Владимир Баранич

January 16, 2020. Another program “B for Belarus” on PRIMUS radio. This time the major theme of the program is “Women in Belarus. Who wears trousers in the Belarusian family?”. We cover this theme with Vladimir Baranich, a country consultant and media analyst.

  • status of the Belarusian woman in the family.
  • a Belarusian woman as Jack of all trades.
  • Women in the conservative chauvinistic culture where Belarusian men tend to ignore the beauty and value of Belarusian women that are around them.
  • Foreigners appreciate the beauty and character of Belarusian women more that Belarusians themselves.
  • the phenomenon of the holiday “March 8” (international women’s day).
  • Is Belarus ready for a woman president?
  • Belarusian women as powerful generators of intangible assets for Belarus (Domracheva, Alexiyevich, Azarenko, Sobolenko) and at the same time – stumbling blocks on the way of reforms.

 

Владимир Баранич

19 december 2019 Vladimir Baranich, a country consultant and media analyst (www.expat.by) in the program “B for Belarus” on news, views, events and comments from Belarus (center of Europe by the way). Today the major theme of the program is “Belarusians law abiding people? What "rule of law" looks like in Belarus"

  • over 50% of all Belarusians are law breakers. Out of 16 million law violations 80% are in the area of traffic rules.
  • why Belarusians show little respect to formal law?
  • laws as guidelines and wishes subject to abuse by interpretation;
  • what saves Belarusians from stupid discriminatory laws?
  • the notion of “telephonogramma” (order from a state body given orally to a business or another governmental structure or a budgetary organization)
  • Belarus and the introduction of trial by jury. Will it work?
  • absence of participatory democracy, private property and active civil society in Belarus as the foundation of disrespect to Law.

 

 

Владимир Баранич

Vladimir Baranich, a country consultant and media analyst in the program “B for Belarus” on news, views, events and comments from Belarus (center of Europe by the way). Today the major theme of the program is “Food in Belarus or you are what you eat”

  • traditional Belarusian cuisine: potatoes, pork and lard in hundreds of forms and combinations;
  • foreign cuisines in Belarus: are Belarusians eating habit conservative or innovative?
  • drinking habits: hundreds of kinds of moonshine and tinctures;
  • fame of Belarusian dairy products;
  • gastronomic tourism In Belarus. It is definitely worth trying.

 

 

Владимир Баранич

Vladimir Baranich, a country consultant and media analyst in the program “B for Belarus” on news, views, events and comments from Belarus (center of Europe by the way). Today the major theme of the program is “Elections in Belarus. How different are they in Belarus and in the West?”

  • Why about half of Belarusians believe we have democratic elections in Belarus?
  • Early voting as a means to ensure the turnout and the needed result.
  • Observation under strict control of the authorities. Vote count as a sacred ritual of the authorities – for their eyes only.
  • Why are so many people (over 550) who are eager to take part in the political performance called “parliamentary elections”?
  • Growing dissatisfaction with democracy in the West and in Europe. People are growing more skeptical about their governing elite.

Владимир Баранич

Vladimir Baranich, a country consultant and media analyst in the program “B for Belarus” on news, views, events and comments from Belarus (center of Europe by the way). Today the major theme of the program is “Belarus and security in the modern world. The most effective ways to ensure it”.

  • Belarus as a country with a lot of policemen: 1442 per 100 thousand people. Why so many people in the uniform?
  • Personal safety in Belarus: homicide rate – 78th place in the world, traffic deaths – 45th place in the world.
  • Was Security conference in Minsk with the participation of A. Lukashenko about PR of the Belarusian regime or is it a statement of Belarus independence and its unique role on the security structure of Europe?
  • According to Global Militarization Index Belarus ranks № 5 in Europe. Why is Belarus so militarized? What is it afraid of?
  • Six pillars of soft power: government, enterprise, engagement, education, digital, culture. What are Belarus comparative advantages in these areas?

 

Владимир Баранич

Vladimir Baranich, a country consultant and media analyst in the program “B for Belarus” on news, views, events and comments from Belarus (center of Europe by the way).

  • Today the major theme of the program is “Why Belarusians are gloomy and blue. An American in Minsk”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n50AAoLrvtw&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0jmH3AkWMfaOsZyJGqVprd5L5joLfe_AeAEjHI1rH9IeLlGaD2sjAi-JQ
  • Comparing this view with the views of an Englishman
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMfo0u8amLqAqKIqAMWyRG5599UeXBN8r (Bald and bankrupt)
  • what a foreigner can be impressed of in Minsk and in Belarus.
  • Are Belarusians really blue and gloomy?
  • Are impressions of male foreigners different from impressions of female foreigners in Belarus?
  • monuments, granite, marble and cleanness as a way to divert attention from the real life and culture of Belarusians.

 

Владимир Баранич

Vladimir Baranich, a country consultant and media analyst in the program “B for Belarus” on news, views, events and comments from Belarus (center of Europe by the way). Today the major theme of the program is “Social justice in Belarus. Myths and reality”

  • social justice in pension system;
  • social justice in education;
  • social justice in labor market and employment policy;
  • social justice in the healthcare system;
  • social justice and protection of human and property rights.

Владимир Баранич

Vladimir Baranich, a country consultant and media analyst in the program “B for Belarus” on news, views, events and comments from Belarus (center of Europe by the way). Today the major theme of the program is “What Belarus achieved after 28 years of independence”.

  • Has Belarus become really independent?
  • Status of the Belarusian language and culture. Any hope for revival and survival? Possible options with the Russian language and the fusion of cultures;
  • status of the security system: army, policy and law enforcement agencies.
  • status of money. People choose $-dollar and reject BYN-rouble monopoly.
  • National economy as the most vulnerable link of the Belarusian independence chain.
  • Centralization of power and the absence of the full-fledge institution of private property as existential threats to Belarus independence.

 

Владимир Баранич

Vladimir Baranich, a country consultant and media analyst in the program “B for Belarus” on news, views, events and comments from Belarus (center of Europe by the way). Today the major theme of the program is “Belarusians in the mirror of holidays and rituals. Why Belarusians look for something that does not exist (fern flower search on July 6 for example)

  • Belarusian holidays with distant ties to reality.
  • Belarusians in the state of fusion of Christianity, Soviet ideology, paganism and preenlightenment ideas.
  • Searching for something that does not exist: fern flower mystery and why it persists
  • Independence day and its military flavor. Belarus starts the war information campaign in May and finishes in July. Does it make people more patriotic?
  • why Belarusians keep science in disregard? Fear, deficit of self-esteem and laziness.
  • legally serfdom is long gone but it still lives in the hearts and minds of Belarusians. Many of them are sure that the government/Lukashenko pays them pensions and provides for other public services, that the government creates jobs and ensures free health and education. Too many Belarusians treat a nomenclature boss with divine reverence and fear.
  • freedom as a low ranking value in the hierarchy of Belarusians. They celebrate mysticism and escapism, not liberation.

 

Владимир Баранич

Vladimir Baranich, a country consultant and media analyst in the program “B for Belarus” on news, views, events and comments from Belarus (center of Europe by the way). Today the major theme of the program is “Belarusian balance of security and freedom. Social dimension”.

  • security first. The cost of Big Brother. Police, army, control bodies and intelligence units;
  • conscription army and a new mode of forcing youth to serve in it.
  • Belarusians are infatuated with Big Brother and do not realize the cost of such devotion;
  • social security: price regulation, licensing, regulation and special status for nomenclature favorites;
  • level of welfare and well-being in Belarus;
  • free loaders and parasites: Belarusian definition.