Smog policies, US army, Fox News violation
Poland Today compiled this week’s news from around the world about Poland.
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Poland seeks a permanent US military presence
President Andrzej Duda has expressed hope for a permanent U.S. military presence in Poland. A U.S. Army base would, in his words, “deter every potential aggressor.” The United States hasn’t yet responded. Such an agreement would not only be costly, but could potentially anger Russia.
Nearly 45,000 people die from poor air quality every year in Poland, and most of the smog is created from household furnaces that frequently run on low-quality coal or even trash. This week, the Energy Ministry proposed a new set of norms for household coal heating thresholds. Several environmental groups in Poland see the country’s solutions to heavy smog as counter-productive. In a few heavily-affected regions, these new rules would dominate over tighter local regulations. Ultimately, they could be a step back in the the effort to reduce smog.
Fox News references “Polish Death Camp,” breaking Poland’s Holocaust law
The Intercept (United States)
After violating Poland’s anti-defamation law banning the use of the phrase “Polish death camp” worldwide, Fox News may potentially face charges and a fine of $100 million. Poland’s new anti-defamation law is an action taken to protect Poles from blame for Nazi crimes against humanity committed during World War II.
An anonymous philanthropist is paying for the renovation of a Jewish cemetery in Żywiec, a small central Polish town with a population of 32,000 people. After World War II, the cemetery remained in a state of ruin and was cared for by only a few dozen individuals, as the community was unable to afford any proper upkeep of the grounds. The anonymous philanthropist expects that renovations will be finished in September.
During the Polish president’s first visit to New Zealand, Andrzej Duda observed the signing of a treaty that ties Pahiatua to the Polish town of Kazimierz Dolny. The document was signed by Tararua District Mayor Tracey Collis and the Polish ambassador in Auckland. Over 600 Polish refugee children known as Pahiatua’s Polish Children camped in Pahiatua.