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Dr hab. Urszula Glensk

List otwarty do Jego Świątobliwości papieża Franciszka

List otwarty do Jego Świątobliwości papieża Franciszka

"Ojcze Święty, przyjeżdżasz do innej Polski niż ta, którą odwiedzał Jan Paweł II. Będą przyjmowali Jego Świątobliwość hierarchowie, którzy zdają się mówić innym głosem niż niegdyś." - pisze w liście czytelniczka. (Tekst w wersji polskiej i angielskiej.)

We ask foreign journalists about the euro-elections in their countries

What are the topics politicians are quarrelling over? And who is succeeding? Which web gems did impress our colleagues the most? We are sending a chain letter through the European media landscape, a "blog baton" for the European election on May 25th.

Disintegration Strikes at the Heart of Gov't

The dismissal of the interior minister is a serious matter, and if that were not enough, the prime minister alleges that Janusz Kaczmarek leaked classified information and then lied about it.

In the Grip of the 'PiS Mafia'

', Professor Sztompka writes, 'was who outsmarts whom, who finds more dirt on whom, and who proves more effective at eavesdropping on the other. How true. Dirt was sought on everyone: doctors and writers, university professors and journalists, politicians and businesspeople. The coalition of the ruling parties

Obama's Underachieving Foreign Policy

there. And the fragility of Israel's ruling coalition, combined with strong congressional support for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, makes it difficult to influence the country's policies, despite Israel's significant impact on US strategy in the Arab world.But Obama has also struggled to define the

Japan's Coming Political Earthquake

paying increasing attention to the newly created Japan Restoration Party (JRP) and its populist leader, Osaka City Mayor Toru Hashimoto, a former governor of Osaka prefecture and the son of a minor Yakuza (mafioso).The JRP aspires to be a ruling party, or at least a kingmaker in Japanese politics, but it

Gazeta Poll: Recent Congress Fails to Lift PiS

Gazeta Poll: Recent Congress Fails to Lift PiS

is down one percentage point. The ruling Civic Platform (PO) has also slipped though, by 5 points, while the Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) is up 5 points to 12 percent. How do the politicians interpret these figures? 'The PiS thought that by spending a few millions they would buy themselves a new

The CBA Can't Be Trusted For Its Word

The CBA Can't Be Trusted For Its Word

offend - and especially one treating the judiciary so instrumentally. For this coalition, criminal law, public arrests are shows that are supposed to produce media and political success. Such as, for instance, the detention of the cardiac surgeon, Mr Mirosław G., and the subsequent mega-show embellished

A Strategy for Russia's Snow Revolution

A Strategy for Russia's Snow Revolution

ruling elite. Recent research by the sociologists Erica Chenoweth, Maria J. Stephan, and Sharon Erickson Nepstad shows that one factor more than any other determines whether nonviolent struggles succeed: protesters' decision to adopt nonviolence itself. Indeed, Chenoweth and Stephan have shown that

We Need a New Plan for Poland

We Need a New Plan for Poland

Poles did not believe the propaganda of the PiS-controlled public media and the ruling party's campaign tricks. What prevailed was the civic Poland, the Poland without inferiority complexes - a partner in the family of European nations, Poland desiring modernisation, rejecting Radio Maryja's

The Dark Side of Defending Freedom

away from the Seychelles and Mauritius. Some settled in London (my European Parliament constituency). They have been a persistent thorn in the side of successive British governments, but at long last Prime Minister David Cameron's coalition government seems to be seeking to conclude this matter in a

The decline of democracy - the rise of dictatorship

The decline of democracy - the rise of dictatorship

legality, has been gradually turned into a weightless body. The number of judges has been increased with members known to be loyal to the ruling parties (including a former minister and a member of Parliament, both being Fidesz party members). The scope of the Court has been narrowed, partly by depriving

Left-wing Saves Urbański

Polskie Radio management as soon as possible. 'We should vote against the veto, because changes at TVP and Polskie Radio are needed immediately', Mr Olejniczak told Gazeta yesterday. Mr Napieralski, in turn, insisted from the very beginning there'd be no concessions whatsoever to the ruling coalition. He

Praying for Rain

international one. For Mr Kaczyński, the EU is good when it gives money and helps oppose the Kremlin's hostile energy policy. It is bad when it makes critical remarks about the ruling coalition. In such a case, Angela Merkel becomes a direct heir of Adolf Hitler and should feel responsible, financially as well

War of Nerves Over Lisbon Treaty

War of Nerves Over Lisbon Treaty

Fundamental Rights. The PiS wants decisions on these matters to require the simultaneous consent of the President, the cabinet, and the parliament. The ruling Civic Platform (PO) has refused to amend the bill along such lines. Instead, it has proposed to include the PiS's demands in a separate resolution. But

Parties Tightening Their Belts

Parties Tightening Their Belts

Parties were to receive less public money as early as this month. In April, parliament (with the PiS voting against) passed a law reducing public subventions for political parties by end-2010. The PO was to lose some PLN 18 million, the PiS, some PLN 15.5 million, the Left and Democrats coalition

What Has the PiS Government Given Us

What Has the PiS Government Given Us

context, the prospect of early elections - if the Sejm votes in favour today - offers relief and hope. But also the risk that the outcome may be distorted. Not through electoral falsifications, which is unlikely. But as the result of an uneven playing field, the ruling party's crushing advantage in access