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.
The radical political ideas of Jacek Kuroń, the Polish opposition leader of the 1960s and 70s - without whom Lech Wałęsa’s Solidarity would never have come into being - have been relegated to the archives far too soon. It's time to revive them.
Legitimising the politics of mass surveillance wouldn’t be
possible in Poland if it wasn’t successfully tested by much more influential
governments – such as the UK or
France – and white-washed by the EU.
Peter Emerson is director of the de Borda Institute in Belfast that works on improving voting systems. How for example could decision-making in Poland's parliament be organised, as an alternative to the absolute power that even the tiniest majority currently wields? Interview.
Kotsyuba (Krytyka, Ukraine) speaks
with Sławomir Sierakowski (Krytyka
Polityczna, Poland) about the events in the aftermath of Ukrainian
President’s decision not to sign the Association and Free Trade Agreement with
the European Union.
In our series on the Polish
left, an interview on the future of politics in Europe and beyondwith the sociologist, founder of the Krytyka Polityczna
movement in Poland, and director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Warsaw.
happened when two teachers from one of the
biggest and most populated cities in Poland, decided to put multicultural Wroclaw to the test; and how they
encountered serious problems the minute they actually tried to implement their
As the old, post-communist left struggles with its own failures, the nascent new left already appears to be compromising with a liberal centre - a simple repeat of the old left's mistakes. For the left in Poland to survive, something has to give.
A series of public events in
Wrocław, Poland’s European Capital of Culture in 2016, have been disrupted by
radicals. Those responsible are not only supported by the main right-wing opposition party. They
have also received strong material support from the present Polish government.
In the first article of our new debate on the Left in Poland, Anna Grodzka MP discusses her party, the Palikot Movement, and its commitment to freeing up and encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit of the Polish people.
The 90th birthday of General Jaruzelski, the military figure who imposed martial law in Poland in 1981, was marked by a flurry of backward-looking, politicised debate. A pity, says Krzysztof Bobinski, for the experience of those times offers potential lessons to many regions around the world.
This sudden emergence of populism was in
fact a true sign of modernity. This is what you might describe as a warning
shot – and when you see it happen, you have to realize that something is very
wrong with democracy. An interview.
has two populisms: “the populism of
the dispirited”, mobilising those who struggled to adjust to life in the new
Poland; and a form of neo-liberal populism, embracing free market capitalism
and excluding those who did not prosper. Both have deep roots in