Havel in Media

Mearalkishvili Ombudsman nominates Georgian activist in occupied Akhalgori for UN and Vaclav Havel Prizes May 4, 2018 Source: Agenda.ge / www.agenda.ge / The Georgian Public Defender Nino Lomjaria has nominated Tamar Mearakishvili, a Georgian activist based in the country’s occupied Akhalgori area, for the United Nations Human Rights Prize and Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize for her “outstanding contribution to defending the rights of conflict-affected population”. Lomjaria …
Chris-Jones Chris Jones: Stage Left Theatre has a real history in Chicago — now future is in doubt May 4, 2018 Source: The Pantagraph / www.pantagraph.com / By Chris Jones / CHICAGO — As I walked my dog near Wrigley Field the other night, the two of us stopped among the bars and the noise, and stood and stared outside 3408 N. Sheffield Ave. That address used to be the home …
Madeleine Albright Can It Happen Here? Madeleine Albright Examines Fascism Then and Now April 28, 2018 Source: The New York Times / www.nytimes.com / By Sheri Berman / FASCISM A Warning By Madeleine Albright with Bill Woodward 288 pp. Harper/HarperCollins Publishers. $27.99. The fall of the Berlin Wall caused euphoria in the West. George H. W. Bush declared that “the end of the Cold War has …
Colin Kaepernick Kaepernick honored with Amnesty International award… in the Netherlands April 27, 2018 Source: The Wild Card / www.westernjournal.com / Todd Windsor / Colin Kaepernick has antagonized many Americans with his divisive national anthem protests, his police-as-pigs socks, his defense of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and his $25,000 donation to a group honoring a convicted cop-killer. But his actions have earned him accolades overseas …
Viktor Orban Chinese money sows European disunion April 27, 2018 Source: Nikkei Asian Review / www.asia.nikkei.com / Hiroyuki Akita / TOKYO — The roots of democracy once looked destined to spread worldwide. Yet now they are withering as one country after another veers toward authoritarianism. This is especially noticeable in Eastern Europe. And lest anyone in Asia consider it a distant …
Sudhakar Solomonraj Sudhakar Solomonraj: The last of the Mohicans April 27, 2018 Source: Mumbai Mirror / www.mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com  / By Ramu Ramanathan / His Wilson College colleagues, who share the staff room (not that he is oft-spotted in the staff room), say there is a mystique about Sudhakar Solomonraj. I noticed him for the first time at the Mumbai University when I used …
Throughout Uzupio Lithuania, a new democracy, a new friend April 27, 2018 Source: The Columbia Star / www.thecolumbiastar.com / By Warner M. Montgomery, Ph.D.   / According to Lithuanian government figures, unemployment in Uzupio is 13 percent, 80 percent of the people are ethnic Lithuanian, the average age of the citizens is 65, 75 percent of the homes are privately owned, and …
AP Photo Caption An Armenian rhapsody April 27, 2018 Source:The Christian Science Monitor / www.csmonitor.com / Spontaneous mass protests in the former Soviet state of Armenia have ended a deceitful power play by a longtime ruler to stay in office. In throwing off their fears, Armenians showed others in repressive countries how to ‘live in the truth.’ April 24, …
Xi Jinping in 2017 How To Make a Leader Step Down April 3, 2018 Source: Jstor Daily / www.daily.jstor.org / Farah Mohammed / President Xi Jinping has recently managed to abolish term limits, sounding alarm bells that China is about to return to strongman rule. What compels some leaders to discard the rules of the very systems that led them to power? Scholar Alexander …
James Le Sueur Courtesy photo Prague Spring 50 event to bring ‘world-class’ artists to Lincoln for commemoration of Czech history April 3, 2018 Source: Lincoln Journal Star / www.journalstar.com / By Hana Muslic / For several months in 1968, before the Soviet-ordered Warsaw Pact invasion, Czechoslovakia experienced a short, sweet time of political liberalization under an authoritarian regime. This period was called the Prague Spring and, though the attempt was ill-fated, it instilled a …
Getty Images The theater of Dionysus Curtain rises on World Theater Day March 29, 2018 Source: DW / www.dw.com / By Suzanne Cords / All the world’s a stage, and the world has stages all over. On March 27th, activities across more than 100 countries celebrate the importance and the power of the dramatic arts. 2018 is also a special anniversary year. The idea came …
New Orleans What the Soviet bloc and the American South have in common March 23, 2018 Source: The Washington Post / www.washingtonpost.com / By Charles Lane / While he was still a dissident playwright living under a Communist system, Vaclav Havel produced possibly the most brilliant essay ever written on political oppression in Eastern Europe: “The Power of the Powerless.” This year marks the 40th anniversary …
Parliament and Assemblies How Modi government has trampled over Parliament March 20, 2018 Source: Daily O / www.dailyo.in / By Anshuman Tiwari / On March 13, in just 30 minutes, the Lok Sabha marked its stamp on the expenditure of 99 ministries and departments, passed two bills, including the Finance Bill, and approved 218 amendments without any debate. This is the height of …
Prague City of Velvet March 15, 2018 Source: The Nation / www.nationmultimedia.com / By Carleton Cole / A surreal smoothness infuses the history and heart of Prague with the power to delight, like a fairytale come true ONCE UPON a time – exactly half a century, to be precise – the audacity of hope bloomed in the …
Hubertus Knabe: The dark secrets of a surveillance state Keeping Dissidents Busy March 15, 2018 Source: Canada Free Press / www.canadafreepress.com / By Joanna Rosamond / Latif Yahia, Uday Hussein’s former body double reminisced that his imposed “employer” promised him and other torture victims to make them “happy”. No matter the continent or regime, political dissidents remember (and still hear…) an equally sickening threat: “We …