European Court of Human Rights Holds Poland Responsible for Allowing CIA Torture & Rendition

By: Thursday July 24, 2014 3:45 pm

The European Court of Human Rights ruled that Poland had violated the United Nations Convention Against Torture when it allowed the CIA to torture and abuse prisoners on its territory. It also ruled that the country had violated the Convention by allowing the CIA to transfer prisoners, even though they would likely be subject to undisclosed detention. And the court ruled that Poland had violated the Convention by transferring prisoners to a country where they had a real risk of facing a “flagrant denial of justice.”

The complaints of violations of the torture convention came from Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri.

 

Polish Security Services Raid Magazine Offices After Publication Of Secret Recording Transcripts

By: Wednesday June 25, 2014 1:59 pm

So much for press freedom. After Polish weekly magazine Wprost published transcripts from a secretly recorded conversation by Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski their office was raided by Polish security forces looking for the recordings. A prosecutor along with armed state security agents raided Wprost’s offices and seized records. According to the editor of the magazine “physical force” was used in an attempt to seize his laptop.

Secret Recording Reveals Polish Foreign Minister Thinks US Alliance Is ‘Worthless,’ ‘Bullshit’

By: Monday June 23, 2014 2:57 pm

Radoslaw Sikorski, Poland’s Foreign Minister, in an unguarded, candid, and theoretically private conversation revealed he thinks the Polish-American alliance is “bullshit.” A secret recording of Minister Sikorski talking to Polish Finance Minister Jacek Rostowski reportedly contains audio of Sikorski saying “The Polish-American alliance is worthless, even harmful, as it gives Poland a false sense of security. It’s bullshit.”

Shame sure to follow Stiff reprimand

By: Monday June 23, 2014 1:30 am

Well, apparently Donald Rumsfeld was just as creepy when he compared “Old Europe” to the U.S.’s new allies of Eastern Europe as you may, or should, have imagined.
Just ask Poland’s Foreign Minister, Radoslaw Sikorski:

D-Day 2014: Goings and Comings on the Eurasian Continent

By: Friday June 6, 2014 3:31 pm

President Obama’s four-day European tour leading up to the D-Day celebrations in France began in Poland with the announcement of an increase in the number of American troops stationed there, as the post-coup government in Ukraine continued military action against citizens who refuse to recognize it.

US Moves Troops Into Eastern Europe

By: Wednesday April 23, 2014 6:45 am

The Pentagon has announced it is conducting joint exercises with Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia with a contingent of approximately 600 US soldiers. The exercises are bilateral with each country involved and are occurring outside NATO in a revolving fashion. The move comes after a peace accord in Geneva appears to have broken down with fighting breaking out in East Ukraine over Easter.

It’s Not Just About Ukraine

By: Tuesday April 22, 2014 7:25 pm

As the situation on Europe’s Eastern frontier degenerates predictably, awareness of the millennial violent history between Poles and Ukrainians is indispensable to any understanding. The phrase ‘they share a long history’ does not come close to elucidating what is happening today.

“Skipped a Generation”

By: Thursday August 2, 2012 1:30 am

Red baiting?

I’d thought even in conservative circles we had moved on from that. Muslim baiting, race-baiting, liberal baiting, gay-baiting sure, masturbating ab-so-freaking-lutely, but red baiting?

Apologizing for America, and Why

By: Thursday July 26, 2012 8:00 pm

It’s fitting, really, that Mitt Romney’s first significant experience in the Old World involved riding a bicycle, since his latest seems to require a helmet, with or without the bike. One thing we do know is that a gangly, draft-dodging 20-year old yammering about Golden Tablets and whatnot is considerably less newsworthy (and funny) than a presidential candidate (!) making an even bigger ass of himself, once the charm of youthful earnestness has long since been so utterly trampled under the stomping hooves of arrogant, plutocratic cluelessness. If he had any sense, Romney would try one of two things: A) Get his act together, or B) Make the trip onto a comedy tour, before it’s too late.

FDL Movie Night: Tony and Janina’s American Wedding, A Deportation Love Story

By: Monday July 23, 2012 5:00 pm

Tonight’s film Tony and Janina’s American Wedding, A Deportation Love Story, directed by tonight’s guest Ruth Leitman, explores the deportation issues facing immigrant families in the United States by focusing on Tony and Janina Wasilewski, a Polish American couple whose family is torn apart by post-9/11 immigration red tape. The story is set in Chicago, against Obama’s rise from senator to President.

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