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2005 Everything Is Illuminated

NOT Everything is Illuminated

Everything Is Illuminated distorts history by omitting crucial facts, including an important link to the Czech Republic As the recent controversy about The Passion of the Christ and the election of a movie star as governor of California show, movies are not only entertainment but also sources of negative and positive stereotypes. An upcoming Hollywood… Keep Reading

Prague Vltava

Exploding the myth of Prague Spring

The 1968 reform movement never denounced communism, so were freedom and democracy ever really on the table? By Jan Richter On the morning of Aug. 21, 1968, Mr. William Teltscher realized that his trip to Czechoslovakia had ended before it really started. Being a descendant of a traditional wine-trading Jewish family from Mikulov, south Moravia,… Keep Reading


Radical measure

If the EU-15 and recent accession countries are to prosper, an extreme reformulation of policy in core countries is required Now that the champagne corks have popped and the fireworks displays have fizzled, it’s time to reflect soberly on some of the economic problems posed by a 25-member European Union. I have just returned from… Keep Reading


Lubos Turek: Detours of ‘Dr. Doom’

Czech pathologist in Iowa becomes a friend in dire need “What will decide Alan’s diagnosis and therapy,” Lubomir Turek wrote my wife from Iowa when I was between hospitals and biopsies here, “is whether the nodules in his liver could be inflammation (abscesses treatable by antibiotics) or are a tumor. Although liver abscesses that would… Keep Reading

Cancer cell

Cancer second top cause of death

High rate of smoking, diet rich in fatty meats blamed for lung, colorectal diseases The League Against Cancer Praha has its work cut out for it. The league has been working since 1990 to support cancer research, assist patients and increase the public’s understanding of the disease and how to prevent it. On the group’s… Keep Reading

Proposed EU constitution forces choice between integration and independence

Rough draft

Proposed EU constitution forces choice between integration and independence It is as though Valery Giscard D’Estaing has just awakened from a long nap. The renowned French statesman tapped to oversee the drafting of a constitution for the European Union has presided over the creation of a document that has virtually no chance of being ratified… Keep Reading

Sarajevo bridge

Ridding down Sniper’s Alley

From downtown Sarajevo, we took tram 3 with our friend Haris, a war veteran who now works for the Oslobodjenje newspaper. He wanted to show us the building where the newspaper was published during the war. The tram took us down Zmaja od Bosne Street, dubbed “Sniper’s Alley” during the war because snipers used to… Keep Reading

Richard Katrovas

Richard Katrovas: A Bard Bears Witness To A Velvet Revolution

Richard Page Harris, Jr., was 10 and living in a Virginia housing project when he first heard a radio broadcast about the place where he would plant seed and verse: “Checkosowhatchamacallit sounded like a terrible place to live – worse even than public housing in Newport News. The word looked like a disease and being… Keep Reading

Shirley Temple Black

Three extraordinary years for Temple Black

It seems that the moment Shirley Temple Black sets foot on Czechoslovak soil, things start to happen. In 1968, she was here when Warsaw Pact tanks rolled into the country and troops fired on civilians.┬áIn 1989, she was named U.S. ambassador just before the November revolution. In 1992, she listened as the nation discussed ways… Keep Reading

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