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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Cimoszewicz latest

Prosecutor reveals raft of mistakes on Cimoszewicz's wealth declaration
Yesterday the Prosecutor's office made three declaration documents public. First of all, Cimoszewicz should have delivered the first document before he became Foreign Affairs Minister. He should also have confirmed the fact that PKN Orlen shares worth zl.700,000 belonged to him in three different documents, but did not. Additionally, in the third document he did not reveal Business Management Consulting shares that belonged to him at that time. This means that his testimony in front of the Orlen investigating commission was false. Cimoszewicz himself did not want to comment upon the issue. His speaker, Tomasz Nalecz, said: "Cimoszewicz made the same mistake three times. I'm sorry that he did so, but we are all humans and we all err. I think this is not a crime." The prosecutor's office is convinced that Cimoszewicz has broken the law. Whether he will be charged with it or not will depend if it can be determined whether he did it on purpose.


Blogger Femme d'ailleurs said...

Hey! I won`t say a lot about the post, coz I`m not very strong in politics, especialy polish politics. But I just wanted to leave a messge as I am originally from Poland. What are you doing in Poland?
Oh yea, and one more thing. That picture of the nurse on the right. The translation of the french phrase should read: "Poland, I'm waiting for you" not "Poland is waiting". Thought you might want to know that ;)

8/24/2005 03:30:00 PM  

Blogger Gustav said...

Hey Angelika, thanks for the comment. I'm blogging in Poland, that's all I'll say - Gustav does guard his privacy so. He doesn't like to reveal his occupation.

But the main reason I'm here - and I've more or less revealed this before - is not work of course, but my lovely girlfriend, who will remain anonymous except for the fact that she is the "EK" who does the photos for WS' Sunday Vista Blogging.

It is also her birthday today, so a big happy birthday to WS' resident photographer, EK!

On the Polish nurse picture: My French is nowhere near my Polish or German, but I understand what it says (not least because it was so talked about on the Polish media). It seems clear to me however, that the nurse represents a wider "Poland" that is waiting for the West to discover. I know what the sign says, but I wrote MY feelings under it. It's my blog, I'll do what I want ;-).

Angelika - usually in Polish your name is spelled "ANDZELIKA" no? How did you end up with this version?

"Originally from Poland"? Where do you live now?

I hope you come back, though I must admit this blog is VERY politics heavy. I like to post general-interest articles sometimes too, so maybe you'll see something that interests you.

Though you may not be "very strong on politics" you must (well, maybe not MUST) have some opinion about the exciting political scene at the moment in Poland, the sleaze, the dirt, the characters, and most importantly, the issues. What issues are most important to you as a Pole? I'm very interested.

Will you vote? If so, who will you vote for in the presidential and parliamentary elections?

I like to get different perspectives. Then again, you may never return to this site again.

In any case, "Gustav is waiting for you..."

8/24/2005 04:34:00 PM  

Blogger Gustav said...

Ok, so I really should have checked out your blog before I asked you those questions. Canada eh? I'm from Michigan, Ontario's neighbor to the south (or north at Detroit). My inkling is however, that since you're so into French (school and all) you're probably in Quebec.

8/24/2005 05:18:00 PM  

Blogger Andrew said...

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8/24/2005 05:25:00 PM  

Blogger Andrew said...

To make the same mistake 3 times is only human.

Hi Angelika.

8/24/2005 05:28:00 PM  

Blogger Femme d'ailleurs said...

Andrew -- not sure what zou were referring to, but hi to you too.

Gustav -- well, yea, you probably know all the answers from my blog. I've lived in Canada now for over 5 years and no, I am not in Quebec (shouldn't assume cos that makes an ... of you and me, lol). No, I'm in NL. Yea. And yes there is a french community here as well. To which I only partly belong, through my husband (he is french, french from France, that is).

About the politics, like I said earlier, I couldn't care less about what is happening in the political arena, because of all the dirt, corruption, greed etc. It makes me depressed and I tend to avoid the things that make me depressed. So there. And no, I don't think it's right to vote just because we CAN. I believe that one should only vote if they know what they are doing and are well informed about their choices. So since I am not I have no clue and therefore my vote wouldn't be very valid, would it? Yea, you might say, then inform yourself. For the reasons mentioned above I won't. Honestlly I have no time, I'd rather take a good book and read that. But, I might just learn some valuable information, because I do intent to come back to your blog :)

About the translation: Chill out! I was just trying to be helpful ;)That's what it translates to, but you are right do as you like. Anyway, yeah, I guess I am a freak when it comes to french, lol.

Hope to visit frequently...

ps. No my name is not normally spelled Andzelika. Some chose to spell it that way. Mine had the same spelling (Angelika) since I was born.

8/24/2005 06:26:00 PM  

Blogger Gustav said...

Not voting is a vote too. Plenty like you make the same statement each time they don't vote. Sick of the system. I think everybody knows how you feel, but I don't know how effective you're accomplishing your goals. Certainly, when such a low number of people vote (consistently less than 50% in the US, now dropping below 50% in Poland), you'd think the politicians would get the hint: CLEAN UP. Unfortunately, politicians are only responsible to the people who vote for them, so they go ahead and be corrupt while those of us in the world who have consciences (like you) refuse to vote and don't force them to change.

By not voting, you're not opting out, you're making a statement.

But is that statement getting heard, or adding to a vicious cycle?

8/24/2005 08:44:00 PM  

Blogger Gustav said...

Andrew -

Yeah, I want to believe Cimoszewicz, I really do. It's not so hard actually, considering all the damn paperwork there is to do in this country. I don't think I've filled out a form properly since I've been here. These politicians are not at the resource level of American ones - teams of strategists and secretaries hovering about them. It's conceivable, isn't it?


You don't forget about 700,000 zloty, do you....

That's almost $200,000 in 2001, when this happened - in Poland.

That'll buy you a nice retirement on the farm, just what Cimoszewicz wanted to do before he got roped into running for president.

Kwasniewski must be kicking himself.

8/24/2005 08:48:00 PM  

Blogger Femme d'ailleurs said...


No it's not being heard, my statement, but is it even fair for people like me to vote when the result of the vote doesn't really affect me that much? Do I have the moral right to vote? I mean I am here in another country where I am not affected by what's happening in Poland. Why should I have a say in what's good for the Poles? Or am I just taking the easy way out? BTW, I can't vote in Canada for the canadian government either.

8/24/2005 11:28:00 PM  

Blogger Gustav said...

Do I have the moral right to vote?

I would argue (and this was drilled into me by a very civic-minded mother) that you have the moral OBLIGATION to vote. If everybody like you decided not to vote, Samoobrona would win the elections - and those who didn't vote would be to blame, in my view.

Is it even fair for people like me to vote when the result of the vote doesn't really affect me that much?

Well, as a citizen of Poland, you have the right to decide how much it affects you. If you're not voting simply because you don't care, that's something different than not voting out of frustration with the system. The question is: How do you know it won't affect you? I like to take as much control over my life as possible. I don't get to vote here in Poland, where politicians' decisions affect my life more directly now than US politicians'. Still, I vote in US elections because I may move there one day and I'd like my future children (Do you think your son will ever go back to Poland?) to have the best possible living conditions, should they choose to live in the States. I also care very much about my fellow Americans (love that phrase), and want what's best for them. It's not as if I'm deciding for them - as an American, I believe I have a right to say what's best for my country. You have the same right with Poland.

Or am I just taking the easy way out?

That is up to you to decide. Like you said, you have no time to inform yourself, which I agree is a requirement. Perhaps it's just not that important.

8/25/2005 03:48:00 PM  

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