Havel in Media

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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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” …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Richard Fidler and the magical lure of Prague August 16, 2020 Source: The Sunday Mornnig Herald / www.smh.com.au/ By Jason Steger / It was the very early 1990s and Richard Fidler was in love. Having just finished a tour with the Doug Anthony Allstars, he suggested to his beloved that they have a night in a swanky hotel. Fidler had recently …
Maintaining values crucial, Czech Senate leader says August 10, 2020 Source: Taipei Times / www.taipeitimes.com / By Staff writer, with CNA / Czech Senate President Milos Vystrcil said his upcoming visit to Taiwan would reflect his belief in the importance of values, not only in foreign policy, but as a condition for achieving economic prosperity. Vystrcil’s delegation, which is to …
Vaclav Havel’s SONA on my mind July 28, 2020 Source: Business Insight / https://malaya.com / By Jose Bayani Baylon / …(I)t is a rare speech – one of a leader who dared strip his countrymen of any illusions about their country, in order to lay bare the grim reality that everyone needed to accept in order that everyone could …
Feeling Hopeless? Embrace It. And then take action. July 26, 2020 Source: The New York Times / www.nytimes.com / By Eric Utne / I attended a program several years ago at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis that was part of an exhibition called “Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia.” The event was a celebration and reunion for some local countercultural …