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Rebuilding Poland's Jewish Community

John Feffer | Posted 04.26.2015 | World
John Feffer

Rachel Zacharia always knew she was Jewish. Her father, a Party official, read and wrote in Yiddish, and her parents spoke Yiddish with friends. But she didn't start thinking about her Jewish identify until 1968.

Teen's Tragic Death Underscores The Shark Problem Plaguing This Small Island

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 04.23.2015 | Green

On the morning of April 12, before 13-year-old Elio Canestri was killed by a shark while surfing at a beach in his native Reunion Island, he left a no...

Women's Delegation to Cross the DMZ

John Feffer | Posted 04.22.2015 | World
John Feffer

We need symbolic acts that capture the world's attention and help shift all the major players in the direction of negotiations.

Earth Day: A Two-step Strategy Makes a Sustainable Difference

Brian Kennell | Posted 04.22.2015 | Business
Brian Kennell

Sustainability is top of mind as this week we mark Earth Day and Arbor Day, tributes aimed at raising respect for the environment. That makes this the perfect moment to note a new Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) report that says, "Brands that place packaging" into commerce must take more responsibility for its life cycle impact.

The Pankow Peace Group

John Feffer | Posted 04.19.2015 | World
John Feffer

Organized in the Pankow neighborhood of East Berlin in 1981, the Pankow Peace Group not only took bold positions on nuclear issues but interpreted peace more broadly to include pedagogy, economic development, and environmentalism.

Working With the Marginalized in Poland

John Feffer | Posted 04.18.2015 | World
John Feffer

Until the 1970s, drug addicts didn't exist in Poland -- at least not officially. In those days, drugs were expensive and the supply was limited, so the Polish state could hide the problem by giving a different label to the small number of addicts. But then heroin became more readily available. And addiction started to grow.

Obama's Triple Crown

John Feffer | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics
John Feffer

President Obama has nearly two years to make the rapprochements with Iran and Cuba irreversible. If he can do that, and bring about a ceasefire in Syria to boot, then his diplomatic legacy will be secure -- no matter what his successor does to reassert the worst kind of dumb power.

Nothing About Us, Without Us: A Reflection on the Young Americas Forum

Martina Buchal | Posted 04.15.2015 | Impact
Martina Buchal

When I was invited by the Office of the Vice President of Panama to speak at the Young Americas Forum as part of the Summit of the Americas, I knew this was a rare opportunity to get the youth voice to the eardrums of world leaders.

Building Hope for Indonesian Children

Muhammad Yusuf Mulyana | Posted 04.13.2015 | Impact
Muhammad Yusuf Mulyana

In Indonesia, there are big questions to be resolved surrounding early childhood education. Projects like Sanggarai are a great start, but only have momentary impact.

The Risks of Doing Business in Poland

John Feffer | Posted 04.12.2015 | World
John Feffer

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.

U.S. Expands Intelligence Sharing With Saudis In Yemen Operation

Reuters | Posted 04.10.2015 | Politics

By Mark Hosenball, Phil Stewart and Warren Strobel WASHINGTON, April 10 (Reuters) - The United States is expanding its intelligence-sharing with Sa...

Building the Women's Movement in Poland

John Feffer | Posted 04.10.2015 | World
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.

Foreign Agents

John Feffer | Posted 04.09.2015 | World
John Feffer

It's time for a confession. I have worked as a "foreign agent."

Urban Edges and How to Define the Spaces Beyond

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 04.07.2015 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

Today's urbanist may also see a future gondola station, a walkable destination, or the potential for sustaining natural pockets amid the built environment.  But what compels such vision? I'll take a leap of faith here, in order to put a modern gloss on the human imagination that conceived the edge of the earth in Italy, long ago.

Solidarity Underground

John Feffer | Posted 04.07.2015 | World
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.

Global Justice Movements Converge on Revolutionary Ground

Salena Tramel | Posted 04.06.2015 | World
Salena Tramel

As the World Social Forum closed on March 28 with yet another march through downtown Tunis, many voiced one of its founding slogans: another world is possible.

The Politics of Youth in Poland

John Feffer | Posted 04.06.2015 | World
John Feffer

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.

The State of Romanian Extremism

John Feffer | Posted 04.05.2015 | World
John Feffer

Relations between ethnic Hungarians and ethnic Romanians have improved to a degree. There are still tensions, particularly around the top of regionalization, which would provide greater autonomy to different parts of the country, including the area with a Hungarian majority.

Iran: Deal or No Deal?

John Feffer | Posted 04.02.2015 | World
John Feffer

The full-page ad in this week's Washington Post portraying President Obama as history's favorite whipping boy, Neville Chamberlain, was wrong in nearly every one of its many strident particulars.

Romania's Missed Opportunity

John Feffer | Posted 03.29.2015 | World
John Feffer

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.

Poland's Luckiest Generation

John Feffer | Posted 03.28.2015 | World
John Feffer

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.

Today's Trade Agreements Are Backwards, But We Can Do Better

Peter Schurman | Posted 03.27.2015 | World
Peter Schurman

The legitimate force that drives trade agreements is companies' need for predictability and stability in order to invest beyond the borders of their home country. Everyone can support that. But where trade agreements go wrong is in secret negotiations, with virtually zero democratic input or accountability

The Leap Into Business in Poland

John Feffer | Posted 03.27.2015 | World
John Feffer

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.

Using Urban Observation to "Ghost-Bust" Cities

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 04.07.2015 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

I saw a ghost, of a missing building from a boyhood memory -- something that Amazon might have retrofitted, today, if it were still there for the taking.

The Retreatniks

John Feffer | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics
John Feffer

The new talking point for the Republican Party -- actually, it's an old talking point in expensive new clothing -- is "America is in retreat."