Havel in Media

OBAMA Review: Barack Obama’s memoir is a masterful lament over the fragility of hope November 27, 2020 Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette / www.post-gazette.com / By Eli Stokols / Reading Barack Obama’s deeply introspective and at times elegiac new presidential memoir, I thought often about something the writer James Baldwin said in 1970, two years removed from the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and despairing about America from …
Chinese This is what the dismantling of a democracy looks like November 16, 2020 Source: Quartz / https://qz.com / By Mary Hui / It happens in fits and starts, bursts of draconian crackdowns punctuated by periods of deceptive calm. But the direction is clear: The democratic scaffolding of Hong Kong’s civil society is being taken apart at startling speed. Make no mistake: Hong Kong …
VTDigger David Kelley: An alternative form of renewable energy October 26, 2020 Source: VTDigger / https://vtdigger.org / By David Kelley / In his inaugural address, President John F. Kennedy reminded us that our future depended more on our citizenship than his leadership. He challenged us each to ask what we could do for our country. I got a crash course in the …
Havel stadium 3-Minute Civics: Democracy is an action word October 26, 2020 Source: Concord Monitor / www.concordmonitor.com / By Tracy Hahn – Burkett / We here in America are not accustomed to thinking about our democracy. It’s been here since before everyone now alive was born, and our parents and grandparents and great-grandparents before us. It’s like birds and sunsets and baseball …
EPA-EFE::MATEJ DIVIZNA INTERVIEW: “A shame for Europe” October 25, 2020 Source: New Europe / www.neweurope.eu / By Otmar Lahodynky / Czech politician Karel Schwarzenberg spoke to New Europe about the European Union’s inadequate foreign policy, the lack of solidarity in its migration policy and new constitutional conditions for EU funding. Schwarzenberg was Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic from 2007 …
Snímka obrazovky 2020-10-25 o 10.15.24 AM What one small state has revealed of the big state’s hidden hand October 25, 2020 Source: Australian Strategic Policy Institute / www.aspistrategist.org.au / By Gordon Weiss / ‘When small men begin to cast big shadows’, wrote the Chinese intellectual Lin Yutang, ‘it means the sun is about to set.’ It is a dictum that, like many, functions neatly in reverse. When small countries stand up …
Harris Khalique Column: Our literary politicians October 6, 2020 Source: Dawn / www.dawn.com / By Harris Khalique / Everywhere, there are some politicians who take to writing at an opportune time in their careers. They write on current affairs, begin to publish issue-based articles and columns, and a few of them may also write their political memoirs. In developing …
Zdenek Hrib and the mayor of Taipei Ko Wen-je Standing Up for Freedom . . . September 11, 2020 Source: National Review / www.nationalreview.com / By Jay Nordlinger / . . . and against Beijing and the Kremlin. Meet the mayor of Prague. Vaclav Havel was the leading dissident in Communist Czechoslovakia, and the first president after the Fall of the Wall. All over the world, he became a …
vystrcil The Czechs are giving Europe a lesson on how to deal with China September 6, 2020 Source: The Washington Post / www.washingtonpost.com / By Dalibor Rohac / Dalibor Rohac is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute This week, a senior Czech politician, Milos Vystrcil, visited Taiwan and delivered a powerful speech to the parliament in Taipei, echoing John F. Kennedy‘s “Ich bin ein Berliner” …
Havel Vaclav Václav Havel, master of the (political) Theatre of the Absurd September 4, 2020 Source: Radio Prague International / https://english.radio.cz / By Brian Kenety / At the start of the Velvet Revolution of 1989, Václav Havel was a 53-year-old playwright, essayist, and political dissident whose works had not been staged publically in Czechoslovakia since his blacklisting after the Soviet-led invasion in 1968. While the …
Milos Vystrcil Democracy links Taiwanese, Czechs: Vystrcil September 2, 2020 Source: Taipei Times / www.taipeitimes.com / By Sherry Hsiao / Emphasizing the similarities between the Czech Republic and Taiwan, Czech Senate President Milos Vystrcil yesterday said that their most important common trait and biggest strength is that they “freely and voluntarily chose to live in a democracy.” In a speech …
Andrew Nelles Tennessee’s anti-protest law is a step in the direction of authoritarianism | Opinion August 31, 2020 Source: Tennessean / https://eu.tennessean.com / By Joe Hayden / Oh, the radical terrorism of tents. Apparently, a dire threat to the state of Tennessee is now …camping? A Republican-backed bill, now signed into law by Gov. Bill Lee, passed in the General Assembly in August, which makes setting up an …
Alexander_Lukashenko,_opening_of_Slavianski_Bazar_2014 Belarus is on the precipice of great change – and violent repression by a leader desperate to cling to power might only backfire August 24, 2020 Source: Independent / www.independent.co.uk / Steve Crawshaw / Alexander Lukashenko is shameless in his pursuit of power after two decades in charge, but the protesters have numbers on their side Belarus has been on a rollercoaster of despair and hope in the past two weeks. That terrifying and inspiring journey …
Magowan People need to be able to shape and control the world around them – Andrew Magowan August 23, 2020 Source: The Scotsman / www.scotsman.com / By Andrew Magowan / Scotland’s first Social Renewal Advisory Board can set us on the path to a fairer, healthier future, says Andrew Magowan How we shape and control the world around us is the primary means by which we develop and express our …
merlin_175927605_b967f8e9-f2c9-4eaf-bd93-b14006a30320-superJumbo Thailand Police Arrest Activists, Escalating Protest Crackdown August 21, 2020 Source: The New York Times / www.nytimes.com / By Hannah Beech / BANGKOK — His offense was syncopated. And it rhymed. Dechathorn Bamrungmuang, a member of the Thai collective Rap Against Dictatorship, was arrested on Thursday on charges of sedition, human rights lawyers said, part of a mounting crackdown by …