Havel in Media

A Long Walk into an Imperiled Future October 22, 2021 Source: La Progressive / www.laprogressive.com / By William deBuys / Climate Change Viewed from the Attic of the World Thirteen thousand feet high on the far side of the Himalaya mountains, we have entered the past and the future at the same time. We are a medical expedition and also …
Václav Havel, dissident playwright turned statesman, born 85 years ago October 4, 2021 Source: Radio Prague International / www.english.radio.cz / By Libor Kukal / Born into a prominent wealthy family, Václav Havel came of age after the Communist coup of 1948, when to be “bourgeois” was to be part of a despised social class. As a young man, his criticism of the regime …
Let’s not forget we’re choosing our politicians while the world burns down around us August 28, 2021 Source: The Narwhal / https://thenarwhal.ca / By Arno Kopecky / Set against the magnitude of this crisis, our inescapable smallness. There’s just no way around it: I can swear off the internal combustion engine, renounce meat, cover my roof in solar panels, touch no plastic, and plant a hundred trees …
The Rooms Where It Happened July 24, 2021 Source: The Wilson Quarterly / www.wilsonquarterly.com / By Richard Byrne / Theatres are physical structures. Creative works – plays, operas, concerts, dance – make their home in them for a brief moment in time. Then they disappear. The building remains, but only memories linger. The spaces in which landmark diplomatic …
Gene Therapy: Immoral and stupid, suppression will fail June 19, 2021 Source: Pittsburg Post Gazette / www.post-gazette.com / By Gene Collier / We might not have even the slipperiest handle on it for another 17 months, and we might not get any degree of certainty about it until late 2024, but I’m starting to suspect that the people trying so very …
A dictator’s brazen act against a truth-teller May 28, 2021 Source: The Christian Science Monitor / www.csmonitor.com / The forced landing of an airliner in Belarus to arrest one journalist shows how much the regime fears its own people – and their acts of “living in the truth.” Four months ago, Pavel Latushka, a dissident fighting a dictatorship in Belarus, …
How the right-wing is fighting back against ‘cancel culture’ in the Czech Republic May 17, 2021 Source:euronews / www.euronews.com / By David Hutt / While the current trend in Europe appears to be censoring social media content, the Czech Republic is considering the opposite. Czech MPs have passed the first reading of a legal amendment that would criminalise social media firms if they ban content that …
The explosive reset of Czech–Russian relations May 5, 2021 Source: Australian Strategic Policy Institute / www.aspistrategist.org.au / By Erik Tabery / The Czech Republic has endured one of its most dramatic fortnights since the Velvet Revolution in 1989, following the government’s announcement that two Russian agents were responsible for explosions at a munitions depot in the Moravian village of …
A fledgling democracy cannot flourish without a vibrant civil society April 1, 2021 Source: The Globe and mail / www.theglobeandmail.com / By Jeremy Kinsman / Jeremy Kinsman is a former Canadian ambassador and a distinguished fellow of the Canadian International Council. According to Freedom House, the non-governmental organization co-founded by Eleanor Roosevelt, the world is in a “prolonged democracy recession” – by far …
Democracy in Myanmar was flawed but its return is a must February 4, 2021 Source: Mint / www.livemint.com / By Salil Tripathi / Aung San Suu Kyi had lost global credibility and goodwill but that does not justify a dictatorship What a difference three decades make. In 1988, when Aung San Suu Kyi confronted the generals of the country then known as Burma, she …
How to be a strong nation: Moral values, dynamic institutions January 13, 2021 Source: Inquirer / www.inquirer.net / By Julius D. Turgano / Each time I travel to Japan and see its beautiful cities and high-rise buildings, I can’t help but ask: “What makes this country strong?” I must admit this question takes away the delight of each trip, because it makes me …
San Francisco and Prague: A Double Portrait January 13, 2021 Source: The Globalist / www.theglobalist.com / By Barry Wood / Remembering historic times of magic — in two magical cities. San Francisco and Prague are beautiful cities. In San Francisco, it’s the lucent blue of a vast bay, pastel homes climbing formidable hills — and a magnificent bridge spanning the …
31 years since Václav Havel was first elected Czechoslovak president December 30, 2020 Source: Radio Prague International / https://english.radio.cz / By Tom McEnchroe / It is exactly 31 years since Václav Havel became Czechoslovak president. The dissident was unanimously elected by a Federal Assembly largely thanks to the country’s then Communist prime minister and opinion polls at the time did not suggest that …
Georgia Election Official Joins Long Line of Voices to Call for ‘Living in Truth’ December 22, 2020 Source: History News Network / https://historynewsnetwork.org / By Jeffrey H. Jackson / Jeffrey H. Jackson is a professor of history at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn. An expert on European history and culture, he is the author of Paper Bullets: Two Artists Who Risked Their Lives to Defy the Nazis, …
Václav Havel’s philosophical legacy remembered on 9th anniversary of his death December 18, 2020 Source: Radio Prague International / https://english.radio.cz /By Daniela Lazarova/ The hectic run-up to Christmas is now linked to an anniversary that makes Czechs slow down and reflect on the important values in life – the death of playwright, dissident and president Václav Havel nine years ago, on December 18, 2011. …