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The Belarus Free Theatre: Committing Dangerous Acts

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 09.28.2014 | Arts
Marcia G. Yerman

Tthe hardships of living under the claustrophobic and brutal Belarusian regime of death squads, disappeared persons and jailings has gone under the radar. Hopefully, this documentary will boost concern and ignite interest and support for those who are suffering.

Photographer Creates Surreal Propaganda For Europe's Last Communist Dictatorship

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 07.01.2014 | Arts

Belarus has been called Europe's last surviving dictatorship on more than once occasion. As Mark Rice-Oxley explained in The Guardian: "Since Alexande...

The Unintended Consequences of America's Foreign Policy

Elena Ulansky | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics
Elena Ulansky

The implications of America's empty threat of sanctions and false line drawing have not been lost on Russia or China. It appears that this is also the beginning of an era of decreased involvement of US on the world stage, especially in the East.

The Heaviest-Drinking Countries in the World

24/7 Wall St. | Alexander E.M. Hess, Thomas C. Frohlich and Vince Calio | Posted 05.17.2014 | Business

Worldwide, people 15 and older consumed 6.2 liters of alcohol per person in 2010, according to a recent World Health Organization (WHO) report. Alcoho...

A Final Nail in the USSR Coffin? Thank You From NATO, Vladimir Vladimirovich!

John Brown | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
John Brown

Even from the most cynical Cold-War, money-is-money, dog-eat-dog capitalism-is-capitalism perspective, a redrawn Ukraine would be far more in the West's, rather than strictly "Russian," "ethnic" interest.

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.

Back in the USSR

Daniel N. Nelson | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Daniel N. Nelson

This is no Putin victory, and no Obama loss. It is a brazen Russian reassertion of interests. But being back in the USSR is of dubious benefit and no reward.

Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius: Russia Puts a Spoke in the EU's Wheel

Dominik Tolksdorf | Posted 01.29.2014 | World
Dominik Tolksdorf

The turn of events brings to light two features of existing EU policy: the relative weakness of EU incentives and the continuing problems for countries in the post-Soviet space to evade Russia's influence.

The Many Types of Online Censorship

Freedom House | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Freedom House

by Daniel Calingaert, Executive Vice President and Danilo Bakovic, Director, Internet Freedom Program Internet censorship comes in a wide variety...

A (Small) Dash of Soviet Nostalgia

Ryan O'Rourke | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Ryan O'Rourke

Jolted back to life by the screeching of iron, I quickly sat up in my bunk and glanced through the foggy window of my Soviet-era train at an ever-slowing blur of Cyrillic letters. In mere moments I would finally step into the mysterious capital of Belarus, the notorious "last dictatorship in Europe."

History Is Made As East European Gay Man Is Permitted To Stay In U.S. After Wedding Partner

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

In what's been hailed as one of the first cases of its kind, a Belarusian gay man tied the knot with his American partner in Washington, D.C. and will...

Justified Paranoia

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 09.01.2013 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

In Paranoia, Victor Martinovich has crafted a novel so real that the government of Belarus banned it two days after it was published in that country. ...

The Regime Changer

John Feffer | Posted 06.02.2013 | World
John Feffer

After 1989, some of the dissidents of East-Central Europe went back to their original job. Others threw themselves into politics, as Vaclav Havel somewhat reluctantly did. And then there was the smallest category of them all: the dissidents who turned professional.

Exporting Repression

Freedom House | Posted 05.26.2013 | World
Freedom House

by Daniel Calingaert Executive Vice President Authoritarian regimes around the world are exporting their worst practices and working together to rep...

Hey, Jon Stewart, Your Roots Are Showing

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.27.2013 | Celebrity
Megan Smolenyak

His forebears have held one of the more eclectic mélange of jobs I've seen, including taxi driver, fruit and vegetable peddler, furrier, shoe store proprietor, and window cleaner.

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...

Does Religious Freedom Matter?

Peter Henne | Posted 11.21.2012 | World
Peter Henne

Restrictions on religious practice by states do have negative consequences for societies. They increase societal tensions, making states more unstable. And they enable authoritarian regimes to repress domestic dissent.

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...

Brazil Clinch Olympic Quarterfinal Berth With Impressive 3-1 Victory Over Belarus

Arnal Dayaratna | Posted 09.29.2012 | Sports
Arnal Dayaratna

Brazil delivered a scintillating display of attacking football to defeat Belarus in their second match of Group C of the Olympics and and guarantee themselves a place in the quarterfinals.

Russia's Growing Economic Influence in Europe and Beyond

Kambiz Behi | Posted 07.23.2012 | World
Kambiz Behi

Covering an area more than five times that of the European Union (EU), if Russia has its way, the 'Eurasian Union' (EAU) will serve as a de facto bond between the nations of the former Soviet Union, and could come to rival Europe in terms of economic importance.

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.

Chernobyl 2012: People, Places, and Photos

Glen Browder | Posted 07.29.2012 | World
Glen Browder

My purpose in writing this post was not to present another horrific portrait of devastation but to present, as best I could, a picture of day-to-day life in still-impacted communities.

Chernobyl Zombies? Chernobyl HIV? Chernobyl Forever?

Glen Browder | Posted 07.26.2012 | World
Glen Browder

Get ready, world! Chernobyl is back, almost 10,000 days later, in vivid color, with gore, blood, and ... zombies!

Nine Countries Where Everyone Has A Job

24/7 Wall St. | Posted 04.30.2012 | Business

24/7 Wall St.: Earlier this month, polling agency Gallup released its 2011 global unemployment statistics for 148 countries. Of the nations Gallup sur...