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27th Jan 2019 - The story of the Oneg Shabbat group who gathered and catalogued diaries, photographs, realia, oral and written accounts to chronicle life in the Warsaw Ghetto between 1940 and 1943. Thousands of original documents that, partially dug out after WW2, are now reunited in the Ringelblum Archive. An invaluable collection of historical sources now available for historians, researchers and the new generations.
22nd Jan 2019 - 'Oggi in Italia' was a secret radio station created in Prague by the Italian Communist Party and operating between 1950 and 1971. It was manned by many political exiles who lived abroad under false identities. It broadcast its share of news and propaganda reaching out to millions of Italians. However, it also delivered journalistic scoops and host Radio Free Prague during the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1968.
9th Jan 2019 - An interview for Radio3 Rai concerning the Italian deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini meeting Jarosław Kaczyński leader of the Law and Justice party in Warsaw to discuss possible alliances for the forthcoming European Parliament elections.
30th Dec 2018 - Editor in chief of the 3rd thematic issue of an online literary mag made by foreigners in Warsaw. This issue includes texts and artworks by 20 authors hailing from 12 countries: Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Nigeria, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Sierra Leone, Spain, the UK, and the US.
16th Dec 2018 - The approval of a new law on overtime work by the Hungarian parliament on December 12th sparkled huge protests in Budapest. Dozens of thousands of people took to the streets for four nights in a row to voice their resentment against the so called 'slave law'. The new law extends mandatory annual overtime hours for employees from a maximum of 250 to 400 hours and give employers the right to pay them back three years later.
3rd Dec 2018 - A live interview for Radio3 Rai on the eve of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, the COP24, taking place in Poland.
1st Dec 2018 - What future for Donald Tusk? The current President of the European Council and former Polish PM will leave Brussels next year at the end of his second mandate. Tusk has been considering a comeback on Polish politics, but hasn't decided whether to rejoin his old party, Civic Platform, or launch a new one. Meanwhile, opinion polls show how he would be a serious contender for Poland's president role in 2020.
24th Nov 2018 - The story of 18 thousand Polish refugees - mostly women and children - who ended up in East Africa during WW2 after escaping from deportation in the USSR and lived there until 1949. The first longform published on a new editorial project I co-founded and focused on Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, and Slovakia.
12th Nov 2018 - On November 11 this year, Poland celebrated the 100th anniversary of its independence. However, among the 100,000 or 200,000 people who marched along the streets of Warsaw on this important anniversary there were thousands who did so by showing far-right banners and flags, including Italian neofascists. A nationalist display that the mayor of Warsaw had tried to ban this year, but that happened next to a patriotic demonstration promoted by the government along the same route.
4th Sep 2018 - From July 2018, the Czech Republic has stopped issuing long term working visas to Vietnamese citizens. A decision taken unexpectedly by the Babiš government to tackle illegal activities run by people hailing from Vietnam, but that goes against one of the strongest foreign communities in the Czech Republic.
1st Aug 2018 - August 2nd is a poignant anniversary for Poland and for Warsaw as it commemorates the 'W Hour', the moment when the Warsaw Uprising against the Nazis began in '44. However, in Poland today the simbology of the Uprising has been seized by neofascist movements, used in right-wing discourse and even by patriotic clothing brands, hence weakening the memory of that sacrifice.