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Poland: The Revolution Devours Its Children

John Feffer | Posted 03.23.2014 | World
John Feffer

It might seem as though Poland had a choice in 1990 in terms of what economic reform to pursue. But journalist Jacek Zakowski argues that there really was no choice.

The World's Next Mandela Is Rotting in Jail Somewhere

Will Bunch | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
Will Bunch

The Nelson Mandela of the 21st century is right here, right now. We just can't see it. We're too busy spitting on him and calling him a terrorist.

Here Comes the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize, Dragging a Broken Moral Compass

Norman Solomon | Posted 12.07.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

The announcement of this year's Nobel Peace Prize winner, set for October 11, is sure to make big news. The prize remains the most prestigious in the world. But the award has fallen into an evasive pattern, ignoring the USA's continuous "war on terror" and even giving it tacit support.

Former Polish President And Nobel Prize Winner Shocks With Anti-Gay Comments

AP | VANESSA GERA | Posted 05.03.2013 | Gay Voices

WARSAW, Poland — Lech Walesa, the Polish democracy icon and Nobel peace prize winner, has sparked outrage in Poland by saying that gays have no ...

It's Time For a Free Cuba

Nicholas Storozynski | Posted 11.07.2012 | Teen
Nicholas Storozynski

I traveled to Cuba this August to see for myself what the legacy of that revolution really is. Any visitor to Cuba can see that the Castro Revolution is a failure.

Blessed John Paul II And Solidarność Stood On The Side Of Truth, The Poor And The Worker

Gerald J. Beyer | Posted 10.29.2012 | Religion
Gerald J. Beyer

Mitt Romney's latest TV ad, featuring Blessed John Paul II and Lech Wałęsa, got one thing right. The former pope and son of Poland did say "Be not afraid" in 1979. Beyond that, however, the ad distorts reality in a number of ways

Polish Union Disses Romney, Stands With American Labor Groups

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.30.2012 | Politics

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney may have earned an apparent endorsement from former Polish president Lech Walesa on Monday, but no su...

NATO Looks Backward, Nobel Peace Laureates Look Forward to Youth

Jonathan Granoff | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Granoff

One can only imagine how much more successful the NATO gathering would have been had its members attended April's summit of Nobel Peace Laureates.

What Ron Paul, Occupy Wall Street, Lech Walesa, Tahrir Square, Tiananmen Square and Many Tea Party People Have in Common

Brent Budowsky | Posted 02.05.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Part I We live in an age of global protest, global unrest and global demands for change in a world where the vast majority of men and women believe t...

50 Million Will March

Brent Budowsky | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

America has entered a new political era of protest and patriotism in a great and powerful tradition. When winter turns to spring, those who seek to champion the 99 percent are poised to mobilize for the largest protests in the history of America, and the world.

Occupy Wall Street Protests Draw Global Attention

AP/The Huffington Post | By VERENA DOBNIK | Posted 12.13.2011 | World

NEW YORK -- The Occupy Wall Street movement, which has spawned grass-roots activities around the U.S. and prompted comments from President Barack Obam...

As President Lech Walesa Said to President Lula Da Silva

Benjamin R. Barber | Posted 12.03.2011 | World
Benjamin R. Barber

Observing our small bore politicians bickering while America risks fiscal and moral collapse from the vantage point of a ceremony in Gdansk, Poland --...

Former Polish President And Nobel Laureate Hospitalized

AP | MONIKA SCISLOWSKA | Posted 08.09.2011 | World

WARSAW, Poland — Lech Walesa, the anti-communist dissident who founded Solidarity in Poland, has been hospitalized in his hometown of Gdansk wit...

Africa's Youths United Can Never be Defeated

Alemayehu G. Mariam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alemayehu G. Mariam

Mubarak, Irhal! A specter is haunting Africa and the Middle East - the specter of an awesome army of youths on the move, in revolt, marching for free...

The Wall Street Journal understands history, when will the rest of the American media?

Alex Storozynski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Alex Storozynski

The Wall Street Journal gets it: Auschwitz was not a Polish concentration camp. The paper has officially changed its style guide to make sure that rep...

Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh Were Wrong About Ex-Polish President Lech Walesa

Liz Glover | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Liz Glover

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Gdansk, the Domino that Toppled the Berlin Wall

Alex Storozynski | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alex Storozynski

During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union were locked in a struggle between capitalism and communism, ready to annihilate each other...

Poland's Solidarity: A Lesson for America

Andrew Nagorski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Nagorski

One lesson from pre-1989 Poland that applies to the United States now: if you ignore or paper over underlying economic problems, you will eventually pay a high political price.

The Death of Polish President Resurfaces Old Tragedy

Max Kolonko | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Max Kolonko

Lech Kaczynski, has died tragically, 70 years, almost to the day, after the Soviets committed the mass murder of over 22,000 Polish officers.

Does President Obama -- and America -- Deserve the Nobel Prize?

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hoyt Hilsman

This movement to change America did not begin when Barack Obama took the presidential oath of office -- it has been underway for decades.

Lech Walesa to Sue Organizers of the 20th Anniversary of Berlin Wall Collapse?

Max Kolonko | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Max Kolonko

Will Lech Walesa, former head of the Polish Solidarity movement, succumb to pettiness of our times? When we fight not with stones and fists but lawyers and tricks, and suffering always has a monetary value?

Barack Obama, Nobel Laureate; First the Reward, Now the Risk

Mike Hegedus | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mike Hegedus

Barack Obama won the Nobel Prize because the world outside our own borders hopes, wants, and prays for his success internationally. And that's a good thing, a very good thing.

1989 And the Fall of the Wall: Did Reagan Do It?

Jesse Larner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jesse Larner

Regan probably hastened the fall of the Wall by a few years, but it could have fallen without him. It could not however, have fallen without the sacrifices of those living under Soviet Communism.

Did Obama's Address Remind Anyone Else of the the Season Opener of Glee?

Elizabeth Rigby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Rigby

The partisan dynamics currently at play on Capitol Hill resemble a high school full of cliques, power differentials, and image-conscious participants more than a democratic problem-solving body.

Reigniting America's Human Rights Mojo

Rabbi Abraham Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rabbi Abraham Cooper

In Cairo, President Obama rightly said that the U.S. should not be in the business of imposing democracy, but can we be indifferent to those who seek to embrace it?