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Polityka Online - Poland | 27/01/2014

Poland no place for US's anti-terror campaign

In exchange for 15 million dollars, Poland allowed the CIA to set up one of its key secret detention centres in the northern Polish village of Stare Kiejkuty in 2003 as part of the fight against terror, the Washington Post reported last Thursday. The left-liberal news portal Polityka Online doubts the existence of the prison: "Basically we know very little. Let's start with what we do know: after the terrorist attack of 9/11, the US began a retaliation campaign against the Taliban. Then they detained many suspects. And all the US's allies pledged to support it in its efforts. So it could be true that a military base exists in Poland. ... But 9/11 was one of the biggest traumas America suffered since Pearl Harbour. So it's more likely that the major operations against the terror took place elsewhere and under different circumstances."

Polityka Online - Poland | 08/01/2013

Film stars are useful idiots for Putin

First it was Gérard Depardieu and now film star and animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot is contemplating a switch to Russian citizenship. She announced on Friday that she would apply for it if a zoo in France goes ahead with plans to put two sick elephants to sleep. The two celebrities are simply being exploited for political purposes in the same way Western intellectuals were during Soviet times, the left-liberal news website Polityka Online believes: "In a letter that was read on Russian state television, Depardieu announced his delight that Putin likes him. He said he had also convinced French President Hollande that Russia under Putin's leadership was 'an important democracy'. … Russia has always been praised in the annals of history. One person who expressed surprise about this was Lenin. 'Useful idiots' was how he described the Western intellectuals who uncritically supported Bolshevism and were outraged by the criticism of the fatherland of the global proletariat. Times change, and so do governments. But the old wisdom of Lenin remains valid."

Polityka Online - Poland | 21/09/2012

Don't give up on Ukraine's EU integration

Poland's President Bronisław Komorowski stressed on Thursday in Kiev that his country continues to support Ukraine's integration in the EU. The Ukrainian government has been subjected to fierce international criticism for the imprisonment of opposition figure Yulia Tymoshenko. The left-liberal news portal Polityka Online praises Polish diplomacy: "Poland has not given up on integrating Ukraine in the West, although it has hitherto been unsuccessful and only seldom hears a good word from Kiev. Nevertheless Poland must stick to its guns here. This is a question of strategy and can take years to resolve. The belief has become widespread among our partners that there's no point thinking about Ukraine because it won't come to anything anyway. All the more reason for our president to initiate talks not only in Ukraine but also in Berlin and Paris. It must be said, however, that all our efforts will be of little use if the Ukrainians don't start helping themselves. Their next task is to hold free and fair elections."

Polityka Online - Poland | 27/08/2012

Breivik's ideas can't be locked away

The mass murderer Anders Breivik will spend his life behind bars but not his pathological beliefs, the left-liberal news portal Polityka Online fears: "In jail there's no regulation preventing Breivik from giving interviews, publishing books or other outpourings of his sick mind like the manifesto he put out shortly before his crime. So the real question is: let's assume he really is set free in 2033 and suddenly shows up again on Europe's streets. What kind of Europe will that be? Will the ideologists of fear and racism, the proponents of antidemocratic, Islamophobic movements be nothing but history? Or will Breivik's manifesto against multicultural European society be read like Hitler's 'Mein Kampf'?"

Polityka Online - Poland | 03/11/2011

Assange not yet indicted

The Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on Monday lost his appeal in a London court against his extradition to Sweden from the UK. The Swedish public prosecutors have charged him with raping two women. But it is by no means certain that he will be found guilty, writes the online edition of news magazine Polityka: "The British judges have simply acted in a European way: they have recognised that Europe's legal systems must support each other. This means that the jurisdiction of a country must respect the authority and decisions of the judiciary of another. There is no reason to suppose that the Swedish judges will act with bad intentions or that they are prejudiced against Assange. All the more so because contrary to general belief Assange has not even been formally charged in Sweden yet. According to Swedish law this decision must be left to a judge of the Swedish district court before which Assange has not even appeared yet."

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