Stories about Poland from June, 2008
A debate on Lech Wałęsa continues at Polandian: “a hero / a lesser hero / a traitor. Choose your title.” Raf Uzar posts on the controversy as well.
Polandian continues the virtual “tour of what’s left to see of the Warsaw ghetto.”
Lituanica writes about rumors that Lithuania has offered to deploy elements of the U.S. anti-missile shield, “as an alternative to Poland.”
Polandian writes about allegations that Lech Wałęsa collaborated with the Communists.
At Polandian, “observations of the Polish character” by Scatts: “Some of them relatively new or recently reinforced, others very old but all have been openly discussed with a variety of Poles who, for the most part, agree with me. Those who don’t agree with me, tend to disagree with anything...
The Economist's Ceratin Ideas of Europe blog welcomes exhibit ideas for a Cold War museum that may be built “on a site near the old ‘Checkpoint Charlie’ border-crossing point in Berlin.” One reader suggests “a section on anti-communist humour.”
Desmond McGrath of A Fistful of Euros writes about football and politics: “Part of the fun of football is the way in which it overturns the international order of power politics.”
Belatedly, a link to Raf Uzar‘s post on Poland's debut in Euro 2008: “After all the hype, glitz and talk of victory, Poland’s players served up one of their most lacklustre performances in recent years.”
According to Polandian, Polish language isn't hard.
Polandian writes about and posts pictures from the gay pride parade that took place in Warsaw on June 7.
20 East writes about Poland's housing market.
Polandian comments on the bureaucratic instructions on “how not to take a Polish passport photo.”
From the Frontline reports that during his trip to Afghanistan, Poland’s foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski “unveiled a plaque in honour of his friend, Andy Skrzypkowiak, a British war correspondent who was killed in 1987.”
Vilhelm Konnander writes about Prometheism and post-Soviet geopolitics.
A report from the Kraków soup festival – at Polandian.
The beatroot guestblogs at Polandian about drinking in public – in Poland and the U.K.
Tips on “how to have a Polish party” – at Polandian: “4. Start cooking at least six months before party is due to begin.”
Scatts writes about the Polish-language Euro 2008 edition of the British tabloid The Sun – at Polandian and at 20 east.
Scatts writes at Polandian about raising a child in “two languages and two cultures” – Polish and English.
Raf Uzar writes about Józef Piłsudski, “Poland’s greatest hero and perhaps greatest leader.”
Warsaw pictures – at 20 East.