The Belarusian Republican Youth Union is an organized youth group in
the Eastern European country of Belarus. The goals of the BRSM are to
promote patriotism and to instill individual moral values into the
youth of Belarus, using activities such as camping, sporting events
and visiting memorials. The organization, which was created by a
merger of other youth groups in 2002, is the successor of the Leninist
Communist Youth League of the Belorussian SSR. While they are only one
of a few youth groups inside Belarus, it is the largest and receives
much backing from the Belarusian government. The BRSM has been accused
of using methods of coercion and empty promises to recruit members and
that the organization is being used as a propaganda tool by the
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Anglo-Persian War: Bushehr, a city on the southwestern coast of the
Persian Gulf in present-day Iran, surrendered to occupying British
Legislation on the separation of church and state in France was
adopted, triggering civil disobedience by French Catholics.
The Doctors' Trial, the trial for crimes committed in Nazi human
experimentation during World War II, began in Nuremberg, Germany.
Tanganyika gained independence from Britain (Tanganyika would become
part of Tanzania three years later).
A World Health Organization commission of eminent scientists
certified the global eradication of smallpox, making it the only human
infectious disease to have been completely eradicated from nature.
Wiktionary's Word of the day:
resoundingly: With a loud, resonant sound.
Wikiquote of the day:
Man is appealed to to be guided in his acts, not merely
by love, which is always personal, or at the best tribal, but by the
perception of his oneness with each human being. In the practice of
mutual aid, which we can retrace to the earliest beginnings of
evolution, we thus find the positive and undoubted origin of our
ethical conceptions; and we can affirm that in the ethical progress of
man, mutual support — not mutual struggle — has had the leading part.
-- Peter Kropotkin