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Happy birthday, Larry Gara (May 16, 1922 – Nov. 23, 2019)! #Quaker. #Pacifist. Conscientious objector. Peace activist. Longtime history professor at Wilmington College, Wilmington, Ohio. Served three years in prison for refusing to register for the draft during World War II. In 1948 he was teaching at Bluffton College (Bluffton, Ohio) when he was convicted of counseling a student to not register for the draft. For this he was sent back to prison for seven months. Author of “The Liberty Line: The Legend of the Underground Railroad” (1961), among other works.
~The Marginal Mennonite Society Heroes Series.

15.05.2020 – Deutsche Welle

Journalists under pressure in Belarus as Lukashenko runs for presidency

The start of the presidential elections campaign in Belarus was marked by a harsh crackdown on journalists and bloggers. Analysts and human rights activists believe that the authorities will go on with repressions.

A wave of arrests of journalists, bloggers and activists hit Belarus just a week into the presidential campaign ahead of the elections due in August. A total of 14 bloggers and journalists became the target of a large-scale crackdown by the Belarus’ authorities over the last few days. They are just a few among dozens of citizens across the country who were either put under administrative arrest or face a fine.

Human rights experts and analysts describe the clampdown on journalists as President Alexander Lukashenko’s efforts to hush up independent voices and suppress possible public discontent, as he is prepared to run for his sixth consecutive presidential term.

A blogger turned presidential candidate?

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We must act and dare the appropiateness and not whatever comes to our mind not floating in the likelihood but grasp the reality as brave as we can be freedom lies in action not in the absence of mind obedience knows the essence of good and satisfies it, freedom dares to act and returns God the ultimate judgment of what is right and what is wrong, Obedience performs blindly but Freedom is wide awake Freedom wants to know why, Obedience has its hands tied, Freedom is inventive obedient man respects God’s commands and by virtu of his Freedom, he creats new commands. Both Obedience and Freedom come true in responsability (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

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