Poland’s former President Lech Walesa is “very disappointed” with what he describes as a lack of U.S. leadership in the world and will share his views with Barack Obama when the U.S. leader visits Warsaw next week.
Former Polish President Lech Walesa , who led the Solidarity labor movement that helped bring down communism, was hospitalized yesterday, private broadcaster TVN24 reported, citing unnamed people close to the former president.
Wojciech Jaruzelski, the communist leader and army general who imposed martial law in Poland to suppress the Solidarity movement in 1981 before ceding power eight years later as his regime collapsed, has died. He was 90.
Lech Walesa travels to Tunisia today to advise the country’s new leaders on building a democracy after they ousted dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali . Based on Walesa’s experience, the transition may be a long one.
Anna Walentynowicz, a Solidarity activist whose firing started the Gdansk shipyard strike in 1980 and helped spread trade-union activism against the communist regime in Poland, died in the plane crash in Russia today.
Vaclav Havel, the dissident playwright who served time in Czechoslovakia’s communist prisons before leading a revolution that ushered democracy into central Europe and hoisted him into the Czech presidency, has died. He was 75.