Remembering the Katyn Massacre and Stalinist crimes in Poland

HISTORY In April and May of 1940, 22 000 Polish army officers and civilians were murdered by Stalin's NKVD. This year marks the 81st anniversary of what for a long time has been one of the many forgotten crimes of Stalin's oligarchy. Remembering the Katyn Massacre today defies decades of denialism and renewed attempts to obscure the truth. … Continue reading Remembering the Katyn Massacre and Stalinist crimes in Poland

Vaccination glitch highlights Warsaw’s negligent handling of the pandemic

OPINION On 1 April, without any apparent warning, thousands of Polish citizens aged 40-59 were invited to book their first COVID-19 vaccine dose. This, despite the fact that many older residents were yet to be vaccinated. Vaccines for the 40-59 age group had initially been expected to start in mid-May. The Chief of the Chancellery … Continue reading Vaccination glitch highlights Warsaw’s negligent handling of the pandemic

Remembering Polish-born revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg, 150 years after her birth

OPINION Rosa Luxemburg was born on the 5 March 1871 in the Polish town of Zamość, as Rozalia Luksenburg. She was a member of the Social Democracy of the Kingdom of Poland and Lithuania (SDKPiL) and the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), before splitting from the latter to help establish the Communist Party of … Continue reading Remembering Polish-born revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg, 150 years after her birth

Poland’s Virgin Mary case: our barbaric blasphemy law needs revoking

CN: this article contains discussion of sexual abuse and homophobia OPINION On the 2 March 2021 a Polish court acquitted activists Joanna Gzyra-Iskandar, Anna Prus and Elżbieta Podleśna. They had been put on trial for 'offending religious feelings', after using the image of the Virgin Mary whose halo displayed the colours of the LGBTQ+ pride rainbow flag, … Continue reading Poland’s Virgin Mary case: our barbaric blasphemy law needs revoking

Examining the oppression of Polish socialism offers answers to Poland’s socio-economic woes

OPINION Socialism and the struggle for self-determination in Poland always went hand in hand. However, every time the country regained its autonomy it ended up rejecting democratic and egalitarian ideals. This was the case after Poland gained its independence in 1918, following over a century of foreign rule. In the nineteenth century socialist activists, including Józef … Continue reading Examining the oppression of Polish socialism offers answers to Poland’s socio-economic woes

PiS’ proposed ‘free speech’ law: state hypocrisy and a radical right-wing agenda

OPINION Following the storming of the Capitol building in Washington, Twitter, followed by other social media outlets, took the decision to suspend Donald Trump’s accounts, sparking an international debate regarding freedom of speech. The Polish government gave its contribution to this debate in the form of its proposed social media ‘free speech’ law. The law … Continue reading PiS’ proposed ‘free speech’ law: state hypocrisy and a radical right-wing agenda

Young Polish progressives dismiss an EU incapable of punishing corruption

OPINION Why are young progressives in Poland growing disillusioned with the European Union? In December of last year, the Union was plunged into yet another crisis when Poland and Hungary vetoed the EU budget and coronavirus recovery fund. This was done in response to a proposed mechanism which sought to make access to EU funds … Continue reading Young Polish progressives dismiss an EU incapable of punishing corruption