Havel in Media

A Catastrophe of Exclusion and Obscene Inequality May 15, 2020 Source: The Citizen / www.thecitizen.in / By Ash Narain Roy / Is India becoming a country without citizens? Socrates was born in Athens but he considered himself “a citizen of the cosmos”. H.G.Wells believed borders eventually disappear, and geopolitical gurus have proclaimed the “end of geography”. The protagonists of globalisation …
In the name of the communist ideal May 15, 2020 Source: Le Monde diplomatique / www.mondediplo.com / By Catherine Samary / One of the received ideas that became a ‘truth’ after the fall of the Berlin Wall was that the Soviet bloc’s populations cursed communism, yet obeyed it slavishly. In fact, many social movements within the Eastern bloc had long …
A Chinese lawyer criticized the regime’s handling of the pandemic. Then he disappeared. May 15, 2020 Source: The Washington Post / www.washingtonpost.com / By Editorial Board / BY NOW, it’s well known that people in China who speak up about the covid-19 epidemic are risking online harassment, arrest or worse from Communist authorities. According to the China Digital Times, between Jan. 1 and April 4, 484 …
The Irish Times view on Government formation: the Greens should take their chance May 3, 2020 Source: The Irish Times / www.irishtimes.com / The Irish Times View / Politics, we are told, is the art of the possible. But it is also, Vaclav Havel said, the art of the impossible – of making the world a better place The Green Party is in the midst of …
Are We Becoming Eastern Europe Circa 1980? April 26, 2020 Source: Slate / https://slate.com/ By Emily Gioielli and Leslie Waters / Lessons from the fall of the Eastern Bloc. Weeks into the coronavirus lockdown, Americans are becoming more and more accustomed to shortages we never would have imagined in the recent past. On Wednesday, another of the largest pork processing …
The European Mayor Who Doesn’t Want China’s Help With Virus April 3, 2020 Source: Yahoo news – Bloomberg / www.news.yahoo.com / By Karen Leigh and Lenka Ponikelska / (Bloomberg) — Since becoming mayor of Prague more than two years ago, Zdenek Hrib has repeatedly irked China by meeting dissidents, criticizing its treatment of ethnic minorities and promoting ties with Taiwan. Now, the 38-year-old …
Young Cuban Filmmakers Withdraw their Works from Official Event March 5, 2020 Source: Havana Times / https://havanatimes.org / By Lynn Cruz / A true word, spoken by a single man even, is more powerful, in certain situations, than an entire army. Words illuminate, stir and free people. Words also have a power. This is the power of intellectuals.   – Vaclav Havel HAVANA …
Have We Learned Any Lessons? February 23, 2020 Source: The American Interest / www.the-american-interest.com / By Martin Palous & David  J. Kramer / Vaclav Havel’s historic speech to Congress is a reminder that we all bear responsibility for effecting change. Thirty years ago, on February 21, 1990, the new president of Czechoslovakia addressed a joint session of the …
Is Prague trolling Moscow by honouring slain Putin critic? February 16, 2020 Source: Aljazeera / www.aljazeera.com / By Tim Gosling / The square on which the Russian embassy stands will be renamed to honour Boris Nemtsov, killed near the Kremlin in 2015. Prague, Czech Republic – The Czech capital risks angering the Kremlin with plans to rename a public square after murdered …
Manifestations of Artistic Expression February 10, 2020 Source: Ezega News / www.ezega.com / By Abel Merawi / February 7, 2020 (Ezega.com) — When archeologists and evolutionary biologists study the development of human beings, they look for cave drawings and other artistic expressions such as tool making. These are important since they are manifestations of mental progress. On …
Ivan Kral, Rocker With Patti Smith and Others, Is Dead at 71 February 7, 2020 Source: The New York Times / wwww.nytimes.com / By Jim Farber / A key figure in New York’s creative underground of the 1970s, he was also a filmmaker who chronicled the early days of the punk scene. Ivan Kral, a Czech-born musician whose integral role in the Patti Smith Group, …
The Downfall of the Republican Party February 5, 2020 Source: The Atlantic / www.theatlantic.com / By Peter Wehner / To see men and women who had a positive vision beaten down and broken by Trump is a poignant thing. On Friday, Republicans in the United States Senate—with the exception of Mitt Romney and Susan Collins—voted to prevent John Bolton, …
Gandhi’s legacy January 28, 2020 Source: The Frederik News-Post / www.fredericknewspost.com / By Anadi Naik / For four decades, through nonviolent direct action and passive resistance, Mahatma Gandhi meticulously prepared his people for freedom. During a period when the civilized world was fighting one worldwide war after another, he was arming his people with no …
Yes, Putin cares about Trump’s impeachment trial — but not for the reason you might imagine January 26, 2020 Source: The Washington Post / www.washingtonpost.com / by Jessica Pisano / Some puzzles buried in the House’s articles of impeachment may not be solved during the Senate trial. For instance, why did Trump ask Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to announce an investigation of Burisma, the Ukrainian gas company on whose …
As Others See It: Roger Scruton was a philosopher of a ‘humane and moderate politics’ January 18, 2020 Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette / www.post-gazette.com / The British conservative died Sunday at 75 / In May 1968, visiting his girlfriend in Paris, Roger Scruton, age 24, watched from an apartment window as students overturned cars and lampposts and threw stones at police. For seven weeks the civil unrest raged, paralyzing …