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  • Poland marks 65 years since Stalin's deportation of Poles to Siberia

    02/10/2005 3:57:35 PM PST · by Grzegorz 246 · 9 replies · 398+ views
    The Jamaica Observer ^ | Friday, February 11, 2005
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Survivors marked 65 years yesterday since Soviet occupiers began sending Poles to Siberian labour camps after signing a pact with Nazi Germany to divide up Poland. Under Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, at least 320,000 Poles from what is now Belarus, Ukraine and Lithuania were deported between February 1940 and June 1941. Historians estimate that some 20 to 30 per cent perished from forced labour in subfreezing temperatures, disease and starvation. A wreath-laying ceremony at a monument to the deportees marked the anniversary of the first transport of Poles on February 10, 1940, and survivors talked about...
  • Did Putin Blow Up the Whole Polish Government in 2010? A Second Look.

    04/13/2014 1:05:58 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 34 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 4/11/2014
    Did Putin Blow Up the Whole Polish Government in 2010? A Second Look. A plane crash at Smolensk in Russia four years ago wiped out the Warsaw leadership. It used to be seen as an accident. Now, after Putin’s games in Ukraine, people aren’t so sure. Four years ago this week, Polish President Lech Kaczynski was killed in a plane crash near the Katyn Forest in Russia where he was flying to honor the 22,000 Polish officers, lawyers, priests and professors slaughtered there by the Soviets 70 years before. Ninety-five other military, political and public figures including his wife died...
  • Conservative Merkel ally criticizes German foreign minister over Russia

    04/08/2014 12:20:55 PM PDT · by McGruff · 43 replies
    Reuters ^ | Apr 8, 2014
    A senior Christian Democrat criticized German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier's stance on Ukraine and Russia in a signal of a possible rift appearing within Chancellor Angela Merkel's right-left coalition over relations with Moscow. Conservative leader Merkel and Steinmeier, who is a senior member of the Social Democrats (SPD), have been at pains to stress how closely they are coordinating on policy since the Ukraine crisis began, despite the traditionally warmer ties to Moscow maintained by the leftist SPD.
  • Fulcrum Drivers (Polish Mig 29 pilots in action - VIDEO)

    04/06/2014 10:50:33 AM PDT · by lizol · 6 replies
    youtube ^ | Oct 13, 2013 | Mirosław Gawroński, 2nd ltnt Rafał Pinkowski
    See the movie of the Polish pilots from the 22 Tactical Air Base (22 BLT) in Malbork flying Mig 29 Fulcrum. Really cool in my opinion. When I see such movies - I wish I was a pilot :-) Fulcrum Drivers 22BLT
  • Don’t Mess With Poland: Warsaw’s military may be the only thing standing between Putin and Europe

    04/02/2014 6:55:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 41 replies
    War is Boring ^ | April 2, 2014 | Robert Beckhusen
    Four years ago, Poland was set to become the staging ground for advanced U.S. ballistic missile interceptors. But after the plan collapsed—and seeing defense budgets in the rest of Europe on the decline—Polish political leaders decided they needed their military to fend for itself. And now with an aggressive Russia bearing down on Ukraine, Warsaw is getting even more worried—and prepared.
  • Ukraine crisis: Poland asks Nato to station 10,000 troops on its territory

    04/01/2014 7:53:20 PM PDT · by No One Special · 26 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | April 1, 2014 | Bruno Waterfield, Brussels and Tony Paterson in Berlin
    Poland asked Nato to station 10,000 troops on its territory on Tuesday as a visible demonstration of the Alliance's resolve to defend all its members after Russia's seizure of Crimea. Nato foreign ministers met in Brussels to consider requests for soldiers to be deployed in Poland and the Baltic States, all of which share borders with Russia. Nato generals and admirals have been ordered to devise ways to better protect alliance members that feel threatened by Russia, and "all practical civilian and military cooperation" with Russia. President Vladimir Putin has massed about 40,000 troops near Ukraine's eastern frontier, giving himself...
  • Lego is a tool of Satan, warns Polish priest

    04/01/2014 4:19:52 PM PDT · by MCH · 44 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 01 Apr 2014 | Matthew Day
    A Polish priest has warned parents to be on their guard against Lego, warning the plastic blocks are a tool of Satan and can "destroy" children's souls. In a presentation aimed at parents, Father Slawomir Kostrzewa said the popular Danish toy company had taken a lurch to the dark side with its series of Monster Fighters and Zombie mini-figures, and that they "were about darkness and the world of death". "Friendly fellows have been replaced by dark monsters," he explained. "These toys can have a negative effect on children. They can destroy their souls and lead them to the dark...
  • Americans back the US's defense commitment to other members of NATO (Poll)

    04/01/2014 5:24:56 PM PDT · by Matt_DZ_PL · 6 replies
    YouGov ^ | Tue April 1, 2014 | Peter Moore
    Public backs continued NATO commitment (Poll) by Peter Moore Tue April 1, 2014 6:55 a.m. PDT Most Americans still back the US's defense commitment to other members of NATO, though doubts creep in when asked about specific countries The Russian annexation of Crimea, which is still a part of Ukraine in the eyes of the international community, has raised fears in other former Soviet states that they may soon lose parts of their territory. Most of these countries don't have an alliance with the United States, but three - Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia - are members of NATO. As...
  • Why Poland Loves Ukraine ... For Now

    04/01/2014 10:50:27 AM PDT · by lizol · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | MARCH 28, 2014 | Slawomir Sierakowski
    Why Poland Loves Ukraine ... For Now MARCH 28, 2014 Slawomir Sierakowski Eastern Europe, which beginning with Poland is celebrating its 25th anniversary of freedom from Communism, has suddenly awakened from a beautiful dream about the end of history. No less an authority than Adam Michnik, the legendary Polish anti-Communist dissident, recently announced that 2014 marks the end of the best period in Poland’s history in three centuries. We are entering uncertain times: In contrast to Eastern Europe’s foray into independence after World War I, no close intraregional alliances were formed in the aftermath of 1989; rather, each country placed...
  • War Party Oligarch

    04/01/2014 4:06:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    Is the Republican Party's Middle East policy up for bid? For four days ending Sunday, a quartet of presidential hopefuls trooped to Las Vegas to attend the annual gathering of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Impresario: Sheldon Adelson, the Vegas-Macau casino mogul whose fortune is estimated at $39 billion -- 8th richest man on the planet -- and who dumped $92 million into the election of 2012. Adelson kept Newt Gingrich alive with a $15 million infusion of ad money, gutting Romney, and then sank $30 million into Mitt's campaign. This time Sheldon wants to buy himself a winner. Ari Fleischer,...
  • Beaton: Is Obama a Manchurian?

    03/30/2014 12:36:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    The Aspen Times ^ | March 30, 2014 | Glenn Beaton
    I don’t think Barack Obama was born in Kenya. Yes, his father was born in Kenya, and his brother was born in Kenya. But that doesn’t mean he himself was born in Kenya. And yes, for 16 years he allowed his literary agent to circulate a one-paragraph bio stating that he was born in Kenya, which was revised numerous times over the years while continuing to state that he was born in Kenya. But I’m inclined to think he did that because it seemed cool and a way to sell books and not because it was true. And yes, he...
  • Obama tells EU to do more to cut reliance on Russian gas

    03/26/2014 7:40:00 PM PDT · by blueplum · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | Marcg 26, 2014 1:22pm EDT | ROBIN EMMOTT AND JAN STRUPCZEWSKI
    (Additional reporting by Adrian Croft, Jeff Mason and Steve Holland; Editing by Kevin Liffey and Paul Taylor) (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama told the European Union on Wednesday it cannot rely on the United States alone to reduce its dependency on Russian energy, as relations with Moscow chill over its seizure of Crimea from Ukraine. Speaking on a visit to Brussels to discuss trade relations and the Ukraine crisis, Obama said concluding a new transatlantic trade pact, now under negotiation, would make it easier for Washington to license more gas exports. :snip: During a 65-minute lunch, European Council President...
  • Report: Poland Calls Up Army Reserves: “The World Stands On the Brink of Conflict”

    03/26/2014 4:28:05 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 18 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 3/26/14 | Mac Slavo
    At least 7,000 reservists have been recalled to the colours for immediate exercises lasting between 10 and 30 days. They’re told by the Polish authorities that the call-ups are “routine”: but the men say they haven’t been asked before and they’re well aware of the growing alarm in Warsaw at President Putin’s aggression. Three weeks ago, their Prime Minister, Donald Tusk, called a press conference to warn that “the world stands on the brink of conflict, the consequences of which are not foreseen… Not everyone in Europe is aware of this situation.”
  • Poland Calls Home Expat Reserves, Seeks New Anti-Russian Military Block in Eastern Europe

    03/26/2014 2:40:00 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 14 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 26 March 2014 | Reaganite Republican
     Forgive them for thinking they HAD ALREADY joined an anti-Russian alliance upon entering NATO...  While Poland may be a formal and full member of both NATO and the European Union, they have all but given up on any timely, effective support from these 'allies' in the wake of shocking weakness displayed by the West throughout the recent Crimean land-grab. With Obama a disinterested putz and the EU heavily dependent on Russian gas/oil, the Poles have clearly been shocked by events in Ukraine, and can see that they might be on their own should Putin decide to turn their way. With good reason: the Russians have taken their...
  • 'The Russian world is uniting' (WARNING: HOT PICS ALERT)

    03/24/2014 11:48:33 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 18 replies
    Da ^ | 03/23/2014 | Will Stewart
    Inflammatory language: Nina Shtanski, foreign minister of Transdniestria The glamorous foreign minister of a breakaway region of Moldova is calling on Vladimir Putin to make her country his next conquest in eastern Europe. Few may have heard of Transdniestria, the unofficial and fictitious-sounding statelet whose head of international relations is 36-year-old Nina Shtanski. However, senior Western figures are alarmed that following the annexation of Crimea it is step two in a Kremlin masterplan to redraw the frontiers of Europe. This top diplomat in staunchly pro-Russian Transdniestria, who has a penchant for revealing black dresses, is gushing in her praise of...
  • Poland Is Quietly Mobilizing Its Army Reservists

    03/24/2014 7:58:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 65 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 3/24/14 | tyler durden
    It seems the words of Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk warning that “the world stands on the brink of conflict, the consequences of which are not foreseen... Not everyone in Europe is aware of this situation," are a little more real than some (US equity buyers) might suspect. As The Week's Crispin Black reports, at least 7,000 Polish workers in Europe have received call-up papers as army reservists in the last few weeks. Polish authorities dismiss it as "routine" but the men note this has never happened before. As The Week's Crispin Black goes on to note, At least 7,000...
  • Why Germany and Poland Are Winners in the Ukraine Crisis

    03/24/2014 12:45:09 PM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 12 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | 3/24/14 | Andrew L. Peek
    Russia is winning the Ukraine crisis. While Moscow may have suffered some economic sanctions, the world saw a disobedient Russian neighbor being forcibly brought to heel. The land grab was no doubt designed to encourage the others—Estonia, Latvia, Hungary, Georgia – all those unfortunates who live nearby. And it will. There are other winners, even on the side of the somewhat hapless angels. Like Germany, which is currently less an angel, and Poland, which is currently more. Before taking a mildly more aggressive position on sanctions Friday, Germany had been the least enthusiastic major European power about aggressively confronting Russia....
  • European inspectors report no Russia’s military build-up on Ukraine border

    03/23/2014 10:07:03 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 13 replies
    Watchdogs from several European countries have noticed no indication of a massive build-up of Russian military that would threaten the security of neighboring states, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said Sunday. According to Mr. Antonov, as many as seven inspection groups paid visits to Russian border territories over the past month. “Our facilities and deployment areas along the Russian-Ukrainian border were twice checked by the Ukrainian military,” he noted.Monitors from the US, Canada, Germany, France, Switzerland, Poland, Latvia, Estonia and Finland scrutinized Russia’s military camps stationed on its borders with neighboring nations. “It must have been a simple...
  • Cruz: Reverse Obama’s disastrous missile defense policies to keep Putin in check

    03/19/2014 12:08:48 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Friendswood Journal ^ | March 19, 2014 | Ted Cruz
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - With a few strokes of his pen, Vladimir Putin has in recent days both created the Republic of Crimea and annexed that new entity into the Russian Federation, thereby violating the territorial integrity of Ukraine. To hear Putin tell it in his address to the Duma, this action is not only perfectly legal, it also rights a historical wrong in which Russia was “robbed” of its rightful claim to the Crimean peninsula in 1954. President Obama has disputed the legality of these actions, observing that “President Putin seems to have a different set of lawyers making a...
  • Biden in Europe to ‘reassure our allies’ over Russia’s moves in Ukraine

    03/18/2014 12:37:23 PM PDT · by rjsimmon · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/18/2014 | Scott Wilson
    WARSAW — Vice President Biden sought in a visit to the Polish capital Tuesday to reassure allies anxious over Russia’s takeover of Crimea, denouncing Moscow moves to annex the region as a “blatant, blatant disregard of international law.” Appearing with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, Biden offered the moral support of a “steadfast ally” but promised only modest assistance to help Poland modernize its army and explore how to lessen its dependence on Russian natural gas.
  • Biden Heading to Europe Amid Ukraine Tensions

    03/14/2014 5:05:32 PM PDT · by kristinn · 30 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | Friday, March 14, 2014 | Josh Lederman
    The White House says Vice President Joe Biden will travel next week to Poland and Lithuania amid tensions in nearby Ukraine. The trip is part of a U.S. effort to pressure Russia over a military intervention in Crimea that has the entire region on edge.
  • Obama Calls Putin and …

    03/14/2014 8:39:54 AM PDT · by managusta · 19 replies
    Krytyka Polityczna, Poland ^ | 7 March 2014 | Agata Popęda
    For the America which is well aware that sometimes in life you get beaten up by someone on the street, two things are clear. Firstly, instead of being surprised and naively trying to change the world, you have to equip yourself with a shotgun. Secondly, if the Republicans were in power right now, things would look completely different. Did Mitt Romney not point to Russia, saying that it is the biggest threat to the U.S.? He was not wrong! Did Sarah Palin err when she fired off that comment in 2008, saying that if Obama became president, Russia would invade...
  • Blocked by sunken Russian ships, Ukraine's navy stays defiant

    03/09/2014 6:15:44 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 23 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 3/9/2014 | Katherine Haddon
    Russia has deliberately sunk three of its own ships to block Ukrainian navy vessels entering a lake off the Black Sea, officers say, highlighting Moscow's determination to wear down the morale of Kiev's forces in Crimea. The Ochakov -- a Soviet-era warship decommissioned in 2011 and set to be sold for scrap -- was towed to the entrance to Lake Donuzlav on Crimea's western coast from the Russian base at Sevastopol on Thursday and blown up. It capsized and, along with two smaller Russian vessels, is now blocking the narrow gap between two spits of land, its hull beaten by...
  • US deploys fighter jets to Poland, Lithuania (a massive force of 12 F-16s!!!)

    03/09/2014 2:42:05 PM PDT · by markomalley · 63 replies
    AFP ^ | 3/9/2014
    The United States is sending a dozen F-16 fighter jets to Poland as a part of a training exercise, amid continuing tensions between Ukraine and Russia, the Polish defence ministry said on Sunday. Three hundred US service personnel will also be sent to Poland as part of the exercise. The deployment will be completed by Thursday. Chuck Hagel, the US Secretary of State for Defence, and his Polish counterpart Tomasz Siemoniak agreed the deployment during a phone call, according to a statement from the Polish ministry. "The unit will be composed of 12 F-16 planes and will transport 300 soldiers,"...
  • The Time of Harvest for the Gentile and the Jew \o/[Charismatic Caucus]

    03/06/2014 2:25:30 PM PST · by Jedediah · 3 replies
    The Bible ^ | 3-6-14 | Jedediah
    My ostentatious being is what you must become, The nectar of my spirit attracting others to My kingdom, For you are my lilies out in the field, Sobriety to the weak so my spirit may harvest as they yield, Now a light in the darkness just as you, Release "my" wisdom my children for you are my morning dew, Just as My tribes harvested The Manna early each day, You are my hidden Manna revealed in a new way, For now the veils are lifted for through my spirit you shall have breakthrough, Both to the Gentile and the Jew,...
  • One of the options for Poland is to buy F- 35

    03/06/2014 10:38:07 AM PST · by lizol · 6 replies
    Dziennik Zbrojny ^ | 2014-02-24
    Polish Defence Ministry decided recently to continue a service of 32 Su-22M4/UM3K attack aircrafts used by the 21st Tactical Air Base in Swidwin. The variant of a service longer than 3 or 10 years (until to 2025 years) is considered. This is related with the technical modernization of the Polish Air Force. The reason was a current in the fall of 2013 plan for the withdrawal of all Su-22 until 2015. Not so long ago, in the Technical Modernisation Plan for the years 2013-2022 there was a record for the modernization of airport in Ĺšwidwin and the purchase of 16...
  • Russia’s strategy in the Ukrainian crisis

    03/06/2014 10:08:23 AM PST · by lizol · 6 replies
    The Centre for Eastern Studies ^ | 2014-03-05 | Marek Menkiszak
    Russia’s strategy in the Ukrainian crisis Analyses 2014-03-05 Marek Menkiszak The toppling of the Yanukovych regime and the taking over of power in Ukraine by the opposition were a strategic defeat for Russia, whose aim had been to permanently block the process of Ukraine’s European integration and make the country part of Russia's own integration project, the Eurasian Union. It also delivered a blow to the image of president Putin as an effective leader. After the failed attempt at creating, with Russian political support, an alternative centre of power in Kharkiv that would represent the eastern and southern regions of...
  • Ukraine crisis: US sends F-16 fighter jets to Poland

    03/06/2014 9:56:38 AM PST · by lizol · 32 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 06 Mar 2014 | Barney Henderson
    17.42 Poland's defence ministry has confirmed that the US military will send 12 F-16 fighter jets and 300 service personnel to Poland next week for a training exercise whose scope was expanded in response to the crisis in neighbouring Ukraine. Tomasz Siemoniak said the training exercise, centred on the Lask air force base in central Poland, was originally to have been smaller and involved only transport aircraft. He said Poland requested it be beefed up after Russia's intervention in Ukraine's Crimea Peninsula.
  • Poland can manage without Russian gas: PM

    03/06/2014 9:54:08 AM PST · by lizol · 6 replies
    Yahoo! - News Network ^ | march 6, 2014
    Poland could handle being cut off from Russian supplies of natural gas by turning to other sources and improving domestic infrastructure, Prime Minister Donald Tusk said Wednesday. "The current gas reserves and the fact that winter is coming to an end allow us to say that Poland is no longer vulnerable to possible gas sanctions on the part of our neighbour to the east," Tusk told parliament. The EU country of 38 million currently imports 10.5 billion cubic metres of gas from Russia each year, about two-thirds of its demand. Starting next month, Poland's imports "from alternative sources to the...
  • OSCE team blocked from entering Crimea

    03/06/2014 9:02:37 AM PST · by Army Air Corps · 5 replies
    The News (Poland) ^ | 6 March 2014
    Defence minister Tomasz Siemoniak says a 40-strong OSCE delegation, including two Poles, were blocked from entering Crimea by unidentified men wearing military uniform. "The mission has been detained, they cannot go further. They landed in Odessa and they were traveling by car from Odessa towards the Crimean Peninsula, but they were detained by unidentified men in fatigues," Siemoniak said on Wednesday afternoon, adding that they may be allowed to go back the way they came but would not be allowed in to Crimea, Reuters reports. OSCE spokeswoman Natacha Rajakovic has confirmed the observers were blocked from entering the region. The...
  • Poland's fear of 'the Russian Bear'

    03/05/2014 11:51:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | March 4, 2014 | Marcus Lütticke
    Poland, which borders Russia and Ukraine, played an active role in the deal that ended the violent conflict in Ukraine. But this time, Poland's shot at successfully mediating between its neighbors is slim, experts say. Poland's increasing anxiety over the situation in neighboring Ukraine became evident as Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk warned that the world "stands on the brink of a conflict" that would affect states everywhere. The consequences could be dire, and a matter of survival for his country, the Prime Minister told reporters on Sunday in Warsaw. Poland, which borders the Russian exclave Kaliningrad in the north...
  • OSCE observer mission in Ukraine

    03/05/2014 2:42:45 PM PST · by Army Air Corps · 6 replies
    The News (Poland) ^ | 5 March 2014
    Poland has sent two military observers to Ukraine as part of a 15-nation OSCE delegation which will attempt to stop further “military incursion” and encourage dialogue. 2 Polish officers will participate in the OSCE military observers mission from 15 countries, which will start tomorrow [5 March] in the Crimea at the request of Ukraine," Poland's defence minister Tomasz Siemoniak tweeted on Tuesday. Daniel Baer, the US's chief delegate to the OSCE, said the aim of the mission - which has a week-long mandate, although this could be extended at Ukraine's request - will be to try to prevent a possible...
  • US to bolster military support to Poland, Baltic

    03/05/2014 11:42:32 AM PST · by ColdOne · 9 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 3/5/14 | afp
    Washington (AFP) - The United States plans to expand military cooperation with Poland and Baltic states to show "support" for its allies after Russia's intervention in Ukraine, Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel said Wednesday.
  • McCain Raises Prospect of Russian Incursion Into Poland

    03/05/2014 4:59:01 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    Roll Call ^ | March 4, 2014 | Niels Lesniewski
    Sen. John McCain warned that the United States and Europe should avoid allowing Russia to set a precedent in Ukraine that could be later used for an incursion into Poland. “If Vladimir Putin gets away with saying he’s defending the rights of Russian speaking peoples, that is the same thing — excuse that Hitler used,” the Arizona Republican said, invoking arguments made by Nazi Germany about the ethnic German population of the Sudetenland.
  • Statement by the North Atlantic Council (short title)

    03/04/2014 11:11:16 AM PST · by Army Air Corps · 15 replies
    Full Title: Statement by the North Atlantic Council following meeting under article 4 of the Washington Treaty The North Atlantic Council has met at Poland’s request to hold consultations within the framework of Article 4 of the Washington Treaty, which states that “the parties will consult whenever, in the opinion of any of them, the territorial integrity, political independence, or security of any of the parties is threatened.” Despite repeated calls by the international community, Russia continues to violate Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and to violate its international commitments. These developments present serious implications for the security and stability...
  • Kiev agitators 'trained in Poland' claims Putin

    03/04/2014 10:35:42 AM PST · by Army Air Corps · 126 replies
    The News (Poland) ^ | 4 March 2014
    President Putin claimed on Tuesday that "well prepared" and organized protesters in Kiev who brought down the Yanukovych regime were "trained in Poland and Lithuania". In his first in-depth comments since the Russian parliament gave the green light for military action in Ukraine on Saturday, Vladimir Putin told a press conference in Moscow, "look how well they were prepared." "They underwent preparation in bases in Lithuanian and Polish border areas, and [of course] in Ukraine itself. Their instructors were ready for a lengthy time, you saw how they were prepared, like special forces, they were even divided up into squads,"...
  • Ukraine crisis: Poland 'safe' says president

    03/03/2014 7:23:56 PM PST · by Army Air Corps · 24 replies
    The News (Poland) ^ | 3 March 2014
    President Komorowski said after a meeting of the National Security Council on Monday in Warsaw that the US has given assurances on Poland's security, as the Ukraine crisis deepens. In a telephone call on Sunday, Bronislaw Komorowski said Barack Obama assured him "unequivocally as to Poland's security, knowing that Poland is not only a neighbour of Ukraine but Russia as well." Trying to solve disputes through military means, as Russia is doing in Crimea, "raises huge doubts and concern for the future," President Komorowski said after the National Security Council meeting, which brings together Poland’s prime minister, foreign and defence...
  • Obama promises to defend Poland against Russia as Reid urges caution about action

    03/03/2014 5:59:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 3, 2014 | Grae Stafford
    Polish news site Thenews.pl is reporting that President Obama in a telephone call on Sunday to Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski “assured him ‘unequivocally as to Poland’s security, knowing that Poland is not only a neighbor of Ukraine but Russia as well.’ Speaking Monday after a meeting of Poland’s Nations Security Council – with Poland’s Defense Minister, Foreign Minister, Prime Minister and opposition party leaders in attendance - Komorowski informed the media that he had directed Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski to “request NATO consultations under Article 4 of the alliance’s founding treaty.” Article 4 of the North Atlantic Treaty that was...
  • Secretary General announces North Atlantic Council to meet

    03/03/2014 1:21:44 PM PST · by Army Air Corps · 9 replies
    North Atlantic Treaty Organization ^ | 3 March 2014 | North Atlantic Treaty Organization
    Full title: Secretary General announces North Atlantic Council to meet following Poland's request for Article 4 consultations The North Atlantic Council, which includes the ambassadors of all 28 NATO Allies, will meet on Tuesday 4 March, following a request by Poland under article 4 of NATO's founding Washington Treaty. Under article 4 of the Treaty, any Ally can request consultations whenever, in the opinion of any of them, their territorial integrity, political independence or security is threatened. The developments in and around Ukraine are seen to constitute a threat to neighboring Allied countries and having direct and serious implications for...
  • In Ukraine, Poland comes of age as an EU power broker

    03/03/2014 8:07:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 02/25/2014 | CHRISTIAN LOWE
    Last Friday, as Ukrainian opposition leaders held out against signing an EU-brokered deal to end bloodshed on the streets, Poland's foreign minister dug into his own history to break the deadlock. If they did not sign up to compromise with President Viktor Yanukovich, Radoslaw Sikorski told them, "you'll all be dead". That appeal, informed by Sikorski's own survival as a student protest leader and backed by Germany's foreign minister sitting in the room at the Hotel Kiev, seemed to work. Though the pact the activists agreed was a dead letter within a day as Yanukovich fled the capital, it did...
  • Russian legislator slams Obama for 'direct threat' to Russia

    03/01/2014 11:14:27 AM PST · by kronos77 · 39 replies
    US President Barack Obama's warning that Russia would have to pay for a planned military intervention in Crimea is "a direct threat," a deputy head of Russia's upper house of parliament said on Saturday, saying Obama has "crossed the red line and insulted the Russian people." "Yesterday we heard from various media sources that the US president, Obama, had said Russia would pay dearly for its policy. We know that Maidan militants who were active in Kiev, and not only there, had been trained in Lithuania and Poland. Now they want to spread their influence with their activities to eastern...
  • 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...
  • The Strategic Decision - Su-22 Will Remain In Service (Poland)

    02/13/2014 12:42:46 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    During to the visit in the 21st Tactical Air Base in Swidwin, Defence Minister Tomasz Siemoniak announced that the aircraft Su 22 will remain in the service. Earlier there were plans to withdrawn these machines. In Swidwin there are two tactical aviation squadrons equipped with a total of 32 Su-22M4K attack aircrafts and Su-22UM3K two-seat operational conversion trainers. All delivered even in the eighties of the last century, have never been upgraded, despite such plans in the 90's. For several years the Polish factory supporting the service of Su-22 (called Military Aviation Plant No. 2 in Bydgoszcz) also ceased to...
  • Disney Fires Arabic Donald Duck For Jew Hatred

    02/11/2014 12:36:49 PM PST · by Nachum · 51 replies
    inn ^ | 2/11/14 | Ari Yashar
    Donald Duck will be getting a new voice in Arabic -- Egyptian voice artist Wael Mansour was fired by the Walt Disney Company over his ranting on Twitter last August, in which he expressed his virulent hatred of Israel and earnest desires for the Jewish state's destruction. Mansour's tweet read "I truly wish #Israel is demolished, I hate Zionism, I have so much hate inside me with every child they murder or land they seize!" He added "I don’t know why insulting #Israel & #Zionism is ‘Anti-Semitic’?! They are just a bunch of Polish/ Ethiopian immigrants roughly 70 years old."...
  • Allegations of Russia are somewhat correct, but what if the games were in the U.S.(Polish)

    02/10/2014 7:49:19 PM PST · by cunning_fish · 11 replies
    Gazeta Wiborgza ^ | 09.02.2014 | Mariusz Zawadzki
    AMERICAN sennik . A spectacular opening ceremony - despite the lack of a fifth Olympic rings - somewhat hushed defeatists , but in English-speaking media, there are still voices of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, a Byzantine scam at $ 50 billion , an emanation of Putin's superpower ambitions sick , shameful turning a blind eye to discrimination against gays and Russian lesbians , etc. All these allegations are somewhat correct, but their constant repetition - as well as the awareness that they seem a bit late - it must cause in many a human soul what Goethe called the...
  • Cold war spy Kuklinski movie premieres in Warsaw (SEE TRAILER)

    02/06/2014 2:28:38 PM PST · by lizol · 5 replies
    thenews.pl ^ | 05.02.2014
    Cold war spy Kuklinski movie premieres in Warsaw 05.02.2014 09:10 President Bronislaw Komorowski has heaped praise on a new movie about a Polish colonel who defected to the CIA in 1972, saying the hero of the film deserves to be honoured by Poland. “This film, thanks to wonderful acting, and a script that's rooted in real history, will always make a tremendous impression,” Komorowski said at the premiere of Jack Strong in Warsaw. “It's an extraordinary film about an extraordinary man,” he added. The movie follows the career of the late Colonel Ryszard Kuklinski (pseudonym Jack Strong), who handed thousands...
  • Lost Danish tourist ‘gang-raped’ in Delhi: police

    01/20/2014 9:45:41 PM PST · by robowombat · 47 replies
    Pakistan Daily Times ^ | January 16, 2014
    Lost Danish tourist ‘gang-raped’ in Delhi: police January 16, 2014 NEW DELHI: Indian police rounded up a group of homeless men on Wednesday over the alleged gang-rape of a 51-year-old Danish tourist who lost her way near the main backpacker’s area of the capital, officers said. The woman approached the suspects for directions early on Tuesday evening while trying to return to her hotel in the bustling Paharganj district of New Delhi, reportedly after visiting a city museum. Up to six “youngsters” allegedly assaulted and robbed the victim, who was travelling alone and had been in New Delhi since Monday...
  • Eurozone is the ‘real’ EU, Sikorski says (Poland’s foreign minister)

    01/22/2014 3:22:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 22.01.14 @ 09:26 | Honor Mahony
    Poland wants to join the eurozone because it is the political heart of the European Union, its foreign minister, Radek Sikorski, has said, with the country looking to enter the single currency by 2020. “In every annual speech to parliament I say that, in my judgment as foreign minister, we should join. I am leader of this process because, politically, we want to be inside,” Sikorski told a group of journalists in Brussels on Monday (20 January). “Our judgment is that in the next decade, the real European Union will be inside the eurozone. And we want to be part...
  • Welfare spending: how Britain outstrips Europe

    01/19/2014 2:30:35 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 6 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 15 Jan 2014 | Joel Gunter and Dan Palmer
    Welfare spending in Britain has increased faster than almost any other country in Europe since 2000, new figures show. The cost of unemployment benefits, housing support and pensions as share of the economy has increased by more than a quarter over the past thirteen years – growing at a faster rate than in most of the developed world. Spending has gone up from 18.6 per cent of GDP to 23.7 per cent of GDP – an increase of 27 per cent, according to figures from the OECD, the club of most developed nations. By contrast, the average increase in welfare...
  • Secrets of Katyn Forest: What's Really Buried There?

    01/18/2014 11:54:07 AM PST · by WXRGina · 36 replies
    Diana West ^ | January 17, 2014 | Diana West
    The power of history to speak to us depends on our ability to hear it. When we are deaf to its secrets, or too confused or conditioned to decipher them, we miss the opportunity to be empowered by them. We thus fail to overcome the propaganda our own government, like the dictatorships we revile, has all too often deceived us with. I am struck by this aura of static around a sensational new discovery. Researcher and author Krystyna Piorkowska, the Associated Press reported this week, has unearthed a “lost” U.S. document, dating back to 1945, known as the Van Vliet...