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Merkel To Putin: A Ukraine Ceasefire Will Get Sanctions Lifted

Reuters | Paul Vale | Posted 05.02.2017 | World

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on all sides in the conflict in Ukraine to work toward the ceasefire envisaged by the Minsk accords, saying imp...

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 | World

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...

U.S. and NATO Should End New Cold War With Russia

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.22.2017 | World
Doug Bandow

It's good that NATO and Russia met. Dialogue should continue, with the EU and U.S. prepared to negotiate a deal normalizing relations.However, the allies won't know without trying. And everyone would benefit from ending the current impasse. Especially the Ukrainian people.

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...

Will Putin Exchange Donbass for Syria?

Georgy Bovt | Posted 09.17.2016 | World
Georgy Bovt

MOSCOW -- Will Syria become a second Afghanistan for Russia? Is it wise for Russia to intervene in that conflict? Rumors are circulating that Moscow is planning a face-saving maneuver whereby it gradually "hands over" the Donbass in fulfillment of the Minsk agreement while aiding the U.S.-led anti-Islamic State coalition in Syria to get back on good terms with the West. The plan sounds good in theory, but it looks unfeasible in practice.

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.

Can Ukraine Gnaw Its Way Out of Trouble?

John Feffer | Posted 04.21.2015 | World
John Feffer

Whether this ceasefire or some future one proves durable, Ukraine must eventually make some very difficult decisions concerning its future. Above all, it must figure out a way of exiting the steel trap that has clamped down on its nether regions. The Crimean peninsula has already been sliced off. Should Ukraine sever another one of its own limbs in order to survive?

Why Peace in Ukraine Depends on America

Georgy Bovt | Posted 04.20.2015 | World
Georgy Bovt

MOSCOW -- The less the United States is constructively involved and committed to the process of reaching a settlement, the less likely it is that a lasting peace will emerge, that the points of the Minsk agreement will get implemented and that Kiev will fulfill its obligations.

Fool Me Twice, Shame on Minsk

Lionel Beehner | Posted 04.18.2015 | World
Lionel Beehner

Think the norm is unimportant or no longer in relevant? Well, there have been next to zero interstate wars over the past few years and state death as a result of conquest is (mostly) a relic of the 20th century. Putin, meanwhile, thinks he's fighting the Peloponnesian War all over again.

Cousin Bella Has Her Book at Last

Sherman Yellen | Posted 03.29.2014 | Home
Sherman Yellen

When I sent the last draft of the book out for comments from the few literary figures I know I received the following from Christopher Davis, a distinguished novelist, teacher and literary critic. It sure brought joy to this writer's day.

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."

Justified Paranoia

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 09.01.2013 | Home
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. ...

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...

LOOK: The Story Of A Soldier And The Squirrel Who Never Leaves His Side

Sarah Medina | Posted 09.20.2012 | Good News

Pyotr Pankratau was a soldier in the Belarussian army when he rescued a weak baby squirrel on the verge of death. Two years later, Pankratau is now a ...

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...

WATCH: Belarusian KGB Vs. Social Media

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 08.23.2011 | World

MINSK, Belarus (AP) – Belarusian authorities have detained more than 450 people for clapping their hands and stomping their feet in a series of anti...

Belarus President Sworn In Among Protests And Opposition

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MINSK, Belarus (AP) -- The authoritarian president of Belarus has taken the oath of office for a fourth term with a warning that no dissent will be to...

Russia Uses Energy As Foreign Policy By Cutting Belarus Gas Supply | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Russia began shutting off gas supplies to its neighbor Belarus on Monday, in an energy dispute with familiar political undertones....

Protesters Burn Presidential Portraits in Minsk

GroundReport | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Published by, a democratic global citizen news platform with over 4,000 international reporters. By Volha Birukova Protesters ...