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Hidden Treasure Lithuania’s Independence Act Found

Professor Liudas Mažylis.

The long-sought and assumed lost Declaration of Lithuania’s Independence, signed on February 16, 1918, was discovered in Germany’s diplomatic archives in Berlin. Professor Liudas Mažylis (right) of Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas announced the discovery on March 29, 2017. “The Lithuanian version of the resolution with all 20 clearly visible original ...

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Fighting Fake News, Twisted History & Cyber Trolls: The 24/7 Lithuanian Life of Linas Johansonas

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Sandy Baksys. If his voice is a little ragged and his words come out rapid-fire, that’s because Linas Johansonas, 57, is simultaneously living two very full “Lithuanian lives.” His first life is grounded in Cleveland, Ohio’s 18,000 square-foot Lithuanian Community Center, where Johansonas assists Rūta Degutis, president of the Lithuanian ...

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President Dalia Grybauskaitė: “Europe Needs to Become Stronger Now”

Nuclear Security Summit.

Rosseta Vingevičiūtė-Wilbur. (Special for “Draugas” from Washington, DC) On March 30, Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskaitė arrived in Washinton, DC, to attend the Nuclear Security Summit. Invited by President Barack Obama, she and some 50 other world leaders discussed nuclear security, shadowed by concern that Islamic State terrorists are seeking to penetrate ...

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A Landsbergis Sonata on Independence

Thomas Ginsberg with fellow reporters questions Boris Yeltsin.

Thomas Ginsberg. Finally, around 10 pm on the eve of Lithuania’s independence plebiscite in February 1991, President Vytautas Landsbergis emerged from his inner office at the Seimas, glanced expressionlessly at me and the other foreign journalists in an anteroom, then motioned for us to enter. The momentous day was just ...

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Lithuania: Image Breakers

By Linas Jegelevičius. From a distance, the three teenagers blend in almost perfectly with a crowd of students at a Catholic high school in the Lithuanian capital. Their very dark hair sets them apart from many of their classmates, but the strongest clue to their newcomer status is how they use ...

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Russia’s deadly virus in the Kaliningrad exclave (2)

By DR. STASYS BAČKAITIS. Sometimes history can’t be put to bed even though agreements to end wars have been concluded, boundary lines drawn by victors, promises made …whether it’s intentional or not, things in time get either forgotten or swept under the rug as if they weren’t there. Such is ...

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Russia’s deadly virus in the Kaliningrad exclave (1)

DR. STASYS BAČKAITIS. Sometimes history can’t be put to bed even though agreements to end wars have been concluded, boundary lines drawn by victors, promises made …whether it’s intentional or not, things in time get either forgotten or swept under the rug as if they weren’t there. Such is the ...

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AN INTERVIEW WITH PROF. VYTAUTAS LANDSBERGIS

By Darius Furmonavičius. On July 1, 2015, Lithuania’s former head of state Prof. Vytautas Landsbergis was invited to the United Kingdom to address the House of Commons. His address entitled “The EU – Russia relationship with special reference to the security of the Baltic States” was a presentation analyzing recent developments ...

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Setting the Stage

By ALEKSAS VITKUS. Time has come to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the re-establishment of Lithuania’s independence, which was joyfully declared a quarter of a century ago in Lithuania and celebrated by Lithuanians throughout the world. Who could have believed that after 50 years of the hated occupation the dawn of ...

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Who Betrayed Juozas Lukša?

By VALENTINAS RAUGAS. In the film “The Invisible Front,” the question was raised as to who was responsible for the compromise of partisan Juozas Luksa’s return mission from the West. Soviet forces were aware of location, means of insertion by parachute, and estimated time of arrival. They were on location to ...

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