This Polish travel blogger wants Poles to ‘fall in love’ with North Macedonia
Justyna Mleczak during a visit to North Macedonia. Photo used with her permission.This story was originally published by Meta.mk. An edited version is republished here via a content-sharing agreement of Global Voices with Metamorphosis Foundation.Justyna Mleczak is a travel blogger from Poland who runs Do Macedonii, a blog in Polish about her travels in North Macedonia and Albania.Since 2016, she has spent all summers in Albania working as a tour guide, and visiting North Macedonia often. Recently, she visited North Macedonia in cooperation with European Union-supported Smart Toursim Enhanceme...
Belarus to close borders with Poland and Lithuania, put troops on alert
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, dogged by weeks of protests over a disputed election, said on Thursday that Belarus needs to close its borders with Poland and Lithuania, and strengthen border controls with Ukraine.Belarus is in a political crisis following an Aug. 9 presidential election marred by vote-rigging allegations that led to mass demonstrations against Lukashenko, who has been in power since 1994. Lukashenko says he won re-election fairly and is the victim of a smear campaign by the West.“We are compelled to withdraw our troops from the streets, have half our army on guard and...
Poland Seeks Russian Air Traffic Controllers’ Arrest Over Fatal 2010 Presidential Crash
Poland has taken the first steps to arrest three Russian air traffic controllers whom it accuses of provoking a fatal plane crash that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski in 2010, Polish media reported late Wednesday.Polish prosecutors in 2017 accused the air traffic controllers of “deliberately provoking” the crash where 96 Polish officials including Kaczynski died at Russia’s Smolensk airport.Prosecutor’s office spokeswoman Ewa Bialik told reporters that Poland had applied for a “temporary detainment order” of the three Russian flight controllers, according to the broadcaster Poland In, w...
The Moscow Times
Trudy Rubin: How Iraq could become a Mideast anchor, not a 'forever war'
The Mideast story with the most potential to change the region for the better is getting insufficient attention.I’m not referring to the U.S.-brokered deals between Israel and two Gulf states, but rather to current developments inside Iraq, where a highly unusual Iraqi prime minister (a longtime human-rights activist) is fighting to normalize his country.The odds facing Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi are stiff, with Iranian-backed militias challenging his efforts, his followers, and his life. Yet there is real hope for positive change in Iraq, in large part because of Kadhimi’s courage.“For...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Von der Leyen calls for 'anti-racist' EU, promoting LGBT rights
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen called on Wednesday for the creation of a 'truly anti-racist' EU that actively combats hate speech and spoke out against the discrimination of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community."Hate is hate – and no one should have to put up with it.We will strengthen our racial equality laws where there are gaps.We will use our budget to address discrimination in areas such as employment, housing or healthcare," von der Leyen said in her State of the Union address in Brussels.The commission also wants to extend the list of EU crimes...
They're still working. They're still healthy. But they're still scared. What the past six months have been like for Chicago's essential workers
CHICAGO — When the streets emptied of people six months ago, a new class of heroes emerged.They were the drivers, grocery clerks, janitors and others who braved the early unease of the pandemic to show up for work, exempt from the state’s stay-at-home order because they were deemed too important.Home health aide Adarra Benjamin, 26Many people have grown lax about disinfecting every last object that comes into their home. But Adarra Benjamin, a home health aide and personal assistant with elderly and disabled clients, has not let down her guard.She still wipes down every grocery item before lea...
Boeing admits a new quality issue on the 787 and tallies more 737 Max cancellations
Boeing on Tuesday disclosed a new manufacturing quality issue with the 787 Dreamliner, this time with assembly of the airplane’s horizontal tail in Salt Lake City. The disclosure comes after last week’s revelations of quality control problems at Boeing’s South Carolina plant affecting the 787’s aft fuselage.Boeing also released data Tuesday showing the tally of lost 737 Max orders this year is now approaching 1,000 jets.During fabrication in Salt Lake of the 787’s horizontal tail — known as the stabilizer — engineers discovered earlier this year that “certain components were clamped together d...
The Seattle Times
Poland’s civil society awakening – when stones turn political
Le Raton artwork at the corner of Mostowa and Podgorska streets in Kazimierz in Krakow, July 2020. It has now been erased.Following the last round of the Polish Presidential elections mid-July, a new artwork by Krakow street-artist Le Raton was spotted in the former Jewish neighbourhood of Kazimierz facing the Vistula river and the local lovers-bridge. Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of the Rule and Justice Party, stands still while a pierced heart-shaped balloon floats away from him.Of course, different interpretations exist and range from most creative to most serious. Word has it that after one ...
Azerbaijan’s trade turnover with Poland up by 3.7 pct in 1H2020
By Ayya LmahamadThe volume of Azerbaijan’s trade turnover with Poland increased by 3.7 percent, amounting to $55.1 million during the period of January-July 2020, Trend reported with the reference to State Customs Committee.Export of Azerbaijani products to Poland amounted to $2.7 million for the first seven month of the year compared to $2.3 million during the same period last year.Meanwhile, during the period of January-July 2020, import of Polish products to Azerbaijan increased from $50.8 million in 2019 to $52.3 in 2020.Export-import ration in foreign trade relations of two countries was ...
Polish president warns against imperialism on WWII anniversary
Polish President Andrzej Duda warned against the dangers of imperialism on Tuesday during a commemorative event marking the 81st anniversary of the start of World War II in Gdansk."This place is a ... symbol of heroism of Polish soldiers and for the entire world a warning against ... imperialism and brutal policy that leads to war," Duda said at Westerplatte, a peninsula that housed a Polish military outpost attacked by German forces on September 1, 1939.What happened at Westerplatte serves as a warning that the tragedy of a world war should never be repeated, he said."These events led to trag...