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 December 4th, 2009

Other than the Lithuanian President’s decision last month not to grant citizenship to ice dancer Katherine Copely, things have been rather quiet on the citizenship front. However, this week, there is some news. The current citizenship law in Lithuania adopted in mid-2008, which has been the basis of my popular “Guide to a Passport” series, […]

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Moacir P. de Sá Pereira on July 15th, 2009

Over on Twitter, Jurate has been doing yeoman’s work in trying to put the recent “Section-28-style” law that was passed in Lithuania yesterday into context. Pink news describes the law in this way: The law, titled ‘Law on the Protection of Minors against the Detrimental Effect of Public Information’, includes “the propaganda of homosexuality [or] […]

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Moacir P. de Sá Pereira on February 17th, 2009

This is a quick-hit to talk about the status of my “Guide to a Passport” series. I have the next few steps all written and ready for publication as soon as I start hearing back from various agencies (currently I’m waiting on about six of them, scattered across four countries). In the meantime: Today I […]

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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 October 14th, 2008

The first round of the Seimas elections are done, and while it is too early to figure out precisely what the Seimas will look like for the next four years, it might be useful to the readership to understand what has already happened and who did what. I’m a dilettante when it comes to pretty […]

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Moacir P. de Sá Pereira on September 16th, 2008

Lietuviams.com features an interview today with Ainė Ramonaitė, one of the people behind manobalsas.lt, a website designed to help inform Lithuanian voters about how they should vote. This sort of site is especially useful in a multi-party parliamentary system like the one in Lithuania. Such informative sites tend to be rather useless in a binary […]

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Moacir P. de Sá Pereira on September 5th, 2008

Yesterday I found an article about Galina Lavrenčiuk, who had been arrested and fined for selling Soviet memorabilia on Pilies gatvė (English version). Apparently the Seimas passed a law in July that forbids public use of Soviet and Nazi symbols outside of educational/historical purposes (more or less). Zuokas already wrote in with his being bewildered […]

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