Havel in Media

flag-of-myanmar Vaclav Havel’s spirit of creative dissent lives on in Tibet, Myanmar October 1, 2016 Source:  The Nation / www.nationmultimedia.com / By Carleton Cole / Spoken four years ago, the words now ring with a new and urgent significance: “A better system will not automatically ensure a better life. In fact, the opposite is true. Only by creating a better life can a better system …
ma-thida Ma Thida Receives ‘Disturbing the Peace’ Award October 1, 2016 Source: The Irrawaddy /www.irrawaddy.com / By The Irrawaddy / Prominent Burmese writer Ma Thida was awarded the first annual “Disturbing the Peace” award by the Vaclav Havel Library Foundation in New York on September 28. The award is given to an outstanding and courageous writer who shares the humanitarian values …
bloomberg Francis Wilkinson, Bloomberg View: Public bigotry creeping into our private lives August 4, 2016 Source:  WacoTrib Central Texas News / www.wacotrib.com / By Francis Wilkinson / What’s in a name? It’s a measure of Donald Trump’s insidious reach, and of the potency of the political virus he carries, that I was thinking about this lately. I’m hardly an obvious target of Trump’s demagogy and …
President Muhammadu Buhari Reflection on taste and these times June 28, 2016 Source: The Guardian Nigeria / www.guardian.ng / By Debo Adesina / Those who questioned or still question President Muhammadu Buhari’s educational qualifications, especially his secondary school leaving certificate, certainly know a thing or two about jokes. They have never met his classmates or, better still, his students or subordinates in …
treasure troves A treasure trove of memories June 20, 2016 Source: The Manila Times / www.manilatimes.net / By Juanito P. Jarasa / NOW in my retirement, I look back to my 40-year diplomatic career and realize how meeting very important personalities has enriched my life. I was ambassador to Hungary and Czechoslovakia on a concurrent basis, then to India and …
Havel as president Watson: The character of a president June 16, 2016 Source: The Salem News / www.salemnews.com / By Brian T. Watson / It has been nearly five years since Vaclav Havel died. He was the first president of Czechoslovakia after the fall of the communist government there in 1989. This year, I have closely followed the American presidential primary candidates …
Save-the-date_havel_post New York to mark late president’s 80th birthday with “Václav Havel Day” June 16, 2016 Source: Radio Praha / www.radio.cz / By Dominik Jůn / The mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, is to declare September 28 to be “Václav Havel Day”, according to the Czech Consulate in the American city. Numerous events are to surround the roughly three-day commemoration, including performances of Havel’s …
HAVEL-WSJ Havel’s Humanity April 29, 2016 Source: The Wall Street Journal www.wsj.com / By Salil Tripathi / In 1988, when he was still a dissident playwright, Vaclav Havel began writing a play about the angst of a political leader about to relinquish power. Outwardly, the leader looked supremely confident; inwardly, he had no idea how he …
Vaclav Havel is honoured for his role in bringing the Czech Republic into the heart of European life Peter Jones: Czechs have a lot to teach Scotland January 13, 2016 Source: The Scotsman www.scotsman.com / By Peter Jones / Prague airport is a bit of a shock for those of us who like to think that Scotland, and indeed Britain, are open cosmopolitan nations keen to engage with the world, especially emerging economies such as China and Russia. Prague’s confidence …
The West is losing the battle for the heart of Europe The West is losing the battle for the heart of Europe January 13, 2016 Source: Reuters blogs.reuters.com / By John Lloyd / A little over a quarter of a century ago, Europe celebrated the healing of the schism that Communism enforced on it since World War Two, and which produced great tribunes of freedom.Lech Walesa, the Polish shipyard electrician, climbed over his yard wall …
about-us Pehe: Era of Havel’s legacy promoted in Czech politics is over December 2, 2015 Source: Prague Daily Monitor / www.praguemonitor.com /  By ČTK  / www.ctk.cz / Prague, Nov 28 (CTK) – The era of prominent politicians who promoted the legacy of Vaclav Havel and occupied leading posts in major Czech political parties is over, Jiri Pehe wrote in Saturday’s issue of Právo in relation …
Vaclav Havel More Havel letters published November 28, 2015 Source: Prague Post / www.praguepost.com / By Czech News Agency / New book of Václav Havel’s texts reflects his persecution, stay in jail Prague, Nov 26 (ČTK) — A new book of texts by former Czech president Václav Havel (1936-2011), including some that were never published before, reflects his persecution …
Ondrej Nemec Refugees and responsibility in Central Europe October 22, 2015 Source: Today’s Zaman / By Michael Zantovsky / Fifteen years ago, the Czech statesman and playwright Václav Havel noted that some Czech politicians “recognize two different kinds of violence, genocide, terror and mafias: one that is better, and one that is worse. The better kind is pan-Slavic, and the worse …
CZ and EU flags Czech stance on refugees could risk gains of last 25 years, says IIR’s Benjamin Tallis October 8, 2015 Source: Radio Praha www.radio.cz / By Ian Willoughby / Englishman Benjamin Tallis heads the Centre for European Security at Prague’s Institute of International Relations. An expert on European affairs, including the EU’s border-free Schengen zone, he is also the editor-in-chief of the IIR’s recently rebooted academic journal New Perspectives. When we spoke …
Havel and Robert Lyons Václav Havel: Personal Truth as Political Theatre October 6, 2015 Source: HowlRound / www.howlround.com / Truth and love must prevail over lies and hatred. Václav Havel, playwright, former Czech President, leader of the Velvet Revolution, personal idol, was sitting in the front row of the Ohio Theatre in New York. I was sitting in the back. He was about to watch The Memo, the kickoff …