Back to Baltics: Images of a Former Soviet Dream

The Baltics. Reminiscent of a bargain property on the original Monopoly board; not to be confused with the powder keg Balkans; a region whose history features intermittent eras of independence and occupation; and a place whose emotional pendulum swings between the almost white nights of its brief summers and the steel wool grayness of its long winters.Home to over … [Read more...]

Vilnius Photos and Election Day

Unless you just rose from the dead, you are probably aware that today – November 4, 2008 – is election day in the United States.Sharing photos from Vilnius, Lithuania may seem irrelevant on such a momentous day, but it was from there where we voted for the next U.S. President (by absentee ballot) and sank into the quagmire of election news fixation. … [Read more...]

Bogartin’ on Gordi

Lithuania music festival

"Bogartin' on Gordi!"That's what Russia is doing in Gori, Georgia - at least according to Angelo Moore, the lead singer of the ska-funk band Fishbone. Our conversation with Angelo takes place at the be2gether summer music festival , on the border of Lithuania and Belarus. … [Read more...]

Politics Without Borders

Last Friday, I had the good fortune to make it across the Czech Republic, Poland and Lithuania alive on a 20-hour bus. And I did so just in time to attend the 2nd annual gathering of be2gether, a summer music festival on the Lithuanian-Belarusian border. … [Read more...]