Monthly Archives: February 2016

THE GREENING OF ICELAND

(CS Monitor 12/30/15) SPRENGISANDUR is an ancient unpaved road veering across the rugged, volcano-strewn central highlands of Iceland. Twelve centuries ago, the 125 mile-long windswept pass, whose name derives from sprengya, the Icelandic verb for riding a horse to its death, was one of the routes by which Icelanders made the long trek to Althing, […]

LITHUANIA’S SUICIDE EPIDEMIC

(CS Monitor 11/30/15) VILNIUS– 21st century Lithuania has a number of distinctions of which its three million people are proud. It was the first of the former Soviet socialist republics to break its shackles to the Kremlin, declaring its independence in March, 1990. It “grows” basketball players: Lithuania is home to no less than ten […]

PRAISE FOR THE HUNDRED DAY WINTER WAR

PRAISE FOR THE HUNDRED DAY WINTER WAR By Gordon F. Sander FROM THE U.S. The Journal of Military History “The Winter War, ‘Talvisota’ in Finnish, is an icon in Finland’s nation identity. Certainly the elements of a Finnish Thermopylae are there: a democracy of some three million people refuses the territorial demands of a major […]