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America’s NATO Problem: We’ve Forgotten Why We’re a Member, Jeffrey Rathke, Center for Strategic & International Studies (, May 24, 2017

What Does Russia Want? Commentary by Kadri Liik, European Council on Foreign Relations (,  May 26, 2017

Staunton, June 3 – Some years ago, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, who later became president of Estonia, suggested that “if the Russians were to come back to Estonia again, they would not be constrained by communism.” That is, they would pursue an even more repressive Russian nationalist agenda there than had the Soviet Union during the occupation.

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Estonian Institute has brought out a new publication, “Estonian nature”, the text of which is written by Kristjan Piirimäe.

Mart Laar in 2011

The Washington-based Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation has awarded the former Estonian prime minister, Mart Laar, the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom for his role and work in exposing the atrocities of the communist regimes.

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Congress brief - Left to right: JBANC Managing Director Karl Altau, SFRC Legislative Director Chris Socha, CSCE Senior Advisor Scott Rauland. Photo by Karin Shuey


The Joint Baltic American National Committee (JBANC) held its biennial conference on Baltic security on 19-20 May in Washington, DC. World-class experts, diplomats, regional officials, and JBANC and EANC members came together to discuss issues of concern and connect with lawmakers on solidifying their support.

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The first of the much anticipated, life-affirming and life-altering spring floral trinity to appear in Eesti is the toomingas aka toome/puu. A very revered, much sung and written about shrub to tree (8-16 m tall), it is a species of wild cherry, native to northern Europe and n.Asia, south of the Arctic Circle. Its English names are bird cherry, hackberry and Mayday tree (Prunus padus) and although it’s sold as an ornamental plant in North America, it’s not the star it is in Europe. I never knew what all the fuss was about, or even what it was when I was still living in Toronto. Photo: Riina Kindlam


Heimar, his wife, Beverly, and their grandchildren.


Heimar Niit died on October 3, 2016 after a long, courageous battle with leukemia.

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Former President Mauno Koivisto was laid to rest on May 25, 2017 in Helsinki. President Sauli Niinistö pays his last respect to former President Mauno Koivisto. Photo courtesy of ERR News


While former Finnish President Mauno Koivisto's decision not to more publicly support Estonia's bid for independence three decades ago was criticized by Finns, what was kept until his death last week was millions of euros' worth of aid funneled to Estonia under the guise of cultural cooperation.


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