Lech Walesa

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LVIV, Ukraine -- In the past few months, alarm bells have been raised in Poland as critics of the country's new ruling party, Law and Justice, or PiS, speak out against what they believe are dangerous infringements on democracy and a wave of conspiratorial panic in the country. On Saturday, they flooded the streets to "defend the rule of law in Poland and its place in the European Union."
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On a rainy day in April 1990, I journeyed to the outskirts of Warsaw to one of those functional Communist-era apartment building
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It gives me a thrill to know that the idea and a big purpose we have been working for for 35 years, has come to a wonderful fruition. It was Lech Wałęsa's insight to create a centre, right where the Solidarity revolution started in 1980, to attract young and all to reflect on the ideas of freedom and solidarity.
Travel
Gdansk, Poland is a city that many know as the place where shipyard worker Lech Walesa led the strikes and established the Solidarity Union that led to the end of Soviet control of the region.
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As the world marks the 25th anniversary of freedom returning to Eastern Europe, it is sad that two of the wisest post-communist leaders are no longer with us.
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Yesterday, Monday, Walesa talked for more than two hours with a group of activists from diverse provinces and political leanings. It was if a piece of Cuba had arrived in the autumn cold of Wasaw.
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Just two words, "Ukraine" and "Putin," bring out the old fighter in him, which seems slightly unusual for a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. These words explain the deep concern of the Poles, and indeed all Eastern European countries, to what is happening nearby: "We need missiles to aim at Russia."
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U.S.-Russia relations -- already soured by the animus between their presidents -- have worsened. A new cold war seems to be underway. But some specialists, fearful of where events may be headed, are breaking from the standard narrative.
Wellness
The reason that I refer to these books as being of niche interest is that I doubt everyone will be interested in them. Even
Impact
We don't have to be perfect saints or know every answer to every question to begin working for a more just world. We can be wounded or hesitant ourselves, sometimes profoundly so.
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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.
Politics
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.
Politics
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.
Teen
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.
Religion
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
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Romney has thrown barbs at organized labor on occasion throughout the campaign season, suggesting that unions have helped
Politics
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.
Moviefone
In an industry still hesitant to make films about today's War on Terror, and with memories of World War II fading, Russian authoritarians are on their way to becoming Hollywood's safe, consensus villains of the moment.
Politics
This is the first in a series of periodic discussions about the age of protest and change that has only begun. There is not