Adam Bodnar of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights talked with me about the concept of strategic litigation, the challenge of getting national governments to implement European court judgments, and the importance of exporting the best practices of Poland's watchdog organizations.
Zaatari, a noted photographer, filmmaker and curator, co-founded the Arab Image Foundation in 1997 to locate and preserve his country's -- and the Middle East's -- photographic archives.
Doing business entails certain risks. You make a big investment of money and time, and you hope that your gamble pays off. Maybe people will come to your restaurant. Maybe they will buy your product. Maybe they will contract for your services. But you can't be sure. You've taken out loans on the expectation that if you build it, they will come.
Since 2000, Tarasiewicz has worked as the director for the Network for East-West Women in Poland. She has watched as many foundations that funded women's issues have pulled out of Poland as money from the European Union became available. But the EU funding has been a mixed blessing at best.
As Europe commemorates the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, a troll army secretly floods websites with pro-Putin propaganda while Russian government officials openly defend the indefensible. Moscow archivists are spreading misinformation to whitewash Soviet history.
Ewa Kulik was one of the key Solidarity leaders who kept the organization functioning underground. Today she is the director of the Batory Foundation in Warsaw, where she focuses on, among other things, civic education. She told me that Poland failed to focus on civic education after 1989.
In parliament, Agnieszka Pomaska's focus has been on European affairs. But because of her age, she has also necessarily been drawn into discussions about the state of Polish youth. I asked her what kind of policies Poland could implement to deal with high youth unemployment and the serious outflow of Polish young people from the country.
Louis Begley has written 11 novels, the latest, Killer, Come Hither, features Jack Dana, a Marine infantry officer who was wounded while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has become a writer, with his debut novel skyrocketing to bestselling status.
That feeling of being in two places, two time periods, at once, is part of the experience of a remarkable exhibit on view through May 24 at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco (CJM), a video and sound installation by Hungarian artist Péter Forgács.
The choice of mercy, of forgiveness, is anathema to my sense of manhood and my obligation for revenge and justice; but what would come of such forgiveness, besides a rejection of cultural and institutionalized violence and loss of personal pride, if I had the courage to enact it?
Could Romania have caught up with the rest of the region if it hadn't delayed implementing economic reforms? "It definitely would have lost fewer years than otherwise," Negrescu responded.
We are also trying to diminish the influence of the Church in Poland. Poland is a very conservative country. We are definitely for secularism. And we are not for the unlimited free market deciding everything. Some things cannot be managed in a business way.
Bogdan Lapinski and I talked about what it was like to get the first IKEA stores up and running in Poland, the tension between resistance and rapprochement in Polish culture, and why the changes of 1989 came along at just the right time in his life.
Stocznia, which is Polish for "shipyard," is a different kind of NGO. It functions like a university. It focuses on transforming people. And in that sense it's an educational institution -- but not like any educational institution you might have encountered in the past.
There are powerful cultural factors equating self-worth and identity to job status and material wealth. But researchers note religious communities may provide several sources of support that buffer the effects of financial crises such as joblessness.
Even 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, West Germany's economic performance still serves as a model for those further to the east. Poland, for instance, has posted one of the more successful economic records of the countries of East-Central Europe. But this success is nothing compared with what West Germany was able to achieve in the two decades after World War II.