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Old 09-04-2012, 08:09 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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Belarus. Economically, it's not poorer than some EU countries, and is a lot less stressful. But propaganda makes others believe that it's extremely poor, under an ugly socialist tyranny.
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North Korea. Economically, it's not poorer than some Asian countries, and is a lot less stressful. But propaganda makes others believe that it's extremely poor, under an ugly socialist tyranny.
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Syria. Economically, it's not poorer than some Arab countries, and is a lot less stressful. But propaganda makes others believe that it's extremely poor, under an ugly tyranny.
Lol!

 
Old 09-04-2012, 09:42 PM
 
Location: Turku, Finland
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Note to the Belorussian Tourist Board: whole new marketing campaign!

"Belarus - not as poor and tyrannical as you think."
 
Old 09-05-2012, 02:04 AM
 
Location: Miami, FL
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United States of America

Because it really is the greatest country in the world, yet its reduced to antisemantic punchline jokes around the world. I visit Asia frequently and just did this summer, it really annoys me when people from weaker countries have the nerve to tell you to your face that the US is failing, declining, going in ruins. Hahahahahahahahahaha such Asian arrogance over nothing, those countries have miles to go before they get into the same league as the United States.
 
Old 09-05-2012, 02:23 AM
 
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US is failing, declining, going in ruins.
those countries have miles to go before they get into the same league as the United States.
Did that tell you that their countries are above America? If not, then what's the problem - America is going down.
 
Old 09-05-2012, 02:24 AM
 
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Sarcastic remarks about Belarus prove my choice wonderfully
 
Old 09-05-2012, 03:45 AM
 
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Bielorussia -the real, russian name of the country , "Belarus" is in the local dialect spoken only by 2% of the population, mainly old people (that detail apart, you're absolutely right, russiaonline) .
But, also, in many segments of the politically correct school of thought, ...the USA.
So you see, I reconcile both opinions!
 
Old 09-05-2012, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Bielorussia -the real, russian name of the country , "Belarus" is in the local dialect spoken only by 2% of the population, mainly old people
What is the REAL name of Belgium? Belgie or Belgique?

Belarus is the accepted English form for the country. Just as Sweden is the English name for Sverige and Jordan is the English name for Al-Urdunn ( اَلأُرْدُنّ ) and Thailand is the English name for Prathet Thai (ประเทศไทย). The Thais don't call anything "-land". Why would you say that Bielorussia is correct, but Byelorussiya would not be correct?

We use a different alphabet, so we cannot spell it Беларусь. We simply transliterate the letters of the Cyrillic alphabet. Bielorussia is nothing but an attempt to phoneticize the name using Roman letters to represent sounds that do not exist in English. Using -ia at the ends of the names of countries has been a standard form used by Europeans since the Roman Empire, and Latinic languages use -ia to spell names such as Russia.

As an English speaker, you have two choices. You can use the standardized English form, or you can nitpick forever about how an English-speaking person is supposed to pronounce names that have phonetic sounds n them that do not occur in Engiish and cannot be said nor heard by English speakers and are not written in the Roman alphabet and which come from multilingual countries where different people pronounce their own country in different ways, like Suisse/Schveiz/Svizzera.

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Old 09-05-2012, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Miami, FL
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Did that tell you that their countries are above America? If not, then what's the problem - America is going down.
Haha, of course other countries are playing catch up. As far as I'm concerned the USA is still numero uno by the sheer diversity, largest economy, and pretty much all around for most things.

They can take all the shots they please, that's what people do when they're not number one!
 
Old 09-05-2012, 10:25 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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When did this forum become the Aleksandr Lukashenka Fan Club? A dictator is a dictator, no matter how pretty his country might be.

And before you Lukashenka-apologists compare him to Barack Obama: please, grow up and get a brain. Obama doesn't throw opposition politicians in jail, he allows other political parties to exist, he doesn't censor the press, and if he loses this election he will step down gracefully instead of clinging to power for another 14 years as Lukashenka has done.
 
Old 09-05-2012, 10:37 AM
 
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We use a different alphabet, so we cannot spell it Беларусь. We simply transliterate the letters of the Cyrillic alphabet. Bielorussia is nothing but an attempt to phoneticize the name using Roman letters to represent sounds that do not exist in English.
He meant that Belarus is the name of the country in Belarussian language/dialect, while in Russian it is Belorussia (White Russia).

That's not really true, as people in Russia easily refer to it as Belarus too. Some politicians decided that the region should be legally named differently in Belarus and in Russia.

Belarus is nothing more than a short form of Belarussia/Belorussia. It is pronounced with "a" or "o" depending on the dialect. For example, Moscovites are famous for their "a" pronunciations.
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