- Divided court strikes down big porn award
- Jimmy Carter: Don’t hurt Russian people with sanctions
- Oldest ex-MLB player dies in Cuba, 2 days shy of 103rd birthday
- ‘Top Gun’ for drones: Squadrons of carrier-based killers have Navy’s approval
- Bill Clinton to endorse Charlie Rangel for re-election
- Pfc. Bradley Manning is now Pfc. Chelsea Manning: Court says so
- Secret base U.S. special forces used to train Libyans now under terrorist control: report
- 9th suspect in N.C. kidnapping turns self in to FBI
- L.A. sheriff admits to testing flyover spy program without notifying residents
- Foreign minister vows response if Russians are attacked in Ukraine
Poland on Monday issued an apology to President-elect Barack Obama, after a controversial right-wing politician called the Illinois Democrat “a black crypto-communist” whose election marks “the end of the white man’s civilization” and must “delight” al Qaeda terrorists.
The Foreign Ministry noted that Polish lawmakers have a right to express themselves but Artur Gorski of the Law and Justice Party damaged Poland’s relations with the United States in his remarks in parliament last week on the day after the U.S. presidential election.
“We feel we have a duty, as the department responsible for Poland’s external relations, to express disapproval,” the ministry said in a statement released to reporters in Warsaw.
Mr. Gorski’s own party also dissociated itself from his outburst.
Joachim Brudzinski, a senior party official, said he sent a letter to the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw to offer “a clarification, apologies and a clear declaration that [Mr. Gorski’s] point of view was not that of the party.”
“We congratulate the president-elect. We congratulate the American people, and we consider this choice and this presidency good for Poland,” Mr. Brudzinski told reporters.
Last week, Mr. Gorski called Mr. Obama a “black crypto-communist” and a “naive individual whose election must delight al Qaeda.” He added that Mr. Obama’s victory “is a disaster [and] the end of the white man’s civilization.”
INVITED TO DEPART
Venezuela created another diplomatic clash with the United States when it moved its consulate in Houston without getting the required approval from the State Department, which responded by asking the diplomats in Texas to leave the country.
The Venezuelan consular officials were “invited to depart the United States,” Nicole Thompson, a State Department spokeswoman, said over the weekend. She said one official can remain temporarily until the State Department decides on its request to relocate its offices. The consulate is headed by Consul-General Antonio Ramon Padrino and includes seven other consular officials.
Venezuela in August requested permission from the State Department to relocate its offices in Houston. In October, the State Department learned that the consulate had signed a new lease and was operating in another location in the city.
This dispute is the latest diplomatic confrontation between the two countries. In September, Venezuela’s anti-American president,Hugo Chavez, accused U.S. Ambassador Patrick Duddy of plotting to overthrow him and ordered the American diplomat to leave the country. The State Department responded by expelling Venezuelan Ambassador Bernardo Alvarez.
NO TERROR WAIVER
South Korean Ambassador Lee Tae-sik signed an agreement with the Department of Homeland Security to make sure that no terrorist suspect takes advantage of a new program that allows Korean citizens to travel to the United States without obtaining a visa.
About the Author
James Morrison joined the The Washington Times in 1983 as a local reporter covering Alexandria, Va. A year later, he was assigned to open a Times bureau in Canada. From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Morrison was The Washington Times reporter in London, covering Britain, Western Europe and NATO issues. After returning to Washington, he served as an assistant foreign editor ...
- Embassy Row: India strikes back over diplomat's arrest
- Embassy Row: India 'shocked,' 'appalled' by consular officer's arrest
- Embassy Row: Wife of Christian held in Iran feels abandoned by Obama
- Wife of jailed U.S. Christian in Iran calls for White House help
- Most Americans want no Iranian uranium enrichment: poll
Latest Blog Entries
Feds who send arms against ranch families betray American values
- CARSON: When government looks more like foe than friend
- Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy hailed as patriot, ripped as lawless deadbeat
- Pentagon plans to replace flight crews with 'full-time' robots
- Texas is next! AG warns BLM wants 90,000 acres after Bundy ranch standoff
- Georgia governor signs bill expanding gun rights
- Harry Reid using tax dollars to fight Koch brothers, La. GOP chair charges
- America is an oligarchy, not a democracy or republic, university study finds
- Opposition rising to Colorado gun control laws
- IRS revokes conservative group's tax-exempt status over anti-Clinton statements: report
- Ukraine claims torture by pro-Russian forces on the heels of Biden's stern warning to Moscow
Top 10 handguns in the U.S.
Celebrity deaths in 2014