From the Editor
April 6, 2017
Last year went down in history as one of major changes in both individual countries and globally. The big change in Poland is that the political pendulum swung to the right after a new conservative government came to power as a result of parliamentary elections in the autumn of 2015.
Rushing to bring in a new order, the victorious Law and Justice (PiS) party has gone far beyond what voters had authorized it to do. The key objective for the countryís new policy makers is to strip their political opponents of any legitimacy and undermine the legacy of most of Polandís previous authorities since the fall of communism in 1989.
The result are countless controversies that have pitted the authorities against not only the opposition but also social and professional groups such as women (over abortion laws), parents and teachers (over an education reform), and lawyers and pro-democracy activists (over the independence of the constitutional court and the judiciary). Various new policies in areas such as defense have produced tensions and conflicts in society.
Unsettling developments in international affairs last year included Britainís decision to leave the European Union and tensions generated by the presidential election in the United States.
Faced with all of this, some of us cannot help but feel concerned about the times we are living in. Could it be that the post-Cold War era is over and we are back to times of uncertainty and global threats?
This issue of The Warsaw Voice provides a wealth of facts (rather than ďalternative factsĒ or fake news) and seeks answers to some pressing questions. We might be waging a losing battle in this brave new world of post-truth, but we still believe that truth and naked facts will eventually prevail.