Monday, January 31, 2011

Belarus sanctioned by US and EU

While were busily paying attention to Egypt.... The US and the EU sanction Belarus

US toughens sanctions over 'brutal' Belarus crackdown

The EU reinstated a travel ban on President Alexander Lukashenko and froze his assets, and the US imposed stricter financial controls and widened its travel bans on senior officials.

Mr Lukashenko was re-elected in a disputed vote in December, and launched a crackdown on dissent afterwards.

More than 600 people were detained, including seven of the election candidates, after protests against what international monitors said was a rigged vote.

I was wondering why Canada wasn't "sanctioned" after a one day round up and arrest of more then 1,000 individuals at last years G20 protests?

The United States is banning business with two subsidiaries of Belarus' state-owned petroleum conglomerate.

Under Lukashenko, Belarus has retained a Soviet-style state-controlled economy while also repressing opposition activists and independent news media.

A "soviet style" state controlled economy, as opposed to an Egyptian style, or an American style?

The European Union and U.S. Monday banned travel and froze assets for Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko and 155 of his associates, in response to human-rights abuses following December's election.

Human rights abuses? Oh, like at Guantanamo?!


  1. All those measures display is nothing more than bold and egregious hypocrisy, couched as pious international political management. What a bloody joke… Rigged elections? Human rights atrocities? Crackdowns on dissent? The pot indeed hath called the kettle most black. Just more street theatre distraction, as transparent as the glass houses their houses are built, from which they cast their stones.

  2. Mr Lukashenko was re-elected in a disputed vote in December, and launched a crackdown on dissent afterwards

    Here in the USSA, we don't use force to shove a loser like 'Junior' down our throats, we just let Daddy's nominations to the Supreme Court declare GW the winner.

  3. Good to see Belarus get a mention.

    - Aangirfan

  4. "The pot indeed hath called the kettle most black."

    HHQ: I could not agree more.

    Greg: I guess we in the west have to face the fact that everything is corrupted here. So corrupt one doesn't even have to bother truly winning an election, when the judicial system will take care of that for you.. Or in the case of GWB, your dad's friends will do it for you

    Anon: Thanks, I thought it was worth mentioning.
    MOre of the putting pressure on Russia.