uprising in Belarus

Reuben Johnson: Government as Hijacker

Broadcast Running Time: 24:00

On Sunday, a plane in route from Greece to Lithuania was diverted to Minsk, Belarus after a bomb threat was called in. But that's not the whole story. Once the plane landed, Belarusian authorities arrested a passenger, an opposition blogger who is critical of the government. Back with us today to discuss this incident is Ukraine-based defense expert Reuben Johnson. He reveals that the Belarusian government called in the threat just so they could arrest a "dissident." Several members of the international community, including the U.S. and the EU, have condemned what is being referred to as a hijacking. What are the implications of this incident? More importantly, will other totalitarian governments see this as a precedent?

Geopolitics in individual countries affect the world as a whole. Defense and aerospace veteran Reuben Johnson (www.thebulwark.com), is back with us from Kiev, Ukraine, to discuss a variety of topics including the growing uprising in Belarus and the future of its disgraced and unpopular leader, Putin's plan for not only Belarus but also the future of Russia, and how China is jockeying for position in Eastern Europe while at home, the Chinese Communist Party and its leader are lessening in popularity.