Round Table Anniversary

Today is a wonderful day. The 6th February 2009 is the 20th anniversary of one of the most important moments in European history. On the 6th February 1989, twenty years ago, the so-called ‘Round Table’ talks kicked off in Warsaw and so began the dismantling of the totalitarian regime in Poland. Good vs. Evil The […]

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Jaruzelski the Traitor?

News that Jaruzelski was ready to open Poland’s borders and let in the Soviet army comes as a shock to some but to many more it is not surprising. For them, General Wojciech Jaruzelski, last head (and President) of the (communist) People’s Republic of Poland was a traitor in every sense of the word. News […]

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Vetting? What Vetting?

I have specifically, in premeditated fashion, avoided making any entries on my blog this week in order to avoid becoming too embroiled in the political crisis that has been unfolding around the ruling of Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal concerning the constitutional nature of the much-maligned Vetting Act. Now that all the hoohah’s finally come to a […]

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The Polish Church vis-a-vis Communism

It’s been in all the papers, everyone in Poland seems to be talking about this scandal. Let’s try and put it in context and look at what’s been going on. Archbishop Stanisław Wielgus was nominated Archbishop of Warsaw by Pope Benedict XVI. In the days following his nomination, information started leaking out of Poland`s Institute […]

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Stasi Chief Faithful to Former Masters

This week former uber-spy and Communist espionage genius, famed as the “Man with no Face” and the man believed to be the character behind “Karla” in John Le Carre’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, died. Ironically Markus Wolf passed away quietly in his sleep on… get this… the 17th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, […]

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