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

The E.U. Is Coming for Catholics

Poland and Hungary are in trouble with the European Union again. Ostensibly, this time it is a budgetary dispute that neither Warsaw nor Budapest is willing to sign off on. But, in essence, it is a clash of postmodernism on the one hand and traditionalism on the other. Brussels endeavors brutally to impose its social-engineering schemes…

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Everyone’s Happy, Except Poor Armenia

The Azeris have just cleaned the Armenians’ clock. A month or so ago the frozen conflict thawed out and the perennial adversaries joined battle yet again in an Armenian enclave situated within Azerbaijan. The latter won, in no small measure thanks to Turkey, Israel, and the United States, but also because of dysfunctionality of post-Soviet…

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White Ruthenia and a Jewish Revolution

Andrew Sloin, The Jewish Revolution in Belorussia: Economy, Race, and Bolshevik Power (Bloomington and Indianapolis, IN: Indiana University Press, 2017) has given us an insightful monograph about the experiences of Jewish revolutionary activists who not only found themselves under Soviet power during the revolution and civil war but also who remained in the Soviet Union in…

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American Radicals’ Filthiest Export

On October 24, the Polish conservative movement Konfederacja organized the “Great March of Freedom,” a massive protest against the koronaterror (Coronavirus terror): the ruling Law and Justice Party’s excessive restrictions on Polish social and economic life. Tens of thousands of people assembled in cities across Poland, including Warsaw. The government proclaimed this event a health threat, and the police…

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Euro COVID Round-Up

A shorter version of this article was posted by Newsmax.  On the Old Continent, Covid-19 is back with a vengeance. It observes neither the European Union’s Schengen Zone, nor the eastern borders of the post-Soviet world. As governments crack down, civil liberties go out the window, triggering popular anger. It seems like everyone took a…

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Revolt of the One Percent

Remember the “Occupy Wall Street” movement? Theirs was a protest against “the One Percent.” However, the One Percenters begged to differ. They have responded with a revolution of their own, a revolution from above, the one currently under way in the United States. The objective of the revolution is to ensconce and enhance the power of…

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Popestalgia: Pining for the Days of John Paul II

I miss John Paul II, whose centennial of birth we have been celebrating this year and whose anniversary of the elevation to the Throne of Peter is coming up shortly. In these trying times I miss his leadership, vision, and, in particular, his call: “Fear Not!” Read more at Newsmax

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Natural Law and Human Rights

The Debasement of Human Rights: How Politics Sabotage the Ideal of Freedom By Aaron Rhodes Reviewed by Marek Jan Chodakiewicz Where do our laws come from? From God. We have been created in the image of the Lord (imago Dei). Each and every one of us derives his dignity from Him. Our dignity demands respect…

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Belarus Counter-Revolution Petering Out

It looks like the anti-post-Communist Counter-Revolution has slowly petered out in Belarus. Aleksandr “Daddy” Lukashenka has things pretty much under control. Sure, there are still riots and demonstrations, but the numbers of participants continue to dwindle from the greatest gathering in the nation’s history when, in mid-August, about 250,000 marched in Minsk. Read more at…

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