Commentary

The Current on Currants – an Exotic Super Food
2010 Vol. 2 No. 3 — Fall / Commentary

The Current on Currants – an Exotic Super Food

Jan Kowalczewski explores the correlation between currants and what it means to be Polish – and how this plant’s positive qualities have helped it persevere.

Will the Real Africa Please Stand Up?
2010 Vol. 2 No. 3 — Fall / Commentary

Will the Real Africa Please Stand Up?

More than $1 trillion in development-related aid has been transferred to Africa – & it’s not helping. Africans are worse off because of it, claims Zambian economist Dambisa Moyo.

Human Trafficking … in Canada?
2010 Vol. 2 No. 3 — Fall / Commentary

Human Trafficking … in Canada?

According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, 800 to 1200 persons are trafficked every year to Canada and 1500 to 2200 persons are trafficked through Canada into the United States.

A Young Canadian’s Love Affair with the Polish Language
2010 Vol. 2 No. 3 — Fall / Commentary

A Young Canadian’s Love Affair with the Polish Language

Polish sounded like a waterfall & I understood nothing of the rushing sz, cz, rz, and rrr sounds. But the sounds of Polish intrigued me instantly.

Former U.S. Ambassador: Poles Have a Basic Love of Liberty
2010 Vol. 2 No. 3 — Fall / Commentary

Former U.S. Ambassador: Poles Have a Basic Love of Liberty

Former U.S. Ambassador to Poland Victor Ashe was the keynote speaker at the Poland in the Rockies 2010 official banquet, & spoke about the history & future of Poland.

Poland in the Rockies 2010: Victor Ashe, Alex Storozynski and more
2010 Vol. 2 No. 3 — Fall / Commentary

Poland in the Rockies 2010: Victor Ashe, Alex Storozynski and more

The 4th edition of the biennial Poland in the Rockies (PitR) symposium in Polish Studies, held in Canmore, Canada, hosted a dozen speakers & 40 students – incl. former US ambassador Victor Ashe & President of Kosciuszko Foundation Alex Storozynski.

Chivalry Remembered in the UK: The Old Poles and the New
2010 Vol. 2 No. 2 — Summer / Commentary

Chivalry Remembered in the UK: The Old Poles and the New

The “Old Poles” vs. the “New Poles” in the U.K., and where the twain shall meet.

Same Neighborhood. New Friends?
2010 Vol. 2 No.1 — Spring / Commentary

Same Neighborhood. New Friends?

The 1989 generation is the first for hundreds of years which doesn’t have to do anything extraordinarily brave for their country, writes Warsaw-based Krzysztof Bobinski.

Poland’s Best Winter Olympic Games Ever, but…
2010 Vol. 2 No.1 — Spring / Commentary

Poland’s Best Winter Olympic Games Ever, but…

Congratulations to Vancouver Olympic winners Justyna Kowalczyk and Adam Małysz, but… do two athletes make a team?

Reflections: Canadian Minister visits Poland
2010 Vol. 2 No.1 — Spring / Commentary

Reflections: Canadian Minister visits Poland

A Canadian Minister visits Poland: Reflections – a sombre commemoration, a vibrant Poland.

A Pole at the Head of the European Parliament
2009 — Summer / Commentary

A Pole at the Head of the European Parliament

This year Poles celebrated the 20th anniversary of the fall of Communism in Poland: the roundtable talks and the first democratic parliamentary elections, bringing about almost unbelievable changes to Europe. With the election of Jerzy Buzek as the President of the European Parliament, the last remaining symbols of the old divisions are dropping.

To Spank [Your Child in Poland] or Not?
2009 — Summer / Commentary

To Spank [Your Child in Poland] or Not?

On anti-spanking laws around the world – and in Poland’s interwar period.

Life Advice: Plato vs. Grandma
2009 — Summer / Commentary

Life Advice: Plato vs. Grandma

A while ago a reader asked me to devote a column to the concept of a civil society. For a number of reasons, the time is ripe for me to oblige.