Category Archives: Lithuania

Neo-Nazis Given Central Vilnius Again on March 11th Independence Day

by Vilma Fiokla Kiurė  (with additional input and photos by Evaldas Balčiūnas, Milan Chersonski, and Julius Norwilla)

Ukraine | NATO members develop military links to Ukraine

On January 25 Polish and Lithuanian militaries launched a new project of cooperation with Ukraine. They established Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian Brigade Command or Lithpolukrbrig as they called it. It seems NATO countries are in hurry as well as Ukraine. Just a week passed and this brigade has started twelve days training BRAVE BAND. Training will last until February 12. During two weeks the officers from countries-contributors learn how to operate and perform duties in one multinational environment while humanitarian assistance operations.
According to the battle staff command training BRAVE BAND scenario, officers from Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine follow military decision making process requirements.
During the current week, the LITPOLUKRBRIG personnel develop courses of action and performs simulation of the humanitarian assistance operation.
But humanitarian operation is a pretext only. In fact these drills aim another target: “During BRAVE BAND we learn a very important lesson how to synchronize actions of three different militaries to do one piece of work” – Deputy Commander colonel Volodymyr Yudanov underlined. http://www.mil.gov.ua/en/news/2016/02/09/litpolukrbrig-staff-deploys-a-command-post-to-learn-how-to-perform-humanitarian-assistance-operations/
NATO strengthens its links to dangerous Ukrainian regime.

USA | “The US is a collapsing empire but a very dangerous one” Interview with Bruce Gagnon

Bruce Gagnon is a Coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He was a co-founder of the Global Network when it was created in 1992.
Between 1983–1998 Bruce was the State Coordinator of the Florida Coalition for Peace & Justice and has worked on space issues for 31 years.
Bruce is a Vietnam-era veteran and began his organizing career by working for the United Farm Workers Union in Florida organizing fruit pickers. Bruce is an active member of Veterans for Peace and is the Secretary of Space in the Green Shadow Cabinet.
Bruce has traveled to and spoken in many countries and on many college campuses. Bruce was engaged in producing of documentary videos critical to the US foreign politics.
Bruce initiated the Maine Campaign to Bring Our War $$ Home in 2009 that spread to other New England states and beyond. This campaign makes the important connections between endless war spending and fiscal crisis throughout the U.S.
In 2013 Bruce helped organize the passage of a drone bill in the Maine state legislature that requires police to obtain warrants before they can spy on the public. The bill was vetoed by the governor.
Bruce helps the South Korean Jeju village fighting against construction of a Navy base. He has worked to help build support for the Jeju Island issue for several years.
Having returned from his last voyage to Jeju Island Bruce Gagnon answered several questions of our site.

US military equipment to be moved to storage area in Lithuania

Ministry of national defence of Lituania inform that the US enlarge its military presence in Baltic region.

With the active part of the training cycle completed, soldiers of the U.S. rotational forces deployed to Lithuania for training and exercising with Lithuanian troops will move their equipment and vehicles via roads to Mumaičiai. The U.S. military personnel will transport their military equipment and vehicles of various purposes, including the Abrams main battle tanks and the Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, from different Lithuania’s training areas to Mumaičiai, where the total of roughly 50 vehicles and equipment will be amassed in December.

Lithuania violated the European Convention on Human Rights

There is no basis for equating post-war Soviet persecution of partisans in Lithuania with genocide, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled.
The Strasbourg-based court issued a ruling in response to a case of former Soviet security officer Vytautas Vasiliauskas who was convicted for taking part in persecution and execution of guerilla fighters who organized resistance to the Soviet occupation of Lithuania after World War two.
Lithuania has said that repression and mass deportation of Lithuanians by the Soviet authorities in the 1940s and 1950s amounted to genocide.
Vasiliauskas was charged with genocide for taking part in the deportation of anti-Soviet resistance fighter Jonas Būrininkas. Lithuanian courts argued that Vasiliauskas worked in institutions of repression that sought to destroy partisans who played a crucial role in resisting Soviet repressions against the Lithuanian nation. He was sentenced to four years in prison, but the sentence was suspended due to his old age.
According to the ECHR, however, Vasiliauskas could not have been sentenced according to laws that were not in place in 1953. In sentencing Vasiliauskas for genocide, Lithuania violated the European Convention on Human Rights which protects people against retroactive application of law.
Moreover, the ECHR judges were unconvinced that the partisans represented the Lithuanian nation and that actions against them could be equated to a genocide.
The ECHR ruling could provide an important precedent in judging Soviet crimes.
While international law defines genocide as actions aimed at eliminating a national, ethnic, racial or religious group, Lithuania’s jurisprudence accepts a wider definition of the term which also covers social and political groups. Lithuania’s Constitutional Court has ruled that the country has the right to extend the definition of genocide, but cannot apply it retroactively.