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Without Western broadcasting, totalitarian regimes would have survived much longer.  When it came to radio waves, the iron curtain was helpless. Nothing could stop the news from coming through.  The frontiers could be closed, the words could not.  From these broadcasting stations we gleaned our lessons of independent thinking and solidarity action.  The bloodless war on air ended with the defeat of the regimes that tried so hard to suppress the truth.

                                                           -- Lech Walesa

The VOA and the Cold War

            THE VOICE OF AMERICA was born in the midst of World War Two as a U.S. Government agency to inform the world about the war and American life and policies.  Its motto from its start in 1942 to today is embodied in the first words uttered in its very first broadcast, which was in German: "The news may be good or bad.  We will tell you the truth."


ERR News - Estonia is receiving 507 electric cars - for which it plans to establish a pervasive nationwide network to charge the vehicles - in exchange for trading 10 million carbon dioxide credits to Japanese conglomerate Mitsubishi.   The i-MiEV make cars, which are to arrive in Decem-ber, will be given to state social workers. Confirmed on March 3, the deal also allocates funding from Mitsubishi to build 250 electric car charging centers in larger towns and along the main highways by 2013. The express chargers are capable of recharging 80 percent of an empty battery in 30 minutes.


Recently Estonia, the birthplace of world-renowned architect Louis I. Kahn, has been given a rare opportunity to own one of Kahn’s most unique creations, the POINT COUNTER POINT II.  When commissioned by Robert Boudreau, founder and director of the American Wind Symphony Orchestra (AWSO), Kahn worked closely with Boudreau to make his idea of a floating arts center and concert stage that integrates music, art and community a reality.  Since its cons-truction in 1975, it has covered more than 500,000 miles of the world’s waterways including the US, Canada, Caribbean, and the Baltic and Irish Seas, and commissioned over 400 new musical compositions, including that of Estonian Erkki-Sven Tüür.


Lee Edwards While members of Cong-ress, former cabinet members, long-time aides and assorted VIPs were celebrating Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday at the Reagan Presi-dential Library in sun-baked Simi Valley, California, I was nearly 6,000 miles away in snow-bound Tallinn, Estonia, a small Baltic country borde-ring on the former Soviet Union. As a Reagan biographer, I was invited by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Amb. Michael Polt of the U.S. Embassy to keynote a conference on President Reagan’s legacy and U.S.-Estonian relations, which couldn’t be much better in large part because of the memory of Ronald Reagan.


ERR News - February 24, 1918 was the day when the Estonian Declaration of Independence, issued by the Maapäev (National Council), was printed and proclaimed in Tallinn. "In the course of centuries, never have the Estonian people lost their desire for independence. From generation to generation, they have kept alive the hidden hope that in spite of enslavement and oppression by hostile invaders the time will come to Estonia 'when all splinters, at both ends, will burst forth into flames' and when 'Kalev will come home to bring his children happiness.'"

I have been in Tallinn for a week to get some things done when my wife’s son Uku called to invite us to The Estonian Television Studio where he was rehearsing for the Estonian Song competition  which will take place on the 19th of February coming up. Uku is performing a Rein Rannap song which he has arranged „Jagatud  öö“ .

On January 24, Bombar-dier Aerospace delivered the first of three CRJ900 NextGen regional jets ordered by Estonian Air in 2010. The transaction included options on two additional CRJ900 NextGen aircraft.
The handover to the Tallinn, Estonia-based airline was celebrated at Bombardier Aero-space’s facility in Mirabel, Québec, where the CRJ900 NextGen aircraft is manufactured alongside the CRJ700 NextGen and CRJ1000 NextGen regional jets.

There are lots of relevant political discussions and interviews in the newspapers, on the radio and television lately defining the differences between the party platforms. Winter is always a good time for country people to visit, get together and discuss what is happening.  Naturally prior to an election, it is important for everyone to know what the issues are.  Who deserves or does not deserve our support.  Most of the local people I have talked with, feel …you don’t change horses in midstream.


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