Lukashenko angers pro-democracy opposition with the creation of Soviet-style ‘All-Belarusian People’s Assembly’

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Belarus’ Aleksander Lukashenko’s has created an “All-Belarusian People’s Assembly” to discuss reforms and the country’s development for the next five years, prompting an outcry by pro-democracy opposition, which sees the move as an attempt of the long-time ruler to cling to power. 

“A color revolution in Belarus was impossible. That is why, by getting support from certain domestic forces, attempted to organize not a color revolution, but a mutiny on the principle of a blitzkrieg. The blitzkrieg failed. We have managed to hold our country,” Lukashenko said during the opening ceremony of the Soviet-style assembly, on February 11. 

Reacting to the move, Franak Viacorka, the senior advisor of Belarus’ opposition leader, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya said in a Twitter post that “Lukashenka denounced six months of protests against his rule as a foreign-directed ‘rebellion’.”

“Speaking to 2,700 loyalists of the All-Belarus People’s Assembly, he charged that ‘very powerful forces’ abroad were behind the protests,” he added. 

Lukashenka denounced six months of protests against his rule as a foreign-directed “rebellion”. Speaking to 2,700 loyalists of the All-Belarus People’s Assembly, he charged that “very powerful forces” abroad were behind the protests. pic.twitter.com/GHGDIpqE2P

— Franak Viačorka (@franakviacorka) February 11, 2021

In a statement issued the same day, the US Embassy in Belarus said that “this ‘All-Belarusian People’s Assembly’ is neither genuine nor inclusive of Belarusian views and therefore does not address the country’s ongoing political crisis,” and called for an  inclusive dialogue through free and fair elections.

“Belarusians expressing their opinion about the All-Belarus People’s Assembly. It is held by Lukashenka and his officials today in Minsk, and it is so fake. Fake elections, fake inauguration, fake democracy. The regime holds Belarusians hostage” tweeted Tikhanovskaya, who has been recognised by the EU as the legitimate President of Belarus. 

Nation’s first menstrual hub set to open this month in Germantown – Generocity Philly

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“It’s really a welcoming place to provide acceptance, understanding, education and mental hygiene resources and care to marginalized communities so that they can really be able to reach their full potential,” Founder Lynette Medley said in a phone interview in advance of the official opening, which is slated for Saturday, February 20.

The only challenge that she faced going into this was the stigma in the community around menstrual care and the ideal of a menstrual hub opening. “I wanted to be intentional in calling it a menstrual hub. I wouldn’t water it down to a women’s center or empowerment center,” she said. “I was intentional about keeping it as a menstrual hub because the focus is on menstrual care and uterine care.”

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Miami Mayor proposes resolution offering to pay employees in bitcoin

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Miami Mayor Francis Suarez (R) recently proposed a resolution that would allow municipal workers to choose whether or not they want to receive some or all of their pay in Bitcoin.In the draft of the resolution, Sua…

Trump DOJ Blocked Search Warrant for Rudy Giuliani: Report

Traditionally, the Department of Justice avoids taking actions in the two months prior to the vote that could significantly affect its outcome. And while the DOJ did observe this hiatus, the Times reports that the department also used it as a rationale not to issue Giuliani a search warrant in the summer, well before the 60-day cutoff. After Trump’s November loss, the DOJ still resisted prosecutors’ request for a search warrant for Rudy Giuliani’s records, citing the legal effort to contest the election that Giuliani himself was leading.

It appears that all politically sensitive investigations were not treated equally at the Department of Justice during the final days of the Trump administration. Though the DOJ refused to sign off on search warrants for Giuliani after the election, the department did give the go-ahead for federal prosecutors in Delaware to issue subpoenas for an investigation into Hunter Biden’s taxes. And though political appointees reportedly doubted there would be enough evidence to charge Giuliani, the Times reports that career officials at the department “felt there was sufficient reason to believe that the search would turn up evidence of a crime, the legal standard to obtain a warrant.”

Source: Trump DOJ Blocked Search Warrant for Rudy Giuliani: Report