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  • 31 May 2011 10:35 AM | Anonymous



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    From Rob Strybel


    During an interview with news channel TVN24 following the Obama visit , President Bronislaw Komorowski said: “President Obama has a very sober and rational approach to the Russian problem, and in that regard we agree to a considerable extent. Nobody wants to aggravate Polish-Russian or NATO-Russian relations. We NATO members wish to arrange our relations with Russia the best we can, but on such a basis that we can continue to have the comfort of a sense of security and NATO coherence.”

    “It was a good visit which reaffirmed the strength of our alliance,” Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski told newsmen. “Barack Obama felt Poland. I saw how moved he was when he met not only war veterans but also Solidarity veterans and how attentively he listened to their remarks on the democratisation of the Middle East, Belarus and North Africa…”

    Harvard Europe expert Prof. Richard Pipes has called Obama’s visit to Poland a “diplomatic success whose significance is mainly symbolic and psychological…
    The result will be a certain American military presence in Poland. That probably does not worry the Russians. The missile shield was something significant. What Obama is proposing, a few Americans in Poland, a few planes is probably only to make the Poles feel good about the American presence but it has no military importance.”
    The distant 2018 date when mobile missiles would be installed in Poland makes Pipes wonder whether those plans will ever really materialize.

    Political analyst Professor Aleksander Smolar, who heads the Stefan Batory Foundation, told PAP: “The very fact that it occurred was a success… So far Obama had not expressed much interest in Europe, focusing on new power centres such as China, India, and Brazil, and Russia occupies an important place in his policies… Much of the visit involved pleasant gestures and tributes to Poles for solidarity and their freedom tradition. But it was also obvious that he expects Poland to be involved in building democracy elsewhere.”

    “I believe that in time the American air force detachment will remain in Poland permanently if that is what the Polish government wants. The rotation is a good beginning. On the American side that will require a political decision... I hope the president will now work to persuade Congress to pass the visa law. The real test is how actively he will promote it in Congress.”

    “On the Polish side the visit went well. It was the first time since the Georgian crisis that all Polish political forces spoke with one voice…On the American side, Obama was making up for his previous neglect of Europe with respect to Britain and Central Europe… President Obama said he was open to cooperation with Jaroslaw Kaczynski,” a prominent member of the Law and Justice (PiS) opposition party told a TV political talks show.

    Eugeniusz Klopotek, PSL activist on TVN24 political talk show: “Whether anyone likes it or not Obama wants to do business with Russia and we should also start thinking along those lines.”

    The head of Belarus’ United Citizens Party, Anatol Labiedzka, told Radio Swaboda: “Judging by what has occurred in Warsaw, it is certain that the Belarussian question will be one of the most important issues for Poland which will hold the EU presidency. Including the Americans in that process improves the situation within the EU.” Another Belarusian opposition activist, former parliamentary speaker Stanislaw Szuszkiewicz, commented: “If Obama’s declarations in Warsaw will provide incentives for American sanctions (against the Lukashenka regime), that will be magnificent.”

    American President Barack Obama tried to calm both Moscow and his Polish interlocutors regarding Washington’s intentions on its missile shield, AFP reported following the Obama visit to Warsaw. The agency quoted Obama’s words about the need to cooperate with Russia to oppose “common threats”. As regards Poland and its neighbours, strong ties with Washington have a basic significance to ensure their independence in relations with Moscow. Romania and Poland have agreed to station SM-3 interceptor missiles on their territory from 2015 and 2018, and that has caused Moscow’s irritation as a security threat.



    Compiled by Ted Mirecki:


    Obama: Poland's Transformations Make Poland Europe's Leader

    Letter to the Editor: A story about Poland that overlooks Poland
    [Critical of WP coverage of Obama's visit ]

    Congressman Daniel Lipinski on the Future of U.S.-Polish Relations

    Obama Defends 'Reset' With Russia During Visit to Warsaw

    Obama in Poland: Substance and Symbolism

    Obama reaffirms US security pledge to ally Poland

    (Video of joint press conference),0,7407923.story


    Obama supports easing visa requirements for Poles,0,3697548.story


    Obama: 'Poland can be a world leader',Obama-'Poland-can-be-a-world-leader


    This is the only media interview Pres. Obama gave during his trip. If you read Polish, read it here:,obama-dla-salon24-pl-polska-moze-byc-swiatowym-liderem


    Obama, Poland and Russia

    by Mark Brzezinski


    Obama pays respects to Smolensk victims,Obama-pays-respects-to-Smolensk-victims


    [More Obama visit stories from Polish News Agency at,International ]

    Obama Cites Poland as Model for Arab Shift


    Missile defense, shale gas top Obama agenda in Poland,0,3686151.story


    President Barack Obama's fence-mending with Poland


    ANALYSIS-Obama uses own story to woo Europe, attract voters

    "First he was Irish, then he was British, and now he's Polish, too.",0,5957911.story


    Poles See Obama Visit Through Lens of Generation


    Obama's crucial moment in Poland


    Obama in Poland to honor history, boost ties


    U.S. and Polish Mutual Interests


    U.S., Poland to seal airforce deal: White House,0,7507822.story


    Doing Geopolitics in Eastern Europe


    Obama in Poland: Poland's ebbing Atlanticism


    Lech Wałęsa cold shoulders Obama: the US president is clearly no Reagan


    Poland to greet Obama with caution

    Poles favor the European Union as a partner after a series of slights from America.


    Poles Neglected


    Serbia boycotts Warsaw summit with Obama over Kosovo invite,,15105162,00.html


    If Obama really wants to lead us to a free world, he should abolish the G8


    Thanks to Len Baldyga of Arlington, VA for this compilation (Ted Mirecki)


    Texts, Transcripts and Factsheets


    Remarks by President Obama and President Komorowski in Discussion on Democracy


    Remarks by President Obama and President Komorowski of Poland after Bilateral Meeting


    Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Tusk of Poland in Joint Press Conference


    Fact Sheet: U.S.-Poland Business Roundtable


    Fact Sheet: U.S.-Poland Bilateral Defense Cooperation


    Fact Sheet: U.S.-Polish Efforts to Advance Democracy Worldwide


    Fact Sheet: U.S.-Poland Cooperation on Clean Energy


    The United States and Poland - An Alliance and Partnership for the 21st Century


    Text of a letter from the President regarding Poland and the Visa Waiver Program


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    Letter to the Editor of Dziennik Zwiazkowy from a member of the PAC Washington Area Division, RE situation of the Polish minority in Lithuania (in Polish)


    Remembering Cardinal Wyszyński,Remembering-Cardinal-Wyszynski


    Can Lady with an Ermine really take down Mona Lisa in the battle of the Leonardo blockbusters?

  • 27 May 2011 4:30 PM | Anonymous

    Polish Delegation from Kraków Visits University of San Francisco


    by George Sławek - Eurocal Group LLC on 03/25/11


    On March 23rd, Eurocal Group co-founders George Sławek and Sarah Carpenter organized a two-hour visit for three guests from the Kraków region to USF's School of Business and Professional Studies.


    Prof. Krzysztof Zielinski, Head of Informatics, AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków, and Sławomir Kopec PhD, CEO and Patryk Białas, Director, both from the Kraków Technology Park, will discuss entrepreneurship and innovation the "Silicon Valley Way." Associate Dean Carlos Baradello and Cathy Chang, Program Manager hosted the group on campus for a stimulating discussion on the Silicon Valley history, ecosystem, and best practices as well as the elements that Polish entrepreneurs, students, faculty and other stakeholders can leverage to promote growth of companies in Poland with truly global potential. Professor Baradello leads the university's highly recognized international programs, including the USF Globalization Program, Silicon Valley Immersion Program and Entrepreneurs' Bootcamp for executives, students and faculty from across the globe.


    In mid-May 2011 the Eurocal Group will be holding a series of one-day workshops throughout cities in Poland, "High Velocity Company Growth - best practices and successful growth strategies from Silicon Valley, CA." The first stop will be at the Kraków Technology Park where 20-25 participants will join four experienced entrepreneurs to share lessons learned and build stronger ties between Silicon Valley and Poland's vibrant technology communities.

  • 05 May 2011 5:45 PM | Anonymous

    Ashoka--Innovators for the Public, has made it possible for R. Paul (Paweł) Herman, CEO of Hip Investor,* to visit Kraków, May 25 to June 7, 2011.  The visit to Kraków is part of Zakopane's Wall Street Conference, June 3-5, 2011. 


    We look forward to hearing about Paweł's trip!


    *HIP:  Human Impact + Profit = The New Fundamentals of Investing

  • 05 May 2011 5:37 PM | Anonymous
    Slow Food in Krakow — Codzienne (Every Day)


    A Report From Tom Hunter


    November 1, 2008. My wife, Sue, and I have been living in Kraków Poland since September 1. Sue is busy pursuing a master’s program at the Jagiellonian University here. I’ve had time to get to know the food scene in Kraków, and it’s very rich. Poland’s traditional cuisine is focused on meat dishes, like bigos (hunter’s stew, made from sauerkraut, meat, sausage, maybe venison), gołonka piecona (roasted pig knuckle) and of course pierogi (dumplings filled with meat, potatoes, cabbage & mushroom, and many other varieties). This wonderful medieval city is filled with restaurants offering traditional fare, from inexpensive bar mleczny (milk bars) to karchmas (old-style cellars) and upscale restaurants offering updated versions of traditional fare.



    Slow Food is present in Poland. The local Web site lists many recommended foods, particularly cheese and sausage. One brand of traditional bread is recognized by Slow Food, and I often see it on sale here in Kraków, with a Slow Food label. Slow Food Polska is working to preserve traditional breeds and varieties, such as the Red Polish cow and mountain sheep, as well as apples. Traditional foods, such as oscypek, mountain sheep’s cheese, as well as specific makers of traditional items, like distillers of cordials, are listed and recommended.


    I’ve enjoyed shopping in the open, traditional markets. Just a 10-minute walk from our flat is Stary Kleparz, a lively, six-day-a-week market, with farmers, greengrocers, meat vendors and bakery stalls. The regular vendors have staked out their prime spots, and I now recognize them and their products. I don’t know whether many of the vendors or shoppers are aware of Slow Food, but traditional, slow food is a regular part of their daily lives.


    My favorite section is the dairy ladies. They offer their own fresh raw milk (sold in re-used water bottles), thick cream, twarog (white cottage-style cheese), butter as well as homemade liver sausage, cured kiełbasa, dressed chickens, eggs, even mushrooms. The white plastic bags in the picture are all filled with white cheese, cultured to slightly different flavors. Tasting all the variations is a key part of the buying process. Only a small portion of Polish consumers buy their dairy this way, but those who do make it a lively and active part of their lives.



    There is a huge variety of fruit and vegetables on offer, many from Poland or nearby countries, some shipped in from farther afield. Farms in Poland are still small and worked largely by families. Some have put in glass or plastic greenhouses to extend the season — as of the end of October we are still getting fresh raspberries, plums, tomatoes, chestnuts, and a variety of greens and other vegetables. No problem making a salad or a full meal from the variety here, or finding flowers for the table.


    Wild forest mushrooms are a real specialty of Poland. Drive through the countryside and you’ll constantly go through patches of forest, with mushroom sellers camped out along the road. Somehow these small baskets of mushrooms make their way to our local market, and we can choose from five or six varieties at any time. We’ve tried many and found them all different and interesting. We add them to soups and omelets. Our favorites are borowiki, king boletes, simply sauteed in butter, salt and pepper, and then doused with cultured cream; bardzo pyszne, delicious.


    Sometimes we get something we don’t expect. I have bought some very nice blueberries, and last week I asked for half a kilo of what I thought was the same. When I popped one into my mouth at home, I was surprised to find a large pit. Not blueberries at all, but tarnina, sloes, a plum relative — think sloe gin. They were tasty but very astringent — I puckered right up. Now they’re in the freezer, freezing out the astringency while I decide what to do with them. They’re sitting next to rose hips, also awaiting a plan.


    Slow Food is very evident in Poland, both in the activities of the organization, and in the ordinary, daily lives of millions of Poles. As the classic Polish invitation to food goes: Smacznego! - Tom Hunter

  • 05 May 2011 1:37 PM | Anonymous
    The American Institute of Polish Culture is searching for veterans of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising.  Polish-born photographer David Miezal is travelling throughout the USA to photograph participants in the Rising.  Please call:  305.864.2349 between 9 and 5, Mon. through Fri., Eastern time, or email David.

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