Havel in Media

People attend the protest New generation of protesters links Slovakia with 1989 spirit November 19, 2019 Source: The Irish Times / www.irishtimes.com / Daniel McLaughlin / Velvet Revolution anniversary finds Slovaks demanding change after journalist’s murder Fifty-five years separate Martin Butora and Karolina Farska, but both see this weekend’s anniversary of the 1989 Velvet Revolution as a time to celebrate three decades of freedom while calling …
John Lennon Velvet Revolution: Prague’s ghosts of communism November 19, 2019 Source: BBC / www.bbc.com / By Rob Cameron / The Berlin Wall had only just fallen when 15,000 students gathered in Prague on 17 November 1989. It was a moment that precipitated the end of communism in Czechoslovakia and is being marked 30 years on by the people of two …
Babis Czechs Rally Against Political Leaders on Eve of Velvet Revolution Anniversary November 19, 2019 Source: The New York Times / www.nytimes.com / By Reuters / PRAGUE — Around a quarter million Czechs rallied against the prime minister and president on Saturday over concerns the pair are chipping away at democracy in the deeply divided nation celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. Protesters …
Milos Zeman and China’s president Xi Jinping Russia and China, controversial friends of the Czech president November 19, 2019 Source: The Irish Times / www.irishtimes.com / By Daniel McLaughlin / Milos Zeman’s ties with Putin and Jinping run counter to principles of the 1989 Velvet Revolution Hundreds of thousands of Czechs are expected to gather in the streets of Prague this weekend, just as they did 30 years ago …
Velvet Revolution Metamorphosis in Prague November 19, 2019 Source: Tablet mag / www.tabletmag.com / By Edward Serotta / On the 30-year anniversary of the Velvet Revolution ending Communism in Czechoslovakia, notes on how to transform a one-party state into a democracy in a matter of weeks It was Oct. 17, 1989, and I was driving up from my …
Pool / Reuters The Exposure of the Republican Party November 16, 2019 Source: The Atlantic / www.theatlantic.com / By Peter Wehner / The GOP will not be a great or good party until those who lead it straighten their backbone. The first day of public hearings into the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump included an explosive revelation. William B. Taylor Jr., …
Lubomir Kotek:AFP:Getty Images Czechoslovakia’s Velvet Revolution – archive, November 1989 November 16, 2019 Source: The Guardian / www.theguardian.com/ By Michael Simmons / The brutal suppression of a student demonstration in Prague on 17 November 1989 sparked anti-government protests across Czechoslovakia which toppled the communist regime. See how the Guardian reported events. Czech riot police beat protesters: 50,000 call for freedom and end to …
Berlin The fragile lightness of freedom: the Berlin Wall, thirty years on November 14, 2019 Source: open Democracy / www.opendemocracy.net / Alvaro Vasconcelos / What the fall of the Wall and the last thirty years should have taught us is that without freedom there is no equality, and without equality freedom is fragile and vulnerable. Thirty years after it disappeared, the memory of the Wall …
Getty Images ‘We Have Advanced to the Same Kind of Mess as Everybody Else’ November 14, 2019 Source: The New York Times / nytimes.com / By Alison Smale / Central and Eastern Europe’s transition to democracy has not been smooth. But there are grounds for hope. PRAGUE — Thirty autumns ago, across Central and Eastern Europe, everything fell in one great swoop. The foliage. The Berlin Wall. …
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan The politics of the 1930s are still playing out in Eastern Europe November 14, 2019 Source: The Washington Post / www.washingtonpost.com / By Jackson Diehl / On the night after the Berlin Wall fell, as I watched crowds of delirious East Germans surge down West Berlin’s broad Kurfürstendamm street, it didn’t occur to me that history was ending. On the contrary, it seemed that in …
AFP:Getty World leaders mark fall of Berlin Wall with warning about democracy: ‘We must not succumb to the populists’ November 12, 2019 Source: Independent / www.independent.co.uk / By Borzou Daragahi / Mass protests had been erupting throughout eastern Europe for months. In Czechoslovakia, a poet named Vaclav Havel was leading the “velvet revolution”. Poland had already ripped off the yoke of single-party Communist rule. And protesters were out in the streets in …
CZECH CHINESSE PRESIDENT To cope with China, don’t follow the money — follow the Czechs November 5, 2019 Source: The Hill / www.thehill.com / By Joseph Bosco / Vaclav Havel, the brilliant playwright, heroic political dissident, and visionary first president of liberated Czechoslovakia, consistently emphasized the moral element in international relations. They were lessons he had learned from his country’s painful history of invasion and occupation first by …
fall of berlin wall ‘Democracy is in Peril,’ warns influential Forum 2000 Conference in Prague October 26, 2019 Source: Grit Daily / www.gritdaily.com / By Jackie Abramian / In 1989 the Soviet Bloc countries seized Mikhail Gorbachev’s glasnost (openness) and perestroika (restructuring) policies to put an end to the Soviet Union, maiming its tentacles across the communist Eastern Europe.  This resuscitated democracy hopes and promises of fair, free …
HAVEL From imprisoned dissident to president: Vaclav Havel remembered at Frankfurt Book Fair October 19, 2019 Source: DW /www.dw.com / At the beginning of 1989, Czech dissident Vaclav Havel was in prison. By the end of that year, he became president of his country. The Peace Prize winner’s values and ideas are more relevant than ever.   1989 was a revolutionary year worldwide. But if one …
China Atheist China has no say in the reincarnations system of Tibet: Tibetan President October 19, 2019 Source: The Tibet Post / www.thetibet post.com / By David Thomas / Prague —’Unlike the Vatican, Tibetans never agreed or accepted the Order no. 5 and strongly believe that the Chinese atheist government has no say in the reincarnations system of Tibetan Buddhism,’ President of the Tibetan-government-in-exile, Dr Lobsang Sangay …