Havel in Media

Xi Jinping in 2017 How To Make a Leader Step Down April 3, 2018 Source: Jstor Daily / www.daily.jstor.org / Farah Mohammed / President Xi Jinping has recently managed to abolish term limits, sounding alarm bells that China is about to return to strongman rule. What compels some leaders to discard the rules of the very systems that led them to power? Scholar Alexander …
James Le Sueur Courtesy photo Prague Spring 50 event to bring ‘world-class’ artists to Lincoln for commemoration of Czech history April 3, 2018 Source: Lincoln Journal Star / www.journalstar.com / By Hana Muslic / For several months in 1968, before the Soviet-ordered Warsaw Pact invasion, Czechoslovakia experienced a short, sweet time of political liberalization under an authoritarian regime. This period was called the Prague Spring and, though the attempt was ill-fated, it instilled a …
Getty Images The theater of Dionysus Curtain rises on World Theater Day March 29, 2018 Source: DW / www.dw.com / By Suzanne Cords / All the world’s a stage, and the world has stages all over. On March 27th, activities across more than 100 countries celebrate the importance and the power of the dramatic arts. 2018 is also a special anniversary year. The idea came …
New Orleans What the Soviet bloc and the American South have in common March 23, 2018 Source: The Washington Post / www.washingtonpost.com / By Charles Lane / While he was still a dissident playwright living under a Communist system, Vaclav Havel produced possibly the most brilliant essay ever written on political oppression in Eastern Europe: “The Power of the Powerless.” This year marks the 40th anniversary …
Parliament and Assemblies How Modi government has trampled over Parliament March 20, 2018 Source: Daily O / www.dailyo.in / By Anshuman Tiwari / On March 13, in just 30 minutes, the Lok Sabha marked its stamp on the expenditure of 99 ministries and departments, passed two bills, including the Finance Bill, and approved 218 amendments without any debate. This is the height of …
Prague City of Velvet March 15, 2018 Source: The Nation / www.nationmultimedia.com / By Carleton Cole / A surreal smoothness infuses the history and heart of Prague with the power to delight, like a fairytale come true ONCE UPON a time – exactly half a century, to be precise – the audacity of hope bloomed in the …
Hubertus Knabe: The dark secrets of a surveillance state Keeping Dissidents Busy March 15, 2018 Source: Canada Free Press / www.canadafreepress.com / By Joanna Rosamond / Latif Yahia, Uday Hussein’s former body double reminisced that his imposed “employer” promised him and other torture victims to make them “happy”. No matter the continent or regime, political dissidents remember (and still hear…) an equally sickening threat: “We …
Singer-artist Joan Baez and her portrait of Bob Dylan Joan Baez on her paintings of “Mischief Makers” March 13, 2018 Source: CBS News / www.cbsnews.com / By Joan Blackstone / Joan Baez has long been recognized for her soulful voice. But at 77, she is also being recognized for another talent: painting. Last fall acrylic portraits by her were shown in an exhibition at the in Mill Valley, Calif. Titled …
Candidates Jiri Drahos and Milos Zeman during a TV debate in January Anti-immigration Czech President Milos Zeman attacks press in swearing in speech March 12, 2018 Source: Deutsche Welle / dw.com / The pro-Russian, pro-Chinese and anti-immigration leader criticized journalists and opponents as he was sworn in for a second and final term. The 73-year-old Zeman may become even more outspoken as his career closes.   Czech President Milos Zeman was sworn in at a ceremony …
IMG_7179-300x200 Vaclav Benda and The Long Night of the Watchman March 9, 2018 Source: Ricochet / www.ricochet.com / By Flagg Taylor / I’m the editor of a recently published edition of the essays of Vaclav Benda called The Long Night of the Watchman. Benda, who died in 1999, was a central figure in the Charter 77 movement in the former Czechoslovakia. I met …
Danilo Maldonado Opposition Cuban Graffiti Artist El Sexto Finds Ex-Wife, Daughter in Havana March 8, 2018 Source: Latine American Herald Tribune / www.laht.com / HAVANA – Dissident Cuban graffiti artist Danilo Maldonado, known as “El Sexto,” who arrived on Monday in Havana, has found his ex-wife and daughter there after three months of receiving no news from them, he told EFE. El Sexto traveled to the …
Dr. Moshe Kantor and Tony Blair present HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco with the 2018 European Medal of Tolerance award at the ECTR round table in Monaco (PRNewsfoto/ECTR) 2018 European Medal of Tolerance Awarded to Prince Albert II of Monaco March 8, 2018 Source: PR Newswire / www.prnewswire.com / MONACO, March 6, 2018 Today, the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation’s (ECTR) European Medal of Tolerance for 2018 was awarded to HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco for his commitment to truth, tolerance and historical reconciliation. ECTR President Dr. Moshe Kantor and ECTR …
Counsil Europe Russia withholds payments to the Council of Europe March 6, 2018 Source: Brinkwire / www.brinkwire.com / By Brinkwire / Russia has decided to stop paying its Council of Europe membership dues after its representatives were denied voting rights. Turkey, too, is holding back ts funding. Is the international body facing a financial crisis?         The Council of Europe …
Carles Torner, director of Pen International Tapping into Pen’s power to promote, protect writers February 26, 2018 Source: The Times of India / www.timesofindia.com / By M T Saju | / CHENNAI:Three years ago, writer Perumal Murugan announced his decision to give up writing after his novel ‘Madhorubhagan’ (One Part Woman), courted controversy. In 2014, various Hindu outfits objected to the portrayal of traditions at the Ardhanareeswarar …
Jeremy Corbyn Jeremy Corbyn’s dealings with spies must not be laughed off as a joke, says TIM NEWARK February 23, 2018 Source: Express / www.express.co.uk / THE hard-Left has always had a soft spot for the old Soviet Union and it’s no surprise that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and his fellow Marxists should have been consorting with just the sort of people that wanted to do this country down during the …