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There were many in Moscow and throughout what had been the Soviet Union who supported the aspirations of the coup plotters even if they did not take action at the time. Might they have coalesced under some other leader, even Gorbachev himself, to ensure the survival of the empire?

Paul A. Goble Remarks Prepared for Baltic Centennial in Boston November 24, 2018


On this, the centenary of the establishment of the modern incarnations of the states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, it is important to pause and remember how this happened, why it is threatened, and also why, on the basis of the answers to the first two questions, it will win out in the end. 

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“Estonians in America, 1945-1995: Exiles in a Land of Promise,” published by the Estonian American National Council, is now available from It can no longer be ordered directly from EANC.

Mark your calendar for the Bay Area's 2019 Eesti Vabariigi aastapäev event on February 23, in Sunnyvale, California. 

Irene Ilves, the mother of former President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, died on Tuesday, December 25 aged 91.

tere tali kalevi lehelt

This year, 212 year-old Kalev kondiitri/tööstus/ettevõtte (confectionary company's) advendi/ kalender, seen here, and in fact its entire Christmas collection for kids, uses funny word play. Photo:


Tere you know, tali is the same thing as talv – winter. But put together, they form a word pair used (mostly verbally) to express dissatisfaction or an unpleasant surprise similarly to: "Imagine that!" or "Hello!" (As in: you've got to be kidding).

Concert of Estonian Music: “Voices Over Tallinn – Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Estonian Independence” (1918-2018) on Friday, November 30 at 8:00pm.

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When advertising cleverly plays with an expression which is vanem kui leib ("older than bread"), it resonates with people and can thereby be considered successful. Whether it makes them buy more, is another matter. Photo: Riina Kindlam


In Estonian tradition, as in all Christian cultures, the Christmas season lasts at least until January 6, Epiphany, which Estonians call kolme/kuninga/-päev – “Three Kings Day”, the day when the Three Wise Men (or Kings or Magi) finally reached baby Jesus.


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