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21st July 2018 - Hungary will join the US as the only two countries in the United Nations not signing the Global Compact for Migration in December this year. A decision taken by the Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs to reiterate the government's negative view on migration as opposed to that of the UN. Meanwhile, the European Commission has referred Hungary to the Court of Justice of the EU for non-compliance of its asylum and return legislation with European law. Two steps that deepen the frictions on migration policies between Viktor Orbán and the rest of the world.
15th Jul 2018 - Dozens of thousands of Poles were killed by Ukrainian nationalists in Volhynia in '43. Today Poland refers to those massacres as a "genocide" and created a national remembrance day on 11th July. However, what the Polish government omits to say is that thousands of Ukrainians were killed by Poles as retaliation in '45. This point of view and the contradictory approach of Ukrainian president Poroshenko on what happened in Volhynia are still causing frictions between Poland and Ukraine.
28th Jun 2018 - Ahead of a European meeting to discuss immigration, Polish PM, Mateusz Morawiecki, suggested that "something similar to a new Marshall Plan" should be launched to help Africa's economy and stop illegal migrants coming to Europe. A proposal that can be seen as a consequence of the colonialist discourse. Even though Poland never owned colonies, the country claimed colonial possessions in Africa between WWI and WWII.
24th Apr 2018 - More on the topic of property restitution in Poland.
13th Apr 2018 - Dozens of thousands of private properties were seized by Nazi and Soviet occupiers in Poland or nationalised by the Polish socialist government after WWII. Since the early 1990s, the heirs of their former owners have been trying to get many of these properties back or seeking compensation. However, Poland is the only country in the EU without a national legislation on property restitution, hence dissatisfying both: former and current owners. This may change soon if a controversial draft presented by the Polish government is turned into law.
13th Apr 2018 - AKS Zły is a Warsaw alternative football club founded in 2015 in the district of Praga and playing in the lowest tiers of Polish Football Association. What makes the club exceptional is that it doesn't have an owner, but it's self-financed and run by its members. Zły promotes values of democracy, social inclusion, multiculturalism, gender equality, and fair play. At Zły everyone is welcome provided they share the club's values (co-written with Salvatore Greco.)
7th Mar 2018 - August Agbola O'Brown was a Nigerian jazz drummer who came to Poland in 1922 and lived there for up to thirty-five years. He was the only black person who fought together with Polish partisans during the Warsaw Uprising in '44. Today O'Brown's story is particularly meaningful to tackle the rise of political discourses promoting a non-multicultural, white Poland. Winner of the 'Eccellenza del Giorno' award on Premio Treccani Web.
6th Mar 2018 - Portrait of Polish actress Elżbieta Czyżewska who worked with directors such as Skolimowski, Wajda, Bareja, Lumet, and Costa-Gavras. Once one of the most famous actresses in her homecountry, Czyżewska had to leave Poland in 1967 as the then wife of American journalist David Halberstam who had become a persona non grata.
4th Mar 2018 - Between 1931 and 1936 Polish traveller and journalist Kazimierz Nowak, rode his bike through Africa from Lybia to South Africa and then back to Algeria. Along the road Nowak met people, wrote a diary, took hundreds of photos, and wrote articles about a continent that was changing fast. A book that pre-dates the Polish reportage school and whose author was endorsed by Ryszard Kapuściński.
17th Feb 2018 - Miedzianka, also known as Kupferberg, was a little town in a debatable corner of Europe where copper and silver were dug out. After WW2, uranium was mined here in secrecy. In '69 the town was razed to the ground and its inhabitants moved elsewhere. In 2011 Polish journalist Filip Springer wrote a book about this story and helped rediscovering Miedzianka.
16th Feb 2018 - What do we talk about when we talk about 'Polish reportage'? A quick guide to discover this non fiction genre and its exciting blend of investigative reporting, travel journalism and ethnography through some of its best authors and their books.