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Fresh update on "belarus" discussed on The Takeaway
"Who has shared language, shared culture and shared experience and keep in mind that Biden has given Trump an advantage by not Dornoch. The goal is Can you go to any of the constellation of 20 different national origin groups and pull off 100,000 votes here or they're all that and more right after these headlines. Life from NPR News in Washington. I'm Windsor Johnston. President Trump says the U. S. Continues to make significant progress in developing a vaccine for the Corona virus. Speaking at the White House today, he said three vaccines are in the final stages of testing and claims the US will have enough doses for every American by the spring will have manufactured at least 100 million vaccine doses before the end of the year and likely much more than that. Hundreds of millions of doses will be available every month, and we expect to have Enough vaccines for every American by April. At a hearing before a congressional panel this week, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the Trump Administration's vaccine program was unprecedented. He told lawmakers that a vaccine usually takes 4 to 6 years. Shortly before the president spoke at the White House. Today, the CDC reversed controversial guidelines suggesting that people who have been exposed to the Corona virus don't necessarily have to get tested. NPR's Rob Stein reports. The revised guidance comes as thie us near is 200,000 deaths from Coben 19. The CDC is now saying that anyone who has had close contact with someone with covert 19 should get tested for the virus. The updated Cardin's comes after the agency had come under heavy criticism for previously suggesting that testing of exposed people isn't always necessary. Public health experts say testing exposed people is crucial to spot any new infections quickly and prevent new outbreaks from occurring. The confusion over the CDC recommendations has raised widespread concern about political interference, damaging CDC crucial role in providing reliable advice during a public health crisis. Rob Stein. NPR NEWS Belarus is accusing the U. N Human Rights Council of meddling in its affairs. NPR's Michelle Kelemen reports, The council has approved a resolution to monitor allegations of human rights violations in the former Soviet state. The U. N special repertoire and human rights in Belarus and ice. Moran says there are credible allegations of abuse. As Belarus cracks down on protesters. She's calling for restraint and dialogue in the wake of a disputed election. Excellencies Let's not allow another Iron curtain to descend on the European continent. Her recorded message to a special meeting of the U. N Human Rights Council was interrupted several times by procedural complaints from the ambassadors of Belarus, Russia, China and Venezuela. They also tried to interrupt Svetlana Tikhonov sky of the woman who ran against the longtime ruler of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko. Michelle Kelemen. NPR NEWS Washington This is NPR news in Washington. Live from Kait VD News. I'm.
Russian spymaster accuses US of fomenting Belarus protests
"Urgency Russia's intelligence crews are rescuing chief people has accused trapped the by US rising floodwaters of fermenting as hurricane massive demonstrations Sally pummels the against Gulf coast Belarus with torrential authoritarian rain president hurricane the now cell into is this affecting six areas week from the Florida panhandle say again to we Mississippi scan director and even of well Russia's inland foreign intelligence National Weather service Service claims senior forecaster in a statement David the ever U. S. sold is funded in the mobile the Alabama pollution office opposition says some and areas coverage have the already protests reported the receiving risk in more odds than two that his feet agency of water has information date received so the US much is rain playing a that key emergency role in the services current developments people in are Belarus out are alleging rescuing Washington people has em up tens there's of millions of been dollars people to finance who the opposition have groups water come the in their U. homes S. and and the he E. says you it's not have letting criticized up the he's oldest moving so nine slowly election so it just and keeps urged pounding Alexander and pounding Lukashenko and pounding to the start area with talks with the opposition tropical a cool he's rain rejected and just I'm powerful Charles winds the last and month this is just a nightmare Ebersol says some rivers are hitting all time flood records and they're also under a tornado warning I'm Julie Walker
Fresh update on "belarus" discussed on Not Too Shabby
"FM Madison Hello. This is Julie Candler. With BBC News. The United Nations Human Rights Council has given its commissioner Michelle Bachelet, a mandate to investigate the disputed presidential election. Belarus on the violence, oppression of protests afterwards. The U. N special reporter on these Marine said that closing the border as President Alexander Lukashenko has threatened would not prevent international scrutiny. I call in the authorities to shed full light on these tragic events and to guarantee the right of victims of torture to obtain redress. Given the abuse they suffered. These victims are in such a state of posttraumatic shock that they still require urgent humanitarian aid. Let's not allow another Iran curtain to descend on the European continent in view of the seriousness of the reports of abuses. Let me recall that human rights violations are not an internal affair. Belarus Foreign Ministry described the resolution as a dangerous precedent. The worst affected parts of the Spanish capital Madrid, are to be put under tight a corona virus restrictions to deal with a surgeon cases nearly 900,000 people will be affected. But workplaces will stay open to avoid what the regional leader called economic disaster Guy hedge coach is in Madrid The fact that it's only certain areas of the brain not the whole of the Madrid region, which is Seeing these measures suggests that there's a determination that you avoid a total lock down off the region. Given this Madrid and Spain's A hole has already been so hard hit economically by Corona virus So far this year, the country has seen this GDP drop by over 20%. Madrid is really the motor of the Spanish economy, and it wants toe be pulling out of that recession as soon as possible. So I think this is seen as some kind of a compromise. The U. S government says it will ban downloads of the Chinese owned APS. We chatted Tic TAC from Sunday. However, the use of the TIC tac platform will not be further restricted until November. The U. S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the ABS threatened American National Security foreign policy of the U. S economy. The Netherlands has launched an effort to hold Syria responsible under international law for what it says a gross human rights violations carried out by the government of President Bashar al Assad. And a hooligan reports from The Hague. The Assad regime has committed horrific crimes time after time, said the Dutch foreign minister, Steph Block, who believes it is time for consequences. In a diplomatic note, the Netherlands reminded the Syrian government of its obligation to protect human rights in accordance with the U. N Convention against Torture, which Syria agreed to abide by. And ask the country to enter into negotiations to stop violations and offer victims reparations. If the two sides are unable to resolve the dispute, the Netherlands Khun Seek arbitration This is the first step of a route that could end with Syria facing charges in an international course. World News from the BBC. A prominent human rights lawyer, Amal Clooney has resigned as Britain's special envoy on media freedom, saying the government had made her position untenable. She said it was in response to government legislation that would break international law by overriding parts of the Brexit withdrawal deal. A move she called lamentable. An influential Bangladeshi cleric, Ahmed Shafiq has died at the age of 103 just hours after he was forced to resign as the head of one of the country's biggest madrases. Mr Shah Fees have facade Islami group attracted mass support. Seven years ago, he lead huge Islamist rallies in the capital, Dhaka, calling for more gender segregation and opposing plans to improve women's inheritance rights. Peruvian president Martine Mascara has appeared in Congress ahead of an impeachment vote against him. Later on Friday, he reaffirmed his innocence and said the trial against him was politically motivated. Davis Kata has been accused of misusing public funds and trying to cover up the alleged irregularities. Is opposition says he hired a controversial singer at vast expense to deliver motivational talks. Researchers say ancient footprints discovered in a desert have provided the earliest evidence of a human presence on the Arabian Peninsula. Alan Johnston has more details. The footprints were left in the sand, 100 and 20,000 years ago, they were made what is now a dried out lake in northern Saudi Arabia. Today. The area is a desert. But back when the first humans passed through. It was a region of well watered grasslands alongside the human prince. Others were discovered left by horses, elephants and camels. It's believed that the presence of water and animals, the hunts would have made northern Arabia attractive to our ancestors as they emerged from Africa and moved on to Europe and Asia. BBC news..
Belarus, Russia discuss military cooperation
"In Belarus, where For the past five Sundays. Tens of thousands, possibly more than 100,000. People have poured onto the streets of the capital Minsk and elsewhere to demand that President Alexander Lukashenko. Step down. They and many others, including the European Union, believe he rigged the election at the beginning of August to extend his 26 year rule even further, but so far he hasn't stepped down. Instead, his security forces have detained thousands of protesters, activists and opposition leaders amid widespread reports of beatings and torture, and he's also shoring up his position. Forging closer ties toe. Belarus is powerful neighbor Russia. Relations between Minsk and Moscow have often being prickly in the past. But on Monday, Mr Lukashenko met President Putin in such e and today the Russian defense ministers in Minsk for talks on military cooperation. In a
Fresh update on "belarus" discussed on Stay Tuned with Preet
"Hi Folks Lisa. Monaco here this week our focus is on Russia. Alexia Volney the Russian opposition leader in outspoken Putin critic who poisoned last month with chemical nerve agent has awoken from a medically induced coma. Meanwhile, mass protests have continued across Belarus following the presidential election last month, which was marred by allegations of widespread electoral fraud. On Monday, Longtime Belarusian, President Alexander Lukashenko who often referred to as Europe's last dictator traveled to Russia to appeal to Putin for help. I talked about all this and more with Ken..
Top EU official proposes new 2030 target to reduce emissions
"Earlier today. European Commission President Ursula von Delaying gave her first State of the Union address to the European. Parliament. It's fair to say that it has been and will be more closely scrutinized than the setpiece usually is the EU is beset like the rest of the world by an ongoing pandemic and associated economic turbulence, and also attempting to ease the United Kingdom out of the block with as little damage to the fixtures and fittings as possible and the UK's latest history on x over the last week or so demonstrate that this remains an unsolved problem while joined with more Bite Niamey Leery Europe correspondent at the Irish Times. Niamey before we talk about the details of what Slovan delay and had to say, did it strike you? There was an overall theme or tone she was swinging for I. Think it was quite striking. Future focused. She talked about how can we get out of the Democrats economic repercussions in a way that says. The continent for the future. So it was very much to do with tying together the various different goals whether that's a climate and economic development where increasing digitalization on. Also a one section of her speech, which I thought was particularly strong was on discrimination and efforts at kind of acknowledging the reality in the block of racism and discrimination. Based on sexual orientation or religious beliefs. So it was quite wide ranging and then the other aspect of it was. She proposed making it easier for the EU to come up with common policy when it comes to international relations particularly on matters relating to human rights sanctions. So just as a liberation on that idea of general tone this being her first state of the Union as as commission president does it does it seem that we understand what her idea of the European Union is. I think she Saturday as being. A sort of an unfinished project what it ought to be somewhere where people can have a quality of life get paid fairly for work have social protections that you're does better on that than other parts of the world, and that's part of the reason why able better able to weather the pandemic but that it's not enough and she said that there would be a new framework introduced to. Member states to set minimum wages in order to make work pay property. Then an in addition to that there was the The section on discrimination which I think was unusual in acknowledged the struggles in the block in terms of she mentioned a particular discrimination against Rome people on also the LGBTQ I free zones in. Poland or she called out as inhumane. And so I think she's she was quite strong meticulous division of the block as being a place where people and live more freely with rights and have a better quality of life in general but I think that she also you know it's it's. It's quite telling that she. She had. Many. Difficulties take me in terms of international relations they were for her to talk about it was difficult relationship with Russia difficult relationship with China difficult relationship with the United States difficult relationship Britain as well. Well, let's talk about some of those difficult relationships and because we are here broadcasting from London let's talk about the difficult relationship. The now has with the UK did brexit get much of a mention? She did mention us. So she said that with every day that passes it becomes more difficult for deal to be reached and she also said that. The EU would stand by with the agreement would never at go back on its the an agreement that had been passed by the European Parliament Anheuser Commons and that had been jointly agreed by the UK Andy you to Protect citizen's rights but also she said first and foremost the Good Friday Agreement on the department and it was quite interesting as well to know that she she also quote the late John Hume, the Nobel laureate. And former SDLP leader from dairy and she said that she described him as one of the Great Europeans. And mentioned that he he recently passed away on us used a quote from him to kind of talk about the strength of diversity which I thought was quite. An interesting use of quotes. It was notable high. She was sort of writing in that story, which is I suppose a Northern Irish story really into this story of the European Union. You mentioned the difficulty of the relationship with Russia and obviously the country of which us live underlying walls defense minister. Germany has found itself once again. On the front line over that relationship having taken in the apparently poisoned opposition politician Alexei Navalny did she took you light any kind of? Way of how the e you can live alongside Russia. She was quite I thought her words were quite firm on Russia's so she said. That the poison she mentioned the poisoner Nevada and said that it wasn't a one sauce and she said, no. Number of gas, pipelines is GONNA. Is GonNa fix that relationship she also am I thought spoke quite in quite heartfelt way in solidarity with the people of Belarus Moore she said that they'd be brave and gone out on the streets and they should have the they shouldn't be pieces on someone else's chessboard what she said, but they should have the ability to determine their own future. You said at the top of this item that she attempted to link the recovery. Well, hopeful eventual recovery from the pandemic the associated economic problems to broader themes of climate in the future on climate in particular. Did she have anything of note to say. So. What? What under nine has proposed that the target for the block to reduce emissions should be increased fifty five percent by twenty thirty, that's compared to a previous commitment to forty percent. This is compared to nine thousand, nine, hundred levels of emissions, and she said that this would be vital in order for the block to reach its Paris Agreement commitments on also its goal of becoming climate neutral by twenty fifty on the way she she described the landmark agreement of the e you to join me borrow seven, hundred, fifty, billion, euro. As an opportunity to do this by directing at least thirty percent or thirty seven percent of the investment towards green initiatives. So things like development of green hydrogen. Renovating homes with. Forty percent of emissions and also. Increasing the car charging network electric vehicle charging that things like that an while this could go in. With kind of digital developments there. For example, at fast broadband were available continent wide including in rural areas that would both alive for rural development but also for things like you know people to work from home more easily and things like that. So she she s she she argued that these things could go hand in hand essentially. But Green groups have been quick to come out and say that fifty five percent of the target isn't enough now some of them had themselves called for that in the. In the past but I guess with the scale of the disaster that they say we're facing, you know they're always going to want to push for more and more ambitious targets
Fresh update on "belarus" discussed on Inside Europe
"But. After a violent police crackdown on protesters European countries have grown increasingly critical and only one door is now open to the Belorussian leader. But analysts say support from Russia won't mollify protesters on the ground. Andre Cartoon Nov is the director of the Russia International Affairs Council? I don't think that these factors will affect at least right now that these potential perks can affect the mood. In the streets of balance people protest against Lukashenka not because he cannot deliver economic wellbeing to the country. But because they feel offended by the way how the election was conducted the died of lotion key. He's too old. He spent too much time power. Sure that. Certain economic assistance from Moscow would change the moods of the public. In, Belarus help from Russia also comes with strings attached Vladimir. Putin has often spoken about greater integration with Belarus under the auspices of the so-called Union State it's a price Alexander. Lukashenka seems willing to pay the economic assistance paired with renewed security commitments will help him maintain control over the security forces, and that could be enough to allow him to cling on to power for the foreseeable future to the Chapman d-w Moscow and I'm Keith Walker in Bonn, you're listening to inside Europe..
Vladimir Putin Throws A Lifeline To Belarusian President
"Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko ran off to Russia for an emergency meeting at the Black Sea resorted Sochi with President Vladimir Putin, The long sitting president of Belarus needs Russia for political support to remain in power as demonstrators called for his 26 year rule to end ABC is Patrick Rivalled tells Start here, podcast host Brad Milky. This is something Putin has been waiting for. The question now is how much will Russia asked for? You know some some people? Think this could essentially amount to a soft annexation where Russia essentially ends up gaining control of the re levers of power in other people think they won't go that far. But though at least push him into finally accepting these These demands that they've had for years, and that means you know, signing on to this treaty. Where, For example, Russia and Belarus end up with the same currency in the same central bankers that Russia has total economic control.
Fresh update on "belarus" discussed on Inside Europe
"Dwi. Inside here. With Keith Walker. Hello. Coming up on today's program the embattled Belorussian president's travels to Saatchi to shore up support from Moscow people protest. Against Lukashenka not because he can deliver economic well-being got because they feel offended. Has often spoken about Gracia integration with Belarus under the auspices of the so-called Union State it's a price Alexandra Lukashenka seems willing to pay. Plus the European Commission President gives a wide ranging I. State of the Union speech also covid nineteen case numbers. In the Czech Republic and more, coming, up on inside Europe. This week the embattled Belorussian president traveled to the Russian city. Of Saatchi, in an effort to shore up support from Vladimir Putin Alexander, Lukashenko left with the promise of one point five, billion dollar loan as well as a commitment to stepping up joint military drills and as Julia Chapman reports from Moscow, the Kremlin's backing could be essential to keeping President Lukashenko empower..
Belarus concerns lead opening session of Human Rights Council
"U. N member states gathered in person in Geneva on Monday for a new session of the human rights. Council it's work began with a decision to hold an urgent debate on the situation in Belarus leading the request the European Union delegation highlighted what it called a steep deterioration of the human rights situation in the country before and after the disputed presidential election in August the development follows condemnation of violence against demonstrators in Belarus since the August presidential election by you and rights chief Michelle Bachelet over the weekend UN secretary. General. Antonio Guterres also expressed concern about the use of force against peaceful. Protesters and detentions. The delegation for Belarus rejected the proposed debate citing outside interference. Here's at Germany's ambassador Mikail von ongoing. Sternberg. Representing the European Union the enforced disappearances force abductions and expulsions and arbitrary detentions continue to take place every day in Belarus in past days, we have witnessed a further escalation of violence and intimidation against members of the Coordination Council and other representatives of civil society. The opposition leader Maria Kolesnikova was abducted and journalists lost their accurately -tations. Therefore, the situation on the ground clearly warrants an urgent debate the Human Rights Council should not stay silent on this matter after a successful vote, it was decided to hold the urgent debate this.
Embattled Belarus Leader Beset by More Protests Before Putin Summit
"Face to face meeting with President Putin. Since mass protests broke out falling disputed elections. Mr Putin has made clear the Russian security forces are on standby to intervene in Belarus if the demonstrations get out of control, several Rainsford reports. Some have speculated that Vladimir Putin will push for deeper economic and political ties with mints because the price of his support Only that risks increasing tensions, not stabilizing things like Moscow. Once on DH, there's no guarantee that a weakened Alexander Lukashenko could even deliver on any promises. So there's a growing sense here that Moscow will back him in public for now, whilst beginning talks behind the scenes on a transition plan, how any such still would play out with the crowds of protesters demanding Mr Lukashenko go now. Is another matter. Official. Results from Russia's local elections suggest the ruling
Belarus protests: Opposition keeps up pressure on Lukashenko
"Massive turnout of protesters is keeping up pressure on President Alexander Lukashenko to resign as the BBC's Danny Everhart reports. Yet again, Belarusians have flooded the streets of Minsk on demonstrated in other towns and cities determined to force out President Lukashenka. His security forces have responded robustly, seizing large numbers of people and carting them off in bands. Some demonstrators have been heading for an area of Minsk, where many senior officials live. They're not the sort of images Mr Lukashenko would like on the eve of his first face to face talks with President Putin since his disputed election victory. Despite maintaining the loyalty of Belarus is security apparatus. He is no closer to reasserting. He's once iron grip on the country. The BBC's Danny
Belarus protests: Opposition keeps up pressure on Lukashenko
"More protests today and Bella rules where President Alexander Lukashenko is facing public anger over last month's election that his opponents say was rigged. Tens of thousands are on the streets of the capital. Police are reported to have detained some 250 people.
Belarus protests: Opposition keeps up pressure on Lukashenko
"Large crowds are expected in the Belarusian capital Minsk for the fifth consecutive Sunday to protest against the country's president, Alexander Lukashenko. They want him to resign for those detained in recent weeks to be freed. From Minsk is Jenna Fischer, President Lukashenko, maybe hoping that having detained or forced into exile, almost all of Belarus is opposition leadership that the protests will subside. He's likely to be disappointed. But lorises demonstrations at times of numbered in the hundreds of thousands and are decentralized and organized through messaging APS. There's no sign of them going away. What started as protests about a rigged election now just a cz much about the abuses that have followed. In the last few days. Women protesters have started being targeted with President Look A. Shankar's who did riot police dragging dozens off the street into unmarked
Osaka wins 2nd US Open women's title
"Naomi Osaka. Winter second women and singles title of the U. S Open have dropping the first sent to Victoria Azarenka, Belarus, 6 to 1. She rallied, taking the next 263 and 63 Osaka also want Flushing that in New York, back in 2018,
Mali junta agrees to 18-month transition government
"Government until an election Khun take place following last month's coup. Emily Hola reports. Over the past three days, the military leadership has held talks in the capital, Bamako with opposition and civil society groups. Mali's military rulers said the interim government will be led by either an army officer or a civilian. But the coalition group that started the anti government protests in the run up to the coup, has criticized the possibility off a military leader even if it's only a temporary arrangement. West African nations have also said they want a rapid returned to civilian rule in Mali. Women supporting the opposition in Belarus have spearheaded the
Belarus opposition politician told she would be deported 'alive or in bits'
"In Belarus, claims she was threatened with death after security officer grabbed her from the street by the Russian opposition leader, Maria Callas Nick over, saying security officers put a bag over her head and threatened to kill her when they snatched her from the street this week. In a complaint released by her lawyer Resnick over, saying she was told she'd be leaving Belarus either alive or in bits. She refused in order to cross into Ukraine, Instead ripping up her passport. A Russian president Alexander Lukashenko, is cracking down on protests against his rule. In
'Terror Against The People': Belarus Detains Another Opposition Leader
"Opposition activist Maria called yes. Nicola has filed a formal complaint with prosecutors about an attempt to deport her illegally this week. She said state security agents told her that if she didn't leave voluntarily, they would remove her anyway alive or in pieces. In a statement from custody in Minsk, she said they then hooded her and drove her to the Ukrainian border is call. Yes, Nick of a tour up her passport so that Ukrainian border guards would refuse entry. Sarah. Go, Nash go in. Moscow has more. Marieke Elastic accuses security services of barriers that they threaten her with death, which is why she's asking to open a criminal case against Belarussian Cee Lo ve Keys, like those security services has detained her and ballistic was one of the three women who were leaders in this opposition in Belarus. On DH. She has remained the only one who decided to stay in Belarus. Which is why, for now she's like a national hero for the all opposition people in Country.
China, others to join military exercises in Russia
"China and Russia will take part in joint military exercises in southern Russia later in September the exercise is a part of what is being called the caucuses twenty twenty drills treats from Armenia Belarus Pakistan and Iran amongst others will also participate in the drills according to China's defense ministry wheeled vehicles and light weaponry will be flown into the chilled occasioned by China's latest transport aircraft the ministry expressed the importance of the exercises since the taking place during a global pandemic ever since two decades ago China and Russia have cooperated increasingly closely on mystery boxes and diplomacy largely to counter US influence I'm Karen Thomas
Another leading opposition activist detained in Belarus
"Belarusian authorities detained one of the lost leading members of an opposition council who remain free moving methodically to end a month of protests against authoritarian president Alexander Lukashenko lawyer Maxime snack a member of the coordination council was taken out of the council's office by unidentified people in ski masks and associates said people will also trying to enter the apartment of the lost member of the council's executive praesidium who remain free who won the twenty fifteen noble prize in literature the question because he dismissed the opposition as western Stooges and rejected demands from the U. S. and the European Union to engage in a dialogue protests as he see his August nine reelections rigged and demand his resignation I'm Charles hello that's my
Belarusian protest leader detained while trying to leave country
"Authorities say they have arrested in opposition leader on the country's border with Ukraine. But Maria Kalashnikov, US supporters say the government was trying to forcibly deport her and silence. Another critic of President Alexander Lukashenko. Kolesnikova was reportedly first picked up on the streets of Minsk on Monday by plainclothes police. She's been helping lead massive protests in Belarus since last month when President Lukashenko won a disputed reelection. He's been president of the country for more than a quarter century. For more on this arrest and what it means for Lukashenko's control. We're joined now by Hana Ahora. She's director of United Mass. Media and Association representing newspapers and new sites in Belarus. Welcome Hello. It's a pleasure to meet you today. Well, it's a pleasure to have you so there are two stories about what happened at the border. Do we know whether Kolesnikova was fleeing? As the government says she is or Was the government just trying to remove her from the country as faras. We know Maria didn't want to leave the country at all. So she was forced to go to the border, but then on the border, she just tore her passport in the small pieces, and she didn't refused to go to Ukraine. So as far as you know, Maria is still in Belarus, but nobody knows for sure. Where exactly Okay, Well, these protests have been going on for a month now. Lukashenko's government has rounded up thousands of demonstrators and recently it's tried targeting opposition leaders. How is that tactic working so far? Every step off the brutal detention or any kind of violence toward citizens is making our protests bigger and wider, say, still continuing to ask for the very simple things to have new friend for elections and to stop the brutality and violence on the means can belittle since treats and, of course to release the prisoners. So people are not going to stop it right now, despite on old effects for authorities actions Well, as we've said, Luca Shango has managed to hold on to power for quite some time for 26 years. He controls the media, the army, the economy, the secret police. Do people in Belarus genuinely believe that they can displace him with peaceful marches. It's a very heart and the good question. People still want to keep practiced peaceful. They don't see any other solution. Right now. They want to demonstrate that their wide majority so Unfortunately, we don't have any other tools to change situation from it from inside. Do you feel like you are living in a democracy? Unquestioned, cannot hear living not in democracy at all. It's like Like were occupied by military forces, and all the craziness is going on Every single Dave and people from different profession. Occupations are just detained. Arrested being at home. You don't feel any Anything safe here, So it's a lot of fear in society. But we understand that it's very difficult to stop. If you will stop you lose everything and all the victims will be for nothing.
"belarus" Discussed on The President's Inbox
"What is it that the administration should be doing right now is doing everything it should be doing other steps hasn't taken that it should. I asked that in the context of I, take your point that there are issues in which United States. Russian cooperation, but it seems to me that if you want to get something from the Russians, you can have the wanting kids something to the Russians simply saying I get a lot worse probably isn't the enticing proposal to put on the table but I'm not sure here at home. There's a lot of political support for offering anything to the Russians. So how? Do, you put on your diplomatic hat bring all those together into some sort of coherent policy I. Think the administration has had one issue right here whatever the reasoning that led them to this position in that is to try to downplay this as an issue of russian-american. Confrontation. George. Kent who made himself a household name during the impeachment earings said yesterday that. we don't want this to be anything that the Russians as a geopolitical competition, they are entirely in favour of backing the position that the Belarus opposition his taken, which is, this is all about Belarus's sovereignty were not looking to reorient ourselves taken off sky said, this is not a geopolitical revolution. It's a democratic revolution in appealing to the Russians to see. That there could be a democratic revolution that doesn't have geopolitical consequences I. think that's right. It's the obvious sound starting point. A real issue for the Russians is going to be how damaging they think the isolation they create for themselves is if they go forward and try to absorb yellow roofs and here thank it may be I don't know what kinds of. The West has, but they really ought to be I, think emphasizing at least in our own analyses right now and and even I suppose and talk to the Russians about this. This is in some ways in even bigger deal than supporting a little insurgency in the east of Ukraine, which is you know it's a kind of failed enterprise but attempts to kind of absorb an entire country that's right there on the..
"belarus" Discussed on The President's Inbox
"So there there seems to be lack of clarity on that. There is some lack of clarity you know some Russian commentators have said, the Kremlin is pretty satisfied that they've got the security forces the military, the police more or less unified and under their defacto control some people are even saying. So that part of the elite may not have broken, but it's still a little hard to say, for example, would you if you're the commander of the police in Minsk would you be confident that your officers on the be would even the mon the security thugs would really stand with you. If you ask them to shed blood I, think there is some uncertainty about that. We haven't seen it tested since the first few days in those days there were you know Belarus and policemen and military people defecting to the other side tearing up their uniforms made for great videos. We don't know whether things have tightened up. A little bit in the Inter just one last question on the opposition. It's pretty clear there against Lukashenka do we have any sense that they have a positive agenda beyond that or is this religious group that's focused on pushing him out of office, and then we're likely some fracturing down the road if they succeed. Well, let me take it in two pieces. The opposition has tried to say that their goal is to get Lukashenka out and have a new election and have prisoners released from jail because they think that's what unites them. They do not hide the fact that they come from different political camps they have. Different programs for what might follow in the country after they had a new government Alexyevich, the Belarus Nobel Prize winner has openly supported one of the other candidates she thinks the banker who was kept from running was the right guy for Belarus but that doesn't keep her from serving onto skies coordinating council to oversee the transition. Let's to shift gears and talk about a country that you've already dropped in. That's Russia and I need you to explain things maybe partly answered the question when you noted that to some extent, Lukashenka has tried to burnishes anti-russian credentials because as the campaign was ongoing just before the election. My understanding was Bellarusse arrested I think was thirty three Russian mercenaries. It is supposedly come to upend the election process in the wake of the election they were all released I think all the went allman except for one was also a Belorussian citizen. Can you sort of explained to us what Russia's role isn't all of this Luga? Shangqiu, as I said, has been trying to do two things get the benefits of Russian economic suppor- energy subsidies in particular while still making himself seem like the man who stands up for Belarus sovereignty a nationalist opposition to the bullies a Moscow and the Russians have found this extremely irritating. They regard Lukashenka kind of clown, but they also think okay we'll play along. We don't see any real opportunity to get anything better. We'd have interfered too much. They had been critical but this they've kept it within bounds. Now you've had almost a complete reversal and Lukashenka is relying on the Russians as his ultimate source of support when the staff of yellow routes TV walked off the sat and went on strike it was the Russians who flew in television? Technicians in media specialists to take over, they have said they're creating a reserve force of policing. The situation gets out of control is Putin. Says if people start burning cars and homes, they've talked about their willingness to invoke the terms of the collective. Security Treaty. Organization. And Lukashenka is no longer emphasizing that Belarus and Russia are two different countries. He's saying we have a common fatherland and this is music to the Russians ears because they have for more than twenty. Years had on paper at least the idea that there was a union state between Russia and Belarus which has been mostly meaningless. But now the Russians..
Belarus protests: Maria Kolesnikova 'detained by masked men'
"Streets of Minsk has been found. Government officials now say that Maria Kalashnikov a has Been detained at the border with Ukraine, one of the leaders of the ongoing protests in Belarus. Kalashnikov A was reportedly taken off the streets of Minsk by two masked man on Monday. The circumstances of her detention at the border are still unclear. Meanwhile, protests in Belarus continue over the election of Alexander Lukashenko. Now this correspondent Bill Zim. For now, reports say Kalashnikov, a and two colleagues were driven to the Ukrainian border. Those reports say. She apparently refused to cross into Ukraine ripped up her passport car continued through the Ukraine with the two other colleagues while Kalashnikovs stayed behind and was detained as safety measures. Space One is what we're
Belarus protests: Opposition leader 'tore up passport' to avoid expulsion
"Leading opposition activist in Belarus has been held on the border with Ukraine as President Alexander Lukashenko targets the leaders of Months long protests against his 26 year rule. Ukrainian officials say Belarus tried to expel Maria Callas, LaCava and two colleagues, but Kolesnikova torpor passport to prevent border guards from forcing her out.
"belarus" Discussed on The Daily
"At. One point even block, street. And what the police does is they bring reinforcements, they bring army officers with shields machines. Equipped with water cannons. The begins using stun grenades. This scene of complete. Kale. On this. Was the first night when hundreds of protesters were ruthlessly beaten. They were beaten inside police fans. They were beaten in the pretrial detention center. Day what back like sardines you know thirty six people in the self equipped for four people. They were not given water food. It was basically a huge torture camp well on the scene of the crackdown. Reminded me of. Essentially. So the goal was to break the spirit of these protesters and I'm sure. Even more so than that was to spread the word of these tactics and break the back of these protests altogether. To scare people off so people wouldn't there to come out I'm curious how the rest of the world has responded to this pretty brutal crackdown on these protesters. While intentional community was just shocked by all the images. There were Kohl's to sanction polka Shangkun Belarus. They were gold smell to weeknights the results of that election. On fact, the results were not weeknights but the European. Union. And other individuals states. So at one point it felt like Shankar has been corner. And what he did is that he turned back to Vladimir Putin. Basically, an publicly asking him for support in this situation. And how does Putin respond? For Putin. It is much more beneficial to have Lukashenko so weak that he would only have Putin's rely on and thus Putin can easily control him and make him do whatever he wants. So he didn't throw a lifeline. He didn't say anything that would directly support But he also didn't condemn. And there's no way back because up the what the world has seen. Will take a long time to forget. So Lukashenko's trapped he's trapped in Putin's hands. Even I'm reminded of what looks Shaneco said to the crowd at that rally that you went to a couple of days ago and that if you get rid of me. It will be the end of Belarus but. Is what you're saying that Lukashenko himself is now so tied up with so dependent on Russia that if he stays. It would mean the end of Belarus. At least as an independent country. Well, what he says is that if you get rid of Lukashenko, they will be Belarus. But what he means is that they will be no look a Shankar Belarus. and He seems to be a willing to sacrifice at least chunks of the Belorussian independence. And mortar to keep his own. Belarus afloat. Right, and so a Belarus in which he stays in power. Is going to be a Belarus as unmistakably aligned with. Reliant? Upon Russia. Seems like yes. And Look. Has. Shown. No signs on no willingness. To give power entirely. No matter how many people come out to protest against him..
"belarus" Discussed on The Daily
"And is he fundamentally right that she doesn't pose a threat to him Well. Of course, not because as we saw before the election day, it was the largest rally seen in Belarus since independence from the Soviet Union. She was able to gather thousands of people at her rallies across the country. Name. And people genuinely came to see her even though Belarus is a police state If for instance, if you work for a state run company and as you know like most of the common economies state owned. Then, you risk losing your job if you appear at a position rally. and. The fact that people still showed up despite the oldest risks means that January supported her and all this other candidates that jailed and throughout the country. They. Also supported her they said that she is going to be all united opposition candidate. So they threw their support behind her back And apart from that. Particular think about Belarus is that bulls are band here. You cannot have Paul so are no polls that would say what is actually look a schenker's real approval rating. But in the each of the Internet you can do polls online multiple polls have been conducted and some of them have shown. The support for Mr Lukashenko to be as low as three percents. Wow So very much seems like she might be able to pull this off. She won't be able to beat. Lukashenko. Yeah. But what happened in reality was that when the results get announced Lukashenko gets eighty percent of the votes. And of course, people realize that the whole election was just rigged..
"belarus" Discussed on The Daily
"So. Are. Presidential election is cold. The first one in the country's history, and this is the time where young Alexander Lukashenko comes to the stage, go to movies to the speed, and even who is Lukashenko in this moment as people in Belarus struggling to figure out what a post Soviet Belarus even looks like are realizing that they crave stability. He's someone comes from a very modest background. From. A small town in eastern Belarus. Raises quickly through the ranks to become a collective farm manager. and Dan Gauges into politics. Over. on He seems to be very driven and very charismatic. And people listen to him. People like him especially people in the villages who have suffered the most. Unheeded attempts to talk to them directly by telling them. that. I can improve your. Right now. I can take your lives back. To where they were when you enjoyed them so much when the Soviet Union was kind of the height of its power. and. So how did the people respond to this campaign message this cut backward-looking Soviet. Message they like it. Radical Anti Corruption Crusader Donda look into is poised for clear win with his country's economy and rapid decline Lukashenka vowed to purge the top echelons of power and undo market reforms Wednesday election. On he quickly begins to deliver on his promises. He increases people salaries. Introduces state control over prices, I e councils, menu of the market economy reforms that introduced before him. He stops privatization of government enterprises keeps them in the hands of the states. People very happy because they feel the change immediately being on their standards of living improved. But what people fail to notice is that the main reason why? She's able to deliver them. was because Russia has been. Subsidizing essentially the Belorussian economy through a scheme that this. Kisses Skim Oil for kisses that's very evocative. What does it mean? Basically means that Russia being an energy superpower was essentially giving Bellarusse, large amounts of oil that Belarus could refine. And sell it. To European markets. And keep the difference. So by doing that. Russia was essentially trying to tie Belarus to Moscow. So Russia is using essentially free oil as tether to this former republic and in return Russia gets the goodwill, the Brotherhood kind of loyalty of Belarus. Well. Also because. The Belorussian eater. Realizes perfect. You're well that the well-being of his country and the goodwill of his citizens depends on that whole scheme So he realizes that his own political existence depends on Russia. In my sense Yvonne, during this period though the West, the United States in particular is watching all of these former Soviet republics very warily and. Trying to make sure that they don't slide back into old Soviet ways and they don't get too close to Russia because they wanna make sure that they stay on a path toward democracy. So how does that play out when it comes to Lukashenko and delivers? So what happens is that he realized is pretty quickly. This kind of wariness that you've described. Is An asset for him that he can trade in between Russia and the West that he can dance between the two. Praising and criticizing both kind of alternating. Because Russia doesn't want him to go to the West and the West doesn't want him to go to Russia and he can benefit on that. And he does that throughout his career muster for the for instance, in ninety six referendums over in the former Soviet republic of Belarus the controversy at whipped up still blows strong. He conducts a very controversial referendum they give him fog greater POWs IVA parliament plus a fresh five-year term of office that increases his powers. Dramatically, the president said dictatorship allegations were groundless on basically becomes his first step toward the quiring the royal powers. And Western powers ostracized him essentially. And the following year. He signs this union state agreements with Russia in a grand ceremony held inside Kremlin's Grand Palace Boris. Yeltsin stressed the integration treaty between Russia and neighboring Belarus allows both countries retain this Auburn team during the ceremony the two presidents of Russia and Belarus Lukashenko on President Yeltsin. The time they kiss each other. which becomes this kind of very symbolic moment for the two countries..
"belarus" Discussed on Crypto Voices
"Recall their representatives. Find a way to negotiate. With. Authorities they trying to solve this problem in the most useful. But they are the intermediary between people in the street. And The authorities. There'd been criticized for them. They are being criticized for not being so swift enough you know white violence. Active one they're doing since. Slow and made it. And I don't know how that goes but. The team has lot. Worse on. There's On team. They seem to be no not seem to know what they're doing and they're playing the game that is longer than the last people with like. But I think that is the way to. And just today I researched you know these protests and help effectively are in overthrowing the ships and turns out that they are into thousands Data available. They are four times as effective as. The effectiveness rated about seventy percents nonviolence. Fourteen, fifteen percent. So from what I can see. It's not as dramatic as a lot of people who like and it might take more time, but he's GonNa In it's What look shrink is doing right now looks like. He's being completely erratic. Still believes that the majority of Belarus and support you. He's delusional. Yesterday. I'm sure you saw video human helicopter rising in full. Wearing, it. Way List Him. So, he was like Ryan the helicopter cooling off observing the situation with us and Just blows my mind you've seen year old son. Also wear like, AK. Forty seven with which by the way, the legal in Belarus you can only hold firearms if you're like eighteen or. Eighteen or older you have a special license, and by the way you can not even have those gunfire ups. There's a new service that break. So they broke the law and all the way possible trying to demonstrate strength. But. Nobody tastes, consumers the anymore he is not legitimate. People don't respect and people are not afraid. He's like the a APP is the guy runs around Empty Square So. The REGIME LOOPS LINES Let it's last days. I like this question in the comments what is red and white flag main compared to the red and green your tickets directly is a historical flag of Belarus, the red and green flag. This flag. was adopted. Still perceive as a Soviet. which has a lot of baggage. Fresh invasion. And the regime that is right now he's sort of sorting through team. So right now, these official flag. He's perceived as the flag of. Reaching one of the. Funniest things that. Is It's tragic, but it's funny also. Things that are so recently was in response to wipe slight flex which are being carried. Everybody. Sound. So cottage unmarked cars obviously vivement biting especially whatever. WITH RANDOM RIAN? Flags..
"belarus" Discussed on What Next | Daily News and Analysis
"Sudden decision, which is what he did in. Ukraine actually. I also think that what he's learned from Ukraine is that. Ukraine was his closest was Russia's closest ally, and there is a big ethnic and cultural component involved. You know they in Russia everybody talks about you know the brotherly nation of of Ukraine and Belarus and what they mean by that is Slavic slavic-speaking predominantly ethnically Slavic Ukraine is gone to Russia for at least a generation. Do that with Belarus says his other, you know buffer state in the West. He has shown enough to the West that there is a line in the sand for him and that's toppling dictators and interfering another country's affairs in a way that. Kind of might spell doom for him. Right might also mean that he gets taken out and a popular revolution. If he feels that he what he has done already is enough deterrence and the West is hobbled enough by its own problems. Maybe he feels like he can let the situation play out see who comes to power. If Lukashenko falls make them an offer, they can't refuse and kind of take it from there and then use kind of more covert methods to make sure that the democratic the democratic experimenting Belarus should have happened doesn't get very far and that it becomes this kind of circus that he can show on. Russian. State TV to his people and say, like, is this what you want because this is what democracy in one of our brotherly nations psych nats, what it would look like in Russia if that's what you want. I I wonder you know we we tend to build Putin up in the West especially in the United States master craftsman you know super spy never set foot wrong but he's got his own problems in the east You know somebody who's on his side is probably responsible for the poisoning of Navali a noted dissident. Do we ever. Get. A chance to step back from Putin and say, well, maybe maybe sometimes doesn't handle these situations. So craftily either Oh, I totally agree you're this you're preaching to the choir I've been saying this. For I don't know however long Russia's suffering economically in part because of things Putin has done a lot of people in Russia. Don't see him as perfect I. think part of what I think is funny about the discourse in the US about Russia is that when you talk to Russians, they're like, are they talking about us? So we can't do that. We're really bad at stuff like look at like I remember talking to you one of my sources in Moscow who used to work in the Kremlin used to work with the United Russia party and he said, are you kidding me like nothing in Russia works you know our education system is Falling apart or medical system is falling apart. Our transportation system is falling apart. Our pension system is falling apart. Everything is falling apart, but you're telling me that. Were able to carry out all these impressive foreign operations perfectly without a hitch. One final question Julia If you're an American who. Keeps up with the News and God knows there's a lot going on in the country right now with the pandemic and the looming election but you pride yourself on sort of being aware of what's going on. Does Belarus matter to you should Americans keep an eye on what's going on there and why I personally think it matters a lot. We used to care about people like this. The Cold War was not a great time, but at least it made us. Aware. Clearly of what we stood for and. What we support in the world, and so we used to love Soviet dissidents and Chinese dissidents and now. We're too busy with our own problems, but the fact of the matter is our own democracy is at stake. And I, think it's kind of inspiring it. In fact extremely inspiring inspiring to see people. In Belarus who had all three years to try democracy before Lukashenko was elected and after the fall of the Soviet Union. and. The people out in the streets today a lot of them don't know anything other than Lukashenko. They've never in their lives participated in a free and fair election, but they're willing to risk life and limb and livelihood. For Even, the chance to try to build a democracy. We already have a democracy and I guess my question Americans is you know are we willing to fight us hard to preserve what we have? As the Bell Russians are to even try. Maybe to have a chance at building something like what we have. Julia thanks a lot. Thank you so much for having me. Julia Iafiasov is a correspondent for G. Q. Magazine and a contributor to the Washington Post..
"belarus" Discussed on Behind the Bastards
"Get their to get their teeth around Belarus will do that in. It'll make life worse for people not impossible although at this point, considering how bad things have gotten hard to see how that would be worse than where things are. There's also the agate like Russia will take over and like it'll become more authoritarian and things will get worse for people and like none of the options before them are good and I don't like getting trapped into that kind of thinking because it leads you to like. It leads you to not be excited about what? What is a core good thing here, which is that a Shitload of people who never thought who never have not had political agency and their lives are now like. Drop kicking riot cops street and trying to change their circumstances and that's a good thing. Yeah. I mean. Yeah. These people have for the first time in a while or having a sense of like agency and their life. Yeah and I I don't want to like I don't think it should be a foregone conclusion that they will get fucked over like one way or the other by Russian imperialism or or sort of like the the the the like the fucking shock doctrine capitalism I don't think either of those has to be inevitable like it's a an unwritten year things could be different. Like. Who knows? Anyway there's a there's enough things going on in the world that there's not a foregone conclusion yet. Yes. So that's what what I've got for this episode so far and I I hope that If you're in Belarus, somehow listening to this because they shut down the Internet to a pretty heavy extent people have found ways around it. Thankfully, one of the cool stories is that like there's this APP that was developed to allow people in China to access the Internet, but people started downloading in Belarus before the Internet got or before like all the APP stores got blocked So people have been passing it around and flash drives the..
"belarus" Discussed on Behind the Bastards
"Okay. Yeah. Do Do we know? Do we know where he is right now I think he's still in the country. He's supposed to be giving an address pretty soon. Okay. Probably will have by the time this episode drops and there's a bunch of anyway. So Lana. Comes on like basically goes to ground for a while and Seems like she gets caught because the next time we see her. Protester going on and she makes a video from the office of a government minister where she's like everyone should accept the results and go home and not fight the police and she looks like fucked up and. It's it's yeah. Yeah. We we know what's going on I know what's going on and she's fled the country sense. So she is out in safe and hiding for the sake of her family's safety. And things in Belarus are very bad right now seven thousand people have been arrested. Most of those are a sizeable chunk of this people have been released at this point again, we are not talking yet at least about a regime that is like the Syrian regime where they're going, they would need to kill killed. Yeah. They have killed at least two people probably significantly more and they're torturing people, lots of them the audio that came out a few days ago we're going to include a clip from that in a second, but it's audio of protesters from outside of one of Belarus's not. So secret prisons just like people you can hear people being tortured and.
"belarus" Discussed on Behind the Bastards
"He then added if you have any doubts about my health, let's take skates and skis and tomorrow we will try. Let's run ten kilometers. If you come first then tomorrow you will be president. I Love I. Love the good system dictatorship of the marathon. Oh, my favorite political system. It would be cool. If I could just challenge the president to fucking ten k. the president. This is what I hope. I would I would. So beat the president at attending. The thing is now is because the election here is such a big mess. We could just have Joe Biden challenge trump to a push up contest, and then the winner just be precedent I I mean has he kind of always already? Talked about that. But now that could be the way we win the presidency I don't have. Woman. And see what happens. No I don't think either of them. Could I don't know if I think either of them could do one good push-up I'm going to be on I don't think so either. But if we want their trash, they're so old and trash but Kamala Kamala could could do more pushups and pence I'm fairly sure. Yeah probably. But they can't be on the stage together 'cause. It's against his religion to sweat near a woman he's not married to So I don't think he's going to agree to that in the first place. So Yeah That's a weird one Now I think the Best Lukashenko Propaganda I've come across is again from that Belarus country study guide that was produced with help from the Belarusian government and I wanted to read a few fun fund Lukashenko facts that they put out in their like. Broken Belarusian to English translated taxed because it's fun. Lukashenko his always willingly indulged in sport. The head of the State is sure that enormous. Strain, he undergoes every day. Nervous threats can be removed by activity going in for sport. That's great. Yeah. Although every minute of presidents time schedule is entered in the records he tries to find time amidst the state affairs to come up to a bookshelf to come up to a bookshelf. Reading books for him is a most pleasant occupation. He obtained satisfaction whenever he gets acquainted with technological novelties with latest achievements of the scientific mind seems like a real eccentric fellow you obtain satisfaction from a technological novelty earlier today and then broken broke immediately. Never. headphone yeah. I, love the way they describe come. When he needs a relaxation, he comes up to a bookshelf. That's what I do and I feel relaxed. I'd go up to my shelf and reading. Is the most pleasant occupation. So over the last twenty, some years Shaka's political agenda has evolved from a vague platform of anti corruption to more or less supporting return to the old Soviet economic system with minor market elements. The private sector has been kept pretty consistently at twenty to thirty percent of the GDP and Belarus industry has kept chugging along doing large part. To Russian support not only did Russia's sell cheap oil the Belarus but they bought the Soviet style products still maiden its factory. So all of the like the Kirkland brand products in in Russia are all from Belarus so like you can get like stove that's made somewhere else in the world or if you WANNA cheap stove that just works you get the. The. Brand Yeah. Any other up like in that? That's part of what has kept their economy chugging along short So, Yeah Lukashenko, pretty much based his entire political capital on stability but most of that stability has been an allusion. For example, for most of his time in power Belarus shot to provide workers with an average monthly wage.
"belarus" Discussed on Behind the Bastards
"Yeah, looking in his own. As a again, he was still like the guy that he was. So as he releases this prominent political prisoner to make the West Happier. He also detained twenty independent journalists after a series of cartoons making fun of him showed up on the Internet. Yeah. So I don't you know he's he's he's continued to be the guy that he is now the clearest shortcut to guaranteeing response in terms of like being an activist like you it's always been kind of weird like what the state would respond to. As a rule Belarus would allow protests but would always punish the people who organize them but he for years actually got a lot of political mileage out of attacking the United States and the UK for teargassing crowds. We don't have Ken Belarus because just torture and murder people guys the protests how Oh, how things have changed yeah, and they all see also to your. Absolute. Sure. There's no media that doesn't have to get out. So yeah, there were a number of other kind of weird rules that the media had to abide by and Belarus television stations in Belarus have been ordered on pain of arrest in presumably torture to never film him from behind. That's good. Yeah and started because he went bald in the mid arts and he didn't want his bald spot to be visible I don't I think he's bald enough now is a comb over. So I don't know that that rule is still in place. Because it's very obvious but yeah, he would imprison you for showing that he was bald for a while and it's probably fair to say that like if you're GonNa if you're gonNA. Feel like rank dictatorships. Bellarusse is pretty low in terms of like if you're GONNA if you're, GonNa make a list of like which dictatorships have been the worst to live under I guess it's one of the better ones like the level of repression you wouldn't really compare it to like Korea so to speak or to Syria Like in Syria, they have their secret prisons where they torture people and they. Killed Tens of thousands of people in those prisons in Belarus they kill a handful and they they do eventually let most people go So you know. Not Great but I guess it could be I. Don't know I don't want to say that either a horrible dictatorship. You know it's it's just it's just that's where they that's where they land on the worldwide things like you get information out of Belarus people are able to report on things but you also never know if reporting on something happening in Belarus is going to get you beaten and tortured by state authorities but might not it could not. Yes it's not I. Love the uncertainty of if I'm going to get abused by for doing journalism..
"belarus" Discussed on Behind the Bastards
"Okay. and under their charismatic spokesman, a fellow named Pozniak BP PF started at agitating for Belarusian national ambitions for the first time in a generation in that year's elections to the Supreme Soviet, the one ten percent of the seats, and this probably would have satisfied most of the desire for change in Belarus at this point but happenings elsewhere in the USSR forced people's hands in the direction of national sovereignty in August of nineteen ninety-one there was a coup attempt in Moscow, it didn't work but it led to. A I mean wait are you procure Anti Coosa? I was pro Ku. Ku, you're in favor of this coup in Moscow. Strong stance in favor of. Soviet hardliners by. Core Communist. Over. The word coup. Always support it to an exciting word. We we. We recently went through a coup with a riot rib restaurant. There's a rib restaurant and had an armed coup reason. I actually didn't enjoy that one. I was fun. It was a big NASA yeah. The Rib restaurant that briefly existed in downtown Portland. The Soviet Union did not survive its armed coup or this attempted an arm to So it the coup failed in led to declarations of independence by all of the Soviets, the bordered Belarus Estonia, Latvia and Ukraine by this point, the writing was on the wall. Nine hundred, ninety, one or ninety two, ninety, one, ninety, one. Yeah. So a every, it's kind of. Most people in Belarus don't seem to really want the Soviet Union to go away. But also just because of how fucked up everything gets in how badly it's handled in Moscow all of these other states and the Soviet Union start declaring their own independence and the writing's kind of on the wall. It it's GONNA come down so We might as well get a head start on being Bellarusse. So Belarus declared its own independence on August. Twenty Fifth Nineteen Ninety one. the sudden end of the Soviet. Union. Meant opportunity for a lot of people liberals including members of the BE PF saw as their chance to turn the country into a democracy along Western lines. There was a great deal of resistance to this though and for a while the country's old style Soviet organization remained mostly unchanged by Nineteen ninety-four conservatives had been pushed into creating a new position at the head of Belarusian political life the presidency. So everybody expected that the prime minister a guy named cabbage would slide seamlessly from one head of state position to another and that he would just kind of go from being the prime minister to the president now that they had a president But then from out of nowhere came Lukashenko, he ran a lightning campaign based around fighting corruption in the ossified and again pig farmer, this point but.
"belarus" Discussed on Gaslit Nation with Andrea Chalupa and Sarah Kendzior
"Complete humiliating drills, the agents chopped off the women's hair with knives threatened rape and videotape them presumably for Lukashenko one agent allegedly said for the camera look at those bitches that were traveling all over the world protesting look at them now. Lukashenko did not have women killed likely to avoid the media backlash Putin experienced over pussy riot who were imprisoned Shevchenko and two compatriots. Exxon. Assad show and Alexsandr. Nova were abandoned in the forest naked and soaking wet without money or identification. They ran for hours and eventually came across a small village of loggers. All men one had a cell phone that Shevchenko used to call 'em and founder. Anna. Who'd soul in Ukraine for help schinkel credits, famines fame for keeping them alive. So. That's what Bellarusse is like its repression like the it's disgusting and people are still protesting and just to show the inspiring unity that's happening there today and a lot of comparisons are people are making to Ukraine's own revolution of dignity euro. My Don on. Monday Marchuk Ukrainian singer and musician from Ukraine who led her own band of Mary Artists and Ukraine's Revolution of your my don she wrote this which I think gives really interesting insight into what's happening there on the streets and and and the larger struggle. Wrote Zero Info from our friends actresses of Belarus Free Theatre. There are taken by police yesterday and nobody heard from them. Yet police stations are out of space and place protesters in garages and closed factories protests to be continued people standing in a chain to block roads. One of the official call for protesters is if you are scared a song, it will raise your morale and demoralized the enemy. And then she ends it with Javan Belarus long. Live? Belarus. And then we have this interesting insight from Nikolai Collision, a CO founding artistic director of the Belarus Free Theatre. The evening of August ninth was a turning point in the modern history of Belarus. The reason for this is not the use of overwhelming force against demonstrators who were trying a peacefully defend their right to free elections nor is it the fact that some members of the security forces and Election Commission refused to carry out criminal orders? It was historic because it protesters have a New Vision for the nation. This was not a protest in support of any specific politicians or political parties. This was A. Movement, demanding fundamental reform in every sphere of the country's life. In this sense, the protest movement is closer to the Hong Kong model than the traditional Eastern European protests model were political leaders have typically lead the masses the protest currently taking place in Belarus or driven by small localized groups with a strong emphasis on creativity and nonviolent resistance. The authorities have great difficulty dealing with this approach as their past experience has focused on detaining political leaders. This has led to the current situation with mass arrests. But no sign of an end to the protests. It is also worth dwelling on who is protesting many are young Russians and a significant percentage or it professionals or entrepreneurs leading to smart and innovative approaches to protesting and dynamic responses to rapidly changing situation. The lack of clear leadership makes it very difficult to predict the outcome of the current confrontation but is. Already obvious that the situation in Belarus will never return to the status quo of two or three months ago we can say with some degree of competence that the transition of power has already begun in the country, but it remains unclear how long this generational shift will actually take. So that's a lesson for all of us here at home. This is why we Have this gasoline action guide that's leadership taken from activists on the ground, not only in our country countries around the world who risking her life and freedom. This is how it's done and that's why we say also in gasoline. Haitian. Action Guide art matters make our be creative be creative. Ukraine's Revolution was an art festival. You have people out there artists especially who? Are Out there on the front lines in. PORTLAND, the wall of MOMS was very creative and that is a growing movement. So all of this, Hong Kong, Belarus the protest growing against Putin, and Russia all of us are united against a shared enemy and our enemies early it and their shared corruption, and so we have to keep fighting a know that come November. We have to do what it takes to get them out. Yeah absolutely. I mean I keep thinking about this because every day you know we're seeing these unprecedented mass uprisings You know as you mentioned Hong Kong Belarus? But also Russia. Israel Lebanon. Before the terrible explosion Beirue you know this is happening worldwide and you know there are commonalities to all of this. You know of course, you see increasingly. Brutally repressive right wing governments. Some of these governments were long play on like Belarus, which is really no other system. Officially, others have lurched in this direction like, Israel in the US over the last decade decade and a half, and then the protesters tend to be people who have grown up in the shadow of the global tragedies of the last forty years of extreme income inequality in every nation of nine eleven and the war on terror and all of. The American wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that have destabilized. So many regions of the two thousand, eight global financial collapse which destroyed the prospect of financial stability and opportunities for most young people in took the savings away from older people from opportunity hoarding by elites of all of these countries in which jobs are reserved for the you know nepotistic offspring of the wealthiest citizens education is bought credentials are purchased. It is very hard I think to succeed on merit. And then there are also. Incursions on sovereignty you know you see this with Hong Kong trying to take back its own culture from China you see this of course with the Whitacre's in China who are now suffering in internment camps as all of their cultural history is destroyed and you know it's amazing to me to look at Belarus and to look at the United States because Belarus has long been kind of the most loyal continual satellite state of the former Soviet republics like most of the former Soviet republics very enthusiastically departed the rash sere influence. You see this most in the Baltics with the Sonia with. Or in Central Asia you know they created their own forms of nationalism they got rid of Russian language a nationalize the alphabet kind of in the tradition of the Nineteen Twenties and thirties the coroner's Nazi period. These are still dictatorships but they were now nationalists dictatorships instead of Soviet dictator ships I'm thinking here of places like who's Pakistan Tadzhikistan. Belarus which seemed pretty content to be in Russia's orbit or at least Lukachenko, and you know those surrounding him seemed content to be They were a proxy state, and then you look at the United States the great opponent of Russia throughout the Cold War period. The great superpower you know against whom no one was supposed to be able to succeed turning into a Russian proxy state turning into a Mafia stay controlled by a transnational crime syndicate, consisting of oligarchs, plutocrats, and mafiosos from around the world but primarily from Russia and from the United States, do you think of the US in Belarus as? Being.
"belarus" Discussed on The Amateur Traveler Podcast
"Excellent as we go to wrap this up anything else we should know before we go to belarus one warning it would give yeah one morning allegations i would definitely try to go with the people in mind not the politics i think that um they've had a very rough history even before what has happened postsoviet times the city itself was down to like fifty thousand people during the 40s and then they went the soviet times and they went through the postsoviet times politics is thrown in their face each and every day i would go there with an interest in the people and interest in supporting the local businesses amid interest and getting to know people but try not to speak politics therapy i've been bribed their man i've sat in government offices this was years ago it's not anytime recently and just for having an american passport there are a lot of issues there but not to discourage people from travelling there is just go for the people and don't go to talk about politics because there's so much more to the country then the current political administration can you standing in the prettiest spot in all of belarus where he is standing away looking at i think i probably haven't been there yet but i'm thinking the forest the bill visca forests sukran were the by some live i hear it's just stunning and i've always wanted to go out that way so i imagine it's there but if i had to pick somewhere else maybe a park in minsk any of the parks are really beautiful in the spring one thing that makes you love him say only in belarus.
"belarus" Discussed on The Amateur Traveler Podcast
"European side of belarus and near the border poland deacon definitely head out to breast or to gordon know i've never met anybody who's hated either city they've always enjoyed their time there they come back highly recommending though but anyway so breast is known actually for its fortress the breasts for trysts and very very large structures and a lot of people go out there and they enjoyed that side of things if that's something that you're into there is also in that area and in gardner there is the bill visca for it in it's actually shared with poland and it's home to the european bison which is a vulnerable species right now so it's definitely a big part of the culture out there and if you're gonna hear belorussian spoken in belarus you're going to hear it in that area that they're still speaking belorussian out there a lots more often than anywhere else in the country so i definitely suggest both those if you're look king for something to do if you're looking for like maybe like daytrips from minsk alone there is quite a few options the unesco world heritage sites in belarus actually are all in that region kinda so you have the bill visca for it which is on the unesco list and you also have the mere castle which is also on the unesco list out that way in the mirror castles actually known for its really old history in it's also known for being converted into a ghetto for the local jewish population in 1941 by the german forces you also have the necessary castle it's a polish residential castle out there and that's also on the unesco world heritage list so those are some definite day trips that you can take while urine belerus because everything is pretty close to minsk if you can grab a trainer marsh root out that way interesting thing is this episode is to episodes after we had an episode on key of where we were told definitely don't.
"belarus" Discussed on The Amateur Traveler Podcast
"Bars their restaurants and then in quite a few the bars there and everybody that you meet their is just very friendly and their curious and they wanna talk to you so i've actually met some pretty good friends in that area free route bars or restaurants immaterial the one i really like in you know i'm not gonna say it correctly a good if you go inside it's supposed to represent and airports and flying so the bar top is a massive runway and it's very alice in wonderland gets very tricky the whole bar but it's got a very airport theme so all the drinks in the menus are the old m airport signs that tell you where you're going i can't remember what those are called but it's kind of like that so it's a very very cool seemed bar in its open sink all night no i was there until the wee hours of the morning and i ended up meeting a girl there who was a television presenter in movie star in belarus and her nice to have friends today but we met it may before five am the morning so i think it stays open almost all night if not the higher night but i cannot remember the name of that i have it on my website software but it's russian so i wouldn't pronounce it correctly anyway so there's some boats on the water that have bars and restaurants and i use just swing by any of them and just have a drink and just sit there and in chat with people and so is really good time in what are we drinking admits i'm definitely a beer found but you will be fed vodka most likely by the people that you meet their i learnt that the hard way in the city of the taps so nobody is shy when they start pouring extra shots of our dca but i definitely prefer the beer actually think that they have quite an underrated beer seen in the country and it's only getting better they're known for now entrepreneurial endeavour is into the craft beer seen and they even is weird as it sounds there's this app called untapped innigns for craft beer lovers and.
"belarus" Discussed on FT World Tech Founders
"Encourage crossfertilization of ideas cultivate innovation and so on and tax incentives and special tax breaks our or is useful and and companies like those however countries really shouldn't rely on parks like this and in the end there really just as owning and real estate issue and no more than that so the whole environment of a country really needs to be amenable to investment and in particular to tech friendliness than his house like just tax incentives alone are not enough no in especially in the tech sector of tax incentives are helpful for all industries but in technology of course it's all about the ideas the people and eventually the capacity to do fundraising and and take the take the technology to market and that can't be solved by attacked park belarus is that a few big tech success stories recently including the computer game world of tanks and viper the mobile messaging service those successes have given local entrepreneurs a real boost and shown them that it's really possible to have success on a global level although alexandra nikolai our little dismissive of some of the new breed of entrepreneurs that have sprung up in a trying to make money very quickly we are and breed ofer enterpreneurs about play law so we're prepared to spend years in order to validate in idea but i sore in another type often the prisoner as you know younger people what they do they of them they have ideas they spend a couple of mouth to to try it and if nothing happened on a most of the time it doesn't they carry on they they look for another idea and the that that struck the drills who works because they they have more lottery tickets one of the problems that elevates still has with its tech ecosystem is that once a company really makes a big tents to leave the country quite quickly so if you look at the world of tanks for example big international success it still has a development team in minsk bet they had office is now in cyprus.