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Lech Walesa’s Nov. 15, 1989 speech in Congress was broadcast jointly by Voice of America and Polish Radio

President Bush meets privately with Solidarity Leader Lech Walesa of Poland in the residence, 11/14/1989

Photograph of President George H.W. Bush and Lech Wałęsa was taken a day before Solidarity leader’s historic speech to the joint session of the United States Congress on November 15, 1989. The historic speech delivered on November 15, 1989 by Solidarity leader Lech Wałęsa to the joint session of the United States Congress was broadcast to Poland in a joint ... Read More »

Digital Journal Op-Ed: VOA and U.S. public diplomacy failed on Obama-Malala meeting

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their daughter Malia meet with Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by the Taliban a year ago, in the Oval Office, Oct. 11, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Voice of America (VOA) and U.S. public diplomacy failed to take full advantage of President Obama’s meeting Friday with teenage Pakistani campaigner for girls’ education Malala Yousafzai. But Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) did a good job. Read more: Digital Journal Op-Ed: VOA and U.S. public diplomacy failed on Obama-Malala meeting. By Ted Lipien. October 14, 2013. Read More »

Zbigniew Brzezinski o Jałcie – About Yalta, 1985

Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski

In an article for the Winter 1984/1985 issue of Foreign Affairs, “A Divided Europe: The Future of Yalta,” Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski wrote that “Yalta is unfinished business. Forty years after the fateful Crimean meeting of February 4-11, 1945, between the Allied Big Three of World War II, much of our current (1984/1985) preoccupation with Yalta focuses on its myth rather ... Read More »

Importance of U.S.-Polish Ties Underscored by Vice President Bush During 1987 Visit to Krakow

George H.W. Bush

The audio report is in Polish and English. Link to audio. In 1987, the U.S. Department of State upgraded the status of the Consulate in Krakow, designating it as a Consulate General. On September 29, 1987, visiting U.S. Vice President George H.W. Bush led a designation ceremony and spoke about the strength of U.S.-Polish ties, especially ties with Southern Poland. ... Read More »

We are condemned to reach an agreement in Poland, Walesa told VOA Polish Service in 1987

Lech Wałęsa in August 1980

Poland’s communist regime organized a referendum on political and economic reforms, which was held on 29 November 1987. Around a third of eligible voters did not participate, defying the regime. It was the first time that Communist authorities in Eastern Europe had lost a vote. I covered the referendum for the Voice of America (VOA) Polish Service. After the vote, ... Read More »

Lech Walesa on Importance of Voice of America in Poland’s Struggle for Freedom and Democracy

President George H. W. Bush with Poland’s Lech Wałęsa (center) and First Lady Barbara Bush in Warsaw, July 1989. White House photo by David Valdez.

“Nie wyobrażalne jest by mogło to mieć miejsce tak szybko i tak skutecznie gdyby nie Głos Ameryki.” — Lech Wałęsa, 2002. “It is not conceivable that it would have happened so quickly and so effectively if not for the Voice of America.” — Lech Wałęsa, 2002. October 5, 2013 will mark the 30th anniversary of the Nobel Committee announcement that ... Read More »

Book on Poland’s Independence Belonging to Ambassador Arthur Bliss Lane

Case For Poland's Independence-Arthur Bliss Lane

I found this book several years ago by pure chance in a bookstore in San Francisco selling old and antique books. Ambassador Arthur Bliss Lane’s daughter, Peggy, lived in San Francisco, which may explain how the book ended up in a local book shop. She died at a relatively young age from a sudden illness when Bliss Lane and his ... Read More »

Zbigniew Brzezinski Interviewed for 1989 Worldnet Program on Historic Changes in Poland

Zbigniew_Brzezinski_at_VOA

In a March 1989 Voice of America-Worldnet-Polish Television program moderated by Ted Lipien, then director of the Voice of America (VOA) Polish Service, Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski discussed historic political changes, which were taking place at that time in Poland and throughout Central and Eastern Europe. Dr. Brzezinski was being interviewed by journalists in Poland which was still under communist rule ... Read More »

1984 Interview With Czeslaw Miłosz on Polish-Jewish Relations (in Polish – po polsku)

This is a file from the Wikimedia Commons. Czeslaw Milosz, Miami Bookfair International, 1986. Author: MDCarchives. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Link to audio. The interview (in Polish – po polsku) with Czesław Miłosz was recorded in Oxford on September 19, 1984 at a conference on Polish-Jewish relations. Miłosz talks about Poland’s multicultural traditions, Polish-Jewish relations in the 19th century, during the interwar period, and under communism. He discusses anti-Semitism, Polish-Jewish relations in his home city of Wilno (Vilnius – now ... Read More »

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