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  • In Letter to Polish President, President Obama Expresses Regret Over Term "Polish Death Camp"

    06/01/2012 10:48:39 AM PDT · by kristinn · 32 replies
    ABC News ^ | Friday, June 1, 2012 | Jake Tapper
    President Obama wrote a letter to the president of Poland in which he expressed regret for his words during the Medal of Freedom ceremony in which he referred to World War II-era “Polish death camp” instead of a Nazi death camp in Germany-occupied Poland. “In referring to ‘a Polish death camp’ rather than ‘a Nazi death camp in German-occupied Poland,’ I inadvertently used a phrase that has caused many Poles anguish over the years and that Poland has rightly campaigned to eliminate from public discourse around the world,” President Obama wrote. “I regret the error and agree that this moment...
  • 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.
  • President Obama Shuns Lech Walesa

    06/01/2012 2:29:25 AM PDT · by Innovative · 35 replies
    National Review ^ | June 1, 2012 | Rory Cooper
    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 arrested by Soviet officials for dissenting against the government for being "political" is being shunned by the United States of America for the same reason 30...
  • Obama the Gaffe Master Strikes Poland

    05/31/2012 4:35:44 AM PDT · by scottfactor · 6 replies
    scottfactor.com ^ | 05/31/12 | Gina Miller
    How can we ever be surprised at anything that comes out of the mouth of Barack Obama (or whatever his name is)? Yet, his latest, gaffe almost leaves me speechless. Almost. It was at a ceremony at the White House on Tuesday where Obama was awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the late Jan Karski, a Polish officer of the resistance during World War II who gave early eyewitness reports of Nazi Germany's genocide of European Jews. Obama said this, “For years, Jan Karski’s students at Georgetown University knew he was a great professor; what they didn't realize was...
  • Poland: This Time, The President Should Apologize

    05/30/2012 6:51:41 PM PDT · by Bill Russell · 17 replies
    Free Republic Exclusive! | May 30, 2012 | William Russell
    Picture a scenario, where members of your family helped a new neighbor establish a household. Just after helping that neighbor, your family experienced a long illness which caused your entire family to be quarantined and your home foreclosed upon. Then, after several years, you were finally able to return home, plant a garden, and rebuild your family’s life. Just as your household was beginning to prosper again, a heavily armed neighbor named John Wayne Gacy took over your front yard. Instead of using his own house and its crawl space to commit his horrific crimes, he used your yard and...
  • White House shrugs off Polish apology demands (not going away, Bammy)

    05/30/2012 5:07:22 PM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 75 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | Wednesday, May 30, 2012 | via AFP
    Poland had earlier insisted that Washington must do more than simply express the "regret" offered by another White House spokesman late on Tuesday, hours after Obama's use of words deemed offensive by Warsaw.... Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk said Obama's words had hurt all Poles and he expected more from Washington than just regret. "I am convinced that our American friends can today allow themselves a stronger reaction than a simple expression of regret from the White House spokesman -- a reaction more inclined to eliminate once and for all these kinds of errors," Tusk told reporters in Warsaw. "Today,...
  • Obama Concocts Polish Death Camps (Poland demands an apology!)

    05/30/2012 2:59:51 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | May 30, 2012 | KEITH KOFFLER
    It’s another one of those Obama flubs that the press will ignore or minimize, but if Bush had said it, well, look out!Speaking at Tuesday’s White House Medal of Freedom ceremony, President Obama honored Polish World War II hero Jan Karski with the following praise: Before one trip across enemy lines, resistance fighters told him that Jews were being murdered on a massive scale, and smuggled him into the Warsaw Ghetto and a Polish death camp to see for himself. Except, there were no Polish death camps.According to Politico, one of the few leading mainstream outlets that does feature the...
  • A Real Polish Death Camp

    05/30/2012 1:07:04 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 2 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 5-30-12 | The Looking Spoon
    Get the story behind this here (just in case).
  • Poles outraged by Obama’s reference to ‘Polish death camp’ [from the Doofus-in-Chief's hometown]

    05/30/2012 10:22:48 AM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 21 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | Wednesday, May 30, 2012 | Abdon M. Pallasch
    Poles and Polish-Americans are having a tough time accepting Obama’s apology — the White House said he should have referred to “Nazi death camps in German-occupied Poland” — for the gaffe Tuesday. They say they have spent a lot of time correcting the historical record that Poles, like Jews, were victims of the Nazis — not architects or staffers of the death camps during the Holocaust. “If a Harvard graduate can’t get that straight, shame on him. It’s unacceptable,” said Illinois Appellate Court Justice Aurelia Pucinski. “On the walk of honor at the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem, there are more...
  • White House official says Obama ‘misspoke’ of Polish death camp

    05/30/2012 7:17:40 AM PDT · by Justaham · 67 replies
    news.yahoo.com ^ | 5/30/12 | Ron Recinto
    President Barack Obama "misspoke" when he called a Nazi facility used to process Jews for execution as a "Polish death camp," a White House official told the news agency AFP. The verbal gaffe came as the president was honoring to a famous Pole, Jan Karski, posthumously awarding him a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian award. Karski was a resistance fighter who sneaked behind enemy lines to witness the atrocities being committed against Jews. Obama referred to him being smuggled "into the Warsaw ghetto and a Polish death camp to see for himself," ABC OTUS News reported. National...
  • Barack Obama has insulted 38 million Poles with his crass and ignorant 'Polish death camp' remark

    05/30/2012 4:18:46 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 33 replies
    Telegraph ^ | Nile Gardiner
    President Obama has a long track record of insulting the Poles. In 2010 he chose to play golf on the day of the funeral of the Polish President Lech Kaczynski, the Polish First Lady, and 94 senior officials who perished in the Smolensk air disaster. Eight months earlier he humiliated Warsaw by pulling out of the agreement over Third Site missile defence installations in Poland and the Czech Republic. And last night Barack Obama caused huge offence in Poland by referring to a Nazi death camp in Poland as “a Polish death camp” while awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom...
  • Poles Demand Obama Apology For "Polish Death Camps" Comment

    05/29/2012 5:12:50 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 158 replies
    buzzfeed.com ^ | May 29, 2012 | Rosie Gray
    The president referred to “Polish death camps” while awarding a posthumous Medal of Freedom to Polish professor Jan Karski, a hero of the anti-Nazi resistance. Poles believe they're blamed unfairly for the Nazi Holocaust, and the Foreign Minister led the outrage in a late night tweet. The remark, which barely drew notice in America, is all over the Polish news today. On the country's largest television station:
  • President Obama Causes Outrage with Reference to ‘Polish Death Camp’(Gov't Rips Obama 'Incompetence'

    05/29/2012 5:53:29 PM PDT · by kristinn · 73 replies
    ABC News ^ | Tuesday, May 29, 2012 | Jake Tapper
    Poles and Polish-Americans expressed outraged Tuesday at President Obama’s reference earlier that day to “a Polish death camp” — as opposed to a Nazi death camp in German-occupied Poland. “The White House will apologize for this outrageous error,” Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski tweeted. Sikorski said that Polish Prime Minister Donald “Tusk will make a statement in the morning. It’s a pity that this important ceremony was upstaged by ignorance and incompetence.” The president had been trying to honor a famous Pole, awarding a Presidential Medal of Freedom to Jan Karski, a resistance fighter who sneaked behind enemy lines to bear...
  • The major crime of WWII that was never brought to trial

    05/17/2012 1:56:58 AM PDT · by se99tp · 56 replies
    Christian Concepts Daily ^ | May 17th, 2012 | Herbert Romerstein
    The American communists joined in the Soviet propaganda campaign. Corliss Lamont, a millionaire communist propagandist, wrote “Soviet Russia’s severance of relations with the Polish Government-in-Exile, over the Nazi-inspired charge that the Russians murdered 10,000 Polish army officers, shows clearly the danger to the United Nations of the splitting tactics engineered by Hitler and definitely helped along by the general campaign of anti-Soviet propaganda carried on during recent months in Britain and America. According to the London Bureau of the New York Herald Tribune, ‘It is a safe assumption that the Poles would not have taken so tough an attitude toward...
  • Like namesake, Dublin park rises to little fanfare [new Ohio RevWar Memorial]

    05/21/2012 9:22:26 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 13 replies
    AP via Columbus Dispatch ^ | May 21, 2012 | Lisa Cornwell
    Land awarded to a Polish freedom fighter more than 200 years ago by a grateful United States has been turned into a park bearing the name of the man who spent his life championing liberty and equality in America and Poland. The 36-acre Thaddeus Kosciuszko Park in Dublin, which opened this month, was part of a grant of 500 acres awarded by Congress for Kosciuszko’s contributions as a military engineer and Continental Army colonel during the Revolutionary War. Alex Storozynski, president and executive director of the Kosciuszko Foundation based in New York, said Kosciuszko was ahead of his time in...
  • Lessons from Nowa Huta: A nation of the children of God

    05/15/2012 12:11:53 PM PDT · by robowombat · 1 replies
    Spero News ^ | Tuesday, May 15, 2012 | James Thunder
    Lessons from Nowa Huta: A nation of the children of God Today marks the day that Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, the future Pope John Paul II, dedicated a church at Nowa Huta despite opposition from the erstwhile Communist government and its Soviet masters. President Obama should take heed. Tuesday, May 15, 2012 By James Thunder Thirty-five years ago today, May 15, 1977, a young Catholic cardinal, three days shy of his 57th birthday, dedicated a new church. A welcome, but fairly routine event for a Catholic cardinal or bishop. But in this instance the country was Communist Poland. The struggle to...
  • Were Americans duped on Polish goverment plane crash by mainstream media?

    05/04/2012 10:30:42 AM PDT · by se99tp · 20 replies
    Christian Concepts Daily ^ | April 30, 2012 | J.R.Nyquist
    On 10 April 2010 a Polish Air Force Tupolev Tu-154M crashed near the Russian city of Smoleńsk. All 96 people aboard the plane were killed, including President Lech Kaczyński and his wife. American media coverage of the crash is best represented by The New York Times, which offered the following description of what happened: “President Kaczyński’s plane tried to land in a thick fog, missing the runway and snagging treetops about half a mile from the airport in Smoleńsk….” This version of events has been repeated throughout the English-speaking media, and is consistent with official Russian claims. What other claims...
  • Sweet revenge: Dentist pulls ALL of ex-boyfriend’s teeth out after getting dumped

    04/28/2012 11:35:51 PM PDT · by Arthurio · 41 replies
    Revenge is a dish best served with novocaine. A dentist in Poland, dumped by her boyfriend, got payback by removing all of her former lover’s teeth — leading his new lady to dump him, too. Anna Mackowiak could face three years in jail after she agreed to treat her ex-boyfriend, Marek Olszewski, when he asked her to help with a toothache just days after he broke up with her. “I tried to be professional and detach myself from my emotions,” Mackowiak, 34, told the Daily Mail. “But when I saw him lying there I just thought, ‘What a bastard.’” Mackowiak...
  • Court Rules Against Russia in Katyn Massacre Case

    04/20/2012 12:56:56 PM PDT · by robowombat · 27 replies
    New American ^ | WEDNESDAY, 18 APRIL 2012 16:38 | JAMES HEISER
    Court Rules Against Russia in Katyn Massacre Case WRITTEN BY JAMES HEISER WEDNESDAY, 18 APRIL 2012 16:38 Over 70 years after Soviet forces secretly murdered approximately 22,000 Polish intellectuals and military officers in the Katyn Forest, the European Court of Human Rights has declared that atrocity to have been a “war crime.” However, unlike other “war crimes” of the Second World War, the calculated butchering of tens of thousands of Poles will have very little impact on a government that went to great lengths to avoid aiding the investigation: the Russian government will be required to pay 5,000 euros (approximately...
  • Deepening poverty drives people out of eastern Europe

    04/02/2012 4:59:09 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 16 replies
    Financial Post ^ | March 29, 2012 | Ioana Patran and Sam Cage
    More than 20 years after the fall of communism, the wealth gap between the east and west of Europe persists, and countries from the Black Sea to the Baltic are shedding people at an alarming rate. While membership in the European Union has brought prosperity to many, it has also made it easier to emigrate, drawing young people out of the east, especially rural areas, and leaving behind an ever older and poorer population. Romania, the EU’s second-poorest member with an average monthly wage of US$450, is one of the worst affected, with a 12% population drop in a decade,...
  • Obama's Hint To Medvedev Rattles Poland

    03/26/2012 6:51:50 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 52 replies · 172+ views
    BuzzFeed ^ | 03/26/2012 | n/a
    Obama's Republican rivals aren't the only ones alarmed by his hot mic suggestion...The headline in the largest Polish tabloid, Fakt: "Were they trading Poland? Puzzling Obama talk with Medvedev about the missile shield."
  • Commission: 'Robin Hood' tax would save EU countries billions

    03/25/2012 11:43:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies · 2+ views
    EU Observer ^ | 22.03.12 @ 17:08 | Honor Mahony
    Member states will pay 50 percent less into the general EU budget by 2020 if they agree to implement a financial transactions tax (FTT), the EU commission said Thursday (22 March). In a last-ditch attempt to undermine government opposition to both this specific 'Robin Hood' levy and the general idea of Brussels raising taxes, EU budget commissioner Janusz Lewandowski put some concrete savings figures on the table. By the commission's estimate, Germany would pay €10.7 billion less to the EU budget by 2020, Poland €1.8 billion, Italy €6.4 billion and Latvia €81 million. The UK, the Netherlands and Sweden—the strongest...
  • The Israeli Red Flag

    03/22/2012 8:42:18 PM PDT · by U-238 · 1+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 3/20/2012 | The Strategy Page
    For the third time in the last six months the Israeli Air Force has hosted foreign fighter pilots for tactical training. Israeli fighter pilots are considered the best trained in the world, and Israel maintains a special training program, complete with pilots trained and equipped to operate as likely foes would, to train their own pilots. The latest nation to send fighters and pilots for training is Poland, flying F-16s in for that purpose. Previously, Italy had sent Typhoons and Tornados and Greece F-16s. The Israeli training center is based on the one pioneered by the U.S. Air Force Red...
  • US Exempting Japan, 10 EU Countries on Iran US president Barack Obama will exempt Japan and 10

    03/20/2012 4:59:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies · 3+ views
    INN ^ | 3/20/12 | Gavriel Queenann
    US officials said Tuesday that the United States will exempt Japan and 10 European Union nations from US financial sanctions because they have "significantly reduced purchases of Iranian crude oil." The provides a respite for the 11 countries, whose banks faced being cut off from the US financial system under new US sanctions designed to pressure Iran into abandoning uranium enrichment. The EU nations include Belgium, Britain, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain, according to the US State Department. The list did not, however, include China and India, Iran's top two crude oil importers,...
  • Administration grants exemptions on Iran sanctions

    03/20/2012 2:53:08 PM PDT · by Doogle · 5 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | 3/20/12 | Judson Berger
    The United States is offering some breathing room in its seemingly ironclad set of sanctions against Iran, underscoring the difficulty the U.S. and other countries may have in truly freezing out the Iranian regime. The State Department on Tuesday announced exemptions for 11 countries from the newly passed economic sanctions expected to hit Iran's financial and energy sectors. By summer, the U.S. is expected to penalize nations that make oil purchases through Iran's central bank unless they can show they've made a significant reduction in their Iranian oil supply.
  • 'I Thought I Was the Last Jew Left' (Dog Almost Turned Him IN)

    03/18/2012 4:30:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Ynet News ^ | 03.14.12, | Roi Mendel
    Yoram Sztykgold was only three when Nazis occupied his homeland. He remembers dog that almost turned him in, sitting on German officer's lap, and moment everyone burst into laughter in middle of Nazi raid. Last article in 'Remember Me' series"If you want I'll tell you my story, but I must warn you – I won't be giving you any horror stories about the concentration camps and the crematorium, I won't be telling you about unusual courage. I didn't meet any heroes during the Holocaust. "You also won't hear about how I fought all by myself with a knife between my...
  • Catholic, Orthodox Leaders Reach Accord on Reconciliation Between Poland and Russia

    03/18/2012 10:24:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Representatives of the Roman Catholic Church and the Russian have reached agreement on a joint statement calling for reconciliation between the people of Russia and Poland: a historic agreement on an issue that has caused enormous friction between the two countries and the two churches. The joint statement, which is the product of two years of careful negotiations, received final approval at a meeting in Warsaw on March 15. Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow is expected to sign the statement when he visits Poland in August.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Jupiter and Venus from Earth

    03/17/2012 10:20:23 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies · 1+ views
    NASA ^ | March 18, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: It was visible around the world. The sunset conjunction of Jupiter and Venus was visible last week almost no matter where you lived on Earth. Anyone on the planet with a clear western horizon at sunset could see them. This week the two are still notable, even though Jupiter has sunk below the brighter Venus. And if you look higher in the sky you can see Mars as well. Pictured above, a creative photographer traveled away from the town lights of Szubin, Poland to image a near closest approach of the two planets almost a week ago. The bright...
  • Polish Air Force Comes to Israel for First Exercise with IAF

    03/15/2012 7:56:51 AM PDT · by Makana · 4 replies
    Israeli National News ^ | March 15, 2012 | Elad Benan
    Air forces from around the world are arriving to practice with the IAF and this week, the Polish Air Force arrived for a joint training session. The Commander of the Polish Air Force, General Lech Majewski, told the IAF website in a special interview, “You have excellent combat planes. But the most important aspect is the Israeli Air Force's experience.” The IDF often conducts exercises with armies from other countries. Several months ago, the IAF hosted Greece’s and Italy’s Air Forces for joint exercises. Recently, a joint U.S.-Israel anti-missile military exercise was postponed by Israel for what was described as...
  • Polish Air Force, IAF hold joint training in Negev

    03/14/2012 6:51:11 PM PDT · by U-238 · 17 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 3/14/2012 | Amir Cohen
    Polish fighter jets arrived in Israel this week for joint training with the Israel Air Force in the Negev. The Polish dispatched a number of F-16 fighter jets which have been holding maneuvers alongside IAF F-16 and F-15s. The maneuvers are based in the Uvda Air Force Base near Eilat. "We learn from one another and it helps us learn from the Poles, how they fly and their doctrines," a senior IAF officer said Wednesday. Gen. Broni Lech Majewski, commander of the Polish Air Force, arrived in Israel on Monday to oversee the drill. This is the first time that...
  • Unusual wedding in Afghanistan.

    03/11/2012 4:15:11 PM PDT · by lizol · 25 replies
    For the first time in the history of the mission – two soldiers of the Polish Military Contitgent in Afghanistan got married. Joanna and Piotr have taken their wedding oath in the Polish Embassy in Kabul. Joanna graduated from the Polish Air Force Academy and for several years has been serving in Polish Armed Forces as a helicopter pilot. Piotr has also been serving in Polish Special Forces for several years. This is his fifth deployment to Afghanistan, altogether he’s spent 2,5 years out there. He’s a special force operator, one of the most experienced Joint Terminal Attack Controller within...
  • 'Real Rebound' in World Economy: Barclays' CEO

    02/29/2012 6:53:08 PM PST · by lbryce · 13 replies · 3+ views
    CNBC ^ | February 29, 2012 | Margo D. Beller Special to CNBC.com
    Once again the world economy has proved the naysayers wrong and there's been a "real rebound" so far this year, Barclays CEO Robert Diamond told CNBC Wednesday. "One of the lessons we’ve learned in the last couple of years is every time it’s doom and gloom ... the economy is far more resilient," he said. "We see China at 8 percent to 9 percent growth, and reduction in unemployment [cnbc explains] in the U.S. So we’ve seen a real rebound." That even extends to Europe, which was stabilized by the European Central Bank's [cnbc explains] second liquidity injection. President Mario...
  • Poland Scraps ‘Wasteful’ Warship Project

    02/24/2012 11:38:14 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies · 2+ views
    Ria Novosti ^ | 24/02/2012
    Poland Scraps ‘Wasteful’ Warship Project The Polish government has terminated a warship building project seen as a drain on the nation’s resources, Prime Minister Donald Tusk said on Friday. “Vast amounts of money are still being spent on the Polish military that simply have nothing to do with defense,” Polish Radio External Service quoted him as saying. The prime minister said the project will be terminated “despite opposition from the navy” as it was “senseless” to maintain an enterprise that costs 30 million zloty a year (7.2 million euro). Poland launched the project in 2001, under Prime Minister Leszek Miller....
  • For rent: Hitler's Wolf's Lair

    02/18/2012 8:21:50 AM PST · by Arec Barrwin · 15 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | January 18, 2012 | Matthew Day
    For rent: Hitler's Wolf's Lair Poland has put Hitler's Wolf's Lair, the massive fortified base where the Nazi leader spent much of the war and the scene of a famous assassination attempt, up for rent. By Matthew Day, Warsaw 12:37PM GMT 18 Jan 2012 Anybody willing to pay the asking rent of £90,000 a year can take over the 13-hectare site in a secluded forest in eastern Poland, which during the war lay in German East Prussia.
  • Poland Requests F-16 Support and Additional Weapons Munitions

    02/07/2012 9:55:56 PM PST · by U-238 · 3 replies
    Defense Talk ^ | 2/7/2012 | US Defense Security Cooperation Agency
    The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress Feb. 2 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Poland of F-16 support and munitions, as well as associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $447 million. The Government of Poland has requested a possible sale of 93 AIM-9X-2 SIDEWINDER Block II Tactical Missiles, 4 CATM-9X-2 Captive Air Training Missiles, 65 AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles, 42 GBU-49 Enhanced PAVEWAY II 500 lb Bombs, 200 GBU-54 (2000 lb) Laser Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) Bombs, 642 BLU-111 (500 lb) General Purpose Bombs, 127 MK-82 (500 lb) General...
  • Polish Polar Bear Club....

    01/21/2012 6:16:00 PM PST · by Doogle · 8 replies
    YT ^ | 11/15/2008 | YT
    Hobbies...yeah,it's been around a while. I don't understand Polish, but the woman's statement and encouragement included the word "quick"....mmmm, not so good....
  • Say 'Dzien Dobry' to Miss Poland 2011 Rozalia Mancewicz!

    01/13/2012 12:48:22 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 36 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | January 13, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Plotek.pl     ________________________________________________ More/video/links at Reaganite Republican
  • Polish military prosecutor says suicide bid aimed to expose corruption

    01/10/2012 3:51:37 PM PST · by dynachrome · 5 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1-10-12 | unattributed
    POZNAN, Poland -- A Polish military prosecutor who shot himself minutes after ordering journalists out of a news conference said Tuesday that he made the suicide attempt in a bid to expose what he called corruption in defense procurement contracts. Col. Mikolaj Przybyl was defending his office during Monday's news conference in Poznan, western Poland, after it was accused of leaking information about the investigation into the 2010 plane crash that killed president Lech Kaczynski and 95 others, when he attempted to kill himself. snip Przybyl also claimed there was a contract out to kill him worth a million zloty...
  • Himmler and Heydrich: Hitler’s Lieutenants

    01/09/2012 6:57:50 PM PST · by iowamark · 44 replies · 2+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 6, 2012 | JACOB HEILBRUNN
    In June 1942, Thomas Mann, who was living in exile in California, delivered a commentary on a German-language BBC radio program that decried the sanguinary actions of the Third Reich in avenging the assassination of the leading SS official Reinhard Heydrich in Prague. After Heydrich’s elaborate funeral ceremony at the new Reich Chancellery in Berlin, Hitler screamed at the Czech president, Emil Hacha, “Nothing can prevent me from deporting millions of Czechs if they do not wish for peaceful coexistence.” It wasn’t an idle threat. “Since the violent death of Heydrich,” Mann lamented, “terror is raging everywhere, in a more...
  • Five Polish soldiers killed by Afghanistan bomb

    12/21/2011 11:01:10 AM PST · by lizol · 12 replies
    BBC News ^ | 21 December 2011
    Five Polish soldiers killed by Afghanistan bomb A roadside bomb has killed five Polish soldiers in a Nato convoy in eastern Afghanistan, Poland's heaviest single loss of life since the mission began. Polish media said the soldiers were a few miles from their base in Ghazni province when the bomb exploded. Three soldiers died at the scene. Another two were said to have died of their wounds at a military hospital. Poland has 2,500 troops in Afghanistan who are responsible for handling security in Ghazni. The soldiers were part of a provincial reconstruction team, according to Polish reports, who were...
  • Remembering December 13, 1981 - Imposition of Martial Law in Poland

    12/12/2011 7:33:20 PM PST · by dfwgator · 8 replies · 2+ views
    The Wujek Mine - Where Nine Miners were massacred by Communist Authorities President Reagan's Christmas Message to the Polish People
  • Better a horrible end for Euroland, or endless horror?

    12/08/2011 3:01:04 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/8/2011 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Things aren't looking good in Euroland While we are waiting for Mario and Merkozy plus, just a quick thought on one of the EMU break-up reports hitting my desk daily, and sometimes in twos and threes. (Ah, how I look back to those halcyon days when it was just we happy few, we band of brothers, tiny handful of Little Englanders, Danes, Swedes, cheese-eating Souverainistes, and Czech patriots, against the crushing force of orthodoxy.) The Dutch bank ING has had another go at the numbers, calculating that the Greek Drachma would fall by 80pc against the D-Mark in a full-blown...
  • Lessons in Psychological Warfare

    12/05/2011 3:00:36 PM PST · by thesaleboat · 3 replies
    Nobility.org ^ | Nov 28, 2011 | Friar Kordecki
    In the days that followed, a dense fog covered the Hill of Light, making it possible for the Swedes to move their great assault machinery closer, unperceived, while the great cloud was not cleared away by the supplications and prayers of the besieged. In view of this, the Prior selected one of the religious to “cry out for the help of God’s power against the spells of the enemy, to clear the darkened air with exorcisms, and bless the weapons of the garrison.” This turned out to be so efficient that it neutralized the efforts of the sorcerers, dispelling the...
  • Meet Merkozy - as Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel try to unite to save the euro

    12/03/2011 10:25:17 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 16 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/3/2011 | Kim Willsher in Paris and Allan Hall in Berlin
    The leaders of France and Germany are developing an unlikely relationship as they battle together to save Europe's future. He sends her wine and gives her fine French cheese. She sends him teddy-bears. After years of antipathy verging on outright hostility, the on-off relationship of Europe's most unlikely couple looks set to be consummated this week. Angela Merkel, 57, and Nicolas Sarkozy, 56, are currently thrashing out final pre-nuptial arrangements for the political marriage of convenience that will save the euro and possibly Europe. Tomorrow the two leaders meet again, in Paris, to see whether they can agree final terms...
  • Germany told to act to save Europe

    11/28/2011 8:35:28 PM PST · by Mariner · 40 replies
    Financial Times ^ | Quentin Peel
    Germany is the only country in Europe that can act to save the eurozone and the wider European Union from “a crisis of apocalyptic proportions”, the Polish foreign minister warned on Monday in a passionate call for more drastic action to prevent the collapse of the European monetary union. (See more at link)
  • ANOTHER Ronald Reagan Statue Unveiled in Eastern Europe...

    11/25/2011 2:39:30 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 7 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | November 25, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    -for 'destroying the Soviet Empire' A handsome, stylized 'park bench' monument dedicated to Cold War victor Ronald Reagan was unveiled in the former Soviet republic of Georgia yesterday. The country's pro-Western, American-educated president Mikhail Saakashvili proclaimed that the work 'deserves a place in the heart of Tblisi' as he and his countrymen seek to honor Reagan for 'destroying the Soviet empire'. He also took the opportunity to lament what he sees as Vladimir Putin's attempts to restore that lost empire. Meanwhile in Poland, a new Reagan statue was erected along a tree-lined avenue near the US Embassy earlier this month. While the current party-of-power in Warsaw...
  • 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,...
  • Walesa unveils one more for the 'Gipper' ( Statue for Reagan in Poland )

    11/21/2011 3:33:40 PM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 14 replies
    http://www.thenews.pl/ ^ | November 21 2011 | The News / Polish Radio
    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...
  • Ronald Reagan's memorial unveiled in front of US Embassy in Warsaw

    11/21/2011 12:41:05 PM PST · by Matt_DZ_PL · 40 replies
    Polish Radio - Eternal Service Website ^ | Nov.21, 2011 | Polish Radio External Service
    Walesa unveils one more for the 'Gipper'     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.   photo - PAP/Andrzej Hrechorowicz 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...
  • Transsexual Makes Debut In New Polish Parliament

    11/08/2011 12:01:34 PM PST · by edpc · 29 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 8 Nov 2011 | MONIKA SCISLOWSKA and VANESSA GERA
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A transsexual woman and an openly gay man took seats in Poland's newly elected parliament Tuesday, historic firsts that reflect profound social change in this traditionally Roman Catholic country. Anna Grodzka, who was born a man but underwent a sex change, entered the assembly hall to warm greetings. Several men and women shook her hand, while one male lawmaker kissed her on the cheek. She was later introduced to Prime Minister Donald Tusk, who also shook her hand.