Dispute over ‘patriotism’ delays opening of Gdańsk’s new war museum – my article for the Guardian

Poland’s conservative government has decided that the port city’s new landmark exhibiting the horrors of the second world war isn’t sufficiently nationalist. I visited the Museum before its official opening and reported about it for Britain’s leading newspaper.

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https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/jan/28/gdansk-second-world-war-museum-delay-patriotism-poland

Holy carp! My Christmas article in the Guardian

Just before Christmas, I had the pleasure of visiting 12 nuns in their abbey some 20 minutes away from Krakow. They are saving the place by farming carp. You can check out the story under the link below.5184.jpg

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2016/dec/24/poland-nunnery-saved-by-farming-christmas-carp

Women only debate on TVN 24 BiŚ on abortion

It’s a format hardly seen on television: four women debating women’s issues. I’m glad to have been invited and to be able to speak my mind on women’s rights, an issue I really care about.

Here’s a link to the program aired on October 21 (in Polish).

 

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My interview with Nemat Sadat, Afghanistan’s first openly gay man for die Zeit

Nemat Sadat is a gay right’s activist who had to flee Afghanistan because he’s gay. If you know a bit of German, you can read the full interview here. It was also my first piece for die Zeit.

photo courtesy of Nemat Sadat and out.com

http://www.zeit.de/politik/ausland/2016-07/homosexualitaet-afghane-nemat-sadat-attentat-orlando-psyche/komplettansichtnemat-tie-cr

Interview for BBC’s Newshour on women’s strike in Poland – Czarny Protest

October 3 2016 was a rainy Monday and a day on which Polish women united for the first time to reject an anti-abortion bill proposal. The bill was about to be discussed by parliament – it was suggesting that a pregnant woman or her doctor be penalized if they were to endanger a pregnancy and also that abortion be deemed illegal in case of rape.

Around 100,000 women dressed in black on that memorable Monday and either went on strike or worked dressed in black.

Many offices, cafes and businesses were closed or operating with male staff only. At 3:30 P.M., hiding under umbrellas from heavy rain, women congregated in front of Warsaw’s Royal Castle to protest. No one expected so many would come. The strike was a success as just three days later the ruling party rejected the bill it was previously supporting.

You can listen to my interview for BBC World Service’s Newshour below.