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Feb 5, 2013

Poland declines to answer court’s questions on CIA jail

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland has not answered questions put to it seven months ago by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) about whether the CIA ran a secret jail in Poland and how much Polish officials knew about it, the court said on Tuesday.

The absence of answers will add to pressure on Poland from human rights groups, who say it must prove it is committed to revealing the truth about what part it may have played in helping the CIA detain and interrogate al Qaeda suspects during Washington’s “War on Terror” following the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

Jan 31, 2013

Polish conservative MPs flinch at idea of transsexual speaker

WARSAW (Reuters) – The third-biggest party in Poland’s parliament nominated a transsexual woman for the job of deputy speaker on Thursday, upsetting conservative lawmakers who said they would try to block the appointment.

The nomination of Anna Grodzka, a 58-year-old who completed a sex change three years ago, will test attitudes in Poland, a devoutly Catholic country where traditional moral values often clash with new, liberal ideas about sexuality.

Jan 28, 2013

Guantanamo inmate seeks European court ruling against Poland

WARSAW (Reuters) – Lawyers for a man who says the CIA held him in a secret prison in a Polish forest asked the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Monday to rule on his case because they say a criminal investigation run by Poland is going nowhere.

The decision by lawyers for Saudi-born Abu Zubaydah to go to the court in Strasbourg raises fresh questions about how serious Poland is about investigating allegations that the CIA, as part of a global operation to detain suspected al Qaeda militants a decade ago, used facilities on Polish territory.

Jan 27, 2013

Poland’s investigation into secret CIA prisons loses steam

WARSAW (Reuters) – Lawyers for two men who say they were held illegally in a secret CIA jail on Polish territory argue that a landmark criminal investigation into the “black site” is being stalled because a trial will embarrass the Polish state.

Polish prosecutors are investigating the country’s role in a global operation run by U.S. secret services a decade ago to transport suspected al Qaeda members to facilities outside the United States where they could be held and interrogated without the safeguards set out under U.S. law.

Jan 27, 2013

Insight: Poland’s investigation into secret CIA prisons loses steam

WARSAW (Reuters) – Lawyers for two men who say they were held illegally in a secret CIA jail on Polish territory argue that a landmark criminal investigation into the “black site” is being stalled because a trial will embarrass the Polish state.

Polish prosecutors are investigating the country’s role in a global operation run by U.S. secret services a decade ago to transport suspected al Qaeda members to facilities outside the United States where they could be held and interrogated without the safeguards set out under U.S. law.

Dec 19, 2012

Exclusive: EU investigating Poland over road-building pile-up

WARSAW (Reuters) – The European Commission is investigating why Poland’s government is refusing to pay dozens of foreign contractors for work carried out under a road-building program worth billions of euros and backed by Europe.

Should the investigation find Poland’s state institutions have been at fault, it will deal a severe blow to the reputation of a country which routinely is held up in Brussels as a model of the successful use of European Union (EU) development cash.

Dec 19, 2012

EU investigating Poland over road-building pile-up

WARSAW, Dec 19 (Reuters) – The European Commission is
investigating why Poland’s government is refusing to pay dozens
of foreign contractors for work carried out under a
road-building programme worth billions of euros and backed by
Europe.

Should the investigation find Poland’s state institutions
have been at fault, it will deal a severe blow to the reputation
of a country which routinely is held up in Brussels as a model
of the successful use of European Union (EU) development cash.

Nov 19, 2012

Could Poland replace Britain at EU’s top table?

WARSAW, Nov 16 (Reuters) – If Britain’s Eurosceptic
government decides to vacate its seat at the European Union’s
top table, Poland has many of the credentials needed to take its
place.

At a time when Britain’s ambivalence about Europe is
weakening its influence in the bloc, Poland is riding high with
a robust economy, a vision for itself at the heart of the EU,
and fellow member states who want to make it their partner.

Oct 29, 2012

Court rules against Polish rocker who tore up Bible

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland’s Supreme Court opened the way on Monday for a blasphemy verdict against a rock musician who tore up a Bible on stage, a case that has pitted deep Catholic traditions against a new desire for free expression.

Adam Darski, front man with a heavy metal group named Behemoth, ripped up a copy of the Christian holy book during a concert in 2007, called it deceitful and described the Roman Catholic church as “a criminal sect”.

Oct 17, 2012
via FaithWorld

Catholicism and sex shops: the struggle for Poland’s soul

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(Catholic believers take part in a mass at the Temple of Divine Providence in Warsaw September 30, 2012. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel)

At the sound of a bell from the altar, relayed over loud-speakers, about 50,000 people at an open-air mass last month in the Polish capital dropped down to kneel in the street.