IN A NUTSHELL 12/2018

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AN INNOCENT MAN SPENT 18 YEAR IN PRISON 

This case began in 1997 in Miłoszyce, Lower Silesia. A 15-year-old girl was raped by a group of attackers and later died as a result of bleeding and hypothermia. The police caught only one of the rapists and in the year 2000 he was sentenced to 25 years in prison. If the Prosectutor’s Office in Wrocław is right, the case was a double tragedy. They analyzed again the evidence on the basis of which the judge decided Tomasz K. was guilty and they thought a completely innocent man spent 18 years in prison. The man never admitted he raped or killed the girl. It is likely the man will be set free, but two problems remain: how to compensate Tomasz K. for the time he lost behind bars? And, why have real killers and rapists been at large for 21 years?

DEBATE: Can the country anyhow compensate Tomasz K. for his time wasted in prison?

END OF NUCLEAR DANGER? KIM JONG UN DECIDED TO MEET TRUMP

After months of threatening each other on Tweeter nobody expected this would happen: North Korean leader decided he would meet the American President. The subject of the talks is clear: end of Korea’s nuclear programme. First reports mentioned the meeting would take place in May, but so far there was no official confirmation. According to BBC the USA say they will not meet until Kim Jong Un takes some real steps on the way to denuclearization. Commentators are shocked and Trump is proud because he believes his strategy of isolation and, well, very decisive tone of debate is working. One thing he said (on Tweeter) must be admitted: if the deal with North Korea is completed it will be a very good one for the world.

DEBATE: Do you think North Korea will really end its nuclear programme? Why now?

NETFLIX TESTS A BADGE SYSTEM FOR KIDS

We all know kids love collecting things. A paper card with a rare Pokemon, whose production costs next to nothing, can suddenly become an extremely desirable and valuable object in the hands of a child who loves the series. Neftlix is now planning to use this by testing a system within which kids get special badges for watching chosen films. The new functionality is available only for chosen children and such a badge is the only reward they get for watching. Netflix explains it wants to make the activity of watching to be more interactive and fun, but all parents know what the point really is: they want to make the kids spend more time in front of the screen.

DEBATE: What do you think about the new idea of Netlix?

ELECTIONS IN RUSSIA – IS PUTIN THERE TO STAY?

Vladimir Putin has become the president of Russia again. Even though this edition of the magazine comes out one day before the elections it is rather unlikely we will have to officially apologize in the next edition for making a mistake. The date of voting was changed from March 11 to March 18 because the second one is an anniversary of annexation of Crimea. Eight candidates are trying to get the votes of the Russian people. The most active oponent of Putin, Alexei Navalny, wanted to take part in the race but the central election committee rejected him. Mr Putin has dominated Russian politics for nearly two decades. BBC has published a very interesting report which shows how life in this country has changed over this time. Take a look here.

DEBATE: How is it possible that Putin has been the leader of Russia for so long? Is he a good leader?

WEEKLY QUESTIONNAIRE

Follow the link on the previous page to tell us whether you agree with the following statements:

1. No money can compensate for 18 years spent in prison.
2. The case of Tomasz K. proves death penalty is NEVER a good solution.
3. I believe North Korea will end its nuclear programme.
4. North Korea’s change of attitude is the success of Donald Trump.
5. It is better when children watch Netflix than YouTube.
6. Netflix’s system of collecting badges for children is a bad idea.
7. Putin made Russia a better place to live.
8. The term starting in 2018 is Putin’s last term as the president of Russia.

VOCABULARY:
Lower Silesia – Dolny Śląsk
to bleed – krwawić
hypothermia – wyziębienie
prosecutor’s office – prokuratura
innocent – niewinny
to set free – wypuścić na wolność
behind bars – za kratami
at large – za kratami
confirmation – potwierdzenie
denuclearization – denuklearyzacja
desirable – pożądany
badge – odznaka
annexation – aneksja (przyłączenie terytorium do państwa)
Crimea – Krym

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