11 November, commemorating the end of World War I is one of the main events celebrated in Western countries. 95 years ago Germany and the Allied Nations signed a truce in Kompiensky Wood. The Versailles Treaty signed in June 1919 put an end to the conflict.
In a recent commentary Efim Pivovarov, Rector of the Russian State University for the Humanities, spoke of the necessity to focus on issues of complementarity education in the schools and universities of Russia and Belarus. He said that we need uniform standards and textbooks, and we need to remove any limitations and quotas in respect of those who wish to study.
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The major 20th Listapad International Film Festival is being held in Minsk. The number of participants in this important film forum, including those from Western countries, is increasing every year despite the sanctions imposed by the West on Belarus which have been maintained over a long period.
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Not the first time is Russia poised to celebrate National Unity Day (4 November). Each time this holiday indicates that Russians are becoming more and more inspired by the idea of uniting all the forces of civil society for the prosperity of their country. They no longer separate their own prosperity from national well-being. They are feeling the strength of unity.
The foreign media like to charge our countries with ‘impairment of democracy’, ‘repression’, ‘intolerant attitudes towards sexual minorities’ and with other far-fetched pretexts. Meanwhile, they do not pay any attention to such details in the countries from which they may derive economic or political benefits.
The Second Eurasian Forum has finished in Verona (Italy). The Forum was attended by more than a thousand delegates from different countries of the world. The report by Grigory Rapota, the State Secretary, attracted public attention to the increasing role of the Union State in Eurasian integration.
There are conflicting opinions about the Belarusian economy. Some think that it is in decline. Some think that it is a ‘miracle‘ which has retained the advantages of the Soviet economy. Perhaps the active investment in Belarus by China represents their assessment of this.
In his interview with the Russian media Alexander Lukashenko, the President of Belarus, put an emphasis on the patriotic upbringing of young people and pointed out that such an upbringing should become standard practice in each family. Understanding the history of World War I is an example of how we should be educating the younger generation.