Sunday, April 03, 2011
Latvian President Valdis Zatlers visits Chicago--with exclusive photo
Latvians love singing.
The photograph was taken by Little Marathon Pundit.
On occasional reader of this blog, who probably doesn't want her name used because she doesn't share my political views, described his brief speech, which was given in Latvian, as "nothing controversial." Zatlers is running for a second term--the parliament chooses the nation's head of state. Zatlers discussed the upcoming election, the friendship between Latvia and the United States, and the always delicate relationship between Latvia and Russia. Latvia has been a member of NATO since 2004, there are soldiers from the Baltic state serving in Afghanistan. NATO membership, Zatlers told the audience, gives Latvia a stronger hand when dealing with its inimical neighbor to the east.
Latvian president awards his nation's highest military honor to Michigan National Guard commander
Twenty years ago: Latvia's Barricade Days
Riga Doms and Latvia's Barricade Days
Latvia 20 years after independence: Tearing down a Stučka statue
1990 bread line in Riga, Latvia
Potato harvesting in Latvia in the early 1970s
From the other side of the Iron Curtain: Gas mask drill in Latvia
Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad
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Chicago Framed Art Print