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UPDATED: Are house owners in Estonia racist to foreign tenants?

Racial discrimination in renting apartments has been turning into a critical problem for expats living in Tallinn, Toyon Mas, a master’s student at the University of Tartu, writes. The question has been raised after a post made by one of the potential foreign tenants from Cameroon in a Facebook group …

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Editorial: When the Tallinn mayor and his deputies lost the plot

The head of the traffic department at the Tallinn Transport Board appeared to poke fun at black people, cheered on by the city’s mayor, Taavi Aas, and deputy mayor, Aivar Riisalu – all wittingly or unwittingly engaging in a racist practice. It has emerged that during the Tallinn city government’s …

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An international theatre festival in Tallinn tackles social tensions head-on

In the depths of the Estonian winter, “The Midwinter Night’s Dream: Plan B”, a theatre festival in Tallinn, dissects racism, social injustice and religious fanaticism with a specially curated programme of four internationally renowned productions. Can theatre be a vehicle for social change? As public discourse becomes more polarised in …

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Adam Cullen: Estonians, speak up and take away their stick

Intolerance isn’t growing, but it’s getting bolder in Estonia. It’s time for the rest of us to speak up, writes Tallinn-based translator Adam Cullen. You never really know what you’re going to encounter any time you depart the familiar, yet claustrophobic, confines of Edgar’s Dominion and venture into what lies …

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Kari Käsper: Estonia’s refugee debate

In Estonia, the European migrant/refugee crisis has resonated particularly strongly. This is somewhat surprising at the first glance, but actually quite expected, because it calls upon issues that are extremely important, but with which Estonia at the same time struggles. Here I underline the reasons why. 1. The acceptance of liberal democratic (or …

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