“Non-citizenship” is a special status that was given to those Latvians whose families came to the country during the Soviet occupation. They are neither citizens, nor foreigners, nor stateless persons — they are something in between. Non-citizens are not allowed to vote, run for office, nor serve in the military…


A deep dive into how mass media can make a real difference in policymaking and why the CNN effect is no longer that big of a deal.

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With the continuous advancement of global communication and with the ability to see coverage from more places than ever before, we live in…


What the European Union can do to help the people of Belarus without triggering Putin.

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Belarus, “Europe’s last dictatorship”, has earned its title due to its unchangeable commander in chief, Alexander Lukashenko, who has been in power for more than 26 years now, remaining the first, and the only president…


Why there is still a dictatorship in the middle of Europe and what we can do about it.

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Belarus is commonly referred to as “Europe’s last dictatorship” among scholars, as Alexander Lukashenko has served as the first and only president of Belarus for more than 26 years now (Liabedzka, 2008…


A review of the elements shaping foreign news coverage at the largest metropolitan daily newspaper in the United States.

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Los Angeles Times (afterwards referred to as “the Times”) is a privately-owned daily newspaper, and an online digital outlet based in California, founded in 1881 (Los Angeles Times, 2012). The Times…


Navalny remains in a medically induced coma since August 20

Alexei Navalny had become the most prominent face of Russian opposition in the last decade — his Anti-Corruption Foundation’s (FBK) investigations gain millions of views and anti-government meetings gather tens of thousands.

The loudest Vladimir Putin’s critic has been in a coma for almost two weeks now. The Charité Hospital…


After the Foreign Affairs Ministers’ conference on August 14, the EU rejected the results of Belarus presidential elections and announced personal sanctions for “those responsible for violence and falsification”.

The response comes after 5 days of protests and violence sparked by the elections that were “neither free nor fair”, as…


There is about to be a genocide in Europe. The world needs to act now.

Center of Minsk on the night after the official election results were announced

This election year, everything changed in Belarus. Alexander Lukashenko, a dictator who’s been in power for 26 years has been faced with opposition from three real candidates — an unprecedented political activity for Belarus.

Two…


Daugavpils is the city with the least confirmed coronavirus cases (per 100,000 people) in Latvia, despite being the second most-populated. What may be the reason for the city’s successful fight against the virus? Did its citizens do something special that we can all learn from? First, a bit of statistics.


‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’ premiered and competed at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival for the U.S. Dramatic Competition Grand Jury Prize, where it won a Special Jury Award for Neo-Realism. It was also selected to compete for the Golden Bear in the main competition section at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize (the second most prestigious prize at the festival).

Autumn (Sidney Flanigan) says as many words throughout ‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’ as there are in a Tarantino dialogue. This does not make her character look less real than Beatrix Kiddo. …

Nikita Shurkhovetsky

Journalist. Activist. From Latvia. Graduate of City, University of London ‘21.

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