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Belaruskali to build new chemical factory by late 2013 - Economy / News / Belarus News | Belarusian news | Belarus today | news in Belarus | Minsk news | BELTA - Belarus News | Belarusian news | Be...

Belaruskali to build new chemical factory by late 2013 - Economy / News / Belarus News | Belarusian news | Belarus today | news in Belarus | Minsk news | BELTA - Belarus News | Belarusian news | Be... | Belarus | Scoop.it

A factory for the deep processing of chlorine-containing mineral raw materials will be built at OAO Belaruskali by the end of 2013. Prime Minister of Belarus Mikhail Myasnikovich made the statement at the government session held at OAO Belaruskali premises in Soligorsk.


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They are building a chemical factory for the deep processing of chlorine-containing mineral raw materials.  In order to do this they also needed to get some more technological things.  They are hoping this work will help their economy grow.

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Economic crisis leaves Belarus unable to pay for Russian electricity - Rt 110629

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It has been a few years since this video has been put on youtube, but back then Belarus was in even more trouble then what they are in today.  The country was unable to pay their electricity bill to Russia so the electricity was cut off.  So the country was suffering one of its worst economic crises.  This caused prices to rise and the value of their currency to plummet.  This trouble has caused bank runs throughout the country and runs on any goods that have some worth so that they will be able to barter and trade with others for what they need.  They are also trying to exchange their Belarus rubles for Russia rubles or U.S. dollar, but there is none around.  They are also saying that the resent election that occurred before this happened was staged because he won the vote by way to much.  The currency was devalued by so much because their president raised the minimum wage by 50% and by 30% for government workers.  So they now have to borrow a lot of money in order to make the country somewhat stable again, but by doing this the president will have to give up some power.  With all this going on their economy just crumbled and will have to do a lot of work to make it stable.

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Belarus to install nine GPS, GLONASS reference stations in 2014 - News of Belarus

Belarus to install nine GPS, GLONASS reference stations in 2014 News of Belarus MINSK, 7 April (BelTA) – Plans have been made to install nine continuously operating reference stations (CORS) in Belarus in 2014 for the sake of the global...

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They are getting a new system in Belarus that will allow them to do what the United States and Russia can do with it.  Which is allowing them to see pipe lines and things they would not normally see.  This will help their workers become more efficient thus creating a better economy.

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Ally Kraut's curator insight, April 8, 2014 4:17 PM

They are getting a new system in Belarus  that will allow them to do what the United States and Russia can do with it.  Which is allowing them to see pipe line and things they would not normally see which will help their workers become more efficient thus creating a better economy.

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Belarus mulls over beer import restraint measures - News of Belarus

Belarus mulls over beer import restraint measures - News of Belarus | Belarus | Scoop.it
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Belarus mulls over beer import restraint measures
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MINSK, 11 April (BelTA) – Belarus is mulling over measures to restrain beer imports.

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This article has to do with Belarus putting restrictions on beer imports because they want to help their economy by buying domestic goods instead of foreign goods if a company really wants foreign beer they will have to do so by giving them exports.

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Ally Kraut's curator insight, April 13, 2014 9:25 PM

This article has to do with Belarus putting restrictions on beer import because they want to help their economy by buying domestic goods instead of foreign goods.  If a company really wants foreign beer they with have to do so my giving them exports.

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Russia: Belarus President: I am not a dictator - YouTube

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"I can prove right here, right now, that there is no dictatorship in Belarus. Shall I? It's very simple, in just a few words. This is the argument I use to convince my Western partners. In order to be a dictator, like Stalin, one has to have the resources. Resources are paramount, you need to understand that. Do I have any nuclear weapons? Exactly, I do not. Do I have as much oil as Hugo Chavez did in Venezuela? No. Do I have as much natural gas as Russia? None at all. And so on and so forth. Do I have so many people as China does? 1.5 billion people? No. In order to be a dictator and dictate one's will one has to have the resources: economic, social, military, population, and so on. But we have none. And I am being objective about it. I am telling you that we have no claims of global importance and do not see ourselves solving major global problems. We do not have the resources to do so. What we want to do is find our place in the sun and live as an average civilized European state. That's all I want."


After Lukashenko had been criticized by many people, in the United States, Russia, parts of Europe, and even some of his own citizens have expressed their concern, he spoke out in an interview claiming that he is not a dictator and doesn't have the means nor the resources to be one. In his mind, in order to be a dictator, the country must be large with a powerful military and plenty of resources. Whiles others might say that being a dictator doesn't necessarily need international power, just restricting rights and not giving citizens their privacy, which Lukashenko has been criticized plenty for. Lukashenko has ruled Belarus since 1994 and has been described several times as "Europe's last dictator". Essentially what he is claiming is that Belarus is not a strong enough country for him to be considered a dictator, even though he restricts freedoms like one and has every other aspect going for him except for the limited resources and weaker economy. But that shouldn't disqualify him from being considered a dictator any way. 

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Andrew Wilson, “Belarus: The Last European Dictatorship” (Yale UP, 2011)

Andrew Wilson, “Belarus: The Last European Dictatorship” (Yale UP, 2011) | Belarus | Scoop.it
Andrew WilsonView on AmazonA couple of weeks ago I took a bus from Warsaw and travelled east across the River Bug. The border took a long time to cross, but then this was no ordinary border – it was the
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Ever since Condoleeza Rice named Belarusian president, Lukashenka ‘Europe’s last dictator’, Belarus has gotten a bad reputation. Andrew Wilson, the author of Belarus: The Last European Dictatorship , predicts that Lukashenka's time as president is soon coming to an end. He reports that the Belarus economy is clearly having a strain. He explains that with $5 he bought dinner, beer, and a trip to a museum. He also focuses on Lukashenka's super long term as president, even though he's been involved in human rights abuse and a rigged election back in December 2010. 

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Belarus presents promising construction projects in Cannes - Economy / News / Belarus News | Belarusian news | Belarus today | news in Belarus | Minsk news | BELTA - Belarus News | Belarusian news ...

Belarus presents promising construction projects in Cannes - Economy / News / Belarus News | Belarusian news | Belarus today | news in Belarus | Minsk news | BELTA - Belarus News | Belarusian news ... | Belarus | Scoop.it
MINSK, 14 November (BelTA) – A presentation of investment projects to construct shopping malls in Minsk was held in Cannes on 13 November, BelTA learnt from the Belarusian Embassy in France.

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Belarus is starting to work on a lot of construction of buildings and shopping malls in the capital city of Minsk, but in order to do so they are trying to get a lot of foreign investors.  They are trying to make more people interested in going there so that people will spend more and help their economy grow.

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Dozens of journalists detained in Belarus crackdown - Committee to Protect Journalists

Dozens of journalists detained in Belarus crackdown - Committee to Protect Journalists | Belarus | Scoop.it

New York, July 7, 2011--Belarusian authorities must immediately cease their ongoing crackdown against the independent press and release all journalists in state custody, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.


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This article was about how currently in Belarus even now that they are an independent nation they still do not have all their freedoms.  Recently there were a lot of news reporters covering a rally in Belarus and they were arrested for it and some of them had to go on trail and some have to spend 10 to 12 days in jail. 

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Ally Kraut's curator insight, April 8, 2014 4:04 PM

This article was about how currently in Belarus even now that they are an independent nation they still do not have all their freedoms.  Recently there were a lot of news reporters covering a rally in Belarus and they were arrested for it and some of them had to go on trail and some have to spend 10 to 12 days in jail.

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Lack of efficiency harms poultry production in Belarus - WorldPoultry.net

Lack of efficiency harms poultry production in Belarus - WorldPoultry.net | Belarus | Scoop.it
Lack of efficiency harms poultry production in Belarus
WorldPoultry.net
In January 2014 Belarus produced 21,200 tons of poultry meat, while in February, the figure amounted to only 16,000 tonnes.

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They are still having trouble making a lot of money in the poultry industry in Belarus even though they are making more of it and are selling it for more then they did last year.  They are still not being efficient enough though to help the industry take off.

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Ally Kraut's curator insight, April 13, 2014 9:34 PM

They are still having trouble making a lot of money in the poultry industry in Belarus even though they are making more of it and are selling it for more then they did last year.  They are still not being efficiency enough though to help the industry take off.

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Belarus' economy under pressure - YouTube

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There have been several protests against Belorussian President  Alexander Lukashenko while Belarus suffers its worst economic crisis in 17 years, with 32% inflation. The IMF is asking for 5.5 billions of euros to help stabilize the economy as well as the Belorussian rouble to move freely without government intervention. Belarus has a deficit of 60% of the GDP. Belarus' economy really started to fail when Russia demanded more money for gas exports. In exchange for a bailout, Russia wants Belarus to sell off some of its main assets. Rouble was devalued 36%.

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‘Russia to raise oil exports to Belarus in 2014′

‘Russia to raise oil exports to Belarus in 2014′ | Belarus | Scoop.it
IANS | Economy
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Russia's tensions with Belarus seem to be cooling down after Russia threatened to cut off all oil to Belarus after their dispute over potash, which is any various mined and manufactured salts and a huge industry in both countries.  Russia is set to ship 10% more oil then it did last year, with about 450,000 barrels per day. This is a sign of the two countries cooling off and building a stronger trade partnership. 

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