USA saadik: “Ma tõesti tahtsin hipi olla” Eesti Ekspress 13 märts Kui
Venemaa näitab jälle muskleid, on paras aeg uurida, mis mees on USA
suursaadik Eestis ja millised jõud on tema isikut vorminud. Eesti
jaoks on hea uudis, et 59aastasele, kuid poisilikule USA
suursaadikule Jeff Levine’ile “tõesti, tõesti meeldib Eesti”. Halb
uudis militaristidest eestlaste jaoks on, et Levine pole sõdalane.
Südames on ta hipi, armastuse ja rahu inimene, “make love not
war”- ja “väed Vietnamist välja”-mees.“Olen
pisut liiga noor, et olla hipi, aga ma tõesti tahtsin hipi olla,”
täpsustab Levine. “1970. aastal olin 15aastane. Punkarit minust ka
enam ei saanud. Hipiliikumine oli viimane, mille ma omaks võtsin.” Levine
on väga meeldiv, avatud ja aus. Intervjuu kestel ei kao naeratus
tema huulilt. Temaga rääkides tekib selge pilt, milline ta 1975.
aastal võis olla – üsna samasugune nagu praegu, kuigi tal olid
ilmselt pikemad juuksed ja võib-olla ka habe. Levine
on üks neist inimestest, kes justkui ei vananegi. …
I really wanted to be a
hippyInterview with the US
Ambassador Jeffrey Levine.Published Eesti Ekpress
13 March Most people believe that
for security, Estonia must always look to the United States, not to
With Russia flexing its
muscles again, now would be a good time to look at the U.S.
Ambassador, to find out what kind of person he is, and what forces
have shaped him. The good news, for
Estonia, is that Jeff Levine, the boyish, 59 year old US
representative, to paraphrase Sally Field's Oscar infamous acceptance
speech; " really, really, likes Estonia."" The bad news, for hawkish
Estonians, is Levine is not a warrior, at heart he is a hippy. Love
and peace, man, make love not war, troops out of Vietnam, all of
am a bit too young to be a hippy, but I really wanted to be,"
was 15 in 1970, I was never a punk. Hippy was the last movement I
really embraced," he said.
is a very amiable, open and honest. Throug…
Social Democrats are solid as a rock Published Postimees 17 February 2014 When I raised the issue of Russian
language education to a young man I know, he took his glasses off,
paused for a second, then he started to rant. He was talking so fast
in English I couldn't take it all in. “If
Russians want to live in Estonia they should learn our language and
there could be no compromise” This was the gist of what he said. I
haven't heard anybody shout like that about politics since the 1990s. Education funding has been in the news
a lot lately. But of the three issues, the mergers of schools, the
drying up for funding to private schools, and funding to the Russian
language Vene Lyceum, it is clearly the third that causes most
So it was that the deputy mayor
responsible for education, Mihhail Kõlvart, faced a vote of no
confidence in the City council last week.
He was always going to win. The Centre
party have an absolute majority, and what they say, goes.
The attempt to impea…
Ansip through the eyes of a reporter Published Postimees April 1
By the time you read this, we will have
a new Prime Minister.
Whilst everybody is speculating about
the future, I thought I would reminisce about the past and pay a
personal tribute to Andrus Ansip. There is an old saying “All political
careers end in failure.” It seems that Ansip has bucked the trend.
He wasn't pushed out, nor did he jump, he stepped down gracefully.
I have met Andrus Ansip on quite a few
occasions, most times he would buy me lunch, we had some good chats
together. The first time I met him was he held a meeting with foreign
correspondents. At the time I had only been in the country a few
months and I was then the editor of The Baltic Times There were 12 of us. Most of the
correspondents were Finns. When Ansip entered, he took in the room.
Then he spied me, and he looked a little surprised, he smiled a
little. I guess he was thinking; “Ahoo you
are probably not Finnish.”
His aide whispered that I w…
29.04.2014Televised debate The rise of Euroscepticism The Stream looks at the emergence of anti-EU parties ahead of the European parliamentary elections. Is the very idea of the European Union under threat? EU Parliament elections are coming up and, according to opinion polls, the far-right is projected to do well. Right-wing Eurosceptic parties have been on the rise in recent years, but ahead of these elections there are renewed concerns about their impact on the European Union. We look at what may happen if the EU Parliament gets a sizable coalition of far-right Eurosceptics at 1930GMT. In this episode of The Stream, we speak with:
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A Black President for a Small White Nation II An opinion piece. The title is self-explanatory.About the 2009 local elections in Estonia.Four years ago I outraged the nation when I suggested in my first Postimees article what Michelle Obama the pre…