Civil Rights

Abusive Belarus dictator doesn’t deserve hockey championship

“Better to be a dictator than gay.” That was Alexander Lukashenko, the leader of Belarus, responding in 2012 to Guido Westerwelle, Germany’s openly gay foreign minister, who had dubbed Lukashenko “Europe’s last dictator.”
They both had a point. In Belarus, it’s probably better to be Lukashenko than anyone else, gay or straight. And Lukashenko, now in his 20th year of authoritarian rule, is indeed a dictator. He also happens to be the host of this year’s International Ice Hockey Federation’s world championship tournament.


Why I went to the border

We were inspired by Pope Francis, who, in his first trip outside Rome, visited the Italian island of Lampedusa, the island in which migrants from Africa attempt to reach Europe.