Tuesday, October 16, 2007

US embassador speaks out

US embassador to Latvia, Catherine Todd Bailey gave a speech at the University of Latvia today, on the shared values of Latvia and US and the current corruption issues in Latvia. I'm too busy to write about it in detail... but here is the text of the speech.

The usual suspects in Latvian media and politics have already started spinning it, by cherry-picking quotes to fit their view of the world, or making up arguments why the speech is not relevant. Read the speech instead of reading their reports. Or read both and contrast them. (At least one quote that is going around in Latvian language media is a very loose translation of the original.)

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