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Negotiating the Transition in Poland

John Feffer | Posted 05.01.2016 | Home
John Feffer

Janusz Reykowski was a key figure in the reform wing of Poland's Communist Party. A psychologist, he was an early proponent of promoting reconciliation between the Party and the Solidarity trade union movement in 1989. In 2013 I interviewed him about what had happened in the intervening years.

Building the Women's Movement in Poland

John Feffer | Posted 06.10.2015 | Home
John Feffer

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.

What Do Syrians Want? Q & A on the Syrian Freedom Charter

Danny Postel | Posted 06.09.2015 | Home
Danny Postel

The Syrian Freedom Charter is a national unity document based on tens of thousands of face-to-face interviews with Syrians, in every governorate of the country, about what kind of society they want.

Why Global Civil Society Needs to Stand Together

Danny Sriskandarajah | Posted 06.09.2015 | Impact
Danny Sriskandarajah

In many ways, global civil society has flourished in recent years. The UN is making unprecedented formal efforts to facilitate civil society participation in the post 2015 global development framework and there is widespread recognition of the vital role civil society will play in delivering this agenda. And, on the streets, ours is an era of mass protest.

Solidarity Underground

John Feffer | Posted 06.07.2015 | Home
John Feffer

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.

Have Research Ethics Committees Got It Wrong? A New Study Looks at What Participants in Medical Research Actually Want

Tim Spector | Posted 05.24.2015 | Science
Tim Spector

Traditionally, the "gold standard" of informed consent for participation in medical research entails that participants need to consent to every new research study, which means that they need to be contacted and re-consented each time.

How to Launch People in Poland

John Feffer | Posted 05.23.2015 | Home
John Feffer

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.

Meet the Purim Cast to Understand What's Happening in Our World Today (Best Screenplay Award Goes to God)

Dr. Michael Laitman | Posted 05.04.2015 | Religion
Dr. Michael Laitman

Purim is a great drama. It is also a symbol of what our world can be when we abolish the disunity between us. As then, so now, it has to start from the Jews. "Love your neighbor as yourself" was given to us first.

3000+ Prayers Pour Into Chapel Hill After Slaying of Muslim American Students

Valarie Kaur | Posted 04.23.2015 | Religion
Valarie Kaur

The families of three Muslim college students killed last week in Chapel Hill, North Carolina received more than 3,000 messages and prayers of love and support from people across America.

Public and Private in Poland

John Feffer | Posted 04.20.2015 | Home
John Feffer

Poles are happier than they've been in years. More than 80 percent report that they are "very happy" or "quite happy," and that number has risen steadily since 2000. But happiness in Poland seems to derive largely from private life. There's not a lot of volunteering, and even the rates of Church attendance have been going down.

Speaking Truth to Power in Turkey: An Interview with Ekrem Dumanli

Yohuru Williams | Posted 04.14.2015 | Home
Yohuru Williams

The Turkish government has isolated itself from the outside world, making the country lonelier in the international arena. Due to the government's misguided policies, there is virtually no country that is friendly with Turkey.

Poland's Unplanned Transition

John Feffer | Posted 04.18.2015 | Home
John Feffer

Compared to the other countries in the region, Poland's transition to democracy and a market economy seemed to involve a great deal of negotiation. The country embarked on Round Table negotiations in spring 1989 that prepared the way for semi-free parliamentary elections on June 4 of that year.

Walking the Via Dolorosa: Young People in Solidarity--Until the End

Jordan Denari | Posted 04.14.2015 | Religion
Jordan Denari

Accompanying others selflessly is not the result of a state of enlightenment, nor is it a constant, deep emotion. It is a decision we make, a path we undertake consciously and with perseverance.

Forgetting Lynching at Our Peril

Rebecca Todd Peters | Posted 04.14.2015 | Religion
Rebecca Todd Peters

Accountability for people of privilege must include breaking out of the safety of our cocoons of privilege and building relationships with people across lines of difference. It must begin with examining our privilege and then figuring out how to use our privilege to address the ongoing forms of injustice that we see.

The Land of Junk Contracts

John Feffer | Posted 04.08.2015 | Home
John Feffer

The Poles call them "junk contracts." If you're young and lucky enough to have a job in Poland these days, it's likely to be short-term and come without benefits. Ten percent of young people (up to the age of 25) are working in the black market, and another 25 percent have part-time or short-term work. Of the rest, most have job contracts that provide little in the way of security.

Alone Together

Megan McFeely | Posted 04.04.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Megan McFeely

I was in a group one time with a great teacher who said "my job is to help you hit the highest note" and for me that means that I have to gather up all the parts and pieces that I have been rejecting or projecting on "other" and take full responsibility for all of me. Especially my power.

Challenging the Warsaw Pact From Within

John Feffer | Posted 03.26.2015 | Home
John Feffer

One of our important activities was the seminar organized in 1987 at a church in Warsaw. The title of the seminar was Bringing Real Life to the Helsinki Agreement, and it was based on the Memorandum prepared by the Western peace movement and politicians as well as people from the opposition in the East.

What Happens When the World's Largest Queer Record Label Closes and No One Notices?

J Mase III | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
J Mase III

The fact that an organization with a roster of 200 people can find a way to concretely analyze their privilege sets a standard. I want to believe in a world where we do not shy away from conversations about racial justice.

Protecting Freedom of Expression in Newsrooms and Mosques: Unity and Dialogue

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 03.15.2015 | Religion
Gaia Paradiso

The Mosque of Rome is the largest Mosque of Europe and its architecture replicates and perfectly integrates itself in the heart of Italy.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 03.12.2015 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week all eyes were on Paris as the murderous shooting at the offices of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, which left 12 dead, culminated in two simultaneous hostage crises in which the Hedbo attackers and four hostages were killed. These heinous attacks were, in essence, aimed at tolerance, openness, dialogue, and diversity -- and are more a test of our commitment to our most bedrock principles than a test of our security capabilities. The way to pass this test is by refusing to compromise those core values. I'd also like to salute our colleagues at Le Huffington Post in Paris, who did a stellar job covering the tragic and rapidly shifting story. It's been a grim few days, but as today's march of solidarity in Paris will no doubt show, what unites us is much more powerful than the forces of division and intolerance.

Je Suis Charlie

Walker Bragman | Posted 03.11.2015 | Home
Walker Bragman

Ideas are bulletproof.

A Starting Point for 2015

Jose Graziano da Silva | Posted 02.25.2015 | Home
Jose Graziano da Silva

A new consensus is emerging for the 21st Century: contrary to what we were led to believe -- that only growth makes distribution possible -- today more than ever distribution makes faster growth possible.

Should We Oppose the Intervention Against ISIS? An Exchange of Views

Danny Postel | Posted 02.21.2015 | Home
Danny Postel

Some Syrian activists question how committed the Kurds are to toppling the Syrian dictator. The Kurds, for their part, distrust Turkey, which supports the Syrian opposition. These debates and dynamics are mostly unknown to American progressives.

White Activism in the Midst of #BlackLivesMatter

Maja Tosic | Posted 02.18.2015 | College
Maja Tosic

The movement for change is not just about defending the notion that Black Lives Matter. It is also about supporting the idea that White Lives should not matter as much as they do. That white lives should not trump others.

Millions March NYC -- Fight Against Police Brutality and Oppression

Evgeniya Melnikova | Posted 02.14.2015 | New York
Evgeniya Melnikova

Saturday, December 13: This day we wrote a new page in history. This day we were marching together side by side in the name of unity, solidarity and justice. This day we were raising our voices against police brutality, inequality and oppression.