Nowoczesna: A New Home for Old Parasites

The month of May was a great month for turning the Polish political scene upside down! To see the Shogun, the Cucumber and the Doctor all get spurned by a majority of the Polish electorate is certainly cause for rejoicing. The mandate against the status quo dished out to PO and affirmed by the over 20% earned by Pawel Kukiz and his nascent movement gives me renewed hope that the stranglehold that corrupt post communists and self-interested apparatchiks have held on the political debate for far too long may be coming to an end. Albeit admittedly there is much to do but a start is a start!

On Wall Street we call these moments “inflections” and they signal strong reversals in trend. Looking back to those who were never reformed and those who learned to engage government and political power from the poisoned legacy system of communism “we the people” all know it is time to bid them adieu for good. This is true for all of the three parties that are direct and indirect vestiges of the communist system; PO, PSL, and SLD. This is where the worst members of the political class since 1989- those who made the system work for them before AND after transformation- all have been hanging their hats. Of course these venal corrupt kleptocrats and bureaucrats will not just exit gracefully despite the people having spoken. So where will they go? With their host bodies dying there is a need to find a new host immediately to support the continued plunder and exploitation of the country.

Read the rest at wprost here.

Love or Hate Abercrombie & Fitch, They Have Rights Too

Abercrombie & Fitch is the sort of company that makes people hate freedom. The Supreme Court recently manifested this sentiment when they ruled it was illegal for the company to use their “look policy” to discriminate against Muslims in headscarves.

Since employment discrimination is (rightfully) unpopular, it would seem that giving companies the freedom to do so is a bad idea, because they might take advantage of it. However, taking this freedom away from Abercrombie isn’t right either, because people who run businesses have rights too.

If you’re unfamiliar with EEOC v. Abercrombie and Fitch Stores, it all started in 2008 when Samantha Elauf was rejected for a job at one of Abercrombie’s retail stores, allegedly because of the headscarf she wears for religious reasons. Abercrombie’s dress code prohibits “caps” and management felt the headscarf qualified. The Supreme Court ruled 8-1 that this was a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which says that religion cannot be a motivating factor in hiring decisions.

However, all employers have rules about what employees can and can’t wear while working. Most clothing retail stores expect their sales clerks to represent the brand: a position which most people can sympathize with.

Read the rest on The Panam Post’s blog here.

Will Nigerians miss former President Jonathan?

Every May 29 is Democracy Day in Nigeria. It is a day that commemorates the restoration of democracy in Nigeria. Nigeria faces a change of government as President Goodluck Jonathan relinquishes power to President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, who defeated him in the March 28 election.

It was the first time a sitting President lost re-election in the nation. For the outgoing President Jonathan, it marks the end of his six-year administration. Jonathan came to power promising to take Nigeria to greater height through his Transformation Agenda. He assumed office following the death of his predecessor, President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua in 2010.

But, did the nation fare well under his administration? Given the hardship in the twilight of his administration, he may be leaving a bad legacy. In the last few weeks, the country has been in darkness; electricity generation dropped to below 2,000 megawatts. Petrol, a commodity which the nation produces in large quantity, is sold far beyond the fixed pump price because of scarcity. Life has become more unbearable for the people.

Read the rest of the article on Your Commonwealth here.