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PI Newsletter – January 2024


Gangster Tactics in Liberal Poland Recall a Bygone Era; The new government’s war on its political enemies raises the old question—could it happen here?



World’s press backs Tusk in constitutional crisis; Press review: An overview of selected international outlets on the latest events in Poland’s ongoing constitutional crisis.



‘Elite Replacement’ Strategy Tested by Poland’s New Government; The administration’s clear-out of its predecessor’s supporters from state media had been ruthless and controversial.



Senator Vance slams Biden Administration’s Silence on Polish Government Attacks on Press Freedom



Poland’s deputy FM calls for rebuilding ties with Germany, addresses war reparations



Poland activates air defenses amid Russia’s missile attack on Ukraine



Warsaw rally calls for military, and financial aid to Ukraine; Nearly 3,000 Poles and Ukrainians have gathered outside the European Union’s representative office in Warsaw, calling for military and financial support for Ukraine’s defence against the Russian invasion, and for Kyiv’s accession to the EU



Polish FM urges US Congress to OK new aid for Ukraine



Polish foreign minister warns against Putin’s victory in Ukraine, calls for continued US support



If Ukraine Loses, War Will Come to Europe



America Will Have to Heavily Arm NATO’s Six Frontline States If Ukraine Falters—Especially Finland



Poland’s new government is in a standoff with the former ruling party over 2 convicted politicians



Polish police arrest 2 convicted politicians with the former government who took refuge with the president



Two Polish ex-ministers detained in presidential palace



Standoff at Presidential Palace Shows Poland’s Right Won’t Go Quietly



Hundreds of thousands attend a rally in Warsaw calling for the release of jailed ex-ministers



Polish president pledges to pardon jailed ex-ministers



President slams removal of the national prosecutor; Poland’s president Andrzej Duda has criticized a decision by the justice minister to remove the national prosecutor from office, calling it a breach of law.



The long-announced “Protest of Free Poles” organized by Law and Justice took place in front of the Sejm.



The Kremlin’s New Imperial Crackdown on the Captive Peoples; Vladimir Putin has set out to intensify the suppression of indigenous languages and culture among many of Russia’s 195 nationalities.



Russia Detains State Firm Worker Accused of Spying for Poland



Brazil’s Lula names Brazilian lawyer of Polish descent as new justice minister; Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva announced the appointment of Ricardo Lewandowski, a prominent lawyer of Polish descent and former head of Brazil’s Supreme Federal Tribunal, as the new Minister of Justice.



Daring to Create Art Freely Behind the Iron Curtain; The Walker Art Center stages a rare survey of the courageous work that bloomed in the Eastern bloc, as artists struggled against state repression.



Poland’s Oscar-shortlisted doc about Ukraine war airs in US, UK, Germany this weekend



Russia wants evidence on missile entry onto Polish territory


NATO secures 1,000 Patriot missiles for Europe in $5.6bn deal

The multi-billion-dollar deal will strengthen Europe’s air defence and kick-start Patriot missile production on the continent.



Polish, EU top diplomats discuss further military support for Ukraine; Poland’s foreign minister has held talks with the European Union’s foreign-policy chief on stepping up military support for Ukraine and sanctions on Russia, following the Kremlin’s recent air strikes.



US, Polish troops get set for live fire of Warsaw’s prize new Abrams tanks



Polish Dep PM, US envoy discuss Poland-US defence cooperation



A 2024 Resolution for the West — Prepare for Disaster



Poland, American Polonia, and Poland’s Borders: Another Way to Understand the Connection

By Donald Pienkos



Christine Granville: The Polish aristocrat who was Churchill’s favourite spy – a.k.a. Maria Skarbek





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