Havel in Media

Liu Xia Liu Xia, widow of Nobel winner Liu Xiaobo, arrives in New York for human rights events October 9, 2018 Source: South China Morning Post / www.scmp.com / By Mimi Lau / Liu Xia, the widow of Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, arrived in New York late on Tuesday for what is expected to be her first formal appearance since settling in Berlin two months ago after nearly eight years of …
the american interest The Courage of the Powerless versus the Craven Behemoth October 8, 2018 Source: The American Interest / www.the-american-interest.com / By Thomas O. Melia / Google’s newfound moral flexibility has real, tangible costs. The most dangerous person in the eyes of any totalitarian regime is the individual who is not afraid and thus will not be cowed. He or she may be in …
RFT 2018, vhlf web Albright to unveil bust during NY festival honouring Havel October 7, 2018 Source: Radio Praha / www.radio.cz / By Ian Willoughby / Rehearsal for Truth is a weeklong theatre festival dedicated to Václav Havel that gets underway in New York on Tuesday. Alongside plays and stage readings, it will also see the presentation of a human rights award and the unveiling of a …
_EMA9692 Honour Havel’s legacy by following his principles, Albright tells students at Columbia bust unveiling October 7, 2018 Source: Radio Praha / www.radio.cz / By Ian Willoughby / Václav Havel has just received a major honour, with the unveiling of a bronze bust of the late dissident turned president at Columbia University in New York. Speaking at the ceremony, Havel’s friend Madeleine Albright said he would have been alarmed …
_EMA0249 Madeleine Albright: Given their own histories, I’m stunned by CEE states’ treatment of refugees October 7, 2018 Source: Radio Praha / www.radio.cz / By Ian Willoughby / Having served as US secretary of state from 1997 to 2001, Madeleine Albright ranks as one of the most accomplished of all Czech-Americans. I got to speak to the Prague-born politician recently when she was special guest at the Reality Czech …
journalducameroun AFP Czechs, Slovaks mark 50 years since Soviets crushed Prague Spring August 22, 2018 Source: Journal du Cameroun / www.journalducameroun.com / By AFP / Czechs and Slovaks on Tuesday will mark 50 years since Soviet tanks crushed the “Prague Spring” democratic reform movement, while using the anniversary to point out similarities to the situation today. The burgeoning movement, led by Communist Party leader Alexander …
osef Koudelka Magnum Photos 50 Years After Prague Spring, Lessons on Freedom (and a Broken Spirit) August 21, 2018 Source: The New York Times / www.nytimes.com / By Marc Santora  / PRAGUE — Could Soviet-style communism be reconciled with the dignity and freedom of the individual? In 1968, the question was put to the test when the leader of Czechoslovakia’s Communist Party, Alexander Dubcek, initiated a project of liberalization …
Deutsche welle Hrabak In 1968, Warsaw Pact troops suppressed the Prague Spring August 20, 2018 Source: Taiwan News / www.taiwannews.com / By Deutsche Welle / Soviet tanks led the way as more than 200,000 Warsaw Pact troops marched into the Czechoslovak capital during the night of August 20, 1968, ending the Prague Spring at the behest of the rulers in Moscow. The number of occupying …
VHLF_WEB Lessons: We live in a Plutocracy June 18, 2018 Source: Livingston County News / www.thelcn.com / By Bill Cook / Readers know that it is hard to find a more zealous “small d” democrat than I. I celebrate democracy’s many virtues and try to suggest ways to deal with inherent problems. Each year I attend a conference founded by …
AFP Photo Michal Cizek Czechs protest against communist party’s role in govt June 18, 2018 Source: Yahoo / www.yahoo.com / By AFP / Prague (AFP) – Thousands of Czechs protested across the EU country on Tuesday against the communist party as it was poised to play a role in government, albeit an informal one, for the first time since communism fell in 1989.   The …
Shevah Weiss Israeli ex-ambassador honoured for building bridges between Poles and Jews June 18, 2018 Source: Radio Poland / www.thenews.pl / Israeli politician Shevah Weiss, a former ambassador in Warsaw, has received an award for building bridges between Poles and Jews.  The Jan Nowak-Jeziorański Memorial Award honours Weiss for his ability to talk about the most difficult issues that affect Poles and Jews. Nowak-Jeziorański was …
Vaclav Havel Gala Dinner, Washington, DC, November 18, 2014 The modern road to totalitarianism June 4, 2018 Source: The Tribune / www.tribuneindia.com / By Shelley Walia / A new era of violent passion overwhelms the contemporary world. The Holocaust, the mountains of literature on Nazism, are subjected to obliviousness impelling the return of economic and political fascism. It is thriving not only in autocratic nations but in …
Philip Roth Philip Roth: Portnoy’s Complaint and American Pastoral author dies at 85 May 27, 2018 Source: The Guardian / www.theguardian.com / Chronicler of American politics, Jewishness and male sexual desire was widely regarded as one of greatest novelists of the 20th century The novelist Philip Roth, who explored America through the contradictions of his own character for more than six decades, died on Tuesday aged …
William-and-Wendy-Luers-photo-archive-of-US-emb Former US ambassador to Prague, William Luers, on what it was like to serve in Communist Czechoslovakia May 19, 2018 Source: Radio Praha / www.radio.cz / By Clare Profous / Former US ambassador to Czechoslovakia William Luers and his wife Wendy recently visited Prague and gave a talk at the American Centre about what it was like to be posted in Communist Czechoslovakia in the 1980s, how they were able …
Belfas Blair, clinton Belfast Agreement shows it is possible to achieve great good in politics May 19, 2018 Source: The Irish Times / www.theirishtimes.com / By Path Leahy / Pat Leahy: politics has been described as a combination of high purpose and low cunning It is one of the greatest political achievements that many of us will ever see, and there are many lessons to take from the …