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  • Communist-era files still haunt the old East Bloc

    10/26/2009 6:19:11 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 12 replies · 913+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-10-21 | William J. Kole
    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - Even his best friend betrayed him. Stelian Tanase found out when he asked to see the thick file that Romania's communist-era secret police had kept on him. The revelation nearly knocked the wind out of him: His closest pal was an informer who regularly told agents what Tanase was up to. "In a way, I haven't even recovered today," said Tanase, a novelist who was placed under surveillance and had his home bugged during the late dictator Nicolae Ceausescu's regime. "He was the one person on Earth I had the most faith in," he said. "And...
  • Obama’s Nobel ‘achievement’ was leaving Eastern Europe vulnerable to nuclear attack

    10/13/2009 11:57:28 AM PDT · by lizol · 13 replies · 593+ views
    The North Star National ^ | October 13th, 2009 | Dan Calabrese
    Thorbjorn Jagland: Obama’s Nobel ‘achievement’ was leaving Eastern Europe vulnerable to nuclear attack October 13th, 2009 Dan Calabrese And you thought President Obama got the Nobel Peace Prize without having done anything to earn it. Shows what you know. Thorbjorn Jagland, long-time vice president of Socialist International and chairman of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee, came out in public today in an attempt to answer the question on everyone’s lips since Friday: “For what?” One of the things Jagland mentioned specifically was Obama’s decision to welch on President Bush’s commitment to install missile shields in Poland and the Czech Republic...
  • Czech Cabinet in emergency session to force President Klaus to sign Lisbon treaty

    10/11/2009 1:59:44 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 43 replies · 4,443+ views
    The Czech Cabinet meets in emergency session today to consider how to persuade their stubborn President to sign the Lisbon treaty — under intense pressure from Paris and Berlin to complete the ratification as soon as possible. With President Klaus demanding a last-minute amendment as the price of his signature — the final approval required in the 27-nation European Union — the Government is locked in a trial of strength with its head of state and on the brink of a constitutional crisis. If it supports his demands the treaty might have to be reopened amid lengthy delays, possibly allowing...
  • Germans seek to oust Czech president Vaclav Klaus over EU treaty (Not from the Onion!)

    10/10/2009 11:02:16 PM PDT · by GOPGuide · 31 replies · 3,078+ views
    Times of London ^ | October 11, 2009 | Bojan Pancevski
    “If the president is obstructing the democratic process and opposing the decision of parliament as well as the will of the people, he is moving beyond the law and will need to face the consequences,” a German diplomat told The Sunday Times. Jiri Oberfalzer, a member of the Czech senate and Klaus’s closest ally, said Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, had already threatened the Czechs with expulsion from the EU. “Ideas of changing the constitution just to get rid of the president only shows how weak our young democracy is,” said Oberfalzer, a Eurosceptic. The political hot potato now lands...
  • Vaclav Klaus Stands Up For Freedom against EU

    10/10/2009 5:37:10 PM PDT · by DeuceTraveler · 2 replies · 411+ views
  • EU: President of Poland signs Lisbon Treaty

    10/10/2009 10:24:08 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies · 644+ views
    The Telegraph | 10/10/2009 | Matthew Day in Warsaw
    Lech Kaczynski, Poland’s president, has signed the Lisbon treaty, leaving the Czech Republic the only country yet to ratify the controversial European Union reform plan. Flanked by José Manuel Barroso, the head of the European commission, and the Polish president of the European parliament, Jerzy Buzek, Mr Kaczynski put his signature to the treaty in Warsaw. “The fact that the Irish people changed their minds meant the revival of the treaty, and there are no longer any obstacles to its ratification,” said Mr Kaczynski in a short speech, adding that it was a “historic” day for both Poland and the...
  • Seeks To Remind Europe Of Its Roots

    10/04/2009 4:45:56 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 360+ views ^ | Top Stories for Thursday, October 8th, 2009 | PAUL LIKOUDIS
    Pope Benedict XVI went to the Czech Republic — repeatedly de­scribed as a “ religious wasteland” in the European press — to remind Czechs and all Europeans of the continent’s Christian roots which, he said, must be remembered and nour­ished if Europe is to have a future. Reporters for the major Europe­an newspapers pointed out that the Pope went to the former Soviet sat­ellite to mark the 20th anniversary of the “Velvet Revolution,” which saw the overthrow of the Commu­nist government in November 1989, and to celebrate the September 28 feast day of St. Wenceslaus, the na­tion’s patron. The press...
  • Czech leader is holding the door open for the UK to sink Lisbon (Czechs alone against 4th Reich)

    10/03/2009 3:16:51 PM PDT · by GOPGuide · 28 replies · 2,069+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 03rd October 2009 | John Laughland
    The Irish Yes to the Lisbon Treaty has been greeted with whoops of joy by the European establishment from Cork to Cracow. But the long battle over Lisbon is not over. The spotlight now falls on the Czech Republic and its President, Vaclav Klaus. EU elites may have successfully defeated democracy for the fifth time – they overrode the Danish No to Maastricht in 1992, the Irish No to Nice in 2001, and the Dutch and French Nos to the European Constitution (the forerunner of Lisbon) in 2005. But the Lisbon Treaty still remains unratified in two Central European states...
  • On the Trip to the Czech Republic

    09/30/2009 9:09:34 PM PDT · by ELS · 3 replies · 370+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | September 30, 2009 | Benedict XVI
    On the Trip to the Czech Republic "A People and a Church With Profound Historical and Religious Roots" VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 30, 2009 ( Here is a translation of Benedict XVI's address during today's general audience held in St. Peter's Square. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, As is the custom following international apostolic journeys, I shall take advantage of the general audience to speak about the pilgrimage I made these past days to the Czech Republic. I do this first of all as an act of thanksgiving to God, who enabled me to make this visit and who...
  • From a reader in the Czech Republic about papal trip (English blogs got it wrong)

    09/30/2009 6:21:42 PM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies · 486+ views
    WDTPRS ^ | 9/30/2009 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    A note from a reader in the Czech Republic: I come from the Czech republic and I am quite frustrated that the pope`s visit gets such a negative response in the English blogs – or no response at all… In reality, it was fantastic! There was a lot of symbolism which foreigners do not understand. For example: The first place he went (at his own request), the church of Our Lady of Victory, it is THE church – the symbol of recatholisation of the country. In the year 1620 catholics defeated protestants and this particular church in Praha got...
  • German press: Atheist Czechs impressed by Pope Benedict XVI

    09/30/2009 9:56:37 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies · 768+ views
    Prague Monitor ^ | September 30, 2009
    Berlin, Sept 29 (CTK) - Pope Benedict XVI has won great respect in the atheist Czech Republic, the German daily Die Welt wrote Tuesday commenting on the Pope's visit to the country on September 26-28.Public Czech Television's (CT) cameras followed almost every move by Benedict XVI during his three-day visit to the Czech Republic, the daily says.The Pope managed to raise enthusiasm among young people and he even won respect of Czech President Vaclav Klaus, Die Welt wrote."Judging by the space provided by Czech Television to the coverage of Benedict XVI's visit it could seem that the Pope visited a...
  • Pontiff: Gospel Is Not an Ideology (Says Christians Are Obliged to Remind Europe of Roots)

    09/28/2009 9:47:26 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies · 593+ views
    zna ^ | September 27, 2009
    Pope Benedict XVI leads an ecumenic meeting in Prague September 27, 2009 PRAGUE, Czech Republic, SEPT. 27, 2009 ( The Gospel is not an ideology, but rather, illuminates the dignity of the human person generation after generation, says Benedict XVI.The Pope affirmed this today in an ecumenical meeting held in the context of his three-day apostolic journey to the Czech Republic. He returns to Rome on Monday.The Holy Father told the representatives of Christian religions that "as Europe listens to the story of Christianity, she hears her own.""Her notions of justice, freedom and social responsibility, together with the cultural and...
  • Pope Benedict XVI urges believers never to forsake hope at open-air mass in Brno

    09/27/2009 10:14:28 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies · 940+ views
    Radio Czech ^ | September 27, 2009 | Christian Falvey
    Thousands of believers flocked to the Czech Republic's second largest city Brno in south Moravia on Sunday to greet Pope Benedict XVI and attend a mass he celebrated out in the open. A region with the highest concentration of believers in the largely secular Czech Republic, Brno was a key stage on the pope's visit and pilgrims came from near and far to get a glimpse of him – some arriving well before daybreak to get a good vantage point. Jan Richter attended the mass in Brno and reported on the atmosphere there in the course of the morning. Pope...
  • Pope decries 'wounds' left by Czech communism [Ecumenical]

    09/26/2009 3:37:43 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 20 replies · 1,548+ views
    Yahoo! News (AP) ^ | 09/26/2009 | Victor L. Simpson
    Pope Benedict XVI sought to reach out to the heavily secular people of the Czech Republic on Saturday, decrying the "wounds" left by atheistic communism and urging them to rediscover their Christian roots. ...Benedict said Christianity has an "irreplaceable role" to play in their lives. The Czech Republic is one of the most secular countries in Europe, with nearly half the country professing to be non-believers.... Vatican organizers are hoping for a crowd of up to 200,000 people for the pope's Sunday Mass in Brno, in the Catholic heartland of the Czech Republic.... The [papal vespers] service was held in...
  • Spider Bugs the Pope in Prague

    09/26/2009 4:23:58 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 12 replies · 864+ views
    Spider Bugs the Pope in Prague [See URL Video] A spider appeared on Pope Benedict's robes as he addressed politicians and diplomats in Prague on Saturday, disappearing and appearing again.
  • In Pictures: Pope's Czech Visit

    09/26/2009 1:34:02 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 5 replies · 532+ views
    BBC News ^ | September 26, 2009
    In pictures: Pope's Czech visit
  • Pope Faces Challenges in Czech Republic

    09/26/2009 11:04:35 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 6 replies · 355+ views
    Wall St. Journal ^ | September 26, 2009
    SEPTEMBER 26, 2009 Pope Faces Challenges in Czech Republic PRAGUE -- Pope Benedict XVI recalled the evils of the communist era Saturday as he began a three-day pilgrimage to the Czech Republic, and he urged the fiercely secular nation to rediscover its Christian roots. But while scores of pilgrims poured into Prague for the nation's first papal visit in a dozen years, most Czechs seemed to shrug it off as irrelevant -- and some were openly hostile. "It's just a waste of money," said Kveta Tomasovicova, 56, who works at Prague's National Library. "At a time of economic crisis, when...
  • Where religion lies in ruins [Czech Republic's most atheist region]

    09/25/2009 10:26:14 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 13 replies · 1,296+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 9/25/2009 | AFP reporter
    Pope Benedict XVI will not visit the Czech Republic's most atheist region Only a large wooden cross resists the ravages of time in a church with a collapsed roof and walls overgrown by wild bushes in the small village of Zlovedice. The neglected village and its dilapidated sanctuary lie in northern Bohemia, the most atheist region in the generally secular Czech Republic, where religion was crushed during World War II and under more than 40 years of Communist rule. "When I came to Zlovedice for the first time, a woman told me: 'It's been 40 years since I last saw...
  • Papacy is unique in global influence, Vatican analyst says ahead of Czech trip

    09/25/2009 12:56:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 298+ views
    cna ^ | September 25, 2009
    Pope Benedict XVI Prague, Czech Republic, Sep 25, 2009 / 05:39 am (CNA).- Just days ahead of Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the Czech Republic, Vatican analyst John Allen is saying in an essay for the Prague Post that the papacy’s social and political influence is one of the most unique and far-reaching in the world today. From the fall of communism to Western-Muslim relations to the AIDS crisis, he says, the Pope is a key international player.Describing the Catholic Church in “purely empirical, sociological terms,” Allen likens the Catholic Church to a “lone superpower” whose involvement is necessary...
  • Eastern Europe feels like the desert of Nato

    09/24/2009 9:20:01 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 10 replies · 778+ views
    NRC Handelsblad (Netherlands) ^ | September 24, 2009 | Stéphane Alonso and Petra de Koning
    Countries like Poland and the Czech Republic are disappointed at what it means to be part of Nato. This feeling has become even stronger now the promised missile shield will not be built. By Stéphane Alonso and Petra de Koning No one in the West is talking about it, but in the heart of Europe the 15,000 Russian and Byelorussian troops at the border with Lithuania and Poland are big news. They are holding an exercise this month, specially dubbed zapad, the West. For the countries of Eastern Europe, traumatised by a war and occupation, 'zapad' is much more than...
  • Abject Surrender in the Dead of Night

    09/18/2009 3:50:25 AM PDT · by docbnj · 11 replies · 1,615+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 17 Sep 2009 | anonymous
    Czechs are used to betrayal by their Western allies. It was at Munich in 1938 that British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain sealed their doom in exchange for a piece of paper promising "peace in our time." The fact that this further gutting of missile defense came on the 70th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland on Sept. 17, 1939, is an eerie coincidence. "Just after midnight I was informed in a telephone call by President Barack Obama that (his) administration had decided to pull out from the planned missile defense shield installations" in the Czech Republic and Poland, the...
  • Statement by H.E. Mr. Václav KLAUS President of the Czech Republic

    09/23/2009 3:36:07 PM PDT · by cizinec · 6 replies · 587+ views
    United Nations ^ | 09/23/2009 | Vaclav Klaus
    When looking for an appropriate reaction to the problems connected with the current crisis, we should build on the idea that the crisis was basically a failure of governments, not markets. The manipulation of monetary policy in an attempt to artificially prolong the period of growth, the irrational subsidization of demand in the housing sector and the failures of financial market regulation contributed substantially to the crisis. Let us not delude ourselves that the economic cycle and its consequences can be prevented by the more extensive government regulation or by aiming at global governance of the world economy.
  • The Pope and the Child Jesus in Prague [Infant of Prague]

    09/21/2009 10:53:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies · 940+ views ^ | September 22nd, 2009 | ACN-USA News
    The Pope and the Child Jesus in Prague September 22nd, 2009 by ACN-USA News Pope Benedict XVI’s upcoming trip to the Czech Republic will include a special visit to the image of the Holy Child Jesus in Prague — one of the most venerated and visited religious images in the country – on September 26, 2009.The Prior of the Carmelite monastery of the Holy Infant of Prague, Father Petr Sleich, spoke last week to international Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) about the Pope’s forthcoming visit to the Czech Republic. Its aim, he said, is to...
  • Amateur Hour With Missile Defense

    09/21/2009 3:11:56 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 6 replies · 904+ views ^ | 09/21/2009 | by Robert Maginnis
    Vicenza, Italy. President Obama’s decision to cancel our European ground-based missile defense system will prove to be very costly and his public rationale -- changed intelligence and improved technologies -- is far from the whole truth. This is a geopolitical disaster and risks our security as well. Last year, President Bush said “Iran is pursuing technology that could be used to produce nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles of increasing range that could deliver them.” His administration successfully negotiated with Poland and the Czech Republic to install a ground-based anti-missile defense system in those countries to counter the accelerating Iranian threat.
  • Czech Republic 'planning to delay signing Lisbon treaty'

    09/20/2009 8:41:37 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 10 replies · 824+ views
    The Times ^ | 9/21/2009 | David Charter in Brussels
    EU leaders are said to be furious that the Czech Republic is planning to delay signing the Lisbon treaty for up to six months even if the Irish vote "yes" in their referendum next month. The country might even try to delay it until after the British general election campaign when a Tory victory would see the question put to voters by David Cameron. Nicolas Sarkozy, who helped to draw up the treaty after the French and Dutch voted against its predecessor, the EU Constitution, has warned Prague that it faces "consequences" if it does not swiftly follow an Irish...
  • Obama's Speech to Prague April 5, 2009 (YOU LIE!)

    09/20/2009 7:55:05 AM PDT · by autumnraine · 11 replies · 425+ views
    White ^ | 04/05/2009 | Barack Obama
    PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you so much. Thank you for this wonderful welcome. Thank you to the people of Prague. Thank you to the people of the Czech Republic. (Applause.) Today, I'm proud to stand here with you in the middle of this great city, in the center of Europe. (Applause.) And, to paraphrase one of my predecessors, I am also proud to be the man who brought Michelle Obama to Prague. (Applause.) To Mr. President, Mr. Prime Minister, to all the dignitaries who are here, thank you for your extraordinary hospitality. And to the people of the Czech Republic, thank...
  • Poland calls Obama's missile defense announcement treason

    09/18/2009 12:27:47 PM PDT · by pocket5s · 55 replies · 2,651+ views
    Polish and Czech newspapers call Obama's plan treason.
  • Abandoning our allies

    09/19/2009 8:40:57 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 15 replies · 626+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | September 19, 2009 | Editorial
    The very worst foreign-policy move an American president can make is to reveal a willingness to back down to an aggressive tyrant. The second-worst move is to back the wrong horse during an internal dispute in a foreign county — or, for that matter, to back any horse without gathering all of the pertinent information. A third wrong move is to disregard the legitimate sensibilities of foreign peoples. President Obama has managed to commit all three blunders in three short months, and the world is a less safe place for it. As has been well documented, Mr. Obama performed his...
  • Barack Obama: President Pantywaist restores the satellite states to their former owner

    09/18/2009 6:53:33 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 12 replies · 839+ views
    Telegraph Blogs (U.K.) ^ | September 18, 2009 | Gerald Warner
    Barack Obama’s chances of re-election in three and a half years’ time may be evaporating at unprecedented speed, but his presidential ambitions could still be realised in another direction. He would be a shoo-in to win the next Russian presidential election, so high is his popularity now running in the land of the bear and the knout. Obama has done more to restore Russia’s hegemonial potential in Eastern and Central Europe than even Vladimir Putin. His latest achievement has been to restore the former satellite states to dependency on Moscow, by wimping out of the missile defence shield plan. This...
  • After Sizing Up New Washington, Bullies Start To Have Their Way

    09/18/2009 6:34:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies · 1,835+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 18, 2009 | MARK STEIN
    Was it only April? There was President Obama, speaking (as is his wont) in Prague, about Iran's nuclear program and ballistic missile capability, and saluting America's plucky allies: "The Czech Republic and Poland have been courageous in agreeing to host a defense against these missiles," he declared. "As long as the threat from Iran persists, we will go forward with a missile defense system that is cost-effective and proven." On Thursday, the administration scrapped its missile defense plans for Eastern Europe. The "courageous" Czechs and Poles will have to take their chances. Did the "threat from Iran" go away? Not...
  • Poles, Czechs: US Missile Defense Shift A Betrayal

    09/18/2009 5:32:01 AM PDT · by edpc · 28 replies · 863+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | 18 Sept 2009 | Vanessa Gera
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Poles and Czechs voiced deep concern Friday at President Barack Obama's decision to scrap a Bush-era missile defense shield planned for their countries.
  • Abject Surrender In Dead Of Night

    09/17/2009 5:25:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies · 2,799+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 17, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Strategic Defense: With Iran on the verge of a deliverable nuke, the administration tells our allies in the dead of night that we will scuttle missile defense plans in Eastern Europe to please the Russians.Czechs are used to betrayal by their Western allies. It was at Munich in 1938 that British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain sealed their doom in exchange for a piece of paper promising "peace in our time." The fact that this further gutting of missile defense came on the 70th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland on Sept. 17, 1939, is an eerie coincidence. "Just after...
  • Trading Away Missile Defense

    02/17/2009 5:45:36 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 682+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | February 17, 2009
    National Security: The proposed missile defense system for Europe may be used as a bargaining chip in negotiations with Russia. Is Ronald Reagan's "We win, they lose" now "Let's make a deal"?When President Reagan began the Strategic Defense Initiative in 1983, the only ones who took it seriously were the Soviets. Their global ambitions depended on an America inhibited and even intimidated by the threat of nuclear war. They still do. Just ask Georgia. When Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev met Reagan in Reykjavik, Iceland, in October 1986, he hoped Reagan would be willing to trade SDI away in exchange for...
  • East Europe grumbles about downgrade in US ties

    09/17/2009 1:16:55 PM PDT · by lizol · 44 replies · 817+ views ^ | September 17, 2009 | KAREL JANICEK, WILLIAM J. KOLE
    East Europe grumbles about downgrade in US ties September 17, 2009 By The Associated Press KAREL JANICEK (Associated Press Writers), WILLIAM J. KOLE (Associated Press Writers) PRAGUE (AP) — Scuttling a missile defense shield in the Czech Republic and Poland helps smooth relations between the U.S. and Russia. But at what price? Some of America's staunchest allies are the East Europeans — and on Thursday, they expressed dismay at what many see as a slight after decades of their support for the U.S. Among them were some famous names, including Lech Walesa, the former Solidarity leader and Polish ex-president. "I...
  • Obama infuriates Europe as he scraps Bush's 'Son of Star Wars' missile defence shield

    09/17/2009 12:11:59 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 68 replies · 2,858+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | September 17 2009 | David Gardner
    President Obama was accused of caving in to pressure from Russia tonight after announcing he was abandoning plans for a US missile shield in Eastern Europe. The president’s decision to scrap George Bush’s controversial (pounds) 2.5 billion shield system in Poland and the Czech Republic was immediately welcomed in Moscow. But it left countries in the former Soviet sphere concerned that Mr Obama was less willing to stand up to Russia than his predecessors in the White House. Coming on the 70th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland at the beginning of World War Two, the timing of the...
  • Not So Grand Alliance

    09/17/2009 11:59:02 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 186+ views
    Campus Report ^ | September 17, 2009 | Allie Winegar Duzett
    Not So Grand Alliance by: Allie Winegar Duzett, September 17, 2009 “Those who oppose missile defense are opposed to freedom,” was U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint’s sentiment at a recent Heritage Foundation forum entitled No Grand Bargain With Russia. The forum was held to discuss the need for “Third Site” missile defense systems in Poland and the Czech Republic—and it appears as though the need for Third Site is great. Russian weapons systems pose what is perceived as a great threat to many Eastern European nations, and Third Site missile defense systems would, according to Jim DeMint, intimidate enemies and strengthen...
  • Sources: Admin Officials Head to Poland, Czech Rep. to Kill Missile Defense

    According to reliable sources, Obama administration officials are on their way to Poland and the Czech Republic to deliver very bad news. The administration intends to cancel completely the missile defense sites that had been promised to these governments by the previous administration. This represents a complete capitulation to Russia's Vladimir Putin, who had demanded that the proposed deployments be halted as a price for improved relations. Ironically, the Obama administration, which is appeasing Russia in the hopes that Moscow will help put pressure on Iran, has made this mammoth concession just a few days after Moscow declared that it...
  • Czechs praise Kaczynski’s apology for 1938 annexation

    09/03/2009 1:18:35 PM PDT · by lizol · 3 replies · 723+ views ^ | 03.09.2009
    Czechs praise Kaczynski’s apology for 1938 annexation 03.09.2009 09:43 Jan Sechter, the Czech Ambassador in Warsaw, has praised remarks by President Kaczynski, describing Poland’s part in the annexing of Sudetenland just before WW II as “a sin”. “Poland’s participation in the annexation of Czechoslovakia in 1938 was not only an error, but above all a sin,” Kaczynski told an audience of world leaders, including Prime Minister Putin and Chacellor Merkel on September 1. “This was and shall forever remain a wrong,” he added. President Kaczynski’s remarks were made in speeches commemorating the 70th anniversary of the start of WW II...
  • Czech President: Neosocialism Threatens Europe

    08/31/2009 12:46:40 PM PDT · by The Pack Knight · 7 replies · 505+ views
    The Brussels Journal ^ | 28 Aug 2009 | Vaclav Klaus
    Below is the text of a speech which President Vaclav Klaus of the Czech Republic gave last Sunday in Aix-en Provence (France). We thank President Klaus for his kind permission to republish his speech at this website. Thank you for the invitation to come to Aix, for giving me a chance to address this reputable audience where I see many friends and, above all, thank you for continuing to organize the Summer University. I only don’t understand why you call it Summer University of the New Economics. Which one is the old one? We have only one, good, old economic...
  • U.S. Mulls Alternatives for Missile Shield

    08/29/2009 4:07:32 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 19 replies · 1,404+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 28, 2009 | Judy Dempsey and Peter Baker
    The Obama administration has developed possible alternative plans for a missile defense shield that could drop hotly disputed sites in Poland and the Czech Republic, a move that would please Russia and Germany but sour relations with American allies in Eastern Europe. Administration officials said they hoped to complete their months-long review of the planned antimissile system as early as next month, possibly in time for President Obama to present ideas to President Dmitri A. Medvedev of Russia at a meeting in New York during the annual opening at the General Assembly of the United Nations. But they cautioned that...
  • Report: US looking at Israel, Turkey to house anti-missile bases

    08/28/2009 8:37:16 AM PDT · by lizol · 3 replies · 315+ views
    Today's Zaman ^ | Aug 28, 2009
    Report: US looking at Israel, Turkey to house anti-missile bases The United States has all but abandoned plans to house anti-missile bases in Poland and the Czech Republic, according to a senior White House lobbyist, EUobserver news portal reported on Thursday, citing a news report in a Polish daily. Riki Ellison, chairman of the 10,000-member Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance (MDAA), told Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza on Thursday that the US has changed its mind to avoid a rift with Russia and is now looking at Israel, Turkey, the Balkans or ship-borne facilities instead. “The signals given by generals from the...
  • Washington to drop anti-missile system plans?

    08/27/2009 6:24:56 AM PDT · by lizol · 12 replies · 476+ views ^ | 27.08.2009
    Washington to drop anti-missile system plans? 27.08.2009 08:51 Polish press reports suggest that Washington has decided to abandon its plans to set up the anti-missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic. Riki Ellison, head of the Washington-based Missile Defence Advocacy Alliance, has told Gazeta Wyborcza that generals from the Pentagon didn’t even discuss the original plan, agreed between the Bush administration and the Polish government last year to place 10 interceptor missiles in Poland and a radar system in the Czech Republic, at a conference on missile defence last week. Minds at the US defence ministry have moved on...
  • Missile Defense Takes Off

    12/03/2008 6:10:00 PM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies · 1,124+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | December 3, 2008
    Strategic Defense: The Air Force's airborne laser program passes yet another test, proving "unproven" missile defense once again. The question is not whether we can get it to work, but whether we can afford not to.The news that Iran has enough nuclear material to build a nuclear weapon in relatively short order and is well along on missiles to deliver its nukes has put a sense of urgency on the proposed missile defense system slated for Poland and the Czech Republic. Fortunately, another answer to the threat posed by rogue regimes like Iran and North Korea has just passed a...
  • Czech Republic Refuses Baxter Swine Flu Vaccine On Safety Grounds

    08/12/2009 5:40:04 AM PDT · by Man50D · 6 replies · 872+ views ^ | August 10, 2009 | Steve Watson
    Government health officials in the Czech Republic have refused to buy H1N1 flu vaccines from US pharmaceutical firm Baxter International, citing safety concerns. According to a report by the Czech News Agency CTK, one of the largest English language news outlets in the country, the Czech Health Ministry has halted talks with Baxter citing “the firm’s inability to guarantee that the vaccine is safe and who will bear the risks for possible side-effects.” The country plans to buy vaccines to cover 25 percent of its population of ten million, but has said it will not buy swine flu vaccine from...
  • Another Bull's-Eye For Missile Defense

    08/05/2009 5:30:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies · 597+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 5, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    SDI: If you missed the news, which isn't hard given how poorly these things are covered, our "unproven" missile defense proved itself again last week, when a U.S. warship downed a simulated North Korean missile in flight.The test, conducted in Hawaiian waters by the Navy and the Department of Defense's Missile Defense Agency (MDA), was the 23rd firing by ships equipped with the Aegis ballistic missile defense system. It was the 19th success, including the shoot-down of a dead U.S. spy satellite last year. A short-range ballistic missile simulating a missile like North Korea's Nodongs or Scuds was fired from...
  • An Open Letter to the Obama Administration from Central and Eastern Europe (IMPORTANT)

    07/19/2009 1:35:26 PM PDT · by lizol · 28 replies · 1,993+ views ^ | 2009-07-15 | Valdas Adamkus, Martin Butora, Emil Constantinescu, Pavol Demes, Lubos Dobrovsky, Matyas Eorsi, Istv
    An Open Letter to the Obama Administration from Central and Eastern Europe 2009-07-15 by Valdas Adamkus, Martin Butora, Emil Constantinescu, Pavol Demes, Lubos Dobrovsky, Matyas Eorsi, Istvan Gyarmati, Vaclav Havel, Rastislav Kacer, Sandra Kalniete, Karel Schwarzenberg, Michal Kovac, Ivan Krastev, Alexander Kwasniewski, Mart Laar, Kadri Liik, Janos Martonyi. Janusz Onyszkiewicz, Adam Rotfeld, Vaira Vike-Freiberga, Alexandr Vondra, Lech Walesa. We have written this letter because, as Central and Eastern European (CEE) intellectuals and former policymakers, we care deeply about the future of the transatlantic relationship as well as the future quality of relations between the United States and the countries of...
  • Citizens of Prague rally in support of Iranians

    06/28/2009 8:40:14 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies · 992+ views
  • Swedish man set up al-Qaeda camp, US prosecutor says

    04/21/2009 10:55:10 PM PDT · by Cindy · 34 replies · 1,575+ views
    (REUTERS) via YNET ^ | Published: 04.22.09, 07:09 / Israel News | n/a
    Oussama Abdullah Kassir, 43, who was extradited from the Czech Republic on terrorism charges in 2007, faces multiple charges including supporting al-Qaeda by attempting to set up the camp in rural Oregon from 1999 to early 2000 and later setting up websites on explosives and poisons.
  • Caption Michelle in Prague

    04/06/2009 2:40:05 PM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 68 replies · 2,071+ views
    US first lady Michelle Obama looks on an altar in the St. Vitu's Cathedral in Prague, Sunday, April 5, 2009, while her husband, US President Barack Obama, was meeting European Union leaders in the Czech capital U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (C) and her Czech counterpart Livia Klausova (L) listen to their guide as they visit the Saint Vitus Cathedral in Prague Castle April 5, 2009.
  • Caption Obamas in Prague

    04/05/2009 6:28:58 PM PDT · by DogBarkTree · 179 replies · 5,223+ views
    This has to be the most revealing photo of the 2 biggest curses ever bestowed on this country. Im pretty sure the word is "smug"