The US is considering stepping up technological assistance to Belarus’ opposition, the country’s exiled opposition leader said Friday after a meeting with US officials in Washington.
“I was assured of full support for the Belarusian democratic movement,” said Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who fled Belarus after the 2020 election. “We also spoke about providing Belarusian journalists and activists with equipment and technology.”
The US has a long history of helping activists and protesters with technology in foreign countries it seeks to influence. One way this is done is through the Open Technology Fund (OTF), which is funded by the US Agency for Global Media. The OTF focuses on providing protesters with tools to avoid surveillance and get around internet censorship.
On Thursday, Tikhanovskaya met with Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and Secretary of State Antony Blinken. According to the State Department, Sherman “emphasized the United States’ enduring support for the Belarusian people’s democratic aspirations.”
Since the August 2020 election in Belarus that saw President Alexander Lukashenko win another term, the US and the EU have rejected the results and imposed sanctions on Minsk. Tikhanovskaya, who has been living in Lithuania, claims to have won the election, and the US has shown strong support for the opposition leader.
As a result of the Western pressure, Lukashenko has naturally grown closer to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The stronger relationship no doubt played a major factor in Belarus’ decision to allow Russia to use its territory to invade Ukraine.
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Here we go again. Not another front opened (yet) in this US attack on Russia but another tiresome regime change attempt. Still the new US elected “president” Guido Tikhanovskaya have no chance whatsoever.
Well that seems fair enough give the bear another kick in the nuts. The Russians seem to have a huge problem with sensitive buildings catching on fire of late. Maybe they should pull some of their troops back to serve as firefighters.
Yes, it will help lead to peace and that’s what you are all about.
DimoRats trying regime change in every country they can get their fingers on.
obama at work from a few blocks from the White House!
Your partisanship is badly distorting your understanding of US foreign policy. Our “leaders'” hegemonic posture vis-à-vis the other nations on the planet is and has long been fully bipartisan.
No that was half of it for me. Republicans are the other side of the same coin.
and yet you only blamed the democrats and even implied that obama is somehow the puppet-master
Just calling a spade a spade!
I think you have issues other than political.
Nope only political issues here. If you are smart enough to read between the lines.
no you only called half of the spades a spade
OK I agree the Dimopubs and Republicats are all the same bunch of criminals.
Trump could not finalize the regime change in Venezuela, so Biden needs to take care of that little problem first, also they have oil in Venezuela they did not want to share with Biden. That has consequences.
Vz didn’t want to share their oil with trump either
Yes, Trump could not replace Maduro with Guaido, to top it Maduro was re elected, but the US does not recognize him as the elected president, and sanctions continue but then Biden wants help with his energy issues. That strikes me as very stupid foreign policy. Maduro made Biden eat crow. The sanctions go back to Chavez 2006.
The USA makes up justifications for sanctions if the country does not do as told. the US has become a rogue nation, laws don’t count, military power and sanctions will make others do what the USA demands. A more than brutal rogue power. Cuba is being punished for more than 60 years. The USA is despicable monster.
So, the geniuses who have been telling the world that Vladimir Putin is a madman, a dictator, and obsessively committed to invading all of Europe and recreating the Soviet Union want to foment another color revolution in Russia’s closest ally. An ally led by Alexander Lukashenko! This they undertake in the midst of a war they have themselves provoked and which they are doing their best to prolong, in an openly announced crusade to weaken Russia and topple its leader.
What could go wrong?
Compared to the trashy leadership Western NATO powers have President Putin will go down in history as Putin the Great.
That the people of Belarus finally get to elect their own leader?
I’m sure that thought gives Putin nightmares.
They did. The opposition that does not accept results and goes to another country, has always our neocons to help them. With our money, of course. There are too many parasites already living of our dole.
If they do not like it in Belarus, why not go live in another country?
is this considered interfering in elections?
no that only applies when the other guy does it
There’s nothing the US values more than sacred democracy, the freedom of Belarussians to choose their own government. The US would never get involved!
The US is going to need a new ideology. Maybe it will go back to Trotsky to justify these wars.
You nailed it. It is already a Trotsky ideology dominated government. Even those that are feverishly supporting it — do not actually know that the descendents of Trotsky followers in North America are in fact the inner club crafting US foreign policy. Trotsky ideology has always been flexible. Chameleonic. It had a communist face, but it had also a brutal Nazi face. It can be democratic or autocratic. Power is all it worships.
And when their policies result in disasters, they blame somebody, create a crisis, deflect, reinvent. They are hard core interventionists without conscience or care about humsn being, yet can be conveniently emotional lamenting Black Lives Matter.
They have been passionate globalists, pushing American industries to China and the rest of Asia, with the expectation that all US has to do is control the finances and buy out other countries key assets, from energy to utilities.
Yet, it backfired, as the thinking was based on the assumption that all countries will be under US control. Only US would remain inventive, others are inferior, and will only produce for the rentier society that consumes.
When the delusion becomes obvious, it is China’s fault. When attempting to dominate Russia by forcing it to bow to our thrests, it is Russia’s fault for taking on our chlenge, We sacrificed Ukraine, and will sacrifice the whole Europe, as Trotsky influencers can get our head twisted in any direction, and make others responsible.
An we will happily put up with empty shelves, soaring inflation and gas prices through the roof. And blame Russia and China.
Another set of miscalculations. Wanted long war to exaust Russia. Well, Russia decided to oblige us, and is now taking its sweet time. No rush. Having already secured the entiire Azov sea coast, linking Russia to Crimea, it is in possession of Crimean adjoining region unblocking water supply. And while grinding in the east, it will make it easiier to move towards Odessa. Nothing fancy, nothing flashy. Which leaves our narrative flat and spent.
And as Euro and Swiss Frank collapse, as well as Yen, Russian Ruble is at the all time high against Dollar.
Not to worry. There will be new narratives to forget the current one. And still dream of financial global domination. But like Trotsky, when there is nowhere to turn, will try to wanquish domestic opposition by any means.
As like Trotsky they are ALWAYS right. Mistakes not their fault. And it will take a mirscle to dislodge them.
I fear part of it is just the nature of these large states also. It’d be interesting to see just what the anarchists who run this site would ever do with power, what their societies would look like. But I guess that’s off topic.
Anarchists run this site? Interesting. I’ll have to look into that.
Libertarians anyway. You’re an anarchist as an ideal. Y’all seem to be varying degrees of such.
Well, yes, I’m an anarchist. But I don’t run Antiwar.com. I know that Eric and Justin were Rothbardians at one time, but Justin followed Rothbard away from libertarianism into one of its opposites, paleoconservatism.
He’s possibly why such a huge part of the possibly growing “far right” and “populist right” are antiwar.
You didn’t seem to understand that Raimondo wanted to pick up allies where he could. I dunno how much he fit with Paleos really. He just wrote for Paleos.
Anyway, the Jude Wanniski – Rothbard spectrum. Anti-managerial cosmopolitans. I’m anti-managerial communitarian… I have trouble believing anarchists could, in most cases, wish for more than the removal of hinderances to the managerial state and complete enslavement.
“I dunno how much he fit with Paleos really. He just wrote for Paleos.”
True, if by “just wrote” you mean “personally nominated Pat Buchanan for president at the 2000 Reform Party convention.”
So it would be fine if Belarus, Russia, or China did that here?
Britain pledges anti-ship missiles, cargo drones for Ukraine’s defense
Britain added anti-ship missiles, logistics drones and other key equipment to its list of military equipment heading to Ukraine, according to a Tuesday speech by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
In a virtual address to the Ukrainian Parliament, Johnson said a further £300 million ($375 million) in arms would be provided to Kyiv.
Johnson is the first Western leader to address the Ukrainian Parliament since Russia invaded in late February.
This week it was confirmed that an anti-ship version of the MBDA Brimstone air-to-ground, anti-tank missiles would be heading to Ukraine soon.
I wouldn’t want to be a sailor in the Russian Black Sea fleet… 💥
No Belarusian is going to vote for someone that the United States supports.
causing trouble they mean.
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