This past week Poland's PiS government suffered its first blow since coming to power nearly a year ago. It was an optimistic note in a region where illiberalism authoritarian governments are on the rise.
How do migrant workers successfully
enact labour and social rights? ‘Respekt’, a local network
established by Polish live-in care workers in Basel, Switzerland, challenges
widespread assumptions held by unions.
Talk in Brussels among non-governmental organisations and parliamentarians is that the EU lacks a strategy to address human rights violations in the European neighbourhood. However, what if the EU has a strategy?
This is (along with Islamism and
neoliberalism) one of a certain number of global issues on which Foucault can
be credited with having shown a degree of prescience; and the future he
foresees is sombre.
Deregulation is often packaged as a fight against red tape or a drive to
improve efficiency by removing so-called ‘burdens’ on business or ‘barriers’ to
trade. But such ‘burdens’ are the social and environmental
standards that protect us all and the world we live in.
Should a serious migration crisis erupt as a result of
conflict escalation in Ukraine, the odds are that the V4 would need assistance
through exactly the kind of EU solidarity mechanism they now oppose.
Does it make sense for the Left to participate in a race between two conservatives? Should we leave home and vote for the harmless and bland Komorowski, or should we allow for a victory by the Law and Justice candidate, Duda?
Last week the
European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg rejected a Polish appeal on CIA-prison
cases involving the violation of numerous human rights' guarantees on behalf of
two Guantanamo detainees. This was an important lesson.
a ruling described by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch as
“landmark”, the European Court of Human Rights has passed excoriating judgment
on the US “war on terror” following the attacks of 2001.