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Trash Collection In Poland As A National Metaphor

Recycling is slow going in Poland, and you can see the results all of the streets and sidewalks. What does it all say about the Polish character?

Po(lluted)land
Po(lluted)land
Janusz A. Majcherek*

WARSAW - Poland can be a messy and dirty country in every sense of those two words -- but mainly, it’s just literally dirty. Forests, parks, squares, roadsides, ditches, rivers and corners are full of wrappings, rubbish and feces.

Poles sometimes complain, but in the end they can't really blame others, because they are the ones who have turned their country into a rubbish dump. They also make unhappy comparisons with tidy and neat Germany, but get depressed at the mere thought of establishing German-like rules and regulations in Poland.

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End Of Roe v. Wade, The World Is Watching

As the Supreme Court decides to overturn the 1973 decision that guaranteed abortion rights, many fear an imminent threat to abortion rights in the U.S. But in other countries, the global fight for sexual and reproductive rights is going in different directions.

"Don't abort my right" At 2019 pro-choice march In Toulouse, France.

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Hannah Steinkopf-Frank and Sophia Constantino

PARIS — Nearly 50 years after it ensured the right to abortion to Americans, the United States Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade case, meaning that millions of women in the U.S. may lose their constitutional right to abortion.

The groundbreaking decision is likely to set off a range of restrictions on abortion access in multiple states in the U.S., half of which are expected to implement new bans on the procedure. Thirteen have already passed "trigger laws" that will automatically make abortion illegal.

U.S. President Joe Biden called the ruling "a tragic error" and urged individual states to enact laws to allow the procedure.

In a country divided on such a polarizing topic, the decision is likely to cause major shifts in American law and undoubtedly spark outrage among the country’s pro-choice groups. Yet the impact of such a momentous shift, like others in the United States, is also likely to reverberate around the world — and perhaps, eventually, back again in the 50 States.

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