The Round Table lacked perhaps the drama of the Berlin Wall's collapse or Vaclav Havel's leap from prison to presidency. But its patient politicking also represented an alternative to the violence of Romania's revolution and Yugoslavia's descent into war.
The glory days of Central Europe as the center of attention, the drivers of tectonic changes, is now faded memory.
Some of the first oppositionists to Communism came from the left, such as the Socialist Revolutionaries in the Soviet Union after the Bolsheviks seized power in 1917. Later, in Eastern Europe, the first stirrings of dissent from below also came from the left.
In this video, Polish artist Hubert Czerepok guides us trough his exhibition History and Utopia, a solo show at Arsenal Gallery in Białystok, Poland....
There's an old saying that goes something like this: We spend the first half of our lives running away from home and the rest trying to get back. Consider Homer, way back in ancient Greece. The same could be said of Gary Baseman, whose career retrospective opens this weekend.
Along with renowned cinematographer César Charlone (The Constant Gardener, City of God), Janet Tobias steeps audiences in this story of darkness, family, survival and triumph.
The real genius of Our Mothers, Our Fathers is the subtle portrayal of this collective moral suicide.
The announcement last week by Defense Secretary Hagel that the U.S. will, over the coming months, deploy additional anti-ballistic missile interceptors in Alaska and on America's west coast is not really what it is being portrayed as.
A recent report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta says that "marginally attached workers" - workers at the bottom of the U.S. employment econom...
His forebears have held one of the more eclectic mélange of jobs I've seen, including taxi driver, fruit and vegetable peddler, furrier, shoe store proprietor, and window cleaner.
After some great domestic parties ringing in the new year and a number of adventurous international countdowns, I'm now in search of new opportunities to raise the bar and feed the continuing addiction to amazing blowout New Year's Eve celebrations.
After 12 hours of traveling instead of the expected three, we finally made it to Warsaw. The next morning, refreshed, we finally got to experience the many delights of Warsaw.
It's affordable, steeped in history and, in parts, both bizarre and incredibly beautiful. Plus, in some countries, beer is cheaper than water. Yes, really, it is. But for some reason, Eastern Europe doesn't often feature on many travellers' bucket lists.
When on vacation, it can sometimes be the seemingly ordinary "local" sights that prove the most memorable.
Poles place flowers, candles and lanterns on the graves of family, friends and loved ones. By the time darkness falls, the cemeteries are ablaze with light and people.
Before the end of my days, for me to be able to say that I have truly accomplished all I needed to accomplish in this world, I must travel back to Krosno. So, in the summer of 2008, I traveled to my ancestral village. When I saw it, tears came to my eyes.