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A Rendezvous in Belarus

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 10.14.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

On November 8, the Nobel Prize for literature was bestowed on the Belarusian journalist Svetlana Alexievich, aged 67. It was among the few instances in which the work of the laureate was focused outside the traditional areas of poetry, fiction, and drama.

Belarus Tightens Grip On Online Media

AP | Posted 02.17.2015 | Media

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The Belarusian parliament has approved a bill that would allow authorities to shut Internet media if they carry content deemed...

An Interview with Andrei Sannikov on the HBO Documentary, Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus

Regina Weinreich | Posted 09.06.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The tensions between Ukraine and Russia make the news daily, but in Belarus, a regime has been in place for 20 years, imprisoning opposition, or elimi...

A Tale of Ukraine, Crimea Crisis and Glenn Greenwald

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 05.30.2014 | Politics
Nikolas Kozloff

It's a truly outlandish spectacle to see leading left figures go through their ideological contortions, which are becoming more and more bizarre by the day.

Protester Jailed For 5 Days For Wearing This T-Shirt

AP | YURAS KARMANAU | Posted 11.15.2013 | World

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — An opposition protester arrested in Belarus for wearing a T-shirt criticizing authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko was...

Did Belarus' President Just Compare Obama To Hitler?

AP | YURAS KARMANAU | Posted 10.03.2013 | World

MINSK, Belarus -- MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The Belarusian president has lashed out against President Barack Obama, drawing a comparison between America...

Belarusian Prez To Putin: My Fish Is Bigger Than Yours

Reuters | Posted 09.30.2013 | World

MINSK (Reuters) - Just days after Russian President Vladimir Putin landed a giant pike on a fishing trip, his Belarussian counterpart Alexander Lukash...

Europe's Last Dictator

Reuters | Posted 01.27.2013 | World

MINSK, Nov 27 (Reuters) - He is a pariah in the West, viewed suspiciously by Russia and loathed by opponents in exile or jail, but Belarussian Presi...

Europe's Last Dictator

AP | YURAS KARMANAU | Posted 11.24.2012 | World

MINSK, Belarus — International observers on Monday condemned a weekend vote in Belarus in which not a single opposition politician won a parliam...

Assange, Correa and the Belarus Imbroglio: Hard Questions Which the Left Must Answer

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 11.11.2012 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

For anyone displaying a moral compass, Belarus should be a very simple open and shut case. Yet, because Lukashenko has opposed Washington, the international left chooses to ignore what is happening there.

Student Imprisoned For Snapping Photos Of Teddy Bears

The Huffington Post | Alyssa Creamer | Posted 08.14.2012 | College

Posting photographs of tiny teddy bears on the internet usually lands a person on Reddit. It doesn't usually land a person in prison. However, Bel...

Belarus KBG Summons Teddy Bear Invaders

AP | LOUISE NORDSTROM | Posted 10.11.2012 | World

STOCKHOLM — Belarus' top security agency – the KGB – has summoned a Swedish advertising team for questioning after the group air-dro...

Teddy Bears Invade Belarus

AP | YURAS KARMANAU and FRANK JORDANS | Posted 10.02.2012 | World

By YURAS KARMANAU and FRANK JORDANS, The Associated Press MINSK, Belarus -- It's probably the first time in history that teddy bears have defeate...

An Embrace Between Equals: Alexander Lukashenko and Raúl Castro

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.28.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

To commemorate 20 years of diplomatic relations between Havana and Minsk, Raúl Castro received the man who is considered "the last dictator in Europe" at the Palace of the Revolution.

Crimes Against Humanity--And Fashion: World's Worst-Dressed Dictators | Posted 04.02.2012 | Weird News

Crushing entire nations can leave little time for wardrobe decisions. From Adolf Hitler to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, dictators past and present have on...

Belarus Dictator: 'Better To Be A Dictator Than Gay'

Reuters | Posted 05.04.2012 | World

BERLIN, March 4 (Reuters) - Belarussia's Alexander Lukashenko on Sunday criticised EU politicians who have threatened him with further sanctions and...

‘Europe’s Last Dictator’ Tightens Internet Control

AP | YURAS KARMANAU | Posted 03.07.2012 | Technology

MINSK, Belarus — Belarus' authoritarian government further tightened its control over citizens' access to Internet on Friday with a new law that...

Americans Stand Up to Europe's Last Dictator. Will Europe?

Sohrab Ahmari | Posted 02.20.2012 | World
Sohrab Ahmari

By supporting the Belarusian people, the EU can help ensure that the continent becomes a "dictator-free zone."

As Belarus Battles Economic Meltdown, President Tightens Grip

AP | YURAS KARMANAU | Posted 12.14.2011 | World

MINSK, Belarus — Belarus' authoritarian president is trying to tighten his grip on the ex-Soviet nation with new legislation that boosts the alr...

Former Belarusian Presidential Candidate Freed From Prison

AP | Posted 12.02.2011 | World

MINSK, Belarus -- One of the seven Belarusian opposition presidential candidates arrested after last year's election has been released from jail after...

Putin Says Merger Russia And Belarus Is 'Possible' And 'Desirable'

AP | Posted 10.01.2011 | World

SELIGER LAKE, Russia — Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says he supports calls for Russia to merge with its western neighbor Belarus. Belarus has be...

Plainclothes Police Kick, Punch Protesters During Silent Demonstration

AP | By YURAS KARMANAU | Posted 09.12.2011 | World

MINSK, Belarus -- Police in Belarus on Wednesday beat up and arrested dozens of anti-government protesters during a banned rally in the capital of the...

Police Brutally Attack Protesters Calling For Ouster Of European Dictator

AP | YURAS KARMANAU | Posted 09.05.2011 | World

MINSK, Belarus — Police in Belarus attacked peaceful protesters Wednesday, beating and detaining hundreds in the latest series of rallies callin...

Reporter Convicted Of Insulting Lukashenko

AP | YURAS KARMANAU | Posted 09.04.2011 | Media

GRODNO, Belarus — A journalist for one of Poland's leading newspapers has been convicted of libel for insulting Belarus' authoritarian president...

Europe's Last Dictatorship Blocks Twitter, Facebook

AP | YURAS KARMANAU | Posted 09.02.2011 | World

MINSK, Belarus — Police used tear gas to break up an anti-government protest in Belarus and forcefully detained dozens of demonstrators Sunday i...