Eastern Europeans ask: Who's next?

| Mar 16, 2014

Eastern Europeans ask: Who's next?

by Alison Mutler

Broken promises of help from the West. A tragic history of Russian invasion that goes back centuries. A painful awareness that conflicts in this volatile region are contagious. These are the factors that make nations across Eastern Europe watch events in Ukraine — and ...

Polish soap opera gives actor a chance to shine

Nov 25, 2013

Polish soap opera gives actor a chance to shine

A Japanese actor has been enjoying popularity among Poles after joining the cast of Poland’s most-watched soap opera. Hiroaki Murakami, 30, has gained popularity with his appearance in the soap opera “M jak Milosc” (“L for Love”) constantly hitting high notes in viewer ratings. ...

Nov 24, 2013

UNEP chief urges Japan to stay in fight

The chief of the U.N. Environment Program urged Japan to keep playing a leadership role in the fight against global warming, although it faces a challenge caused by Fukushima nuclear disaster, which left most of its atomic plants offline. “The world has in a ...

Da Vinci dream realized by Pole

Nov 17, 2013

Da Vinci dream realized by Pole

With elegant black and tan keys, it looks like a baby grand piano, but when pressed they release the voluptuous tones of a cello. The painter of the Mona Lisa, Italian Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci, also dreamed up the viola organista in the ...

Storks find their paradise in Poland

Sep 15, 2013

Storks find their paradise in Poland

It is a success story of happy coexistence: outnumbered by storks, residents of the Polish hamlet of Zywkowo welcome the birds on their roofs in exchange for good luck — and, if you believe legend, newborns. Kept afloat by EU and nonprofit funding, the ...

May 14, 2013

Abe eyes nuclear push in Europe

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning to visit Poland in June to promote Japan’s nuclear power technology in Eastern Europe, a government source said Monday. Abe is expected to meet with leaders of four countries in the region, also including the Czech Republic, Hungary ...

Poland's young Jews pick up threads of history

Apr 27, 2013

Poland's young Jews pick up threads of history

by Kate Connolly

It was only after her grandmother’s death that Maniucha Bikont discovered the full extent of her secret. Lea Horovitz had decided to escape incarceration in Warsaw’s Jewish ghetto in 1940 after overhearing two shopkeepers comment “she doesn’t look like a zduva” (a “yid”) on ...

Mar 23, 2013

Poles chase away winter, misery by burning and drowning dolls

Clutching a gaudy homemade doll in flames, students gathered Thursday on a frosty footbridge in central Poland to toss it into the river, an ancient rite repeated across the country every March 21. The students — chanting “Evil winter begone!” — joined winter-weary Poles ...