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Jonathan Moore’s interview to Charter97
Jonathan Moore’s interview to Charter97
The United States chargé d’affaires in Belarus Jonathan Moore recently gave an interview to Charter97. Below is the full text of the interview: - Mr. Moore, an alarming tendency has appeared recently: some European politicians openly flirt with the dictatorship in Belarus. Despite of the gross violations of human rights, new political prisoners in Belarusian prisons, crackdown on peaceful rallies, they speak about some “liberalization” in Belarus. What would the policy of the new US administration be, enticement of dictatorships or support and encouragement of democracy? - Thank you for your question, and I appreciate the opportunity to talk with you today. I would describe the situation in different terms. Over the past year we have seen a variety of developments in Belarus. Some developments have been positive, others have not been. To go back to last August, the release of the last political prisoners was a positive step. We were told that conditions would be much improved for the parliamentary elections. However, those of us who observed those elections and certainly OSCE report which was very comprehensive and professional, now that the election did not turned out as promised. There have been protests which have occurred without any interference by the police. There have been some events that were allowed to occur, such as the congress of the Belarusian Christian Democracy Party, and the Union of Poles; the distribution of Nasha Niva and Narodnaya Volya, and some steps to establish a broader dialogue with civil society. At the same time, and we will be talking about it in the interview, there are some cases that are of concern to us.
8 April 2009
Наша Ніва: Беларускі цуд у Ньюёрскaй публічнай бібліятэцы
Наша Ніва: Беларускі цуд у Ньюёрскaй публічнай бібліятэцы

У час, калі ў Нью-Ёрку, дый па ўсёй Амэрыцы скарачаюцца бюджэты ды ашчаджаюць на пажарных і паліцэйскіх, сапраўдным маленькім цудам выглядае пастанова стварыць, апрацаваць і каталягізаваць збор беларускіх архіваў у Ньюёркскай публічнай бібліятэцы. Беларускія архівы ў амэрыканскіх установах, што праўда, рэч не ўнікальная. Параўнаўча нядаўна Ратгерскі ўнівэрсытэт прыняў на захаваньне архівы Беларускага кангрэсавага камітэту, асабістыя зборы а. Мікалая Лапіцкага, Івана Касяка й Янкі Запрудніка. Апрацоўвала калекцыі Лёля Касоўская‑Лапіцкая. Стэнфардзкі ўнівэрсытэт (Каліфорнія) у сваіх зборах мае дакумэнты ня толькі паваеннае эміграцыі (паперы Юрыя Сабалеўскага, Івана Любачкі), але й ранейшыя. Сярод іх найперш трэба назваць матэрыялы ARA — American Relief Administration — арганізацыі, якая на тэрыторыі былога СССР дапамагала ачуняць насельніцтву пасьля грамадзянскай вайны. На падставе гэтых збораў былі напісаныя навуковая праца Алесі Кіпель і публіцыстычная кніга Аляксандра Лукашука «Прыгоды ARA ў Беларусі».

7 April 2009
The Art of Balancing – Cartoon by Volha Charnysh
The Art of Balancing – Cartoon by Volha Charnysh

 

6 April 2009
Belarusians at the American University’s International Week
Belarusians at the American University’s International Week

Please join members of the Washingtonian chapter of BAZA at the AU’s International Bazaar, April 8, from 1-3 pm. AU’s cultural clubs and International students will display their cultures out on the quad (main campus of American University). Learn more about other cultures, their music, foods, artifacts and even buy a souvenir!

5 April 2009
Belarusian Teen Wins Sony Ericsson Open in Florida. Congrats to Vika Azarenka!
Belarusian Teen Wins Sony Ericsson Open in Florida. Congrats to Vika Azarenka!

The 19-year-old Belarusian won the Sony Ericsson Open in Florida earlier this week. Victoria Azarenka claimed the biggest win of her career as she defeated five-time champion and world number one Serena Williams in the Miami final. Here is how Washington Post covered this victory:

1 April 2009
World Bank to provide Belarus with $125mn loan

Washington – According to Belarusian news agency Belta, the World Bank and Belarus have agreed on a $125 million draft loan for a new energy-effectiveness project.

30 March 2009
“Does the Political Regime in Belarus Change” at Kennan Institute on April 27
“Does the Political Regime in Belarus Change” at Kennan Institute on April 27

Alexandra Goujon will give a talk “Does the Political Regime in Belarus Change” on Monday, April 27 at noon at Kennan Institute. Alexandra Goujon is an Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Bourgogne, Dijon, and Lecturer, Institute for Political Studies, Paris. Here is the event's introduction:

26 March 2009
Eurasia Daily Monitor: Lukashenka Lashes Out at Opposition

WASHINGTON – David Marples in his recent piece in Eurasia Daily Monitor analyzed how Belarusian auhorities view the opposition and concluded that

26 March 2009
Statement of Belarusan-American Association on March 25, 2009 – Belarusan Independence Day

In 2008, Alexander Lukashenka’s “last dictatorship in Europe” ousted the U.S. Ambassador from Belarus and forced the U.S. Embassy in Minsk to be reduced to a skeletal staff. Restoration of a full-fledged U.S. Embassy in Belarus should be a priority.

22 March 2009
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CBS International Summer School for Belarusian Studies in Poland

The Center for Belarusian Studies at Southwestern College (Winfield, KS) invites undergraduate and graduate students to participate in its first International Summer School for Belarusian Studies from July 6 to August 7, 2009.

18 March 2009
Dr. Andrei Fedarau at Georgetown on March 24th, 2009
Dr. Andrei Fedarau at Georgetown on March 24th, 2009

U.S.-Belarus Relations: Current Issues & Future Directions Dr. Andrei Fedarau Fulbright Scholar Tuesday, March 24th at 12pm, Room ICC 462 This talk will illuminate the current state of Belarus-US relations and consider possible scenarios for the future.  The Republic of Belarus and the United States do not enjoy a positive diplomatic relationship.  This is surprising, given the potential that existed in the early 1990s.  The main reasons for the strained relations are the lack of democratic and market transformations in Belarus.  Yet though many post-Soviet states can be described in this way, their relationship with US is not affected in this way. Dr. Fedarau was awarded the PhD in Physics. He worked at the Institute of Physics of Belarus' Academy of Sciences, then in the Supreme Council (parliament) of Belarus, as a head of International Relations Department. Since 1997, he has worked as an independent journalist and analyst of international relations and security.

17 March 2009
No Agreement between EU Countries on Belarus
No Agreement between EU Countries on Belarus

An interesting overview of divergences within the European Union on the Belarusian issue appeared in an article published by Radio Liberty Free Europe.

16 March 2009
Council of Europe Report: Disappeared Persons in Belarus
Council of Europe Report: Disappeared Persons in Belarus

Belarusian civil society groups around the world, including here in Washington, commemorate the Day of Solidarity every month on the 16th.  This day is meant to remind about the disappearance in Minsk in 1999-2000 of Yury Zakharenka, Victar Hanchar, Anatoly Krasouski and Dzmitri Zavadski. In 2004, the Council of Europe prepared a special report on disappeared persons in Belarus. It is the most comprehensive independent study of this problem, which sheds light on what had really happened. Below is the report's summary and its full text: The report presents the results of the investigatory work carried out by the Rapporteur and the ad hoc sub-committee to clarify the fate of four well-known persons who disappeared in Minsk in 1999 and 2000. The conclusions which are drawn gravely impugn certain high representatives of the Government of Belarus. The draft resolution and recommendation call on the Council of Europe and its member and observer states to follow up on these findings, including by sanctions against the Belarusian authorities until they take the measures that must be taken against those responsible. Belarusian civil society groups around the world, including here in Washington, commemorate the Day of Solidarity every month on the 16th.  This day is meant to remind about the disappearance in Minsk in 1999-2000 of Yury Zakharenka, Victar Hanchar, Anatoly Krasouski and Dzmitri Zavadski. In 2004, the Council of Europe prepared a special report on disappeared persons in Belarus. It is the most comprehensive independent study of this problem, which sheds light on what had really happened. Below is the report's summary and its full text: The report presents the results of the investigatory work carried out by the Rapporteur and the ad hoc sub-committee to clarify the fate of four well-known persons who disappeared in Minsk in 1999 and 2000. The conclusions which are drawn gravely impugn certain high representatives of the Government of Belarus. The draft resolution and recommendation call on the Council of Europe and its member and observer states to follow up on these findings, including by sanctions against the Belarusian authorities until they take the measures that must be taken against those responsible.

14 March 2009
Schedule of Events in Washington on Belarus Freedom Day
Schedule of Events in Washington on Belarus Freedom Day

March 25 will be the 91st anniversary of the Declaration of the Belarusan Democratic Republic. On this day, Belarusian-American Association will organize and take part in the following events in Washington, D.C.: 12:15 PM -- Wreath-Laying Commemoration at the Victims of Communism Monument The VOCM is at the intersection of Massachusetts and New Jersey Avenues, NW.

13 March 2009
Eurasia Daily Monitor on Economic Crises in Belarus
Eurasia Daily Monitor on Economic Crises in Belarus

   WASHINGTON - Eurasia Daily Monitor has published an article about the impact of economic crises on Belarus and whom Belarusians tend to blame for the crises: Economic Problems Beset Belarus March 13, 2009 To date, there has been little other than optimistic prognoses from Belarusian government circles about the state of the economy. Unlike the situation in neighboring states, Belarus is not facing recession, and economic growth continues. Moreover, President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has assured citizens of government protection, should the situation become difficult. The Belarusian economy has a unique structure, in which state intervention has been common until recently; and the official media has proclaimed a specific Belarusian path to prosperity. Is it possible that the country has been unaffected by the international recession that is affecting its neighbors such as Poland, Ukraine, and Russia so strongly?