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Daily news – February 10, 2022

News from: Al Jazeera, Brookings, Defense News, Defense One, East Asia Forum, Global Times, Reuters, The Jamestown Foundation AFRICA Africa needs smarter investment in digital infrastructure: Strategies for enticing the private sector. Tara Nathan, Brookings: Weak infrastructure is widely accepted as a fundamental limitation to growth in Africa. Governments in the region struggle to meet […]

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Daily news – February 9, 2022

News from: Al Jazeera, Brookings, East Asia Forum, Global Times, Key4Biz, Reuters, RFE RL, The Jamestown Foundation, ThinkChina, US Department of State  AFRICA The criticality of climate finance for Africa. Amar Bhattacharya, Brookings: Climate finance will be critical for enabling Africa to adapt to the growing impacts of climate change and to ensure that its […]

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Daily news – February 3, 2022 a.m.

AFRICA Artificial intelligence creeps on to the African Battlefield. Nathaniel Allen, Marian “Ify” Okpali, Brookings: Even as the world’s leading militaries race to adopt artificial intelligence in anticipation of future great power war, security forces in one of the world’s most conflict-prone regions are opting for a more measured approach. In Africa, AI is gradually making its […]

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Situation in Belarus remains calm ahead of referendum — chief prosecutor (TASS)

The law enforcement bodies of Belarus are fully in control of the situation in the country ahead of the referendum to amend the country’s constitution, due on February 27, Belarusian Prosecutor General Andrey Shved told the Belarus-1 TV on Monday night. “For the time being, the situation in the country is fully under control,” he […]

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US embassy in Belarus urges US citizens ‘to exercise increased awareness’ (TASS)

The US embassy in Belarus urges US citizens “to exercise increased awareness” amid tensions in the region, according to a statement published on the embassy’s website. “The US Embassy reminds US citizens to exercise increased awareness and vigilance regarding political and military tensions in the region. Concerning reports of further unusual Russian military activity near […]

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Russian Troops Deploy to Belarus With Fanfare (Pavel Felgenhauer, The Jamestown Foundation)

Tensions have been flying high between Moscow and the West for months, with little prospect currently of imminent de-escalation. Stress is also mounting between Russia and Ukraine, as Russian military activities in the surrounding region increase. In Washington, the White House and President Joseph Biden argue that a Russian invasion of Ukraine could be pending. […]

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Kazakhstan, Fertilizer and Belarus’s Political Crisis (Grigory Ioffe, The Jamestown Foundation)

Since the start of 2022, two unexpected “black swan” events have indirectly altered last year’s calculus regarding the expected evolution of the Belarusian political crisis. First, Belarus joined the Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organization’s (CSTO) intervention in Kazakhstan on January 5, 2022. Second, Belarusian potassium exports to Western fertilizer producers are coming to a halt […]

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Belarus To Hold Military Drills With Russia In February Amid Tensions With West (RFE RL)

Belarusian strongman Alyaksandr Lukashenka has said that joint military maneuvers will be held with Russia in February close to the borders with Ukraine as well as eastern NATO member states. Belarus To Hold Military Drills With Russia In February Amid Tensions With West (rferl.org)

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Belarus: Civil Society ‘Purge’ (Human Rights Watch)

Belarusian authorities unleashed an unprecedented crackdown against civil society following peaceful countrywide protests in spring and summer 2020, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2022. Belarus: Civil Society ‘Purge’ | Human Rights Watch (hrw.org)

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Belarus Summons Polish Charge D’Affaires Over Diplomat’s Expulsion (RFE RL)

Poland says that Belarus has summoned the Polish charge d’affaires in Minsk to inform Warsaw about the expulsion of a Polish diplomat. “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirms the fact that the charge d’affaires was called in in a case related to the expulsion of a Polish consul,” spokesman Lukasz Jasina said in a statement […]

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‘Remember Us’: New Year’s Wishes From Jailed Belarusians (RFE RL)

Miracles are possible, but it takes people doing the right thing to make them happen. That’s one of the messages in a series of New Year’s greetings from jailed victims of the persistent state clampdown in Belarus. The words of warmth, best wishes, and hope for better days to come were posted on social media by colleagues, […]

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Union State to neutralize losses related to NATO approaching – Lavrov (TASS)

The concerted action program in the sphere of foreign policy of the Union State of Russia and Belarus anticipates neutralization of threats related to NATO infrastructure coming closer to borders, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told TASS in an interview. Union State to neutralize losses related to NATO approaching – Lavrov – Russian Politics & […]