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14.04.2010 Polish Papers on Belarusian Poles
The Belarusian dictator has no accusations to bring against Poland and Belarusian Poles. He is engaged in war against the entire Belarusian nation.
14.04.2010 No Pro-Russian Party In Belarus, Russian Analyst Says
Not a single political party in Belarus regardless of whether it supports President Alexander Lukashenko can be described as pro-Russian, an indication of what the political elite in that country feels and what it assumes will attract the support of the Belarusian people, according to a Moscow analyst Alexander Avrukevich.
14.04.2010 125 Cities Across the Globe For a Free Belarus
On the night of 18th March 2010 the Young European Federalists (JEF) and numerous global partners protested against Europe's last standing dictatorship on the fourth anniversary of the disputed presidential elections in Belarus. The fifth consecutive "Free Belarus Action" took place in 125 cities on four continents, including cities in almost all European countries, even Belarus!
14.04.2010 From Minsk With Love
They were easy to spot, because they were all sporting scarlet red Belarus hockey jerseys.
12.01.2010 Gradual Movement toward Europe May be Possible
Alyaksandr Milinkevich interview by Tereza Supova
12.01.2010 A delicate Balance Between East and West
Change is a dangerous thing for an autocrat, and Belarus’s Alexander Lukashenko is being buffeted by demands for just that as he tries to steer his country through the economic crisis and strained ties with Russia without losing control.
12.01.2010 Belarus Will Remain Belorussia for Moscow Journalists and Scholars
Despite Minsk’s official insistence that Belarus is “the uniquely correct form of the name of our state” and the willingness of at least some Moscow officials to agree to that practice, Russian journalists and academics say they will continue to identify their Western neighbor as Belorussia.
12.01.2010 Appeasement in our Time: Berlusconi Goes to Belarus
BERLIN — This year has been full of celebrations of the peaceful revolutions of 1989, arguably the most important advance of freedom, democracy, and human rights in history. But this year has also seen rapid European rapprochement with (and some might say appeasement of) one of the world’s worst autocrats: Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus. Europe’s embrace reached a new level Monday when Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi paid an official visit to Minsk, the first by a Western head of government in over a decade.
12.10.2009 Belarusans Basking in — Not Hiding From The Spotlights Glare
The Belarus Free Theatre has no official audience in Belarus, because officially the Belarus Free Theatre does not exist. Only state-run theaters exist in Belarus, which has been described as Europe's last dictatorship. Only approved plays exist, by approved, non-revolutionary playwrights. There are no revolutionary playwrights in Belarus. Officially.
12.10.2009 Belarusian Leader Pardons American Lawyer
MOSCOW -- The Belarusian president, Aleksandr Lukashenko, on Tuesday pardoned an American lawyer at the center of a 16-month dispute between Belarus and the United States, in a push to fully restore relations between the two countries. During a meeting with members of the United States Congress, Mr. Lukashenko agreed to free Emanuel E. Zeltser, who was serving a three-year sentence for industrial espionage and forgery. American diplomats protested Mr. Zeltser’s mysterious arrest and closed trial, and they pressed for his release on humanitarian grounds, saying he had fallen gravely ill in prison.
12.10.2009 The Retreat of the Tongue of the Czars
In the Soviet era, 300 million people spoke Russian. Now, Moscow feels its power ebb each time Pushkin is read in Ukrainian.
05.07.2009 Europe Betrays Its Mission in Prague
The much-anticipated Prague Summit between the European Union and our eastern partners was a flop. The eastern partnership declaration published last Thursday is not worth the paper it was printed on.
05.07.2009 Milk War Strains Russia-Belarus Ties
MOSCOW — Furious over a Russian ban on imported Belarusian milk products, the president of Belarus on Sunday boycotted a planned summit meeåting of post-Soviet states whose centerpiece was the start of a joint military force formed by Russia and four of its closest allies.
05.07.2009 An (Un)wanted Guest
The EU’s counterproductive attempt to reach out to Europe’s last dictator.Easing international pressure on Aleksandr Lukashenko could allow him to continue human rights abuses.
25.03.2009 Scientists Fear Visa Trouble Will Drive Foreign Students Away
EXCERPTS from The New York Times, March 3, 2009
25.03.2009 Do-It-Yourself Censorship
U.S. firms, spooked by export rules, seem to be practicing a kind of self-censorship oddly similar to what Chinese firms do
NEWSWEEK -- Excerpts from the magazine issue dated Mar 16, 2009
25.03.2009 E.U. Continues to Reach out to Belarus
EXCERPTS from the International Herald Tribune, Monday, March 16, 2009
25.03.2009 A ”Grand Bargain”?
EXCERPTS from the Washington Post , Friday, March 6, 2009
15.01.2009 Window on Eurasia:
Belarusians, Russians Arent Cousins, Let Alone Brothers, New Book Says

Vienna, October 8, 2008 — Even as Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka promote alliance between their two governments, a new book argues that "Russians and Belarusians are in no way brothers. Indeed, they are not even cousins" and adds that they have had very different histories and will experience very different fates.
10.07.2008 Putin Appointment to ’Belarus-Russia Union’ Post Concerns US
Excerpts from an article in Washington Post, May 28, 2008
WASHINGTON — The United States is concerned about a new sign of deepening ties between Belarus and Russia at a time of heightened tensions with both countries.
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Polish Papers on Belarusian Poles (14.04.2010)
No Pro-Russian Party In Belarus, Russian Analyst Says (14.04.2010)
125 Cities Across the Globe For a Free Belarus (14.04.2010)
From Minsk With Love (14.04.2010)
Belarusian Opposition Protests in Prague (13.04.2010)
Belarus Alyaksandr Lukashenka, European Chessmaster (13.04.2010)
In The Land Of Yanukovych (13.04.2010)
Belarusian Crackdown On Polish Minority Puts EU Relations At Risk (13.04.2010)
Russian Tourists Ignorant About Belarus (13.04.2010)
Conscription Used as a Deterrent By Belarusian Government (13.04.2010)
At Yanukovych’s Inauguration: Lukashenka Agreed To be Sidelined (13.04.2010)
Kosciuszko Honored At His Birthplace (13.04.2010)
Russias Partnership with Belarus Hits Turbulence (13.04.2010)
Mort Wins 2009 Lannan Literary Award (13.04.2010)
Will Belarus Build Its Nuclear Plant? (13.04.2010)
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