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  • Jet makes belly landing at Poland airport

    11/01/2011 8:50:06 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 51 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/1/2011
    A Boeing 767 flying from New York with 230 people on board made an emergency landing at Warsaw's airport on Nov. 1 after trouble with landing gear. No one was injured.
  • Last surviving Polish Battle of Britain pilot dies

    10/27/2011 9:12:11 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 23 replies
    CBC ^ | 10/26/2011 | n/a
    The last surviving Polish pilot from the Battle of Britain has died at the age of 97, says a Toronto funeral home. Turner and Porter Funeral Directors said on its website that Brig.-Gen. Tadeusz Sawicz died Oct. 19 at a nursing home in Toronto. Poland's Gazeta Wyborcza daily newspaper on Wednesday said Sawicz was the last surviving pilot among the Poles who served in Britain's Royal Air Force during World War II, and fought in the 1940 battle. He served with the RAF until early 1947. At the start of World War II in 1939, Sawicz fought in Poland's defense...
  • Lech Walesa Not Attending #OccupyWallStreet in New York After Discovering Hard-Left Organizers

    10/22/2011 7:39:05 AM PDT · by macquire · 31 replies
    Big Government. ^ | October 21, 2011
    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. We suspected that the European news media had filtered out accurate information about the genesis of Occupy Wall Street (OWS). When Walesa’s comments hit the AP wire last week, my team immediately reached out to our Polish contacts. We made the point that the political themes...
  • Polish people staunchly for the Cross of Christ in public life (latest poll)

    10/18/2011 6:06:01 AM PDT · by Matt_DZ_PL · 6 replies
    Gazeta Wyborcza ^ | Oct.18, 2011 | Wojciech Szacki
    Having been newly elected to the Polish Parliament, forty MPs of Janusz Palikot's movement started a new session demanding the Crucifix to be removed from the main hall of the parliament, which has already ignited a political war in Poland. (...)  Gazeta  checked out the opinion of the Polish people regarding the presence of the cross in Seym (the name of the lower chamber of the Polish Parliament) According to the poll, 70% claim  the cross should be there to stay and never removed, which is opposed by 20%. What is more, the cross in the Polish parliament is also...
  • Berlin experts fear euro break-up from bail-out escalation

    10/17/2011 4:35:33 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/17/2011 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Plans to increase the firepower of Europe's bail-out machinery with extra leverage threaten France's AAA rating and risk setting off a dangerous chain of events, a top German institute has warned. Berlin’s DIW institute, one of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s five official advisers, said attempts to boost the €440bn (£384bn) EFSF bail-out fund – possibly to €2 trillion – with guarantees to shore up southern Europe would be “poisonous” for France’s credit worthiness. Dr Ansgar Belke, the group’s research chief, said the leverage proposal emerging as part of the EU’s “Grand Plan” to restore confidence is self-defeating. “It counteracts efforts made...
  • 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...
  • 'Jihad' banner puts club in a spot (Brotherhood Through Sports, Warsaw Edition)

    10/01/2011 4:02:19 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 7 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | October 1, 2011 | Agence France-Presse
    Anti-racism groups on Friday called on European football's governing body UEFA to punish Polish club Legia Warsaw after fans brandished a "Jihad" banner during a Europa League match against Israeli side Hapoel Tel Aviv. "This is yet another case of anti-Semitic behaviour by extremist groups active in Polish football stadiums, and it could have been predicted," Rafal Pankowski of the campaign group Never Again and who runs the UEFA-backed Football Against Racism in Europe network. At the start of Thursday night's Group C home game in Warsaw - which Legia won 3-2 - a group of fans unfurled a huge...
  • Poland is boycotting the UN vote over "the PA state"

    09/20/2011 8:00:17 AM PDT · by se99tp · 15 replies
    Beyond Popular Propaganda ^ | September 20th, 2010 | BYP
    Poland will not participate in a shameful vote over so-called Palestinian state at the United Nations on Thursday, September 22nd. Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk clearly stated that Polish government will not send its representative to that meeting.
  • Polish Finance Minister Warns Of European War In Ten Years

    09/15/2011 2:44:07 PM PDT · by blam · 24 replies
    TBI ^ | 9-15-2011 | Adam Taylor
    Polish Finance Minister Warns Of European War In Ten Years Adam Taylor Sep. 15, 2011, 5:05 PM Poland's Finance Minister Jasek Rostowski has warned that the breakdown of the EU could lead to war in 10 years, reports Novinite. Speaking to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Rostowski recounted meeting with a friend who was head of a major bank: "We were talking about the crisis in eurozone. He told me 'You know, after all these political shocks, economic shocks, it is very rare indeed that in the next 10 years we could avoid a war'. A war ladies and gentlemen....
  • Leaked cables: Obama admin called Catholic Church source of spreading “homophobia” in Poland

    09/08/2011 7:47:02 AM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 48 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | News Print Article | Email Friend | Reprint Permissions Leaked cables: Obama admin called Catho | Kathleen Gilbert
    WASHINGTON, D.C., September 6, 2011 ( - While surveying the landscape for inroads to push the homosexual agenda into Poland, American embassy officials under the Obama administration complained that the Catholic Church teaching is a major source of “homophobia” in the heavily Catholic country, according to private cables recently published by Wikileaks. The cables from the American embassy in Warsaw, marked “sensitive but unclassified,” were part of a dump of over 250,000 official government documents last week by Wikileaks. One cable from the American embassy in Warsaw dated August 2009 pointed to the Catholic Church as central in promoting “homophobia”...
  • Turkey looks to Poland for EU backing

    08/30/2011 2:53:11 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    News from Poland / IAR ^ | Monday, August 29, 2011 | Peter Gentle
    Turkey hopes that Poland's presidency of the European Council, which began 1 July, will accelerate the country's integration into the EU. At a meeting with Polish journalists in Istanbul, thanks were made for supporting Turkey thus far, while the country's Minister of European Affairs, Egeman Bagis, underlined the question of visas as a key question at accession talks. "We are expecting a strong position from the Polish side regarding the matter of these nonsensical visas for Turkish citizens," he said. "The European Commission is in talks with Ukraine, Russia, Georgia and Moldova about liberalizing the visa regime, but not with...
  • Private eye rescues kids in night-time missions

    08/21/2011 9:07:47 AM PDT · by Immerito · 7 replies
    WND ^ | August 21, 2011 | Bob Unruh
    It's not quite real-life "Spy Kids" even though the adventure certainly is there. It seems a Polish private investigator, dubbed "Rambo" by fans, has found a solution to the problems created when social services workers in the Nordic countries take custody of children against the wishes of family members: Simply "kidnap" the kids and give them back to the parents. It's happened at least twice in Norway and is a stunning development for families there and in countries like Sweden, where social services workers, as WND has reported, have virtually absolute control over children once they are taken into government...
  • Memorial to the murdered unborn children erected in Poland.

    08/19/2011 6:05:54 AM PDT · by Matt_DZ_PL · 17 replies News Website ^ | Aug.18, 2011 | News Website
    Memorial to commemorate the murdered unborn children erected in Poland. [Papal Hill, the outskirts of Lubon near Poznan, Poland]In the place named Papal Hill in Lubon, Poland, the local people erected a monument named "Testimony of Love" which aims at paying tribute to the murdered unborn children and bearing witness to their innate right to live in dignity.The inscription on the monument (the words in the red below)  is an excerpt taken from DEUTERONOMY, 30.19[Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, [that] I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose...
  • Crew Of Doomed Polish Plane Were Unfit For Job (Presidential plane crash report)

    07/29/2011 7:40:24 AM PDT · by saganite · 19 replies ^ | July 29, 2011 | staff
    The crew of the plane carrying Poland's president that crashed in Russia last year killing all 96 on board were poorly trained and ignored crucial safety regulations, a long-awaited Polish government report into the disaster said on Friday. The 328-page report, which may complicate Prime Minister Donald Tusk's bid for re-election in October, chronicles a long litany of errors and neglect by both the crew and Russian ground staff leading to the crash, which shook Poland to the core. "There were serious shortcomings in the organization of the unit (of the air force responsible for handling VIP flights)," a member...
  • Poland Backs Armenia’s EU Membership

    07/29/2011 3:47:12 AM PDT · by Cronos · 4 replies
    Azatutyun ^ | Հուլիս 29, 2011 | ՈՒրբաթ
    “Poland supports actions aimed at Armenia’s membership in the European Union, and that is why it is very important to facilitate and support those decisions that will really further Armenia’s EU accession process,” Komorowski said after talks with President Serzh Sarkisian. “We are ready to share with you both negative and positive experience that we have gained during our difficult path to EU membership,” he told journalists. While declaring European integration a top foreign policy priority, Armenia has so far not expressed a desire to join the EU in the foreseeable future. The authorities in Yerevan are instead seeking to...
  • Polish finance minister can’t imagine euro adoption in next few years

    07/24/2011 12:09:43 AM PDT · by Cronos · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 22 July 2011 | AP
    Poland’s finance minister says he doubts his country will adopt the euro in the next few years. With Europe’s debt crisis raising questions about the viability of the single currency, there is little enthusiasm for it in Poland.Polish leaders have repeatedly delayed a switch to the euro. Several years ago, the talk was of joining the eurozone in 2012, then leaders began to mention 2015 as a possible aim.Now Jacek Rostowski says that he can imagine Poland giving up its zloty currency during the next term of parliament that will last through 2015.The comments Friday to TOK FM radio indicate...
  • No Homophobia

    07/12/2011 8:28:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 7/5/11 | George Weigel
    A reminder about the totalitarian temptationThe Washington Post’s culture critic, Philip Kennicott, recently took to the pages of his paper to note the “cognitive dissonance” between ingrained “habits of homophobia” in American culture, on the one hand, and a recognition that “overt bigotry is no longer acceptable in the public square,” on the other. As an example of those who resolve this dissonance by holding fast to their homophobic prejudices, Kennicott cited Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, who had remarked on the similarities between the Empire State’s recent re-definition of marriage and the kind of human engineering attempted by...
  • 'Swedish shipments to Nazis may have been ransom for captured Swedes'

    06/30/2011 4:06:19 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 6 replies ^ | 06/29/2011 | Susanne Berger/Ingela Magner
    Historical documents related to the capture of seven Swedes by the Gestapo in Poland in 1942 puts Sweden's subsequent ball bearing deliveries to Nazi Germany in a new light, argue historians Susanne Berger and Ingela Magner. A new review of document collections in the Swedish National Archives (Riksarkivet) shows that the arrest of the seven "Warsaw Swedes" by the Gestapo in Poland in 1942 not only seriously jeopardized the men's lives but posed an existential threat to Swedish Match companies and other Swedish businesses throughout Eastern Europe. The men's release two years later was apparently secured not only through painstaking...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Poland to vote on historic bill banning all abortions after massive grassroots campaign

    06/28/2011 12:03:41 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 42 replies · 1+ views
    Life Site News ^ | Tue Jun 28, 2011 | Patrick B. Craine
    EXCLUSIVE: Poland to vote on historic bill banning all abortions after massive grassroots campaign by Patrick B. Craine Tue Jun 28 11:56 AM EST WARSAW, Poland, June 28, 2011 ( -  After months of shielding the initiative from English media, organizers of a massive pro-life grassroots campaign in Poland have now told that Parliamentarians in the country are preparing to vote this week on an historic bill that would enshrine total protection for children in the womb from the moment of conception. The organizers told LSN that they were worried that if the news broke in the English-speaking...
  • EU Carbon Credit trading takes a dive. In Greece, they can’t hardly give EU carbon credits away

    06/26/2011 1:03:46 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 26 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | June 25, 2011 | Anthony Watts
     Guest post by EcotretasCO2 tumbling downEU Carbon Credits via Bloomberg -BLUENEXT - BNS EUA 08-12 (phase 2) (PNXCSPT2:IND) - click graph for report Once upon a time, carbon trading was supposed to be the salvation for Earth’s climate problems. But as time went on, people started realizing that something was wrong. As usual, financial markets anticipated the move. Late last year, US carbon trading crashed. Two weeks later, it closed. In Europe, the price of CO2 emissions even flourished earlier this year. The European Union pushed for stronger policies towards renewables. And Fukushima pressed German’s chancellor Angela Merkel to abandon...
  • Imagine if aborted babies were declared martyrs

    06/20/2011 3:19:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | May 31, 2011 | John-Henry Westen
    Sitting around a dinner table in Rome at the Human Life International prayer conference where I was speaking last year I was confronted with the concept of the Catholic Church declaring aborted babies martyrs. Liking a good theological debate, I politely suggested it was not possible since aborted babies are not even baptized, nor do they have a free will in offering their lives. The reply was intriguing as it surmounted at least those counterpoints. “They’d be just like the Holy Innocents,” I was told: the babies killed at the time of Christ when Mary and Joseph fled with the...
  • Mietek Pemper died June 7 aged 91 - typed up the list which helped Oskar Schindler save 1,200 Jews

    06/17/2011 7:55:32 AM PDT · by Arec Barrwin · 5 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | June 15, 2011 | Daily Telegraph (UK)
    Obituaries Mietek Pemper Mietek Pemper, who died on June 7 aged 91, typed up the list which helped Oskar Schindler save 1,200 Jews from the Nazis, an achievement made famous by Thomas Keneally’s 1982 novel Schindler’s Ark and by the 1993 Steven Spielberg film Schindler's List. 6:17PM BST 15 Jun 2011 He was born Mieczyslaw Pemper on March 24 1920 to a Jewish family in the Polish city of Kraków; when the Germans invaded Poland, he was 19 and studying to be an accountant. After the city’s Jews were required to wear armbands with the Star of David, he stayed...
  • Licenses Advertised In N.Y. Paper

    06/07/2011 9:36:08 AM PDT · by Rogle · 7 replies
    This one took out an ad in El Diaro, a Spanish-language daily in New York City, to attract clients for his services facilitating driver’s license acquisition in New Mexico, according to court papers. The cost of the service: $2,500 to $2,700, plus expenses incurred getting to New Mexico. The U.S. Border Patrol arrested and charged Jose Luis Aguirre last month with harboring illegal immigrants Elsa Puente-Vasquez of Ecuador and her husband, Luis Sancho-Pachar, along with Edwin Zorrilla-Ordonez of Colombia. Aguirre’s is the latest case in an international market that has drawn foreign nationals from India, Poland, Brazil, Korea and elsewhere...
  • Blessed John Paul II’s home parish spotlights First Communion in unique way

    06/04/2011 7:24:06 AM PDT · by MDJohnPaul · 1 replies
    The Narthex at The Catholic Review ^ | May 31, 2011 | George P. Matysek Jr.
    Blessed John Paul II’s home parish in Wadowice has an interesting way of spotlighting children receiving their First Holy Communion. Inside the Basilica of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary – the same church where the future pope received his own First Holy Communion – dozens of fish-shaped figures stand near the sanctuary.
  • Seven Polish soldiers found innocent in Afghanistan war crimes case (PICTURES)

    06/02/2011 7:35:52 AM PDT · by lizol · 14 replies · 1+ views
    M&C ^ | Jun 1, 2011
    Seven Polish soldiers found innocent in Afghanistan war crimes case Jun 1, 2011, Warsaw - Seven Polish soldiers accused of war crimes in Afghanistan were ruled innocent by a military district court in Warsaw, the first case regarding violations of the Hague and Geneva conventions in Polish history. The prosecutors had not gathered enough evidence to find the men guilty of war crimes, the court ruled. Prosecutors had sought between five to 12 years for the soldiers, saying the villagers in Nangar Khel, south-eastern Afghanistan, posed no threat and that the soldiers knowingly fired into buildings that contained civilians. Six...
  • How Medieval Knights remade Poland's ecosystems

    06/01/2011 6:47:16 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies · 1+ views
    Conservation Magazine ^ | April 2011 | Source: Brown, A., & Pluskowski, A.
    In 1280, victorious Teutonic Crusaders began building the world's largest castle on a hill overlooking the River Nogat in what is now northern Poland. Malbork Castle became the hub of a powerful Teutonic state that crushed its pagan enemies and helped remake Medieval Europe. Now, ancient pollen samples show that in addition to converting heathens to Christians, the Crusaders also converted vast swathes of Medieval forests to farmlands. In the early-13th century, Prussian tribes living in the south-eastern Baltic became a thorn in the side of the Monastic State of Teutonic Knights, which was formed in 1224 in what is...
  • Polish Solidarity leader Walesa shows cold shoulder to Obama

    05/29/2011 3:53:36 AM PDT · by se99tp · 17 replies ^ | 05/29/2011 | commentarypl
    Legendary Polish Solidarity leader and co-founder Lech Walesa did not agree to meet president of the United States Barack Obama on Saturday afternoon. Walesa said: "it does not suit me" answering journalist why he was not going to talk to Barack Obama. Lech Walesa in the interview for a national newspaper added that he does not have time. According to the source, who spoke under the condition of being unnamed to the Polish Press Agency (PAP), Walesa was invited on the short notice, a day before the meeting with the American president. Later US Ambassador Lee Feinstein telephoned former Solidarity...
  • Obama arrives in Warsaw; Polish Jews urge him to support Israel

    05/28/2011 12:00:43 PM PDT · by lizol · 20 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 27, 2011 | Scott Wilson
    Obama arrives in Warsaw; Polish Jews urge him to support Israel By Scott Wilson, Published: May 27 WARSAW — Within hours of arriving Friday in this once-occupied capital, President Obama encountered the enduring emotion surrounding the state of Israel, founded as a sanctuary from the virulent anti-Semitism that wiped out much of this nation’s Jewish population during World War II. As his first stop in a two-day visit, Obama visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers, then traveled to the Ghetto Heroes Memorial, where he laid a wreath at the base of the stark bronze relief commemorating the tens of...
  • Obama exhorts US, allies to bolster Arab Spring

    05/28/2011 10:46:56 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 52 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/28/11 | Nancy Benac - Associated Press
    WARSAW, Poland – Holding out Poland's transformation to democracy as a model for the world, President Barack Obama on Saturday exhorted Western allies and the American public alike to extend their support, energy and vision to those now reaching for democracy in the Middle East and North Africa. Obama wound up his six-day trip to Europe with a message aimed squarely at the people of the United States, saying that in a time of tight budgets, "I want the American people to understand we've got to leave room for us to continue our tradition of providing leadership when it comes...
  • 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 refuses meeting with Barack Obama

    05/27/2011 11:41:25 AM PDT · by lizol · 30 replies ^ | 27 May 2011
    Lech Walesa refuses meeting with Barack Obama de A.C. Vineri, 27 mai 2011, 18:41 English | Regional Europe Lech Walesa, former leader of the Solidarity union, former President of Poland and winner of the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1983 declared on Friday that he will not accept the invitation to meet with President Barack Obama, AFP reads. Walesa was due to meet the US President on Saturday. It is tough to tell journalists what you would want to tell the President of a super power but this time I will not tell him, I will not meet him,...
  • The NATO of East Europe Shuns U.S.

    05/20/2011 8:41:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | May 20, 2011 | George Friedman
    With the Palestinians demonstrating and the International Monetary Fund in turmoil, it would seem odd to focus this week on something called the Visegrad Group. But this is not a frivolous choice. What the Visegrad Group decided to do last week will, I think, resonate for years, long after the alleged attempted rape by Dominique Strauss-Kahn is forgotten and long before the Israeli-Palestinian issue is resolved. The obscurity of the decision to most people outside the region should not be allowed to obscure its importance. The region is Europe — more precisely, the states that had been dominated by the Soviet...
  • Polish soldiers captured Taliban commander Abdul Manan

    05/20/2011 10:42:54 AM PDT · by Verdelet · 10 replies
    PAP ^ | 20.05.2011 | dan\mtom
    Polish soldiers captured another one from the list of most wanted. Captured Abdul Manan was questioned and handed over to the Afghan authorities. Manan was caught during a nighttime special forces operation in Andar district. According to the press service of the Polish Military Contingent he is responsible for the killings of Afghans cooperating with the military and police, as well as attacks on Afghan forces and coalition troops. "We managed to locate him by actions of the Military Counterintelligence Service, and the operation was attended by an independent air-assault group." "He was totally surprised" In addition to completely surprised...
  • Jewish and liberal paeans to a blessed pope

    04/27/2011 3:10:53 PM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    The Anchoress ^ | April 27, 2011 | Max Lindenman
    Here are two especially moving tributes to John Paul II, whose beatification ceremony Elizabeth is now winging her way to attend. The first comes from Dr. Michael Berenbaum of A Jewish Journal: Enter Pope John Paul II who as a young man in Poland witnessed the Shoah. Three million Jews of Poland were killed in the Holocaust. After the war, Polish cities, which were once the home of large and thriving Jewish communities, were bereft of Jews and the PopeÂ’s hometown was the site of a large ghetto whose Jewish population was deported to death camps. As a young university...
  • Musings from Prague, Why I love being Catholic - Vanity {Catholic/Orthodox Caucus}

    04/26/2011 1:17:14 AM PDT · by Cronos · 19 replies ^ | 26-04-2011 | Cronos
    Hello all! Wesołych świąt Wielkanocnych! Happy Easter! Šťastné Velikonoce! Joyeuses Pâques This Easter my wife and I spent Easter in Prague. Normally Poles like my wife spend Easter and Boże Narodzenia (Christmas) with family, but we had a company training in Prague until Maundy Thursday/Wielki Czwartek so decided to spend Easter in Prague. This is a gorgeous city, filled with more beautiful buildings than any other. Paris does not compare, Rome has more history, but less variegated, beautiful buildings and Florence's buildings are beautiful but far less.However, for a Christian this can be a sad place -- and it was...
  • Warsaw Ghetto Uprising remembered at 68th anniversary

    04/20/2011 6:06:00 PM PDT · by SJackson · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Warsaw Business Journal ^ | 19th April 2011
    Tributes were paid in Poland's capital on Tuesday to those who took part in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising against the Nazis exactly 68 years ago. Wreaths were laid at Warsaw's Monument to the Ghetto Heroes by a number of top state officials, including the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Bogdan Zdrojewski, the Deputy Speaker of the Senate, Zbigniew Romaszewski, and Warsaw Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz. Representatives from the embassies of Israel, the US and Germany were also in attendance, while the presidential advisor on historical policy, Thomas Nałęcz, laid a wreath on behalf of President Bronisław Komorowski. The Warsaw Ghetto...
  • The EU at a glance

    04/16/2011 5:38:02 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Europa ^ | this it timeless | some committee of moonbats
    Did you know that the EU has ensured that there has been no war between its members for last 60 years?
  • Gymnast's amazing skills make him web hit

    04/13/2011 2:45:14 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 24 replies
    Eurosport News ^ | 13th April 2011 | Eurosport News
    'A Polish gymnast has become an internet sensation after his dazzling somersault skills went viral. A YouTube video entitled simply 'Is this even human?' featured Polish gymnast Jozef Wadecki showing off his simply astonishing tumbler skills and has already got hundreds of thousands of hits. Now World of Sport isn't much on gymnastics jargon, but according to Maggie Hendricks over at our sister site Yahoo! Sports: "Wadecki performs a front flip off of the springboard, followed by a whipback (a no-handed backhandspring), back handspring, triple twist, whipback, back handspring, triple twist. "He follows that up with a round-off right into...
  • Polish PM chides Europe over Libya "hypocrisy"

    04/09/2011 11:25:52 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Reuters Africa ^ | Saturday, April 9, 2011 | Gareth Jones, editing by Mark Heinrich
    Poland refuses to join NATO's military campaign against Libya's Muammar Gaddafi because of Europe's "hypocrisy" and inconsistency over human rights, Prime Minister Donald Tusk was quoted on Saturday as saying... said Europe risked creating an impression it only intervenes when oil supplies are at stake... "That is one of the reasons for our restraint...If we want to defend people against dictators, reprisals, torture and prison, that principle must be universal and not invoked only when it is convenient, profitable or safe," Tusk said. Like Libya's government, Syria, Yemen and Bahrain have sought to stamp out pro-democracy unrest by force but...
  • U.S. Estimates Poland Has 300 Years Worth of Shale Gas

    04/08/2011 12:35:36 AM PDT · by Cronos · 14 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 7.04.2011 | Marcin Sobcyk
    Poland has 5.3 trillion cubic meters of shale natural gas, equal to more than 300 years of the country’s annual gas consumption, the Energy Information Administration of the U.S. Department of Energy said in a report...At last year’s event, Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said production of shale gas in Europe “may change its energy paradigm,” and for Poland it could diminish Russia’s importance as supplier of energy.
  • Historic Polish synagogue rededicated

    04/08/2011 12:31:24 AM PDT · by Cronos · 9 replies
    JTA ^ | 6.04.2011 | JTA
    The historic synagogue in Zamosc was rededicated after a $2.4 million restoration, though the Renaissance town in southeast Poland no longer has a Jewish community. Ambassadors, Jewish leaders and other dignitaries attended Tuesday's festive ceremony, which was followed by the opening of a conference on Zamosc Jewish history.Amid prayers and commemorative speeches, Poland's chief rabbi, Michael Schudrich, affixed a mezuzah to the door of the fortress-like building, which was built originally in the early 17th century.The restored building will function as a cultural center, including a Jewish museum, and serve as a hub for a tourist "Chasidic Route." Located near...
  • Israeli Academics Call Poland to Boycott Israeli-Made Weapons

    04/06/2011 2:55:31 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 20 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/4/11 | Elad Benari
    On Tuesday, as the Knesset debated a law against boycotts on Israel, a group of radical left Israeli academics turned to the government of Poland (the incoming president of the European Union) and demanded action against what they termed the “crimes of the occupation” perpetrated by Israel. The group is headed by Professor Rachel Giora of Tel Aviv University and is demanding that Poland cancel a cooperation agreement with Israel over production of the Spike missile, which they claim Israeli directs against civilians. The group members are also calling on the Polish government to promote an “arms embargo” on Israel...
  • JP II assassination attempt - (ex communist leader) Jaruzelski points finger at Islamists

    04/05/2011 8:51:29 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    The News ^ | April 5, 2011
    The Pope is shot, May 1981; photo - PAP/EPA With under a month to go before the beatification of the late Pope John Paul II in Rome on 1 May, former communist leader General Wojciech Jaruzelski has claimed that “radical Islam” could have been behind the attempt to assassinate the Polish Pope thirty years ago. “Radical Islam detested the Pope and saw in him a leader of crusades,” the 87 year-old Jaruzelski has told the Jezus Catholic magazine. Rejecting the long-standing theory of Soviet, or Bulgarian communist involvement in the assassination attempt, Jaruzelski said that, “the Islamic trail would seem the...
  • Poland: The irreducible autonomy of Silesia

    03/31/2011 11:58:29 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 20 replies
    Hospodářské noviny Prague ^ | 3/31/2011 | Leoš Kyša
    Silesians. They have their own language, a long history and they live in one of the richest regions of Poland. Today their calls for autonomy are echoing louder and louder. When they enjoyed unexpected success in regional elections last autumn for the first time in twenty years, Warsaw woke up to a problem in its territories along the Czech border. Katowice (Poland) A march organised by Silesian autonomists At the congress of the Movement for Silesian Autonomy, in Katowice, a triumphal mood reigns. Delegates, some hundred and thirty of them who arrived in early March, some in traditional Silesian garb,...
  • Polish political party calls for removal of cross from public buildings

    03/13/2011 7:50:30 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 11 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 03/07/2011 | Matthew Day
    A new Polish political party has ruffled conservative feathers in the Catholic country with a campaign to have the cross ousted from public buildings. Supporters of the party want the crosses removed, or hung alongside the Star of David, in an attempt to diminish the power of the Church. In a clear challenge to the strong and omnipresent influence of the Catholic Church in Poland, members of the Support Janusz Palikot party caused outrage in the city of Szczecin by trying to hang Jewish and Muslim symbols in the town's council chamber alongside the Christian cross, before removing the cross....
  • Cablegate: France bullied Poland over Georgia war

    03/09/2011 4:30:47 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies ^ | March 09, 2011
    EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - France threatened to harm a flagship EU policy for post-Soviet countries shortly after the Russia-Georgia war unless the Union forgave Russia for its invasion, a freshly leaked US cable says. The November 2008 dispatch from the US embassy in Stockholm reports that Johan Frisell, a Swedish diplomat, told US charge d'affairs Robert Silverman that France pressured Poland and Sweden into lifting the Union's only post-war sanction on Russia. "France threatened to stall the Eastern Partnership initiative if the Swedes and others opposed to 'business as usual' with Moscow refused to resume EU-Russia talks, according to Frisell,"...
  • Polish Shipyard Could Build French Submarines

    03/07/2011 4:08:50 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies ^ | 07 March 2011
    Polish Shipyard Could Build French Submarines 07 March 2011 Naval Shipyard Gdynia (SMW) and French concern DCNS have signed an agreement of cooperation to develop and meet the modern requirements of domestic and foreign customers. As per the terms of the agreement, the companies will jointly build submarines and vessels, and undertake modernisation and maintainance of Polish Naval vessels. The transfer of new technologies between the companies could result in SMW building new French submarines and weapons for the Polish Navy. DCNS managing director Bernard Planchais said the agreement reflected opening towards new markets.
  • Poland honours Senator McCain.

    03/02/2011 6:03:20 AM PST · by lizol · 6 replies ^ | 02.03.2011
    Poland honours Senator McCain 02.03.2011 08:14 Former US presidential candidate Senator John McCain (right) was awarded with Poland’s Commander's Cross with the Star of the Order of Merit by Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski in Washington, Tuesday, for his extraordinary contribution to Polish-US relations. The republican senator was given the honours at the Atlantic Council's annual Bronislaw Geremek Lecture, named after a former foreign minister of Poland who died in a road accident in 2008. McCain was one of the US’s strongest supporters of Poland’s eventually successful bid to join NATO in the 1990s. "I am honoured and moved,” McCain said...
  • Polish-Israeli Government Meeting Angers Palestine Supporters

    02/26/2011 4:27:29 AM PST · by lizol · 6 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | February 25, 2011 | Marcin Sobczyk
    Polish-Israeli Government Meeting Angers Palestine Supporters By Marcin Sobczyk The Polish and Israeli governments held a top-level meeting in Jerusalem on Wednesday and Thursday to discuss issues ranging from education to military cooperation. Groups of Palestine supporters who refuse to recognize the State of Israel protest against the meeting and the choice of the venue. Poland-based “Campaign of Solidarity with Palestine” dressed the fake palm tree standing at a busy Warsaw roundabout in a keffiyeh in protest. “It’s a bad moment for a meeting like that,” Przemyslaw Wielgosz, the campaign’s activist, said according to daily Rzeczpospolita. “Most importantly, the issue...