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Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer Assess the Merits of a Life of Virtue in a Careerist’s World

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges tells Editor in Chief Robert Scheer about the rewards of his unorthodox life as a minister and journalist covering the disintegration of societies on multiple continents, his working habits, and the consequences of elite neglect of the forces that turn civilized populations barbarian.

Posted on Aug 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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The New European Fascists

Poland offers a frightening example of the right-wing populism sweeping through many nations. Neoliberalism is wrecking economies, creating rage among the working class, devastating cultural institutions and eroding liberal democracy across Europe and in the United States.

Posted on Jul 24, 2016 READ MORE



Writing as Resistance

Doomed writers buried their accounts of the Warsaw ghetto in the hope that they could teach whoever unearthed the documents about good, evil, indifference and the importance of the truth as an act of resistance. They have left us a trove of papers on how to construct a life of meaning.

Posted on Jul 17, 2016 READ MORE



The Most Important Election of Your Life Is Not This Year

The real nightmare is likely to emerge in 2020 or thereafter, if and when a far more capable politician than Donald Trump embraces retrograde positions and rides an angry, wounded America into Washington.

Posted on Jun 27, 2016 READ MORE



We Must Understand Corporate Power to Fight It

All predatory systems of power seek to mask their ultimate aims. As they become more repressive, they become more deceptive. They silence dissidents and bombard the airwaves with lies. Those who effectively resist have to peel back the layers of deceit to understand the intentions of the elites.

Posted on Jun 12, 2016 READ MORE


Chris Hedges and Holocaust Survivor Lola Mozes Revisit Nazi-Occupied Poland (Video)

Mozes’ testimony is both a history lesson and a cautionary tale for our time.

Posted on Jun 7, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



50,000 Hit Streets of Poland to Rally Against ‘Creeping Coup d’Etat’

“My freedom and everybody else’s freedom is in danger,” says a protester.

Posted on Dec 13, 2015 READ MORE



The Cold War Heats Up as the U.S. and Poland Discuss Weapons Deployment in Eastern Europe

Saber-rattling in response to alleged Russian expansionism is the latest in a series of dramatic breaks from the post-Cold War detente between Russia and the U.S.-led West.

Posted on Jun 14, 2015 READ MORE



Stepping Back From the Precipice in Eastern Europe

What has the past year of war inside Ukraine been about?

Posted on Mar 4, 2015 READ MORE



NATO to Point More Guns at Russia (Video)

A military response by NATO is ramping up the new Cold War with Russia as the international body declared Thursday that it will establish six command posts on its eastern borders and create a 5,000-member “rapid reaction” force.

Posted on Feb 7, 2015 READ MORE



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Seventy Years After Auschwitz, One Survivor Has Her Revenge

Eva Slonim was a child when she was taken to Auschwitz, where she was tortured and experimented on by Dr. Josef Mengele.

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 READ MORE



‘You Have a Mother’

Lola Mozes’ desperate plea to a Nazi camp guard did not save her mother. But by then her parents had taught her a lesson that has informed her life—no human being ever has the right to live at the expense of another.

Posted on Jan 18, 2015 READ MORE



The Narrow Road to the Deep North

This novel, nominated for the Man Booker Prize, examines a group of Australian POWs during WWII as individuals, and their efforts to cling to the trappings of civilization no matter how slight or futile.

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Poles Stage Apple-Eating Social Media Campaign to ‘Annoy Putin’

Did you know that Poland is basically apple central? Yes, the Eastern European nation happens to be the largest exporter of apples the world over. And its people are not about to sit idly by while Vladimir Putin blocks their fruity bounty from entering Russia.

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 READ MORE



Obama’s $1 Billion Offer to Strengthen European Forces Gets Kremlin’s Attention

In Warsaw on Tuesday, President Obama announced that he will ask Congress for $1 billion to fund a European Reassurance Initiative.

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 READ MORE



Obama Defends Deal With Taliban to Free U.S. Soldier

President Obama on Tuesday defended a prisoner swap with the Taliban to free an American soldier, saying his “sacred” trust as commander-in-chief outweighed claims he broke the law and set a dangerous precedent.

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This Unexpected Movie Just Won’t Leave Me Alone

“Ida” is a strangely haunting movie—for a failure. For all its faults, it’s taken up something like permanent residence in my brain.

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Canada Is a Terrifying Place to Be HIV-Positive

Arrests and prosecutions of Canadian residents who don’t disclose they’ve been infected with the HIV virus are commonplace; Nigeria’s first lady condemns those protesting her government’s ineffectiveness in dealing with the abduction of 236 schoolgirls by the Boko Haram group; meanwhile, a smartgun’s been developed that will work only for its owner, but a New Jersey law is keeping it off the market. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Alchemy Is More Important Than Scientists Initially Thought

Scholars are acknowledging that alchemy actually led to noteworthy experiments; the CIA allegedly hired out a torture villa in Poland; meanwhile, sugar may soon power tablets, phones and more. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Shielding a Flickering Flame

As the plundered ecosystem deteriorates, resistance will increasingly be an act designed not to ensure the continuity of life but to stave off death for as long as possible.

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Warsaw—Day 12: All Nations Accept CO2 Targets

As the U.N. climate talks in Warsaw tottered through their unplanned final day the exhausted delegates found room for enough compromises to keep the process moving ahead—slowly.

Posted on Nov 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Warsaw—Day 12: Too Little Too Late to Save the Planet

Two weeks of sometimes rancorous and seldom conclusive negotiations are drawing toward a close at the U.N. climate talks in Warsaw, with little to show for all the effort.

Posted on Nov 22, 2013 READ MORE


‘Democracy Now!’ Streaming Live Coverage of the U.N. Climate Summit

All week, “Democracy Now!” is broadcasting live reports from the annual United Nations Climate Change Summit in Warsaw, Poland.

Posted on Nov 19, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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Warsaw—Day 8: China Is ‘Unsure Progress Is Possible’

Concern over financial promises made by developed countries has prompted the leader of China’s negotiators at the Warsaw climate talks to question whether progress there is possible.

Posted on Nov 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Warsaw—Day 7: World ‘Neglects Climate Impact on Food’

Food security is a neglected area of efforts to tackle climate change, say scientists who think politicians are failing to take the problem seriously.

Posted on Nov 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Warsaw—Day 6: Prepare Now for 4°C Rise

Delegates to the climate conference in Poland have been told that the United Nations believes global average temperatures will rise by double the agreed safety limit.

Posted on Nov 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Warsaw—Day 3: World Faces More ‘Perfect Storms’

We should expect more storms on the scale of Hurricane Sandy and Supertyphoon Haiyan, the World Meteorological Organization has told delegates at the U.N. climate conference in Poland.

Posted on Nov 14, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Czarek Sokolowski

Warsaw—Day 1: Climate Talks Open With Tears

The UN Climate Change Convention has begun its annual conference in the Polish capital, where the opening ceremony was overshadowed by the awful reality of the suffering in the Philippines.

Posted on Nov 11, 2013 READ MORE


Warsaw Ghetto Uprising v. 2.0

In April 1943, as Nazis rounded up, and later deported or killed, about 300,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, Hitler’s henchmen were met with resistance in the form of the Warsaw Uprising, as factions of armed Jews and Polish gentiles from the Home Army banded together to strike back against their occupiers.

 

Posted on Aug 21, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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On 9/11, New Evidence From Another Massacre

While Americans paused Tuesday to reflect on the 11th anniversary of 9/11 and the loss of nearly 3,000 innocent lives, the National Archives has released new evidence of Washington’s cover-up of an atrocity 72 years ago that killed more than seven times as many people.

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Vadim Ghirda

Eastern Europe’s Coming-Out Party

Ukraine and Poland had to overcome great prejudice and skepticism to pull off the Euro 2012 soccer tournament.

Posted on Jul 5, 2012 READ MORE



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Maurice Sendak, Children’s Book Author, Dies at 83

Maurice Sendak, a man whose imagination helped generations of children discover their own, “who wrenched the picture book out of the safe, sanitized world of the nursery and plunged it into the dark, terrifying and hauntingly beautiful recesses of the human psyche,” has died at 83 of complications from a recent stroke.

Posted on May 8, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Seth Wenig

Time to Start Preoccupying Wall Street

What would it be like if activists were to spend the next several months developing, articulating and organizing toward a major national mortgage and student loan strike? Such a loan strike would be slated to begin on some specific preannounced date in the intermediate future. Why not, say, on Oct. 1, 2012, right in the middle of the next presidential campaign?

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 READ MORE



World Economic Forum / Michael Wuertenberg (CC-BY-SA)

Giving Politicians a Good Name

Two politicians from different countries and with very different political pedigrees made news this week. Both spoke difficult truths and reminded us that we shouldn’t use the word “politician” with routine contempt.

Posted on Nov 30, 2011 READ MORE



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Polish Gov’t Launches Auschwitz Probe

The capture and prosecution of Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk in the U.S. earlier this year has prompted the Polish government to launch another hunt for any remaining staff members from Auschwitz who could still be at large.

Posted on Nov 11, 2011 READ MORE


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Demjanjuk Facing Jail Time for Holocaust Role

It’s taken several decades and a couple of different judicial systems, but Thursday, John Demjanjuk, an American who helped the Nazis murder about 28,000 Jews at a prison camp in Poland during the Holocaust, was finally sentenced to prison.

Posted on May 12, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

Russia Points to Pilot Error in Polish President’s Crash

Last April’s plane crash in Smolensk, Russia, which claimed the lives of Polish President Lech Kaczynski and 95 other passengers, was due to error on the part of the Tu-154’s Polish pilots—or so say Russian investigators, drawing mixed reactions from the Polish side.

Posted on Jan 12, 2011 READ MORE



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Internet Pranksters Ready to Send Teen Idol to North Korea

Canadian pop sensation Justin Bieber invited fans to pick the destination of his next tour. Some clever hooligans over at 4chan decided to hijack the vote and send the teen heartthrob to—where else?—North Korea. With a day and change left to vote, the Hermit Kingdom was beating out second-place Israel and third-place Poland by a few thousand votes.

Posted on Jul 5, 2010 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / Komitet Wyborczy Bronislawa Komorowskiego

Polish Presidential Contenders Get Ready for Runoff

Poland’s acting President Bronislaw Komorowski is holding strong in the run-up to the runoff election to replace the late President Lech Kaczynski on July 4, but it looks as if Kaczynski’s twin brother Jaroslaw ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 21, 2010 READ MORE


Kaczynska
AP / Alik Keplicz

Poles Head to the Polls

Poland’s presidential election is finally under way following the death of the country’s last president, Lech Kaczynski, in a plane crash two months ago. Acting President Bronislaw Komorowski was the favorite going in, expected to defeat the late president’s twin brother, Jaroslaw Kaczynski.

Posted on Jun 20, 2010 READ MORE


Daily Show

‘Daily Show’: Why, Helen Thomas, Why?

Veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas, clearly not so good at being on the receiving end of an interview, landed herself in quite the professional pickle this week, and Jon Stewart has some zingers for her on her way out.

Posted on Jun 8, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN



AP / Mikhail Metzel

Russia Has Trouble Escaping the Past

Russia has come a long way, but geopolitics in Eastern Europe are still overshadowed by a mutual distrust rooted in World War II.

Posted on Jun 8, 2010 READ MORE


Thomas and Obama
White House / Pete Souza

Helen Thomas Hangs It Up

White House press corps veteran Helen Thomas, 89, has faced off with nine different presidents—starting with Eisenhower—and their supporting players over the course of her career, but ultimately her own words ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 7, 2010 READ MORE


Polish flood
bbc.co.uk

Floodwaters Threaten Warsaw, Claim at Least 14 in Poland

The Polish people are having a rough time of it this spring. At least 14 people have died in recent days after Poland’s largest river, the Vistula, flooded an area some 50 miles away from Warsaw, and the capital city is in danger of becoming waterlogged as well.

Posted on May 25, 2010 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / Gryffindor

Poland Considers June Vote, President’s Burial Site

It’s looking like the Polish people will vote for the replacement of their late President Lech Kaczynski, lost in last weekend’s plane crash in Russia, on June 20, giving the grieving nation a little extra time to gear up for the election.  (continued)

Posted on Apr 14, 2010 READ MORE


Obama
whitehouse.gov

Obama Warns of the Threat of Nuclear Terrorism

President Barack Obama welcomed delegates from 47 nations to Tuesday’s session of the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C., with a tribute to the Polish representatives in attendance and a moment of silence for their loss before striking a note of warning ... (continued)

Posted on Apr 13, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

Poland’s President, Top Leaders Die in Russian Plane Crash

Poland’s President Lech Kaczynski, his wife and nearly half of the country’s top leadership perished in a Saturday morning plane crash in foggy western Russia.

Posted on Apr 10, 2010 READ MORE


Fake Missile
nytimes.com

Romania to Host U.S. Missile Shield

In an announcement more apt for a dinner party than a defense memorandum, Romania has agreed to host a new U.S. missile shield in its territory aimed at protecting Western interests from the “emerging threat” of Iranian ballistic missiles.

Posted on Feb 5, 2010 READ MORE


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