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Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 19/07/2012

West must preserve its own values despite terror

The European Court of Justice in Strasbourg on Monday summoned Poland to release documents regarding the possible torture of presumed terrorist Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri in a Polish CIA jail in 2002/2003. Tomasz Wróblewski, chief editor of the conservative daily Rzeczpospolita, then warned that releasing the documents would hinder the war on terror. The liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza responds: "So one could say chief editor Wróblewski is suggesting we should give up the fundamental achievements of Western civilisation - namely every prisoner's right to dignified treatment, the ban on torture and the right to a trial. We should so to speak allow the secret service to treat people as it sees fit. Needless to say, the secret services would do much to obtain such freedom. And exactly that would constitute a victory for the terrorists, even greater than the collapse of the World Trade Center: Western civilisation would destroy itself from the inside out of sheer fear - by attacking its own fundamental values."

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 18/04/2012

World Bank head need no longer be American

The Korean-American physician Jim Yong Kim is to be the new President of the World Bank. Kim won against Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala in a vote by the 25-member executive council held on Monday. The election of a US candidate as head of the institution was not taken for granted as it had been in previous votes, writes the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza: "According to the unwritten agreement between US and Europe,  the president of the World Bank is to be an American while the head of the second powerful institution, the International Monetary Fund, is European. Until now this system has functioned very smoothly. ... Now, however, emerging economic powers like Brazil, India and China have sought to counter this state of affairs. The world has changed - both in people's minds and in real economic terms. And the idea that the president of an institution that is supposed to help the poor nations must be a citizen of the richest country on earth seems like a relic from the bygone days of Western dominance."

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 13/02/2012

Strengthen copyright instead of signing Acta

In addition to demonstrations across the globe against the Anti-Counterfeit Trade Agreement Acta, politicians too are now beginning to express serious doubts about the accord, and the governments of several countries are delaying putting their signatures to it. The liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza argues that it would be better to strengthen existing copyrights: "The Internet may have won against Acta. But the problem that this agreement was supposed to resolve remains. The ease and impunity with which films, books or music can be copied is destroying the business model on which the production of part of these cultural assets is based. We shouldn't pity the music companies and publishers who go bankrupt. They don't deserve it because of their often arrogant and impudent behaviour. … But the real problem remains: how can it be guaranteed that the creators receive fitting remuneration for their work? Copyright was invented as a solution to this question. Of course it's not perfect. But for a long time it fulfilled its purpose."

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 07/02/2011

University reform without higher salaries

Lecturers at Polish universities are no longer allowed to occupy several positions at the same time and the highly-gifted can now no longer study more than two subjects for free. These are two new regulations under the new legislation governing higher education adopted by the Polish parliament last Friday. The liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza welcomes the reform but points to an important flaw: "After Friday's vote in the Sejm no one can claim that the government is not doing anything. The Tusk government has carried out the most sweeping reform in decades in the area of science an education. ... This reform however fails to address one of the most important problems with Polish academia and Polish academics: the low salaries. From the Polish point of view this is pretty incredible. The government has spent billions of zloty raising the salaries of teachers at schools. But it balks at the idea of raising the salaries of academics at universities and the Polish Academy of Sciences."

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 07/07/2007

The showdown with Polish nurses

For three weeks now nurses in Poland have been striking for higher wages. To highlight their protest they have set up a huge camp of tents, referred to as the 'white city', in front of Prime Minister Jarosław Kaczyński's official residence. Talking to Adam Leszczyński, Warsaw sociologist Włodzimierz Pańków explains why the nurses, who have always been poorly paid, are fighting with such determination this time. "In the past people didn't demonstrate because in times of recession and sky-high unemployment rates of almost 20 percent, protest was virtually impossible. Recessions are not good for social mobilisation. On the contrary, they atomise society. Everyone is scared of losing their job... Now the most dissatisfied have emigrated and this has encouraged those who remain. Demands for pay rises become louder when people are less afraid and those who are making the demands can count on allies."

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