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Solidarity’s Promise  

In the photo above, taken on May 1, 1989, Jacek Kuroń, a leader of the democratic opposition in Poland, marched with Solidarity, a movement he was instrumental in building. The demonstration came on the eve of victory for Poland’s anti-authoritarian …







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The Puzzle of Poland  

A quiet but fierce war is raging for the hearts and minds of Polish citizens, as a vibrant and well organized protest network confronts an increasingly authoritarian right-wing government.







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New World Disorder  

Systems of government are scraping against each other like continents grinding at a fault line. The noise they make announces a new world disordered. These clashes are not just because of Vladimir Putin or the new hard-line Chinese leadership of …



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Gender Trouble in Poland  

Poland’s proposed abortion ban is part of a broader attack on women by the right-wing PiS government, which has sought to banish the word “gender” itself from the country’s vocabulary. But Polish feminists and their allies are fighting back.



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Poland’s Pro-Death Bill  

Over the past week, thousands have taken the streets to protest a complete ban on abortion in Poland, which already has some of the strictest anti-abortion laws in Europe. One of the founders of Krytyka Polityczna explains why she’s taking part in the protests.



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Poland’s Rightward Turn  

Does the conservative Law and Justice party’s victory represent the resurgence of populist nationalism in Eastern Europe? Perhaps. But it also represents something equally troubling about Polish politics: there are no left-wing alternatives.






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