Monthly Archives: March 2012
Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk has promised to get to the bottom of allegations that his country played a role in the operation of a secret CIA prison on Polish soil where Al Qaeda suspects were interrogated.
Responding to newspaper reports earlier this week which revealed that prosecutors have charged Poland’s former intelligence chief, Zbigniew Siemiatkowski, with helping to set up covert CIA interrogation centers at the height of the ‘war on terror,’ Tusk told a news conference in Warsaw Thursday: Continue reading
The football association of Euro 2012 host Poland has been forced to hunt for a new location for its looming cup final, as security fears persist after the 2011 edition was marred by hooligans.
Police in the Baltic port of Gdansk said they did not want the April 24 match to take place there, said association board member Witold Dawidowski. Continue reading
A revolution is under way in Poland as the government moves to cut large subsidies for Poland’s powerful Catholic Church and give taxpayers more choice in funding it.
The rise of a new anti-clerical party is symptomatic of growing pressure to reduce the traditionally strong ties between Church and State as more liberal influences flood in from western Europe. Continue reading
The European Union faces drift and economic stagnation–and maybe even disintegration–if leaders continue to delay decisions needed to resolve the bloc’s crisis, Poland’s foreign minister said Thursday.
Sketching out what he said is an “unfortunately very probable” scenario, Radoslaw Sikorski said: “The Union’s economy stops growing due to persistent delays in making difficult decisions. The sclerosis deepens. Europe limps along but consents to a gradual decline of importance in the world.” Continue reading
Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk on Thursday appealed for more “discretion” around the country’s investigation into alleged CIA prisons for al Qaeda suspects on Polish soil, after media revelations about the probe.
Polish media said on Tuesday prosecutors had charged a former head of Poland’s intelligence service with helping set up secret CIA detention centers at the height of the U.S. “war on terror” in the early 2000s. Continue reading
A minibus carrying Polish coal miners and a truck have collided in Poland, killing eight people and injuring 10 others. Continue reading
This year, at Pesach time, we mark the sixty-ninth anniversary of the uprising of the Warsaw ghetto. For more than half a century, we have spoken of the uprising at our seder table, recalling that it was on Pesach night in 1943 that the hateful enemy stormed the remnant of our people who had not yet perished. But our people rose up in hopeless courage and, in the days of their struggle, became immortal. It has become our custom to dedicate our second cup to their memory, to the memory of all those who perished in the Kingdom of Night and to seek to draw meaning from the darkness. Continue reading
The daughter of Poland’s late president Lech Kaczynski, who died in a plane crash in 2010, Wednesday called for an international investigation into the causes of the crash.
“The extent of irregularities in the probe into the causes of the crash, in Russia and in Poland, is so vast that the need for an international intervention to look into the case is bigger now than it was in December of last year,” Marta Kaczynska said at a public hearing at the European Parliament compound. Continue reading
Human rights campaigners welcomed on Wednesday a report that prosecutors had charged the former head of Poland’s intelligence service for helping set up CIA prisons for al Qaeda suspects in the country at the height of the U.S.-led “war on terror.” Continue reading
The former head of Poland’s intelligence service has been charged with aiding the Central Intelligence Agency in setting up a secret prison to detain suspected members of Al Qaeda, a leading newspaper here reported on Tuesday, the first high-profile case in which a former senior official of any government has been prosecuted in connection with the agency’s program. Continue reading