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Why Poland Is Not Charlie

The recent terror attacks in Paris didn't inspire much Polish empathy, in part because Poles have trouble identifying with the West's multicultural societies. That needs to change.

Not reading Charlie Hebdo on Warsaw's Zamkowy Square
Not reading Charlie Hebdo on Warsaw's Zamkowy Square
Paul Swieboda*

WARSAW — The terror attacks in Paris stirred little shock or empathy in Poland. "The context of the events is so distant from the Polish reality that the news seemed to have come from a strange, parallel world," one columnist wrote.

In Poland, which doesn't have the kind of multicultural population that Western European countries do, we're simply not sure how to react. Our confusion is mirrored by the very few candles burning in front of the French embassy in Warsaw. Many journalists here have expressed and felt solidarity with their French colleagues at Charlie Hebdo, but the news lingered only briefly here before it was quickly replaced by emphasis on more local issues.

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The Ideal Age To Marry? Reflections Of A 20-Something Indian Woman

India is raising the minimum age for women to marry. What does that mean on the individual level (with your parents whispering in your ear)?

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Priyamvada Rana

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NEW DELHI — A few days ago, I got a call from my parents, who wanted to talk about the "ideal age to marry." This came after news about India raising the minimum age for women to marry to 21, to match the age for men. It's a laudable move, sure, but I even wonder if 21-year-olds will be able to fathom the expectations, responsibilities and limitations that come with such a socially-constrained institution.

I am not ready at 26, and won’t be even at 30.

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