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  • Lech Walesa: Putin declares war on world. We must give proper answer

    11/06/2014 5:03:27 PM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 36 replies
    Charter 97 ^ | 11/06/2014
    Lech Walesa: Putin declares war on world. We must give proper answer Former Polish president Lech Walesa said in the European Parliament that Russian president Vladimir Putin had declared war on the world, UNN reports with a link to Polskie Radio. He raised his concerns about the situation in eastern Ukraine. “When Ukraine handed over its nuclear weapons, powerful states guaranteed Ukraine's territorial integrity, but he [Putin] violated the agreements. He declared war on the world,” the ex-president said. He is confident that Putin “uses illegal methods”. “Europe and the world bear responsibility and try to prevent confrontation, while he...
  • Poland's Walesa kneels in prayer at funeral mass for former foe Jaruzelski

    05/31/2014 12:06:17 AM PDT · by dfwgator · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/30/2014 | JAKUB IGLEWSKI AND CHRISTIAN LOWE
    (Reuters) - Lech Walesa, head of the Solidarity movement that ended Communism in Poland, knelt in prayer on Friday at a Catholic funeral mass for General Wojciech Jaruzelski, the Communist leader who for decades was his sworn enemy.
  • Lech Walesa: Obama 'Wasn't Ready' to Be a World Leader

    02/17/2014 5:45:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 02/16/2014 | John Bachman and Jim Meyers
    Anti-communist crusader and former president of Poland Lech Walesa tells Newsmax that of all the national leaders currently on the world stage, the one who has "disillusioned" him the most is President Barack Obama. Walesa also asserts that Obama "wasn't ready" to take on the task of leading the world's most dominant superpower. And he calls for reforms at the United Nations so the world body can help fill the vacuum left by the United States' failure of leadership under Obama. Walesa played a key role in freeing Eastern Europe from the clutches of Soviet communism and ultimately in the...
  • 'America does not lead the world in the area of morality': Lech Walesa

    01/02/2014 10:04:40 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 1-2-14 | Rich Moran
    The former president of Poland and leader of the Solidarity movement is not enamored with President Obama and his leadership. The Hill: Former Polish President Lech Walesa says America no longer leads the world "in terms of politics and morality." Walesa, in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, spoke negatively about President Obama's leadership skills. "When he was elected there was great hope in the world. We were hoping that Obama would reclaim moral leadership for America, but that failed. America does not lead the world in the area of morality," Walesa said. Walesa, who is promoting a new biopic...
  • Walesa Wants New Secular ‘Ten Commandments’

    10/21/2013 10:58:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    AFP via Newsmax ^ | Monday, 21 Oct 2013 12:17 PM | (AFP)
    Polish Nobel peace laureate Lech Wałęsa on Monday called for a new “secular Ten Commandments” to underpin universal values, addressing a summit of Nobel Peace Prize winners in Warsaw. “We need to agree on common values for all religions as soon as possible, a kind of secular Ten Commandments on which we will build the world of tomorrow,” he said in an opening speech kicking off the three-day summit. … Besides universal values, the international community needs to focus on the economy of tomorrow, he said. …
  • Poland and Germany should unite, says Lech Walesa

    09/25/2013 11:17:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2:24PM BST 24 Sep 2013 | Matthew Day
    Lech Wałęsa has called for Poland to unite with Germany to form one European state, despite the bloody history between the two countries. The Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Polish president, whose Solidarity trade union played a key role in bringing an end to the Cold War, said the world had changed and needed new ways of organizing itself. “We need to expand economic and defense cooperation and other structures to create one state from Poland and Germany in Europe,” he said. Speaking to Russia’s Itar-Tass news agency, Mr. Wałęsa, 69, said national boundaries were not as relevant as...
  • Let’s throw a Tea Party for the Longshoremen

    09/23/2013 11:06:33 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 8 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/23/13 | Jerry Todd
    After 240 years, its time we threw a Tea Party for the Longshoremen (and all other trade and industrial unions) I’ve been intrigued with the sudden awakening of the trade and industrial unions to the fact they’ve been had by Obama and his Sorosian handlers. The union movement got its spiritual base about 122 years ago with Pope Leo XIII’s encyclical Rerum Novarum – on Capital and Labor. It also explains why Catholics continue to cling to the Democrat Party even though it left its principles in the sump of an outhouse decades ago. Ronald Reagan–the nation’s only labor leader...
  • Former Polish president Lech Walesa cleared of 'hate crime' allegations over gay comments

    03/15/2013 9:25:44 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 17 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 3-15-13 | THADDEUS BAKLINSKI
    Prosecutors have confirmed that no charges are pending against former Polish president and leader of the Solidarity movement Lech Walesa, following a complaint alleging that he promoted hatred against homosexuals. While giving his views during a TVN24 interview on recent debates in parliament about legalizing civil partnerships for homosexuals in Poland, Walesa said, “Homosexuals should sit on the last bench in the plenary hall, or even behind the wall, and not somewhere at the front.” Lech Walesa, the former president of Poland, helped bring down Communism. As a tiny minority, homosexuals should not be overrepresented. “A minority cannot impose itself...
  • Lech Walesa shocks Poland with anti-gay words

    03/03/2013 11:08:43 PM PST · by MaryLou1 · 72 replies
    AP ^ | 3/3/2013 | VANESSA GERA
    "Walesa said in a television interview on Friday that he believes gays have no right to sit on the front benches in Parliament and, if represented at all, should sit in the back, "and even behind a wall." "They have to know that they are a minority and must adjust to smaller things. And not rise to the greatest heights, the greatest hours, the greatest provocations, spoiling things for the others and taking (what they want) from the majority," he told the private broadcaster TVN during a discussion of gay rights. "I don't agree to this and I will never...
  • Sununu: Obama Gets Endorsed By Chavez; Romney Gets Endorsed By Walesa (video)

    08/01/2012 9:46:22 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 14 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | August 1, 2012 | RealClearPolitics
    Juan Williams: He's (Mitt Romney) had a rough couple days here. John Sununu: Yeah, he had a rough week. Obama gets endorsed by Hugo Chavez and Mitt Romney gets endorsed by Lech Walesa. That's a rough week, isn't it? Let's get right down to it. Let's start up with the little dust up in England. Can you imagine the scandalous exhibitionist newspapers in England criticizing an American presidential candidate for saying exactly the same thing that those same newspapers had in their own headlines the week before? Come on. The American press hand-in-hand with the British press is making something...
  • After Lech Walesa Meeting, Romney Should Call America to a New Birth of Freedom

    08/01/2012 6:02:12 AM PDT · by tcg · 2 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 8/1/12 | Keith A Fournier
    ... In an interview during his 2010 visit Walesa offered this observation: "The United States is only one superpower. Today they lead the world. Nobody has doubts about it. Militarily. They also lead economically but they're getting weak. But they don't lead morally and politically anymore. The world has no leadership. The United States was always the last resort and hope for all other nations. There was the hope, whenever something was going wrong, one could count on the United States. Today, we have lost that hope..." Former Governor Mitt Romney just returned from a foreign policy trip... The Romney...
  • Lech Walesa: Romney Will Restore U.S. Leadership

    07/31/2012 5:23:08 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 9 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 31, 2012
    Election 2012: Lech Walesa, the Polish patriot and former president of Poland, and another ally our president has betrayed, endorses the GOP candidate's quest to restore U.S. leadership in the struggle against the world's despots. Walesa knows a thing or too about resisting and defeating collectivist tyranny, and he has no tolerance for those such as President Obama who appease and apologize to it. Unlike Obama, he earned his Nobel Peace Prize by leading the Solidarity movement that brought freedom to a Poland that suffered for decades under the Nazi jackboot, then as part of the Soviet gulag. In May,...
  • Anti-Communist Leader Walesa to Romney: You Need to Be Successful for US & Rest of the World Too

    07/31/2012 7:21:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 07/31/2012 | Jim Hoft
    Lech Walesa told Mitt Romney he must be successful in November. U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (R) and his wife Ann (L) meet with former Polish President Lech Walesa in Gdansk, Poland, July 30, 2012. (REUTERS/Kacper Pempel) Anti-communist leader Lech Walesa told Mitt Romney today that he must be successful in the November elections not just for America but for the rest of the world too. The former Solidarity leader understands how the economic decisions by US leaders influence global markets.The Washington Post reported: “I wish you to be successful because this success is needed to the United...
  • Mitt Romney Cheered in Poland, Endorsed by Walesa

    07/30/2012 4:16:55 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 83 replies
    bradenton.com ^ | July 30, 2012 | DAVID LIGHTMAN
    WARSAW, POLAND — Fresh from a warm embrace from iconic Polish leader Lech Walesa, Mitt Romney will wrap up a three-country trip overseas Tuesday with a major speech that he hopes will send a message that he's tough and more willing to take a harder line with rogue nations than President Barack Obama is. Romney arrived in Warsaw late Monday after a day in Gdansk, where he enjoyed the most enthusiastic reception of his six-day trip, which was marred by controversies at the first two stops, in London and Jerusalem. He was greeted in Gdansk by crowds that swarmed in...
  • Lech Walesa “Too Political” For Obama Administration

    06/02/2012 6:09:26 AM PDT · by AncientAirs · 19 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2 Jun 2012 | Donald R. McClarey
    The Obama administration, in its never-ending quest to embarrass itself and America, has insulted one of the pivotal figures in ending Communism in Europe, Lech Walesa: According to the Wall Street Journal, Polish officials requested that Walesa accept the Medal of Freedom on behalf of Jan Karski, a member of the Polish Underground during World War II who was being honored posthumously this week. The request makes sense. Walesa and Karski shared a burning desire to rid Poland of tyrannical subjugation. But President Obama said no. Administration officials told the Journal that Walesa is too “political.” A man who was...
  • President Obama Shuns Lech Walesa

    06/01/2012 11:15:12 AM PDT · by SaraJohnson · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | 6/1/12 | Rory Cooper
    Lech Walesa was once a trade-union activist. He was often arrested for speaking his mind against Communist oppression behind the Iron Curtain in Poland and for defying the Soviet Union. He was an electrician who, with no higher education, led one of the most profound freedom movements of the 20th century — Solidarity. He became president of Poland and swept in reforms, pushing the Soviet Union out of his homeland and moving the country toward a free-market economy and individual liberty. And President Obama doesn’t want him to set foot in the White House.
  • President Obama Shuns Lech Walesa

    06/01/2012 9:54:15 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | June 01, 2012 | Rory Cooper
    JUNE 1, 2012 President Obama Shuns Lech Walesa The Polish Solidarity leader is “too political” for the administration. By Rory Cooper Lech Walesa was once a trade-union activist. He was often arrested for speaking his mind against Communist oppression behind the Iron Curtain in Poland and for defying the Soviet Union. He was an electrician who, with no higher education, led one of the most profound freedom movements of the 20th century — Solidarity. He became president of Poland and swept in reforms, pushing the Soviet Union out of his homeland and moving the country toward a free-market economy and...
  • President Obama Shuns Lech Walesa

    According to the Wall Street Journal, Polish officials requested that Walesa accept the Medal of Freedom on behalf of Jan Karski, a member of the Polish Underground during World War II who was being honored posthumously this week. The request makes sense. Walesa and Karski shared a burning desire to rid Poland of tyrannical subjugation. But President Obama said no.
  • Walesa Unveils One More For The 'Gipper'

    11/22/2011 7:02:05 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Lech Walesa said that there would not be a free Poland without Ronald Reagan, during the unveiling of a statue in Warsaw of the late American president on Monday.The former Solidarity leader said that “as a participant in these events,” it was “inconceivable” that such changes would have come about without the last American president during the post-1945 cold-war era. Walesa added that thirty years ago, it seemed that the fall of the communist system would not be possible without a nuclear war. The bronze statue of Reagan has been installed not far from the American Embassy, on Ujazdowskie Avenue,...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 10-23-11 (Lech Walesa to visit OWS! A Freudenschade moment)

    10/23/2011 4:41:50 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 46 replies
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | October 23, 2011 | DUmmies and Charles Henrickson
    "LECH WALESA IS COMING TO NEW YORK CITY! HE'S COMING TO ZUCCOTTI PARK IN SUPPORT OF OWS!!" "OWS?" "YES, OWS!" "OMG! OMG!!" Such was the breathless, orgasmic reaction among the DUmmies when word got out that the Hero of the Polish Workers, Lech Walesa--Mr. Solidarity himself!--was coming to America to STAND WITH THE OWSIES!! WOO-HOO!!!! WHEEEEEE!!!!!! FREUDENSCHADE, BABY!!!!!!!!! Witness the joy in these threads, i.e., this THREAD, "K Olbermann: Lech Walesa to visit New York in support of OWS," and this THREAD, "Lech (Solidarity)Walesa, former Polish president, to visit New York in support of Occupy Wall Street," and this...
  • Lech Walesa Not Attending #OccupyWallStreet in New York After Discovering Hard-Left Organizers

    10/21/2011 7:25:44 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 19 replies
    The Polish champion of freedom and liberty, founder of Solidarity, winner of the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize, and first President of modern Poland Lech Walesa had been rumored to possibly be traveling to New York to stand with Occupy Wall Street protesters. Press accounts reporting this “breathless” news had given all of us pause.
  • Lech Walesa, former Polish president, to visit New York in support of Occupy Wall Street

    10/13/2011 4:47:31 PM PDT · by decimon · 72 replies · 1+ views
    NYDailyNews ^ | October 12, 2011 | Corky Siemaszko
    Solidarity hero Lech Walesa is flying to New York to show his support for the Occupy Wall Street protesters. "How could I not respond," Walesa told a Polish newspaper Wednesday. "The thousands of people gathered near Wall Street are worried about the fate of their future, the fate of their country. This is something I understand." A former shipyard worker who led Poland's successful revolt against Soviet communism, Walesa said "capitalism is in crisis" and not just in America. "This is a worldwide problem," he told the Lublin-based Dziennik Wschodni newspaper. "The Wall Street protesters have focused a magnifying glass...
  • Walesa Stands Up

    05/27/2011 6:14:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 55 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 27, 2011 | Staff
    Courage: Someone who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for actually doing something just snubbed someone who won it for nothing. But Lech Walesa's refusal to meet President Obama is also a cry to save Poland. Lech Walesa, the former Polish president and heroic leader of the Solidarity trade union that helped liberate the entire Eastern European Soviet bloc from communist rule, has his moral courage indelibly engraved in the history books. At 67, Walesa is a living legend with nothing left to have to prove. But on Friday, Walesa once again answered the call to duty and announced he...
  • Lech Walesa cold shoulders Obama: the US president is clearly no Reagan

    05/27/2011 12:44:10 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 39 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 27 May 11 | Nile Gardiner
    Lech Walesa, the great hero of the Polish Solidarity movement, was in Washington earlier this week to receive the Ronald Reagan Centennial Award. He gave a terrific speech, which I attended, in which he referred to Cuba, one of the last remaining Marxist tyrannies, as a “Jurassic Park of Communism”. Walesa remains one of the great political icons of our time, a brave freedom fighter who stood up to the Soviet Empire and led his people to liberty. It has been announced that Walesa has decided not to meet with Barack Obama during the president’s visit to Poland. He has...
  • Lech Walesa Warns Against Loss of American Leadership in the World

    11/01/2010 8:17:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | November 1, 2010 | Kyle Stone
    At a fundraising event in Illinois, the old Solidarity union leader and former Polish president showed he had lost none of his passion for freedom fighting. Less than a week before TuesdayÂ’s midterm elections, Illinois conservatives welcomed an unlikely ally. Legendary Polish Solidarity leader, Lech Walesa, appeared in downtown Chicago last Thursday at a fundraising event organized by citizen watchdog group For the Good of Illinois. The former Polish president, trade-union organizer, and Nobel Prize laureate came rhetorically armed with a new Solidarity rallying-cry for Illinoisans yearning for new leadership.Before 300 conservative leaders and activists on Thursday, Walesa dourly remarked...
  • A Pole Apart

    04/12/2010 4:52:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 446+ views
    Investors.com ^ | April 12, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    An ally who feared U.S. indifference. Tragedy In Smolensk: Lech Kaczynski was a Polish patriot and a friend of the West who believed in the defense of freedom and democracy. We don't have many friends like him, and we treated him shabbily. Numerologists might note the number 70 figured prominently in both the life and death of Poland's president. Kaczynski, 60, his wife Maria, an economist, and 95 others who died Saturday on their way to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the massacre of 22,000 Polish prisoners in the Katyn Forest in western Russia in 1940 by Stalin's secret...
  • Chicago Media Largely Ignore Lech Walesa Visit, Endorsement of Conservative Republican

    02/03/2010 7:24:17 AM PST · by raptor22 · 18 replies · 510+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | February 3, 2010 | Michael W. Chapman,
    Lech Walesa, a Nobel Laureate and former leader of the Solidarity trade union in Poland, which helped topple 50 years of Soviet occupation there and end the Cold War, went to Chicago, Ill., last week to endorse a conservative Republican in the gubernatorial primary race but the local media largely ignored him. This near-blackout by the media occurred despite the fact that 1 million people of Polish nationality live in Chicago, making it the city with the largest Polish population outside of Warsaw, Poland, and despite the fact that Walesa himself was the first post-Soviet president of Poland (from 1990...
  • Lech Walesa Delivers Severe Commentary on the U.S. While Major Media is MIA

    02/02/2010 8:53:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies · 554+ views
    The Chicago Daily Observer ^ | February 2, 2010 | Tom Roeser
    The last real survivor of the generational of leaders who won the Cold War spoke here last week and the so-called alert media here stretched its arms upward sleepily and emitted a huge yawn. A key member of a quartet that smote Communism…Ronald Reagan, John Paul II, and Margaret Thatcher…Walesa is the last healthy survivor of those hardy leaders (Thatcher is seriously enfeebled). But the media, evidently populated by callow 24-year-old assignment editors unacquainted with world history (Lech who?) declined to cover him notably in favor of the really vital stories. Such as: how many graves were overturned in Burr...
  • Walesa's Warning

    02/02/2010 5:33:22 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 719+ views
    Investors.com ^ | February 2, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Leaders: The champion of Polish freedom tells America it's no longer that shining city on a hill. As it slouches toward socialism, he warns, those yearning to breathe free in the world can no longer look to the U.S. for help. They were the giants of their age. Together, President Ronald Reagan, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Pope John Paul II and a little known shipyard worker named Lech Walesa stood up to Soviet communism and brought freedom to the captive nations of Europe. Last Friday, Walesa was in Chicago campaigning for a GOP gubernatorial candidate in the Illinois...
  • Lech Walesa: "America is Moving Towards Socialism"

    01/31/2010 9:22:48 AM PST · by Falcon28 · 75 replies · 3,461+ views
    BigGovernment.com ^ | Jan. 31 2010 | Andrew Marcus
    On Friday, January 29th, 2010, Lech Walesa, former President of Poland, traveled to Chicago to endorse Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate, Adam Andrzejewski. We were fortunate enough to have an opportunity to sit down with the President and Mr. Andrzejewski. Our video from that visit is below. Items that stand out: 1) Lech Walesa tells his American Audience that the United States no longer leads the world politically or morally 2) At least one of your Founding Bloggers asks President Walesa if he thinks America is slipping toward Socialism. His Answer? Yes! 3) Andrzejewski is running on a platform of forensically...
  • Lech Walesa: “America Is Moving Towards Socialism” (who would know socialism better than Walesa..)

    01/31/2010 2:58:52 PM PST · by American Dream 246 · 25 replies · 1,075+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 01/31/10 | Jim Hoft
    On Friday, January 29th, 2010, Lech Walesa, former President of Poland, traveled to Chicago to endorse Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate, Adam Andrzejewski. This was the first time that Walesa has backed an American candidate for office. Andrew Marcus from Founding Bloggers and Big Government interviewed Lech and Adam on Friday in Chicago: Lech Walesa: “The United States was always the last resort and hope for all other nations. There was the hope that whenever something was going wrong one could count on the United States. Today we lost that hope.”Adam Andrzejewski will be in O’Fallon, Illinois today at a pre-election...
  • Illinois GOP candidate snags endorsement from Lech Walesa

    01/29/2010 3:23:23 PM PST · by jmcenanly · 9 replies · 324+ views
    The Hill ^ | 01/28/10 05:14 PM ET | Michael O'Brien
    The famous Polish dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner Lech Walesa will campaign in Illinois on Friday on behalf of a Republican candidate for governor. Walesa, the co-founder of the Polish trade union Solidarity, which contributed to the fall of communism in Poland, will hit the campaign trail on behalf of Adam Andrzejewski, an Illinois businessman running for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in the state. Walesa will speak at a luncheon, as well as help with a fundraiser, and speak to media during a barnstorming of northern Illinois on Friday said Brian McDaniel, a spokesman for Andrzejewski.
  • Fall Of The Wall? U.S. Sends Regrets

    11/04/2009 4:18:56 PM PST · by raptor22 · 30 replies · 2,127+ views
    Investors Business Daily ^ | November 4, 2009 | IBD editorial staff
    Cold War: The White House has announced our absence at ceremonies marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Meanwhile, Russia has been practicing a nuclear invasion of an abandoned Poland. The Berlin Wall has been a famous backdrop for American presidents sounding the battle cry of liberty in the struggle against tyranny. It was there that John F. Kennedy expressed our solidarity with the encircled residents of that outpost of freedom with his famous "Ich bin ein Berliner." And it was there that Ronald Reagan, with a defiant "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall," voiced our...
  • Lech Walesa may get heart transplant in Houston

    02/26/2008 11:45:04 AM PST · by trumandogz · 27 replies · 90+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 2.26.08 | TODD ACKERMAN
    Former Polish president Lech Walesa, who received a Nobel Peace Prize after leading a movement that ultimately brought down the nation's communist regime, is in Houston being evaluated for a possible heart transplant. An official at the Methodist Hospital's DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center said doctors have not yet determined whether Walesa's heart failure will require a transplant. She said doctors are hoping to forestall a transplant or use another treatment. Walesa will receive a pacemaker Wednesday or Thursday, she said. Walesa, 64, arrived in Houston from Poland Monday night. He is undergoing tests today. If Walesa is determined to...
  • Lech Walesa: I didn't leave Solidarity - it left me

    08/23/2006 10:46:35 AM PDT · by lizol · 17 replies · 455+ views
    Monsters and Critics ^ | Aug 23, 2006
    Lech Walesa: I didn't leave Solidarity - it left me Aug 23, 2006, 15:02 GMT Warsaw - Lech Walesa, legendary leader of Poland's freedom- fighting Solidarity trade union, has parted ways with the organisation after it endorsed twin brothers Lech and Jaroslaw Kaczynski and their right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party last year. 'I had a meeting with Solidarity and the National Commission when it decided to back the PiS and the Kaczynskis,' Walesa said in an interview published in Wednesday's Dziennik daily. 'It was obvious that we differ. So we went our separate ways,' Walesa said. 'I didn't leave...
  • Walesa leaves Solidarity movement

    08/22/2006 11:12:45 AM PDT · by markomalley · 31 replies · 536+ views
    BBC News ^ | 8/22/2006
    Lech Walesa has left the Solidarity trade union movement he founded and led during its struggle against communism in the 1980s. Mr Walesa said he would not attend the ceremonies to mark the 26th anniversary of Solidarity later this month. He said he was in disagreement with his former political allies, President Lech Kaczynski and his twin brother, Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski. A year ago Mr Walesa hinted he was planning to quit Solidarity. "This is no longer my union. This is a different era, different people, different problems," he said during celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary of...
  • Poland's Lech Walesa quits Solidarity

    08/22/2006 9:55:37 AM PDT · by redwhit · 25 replies · 831+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 22 August 2006 | Monika Scislowska
    Back to Story - Help Poland's Walesa quits Solidarity union By MONIKA SCISLOWSKA, Associated Press Writer 5 minutes ago Lech Walesa said Tuesday he has quit the Solidarity trade union that he founded and which helped bring down communism in Eastern Europe. "I have given up my membership last year because Solidarity and I have gone separate ways," he told The Associated Press. Walesa also said he plans to stay away from events marking the 26th anniversary of Solidarity's founding on Aug. 31 in part because he disapproves of the union's support for Poland's new conservative leaders. The 62-year-old Nobel...
  • Poland's Walesa says Grass owes Poles explanation

    08/18/2006 9:46:55 AM PDT · by lizol · 47 replies · 643+ views
    The San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | August 18, 2006 | Natalia Reiter
    Poland's Walesa says Grass owes Poles explanation By Natalia Reiter REUTERS 8:58 a.m. August 18, 2006 WARSAW – Polish Solidarity hero Lech Walesa urged German author Guenter Grass on Friday to prove that a confession about his membership in Hitler's SS was not just a marketing ploy to promote his new novel. The former Polish president also said he would give up his honorary citizenship of Poland's city of Gdansk, if Grass, also a holder of the same title, failed to explain why he decided to confess when his autobiography 'Peeling Onions' came out. 'If Grass will not address his...
  • Venezuela's Walesa?

    08/16/2006 11:52:57 AM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 21 replies · 900+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 16 August 2006 | Editorial Staff
    Latin America: Donald Rumsfeld once observed that Venezuelans had a way of fixing political problems on their own, with no need of U.S. intervention. The dramatic prison break of a union boss may be the first sign. Carlos Ortega's escape Sunday from a Venezuelan maximum security military prison must have sent a shiver through the tyrannical leftist regime of President Hugo Chavez. The tough union boss had crossed Chavez before and was serving a 16-year sentence for leading a vast oil-worker strike in 2002-03. Like Lech Walesa of Poland, Ortega called for independent union leadership at Venezuela's state oil company...
  • Walesa wants Grass to give up Gdansk honorary citizenship after SS admission

    08/15/2006 9:41:12 AM PDT · by lizol · 28 replies · 620+ views
    Lethbridge Herald ^ | August 13, 2006
    Walesa wants Grass to give up Gdansk honorary citizenship after SS admission By: The Canadian Press at 21:42 on August 13, 2006, EST. BERLIN (AP) - Nobel peace laureate Lech Walesa wants German novelist Guenter Grass to give up his honorary citizenship of the Polish city of Gdansk after admitting that he served during World War II in the Waffen-SS, a German newspaper reported Sunday. Grass, 78, revealed in a weekend newspaper interview that he was called up at age 17 to a division of the combat arm of Adolf Hitler's dreaded paramilitary forces. Asked why he was making the...
  • These Are People with a Very Limited Sense of Humor [Walesa rips on the Kaczynski brothers]

    07/20/2006 8:17:56 AM PDT · by wolf78 · 3 replies · 319+ views
    SPIEGEL Online ^ | July 17, 2006 | DER SPIEGEL
    SPIEGEL INTERVIEW WITH LECH WALESA "These Are People with a Very Limited Sense of Humor" In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, Solidarnosc founder Lech Walesa, 62, discusses Poland's ruling Kaczynski brothers and his country's relationship with its German neighbors. SPIEGEL: Mr. President, should the German government apologize to Polish President Lech Kaczynski for the satirical article in the small left-wing newspaper Die Tageszeitung? Walesa: You must be joking. We too have freedom of the press. Diplomats and journalists can talk about such ill feelings, but the government absolutely should not react. SPIEGEL: Does the sharp reaction by the twins (President...
  • Jeff Jacoby: Walesa's reflections

    05/04/2006 3:42:32 PM PDT · by lizol · 4 replies · 283+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | THURSDAY, MAY 4, 2006 | Jeff Jacoby
    Jeff Jacoby: Walesa's reflections Jeff Jacoby The Boston Globe THURSDAY, MAY 4, 2006 BOSTON His hair is white now and the day is long gone when his legs could propel him over a shipyard wall, as they did in Gdansk, Poland, in August 1980. But Lech Walesa's face is as familiar as ever and his personality just as brash and charismatic. Even now, to experience Walesa in person is to sense the gifts of leadership and daring that enabled a simple electrician to parlay a workers' protest into the Communist world's first free-trade union, and that union - Solidarity -...
  • Nobel winner supports 9/11 response by U.S.(former Polish PM)

    04/15/2006 8:24:39 AM PDT · by aft_lizard · 10 replies · 667+ views
    The Hutchinson News ^ | 15-April-2006 | Mary Clarkin
    "Total chaos" would be rocking the world if the United States had not reacted to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, former Polish leader Lech Walesa told a Hutchinson audience Friday. Without a counterattack on Afghanistan, the terrorists would have assaulted Moscow, burning the unprepared city "completely," in Walesa's view. Perhaps London would have been the third target, he said. The U.S. "should take the glory" for responding to terrorism, Walesa said. He faulted European countries for not uniting to analyze their role and deciding whether to favor or oppose action in Iraq. Europe should take the greatest blame for problems...
  • Vanity - "I met Lech Walesa tonight!" (by a soon to be new FReeper)

    04/07/2006 12:19:43 PM PDT · by Larry Lucido · 47 replies · 551+ views
    Me ^ | 4/7/06 | A friend
    This was e-mailed by a friend in Indiana who is a budding political activist. I thought it worth posting as way of introducing him to the forum. I didn't edit anything. Hell, I didn't even read it. Anyway, please be nice. **************************** Good friends, Well okay, "met" is a bit much, but I listened to him speak at Purdue, and really enjoyed it. He was a great speaker, very humble, humorous, and tactful. I can easily see him atop a bulldozer, inspiring dock-workers to risk their lives for freedom. It's a rare privilege to be in the presence of true...
  • Walesa says Americans have new chance to reshape the world

    04/07/2006 10:42:14 AM PDT · by lizol · 11 replies · 429+ views
    AP via TKB ^ | Apr. 7, 2006
    Walesa says Americans have new chance to reshape the world The Associated Press, Apr. 7, 2006 WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. Nobel Peace Prize winner Lech Walesa credits the United States with bring about the end of communism in Europe. Poland's first democratically elected president told an audience of more than 1,000 at Purdue University Thursday night that while he was thankful for what Americans did during the Cold War, he believes they have another chance to help reshape the world through globalization and new ideas. "Don't waste that opportunity," Walesa said. "Participate more in that effort." Walesa won the 1983 Noble...
  • Lech Walesa to speak at Regis (3/24)

    02/01/2006 2:27:54 AM PST · by Dumb_Ox · 5 replies · 301+ views
    Regis University Insite ^ | January 13, 2006 | Forsyth, Laurie
    Story summary: Lech Walesa of Poland will speak about Democracy: The Never-Ending Battle at 7 p.m. Friday, March 24, at Regis University. President Lech Walesa, who led the Solidarity movement in Poland, will speak at Regis University at 7 p.m. Friday, March 24, in the Regis Fieldhouse. He will talk about “Democracy: The Never-Ending Battle.” Recipient of the 1983 Nobel Peace Prize, Walesa will become the 12th laureate to speak at Regis University in nine years. He was an electrician when he energized striking works at the shipyards in Gdansk, Poland, leading to the downfall of Communism. He became Poland’s...
  • Walesa becomes US' man in Havana

    01/22/2006 11:52:16 AM PST · by lizol · 6 replies · 404+ views
    The Weekend Australian ^ | January 22, 2006
    Walesa becomes US' man in Havana From correspondents in Havana January 22, 2006 US diplomats arranged for Cuban dissidents to get a pep talk from former Polish President Lech Walesa today in the latest chapter of Washington's long-running ideological battle against President Fidel Castro's communist government. "The system will fall because nobody believes in communism," said Mr Walesa, the founder of Poland's Solidarity movement which toppled Poland's communist government and led to the collapse of Soviet influence in Eastern Europe. "You are close to your goal," he said in Warsaw in a video conference with dissidents gathered at the Havana...
  • Walesa becomes US' man in Havana (Castro furious!)

    01/21/2006 8:44:31 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 8 replies · 875+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 22 January 2006
    US diplomats arranged for Cuban dissidents to get a pep talk from former Polish President Lech Walesa today in the latest chapter of Washington's long-running ideological battle against President Fidel Castro's communist government. "The system will fall because nobody believes in communism," said Mr Walesa, the founder of Poland's Solidarity movement which toppled Poland's communist government and led to the collapse of Soviet influence in Eastern Europe. "You are close to your goal," he said in Warsaw in a video conference with dissidents gathered at the Havana home of the top US diplomat in Cuba, Michael Parmly. The video conference...
  • Lech Walesa tells his story of faith at Seton Hall

    12/05/2005 11:52:09 AM PST · by lizol · 5 replies · 598+ views
    The Star Ledger ^ | Friday, December 02, 2005 | SARA K. CLARKE
    Lech Walesa tells his story of faith at Seton Hall Former Polish president finally accepts honorary degree conferred in 1982 Friday, December 02, 2005 BY SARA K. CLARKE Star-Ledger Staff Former Polish President Lech Walesa said yesterday it was faith that allowed Poland to triumph over Communism, and he credited Pope John Paul II with stirring the nation to rise up in solidarity. Walesa urged listeners to focus on values as he spoke to a gymnasium full of people at Seton Hall University Thursday, as part of the school's World Leaders Forum. "No one throughout the world gave us the...
  • Beware the Russian bear, Lech Walesa warns West

    08/29/2005 7:16:27 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 328 replies · 3,937+ views
    Times Online ^ | August 30, 2005 | Roger Boyes
    LECH WALESA stepped down from the barricades yesterday and issued a warning to the West: beware of Russia! One of the world’s best-known revolutionaries was giving his swansong — he will resign this week from Solidarity, the union he led to help shatter communism — to journalists eager to know whether his revolution was ready to roll eastwards. Warsaw is abuzz with rumours about how the West and in particular Poland, should force the hand of President Lukashenko of Belarus. Mr Walesa sounded an unusually nervous note. The Russian bear, he said, should not be provoked by an over-ambitious West...