Free Markets, Free People

Lithuania Struggles with Emigration — A Harbinger of Eastern Europe’s Future

This is a story told in anecdotes and figures of Lithuania’s own struggles with holding onto its population. It is worth the time.

Russia’s Power Play Against Ukraine “Will Only Strengthen Ukraine’s European Identity.”

As Brussels and Kyiv rapidly approach the date on which they are to sign the Association Agreement to which they have worked so long, all present noted the remarkable speed with which Ukraine is meeting its target benchmarks.

A Reminder on Khojaly and the Nagorno-Karabakh

The U.S. House of Representatives continues to fund the Armenian occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh. It might be helpful to show what they are subsidizing.

Belarusian Dream

This is a moving piece, longer than we normally display here. It tells a story of Belarus from within Belarus, a story of fractured dreams and hope. We commend it to you.

Closer European Integration for Ukraine: A Summit on the Benefits and Challenges

European dignitaries and members of the Ukrainian Parliament from both sides of the aisle met to discuss the benefits and challenges of closer European integration. All agreed that the challenges, while real, are far outweighed by the benefits.

Kazakhstan’s Underappreciated Beauty

Kazakhstan’s shortcomings as a democracy have not stopped a basic desire by Kazakhs that the world should appreciate what they’ve done since the Soviet Union died.

Georgia’s Wine, a Soviet Survivor

Georgian wines survived by luring the Soviets into loving them, and that in turn allowed ancient traditions to survive an empire determined to eradicate everything precious and old.

Lukashenko: I’m No Dictator, Just President for Life

It is also important to remember that in almost every state of the former Soviet Union, there are large portions of the population who would gladly return to the USSR — this video is aimed at them.

Latvia’s Ties of History Run to Russia and Fascism

In Riga, former Waffen SS members drawn from Latvia — and, in a worrying development, younger generations — march in the streets in remembrance of the people who killed Jews and Slavs as equally bereft of humanity.

Occupation Denies Liberalization

Military occupation of one’s territory is an enormous impediment to liberalization, breeding its own special obstacles and changes in government and civil society that make free markets and free people less likely.