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The Leader of Europe's 'Last Dictatorship' Is Facing an Unprecedented Challenge. Here's What It Could Mean for Belarus

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Europe’s longest serving leader Alexander Lukashenko has long worked hard to seem invincible. He has dominated past elections that the U.S. has deemed neither free nor fair and brokered no dissent and suppressed protests. Now, he is facing an unprecedented challenge as he runs for a sixth term as president of Belarus in elections on August 9. A former teacher and political novice, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, has emerged as his main rival, pledging to topple Lukashenko’s regime and restore democracy.
Tens of thousands have rallied across Belarus in some of the country’s biggest opposition protests in a decade, amid mounting frustration over the government’s mishandling of the COVID-19 crisis, combined with grievances about the economy. Referring to Lukashenko, protestors chanted ‘stop the cockroach’ and held placards reading ‘change!’.
“For the first time in his 26-year rule, Lukashenko knows the majority don’t support him,” says Aleksandr Feduta, a former aide to the incumbent, who was i…

California Governor Candidate Wants Death Penalty on Spending Chopping Block

Stewart Alexander says "The Democrat front-runner Jerry Brown and Republicans Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner support the death penalty and the Three Strikes law. The truth is, these 3 candidates for governor are aware that capital punishment is robbing the public of billions of dollars to subsidize a broken down criminal justice system." (Left: Exterior of the new San Quentin Death Chamber.)

Candidate Alexander wants to eliminate death penalty and Three Strikes law

There is a side of capital punishment that most Californians remain completely oblivious to; it is the tremendous cost to taxpayers. PFP Governor Candidate Stewart Alexander says if he is elected to serve as California Governor, "capital punishment and the Three Strikes law will be on the chopping block to reduce wasteful spending in Sacramento."

California taxpayers will spend an average of $250 million ($250,000,000) for each prisoner on death row and most of the cost is related to the high cost of capital trials, housing the death row inmate, the high cost for defense counsel and the tens of millions required to appeal convictions. The Three Strikes law has also over burdened California's budget by billions annually and has escalated prison over-crowding.

It was reported in a Los Angeles Times article that it is estimated that Californians paid an average of a quarter of a billion dollars for each of the 11 inmates executed after 1977. Presently, there are over 700 inmates on California's death row.

In 2006, while running as a Candidate for California Lieutenant Governor, Stewart Alexander conducted a random survey of 150 adults in Riverside and San Diego County to determine the awareness of the public regarding an average cost to taxpayers for inmates on death row; the cost for trials, housing, appeals, prosecutors and defense counsel.

Of the 150 individuals surveyed, 127 believed the cost could range between $100 thousand to 5 million dollars. None of the participants surveyed thought the cost exceeded $10 million. 7 individuals chose not to participate.

Alexander believes the issues concerning capital punishment are much deeper than the cost to the state. Alexander says, "Killing prisoners is big business in California and the U.S. Inmates on death row are the poor and minorities and for them 'Lady Justice' is not blind."

The Peace and Freedom Party and all the 2010 PFP candidates running for public office are strong opponents to capital punishment and the Three Strikes law and support reforming our prison system and criminal justice system.

Stewart Alexander says "The Democrat front-runner Jerry Brown and Republicans Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner support the death penalty and the Three Strikes law. The truth is, these 3 candidates for governor are aware that capital punishment is robbing the public of billions of dollars to subsidize a broken down criminal justice system."

Source: Central Valley News, April 24, 2010


Photos of California's new lethal injection facility at San Quentin









(Above) Holding cell (exterior) where the inmate will be held prior to the execution.


(Above) Holding cell (interior) where the inmate will be held prior to the execution.










(Above) Lethal injection control room. The safe on the right of the picture is where the lethal drugs will be kept until execution time.

(Above) Media viewing area.

(Above) Execution chamber and gurney.


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