Monthly Archives: January 2023

“Neutrality was not an option”

Baerbock at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe: “When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant.” These are the words of Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace … Continue reading

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Kresy

Wikipedia: In Lithuania and Belarus, Poles are more numerous than in Ukraine. This is the result of the Polish population transfers (1944–1946)[45] as well as Massacres of Poles in Wołyń Voivodeship. Those Poles who survived the slaughter begged for the opportunity to emigrate.[14]

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Rzeczpospolita Polska

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Kresy

Wikipedia: People who moved from the East to the Recovered Territories talked amongst themselves about their return to Lwów and other eastern locations, and the German return to Silesia, as a result of World War III, in which Western Allies would defeat … Continue reading

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Ukraine deputy minister sacked for alleged theft of $400,000

Guardian: Before the war, corruption scandals were an almost daily feature of Ukrainian political life. The country was ranked 122 out of 180 by Transparency International in 2021, making it one of the world’s most corrupt countries. The EU has made anti-corruption … Continue reading

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“The Modern World”, Pawel Kuczynki

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We learn history not in order to know how to behave or how to succeed, but to know who we are. —Leszek Kołakowski, “The Idolatry of Politics”, U.S. Jefferson Lecture speech (1986)

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Pan Tadeusz

Litwo! Ojczyzno moja! ty jesteś jak zdrowie; Ile cię trzeba cenić, ten tylko się dowie, Kto cię stracił. Dziś piękność twą w całej ozdobie Widzę i opisuję, bo tęsknię po tobie. Panno święta, co Jasnej bronisz Częstochowy I w Ostrej … Continue reading

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Wikipedia: As an important centre of trade, commerce, and culture, Grodno was a notable royal city and was also one of the royal residences and political centers of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. The Old and New Castles were often visited by the Commonwealth monarchs including famous Stephen … Continue reading

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The Wilno/Vilnius nomenclature really looks different when you read Lietuvos-Sovietų Sąjungos savitarpio pagalbos sutartis as Okupacja krajów bałtyckich. This is not a new concept, of course, but it’s odd to have looked at it from the one side for years … Continue reading

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Владимир Ильич Ленин, *10 (22) апреля 1870 — †21 января 1924

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