarded to President Ilves.

For the second edition of stillspotting nyc, composer Arvo Pärt (b. 1935, Paide, Estonia) and the New York City and Oslo-based architectural firm Snøhetta collaborate on a series of stillspots around Lower Manhattan that explore the special relationship between space and sound.
stillspotting nyc, a two-year multidisciplinary project by the  Guggenheim Museum that takes the museum’s Architecture and Urban Studies programming out into the streets of the New York City’s five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island.

On Thursday, September 8, the Department of State hosted a gathering of Baltic Americans and representatives of those countries to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the re-establishment of full diplomatic relations between the United States and Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.  The theme of the reception was “Together Again.”  Photos portraying events during, before and after the struggle for independence lined the Exhibition Hall and were on display there for a week.

 

A major festival of Estonian culture, Estonie tonique, will take place in Paris in October and November; it is so far the biggest cultural cooperation project between the two countries. The aim of the festival is to give a better idea of Estonia through the medium of culture and development of bilateral relations in the cultural sphere and in wider terms, Katrin Arvisto, spokeswoman for the Culture Ministry told BNS. The festival has a versatile program, including examples from nearly all areas of culture, but with music represented the best. There will be more than 200 performers taking part in the festival program of more than fifty cultural events in Paris, its suburbs and in Amiens.

 

ERR News - Continuing population loss due to declining birth rates and emigration are the most significant problem facing the Baltic states, according to the authors of the newly-released Estonian Human Development Report. The report, presented in Tallinn on September 5, noted that the collective populations of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania had dropped by 1.5 million, or 15 percent, from 1990 to 2010, the fastest decline seen in Europe during that period. The worse news is that the number of young people will continue to decline in all three countries, the report predicted, with the most serious losses in Latvia.

 

"Those are seljakotid!" – backpacks, is what I would have said once upon a time, since while living in Canada I had never heard of the term ranits. A ranits is a type of backpack used by young kids as schoolbags. They usually have sturdier sides and some older ones used to look like a little attaché case – you could either carry it by its single handle on top, or use the straps in behind to wear it on your back. Nifty! Lahe!

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