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Random Sunsets Around the World - Part 6, Northern Europe - Sinking Low on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 01.01.2017 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Today it's northern Europe's turn for the blog series on the setting sun, not only the actual setting but also the buildings or landscapes caught in i...

Man Kills Woman With Chainsaw In Minsk Shopping Center

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 01.02.2017 | Home

MINSK (Reuters) - A young man armed with a chainsaw and a hammer entered a shopping center in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, and killed a woman and wo...

Gdansk as a bridge between East and West

Pawel Adamowicz | Posted 09.30.2016 | Home
Pawel Adamowicz

I feel that we, the countries recently accepted to the European Union, are well positioned to help the aspiring, new democracies reach their dreams of...

Murder, Love, And A Black Widow: The Mysterious Case Of Pavel Sheremet

Kate Bakhtiyarova | Posted 08.02.2016 | Home
Kate Bakhtiyarova

Thousands lined up to see him in his hometown of Minsk, Belarus -- for the last time. Two days earlier, Sheremet was killed in a car bombing in Kiev. The New York Times reported: Another Russian journalist falls. On the surface, his story is not uncommon.

Belarus Is Latest Target of Russia's Use of Oil and Gas as Geopolitical Weapons

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 07.08.2016 | Home
Armine Sahakyan

Image: Belarusian flag. Stock Photo. The West found out firsthand on January 7 of 2009 how Russia uses oil and gas as geopolitical weapon...

Christians Worry About Trend Of Raids On Services At Homes In Former Soviet Union

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 07.04.2016 | Home
Armine Sahakyan

Russia's law will be far worse, Christians say, because it will impose the post-Soviet Union's first blanket ban on all religious services in homes.

This Dictator Accidentally Told People To Get Naked And Work. So They Did.

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 06.28.2016 | Home

People in the eastern European country of Belarus are mocking their leader’s authoritarian ways and apparent verbal flub by stripping naked at work....

Cuba's Shameful Friends / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2016 | Home
Yoani Sanchez

Alexandr Lukashenko has been in power in Belarus since 1994. (CC) 14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 25 May 2016 - People with whom we sh...

30 Years After The Chernobyl Disaster, This Land Is Run By Wild Animals

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 04.07.2016 | Home

What happens to the environment when humans disappear? Thirty years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, booming populations of wolf, elk and other w...

Hopes of Religious Freedom in Former Soviet Union Fall Short

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 03.20.2017 | Home
Armine Sahakyan

Vladimir Putin's lock on Russia's leadership since 2000 has given the Russian Orthodox Church an even more commanding position in the country's religious picture. Putin has publicly called the church, which he attends, a vital part of Russian life and tradition.

Now Is Not the Time for Europe to Lose Faith

Pawel Adamowicz | Posted 02.28.2017 | Home
Pawel Adamowicz

Despite all the focus in Europe on refugees, terrorism and Brexit, there is one region which still requires the attention of both European elite as well as its society -- Eastern Europe. We are at risk of losing our focus in the region, and this could hurt countries that are attempting to finally shed their Soviet heritage.

Dozens Of Ex-Soviet Military Officials Charged With War Crimes In Lithuania

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 01.27.2016 | Home

VILNIUS (Reuters) - A trial opened in Lithuania on Wednesday against dozens of former Soviet military officials accused of war crimes and crimes again...

Belarusian Journalist Convicted Of 'Illegal' Reporting

AP | Judah Robinson | Posted 01.12.2017 | Media

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — A Belarusian journalist has been fined for freelancing for an exiled television channel under a new restrictive media law in t...

Three Rising Tech Hubs Outside U.S. Worth Taking a Closer Look at

Tatiana Krivitskaya | Posted 12.11.2016 | Technology
Tatiana Krivitskaya

Co-authored by Darya Korsak, a tech blogger in search of high-tech gems that are to become next game-changers; a software development trend watcher in...

New Film Exposes Russia's Mass Murder of Ukrainians, Aggression that Continues Today

Diane M. Francis | Posted 10.15.2016 | Home
Diane M. Francis

Finally, a film will be released in the new year that portrays Stalin's monstrous policies and how they brought about The Great Famine of 1933, known in Ukrainian as the Holodomor (death by starvation).

A Rendezvous in Belarus

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 10.14.2016 | 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.

What Nobel Laureate Svetlana Alexievich Means to the 'Russian World'

Georgy Bovt | Posted 10.12.2016 | Home
Georgy Bovt

MOSCOW -- Alexievich, who writes primarily in Russian, is very much a part of this "Russian world" -- that is, in the cultural and civilizational sense, and not in the political or military sense that gained currency during events in Ukraine. This "Russian world," this "Russian civilization" now stands at possibly the most critical juncture of its existence. And it is very timely that a Russian-language Slavic author who writes that this "Russian world" is standing at the threshold of the deepest crisis of its long history has received this award now.

A Kafkaesque Gymnastics Dream

Anne Josephson | Posted 10.05.2016 | Sports
Anne Josephson

Can you even imagine the outrage that would occur if an American child were removed from our national team in favor of a child from another country who had neither a U.S. parent nor grandparent and never set foot on U.S. soil?

The Minsk Process: Belarus Diplomacy at Center of Ukrainian Peace Initiative

Christopher Atamian | Posted 09.10.2016 | Politics
Christopher Atamian

The Minsk protocols seemed tenuous at best and the future of the region uncertain. Yet as autumn rolls around, the conflict has been largely contained and its outcome is being decided around a negotiating table instead of on a battle field.

Postcard From Belarus

Michel D. Kazatchkine | Posted 06.29.2016 | Impact
Michel D. Kazatchkine

The quality of the Belarus' HIV/AIDS and TB programs is excellent and follows a balanced strategy of prevention and treatment based on international standards.

Top 10 Worst Countries for Workers' Rights: The Ranking No Country Should Want

Sharan Burrow | Posted 06.10.2016 | Home
Sharan Burrow

The latest ranking of workers' rights includes the global top ten, of which no country should want to be part, and reveals Gulf States and North Africa workers are among the world's worst treated.

Ten Reasons Why Obama Should Travel to Armenia on April 24

Harut Sassounian | Posted 05.30.2015 | Home
Harut Sassounian

Armenia's President Serzh Sargsyan has invited several world leaders to Yerevan on April 24 to commemorate the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide. Here are 10 reasons why Air Force One should make an auspicious landing in Yerevan's Zvartnots International Airport on April 24.

Belarus: Travels in One of Europe's Least-Traveled Countries

Rachel Stern | Posted 05.25.2015 | Travel
Rachel Stern

Yet, soon I would spend 10 days in a country that exceeded my expectations: Belarus boasts fascinating historical monuments, telling architecture, a vibrant and modern cultural scene, friendly people and -- contrary to stereotypes -- even delicious food.

The Eurasian Union: Putin's Answer to the EU

Christopher Atamian | Posted 04.02.2015 | Politics
Christopher Atamian

Armenia, which all told would probably prefer to be part of a progressive Western alliance, joined under strong pressure from Russia.

Note to Ukraine: Stop Whitewashing the Political Record

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 03.25.2015 | Home
Nikolas Kozloff

Listen too much to Kremlin pronouncements, and one might get the impression that the Ukrainian government in Kiev is comprised of nothing less than a malevolent and sinister fascist junta.