May 6, 2005
Lost in Transatlanticism: the Peace Duke and his Quest for Diplomacy

In anticipation of President Bush's diplomatic trip to the Baltic States this weekend, protesters in Riga, Latvia were out in full force today. Thankfully, these were literate types — you know, real Eastern European, Milan Kundera-reading coffeehouse denizens — and took the opportunity to demonstrate against Bush's arrival using that uniquely untapped Baltic brand of oblique irony.



As you can see above, however, their protestation is so goddamned indirect that, well, the "Engrish"-esque point is nearly lost on an American audience. "Peace Duke?" The idea comes across, but just barely.

Some blunter, coarser suggestions for future demonstrations in Riga:


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RELATED: Google results for "peace duke", which you shouldn't bother clicking, as they're of no help at all

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