Havel in Media

VHLF_WEB Lessons: We live in a Plutocracy June 18, 2018 Source: Livingston County News / www.thelcn.com / By Bill Cook / Readers know that it is hard to find a more zealous “small d” democrat than I. I celebrate democracy’s many virtues and try to suggest ways to deal with inherent problems. Each year I attend a conference founded by …
AFP Photo Michal Cizek Czechs protest against communist party’s role in govt June 18, 2018 Source: Yahoo / www.yahoo.com / By AFP / Prague (AFP) – Thousands of Czechs protested across the EU country on Tuesday against the communist party as it was poised to play a role in government, albeit an informal one, for the first time since communism fell in 1989.   The …
Shevah Weiss Israeli ex-ambassador honoured for building bridges between Poles and Jews June 18, 2018 Source: Radio Poland / www.thenews.pl / Israeli politician Shevah Weiss, a former ambassador in Warsaw, has received an award for building bridges between Poles and Jews.  The Jan Nowak-Jeziorański Memorial Award honours Weiss for his ability to talk about the most difficult issues that affect Poles and Jews. Nowak-Jeziorański was …
Vaclav Havel Gala Dinner, Washington, DC, November 18, 2014 The modern road to totalitarianism June 4, 2018 Source: The Tribune / www.tribuneindia.com / By Shelley Walia / A new era of violent passion overwhelms the contemporary world. The Holocaust, the mountains of literature on Nazism, are subjected to obliviousness impelling the return of economic and political fascism. It is thriving not only in autocratic nations but in …
Philip Roth Philip Roth: Portnoy’s Complaint and American Pastoral author dies at 85 May 27, 2018 Source: The Guardian / www.theguardian.com / Chronicler of American politics, Jewishness and male sexual desire was widely regarded as one of greatest novelists of the 20th century The novelist Philip Roth, who explored America through the contradictions of his own character for more than six decades, died on Tuesday aged …
William-and-Wendy-Luers-photo-archive-of-US-emb Former US ambassador to Prague, William Luers, on what it was like to serve in Communist Czechoslovakia May 19, 2018 Source: Radio Praha / www.radio.cz / By Clare Profous / Former US ambassador to Czechoslovakia William Luers and his wife Wendy recently visited Prague and gave a talk at the American Centre about what it was like to be posted in Communist Czechoslovakia in the 1980s, how they were able …
Belfas Blair, clinton Belfast Agreement shows it is possible to achieve great good in politics May 19, 2018 Source: The Irish Times / www.theirishtimes.com / By Path Leahy / Pat Leahy: politics has been described as a combination of high purpose and low cunning It is one of the greatest political achievements that many of us will ever see, and there are many lessons to take from the …
Vaclav Havel was elected the first president of Czechoslovakia in 1989 after the state-communist system crumbled in the Velvet Revolution. CREDIT: PASCAL GEORGE/AFP In pictures: From inmate to president: leaders who served time May 18, 2018 Source: ENCA / www.enca.com / By AFP / KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Anwar Ibrahim’s release from a Malaysian jail on Wednesday paves the way for him to become prime minister, a path from prison to power that has been trodden by some of the most famous leaders of the last …
Martin Luter King The dream he had May 16, 2018 Source: The Hindu / www.thehindu.com / Ramin Jahanbegloo / Fifty years after his assassination, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ‘revolution of values’ resonates just as clearly We commonly say that historical figures are best known for their deeds. What manner of man was Martin Luther King, Jr.? To answer this question, …
theatre hannah sachs Working with Students to Reclaim the Revolutionary Roots of Czech Theatre May 16, 2018 Source: HowlRound / www.howlround.com / By Hannah Sachs / “Now let’s create an image of exclusion,” I explained to the classroom of young Czech teens. Silently, they arranged themselves into a landscape of frozen poses, working together to create a tableau based on their personal understanding of the word. Some …
London school A revolution of values: Freedom, responsibility, and courage in the Armenian Velvet Revolution May 7, 2018 Source: The London School of Economics and Political Science / www.lse.ac.uk / Mass protests in Armenia, which began in April and led to the resignation of Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan, have been dubbed a ‘Velvet Revolution’. Armine Ishkanian explains that this revolution has been rooted in the values of Armenian …
Mearalkishvili Ombudsman nominates Georgian activist in occupied Akhalgori for UN and Vaclav Havel Prizes May 4, 2018 Source: Agenda.ge / www.agenda.ge / The Georgian Public Defender Nino Lomjaria has nominated Tamar Mearakishvili, a Georgian activist based in the country’s occupied Akhalgori area, for the United Nations Human Rights Prize and Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize for her “outstanding contribution to defending the rights of conflict-affected population”. Lomjaria …
Chris-Jones Chris Jones: Stage Left Theatre has a real history in Chicago — now future is in doubt May 4, 2018 Source: The Pantagraph / www.pantagraph.com / By Chris Jones / CHICAGO — As I walked my dog near Wrigley Field the other night, the two of us stopped among the bars and the noise, and stood and stared outside 3408 N. Sheffield Ave. That address used to be the home …
Madeleine Albright Can It Happen Here? Madeleine Albright Examines Fascism Then and Now April 28, 2018 Source: The New York Times / www.nytimes.com / By Sheri Berman / FASCISM A Warning By Madeleine Albright with Bill Woodward 288 pp. Harper/HarperCollins Publishers. $27.99. The fall of the Berlin Wall caused euphoria in the West. George H. W. Bush declared that “the end of the Cold War has …
Colin Kaepernick Kaepernick honored with Amnesty International award… in the Netherlands April 27, 2018 Source: The Wild Card / www.westernjournal.com / Todd Windsor / Colin Kaepernick has antagonized many Americans with his divisive national anthem protests, his police-as-pigs socks, his defense of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and his $25,000 donation to a group honoring a convicted cop-killer. But his actions have earned him accolades overseas …