Poland: fall of democracy- by Ewa Kalinska. The North Star Reports: Global Citizenship and Digital Literacy, at NorthStarReports.org and facebook.com/NorthStarReports

Poland: fall of democracy- by Ewa Kalinska. The North Star Reports: Global Citizenship and Digital Literacy, at NorthStarReports.org and facebook.com/NorthStarReports

Abstract: Poland likes to picture itself as a symbol of brave fight for freedom during the Second World War and the Communist Regime. But now its democracy is in danger of complete destruction by the right-wing party. Poland falls into, what now seems, word trend of nations being disappointed, angry and openly accepting xenophobia and racism.

For complete article, see ewakalinskapoland2017

Ewa Kalinska: graduate from the College of Saint Scholastica, The Jagiellonian University and Amsterdam University. She is interested in the Holocaust and Genocide Studies, post-communist transition in Poland, and transitional justice in Europe and the United States.

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5 responses to “Poland: fall of democracy- by Ewa Kalinska. The North Star Reports: Global Citizenship and Digital Literacy, at NorthStarReports.org and facebook.com/NorthStarReports

  1. William Brennhofer

    The scariest part is that this form of hate and bigotry is showing its face in America. We are getting ready to elect a president that has soon he does not care for us, because of the people he is putting in charge of his cabinet and other offices. It is sad to see that it is all over the western world, where we are supposed to be open to change and immigrants, that even we are now struggling with the idea that they are unworthy of coming into our country. It is even worse, because i do not see what country is going to lead the world out of this hate. We have always relied on a country to come in and save the rest of the world, but with most countries starting to support these more right winged parties the less hope i feel like the world has to get out of this hole we have built.

  2. Matthew Breeze

    The sequence of events that you are talking about here are deeply disturbing. The nationalist and populist rhetoric across Europe and the world today is something that we have not seen for quite a while in international politics. One section that I found particularly interesting was when you were talking about the proposed abortion laws simply being a public distraction while other economic trade deals were negotiated. This is something that we in the masses must learn to do better in my opinion, to not forget that there are other important issues that are always at plat even if they are not in the headlines. Governments like to distract the masses with emotive headlines or issues or particular concern while they pass other legislation. Thank you for laying this bare and really diving into the politics of Europe and Poland, this is not something that I often read about so thank you.

  3. This same turn of events is happening in The United States of America. In fact the similarities are eerily alike. In your paper you say about the PiS, “The party does whatever it can to turn around or withdraw most (if not all) bills and reforms introduced by the previous government of the Civil Platform.” This same thing is happening with Donald Trump signing and dismantling protections put in place by the Obama administration. Many of the issues that are important to the political atmosphere in Poland are also present at the forefront of debate and derision in the USA.
    Thank you for your paper, it was interesting (if not a little frightening) to read about the Political happenings in Poland.

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