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Jan 09, 2011 Belarus Signals It Could Seize Opponent’s Son

QUOTE: ver since riot police officers crushed a large protest against apparent fraud in presidential elections here last month, the security services — still called the K.G.B. in this authoritarian former Soviet republic — have been rounding up people across the country for even the most tangential affiliation with the opposition. Now, it seems, they have gone a step further. The government warned recently that it might seize custody of the 3-year-old son of an opposition presidential candidate...

New York Times
Mar 12, 2008 State Dept. Rights Report Calls Record of Sudan 'Horrific'

QUOTE: The State Department's annual survey of human rights practices around the world calls Sudan's record "horrific" and notes that countries where power is in the hands of unaccountable rulers are the most systematic violators of human rights standards.

Washington Post
Aug 02, 2007 Russian Firm May Cut Gas Supply to Belarus

QUOTE: Russia's state-controlled natural gas monopoly, said Wednesday it will cut off nearly half of its shipments to Belarus within two days… [but] will keep the gas flowing if Belarus offers an acceptable settlement by Friday morning

Washington Post
May 18, 2007 Internet Increasingly Censored The first comprehensive global survey of Internet filtering shows that online repression is on the rise worldwide.

QUOTE: "Over the course of five years, we've gone from just a few places doing state-based technical filtering, like China, Iran, and Saudi Arabia, to more than two dozen," says John Palfrey, executive director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School.

Technology Review
Jan 09, 2007 Russia Halts Oil Flow To Belarus in Dispute: Quarrel Reignites Worries in Europe Over Reliability of Key Energy Supplier

QUOTE: Russia on Monday shut off crude oil supplies that flow by pipeline across Belarus to Germany, Poland and other parts of Eastern Europe, charging that Belarus was illegally siphoning off oil meant for the other countries. The dispute between two erstwhile allies will have little immediate effect because the end-customer countries have strategic reserves for at least two months. But it is rekindling discussion in Europe about the reliability of Russia as a supplier of energy.

Washington Post
Jan 25, 2006 The Realities of Exporting Democracy: A Year After Bush Recast Foreign Policy, Progress Remains Mixed

QUOTE: While the administration has enjoyed notable success in promoting liberty in some places, it has applied the speech's principles inconsistently in others ...Washington has stepped up pressure on repressive regimes in countries such as Belarus, Burma and Zimbabwe -- where the costs of a confrontation are minimal...

Washington Post
Jan 02, 2006 Russia Cuts Off Gas to Ukraine In Controversy Over Pricing: Move Raises Concerns About Energy Supply for Other European Countries

QUOTE: The state-controlled Russian energy giant Gazprom cut off the supply of natural gas to Ukraine...the standoff has a fraught political backdrop and could also have potentially far-reaching implications for Europe, which is increasingly dependent on Russia for natural gas.

Washington Post
Sep 24, 2005 Chernobyl Report Reignites Debate: Those Affected Doubt Findings

QUOTE: Uncertainty about the long-term health consequences of the catastrophe at Chernobyl has generated an angry debate here [Ukraine and Belarus--Ed.].

Washington Post
Sep 23, 2005 Film Maker Targets Power With Pointed Lens

QUOTE: '"Ordinary President" was made in 1996, two years after Lukashenko was elected president....In the years since "Ordinary President" was made, most of Chascavacki's dark fears about Lukashenko's real intentions have come true.'

Washington Post
Oct 08, 2004 Many Helped Iraq Evade U.N. Sanctions On Weapons

QUOTE: As part of its stealth effort to evade U.N. sanctions and rebuild its military, the Iraqi government under President Saddam Hussein found that it had no shortage of people around the world who were willing to help.

Washington Post