Gravitas: Tiny Lithuania takes on China – WION

Lithuania is doing what many so-called superpowers have failed to do. They invited Taiwan to open a de-facto embassy in Vilnius and is asking their citizens to dump Chinese phones. Palki Sharma tells you why this Baltic minnow is taking on Beijing.

Belarus: Opposition leader Tikhanovsky jailed for 18 years over protests

A Belarusian opposition leader who rallied mass protests against disputed leader Alexander Lukashenko has been jailed for 18 years. Sergei Tikhanovsky was convicted of organising riots among other charges following a trial condemned as a sham. He planned to challenge Mr Lukashenko in the 2020 presidential election, but was detained before the vote. His wife,Continue reading “Belarus: Opposition leader Tikhanovsky jailed for 18 years over protests”

Autocracy is Winning – The Atlantic

THE BAD GUYS ARE WINNING If the 20th century was the story of slow, uneven progress toward the victory of liberal democracy over other ideologies—communism, fascism, virulent nationalism—the 21st century is, so far, a story of the reverse. By Anne Applebaum The future of democracy may well be decided in a drab office building on the outskirtsContinue reading “Autocracy is Winning – The Atlantic”

West cries foul as Belarus protest leader Kolesnikova sentenced to 11 years

Maria Kolesnikova, one of the leaders of mass street protests against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko last year, was sentenced on Monday to 11 years in prison, leading to an outcry from Western countries. Kolesnikova, 39, had been detained after ripping up her passport to prevent Belarusian security forces from deporting her in a standoff atContinue reading “West cries foul as Belarus protest leader Kolesnikova sentenced to 11 years”

Hackers Release Data Trove From Belarus in Bid to Overthrow Lukashenko Regime

Pilfered data includes lists of alleged police informants and information on government spies. Opponents of the Belarus government said they have pulled off an audacious hack that has compromised dozens of police and interior ministry databases as part of a broad effort to overthrow President Alexander Lukashenko’s regime. The Belarusian Cyber Partisans, as the hackers call themselves,Continue reading “Hackers Release Data Trove From Belarus in Bid to Overthrow Lukashenko Regime”

Belarus regime steps up ‘purge’ of activists and media

Alexander Lukashenko leading ‘vicious operation to eviscerate critical voices’ and civil society, rights groups warn Aleysa Ivanova wakes up each morning wondering when the knock on her door will come. “You understand you can be next. Every day I wake up, I think ‘maybe it’ll be tomorrow, maybe today. Maybe they’ll come for me thisContinue reading “Belarus regime steps up ‘purge’ of activists and media”

Belarus Olympic sprinter arrives in Vienna amid safety fears

A plane carrying a Belarusian Olympic sprinter seeking refuge landed in Austria on Wednesday after she resisted an attempt by her Olympic team’s officials to send her home, where she feared reprisals from the authoritarian government. Krystsina Tsimanouskaya boarded a plane at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport that left for Vienna, but she was expected toContinue reading “Belarus Olympic sprinter arrives in Vienna amid safety fears”

Belarus police raid homes of journalists in continuing crackdown

The latest searches extend what rights activists say is a crackdown on opponents of longtime President Alexander Lukashenko. Security officers in Belarus have raided the offices and homes of independent journalists and human rights activists for the third successive day, extending what rights activists say is a new crackdown on opponents of longtime President AlexanderContinue reading “Belarus police raid homes of journalists in continuing crackdown”

Why Does the US Care About Belarus?

More than 34,000 people have been arrested since protests started last year, demanding that the country’s long-time President leave office. Igor Bancer is about to be one of them. VICE caught up with Bancer in the days before he left to serve an eight month sentence of hard labor. Plus – VICE speaks with SviatlanaContinue reading “Why Does the US Care About Belarus?”

Lukashenko orders closure of Belarus border with Ukraine – BelTA

Belarus’ leader Alexander Lukashenko on Friday ordered the closure of the border with Ukraine, seeking to block what he called an inflow of weapons to coup-plotters detected by his security services, BelTA state news agency reported. The move appears to deepen a standoff between Belarus and outside powers angered by his government’s forcing down ofContinue reading “Lukashenko orders closure of Belarus border with Ukraine – BelTA”

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