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Les gens qui ne rient jamais ne sont pas des gens sérieux

Be who you are and say what you mean, those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind

Thursday, May 18, 2006

lights, camera, action!

What do you call the children of your dad's cousins? First cousins once removed? Second cousins? Whatever they are, mine are cute.

The proof.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're still looking as beautiful as ever ! Hope to catch up properly sometime.
Sarah (ex-Bruxelles, now Sydney)

1:10 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very Important. This is not a joke.
Body: JOIN THE MARCH OF EQUALITY IN WARSAW

The March of Equality will take place on the 10th of June in
Warsaw.

The March of Equality is a political manifestation against
any discrimination of minorities in our society. It is not
only about gay people, but also about the disabled, national
and racial minorities and the rights of women.

The rights of citizens of the European Union are being
trampled by the Polish authorities.

We are fighting for ideas and liberties which are obvious to
the majority of European societies, yet in Poland are still
considered extremist, libertine, perverted etc.

The organizers of the March of Equality have serious reasons
to expect that this year's demonstration will not be
properly protected by the authorities. Year after year,
groups of violent youngsters from right-wing organizations
have been trying to attack the peaceful rallies by throwing
eggs, and even stones or bricks at the protesters. Over the
last two years the mayor of Warsaw, Lech Kaczynski, tried to
use his authority to block the March of Equality. Courts
overruled his decisions. This year, Mr. Kaczynski is no
longer the mayor of Warsaw; he's been elected the president
of Poland.

The process of modernization of our society will take many
years and it is probably impossible to accelerate it. But no
change will ever happen if the public debate fells victim to
political, religious and ideological censorship.

We will execute our civil rights. We will march on the 10th
of June, despite our fear that we will fall victim to
physical violence. The presence of foreign observers will
diminish the threat. It will also have a positive impact on
our society. Poles will realize that the European Union is
not only a sphere of economic liberty but also a
Commonwealth of values. If a society wants to be member of
this Commonwealth, it has to obey its rules. Your presence
at the rally will also demonstrate that the other members of
the EU care about the state of our democracy; that they are
not indifferent towards our problems.

We already know that some MEP's - mostly from the Green
Parties - have openly expressed their support for our
demonstration. Many of them will come to the March.

We hope that this protest will not be treated by the
authorities and public opinion in Poland as an event
organized by the "leftist extremists" as they are being
refered to by the official propaganda. It is very important
to us to underline that our agenda is the mainstream of
European politics, and not extremism. We hope that we will
have a chance to meet and discuss the ways of social
development in our country. We are counting on you!

POLITICAL BACKGROUND

Poland has a new ruling coalition. Six months after last
year's parliamentary and presidential election, three
parties have signed an agreement to rule together. While the
main political power remains in the hands of the Law and
Justice party (PiS), two smaller partners have joined the
government. Both of them received the posts of deputy prime
ministers for their leaders.

The ideology of PiS is right wing, conservative and
nationalist. It won the election thanks to the support of
Radio Maryja, an orthodox-catholic broadcast with strong
influence over frustrated and ill-educated people of rural
Poland. Radio Maryja can be found in annual reports of the
Human Rights Watch as an example of xenophobic and
anti-semitic rhetoric. Aggressive propaganda of RM has led
to public condemnation by the Pope Benedict XVI, but despite
this and many other protests it is still protected by the
political establishment.

PiS would be considered a relic of old-style politics in any
Western-European country, but it is relatively liberal
compared to its two smaller partners.

The League of Polish Families (LPR) is a neo-fascist
movement. Its leaders have often expressed hatred of other
nationalities. Photos have been leaked to the press of their
rallies, where members of the party were using the fascist
salute. Their MEP, Wojciech Wierzejski, is well known for
his violent homophobia. Three days ago, when asked about
next month's March of Equality, he said: "if they [gay
people] decide to come and demonstrate, then they should be
hammered into the ground with baseball bats".

Well, Wierzejski's friend, and leader of LPR, Roman
Giertych, has just been nominated as vice-PM and minister of
education of our country. During a press conference on the
16th of May, he said that he would put an end to the
"promotion of deviation" in Polish schools. Any meetings
between students and activists of the gay movement will be
strictly forbidden.

After Giertych's nomination, a wave of protests swept
through all major Polish cities. Thousands of young people:
high school and university students, parents, alongside with
teachers and intellectuals, took to the streets to show
their opposition to the nomination. Within two days, over 60
000 people signed a letter posted on the Internet demanding
his resignation. In response, Giertych commented that the
protests were organized by left-wing extremists, communists
and the "homosexual lobby". Mr. Wierzejski, again, sent an
official letter to the Minister of Interior, asking him to
investigate the ties between homosexuals, pedophiles and the
drug mafia.

The Self-defense party (Samoobrona) is a political movement
of frustrated farmers. Twelve years ago they started
refusing to pay back their bank loans and their protests
became violent. The charismatic leader of Samoobrona,
Andrzej Lepper, is a cynical political gamester. He is also
a criminal with multiple jail sentences for organizing and
taking part in violent and often bloody riots. Even three
days ago he was sentenced for one and a half years of
probation for throwing public insults at another politician.
He announced that hed appeal to the European Court of
Justice against the Polish state for this sentence. That
means that he will be appealing against himself, since he
just became our deputy PM and head of the Ministry of
Agriculture.

Let's face the facts: Poland is ruled by a coalition of
nationalists, criminals and neo-fascists, unparalleled in
the European Union.

If You have any further questions or remarks, please feel
free to e-mail me at a_lazarkiewicz@mac.com or call me on my
mobile number: (+48)501297344. The Democratic Party of
Poland is not directly involved in organizing the March, but
we are trying our best to support it.

The internet site of the March (with english and german
versions): http://www.paradarownosci.pl
Please, pass this message on to anybody who might be interested.

Antoni Lazarkiewicz,
Partia Demokratyczna (The Democratic Party of Poland),
demokraci.pl

12:01 am  

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