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Bielar.us Had Been Blocked… Because of Sanctions Against Belarus
Bielar.us Had Been Blocked… Because of Sanctions Against Belarus
Last Friday Bluehost, our hosting provider, blocked this web site.  Bluehost promised to delete our blog within 10 days.  The site had been blocked for four days until we completed migration to a new hosting earlier today. Needless to say, I was very surprised when I learned about the blockade.There was nothing even remotely illegal on Bielar.us. So, initially I thought it was just a mistake. But it was not. Here is the story, which you would expect to happen in Cuba or North Korea, but not in the United States.
24 February 2009
International Herald Tribune: An Artful Balancing Act
International Herald Tribune: An Artful Balancing Act

International Herald Tribune published an article on how Belarusian authorities try to balance between Russia and the European Union. The article agrees that the messages Minsk has been sending over the last few months are mixed. On the one hand, there are some signs of liberalization such as registering one opposition movement or a few economic reforms. On the other hand, there are new political prisoners and police continues to use force to break up small opposition demonstrations. The article also notes a difference between European and American approaches towards Belarus:

19 February 2009
Global Integrity Report on Belarus

WASHINGTON – The annual report of Global Integrity, a Washington D.C.-based independent think-tank, tracked corruption trends around the world.

19 February 2009
Наступны сход БАЗА ў Вашынгтоне / The Next BAZA Meeting in Washington
Наступны сход БАЗА ў Вашынгтоне / The Next BAZA Meeting in Washington

Беларуска-Амэрыканскага Задзіночаньня ў Вашынгтоне адбудзецца 28 лютага ў суботу, з 3-5 вечара. Запрашаем усіх сяброў і прыхільнікаў гуртка БАЗА з Вашынгтону, Вірджыніі, Мэрыленда і Дэлавэра. Парадак дня: 1) Перавыбары кіраўніцтва (старшыні, заступніка|скарбніка, сакратара) 2) Мінулая праца (паездкі, сустрэчы, акцыі, новыя сябры) 3) Плян на бліжэйшы час (25 сакавіка, Кангрэс БАЗА) ​Наступны сход гуртка Беларуска-Амэрыканскага Задзіночаньня ў Вашынгтоне адбудзецца 28 лютага ў суботу, з 3-5 вечара. 

18 February 2009
U.S. Will Not Lift Sanctions if Situation in Belarus Doesn’t Change

The United States chargé d’affaires in Belarus Jonathan Moore commented on the situation with U.S. sanctions against Lukashenka’s regime.

17 February 2009
Solidarity Day in Belarus
Solidarity Day in Belarus

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17 February 2009
“Art against Dictatorship” Attracted More Participants than the Organizers Had Planned
“Art against Dictatorship” Attracted More Participants than the Organizers Had Planned

WASHINGTON - The turnout at the Washington exhibition of Belarusian artists “Art against Dictatorship” was unexpectedly high. The German Marshall Fund was initially planning a small round-table discussion on a little-known European country. Instead, what happened in Washington on February 12 looked more like an academic conference.

16 February 2009
New York Times: U.S. and Belarus in Dispute Over Inmate
New York Times: U.S. and Belarus in Dispute Over Inmate

14 February 2009
Euronews: What Belarus wants from Europe
Euronews: What Belarus wants from Europe

Euronews analyzed the most recent developments in Belarus-EU relations. The video report concluded that the main reason for what Belarusian authorities turned to the West is because Minsk is short of cash. There are signs Belarus is opening up. But the opposition advises caution, suggesting President Lukashenko just needs Europe to help Belarus weather the global economic storm. Watch the video.

12 February 2009
Senator Cardin’s Statement on Zeltser’s Imprisonment in Belarus

11 February 2009
The Jamestown Foundation: Will Lukashenka Be Welcomed in Prague?

WASHINGTON – David Marples has written on the most recent developments in EU-Belarus relations in the Jamestown Foundation’s Eurasia Daily Monitor.

7 February 2009
Belarus Round Table at the German Marshall Fund of the United States
Belarus Round Table at the German Marshall Fund of the United States

  The German Marshall Fund of the United States hosts a round table on Belarus on Thursday, February 12 at 3:30 pm. The speakers include Irina Krasovskaya of We Remember initiative and Pavel Marozau of the Third Way of Belarus. The discussion will be moderated by Pavol Demes, director of the German Marshall Fund Bratislava office. The art exhibition of Belarusian artists and reception will follow the round table. RSVP is requested by Tuesday, February 10.

6 February 2009
Беларус – прэзідэнт Сенату Гавайскіх астравоў
Беларус – прэзідэнт Сенату Гавайскіх астравоў

Беларус Мікалай Судзілоўскі назаўжды застанецца ў гісторыі як Прэзідэнт Сенату Гавайскіх астравоў і змагар... за незалежнасьць Гаваяў ад Злучаных Штатаў. Рэвалюцыянер-раманцік Мікалай Судзілоўскі прысьвяціў жыцьцё барацьбе за свабоду там, дзе яе не хапала. Надзвычай цікавая постаць ураджэнца Магілёва і выпускніка юрыдычнага факультэта Пецярбургскага ўніверсітэту ў матэрыяле Кастуся Лашкевіча з TUT.BY. Як трапна заўважыў у кнізе “Імёны свабоды” Уладзімір Арлоў, мала хто здагадваецца аб тым, што зусім не Аляксандр Лукашэнка стаў першым беларусам-прэзідэнтам краіны. Магілёўца Мікалая Судзілоўскага Бог надзяліў процьмай талентаў. Ён ведаў дзесяць моў і ва ўсім, чым займаўся — палітыка, медыцына, геаграфія, хімія, этнаграфія, энтамалогія, біялогія — пакінуў па сабе прыкметны след. Нездарма быў празваны “першым і апошнім энцыклапедыстам XХ стагоддзя”.

4 February 2009
German Marshall Fund: Belarusian Exhibition “Art Against Dictatorship”
German Marshall Fund: Belarusian Exhibition “Art Against Dictatorship”

 The Third Way of Belarus, the Belarusian Museum in New York and other organizations with the generous support of the German Marshall Fund of the United States are presenting "Art Against Dictatorship". This traveling exhibition addresses the integral part that the alternative arts scene plays in preserving and enhancing Belarusian culture, particularly in the face of political pressure, that marginalize their mainstream presence.

4 February 2009
Belarus moves up in Doing Business Report – 2009
Belarus moves up in Doing Business Report – 2009