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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 »

Vice President George H.W. Bush’s September 1987 Visit to Poland – Report in Polish (po polsku)

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Vice President George H.W. Bush began a four-day visit to Poland on Saturday, September 26, 1987. His visit facilitated talks between Solidarity and the communist regime and eventual peaceful fall of communism in Poland. I interviewed Vice President Bush at the White House before the trip and accompanied him as Voice of America Polish Service correspondent. I filed this report ... Read More »

Interweaving of Public Diplomacy and U.S. International Broadcasting

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Interweaving of Public Diplomacy and U.S. International Broadcasting A Historical Analysis by Ted Lipien Published in American Diplomacy, December 2011   Summary U.S. policy makers have used traditional diplomacy, public diplomacy and government-sponsored journalism to promote America’s interests and to influence public opinion abroad. On the journalistic side, the so-called surrogate radios: Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty – more ... Read More »

Reagan and Korbonski on Yalta and Poland

Stefan Korboński presenting the Home Army Cross to President Ronald Reagan at the White House in 1984 during celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Warsaw Rising.

As Poland prepares for next year’s 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Rising, I wanted to share ‘s 1984 letter to The New York Times, in which the last chief of the Polish wartime underground State repeated President Ronald Reagan’s earlier statement that the United States rejects any interpretation of the Yalta agreement that suggests American consent for the division of Europe ... Read More »

LIPIEN: Remembering a Polish-American patriot

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Three years ago, on September  1, 2010, The Washington Times published my article about Zofia Korbońska, an anti-Nazi and anti-Communist resister and a Voice of America Polish Service journalist who had passed away on August 16, 2010. LIPIEN: Remembering a Polish-American patriot Read More »

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