Es tiempo de dejar de mimar a Bielorrusia

Lenin dijo una vez que los capitalistas eran tan cínicos que venderían a los soviéticos la cuerda con que los ahorcarían. Lenin y el comunismo han muerto, pero sigue estando presente esa cínica indiferencia al sufrimiento cuando se trata de obtener ganancias.

Bielorrusia es un claro ejemplo. El Parlamento Europeo la ha denunciado permanentemente como la última dictadura de Europa y, sin embargo, los gobiernos miembros de la UE continúan haciendo negocios como de costumbre con Aleksander Lukashenko, el déspota caprichoso y casi lunático que tiene las riendas del poder en el país.

Esto es particularmente cierto cuando hay una oportunidad de ahorrar o hacer dinero. Por ejemplo, por más de una década las fuerzas policiales, el servicio de aduanas e incluso el Bundeswehr de Alemania han estado haciendo pedidos de uniformes a una fábrica que es propiedad del estado en la ciudad de Dzherzinsky, que lleva el nombre del padre del Terror Rojo y fundador de la KGB soviética, Feliks Dzherzinsky. Abundan otros ejemplos de este tipo de cinismo indiferente.

To continue reading, please log in or enter your email address.

Registration is quick and easy and requires only your email address. If you already have an account with us, please log in. Or subscribe now for unlimited access.


Log in;
  1. Patrick Kovarik/Getty Images

    The Summit of Climate Hopes

    Presidents, prime ministers, and policymakers gather in Paris today for the One Planet Summit. But with no senior US representative attending, is the 2015 Paris climate agreement still viable?

  2. Trump greets his supporters The Washington Post/Getty Images

    Populist Plutocracy and the Future of America

    • In the first year of his presidency, Donald Trump has consistently sold out the blue-collar, socially conservative whites who brought him to power, while pursuing policies to enrich his fellow plutocrats. 

    • Sooner or later, Trump's core supporters will wake up to this fact, so it is worth asking how far he might go to keep them on his side.
  3. Agents are bidding on at the auction of Leonardo da Vinci's 'Salvator Mundi' Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images

    The Man Who Didn’t Save the World

    A Saudi prince has been revealed to be the buyer of Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi," for which he spent $450.3 million. Had he given the money to the poor, as the subject of the painting instructed another rich man, he could have restored eyesight to nine million people, or enabled 13 million families to grow 50% more food.

  4.  An inside view of the 'AknRobotics' Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

    Two Myths About Automation

    While many people believe that technological progress and job destruction are accelerating dramatically, there is no evidence of either trend. In reality, total factor productivity, the best summary measure of the pace of technical change, has been stagnating since 2005 in the US and across the advanced-country world.

  5. A student shows a combo pictures of three dictators, Austrian born Hitler, Castro and Stalin with Viktor Orban Attila Kisbenedek/Getty Images

    The Hungarian Government’s Failed Campaign of Lies

    The Hungarian government has released the results of its "national consultation" on what it calls the "Soros Plan" to flood the country with Muslim migrants and refugees. But no such plan exists, only a taxpayer-funded propaganda campaign to help a corrupt administration deflect attention from its failure to fulfill Hungarians’ aspirations.

  6. Project Syndicate

    DEBATE: Should the Eurozone Impose Fiscal Union?

    French President Emmanuel Macron wants European leaders to appoint a eurozone finance minister as a way to ensure the single currency's long-term viability. But would it work, and, more fundamentally, is it necessary?

  7. The Year Ahead 2018

    The world’s leading thinkers and policymakers examine what’s come apart in the past year, and anticipate what will define the year ahead.

    Order now