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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.

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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.

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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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Courtesy of Music Box Films

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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AP/Czarek Sokolowski

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.

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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 READ MORE



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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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Wikipedia

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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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AP / Matthias Schrader

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



Photo illustration based on a photo from kremlin.ru

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


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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 READ MORE



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.

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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


Wawel Cathedral
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)

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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.

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Flickr / liz_com1981

Stolen Auschwitz Sign Found in Pieces

“Arbeit macht frei.” Work makes you free. Those three German words sat over the entrance to the Auschwitz concentration camp in southern Poland for the better part of a century until the 16-foot, 90-pound sign went missing Friday. Police found it in northern Poland on Sunday, cut into three pieces. Five men were arrested.

Posted on Dec 20, 2009 READ MORE


American soldier
U.S. Marine Corps / Sgt. Pete Thibodeau

Europe Balks at Sending More Troops to Afghanistan

As President Barack Obama considers whether to send more American forces to fight in Afghanistan, it’s looking as if European countries are unlikely to commit more of their own troops to the cause, according to European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.

Posted on Nov 3, 2009 READ MORE


A Puzzling, Dangerous U.S. Policy Comes to an End

President Barack Obama’s cancellation of his predecessor’s missile-defense scheme for Poland and the Czech Republic presumably brings to a close one of the least explicable and most dangerous American policy initiatives since the Cold War officially ended.

Posted on Sep 23, 2009 READ MORE


Putin
kremlin.ru

Putin Scores Points With the Poles

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has attempted to improve relations between his country and Poland by addressing some wrongs committed by the Soviet Union—and later Russia—against its Baltic neighbor in recent decades. He offered an apology in an article he penned for the Polish paper Gazeta Wyborcza that ran Tuesday.

Posted on Sep 1, 2009 READ MORE



Julien Bryan

World War II: 70 Years and We’re Still Fighting

The Germans invaded Poland on this day 70 years ago, and so began what many consider the greatest conflict in human history. An estimated 60 million people would die, including 27 million Soviets and 12 million Jews, Gypsies, gays and other victims of the Nazi holocaust. Most of the dead were civilians.

Posted on Sep 1, 2009 READ MORE


Zimerman
harrisonparrott.com

Polish Politics at the Piano

Polish pianist Krystian Zimerman’s debut at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles took a political turn on Sunday night when he took a moment before his final number to announce that he wouldn’t play in the U.S. again as long as America pursues an imperialist agenda on the world stage.

Posted on Apr 27, 2009 READ MORE


Beluga caviar
tomkirkman.com

Let Them Eat Caviar

Some needy denizens of Milan will be served a rare delicacy this holiday season, after Italian customs officials seized about 88 pounds of beluga caviar from smugglers trying to sneak it in from Poland. The loot—worth over half a million dollars—was donated to feed the Milanese poor.

Posted on Dec 20, 2008 READ MORE


Jaruzelski
AP photo

Poles Take Another Look at Jaruzelski

As Poland’s last communist-era head of state, Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski faced off with the country’s growing pro-democracy Solidarity movement and drew widespread criticism and outrage for his 1981 crackdown on the organization. Now some former detractors are reconsidering his legacy.

Posted on Nov 29, 2008 READ MORE


Rice
topnews.in

Rice Pops Up in Baghdad

Where in the world is Condoleezza Rice? Well, as the ink was drying on the deal she signed to secure Poland’s cooperation in the United States’ controversial missile shield project, Secretary of State Rice turned up in Baghdad on Thursday for an unscheduled visit with Iraqi leaders. Surprise!

Posted on Aug 21, 2008 READ MORE


Russian General Takes Bush’s Bait

With the worst timing imaginable, the U.S. and Poland announced a missile shield deal on Thursday, which prompted a Russian general to strut like a peacock and threaten to punish the land of pirogi. The proposed missile shield has been a go-to irritant for President Bush to use on old friend Vladimir Putin, and for an obvious reason: It works.

Posted on Aug 15, 2008 READ MORE


missile shield
michaelfowlkes.com

U.S.-Russian Tensions Rise Over Missile Shield Plan

Forging an agreement with the Czech Republic to host the radar for the United States’ planned missile shield project represents, according to Condoleezza Rice, a way of making the missile defense system “transparent to the Russians.” Officials in Moscow, however, are inclined to take this latest move as a hostile gesture that could provoke military retaliation.

Posted on Jul 8, 2008 READ MORE


Bonfire McCartney
timesonline.typepad.com

Was It the Pope—or the Cute Beatle?

No offense to those Catholics who were heartened by the prospect of Pope John Paul II’s image appearing in a commemorative bonfire in Poland last April, but the UK’s Times Online has helpfully offered some other possibilities as to who else, besides the departed pontiff, may have materialized in that mystical blaze.

Posted on Oct 17, 2007 READ MORE


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