Moacir P. de Sá Pereira on November 4th, 2010

My plate’s pretty full, so I’ll only give the highlights here. By a vote of 88–8 with 25 abstensions, the Seimas passed the new dual citizenship law today. They hope that a verdict on its constitutionality will be given by the Constitutional Court before the law goes into effect. The law, languishing in negotiation for […]

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Moacir P. de Sá Pereira on October 16th, 2010

Yesterday brought an unexpected article from alfa.lt. The Foreign Minister of the Republic of Lithuania, Audronius Ažubalis, was saying that “any comments he may have made about Jewish issues and the citizenship law have been misrepresented.” The rest of the article only quotes the rest of the press release, which cryptically makes refefrence to Ažubalis’s […]

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Moacir P. de Sá Pereira on September 16th, 2010

Tomukas asked on Twitter on Monday: 3M vėl be Marijono per krepšininkų sutikimą, per didelio honoraro užsiprašė? I didn’t really think about the question that much until I saw this morning’s post by Užkalnis on Marijono Mikutavičiaus “redemption.” Apparently Mikutavičiaus decision not to perform his (sports) anthem “Trys milijonai” at the celebration in Vilnius commemorating […]

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Moacir P. de Sá Pereira on March 18th, 2010

As the European Broadcast Union determines whether “Eastern European Funk,” in suggesting inequality between eastern and western Europeans, suffers from having political content, Lietuvos Rytas yesterday published an article by Andrius Užkalnis that argues a similar point of inequality, but from the entirely opposite direction. Užkalnis, the most famous Lithuanian living in England now that […]

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Moacir P. de Sá Pereira on December 17th, 2008

The Lithuanian economy is crumbling, and financial analysts are getting excited about GDP contraction that isn’t as bad as they imagined. There is even a webpage you can check to see if the crisis is still going on. And all of this is happening with a brand new government just sworn in, a government that […]

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Moacir P. de Sá Pereira on October 27th, 2008

I don’t have a lot of time this week for more fake analysis, but the second round of parliamentary elections is over, and the Seimas will be led by a centre-right coalition under Andrius Kubilius for the first time in almost a decade. It strikes me as obviously odd to, in wanting “change,” to vote […]

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Moacir P. de Sá Pereira on June 9th, 2008

I met yesterday afternoon with Monika Bončkutė, the correspondent to Lietuvos rytas and editor of Vakarai. We talked at Caffé Florian for over two hours (well, I did most of the talking), and she collapsed it all into a brisk little article that is now up on lrytas.lt. A more, how shall I say, pensive […]

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Moacir P. de Sá Pereira on April 21st, 2008

[This is a hastily assembled translation of the article, “Tolerantiški lietuviai — grėsmė senajai išeivijai” by Mykolas Gudelis, published in Vakarai. I’m providing the translation here for those (both who consider themselves Lithuanian and not) who care about these sorts of issues. The translation is reprinted here with permission from Vakarai. Personally, anyone who read […]

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Moacir P. de Sá Pereira on January 22nd, 2008

Kamarausko ‘Vilnius Synagogue’ (Wikipedia) I first heard of the situation regarding Dariaus Udrio resignation from LALB about a week ago. I was sad that he felt the need to resign, but I was more frustrated about the responses to his resignation, both in private emails forwarded to me and in public arenas. Once I saw […]

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Moacir P. de Sá Pereira on May 11th, 2007

After a day spent learning about 20th Century German history, my friends and I decided to lighten things up with a jaunt through the Tiergarten in Berlin, on our way to the Reichstag building in the summer of 2003. Rather surprisingly, while cutting across the heavily wooded space, we came upon a two Red Army […]

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