Havel in Media

Boris Nemtsov Is Prague trolling Moscow by honouring slain Putin critic? February 16, 2020 Source: Aljazeera / www.aljazeera.com / By Tim Gosling / The square on which the Russian embassy stands will be renamed to honour Boris Nemtsov, killed near the Kremlin in 2015. Prague, Czech Republic – The Czech capital risks angering the Kremlin with plans to rename a public square after murdered …
Abel Merawi Manifestations of Artistic Expression February 10, 2020 Source: Ezega News / www.ezega.com / By Abel Merawi / February 7, 2020 (Ezega.com) — When archeologists and evolutionary biologists study the development of human beings, they look for cave drawings and other artistic expressions such as tool making. These are important since they are manifestations of mental progress. On …
getty images Ivan Kral, Rocker With Patti Smith and Others, Is Dead at 71 February 7, 2020 Source: The New York Times / wwww.nytimes.com / By Jim Farber / A key figure in New York’s creative underground of the 1970s, he was also a filmmaker who chronicled the early days of the punk scene. Ivan Kral, a Czech-born musician whose integral role in the Patti Smith Group, …
Peter Wehner The Downfall of the Republican Party February 5, 2020 Source: The Atlantic / www.theatlantic.com / By Peter Wehner / To see men and women who had a positive vision beaten down and broken by Trump is a poignant thing. On Friday, Republicans in the United States Senate—with the exception of Mitt Romney and Susan Collins—voted to prevent John Bolton, …
Mahatma_Gandhi Gandhi’s legacy January 28, 2020 Source: The Frederik News-Post / www.fredericknewspost.com / By Anadi Naik / For four decades, through nonviolent direct action and passive resistance, Mahatma Gandhi meticulously prepared his people for freedom. During a period when the civilized world was fighting one worldwide war after another, he was arming his people with no …
putin conference Yes, Putin cares about Trump’s impeachment trial — but not for the reason you might imagine January 26, 2020 Source: The Washington Post / www.washingtonpost.com / by Jessica Pisano / Some puzzles buried in the House’s articles of impeachment may not be solved during the Senate trial. For instance, why did Trump ask Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to announce an investigation of Burisma, the Ukrainian gas company on whose …
British philosopher Roger Scruton Source: rogerscruton.com As Others See It: Roger Scruton was a philosopher of a ‘humane and moderate politics’ January 18, 2020 Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette / www.post-gazette.com / The British conservative died Sunday at 75 / In May 1968, visiting his girlfriend in Paris, Roger Scruton, age 24, watched from an apartment window as students overturned cars and lampposts and threw stones at police. For seven weeks the civil unrest raged, paralyzing …
Vaclav Havel waves to a crowd of thousands of demonstrators gathered on Prague’s Wenceslas Square on 10 December 1989. After the Velvet Revolution, Havel served as the last president of Czechoslovakia and then the first president of the Czech Republic. Photograph: Lubomir Kotek/AFP How crowds toppled communism’s house of cards in 1989 January 8, 2020 Source: BBC News / www.bbc.com / By John Simpson / When the Soviet empire in Eastern Europe collapsed in the final months of 1989, I was sent to report on each of the revolutions that took place in the space of only six weeks: the fall of the Berlin Wall, …
Illustration: Uday Deb In 2020, put people first: Protesters are not ‘urban naxals.’ Government needs to listen to them January 8, 2020 Source: The Times of India / www.timesofindia.com / By Sagarika Ghose / “Go to Pakistan,” a senior UP police officer was recently heard telling anti Citizenship (Amendment) Act protesters in Meerut. A supposedly neutral law enforcer uttered a shocking, outrageous threat, yet why blame the police officer alone? All through …
Dan Bilefsky with Louise Penny1 A Hit Man, a Detective Novelist and a Woman Who Fell From the Sky January 8, 2020 Source: The New York Times / www.nytimes.com / By Dan Bilefsky / One writer details 10 of his most memorable profiles in over a decade of his reporting. Hi, this is Dan Bilefsky, the Montreal-based Canada correspondent for The Times, filling in this week for Ian Austen. Happy New Year! …
Iraqi protesters take cover behind a barricade on Al-Jumhuriya Bridge during an anti-government demonstration in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on 25 October, 2019. Demands for democratic change may be spreading across Africa and the Middle East – but so is apathy December 28, 2019 Source:  Independent / www.independent.co.uk / By Borzou Daragahi / Some 41 years ago, Vaclav Havel wrote about the greengrocer who put up the sign, “Workers of the World Unite,” among the vegetables in his store display. Did he really believe in the slogan? “Is he genuinely enthusiastic about the idea …
Mikhail Gorbachev Ronald Reagan How Kremlin Coups Led to Democratic Revolutions December 19, 2019 Source: The Algemeiner / www.algemeiner.com / By Jiri Valenta / In the 1980s, Mikhail Gorbachev was under pressure from the fundamentalist communist leaders of East Germany and Czechoslovakia to take action against the reform-minded leaders of Poland and Hungary. But he was also struggling with radical reformers in the USSR …
Vaclav Havel A History of Buddhism in the Czech Republic December 13, 2019 Source: Buddhistdoor global / www.buddhistdoor.net / By Alexandra Kallay / Buddhism was established in India more than 2,500 years ago. For a relatively small country that was only recently introduced to Buddhism—and mostly Diamond Way Buddhism—the Czech Republic has a vibrant community of Buddhists, with about 0.05 per cent of …
VHLF_HITM_400x300 30 years after Czechoslovakia’s Velvet Revolution, have we come full circle? December 11, 2019 Source: History News Network / https://historynewsnetwork.org / By Gideon Remez / I’m dedicating these remarks to the memory of my dear friend and esteemed colleague Tatiana Hoffman, who might have been a much better speaker tonight were it not for her sudden and untimely death three years ago. She came …
havel statue Victims, not victors? The uniquely Czech debate over how to memorialise the Velvet Revolution December 4, 2019 Source: The Guardian / www.theguardian.com / By Paul Wilson / Prague has long an uneasy relationship with monuments to its history – but 30 years since the fall of the communist regime, that could be about to change I used to think the saddest place in Prague was a prospect …