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Beirut, my unseen love …

Beirut, my unseen love …

Written by: in: Culture

Nowhere else is the life and death so inseparable and the mixture of different layers of life so intense and so telling. Beirut has become a vulnerable yet tempting promise that different people can live together and overcome the dreadful otherness. My life is full of ‘in – betweeness’. I have replaced the strive for […]

Reading Mazowiecki’s expose twenty years later

Reading Mazowiecki’s expose twenty years later

Written by: in: Politics

On August 24, 1989 Tadeusz Mazowiecki, the first Prime Minister of non-communist Poland, gave a visionary expose. Going back to that text today – so fresh, so prognostic and politically modern – it is hard to believe that during that time the Warsaw Pact still existed, that the Iron Curtain subsisted, the army of the […]

13% of Poles are personally involved in the protest

13% of Poles are personally involved in the protest

Written by: in: Society

Last weeks went by under the banner of protests against ACTA, and at work we decided to ask Poles what do they think about it. The protest is a fight for freedom in the Internet For young Poles the protest against ACTA means first of all a struggle for freedom of the Internet. As much […]

The “No for Acta” Movement

The “No for Acta” Movement

Written by: in: Society

The “No for Acta” Movement. Young Poles take to the streets not to defend jobs and wages, but in the name of the freedom of the Internet. Is the government building by its arrogance a generational experience that young Poles lack? Perhaps, from the passive generation Side by Side, we are becoming a very active […]

Moral victors after eviction? There could not be a better end to the Occupy protest

Moral victors after eviction? There could not be a better end to the Occupy protest

Written by: in: Society

The City of London Corporation finally won its High Court case to evict protesters from outside the St Paul’s Cathedral. This decision marks a symbolic end to the encampment that has risen in early autumn at the steps of London’s landmark church. But perhaps, it not the worst news for the Occupy movement. It is […]

Why Palestinian stories matter … (to me anyway)

Why Palestinian stories matter … (to me anyway)

Written by: in: Society

From the university classrooms to the random coffee – shop conversations I always sense the sound of surprise as I try to explain why I, a daughter of a ‘Polish soil’, with no obvious connection ‘the Palestinian’ decided to research the Palestinian diaspora in Europe. And every time, to my own horror, I find myself […]

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