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Polish Schools Celebrate LGBT Students Despite Backlash

In Warsaw, Poland
In Warsaw, Poland
Pawel Kosminski

WARSAW — Schools in Poland celebrated "Rainbow Friday" for the first time so that students, regardless of their sexual orientation, feel accepted and respected. But in the conservative Catholic country, leaders of the governing Law and Justice party are protesting against the celebration, and are urging parents to sign declarations against it.

Campaign Against Homophobia, an advocacy group, had invited teachers to participate in "Rainbow Friday" after many school officials inquired how they could counter discrimination in classrooms and support LGBT students.

School officials said that violence, including verbal abuse, has had tragic consequences as seen in the case of 14-year-old Dominik who hanged himself after he was called a derogatory term for gay.

Although many lawmakers are opposed to the celebration, 75 schools from around the country are participating. The Ordo Iuris Institute for Legal Culture, an independent organization, is planning to sue these schools.

The right-wing and Catholic media are saying that ""in the name of public tolerance, kids are being subjected to homosexual propaganda."

The Ordo Iuris Institute, which is also in favor of a blanket ban on abortion, has prepared a declaration for parents who do not want their children to take part in any festivities in school that concern sexual identity.

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How A Xi Jinping Dinner In San Francisco May Have Sealed Mastercard's Arrival In China

The credit giant becomes only the second player after American Express to be allowed to set up a bank card-clearing RMB operation in mainland China.

Photo of a hand holding a phone displaying an Union Pay logo, with a Mastercard VISA logo in the background of the photo.

Mastercard has just been granted a bank card clearing license in China.

Liu Qianshan


It appears that one of the biggest beneficiaries from Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to San Francisco was Mastercard.

The U.S. credit card giant has since secured eagerly anticipated approval to expand in China's massive financial sector, having finally obtained long sought approval from China's central bank and financial regulatory authorities to initiate a bank card business in China through its joint venture with its new Chinese partner.

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Through a joint venture in China between Mastercard and China's NetsUnion Clearing Corporation, dubbed Mastercard NUCC, it has officially entered mainland China as an RMB currency clearing organization. It's only the second foreign business of its kind to do so following American Express in 2020.

The Wall Street Journal has reported that the development is linked to Chinese President Xi Jinping's meeting on Nov. 15 with U.S. President Joe Biden in San Francisco, part of a two-day visit that also included dinner that Xi had with U.S. business executives.

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