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Argo Ideon: Estonia owes a debt of gratitude to George H.W. Bush

President George H.W. Bush, who passed away on 30 November at the age of 94, was the American head of state during the period when Estonia restored its independence, and Estonia owes a debt of gratitude for America’s consistent support, Estonian journalist Argo Ideon writes. During the presidency of George …

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US blacklists two Estonian companies for supplying Russia with prohibited electronics

The United States Department of Commerce has blacklisted two Russian-led Estonian companies, Eastline Technologies and Adimir, for supplying electronics prohibited for export to Russia from the US. The Department of Commerce Office of Export Enforcement confirmed to Estonian World that Eastline Technologies and Adimir were added to the Denied Parties …

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James D Melville. Photo: US embassy in Estonia

Former US ambassador to Estonia: cosying up to Putin “a historic mistake”

The former US ambassador to Estonia, James Melville, explains in an op-ed published in the Washington Post on 3 October his reasons for stepping down from his post and leaving the US foreign service, delivering a sharp criticism of the current US administration and saying it’s a historic mistake to …

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Walmart dumps items with Soviet symbols

The American retail giant, Walmart, has removed items with Soviet symbolism from its website after protests from many European politicians. The merchandise, bearing the hammer and sickle symbol, was being sold on the Walmart website by a third-party company, not the retail giant itself. However, after a number of protests …

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Jürgen Ligi: McCain could’ve said, “I’m an Estonian”

The Estonian member of parliament and a former foreign minister, Jürgen Ligi, writes in his obituary for the late US senator John McCain that he was the type who could have said, “I’m an Estonian”. John McCain was the American who could have come and shouted, “I’m an Estonian”. Estonia …

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Estonian descendant Nicole Aunapu Mann selected for American space flights

Astronaut Nicole Aunapu Mann, whose grandfather was Estonian, is due to take her first space flight onboard the Boeing Starliner in 2019. NASA, the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration, introduced on 4 August the first US astronauts who will fly on an American-made, commercial spacecraft to and from the International Space …

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American destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill arrives in Tallinn

The American destroyer, USS Winston S. Churchill, arrived in Tallinn, pulling into the Muuga harbour on 23 July; the port call is aimed at strengthening the relationship between Estonia and the US. The arrival of the destroyer is a routine port call, also aiming to help maintain a safe and …

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James D Melville. Photo: US embassy in Estonia

The US ambassador to Estonia resigns over Trump’s EU comments

The United States ambassador to Estonia, James D Melville, announced on Facebook his resignation from his post over US president Donald Trump’s comments about the European Union and NATO. “A Foreign Service Officer’s DNA is programmed to support policy and we’re schooled right from the start, that if there ever …

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A programme between Estonian and American universities fosters collaboration

Network Globally, Act Locally initiative, established by two Estonian and three US universities, is an intensive hands-on business development programme for early stage student teams.   The Network Globally, Act Locally annual programme – founded by the University of Tartu, Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia and Charleston College, The Citadel …

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