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Malala Yousafzai to be awarded this year's Liberty Medal in Philadelphia

Malala Yousafzai to be awarded this year's Liberty Medal in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, July 1 (UPI) --Malala Yousafzai, the teenage education advocate who survived a Taliban assassination attempt, will receive this year's Liberty Medal.
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UPI Almanac for Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.
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Former Polish President Lech Walesa growing to like biopic

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Former Polish President Lech Walesa said he wasn't initially pleased with "Man of Hope," the biopic about his life, but it gets better each time he views it.

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013.
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Leaders gather for Tadeusz Mazowiecki funeral in Warsaw

WARSAW, Poland, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Political leaders gathered in Warsaw Sunday to pay their respects to Poland's first non-communist prime minister, Tadeusz Mazowiecki, who died Monday.
Poland's first non-Communist prime minister, Tadeusz Mazowiecki, dies

Poland's first non-Communist prime minister, Tadeusz Mazowiecki, dies

WARSAW, Poland, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Solidarity activist Tadeusz Mazowiecki, Poland's first non-Communist prime minister since World War II, died Monday at age 86, Polish media reported.

List of Nobel Peace Prize winners

OSLO, Norway, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- List of Nobel Peace Prize winners:

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Sept. 29th, 2013.
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Hillary Clinton to get this year's Liberty Medal

PHILADELPHIA, June 28 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is to receive this year's Liberty Medal, the National Constitution Center announced Thursday.

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Walesa goes on anti-gay tirade

WARSAW, Poland, March 3 (UPI) -- Polish reformer and revered winner of the Nobel Peace Prize Lech Walesa said gay members of Parliament should have to sit "behind a wall."

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Monday, Nov. 19, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Monday, Nov. 12, 2012.
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List of Nobel Peace Prize winners

OSLO, Norway, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- List of Nobel Peace Prize winners:
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Lech Walesa
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and former President of Poland Lech Walesa speaks to the media attending the Sept. 28, 2005 ceremonial ribbon cutting for the outdoor exhibit in New York's Union Square Park "Poland on the Front Page" which celebrates the 25th anniversary of the birth of the Solidarity Movement in Poland. (UPI Photo/Ezio Petersen)
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Lech Wałęsa (Polish: Lech Wałęsa) (Polish:  ( listen), English: /ˌlɛk vəˈwɛnsə/ or /wɔːˈlɛnsə/; born 29 September 1943) is a Polish politician, trade-union organizer, and human-rights activist. A charismatic leader, he co-founded Solidarity (Solidarność), the Soviet bloc's first independent trade union, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983, and served as President of Poland 1990–95.

Wałęsa was an electrician by trade, with no higher. Soon after beginning work at the Gdańsk (then, "Lenin") Shipyards, he became a trade-union activist. For this he was persecuted by the Polish communist government, placed under surveillance, fired in 1976, and arrested several times. In August 1980 he was instrumental in negotiations that led to the ground-breaking Gdańsk Agreement between striking workers and the government, and he became a co-founder of the Solidarity trade-union movement. Arrested again after martial law was imposed and Solidarity was outlawed, upon release he continued his activism and was prominent in the establishment of the 1989 Round Table Agreement that led to semi-free parliamentary elections in June 1989 and to a Solidarity-led government.

In 1990 he successfully ran for the newly re-established office of President of Poland. He presided over Poland's transformation from a communist to a post-communist state, but his popularity waned. After he narrowly lost the 1995 presidential election, his role in Polish politics was diminished. His international fame remains, however, and he speaks and lectures in Poland and abroad on history and politics.

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