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.
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.
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.
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.
Mitt Romney’s six-day international trip ended as it began, with the candidate’s attempt at a show of statesmanship clouded, this time by an aide’s confrontation with reporters at a war memorial in the Polish capital.