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Whatever will be will be
The future's not ours to see
Que sera sera


After the Second World War, most students in Europe wanted to study either medicine or architecture.

As both chambers of Congress deliberate the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2021, the Estonian American National Council (EANC) and Joint Baltic American National Committee (JBANC) have been engaging with House and Senate staff to call attention to bipartisan Baltic Security Initiative amendments confirming U.S. support for Baltic security against Russian threats.


On July 2nd, the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) agreed to S.Amdt. 2168 to the NDAA, “To express the Sense of Congress on support for coordinated action to ensure the security of Baltic allies.”

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Girls at the Baltic University.  Archive photo by Helga Merits

 

Toilet paper seemed to have been the most sought after item to have in a time of a lock-down.

 

People were buying it in large quantities, afraid that they would not have enough while stuck at home for several weeks.

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At the end of this year, the Estonian Navy (Eesti Merevägi) will have at its disposal the first brand new warships of the entire period of re-independence.

 

They are currently being built on the island of Saaremaa.

Estonia Helped Organize UN Event Commemorating Srebrenica Genocide Victims


On July 10, a UN high-level event commemorated the victims of the genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia, 25 years ago.

 

The virtual commemoration event took place on a platform created by an Estonian enterprise.

SAVE THE DATE: On Friday, July 17, the Estonian Society in San Francisco, CA, is hosting a virtual screening of the 2019 Estonian start-up comedy "Chasing Unicorns (Ükssarvik)" for our local community.


After the film, join the filmmakers for a Q&A about the film, which was shot in both Estonia and the Bay Area.

Estonia to Commission  Diaspora Research


The Minister of Population Riina Solman announced a tender with an estimated cost of €50,000 to find a body to conduct a survey aimed at Estonian expatriate communities and potential returnees.

 

The results of the survey will be used as input in the development and improvement of various services and activities.

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In June 2020, we marked 80 years since the tragic events between June 15-17, 1940, when the Baltic countries were occupied by the Soviet Union and lost their independence.

 

The sacrifice, bravery and hope of the people of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, eventually led to their regaining independence half a century later.

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