Havel in Media

30 years after velvet Czech protesters are trying to defend democracy, 30 years after the Velvet Revolution. Can they succeed? July 22, 2019 Source: The Washington Post / www.washingtonpost.com / By Michael Bernhard, Petra Guasti and Lenka Bustikova / Our research shows that, yes, demonstrations can prevent the erosion of democracy. Here’s what’s going on. Last month, on June 23, in Prague’s Letna Park, more than a quarter-million people assembled, this time calling …
mayor zdenko hib FEATURE: Zdenek Hrib: The mayor who defies China July 4, 2019 Source: Taipei Times / www.taipeitimes.com / By The Guardian / Zdenek Hrib had been Prague’s mayor for little more than a month when he went face-to-face with the Czech capital’s complex entanglement with China. Hosting a meeting with foreign diplomats in the city, Hrib was asked by the Chinese ambassador …
Joan Baez Joan Baez’s iconic 1989 concert which featured Václav Havel as a roadie June 21, 2019 Source: Radio Praha / www.radio.cz / By Tom McEnchroe / Many Czechs remember the concert of American folk musician Joan Baez’s in Bratislava on 10 June 1989 as one of the signs of the approaching fall of communism. During the concert Baez openly expressed her support for Czechoslovak opposition groups …
Caputova Meet Slovakia’s New President, the Erin Brockovich of Central Europe May 22, 2019 Source: Leaders League / www.leadersleague.com / By Pascale D’Amore / Before winning Slovakia’s presidential election in March, Zuzana Caputova won battles for the environment, for her hometown, her country and, even, for Europe. The coronation of this activist lawyer augurs well for equality and transparency at the highest level of …
Arun Naik ’Opposition doesn’t have strategy to fight saffronization’ April 18, 2019 Source: The Times of India / https://timeofindia.com / By TNN / Noted printer-publisher, theatre critic and translator Arun Naik has for long been a sharp observer of Maharashtra’s socio-cultural scene. A fellow of the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation, US, and publisher of ‘Pareekshan’, an English monthly, Naik heads ‘Antar Natya’, …
Caputova by JOE KLAMAR Can Zuzana Caputova Save Slovakia? March 30, 2019 Source: Foreign Policy / www.foreignpolicy.com / By Dariusz Kalan / A political newcomer is poised to become president by standing up for liberal democratic values—and seeking to halt the spread of right-wing populism across Central and Eastern Europe.   Two months ago, Zuzana Caputova, with a young and highly inexperienced …
counter The Masculinity of the Future March 28, 2019 Source: Counter Punch / www.counterpunch.org / By Monika Zgustova / “I hope you’ve got enough cojones!” George Bush snapped at Tony Blair. The American president then outlined his planned bombardment of Iraq to the British Prime Minister: “I’m gonna kick ass!” Over the last two decades, much of the world …
caputova Slovak liberals cross fingers for election of pro-west Zuzana Čaputová March 17, 2019 Source: Yahoo News / www.uk.news.yahoo.com / By Robert Tait / Disbelief and a hint of fear flashed across Zuzana Čaputová’s face as the news broke. After explaining to the Guardian how she would bolster the rule of law in Slovakia if elected president, Čaputová, a 45-year-old lawyer and the frontrunner …
VH_NEWS Sen. Jeff Flake throws shade at Trump in farewell address, warns of dangers to democracy March 2, 2019 Source: Parker City News / www.parkercitynews.com / By PCN Staff Writer / Retiring GOP Sen. , in a farewell speech to the Senate, warned on Thursday of the dangers facing democracies. “Let us recognize from this place here today that the shadow of tyranny is once again enveloping parts of …
Ukraine flag Time for Ukraine’s post-revolution liberals to step up March 2, 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. In times of crisis, like in today’s Ukraine, events unfold based largely on ideas that are …
John Rentoul A written constitution can’t save us from Brexit now – it could even make things worse February 13, 2019 Source: Independent / www.independent.co.uk / By John Rentoul / Once upon a time I was a living embodiment of Robert Conquest’s third law, which holds: “The simplest way to explain the behaviour of any bureaucratic organisation is to assume that it is controlled by a cabal of its enemies.” This …
Times Malta Truth, lies and fake news January 15, 2019 Source: Times Malta / www.timesofmalta.com / By Ray Azzopardi / Christiane Amanpour, a renowned journalist with CNN, in an interview on ‘How to seek truth in the era of fake news’, uploaded by TED in 2017, affirms that one cannot solve the great issues facing the world if one cannot …
Havel Politico Looking for Havel’s legacy December 20, 2018 Source: Politico / www.politico.eu / Siegfried Mortowitz / PRAGUE — Twenty-one years after one of Václav Havel’s most famous speeches, many fear the Czech Republic is still in an “ugly mood.” In December 1997, the then-president told a joint session of the Czech parliament that the nation was on the wrong …
Liu Xiaobo A defiant Canada is trolling China with Liu Xiaobo’s legacy December 20, 2018 Source: Quartz / https://qz.com / By Isabella Steger / Two of its nationals may be under detention in China amid a serious diplomatic fallout, but that hasn’t stopped Canada from stirring the hornets’ nest over a topic that’s particularly taboo. The Canadian embassy in Beijing yesterday (Dec. 18) posted a message (link …
Mishra-VaclevHavels Readings and ‘big heart’ rally commemorate seven years since death of Václav Havel December 19, 2018 Source: Radio Praha / www.radio.cz / By Tom McEnchroe / Tuesday marks the seventh anniversary of the death of Václav Havel. The former president remains a much respected figure in the country, even though his quotes are often used to help delineate the current divide in Czech society. Several commemorative …