JPJuris Paiders

Mid-January this year surprised Latvia with a cold snap that hasn't been experienced in a long time. On the morning of January 17 in Staļģene, the thermometer bar dropped to minus 31 degrees Celsius. Outside my window in Ozolnieki municipality, shortly before nine in the morning, the thermometer bar dropped to minus 26.5 degrees. It was a little warmer in Riga - around minus 20 degrees.
After the government crisis in Estonia, the second most internationally significant event in the Baltics was the proposal of the Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis to the State Commission of the Lithuanian Language to evaluate the possibility of giving up the traditional Belarusian state name in Lithuanian.
The Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia has published the Statistical Yearbook of Latvia 2020. It compiles statistics for 2019 and compares them with previous years.
On 30 December last year, at a time when most people were looking forward to the New Year in the face of Covid constraints and were not interested in foreign policy, it was announced that the EU and China had agreed to negotiate a Comprehensive Agreement on Investment between the EU and China. The agreement was finalized after a video conference between Chinese President Xi Jinping, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Council President Charles Michel, German Chancellor Angela Merkel representing the EU Council Presidency, and French President Emmanuel Macron.
The year 2021 has begun, with Britain already completely separate from the European Union. Britain joined the EU in 1973 and has been a member of the EU for almost half a century. However, even as an EU Member State, Britain refrained from very close integration into all common systems.
During last year, the habits of Latvian readers continued to change, increasingly abandoning traditional mass media in favor of Internet publications and social networks. It is likely that the Covid-19 pandemic was one of the main factors for crossing an important line last year. Already 55.3% of all surveyed readers who use the Latvian language on a daily basis read printed newspapers less than once a month or do not read them at all. This is evidenced by the results of the most recent survey (1008 respondents) of the research center SKDS (Trust in state and public institutions, evaluation of the activities of politicians and public officials and sources of information used, results of the Latvian population survey, December 2020).
I offered many educated Latvian people the chance to read a prophecy - a vision of the future - and invited them to express about which era, in their opinion, is this depiction of the future:
28.dec 2020
During the post-Christmas period, one of the most popular stories on the portals was about the "dangerous facts about tangerines".
28.dec 2020
Pēcsvētku laikā viens no portālos visvairāk lasītajiem stāstiņiem bija veltīts “bīstamajiem faktiem par mandarīniem”.
14.dec 2020
Last week's most significant international event was Morocco's decision to re-establish diplomatic relations with Israel. These events were first announced on December 10 by US President Donald Trump.
28.nov 2020
With the reform of the Chinese economy in the 1970s and the introduction of principles based on private initiative and the free market, the centralized planning model was maintained. In China, national planning takes place in five-year phases. The current five-year cycle (China's 13th one) will end in December 2020, and the 14th will begin in January next year.
27.nov 2020
Address to the leaders of 105 journalists' unions from Latin America, Asia, Oceania, Africa and Europe at the Belt and Road Journalists Forum.
26.nov 2020
Unfortunately, the biggest challenge and the biggest set of problems facing a high-quality digital newspaper today is the censorship on social networks owned by international conglomerates. This is especially true of Facebook. Local and international social networks are one of the most important tools for increasing the readership of digital publications.
12.nov 2020
Member of the Saeima Ļubova Švecova answers the questions of Neatkarīgā.
12.nov 2020
Uz Neatkarīgās jautājumiem atbild Saeimas deputāte Ļubova Švecova.
7.nov 2020
In one of his pre-election speeches, US President Donald Trump, who as of the time of writing is still in office, very aptly pointed out that it is no longer possible to get information about what is happening in the world and in America, because the only thing you hear from major information channels is: “Covid, covid covid, covid!" Others, while assessing the current global flow of information, joked that if aliens were to watch us starting from March 2020, they would unequivocally conclude that the entire Western world is dominated by a religion whose followers worship some powerful divine mystical being called Covid-19, and gather that there is a mysterious cult of Covid ruling this part of the Earth.
3.nov 2020
This week marks six months since Neatkarīgā has moved from the paper format to the digital format, and this is a time when conclusions are usually drawn about what has been done.
29.okt 2020
No 126 pašvaldībām – pilsētām un novadiem – bezdarba līmenis gada laikā ir samazinājies tikai 9 novados, un gandrīz tie visi atrodas Latgalē, izņemot divus Kurzemes novadus – Durbi un Vaiņodi. Savukārt visdramatiskāko bezdarba līmeņa pieaugumu piedzīvojusi kūrortpilsēta Jūrmala, galvaspilsēta Rīga un daļa Rīgas tuvumā esošo novadu, liecina Neatkarīgās pētījums.
29.okt 2020
Ventspils mayor Aivars Lembergs answers Neatkarīgā's questions.
29.okt 2020
Uz Neatkarīgās jautājumiem atbild Ventspils pilsētas mērs Aivars Lembergs.
28.okt 2020
Currently a peculiar liberal democratic paradigm is being cultivated in Europe and the United States, that authoritarian leaders can remain in power for a long time only by falsifying election results. Therefore, the scenario of political change has now been developed in many places. When an authoritarian leader who has been in office for a long time is re-elected, those who want change (and there are always many of them in authoritarian regimes, especially if the leader has been in power for decades) declare that the election results are falsified and demand a change of power, new elections, etc. This is exactly the scenario that was implemented in the Latin American country Bolivia in 2019.
13.okt 2020
It is now the sixth month since Neatkarīgā switched to digital format, and this is the time to start thinking about future developments.