December 30th, 2015
(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at: firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a right-wing reaction sweeping through Poland. The most worrisome aspect is the official support for xenophobia:
Mr Sawhney claimed the bouncer along with his colleagues from the city’s Shakers nightclub had stopped him entering and then became aggressive and spat at him but despite him offering to shake the bouncer’s hand and walk away.
“The bouncers then surrounded me and one punched in the face with so much force my turban was knocked to the floor,” he added.
“I was shocked but I was really shocked by the attitude of the police,” Mr Sawhney told The Telegraph, adding that the officers witnessed the bouncer spitting and trying to hit him again after he had been identified.
“They said ‘what do you expect coming to Poland after the Paris attacks’ and I ‘should not expect the same treatment as you get in the UK’,” he claimed. “They also said ‘white people are different from brown people’.”
Scuffles broke out late Saturday in Wroclaw when members of a Catholic organization tried to stop theater-goers from seeing “Death and the Maiden.” The Polski Theater in Wroclaw says on its website that the play explores the relationship between torturer and victim and is based on the “Princess Dramas: Death and the Maiden I-V” by the Nobel Prize-winning Austrian writer Elfriede Jelinek.
That is a different work from the better known “Death and the Maiden” by Chilean writer Ariel Dorfman, which was made into a movie starring Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley.
The protesters in Poland objected to the presence on the stage of porn stars and sexually explicit scenes.
The government’s new culture minister, Piotr Glinski, called for the show to be canceled before its premiere on Saturday, noting the theater is sponsored by the state budget.
According to Duda’s draft bill, the retirement age would return to 65 for men and 60 for women, as opposed to 67 for both sexes as of 2012.
Duda, who won the presidential election in May, had pledged in his election campaign that reversing the 2012 reforms was one of his central goals.
He is backed by his former party, conservative Law and Justice, which swept to power in the October general election.
The former government, led by centrist party Civic Platform, had argued that the raising of the retirement age was imperative, as Poland is facing a demographic crisis, creating problems in covering pensions.
The previous centrist government was irresponsible by raising the retirement age and depriving people of the economic support they needed.
For whatever reason, there are no parties of the Left anywhere in Europe. The struggle is between the center and the right. But why are there no parties of the Left?Source