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Secessionist tendencies in Indonesia’s province of West Papua have recently been attracting a great deal of attention from experts and human rights activists. The main reason for the international criticism of the Indonesian authorities is human rights violations and the suppression of the fundamental freedoms of the indigenous people of West Papua. In 2018, the United Nations even sent to Jakarta a report on this subject filed by its Special Rapporteurs. In 2019, the UN once again voiced its concern about the Indonesian authorities’ violent crackdown on the Papuans. Jakarta, however, insists that security forces act strictly in line with the law.
  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 2-07-2020, 10:36
  • Views: 201
The geopolitical changes currently unfolding in Southeast Asia underscore Malaysia’s strategic importance for the leading world powers. Until recently, the foreign policy pursued by Kuala Lumpur was a relatively restrained one, dictated by the priority of the domestic political agenda, above all the need to politically and economically “cement” the western and eastern parts of the country and the maze of island territories in between, in a bid to stave off the possible rise of secessionist and autonomist sentiment.
Poland has adopted a new National Security Strategy which sets major guidelines for addressing a variety of issues amid the continuing decomposition of the current international order. The Strategy names Russia number one destroyer of well-established international standards which poses a severe threat to the security of Poland. Given the high level of anti-Russian hysteria, this comes as nothing unexpected.​
The angry reaction by Croatia’s President Zoran Milanovic to a publication by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in which he presented the map of Greater Hungary has demonstrated Zagreb’s concern over Budapest’s moves to re-evaluate the events of the past that determined Hungary’s present-day borders.
Washington plans to open a US consulate in Greenland and line up $12 million in financial assistance to this autonomous Danish territory. Last year, the United States made a new (already third) proposal to buy the island, which was rejected, just like the two previous ones, made in 1867 and during the presidency of Harry Truman.
  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 29-04-2020, 11:40
  • Views: 211
Government officials in Poland have for the ninth time participated at the national level in the so-called Day of “Rejected Soldiers” - members of the Polish anti-Soviet underground in 1944-1963. The “Rejected Soldiers” or “Cursed Soldiers” (Źolnierze Wyklęci) is a fairly popular phrase in Polish historical discourse. By the general understanding, they are believed to have been "rejected", or "cursed" because they were destroyed and thrown into oblivion by the authorities of Socialist Poland.
  • Category: Analytics |
  • Date: 23-03-2020, 11:19
  • Views: 237
Poland’s migration policy has undergone a number of changes in recent years. Compared to 2011, when 100 thousand foreigners reportedly lived in Poland, at present their number exceeds one million. Forecasts show that in 2030 the Polish economy will need 1.5 million workers, which represents a serious internal problem for the Polish authorities. The ruling national conservative party, Law and Justice (PiS), relies on the right-wing electorate.
The painful and conflicting reaction on the part of Warsaw following President Vladimir Putin’s statement that Poland bears partial responsibility for inciting the Second World War can be explained not only by following the policy adopted by post-Socialist Poland as an ideological weapon. The practical implementation of historical policy is the responsibility of the Polish Institute of National Memory (PINM), which followed the Polish Foreign Ministry in voicing a protest against the well-grounded accusations against Poland.
  • Category: Analytics |
  • Date: 16-01-2020, 10:55
  • Views: 492
Members of the Visegrad Group (Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia) are set on expanding cooperation with India. That such cooperation is of mutual interest was confirmed by Indian Foreign Minister Subramaniam Jaishankar’s visit to Hungary and Poland in August. Hungary and Poland pursue the most active foreign policy within the Visegrad Four.​
Members of underground anti-Soviet organizations, active at the end of the Second World War and the first two post-war decades, occupy a significant place in the pantheon of modern-day Polish heroes. The Armia Krajowa (Home Army), which brought together a host of various small groups, was the dominant Polish resistance movement of that period. In Poland’s current patriotic discourse, members of the Home Army and their ideological allies are usually referred to as “cursed soldiers” (żołnierze wyklęci), whose number is estimated by modern Polish historians at between 120,000 and 180,000.
  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 2-10-2019, 12:03
  • Views: 604