Has everybody forgotten of the importance and noble philosophy of PETA?

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Despite its controversial politics and bizarre practices, PETA remains the largest animal rights organisation in the world which takes great care of animals’ well-being and everybody should acknowledge its contribution.

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Eurovision Song Scandal 2017: to Let or not to Let?

This year the Eurovision Contest is cloaked in a scandal unfolding around the Russian contestant. The Russian Eurovision participant, Julia Samoilova, should be banned from entering the territory of Ukraine as the Eurovision 2017 host country. And while Russia tries to dictate its rules, Ukraine has to deal with Eurovision attacks.

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Polish public media – a North Korean school of media in the heart of Europe

Recent transformations in the structure and coverage of public media is a result of the political interference of the ruling Law and Justice party. The implemented changes, rather than cherishing the mission of public service, show a huge disregard for the basic values of impartiality and pluralism the public broadcaster should adhere to.

Polish national media are increasingly climbing the rankings of the least reliable sources of news in democratic Europe that not only breach the basic principles of objectivity but also threaten democracy. With the bill giving full control over the appointments of the most important people in the state media signed by President Andrzej Duda, Polish national TV has become an official channel for the government’s ideology. The bill also automatically removes the previous board members, leaving the offices for the agents of Poland’s current reign. The regulation puts the PAP news agency and Polish national radio and television in the same row of fully controlled organizations as other state-owned cultural institutions, including the Polish opera or museums. This attack on objectivity has faced a lot of criticism and generated considerable confusion among the public.

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Not going to Coachella is actually cooler than attending it.

With the second weekend of Coachella 2017 drawing to an end, it’s time to ask the question what makes people go to this major festival, or more importantly, what makes others not.

At first sight, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, seems like the place to be. Palms, great weather, fashionably dressed people walking around the festival grounds, famous musicians performing on multiple stages and the view of the famous big wheel, which looks great during the sunset, are the things that make Coachella very attractive and popular around the world.

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Transwomen belong no matter what problematic feminists say

Transwomen are women. Yet, still to this day many deny them access to belonging in this category. We are slowly noticing some signs of trans visibility in the media but the progress is slow, just like in our society. Now that the trans topic has been brought into discussion, many question the legitimacy of Trans people. What are they? How should we treat them? Which gender are they in reality? How do we get past the idea of their assigned gender and accept them in their present one? All of these questions are discussed but rarely with Trans individuals themselves. We should start questioning why it is for us to choose someone’s validity (or rather it isn’t). Continue reading

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Is it really worthwhile buying local products?

It is common knowledge that people have started to make smart food choices. The pervasiveness of buying locally is especially visible on social networking sites, city billboards, local newspapers and the like. People simply crave good quality product, to which one can include local products. For many, good quality has ample meanings, and it is difficult to decide what the word quality stands for.
Words like freshness, sustainability, taste or even proximity may match the definition. Many people agree unanimously that the closer the food is produced, the better. Local food, by definition, is produced near its point of consumption. Unquestioningly, a hallmark of today’s food quality is: proximity. Many people would, therefore, promote buying local food. However, some people take a dim view of buying local food.
However, there is more to this seemingly reasonable explanation of not buying local food than meets the eye. Therefore, we should forget for a moment about this fuddy-duddy idea of not buying local and take a fresh look at a different perspective. In my consideration, people should buy local food for the sake of the economy, health and ultimately the environment.

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The Dark Restaurant Review

The Dark Restaurant is the only restaurant in Poland that gives you a unique opportunity to eat dinner in inky blackness. Located in Poznań, the locale seems to be an interesting alternative to regular eating places. Unfortunately, apart from the experience, it does not have much to offer.

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A deadly form of “Life”

The concept of space exploration and aliens residing on other planets easily boosts people’s imagination and creativity. That’s why it’s a recurrent theme in the cinema, coming back every now and then, usually in a couple of movies in a row. In 2016, filmmakers regaled space fanatics with productions such as “Arrival” or “Passengers”, which were relatively light productions, with the former one being a nostalgic story of friendship between humans and aliens and the latter a rather cheesy romance set in space. However, last week Hollywood released a piece that falls into the thriller/horror-like category of si-fi movies. Although, the film is not too brutal and there is no major bloodshed, it certainly triggers the feeling of anxiety and it may even make you jump out of your seat two or three times.

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John Mayall at CK Zamek (March 4, 2017)

I can describe myself a blues-savvy kid but I must admit that I’ve not always been 100% fond of all Mayall’s work. However, I couldn’t underestimate his gigantic contribution during the British blues boom of the 1960s. Having cooperated with moguls such as Alexis Corner or John Lee Hooker and having promoted game changers such as Peter Green, Mick Taylor or Eric Clapton, Mayall actively laid the foundations for the development of the British blues as we know it today.

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“The third part of the night”

Polish cinematography boasts a handful of films with Nazi-occupied Poland as the main theme. War lies at the bottom of defining the nature of Polish identity and that is why it is so important to watch Polish war films. Andrzej Żuławski’s “The third part of the night” from 1971 by no means belongs to the same category of films such as Andrzej Wajda’s war films, e.g. “Landscape After Battle” from the 70s or “Katyn” from 2007. In fact, Żuławski’s films never fit into categories easily whereas their provocative and obscene content elicits much controversy.

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Even though “The third part of the night” is not new, I had the chance to see it in Kino Palacowe in Centrum Kultury Zamek. “Watch and Talk Polish Cinema” is a cyclical event which enables people who do not speak Polish to see the milestones of Polish cinematography with English subtitles. Every month, there is another film on the agenda. As the name suggest, it is not only watching films but also talking about them. The films are often controversial, which arouses a lively discussion among the viewers. The event is surely interesting for both Poles and foreigners. The latter can see a Polish film on a big screen whereas the former get to know the totally new perspective of looking at the films from their own cultural and historical background.

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