Dr. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz is a Professor of History at IWP and holds the The Kociuszko Chair in Polish Studies. Full bio

Belarus Opposition Churning

Have you heard this one from America’s leading post-Soviet expert and my colleague Paul Goble? “Elections in Belarus are like the Rocky films: with each new one, the main hero gets a little older but he still defeats everyone.” But Minsk ain’t Hollywood. Many people have had enough of sequels. There is a counter-revolution churning…

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Mike Pompeo and the Beast From the East

When U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled for an official visit to Poland a week ago, the Poles were celebrating a centennial of their victory over the Soviet Union. Pompeo probably did know that there was a strong American connection, even a Hollywood one. In 1933 Merian C. Cooper produced his smash hit King…

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Belarus: Plot Thickens in Presidential Landslide

The bad news is that there have been riots every night in Belarus following the presidential election of August 10. And more bad news is also that we have a winner: President Oleksandr Lukashenka has triumphed again, and, after 26 years in the office, he is now officially in his sixth term. He will soldier…

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Lenin, Revolution, and the Jewish People

Antisemitism and the Russian Revolution by Brendan McGeever Reviewed by Marek Jan Chodakiewicz According to Brendan McGeever’s Antisemitism and the Russian Revolution (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2019), armed supporters of the Bolsheviks, in the Red Army in particular, were permeated with antisemitism which manifested itself in anti-Jewish propaganda and violence. Simply put, the rank-and-file…

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Back the Blue—and Give ’em a Raise!

A powerful revolutionary wave has been sweeping the nation. One of its bywords is “Defund the Police.” In reality, however, it is about law and order. Emasculating or even dismantling the police is plainly an assault on law and order. The postulate to defund law enforcement officers has gained some traction in Democrat-controlled cities in particular.  Minneapolis…

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US Inspires Summer of Un-Love in Germany, Bulgaria

Over the last weekend, the Germans and the Bulgarians demonstrated against their respective governments. This seems to be an echo chamber effect of our own travails which have inspired countless Europeans to take to the streets and express their anger over their gripe de jour. In this instance, as we shall see, the Germans are quite…

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Poland Should Get Out of Marxist Istanbul Agreement

The New York Times has just gone ballistic because Poland wants to withdraw from the so-called Istanbul Convention, which is allegedly designed to protect women from aggression, in particular domestic violence. The nightmare of Stanley Kowalski’s wife beating habits will transcend the fictional A Street Car Named Desire to afflict the anti-hero’s ancestral homeland. Now for some…

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A Contest and a Set Up in Eastern Europe

Elections are a tell-tale sign of democracy, but they are also a permanent feature of a dictatorship. In a democratic contest elections are real and indispensable for power. In a dictatorial game “elections” are a deception operation to compel the people to report at the voting booth to cast a vote that matters not because…

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A Terrorist Continuity

In her Death Orders: The Vanguard of Modern Terrorism in Revolutionary Russia (Santa Barbara, CA, Denver, CO, and Oxford: Praeger, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, Inc., 2010) Anna Geifman argues that all major current terrorist techniques originated among the revolutionary extremists of late imperial Russia. Hers is a comparativist effort in psychohistory. The scholar focuses mainly on Russia…

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Andrzej Duda, photo by Radosław Czarnecki

Fair and Square, Duda’s Won!

A shorter version of this article was published by Newsmax. The Polish presidential election was supposed to be a squeaker. But it turned into a respectable 3% lead for the winner, President Andrzej Duda, who is allied with the ruling Law and Justice party (PiS). In the first round three weeks ago, incumbent Duda won…

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