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Old 03-19-2006, 03:50 PM   #1
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Belarus: Dictator wins, people lose

Here's the whole story. http://news.yahoo.com/fc/world/belarus
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Old 03-19-2006, 03:56 PM   #2
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Well, it's a bit more complicated than that. Yes, he has dictatorial behavior, but Belarus' economy has improved under his rule. As such, there are some international observers who believe that he would probably win even under completely non-fraudulent circumstances.

I find it interesting, though, that the world completely ignores a blatantly Stalinist dictatorship that's on par with North Korea in terms of personality cults: Turkmenistan.

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Yes, that's correct, no one seems to give a damn about Turkmenistan. I'm glad the economy of Belarus is improving. That's one thing the American media, at any rate, seems to be ignoring. I wonder why?
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Early surveys of voters exiting the polling stations predicted that Mr. Lukashenko had 82.2 percent of the vote, and election officials expressed certainty that the incumbent, often denounced as Europe's last dictator, would win with ease. The protesters dismissed the official statements as a clumsily orchestrated sham.
Well, 17.8% of the people know they lost.
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More on Lukashenko. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Lukashenko
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melon is right in that the country has steadily improved internally, and has abstained from religious, racial, or any other "ma7or" conflicts (aside from partisan infighting, of course).

but the country is still a shit-hole internationally because lukashenko has done everything in his power to reform the country into a soviet style nation.

they have the kgb for shit sakes. the KGB.

and no truly democratic party system, has ever witnessed a party receiving over EIGHTY per cent of the popular vote. that's absurd, noone believes that to be accurate.
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I did a double-take when I saw a headline with the words "Belarus" and "elections" on my home page.
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yeah, to be honest, i have no idea why they even bother anymore.
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and no truly democratic party system, has ever witnessed a party receiving over EIGHTY per cent of the popular vote. that's absurd, noone believes that to be accurate.
well, apparently i wasn't entirely accurate (for the first time ever).

kyrgyzstan elected someone last year with 89 per cent of the vote. though they don't exactly have much of a "true" democracy either...

that's crazy.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4150084.stm
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new europe is a treasured ally in the war on terror, guys.
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new europe is a treasured ally in the war on terror, guys.
Yeah, wanna know why Uzbekistan is a U.S. ally? They've got a Soviet-style one-party state. They are "with us" on the War on Terror.
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melon is right in that the country has steadily improved internally, and has abstained from religious, racial, or any other "ma7or" conflicts (aside from partisan infighting, of course).

but the country is still a shit-hole internationally because lukashenko has done everything in his power to reform the country into a soviet style nation.

they have the kgb for shit sakes. the KGB.

and no truly democratic party system, has ever witnessed a party receiving over EIGHTY per cent of the popular vote. that's absurd, noone believes that to be accurate.
Yep, I'm aware of that. That's what I was getting at in my thread title.
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i was agreeing with you too...
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The latest on Lukashenko and the Belarus protesters:http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060321/wl_nm/belarus_dc
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nice to see lukashenko take a strong stand, and wipe out the islamofascists off the map! those protesters were CLEARLY out of line for gathering together in a public place.

why is it so hard to believe that he won fair and square??

vive le lukashenko!
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