Saturday 27 August 2016 | 21:41

On August 25, in the unofficial Independence Day the writer celebrated his birthday.

Belarusian volunteers have created a military council in Ukraine
Belarusian volunteers held the first founding congress of the Belarusian Military Council not far from the Belarusian border, in Chernihiv.
The Belarusian court recognized 9 articles of John Silver to be extremist
The court has recognised 9 articles published on as extremist. The decision was based on the conclusion of the examination. Palchys’ lawyer is going to appeal the decision.
Opinion: Increased contacts of EU MPs with Belarusian counterparts don’t help democracy in Belarus
On 2 – 4 August, Ryszard Terlecki, vice-speaker of the Polish Sejm, led the highest-level parliamentary delegation of an EU country to Minsk in twenty years, writes Igar Gubarevich.
Why with the success abroad, Belarus’ agriculture keeps failing at home?
Poor economic conditions in the countryside, restrictions, unfair competition, inefficiency of state-owned agricultural enterprises also contribute to this ‘success story’, writes Aliaksandr Filipau.
Vladimir Fesenko: If Russia was looking for an excuse, the war with Ukraine would have already begun
Ukraine doesn’t want to force a conflict; Kyiv and the West will most likely try to neutralize the current aggravation of Russian-Ukrainian relations.
A Week of Belarusian Thinking will be held on September 19-25
Belarusian thinking is the nation’s self-understanding, ways of understanding its nature and purpose, search for identity at the crossroads of cultural influences and traditions.
Gintautas Mažeikis: The relation of political field and arena in the framework of information war

In his report, philosopher Gintautas Mažeikis discusses several concepts that have been a part of the European social and philosophical thought for quite a time.

Institute for Security Studies issued a brief on Belarus

Belarus’ foreign policy is aimed at ensuring regime-survival. Playing the West against Russia and courting Brussels to up the bidding for its loyalty are instrumental to this end, Anaïs Marin writes.

Tatiana Vadalazhskaya: We see the hunger for intellectual work

Having summarized the results of the “admission campaign”, the organizers were pleasantly amazed at the number of people who showed interest in the Flying University proposals in the new school season

A usual circle. No sanctions, no changes

After the abolition of the sanctions, the EU and Minsk will further expect from each other for the steps that no one is going to take.