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Opinion stories from and about Estonians.

Ian Buruma: Confronting China

If China wishes to lead the world, it will have to offer more than money and intimidation; freedom still matters, and China will be incapable of advancing that cause on a global scale without first starting at home, writes Ian Buruma, a Dutch writer and editor. Instead of using all …

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The Estonian World Council: Russian fabrications and distortions of history hinder mutual understanding and the pursuit of truth

The Estonian World Council, a global organisation uniting Estonians abroad, has published a separate statement from the one Estonian World published on 9 July, regarding the Russian attempts to revise history; Estonian World publishes the statement in full. The Estonian World Council joins with the foreign ministries of Estonia, Latvia …

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The Russian president, Vladimir Putin. Photo: kremlin.ru

Estonians in Canada and Sweden: Russia’s fabrications and distortions of history hinder mutual understanding and the pursuit of truth

The Estonian Central Council in Canada and the Association of Estonians in Sweden have issued a joint statement in a response to the recent article by the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, that, according to them, falsifies history, calling it a hindrance of mutual understanding and the pursuit of truth; Estonian …

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Patrik Maldre: The state of Estonia’s cyber security

Patrik Maldre, a cyber security expert, takes a look at the Estonian government’s recently published report, “Cyber Security in Estonia” and states that Estonia continues to take substantial strides in the cyber security field both domestically and internationally. For more than a decade, Estonia has been focused on cyber security …

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Merli Antsmaa: How do we see the future of cultural management in the changed world?

Estonian arts manager Merli Antsmaa views the future of the cultural events management as something hybrid – we will go back to the physical events but will use digital solutions; after the coronavirus lockdown and its severe impact on culture and entertainment, the cultural management field needs to adapt and …

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A Black Lives Matter protest in Washington, DC, on 1 June 2020. Photo by Koshu Kunii on Unsplash.

Sten Hankewitz: Many Estonians don’t understand the tragedy of George Floyd because they’ve never experienced systemic racism

The Estonian people who comment on the social media about the tragic death of George Floyd, an African American man brutally murdered by a white police officer in Minneapolis, saying they don’t know what the big deal is and how a criminal has become a national hero – they don’t …

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Abhishek Mathur: Are foreigners welcome in Estonia?

Abhishek Mathur, an Indian expat living and studying in Estonia, writes that the recent talk by the populists in the Estonian government about banning students from non-EU countries on the grounds of health concerns doesn’t make sense as nationality and citizenship do not guarantee prevention or protection from a deadly …

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Seven ways to deal with monuments in Estonia

Monuments commemorate past events and historical figures that are important for the nation’s future – but while doing so, they promote dominant interpretations of the past, defining what and who is to be remembered; Federico Bellentani, a monument expert, presents seven ways to deal with monuments in Estonia. Monuments exist …

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In distance but not apart – the case of COVID-19 crisis management in youth field in Estonia

Ülly Enn, a youth field enthusiast and expert, highlights the approaches undertaken to help young people in Estonia during the coronavirus crisis. On 18 May, the emergency situation declared in Estonia due to the spread of coronavirus, came to an end. As the restrictions ease gradually, all organisations in the fields …

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