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Chartists versus the World Published Postimees 13 December 2012

This week December 13 2012  my book “A small white nation” comes out. In the book, I examine Estonia's place in the World. How and why Estonia has moved from being a country at the periphery to the very centre of the debate of how the world ought to be run.
There is more story telling in the book than I normally write. I am quite sure I will enrage some people and shock others. One thing I described so shocked my editor that she refused to believe it was true.
“Are you really sure it happened?” she kept asking me over and over again. I leave you to guess what it is but you have to read the book.

But there is one thing that has been left out. I don't write about Charter 12. The simple reason is when I handed the manuscript in to my publishers it didn't exist yet.
It was just perfect timing, I write a book discussing amongst other things, whether Estonian political culture is failing on not, and a month later, so…
A black president for a small white nation II Why Estonia and Obama need each other. Published Postimees 14 December 2012 
Four years ago I outraged the nation when I suggested in my first Postimees article what Michelle Obama the president's wife might be thinking if Estonia got into trouble.
“Ah yes Estonia that small-minded little white nation....to hell with them.”
That article was about a fair dialogue between Estonia and black people.
I am not going to talk about that here, suffice to say progress has been made, and I have to admit after four years I believe far from being hostile, Obama will look kindly upon Estonia precisely because of his African heritage, here is why.
We have seen Obama appearing to conspire with Russia's leadership at a nuclear security summit in Seoul, South Korea, March 2012.
“It’s important for him to give me space,”  he said in a ´hot mike´ moment with outgoing President Medvedev. The him in question being Putin.
The foreign policy experts were …
An Intellectual Casino Published Postimees 15 October 2012
Imagine an animal. It is grey, has eight arms, a primitive brain, and suckers, lives in the sea. It looks like an octopus, it's mother and father are octopuses, its children are octopuses. But it is not an octopus. Let's call it a non-octopus.
Now imagine an investment firm. It has grown at a phenomenon rate over 10 years. Its sleekly dressed, oily, smooth talking, Russian-speaking owners make huge amounts of money. Most of its customers lose money and they lose ALL their money. But lets not call it a scam, let's call in a respectable brokerage company working hard to make money for it clients. It is not in any case an octopus.
Tallinn is the global headquarters for a venerable institution, which for legal purposes we will call Non-octopus Forex company. It is all part of the retail forex market which in Estonia is controlled by Russian-speaking Estonian who started out in the 90s. They allied with Russian from the mo…

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The English Language version of Small white nation is due out latter this year.
The Great Migration
Published Postimees 13 Sept 2012


Recently, I asked a group of young people, if they have Facebook accounts. They looked at me like I was mad.
"That's like asking us, do we have a noses?" one of them said.
"Come to think of it even people who don't have noses have Facebook accounts," another said to much laughter.
Last week 6th July, Kanal 2 did a program "Minu Facebooki sõbrad". It was a light hearted look at the social network phenomenon. But the whole Facebook is king challenges some of our cherished beliefs about modern Estonia.
10 years ago when I first visited here, Estonia was more advanced than my own country the United Kingdom. It was a revelation. Estonia was my introduction to whole concept of social networking.
Rate.ee was founded in May 2002, that's a year before Orkut, or MySpace, two years before Facebook.
I so wasn't impressed when I first saw Facebook. "Social networking,..... they have this in Estonia a…