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On the Future of Estonian Scientific Research

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Today, for the first time, I visited a meeting of the Estonian Society of Ancient Sciences that took place at the Tallinn Hotel Reval Inn. I was called there by a woman whom I know for years – Tiiu Kolts – an active and strong personality, and mother of two sons. What is the Estonian […]

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On Joint European Research Area and Memories – (Updated)

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The Institute of Political Science and Governance of the Tallinn University held two working meetings today. Inter alia, the questions concerning the joint European research area, cooperation networks of universities / research institutions, possible coordinated specialization of universities, governance and local initiatives were discussed. A relevant policy paper (that was directly not discussed) is available at http://ec.europa.eu/research/era/pdf/community_research_policy_role.pdf After the meetings, […]

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How to Design (With the inner sense of roots)

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The Jewish ancient candelabrum, menorah, classically had seven branches, thus I was considering changing the picture of my previous posting. But I didn’t, because the later Hanukkah menorah has nine branches – a branch for a candle for each of the eight days of Hanukkah and the shamash (“helper or servant”) for a candle used to light […]

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Time for Turkey

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I have already mentioned here of having a representative from Turkey attending my human rights course at the University of Tartu. We have already discussed the decisionmaking system in the EU and Turkey, and have found those systems owning similar features. But the course began with the concept of democracy and democratic values in Europe, […]

On White Christmas and the Lost Reasons of Things

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Connected to my last post – I was neutrally discussing the ECtHR’s judgment in the case Lautsi vs. Italy during my last Friday’s human rights lecture at the University of Tartu.  When discussing the judgment,  I started to think about the argument of democracy in it – Because it somehow feels as the ECtHR is […]

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Happy Halloween!

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You see a grin. The next moment it’s gone. Did the grin ever be there? Why was it there? How to understand the grin? How to measure it in order to understand it? Questions of that kind are difficult to answer in the absence of, for example, binding criteria for scientific choice, write Peter Machamer and […]

European Day against the Death Penalty

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10 October is the European Day against the death penalty – Europe being the only region in the world today, where the death penalty is no longer applied. You may read about the Day at http://www.coe.int/t/dc/files/themes/peine_de_mort/default_en.asp Laurent Pech, Jean Monnet Lecturer in EU Public Law, and William Schabas, Professor of Human Rights Law, at the […]

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A Non-Virtual Party at the Institute of Political Governance

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  A nice birthday party took place today at the Institute of Political Science and Governance of the Tallinn University. I heard a lot about ordering a party cake “kringel” from the University Cafe.   What “kringel” exactly is? Kringel is an Estonian party cake originating in Germany. A recipe (and warning: It takes time […]

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The Semester Opening Reception at the Tallinn University

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… took place in the University Café (Terra building) today.   Although a photo of a Tallinn University café, this is not the photo of exactly  t h a t  café, where the reception took place. I shall replace the photo after I find a more relevant one. (Otherwise the website does not carry reliable […]

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Plans for the Appearing Fall

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I revised my blogposts today, made some corrections and advancements to be prepared for introducing these posts to my new students, colleagues and friends. Why should I introduce my posts? – Because I believe that human beings are born to live in community, communication and sharing. I have heard that the Catholic Priests study the lives […]

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