Havel in Media

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 …
EUROPA Speech by President-elect von der Leyen in the European Parliament Plenary on the occasion of the presentation of her College of Commissioners and their programme November 28, 2019 Source: European Commission / www.ec.europa.eu / Mr President, Honourable Members, Today, the 27th of November and exactly 30 years ago, the clock strikes twelve. Church bells ring. Sirens blare. Workers down tools. Factories, mines and shops empty as the streets fill up with dance and hope. The historic two-hour general …
C R Sasikumar small Velvet Revolution embraced Gandhian ethics of responsibility, commitment to human dignity November 28, 2019 Source: The Indian Express / www.indianexpress.com / By Ramin Jahanbegloo  / Let us not forget that the strategies of non-violent resistance, dissent and non-cooperation suggested by Havel were presented by him as different ontological modes of living within truth. They became successful in 1989 by echoing an ethical dimension of …
olomouc Thirty Years Ago, a Two-Hour General Strike Took Place November 28, 2019 Source: prague morning / www.praguemorning.cz / By Lidia T. / Exactly 30 years ago, on November 27th, 1989, the work in Czechoslovakia stopped for two hours. Between 12 pm and 2 pm, offices, businesses, and factories began a general strike throughout the country. Where they could not interrupt operations, they …
czech flag Out of the darkness and waiting for the light 30 years after the Velvet Revolution November 22, 2019 Source: New Europe / www.neweurope.eu / By Sasha Borovik / Former First Deputy Minister of Economy of Ukraine responsible for the international donor coordination, and Former Acting Deputy Governor at Odessa Regional State Administration. The year 1968 remains one of the most turbulent years in modern history, marked by geopolitical …
Wenceslas Square Velvet Revolution memories bittersweet as Czechs worry for their democracy November 19, 2019 Source: The Irish Times / www.irishtimes.com / By Daniel McLaughlin / Nation marks 30 years since Vaclav Havel and fellow dissidents swept into power Tomas Halik admits questioning the scope of papal infallibility during a private Vatican dinner with Pope John Paul II in November 1989, when the pontiff told …
People attend the protest New generation of protesters links Slovakia with 1989 spirit November 19, 2019 Source: The Irish Times / www.irishtimes.com / Daniel McLaughlin / Velvet Revolution anniversary finds Slovaks demanding change after journalist’s murder Fifty-five years separate Martin Butora and Karolina Farska, but both see this weekend’s anniversary of the 1989 Velvet Revolution as a time to celebrate three decades of freedom while calling …
John Lennon Velvet Revolution: Prague’s ghosts of communism November 19, 2019 Source: BBC / www.bbc.com / By Rob Cameron / The Berlin Wall had only just fallen when 15,000 students gathered in Prague on 17 November 1989. It was a moment that precipitated the end of communism in Czechoslovakia and is being marked 30 years on by the people of two …
Babis Czechs Rally Against Political Leaders on Eve of Velvet Revolution Anniversary November 19, 2019 Source: The New York Times / www.nytimes.com / By Reuters / PRAGUE — Around a quarter million Czechs rallied against the prime minister and president on Saturday over concerns the pair are chipping away at democracy in the deeply divided nation celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. Protesters …
Milos Zeman and China’s president Xi Jinping Russia and China, controversial friends of the Czech president November 19, 2019 Source: The Irish Times / www.irishtimes.com / By Daniel McLaughlin / Milos Zeman’s ties with Putin and Jinping run counter to principles of the 1989 Velvet Revolution Hundreds of thousands of Czechs are expected to gather in the streets of Prague this weekend, just as they did 30 years ago …
Velvet Revolution Metamorphosis in Prague November 19, 2019 Source: Tablet mag / www.tabletmag.com / By Edward Serotta / On the 30-year anniversary of the Velvet Revolution ending Communism in Czechoslovakia, notes on how to transform a one-party state into a democracy in a matter of weeks It was Oct. 17, 1989, and I was driving up from my …
Pool / Reuters The Exposure of the Republican Party November 16, 2019 Source: The Atlantic / www.theatlantic.com / By Peter Wehner / The GOP will not be a great or good party until those who lead it straighten their backbone. The first day of public hearings into the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump included an explosive revelation. William B. Taylor Jr., …
Lubomir Kotek:AFP:Getty Images Czechoslovakia’s Velvet Revolution – archive, November 1989 November 16, 2019 Source: The Guardian / www.theguardian.com/ By Michael Simmons / The brutal suppression of a student demonstration in Prague on 17 November 1989 sparked anti-government protests across Czechoslovakia which toppled the communist regime. See how the Guardian reported events. Czech riot police beat protesters: 50,000 call for freedom and end to …
Berlin The fragile lightness of freedom: the Berlin Wall, thirty years on November 14, 2019 Source: open Democracy / www.opendemocracy.net / Alvaro Vasconcelos / What the fall of the Wall and the last thirty years should have taught us is that without freedom there is no equality, and without equality freedom is fragile and vulnerable. Thirty years after it disappeared, the memory of the Wall …
Getty Images ‘We Have Advanced to the Same Kind of Mess as Everybody Else’ November 14, 2019 Source: The New York Times / nytimes.com / By Alison Smale / Central and Eastern Europe’s transition to democracy has not been smooth. But there are grounds for hope. PRAGUE — Thirty autumns ago, across Central and Eastern Europe, everything fell in one great swoop. The foliage. The Berlin Wall. …