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Jirina Novakova
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Jewish families fight for lost property

Upcoming Holocaust conference overlooks individual claims, observers say When Sigmund Waldes co-founded the Koh-i-noor factory in 1902 along with his brother Jindřich, he couldn’t have envisioned that his enterprise – which produces buttons, zippers, cufflinks and other functional clothing accessories, with branches in Paris, Brussels, Barcelona and New York among other cities – would keep… Keep Reading

Roma people
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Roma family recounts arsonist attack

Parents face hostile community as 2-year-old daughter recovers from severe burns Vítkov, north Moravia A Molotov cocktail smashed through the window, then another, spreading flames and bits of broken glass across the foam mattress where Anna Sivaková slept with her husband and their 2-year-old daughter. The burning liquid splashed over Sivaková’s arm, as she was… Keep Reading

Ambassador Yaakov Levy
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Israel rep speaks on Gaza

Ambassador shares views on Hamas, Obama, EU diplomacy Levy denies Red Cross claims that Israel blocked access to humanitarian aid in afflicted areas of Gaza. On Dec. 27, 2008, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) launched an offensive in response to rocket fire from the Gaza Strip. A ground invasion followed. The Palestinian Centre for Human… Keep Reading

Foreign Affairs Minister Karel Schwarzenberg
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Kosovo autonomy dispute rages

Serbians view Czech recognition as a ‘betrayal’ of history One month after the Cabinet sauntered off to the north Bohemian town of Teplice to formally recognize the independence of Kosovo in an “extraordinary meeting,” the decision continues to fulminate among local pundits. Emotional tirades interwove with constructive criticism in a June 18 panel discussion that… Keep Reading

Greenpeace
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Activists forced out of ‘Peaceland’

Radar protesters held by police after forming an independent state Greenpeace activists who declared an independent state called Peaceland at the site of the planned U.S. radar base at the Brdy military area were detained June 9 when military police cleared the area of their encampment. By press time, five demonstrators had been taken to… Keep Reading

Tibetan flag
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Chinese officials demand apology

Embassy says ministry support of Tibet could harm country relations Recent displays of the Tibetan flag have led to unexpected complications. In order to commemorate the 1959 Tibetan uprising and draw attention to human rights violations there, the Green Party displayed the Tibetan flag in the windows of Parliament as well as the Education and… Keep Reading

richard perle
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A hawk’s view: Perle speaks out

Former Pentagon adviser defends pre-emptive war, lauds Havel’s integrity A defeat for George W. Bush in the race for the White House would spur on terrorists who have America in their sights, according to Richard Perle. A former Cold War hawk and until recently an adviser to U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Perle is not… Keep Reading

Frantisek Bublan
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Intelligence chief casts doubt on Atta meeting

Bublan, head of Czech foreign intelligence, says pre-Sept. 11 meeting with Iraqi agent al-Ani unproved and implausible The chief of the Czech foreign intelligence has cast doubt on government reports that Sept. 11 hijacker Mohamed Atta met with an Iraqi agent in Prague before last year’s terrorist attacks in the United States. It was the… Keep Reading

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