I’ve been asked about a few updates to the dual citizenship project that was called about a year ago by outgoing president Valdas Adamkus. The idea was to figure out a way to grant dual citizenship to emigrants, whose foreign born babies would be dual citizens, without going afoul of the Constitutional Court’s decision back […]

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Moacir P. de Sá Pereira on March 7th, 2010

Because of the victory in Eurovision 2008 by the Timbaland-produced “Believe” (video of Dima Bilan’s semi-final performance, featuring ice skating by Evgenij Pljushchenko), the 2009 edition of the European Song Contest was hosted by Russia (the victor each year hosts the following year’s competition). Georgia, who had, of course, recently fought a brief war with […]

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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 September 8th, 2008

Izvestia has thrown together a map of the four different kinds of attitudes towards Russia EU nations display, from Russophobia to Russophilia. I learned about the map from this article on alfa, and have reproduced the map here. You can click on the image to get a bigger version, and the original is, for now, […]

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Moacir P. de Sá Pereira on September 4th, 2008

Everything I know about military tactics I learned from playing Civ4. In other words, I don’t know much at all about military tactics. But there are two situations that always annoy me when playing the game that I try to avoid. The first situation is the small attack met with large counterattack. This is, in […]

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Moacir P. de Sá Pereira on August 28th, 2008

In my earlier post on the conflict over South Ossetia, Darius wrote back with a comment, the response to which will be this post. My initial question was regarding the specifically “Lithuanian” interest in supporting Georgia, but Darius responded that the pro-Georgian position is hardly surprising—in fact, it is the default, Western, mainstream position (especially […]

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Moacir P. de Sá Pereira on August 13th, 2008

[UPDATE: I’ve cleaned up this post for style and have added some links, now that I am in front of my own computer in Brussels.] I first heard of the incidents in the Caucasus (South Ossetian provocation leading to Georgian shelling leading to Russian response, which has included crossing into Georgia proper) while hidden in […]

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Moacir P. de Sá Pereira on February 28th, 2008

[Introduction] The anti-commememoration of the 90th anniversary of V-16 begins with this contextual piece, providing a few paths of inquiry into understanding what the circumstances were that led to the establishment of the Republic of Lithuania. I’m not, importantly, a historian. At best, I’m a literary critic. As such, this context is badly simplified, but […]

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