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  • Czech Priest Witnessed the Cihost Miracle, and Was Killed for It

    02/25/2015 10:37:45 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 19 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 2/25/15 | Bohumil Petrik
    A priest who witnessed a miracle in communist Czechoslovakia in the 1940s was tortured and beaten to death for refusing to recant what he’d seen. And now Catholics from the country are honoring his heroic virtue and pushing for him to be recognized as a martyr. At a recent gathering in Číhošť commemorating the priest’s brutal death, his current successor at the parish church says he’s grateful for efforts to overturn the decades-long silence on atrocities against Catholics in the 20th century. “Naturally, I am glad that the issue of Father Josef Toufar is starting to be resolved in which...
  • Czech silly walkers pay tribute to Monty Python

    01/18/2015 12:33:25 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 18 replies
    Daily Naqtion ^ | Sunday, January 18, 2015 | AFP
    Fans of the British comedy group Monty Python perform their skills during the International Silly Walk Day on January 7, 2015 in Brno, Czech Republic. Around 50 participants in costumes presented the Silly Walk, based on a sketch from the Monty Python troupe. PHOTO | MICHAL CIZEK | AFP BRNO, Czech Republic Nicole Schickova adjusts her unruly fake moustache, as crucial to her outfit as her bowler hat, and takes two comical giant steps, thrusting her leg up as far as it will go, before dragging her rear foot over. The 24-year-old's Austrian friend, also in moustache and hat, shuffles...
  • Czech home owners find Jewish belongings from WWII

    12/13/2014 5:17:28 PM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    REUTERS - J Post ^ | 12/12/2014
    Amongst the findings were shoes and photos hidden by Jewish prisoners of the Holocaust. PRAGUE - House owners rebuilding their attic in the Czech town of Terezinhave found photos, shoes and other possessions of Jews forced into a ghetto there under Nazi rule, a heritage project said on Thursday. Terezin (Theresienstadt), a fortress and garrison town built at the end of the 18th century, was used by the Nazis as a transit camp for Jews rounded up in Czechoslovakia and deported from elsewhere in Europe. They were held in the ghetto until they could be transported to camps farther east....
  • Czech president: US beer is filthy water

    11/24/2014 8:20:22 PM PST · by wetphoenix · 99 replies
    Milos Zeman, president of the Czech Republic, has branded American beer as filthy water during a business summit in Kazakhstan but US brewers neednt pay too much attention. During the trip, Kazakhstans long-running president, Nursultan Nazarbaev (who has run the country since 1989), asked Zeman (pictured above) which beer he thought was the best in the world. According to Reuters Zeman replied that, Czech beer is the best in the world. No American company that offers filthy water instead of beer can compete with us. Zeman is used to controversial and often profane statements, the 70-year-old even calling Russian protest...
  • Czech Republic does not envisage NATO troops on its soil

    05/15/2014 3:21:14 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 9 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 05-15-2014
    The Czech defense minister says his country does not want to host foreign NATO troops on its soil, as part of plans to beef up the alliances eastern wing in light of the Ukraine crisis in contrast to some other eastern European countries like Poland. Martin Stropinsky, the Czech defense minister, has said his country is not in favor of any foreign troops being based in his country, even though they would only come at Pragues invitation, Reuters reports. We know well how any permanent stationing (of troops) is still a problem. I belong to a generation that experienced the...
  • Sofia Loren -Still Stunning at 76- Crowns 'CZECH MISS 2014'

    04/25/2014 9:38:14 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 60 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 25 April 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    The annual Česká Miss (Czech Miss) pageant selects the Czech Republic's representatives to participate in the major international beauty contests, i.e. Miss Universe, Miss World, and Miss Earth...... And LOOK who the guest judge was!!! More/video at Reaganite Republican... ______________________________________ pics: Ceska Miss
  • Czech leader says NATO could offer troops to Ukraine if Russia goes beyond Crimea

    The West should take strong action, possibly including sending NATO forces to Ukraine, if Russia tries to annex the eastern part of the country, Czech President Milos Zeman said on Sunday. "The moment Russia decides to widen its territorial expansion to the eastern part of Ukraine, that is where the fun ends," Zeman said in a broadcast on Czech public radio. "There I would plead not only for the strictest EU sanctions, but even for military readiness of the North Atlantic Alliance, like for example NATO forces entering Ukrainian territory," Zeman said. Pro-Russian protesters seized state buildings in three east...
  • Spoiler Alert: Olympics Men's Hockey: USA vs. Czech

    02/19/2014 12:18:50 PM PST · by C19fan · 22 replies
    AP ^ | February 19, 2014 | Staff
    See result in comment section.
  • Czech Foreign Minister condemns arms at Palestinian embassy

    01/07/2014 2:29:33 AM PST · by iowamark · 3 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 1/06/2014 | AP
    PRAGUE -- The Czech Foreign Ministry has used strong words to condemn the discovery of illegal weapons at the Palestinian embassy complex where a possible booby-trapped safe killed the ambassador. In a Monday statement, the ministry says it considers it "a serious violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations." It says it expects the Palestinians to "clearly and unequivocally" explain the incident...
  • Palestinian diplomat killed in blast at Prague residence

    01/01/2014 9:21:04 AM PST · by csvset · 21 replies
    France24 ^ | 1 January 2014 | AFP
    The Palestinian ambassador to Prague, Jamal al-Jamal, was killed in an explosion at his residence on Wednesday in an incident which Czech authorities believe was likely an accident. The Palestinian Foreign Ministry said ambassador Jamal was trying to open a safe that had been recently moved to his new home when the blast occurred. A Czech government source told the Reuters news agency that the explosion was probably caused by a faulty security device on the unit. It was unclear what that was. Some safes can be fitted with mechanisms designed to destroy secret documents in the event of the...
  • Czech premier not happy to attend Mandela funeral

    12/07/2013 6:57:11 PM PST · by lump in the melting pot · 19 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 12/7/13 | Chron staff
    Many world leaders have said they wouldn't miss Nelson Mandela's funeral for anything, but Czech Prime Minister Jiri Rusnok isn't among them. Rusnok's conversation with Defense Minister Vlastimil Picek in parliament on Friday was broadcast by the Czech public television news channel. When Picek reminded him that President Milos Zeman might be unable to fly because of a knee injury, Rusnok reacted with a vulgar term. Addressing his companion by the Czech equivalent of "dude," Rusnok said: "I'm dreading that I will have to go."
  • B-League Beauty Pageants: 'Miss Aerobik 2013' (Czech Republic)

    11/08/2013 6:42:06 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 24 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 08 November 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    Not that I'm knocking their quality-control or anything... 'Miss Aerobik 2013' Jana Šimičková. Check-out the BRUTAL competition at Reaganite Republican... (sfw unless you work with some real kooks-  just a few innocent bikini shots)
  • Czech floating finger sends president message

    10/21/2013 7:36:40 AM PDT · by lump in the melting pot · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 21 October 2013 | BBC News Staff
    As parliamentary polls get under way in the Czech Republic this week, artist David Cerny has floated a huge purple statue of an extended middle finger down the River Vltava in Prague. The outsized purple hand has been mounted on a barge floating on the river. It is pointed at Prague Castle, the seat of President Milos Zeman. Mr Cerny has shocked and mocked politicians and public figures in the past, says the BBC's Rob Cameron. This latest piece is clearly his message to the leftist President Zeman and the political party recently set up by his supporters, our correspondent...
  • Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus Faces Treason

    03/05/2013 12:04:21 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    The Inqisitr ^ | 3/4/2013 | Chase Williams
    By a narrow vote, Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus was charged with treason and impeached by the upper house of the Czech parliament on Monday. President Klaus term as leader of the Czech Republic is scheduled to end on Thursday. According to Reuters, the house voted 38 to 30 during a closed session to bring charges against the Czech Republic President. The Senates decision refers Klaus to Constitutional Court to determine if he acted against the constitution while granting amnesty to some 7,000 prisoners and halting high-profile prosecution cases in January. Czech Republic President Klaus ordered the amnesty for prisoners...
  • Czech Senate Accuses Outgoing President of High Treason (released prison inmates)

    03/04/2013 5:42:50 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    NY Times ^ | 3/04/13 | DAN BILEFSKY, HANA DE GOEIJ
    The Czech Senate voted on Monday to accuse the outgoing president, Vaclav Klaus, of high treason. The vote was a largely symbolic rebuke of Mr. Klaus, a vociferous euroskeptic who has often polarized Czech society. The decision to forward a treason complaint to the countrys Constitutional Court was prompted by an amnesty granted by Mr. Klaus on Jan. 1, freeing more than 6,000 prison inmates and halting the prosecutions of some prominent business executives and officials who were charged with fraud. Czechs across the country, which has grappled with endemic corruption since it overthrew Communism in 1989, reacted with anger,...
  • (Inked) In Czech Republic, A Leading Presidential Candidate Has a Full-Face Tattoo

    01/11/2013 2:45:28 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 16 replies
    WP ^ | January 11, 2013 | Olga Khazan
    In Czech Republic, a leading presidential candidate has a full-face tattoo File this under, Things that could never happen in America. That man is Vladimir Franz, a Czech composer who is tattooed from head and face to toe, and hes third in the polls in the Czech Republics presidential election, which is going on Friday and Saturday. This is the first time Czechs will directly elect a president a mainly ceremonial position because the prime minister largely runs the country. Since the breakup of Czechoslovakia, the Czech Republic has had two presidents, Vaclav Havel and Vaclav Klaus,...
  • Czech Republic: southern Bohemia's beer trail

    11/20/2012 3:54:14 PM PST · by Renfield · 26 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-13-2012 | Adrian Tierney-Jones
    It was a quiet night at U Fleku, Pragues premier beer hall. I sat at a long wooden table in the main bar, a Teutonic shrine to dark wood. Waiters scurried about, balancing trays of glasses filled with the rich dark lager thats brewed on site. The evening entertainment started: a scowling, mustachioed accordionist playing Que Sera Sera. As I finished my beer, the accordionist paused and hunted through his pocket, looking miserably at some loose change. A heavy hint? The majority of travellers to the Czech Republic rarely strike farther than Prague, treading the tourist trail of Charles Bridge,...
  • World War II veteran General Tom Sedlček dies aged 94

    08/30/2012 3:26:19 AM PDT · by iowamark · 14 replies
    Radio Prague ^ | 28-08-2012 | Maggie Lund
    General TomᚠSedláček, a World War II veteran who spent nine years in communist jails, died on Monday aged 94. A respected soldier, he fought both on the western and eastern fronts of the war before landing a life sentence by Czechoslovakia’s communist court. But his faith in freedom and democracy never waivered, and after 1989, he took up the cause of those who suffered under communism. A military career seemed to be on the cards for TomᚠSedláček from an early age: born in Vienna in 1918 into a family of an army officer, he left school at sixteen...
  • Russian military jet crashes in Czech Republic

    05/24/2012 8:31:05 AM PDT · by cunning_fish
    AP via Yahoo ^ | May 25, 2012
    PRAGUE (AP) A Russian military jet's landing gear malfunctioned as it touched down in the Czech Republic on Wednesday, injuring six people when it rolled off the runway, broke apart and caught fire, officials said. At least one man was in life-threatening condition. The Russian-made An-30 plane had 23 people on board 14 Russians and 9 Czechs, Czech military spokeswoman Jana Ruzickova said. The plane was on a mission sanctioned by the Open Sky treaty, which envisages surveillance flights over the territory of its participants, including NATO members, Russia and others. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Col. Igor Konashenkov...
  • Ladies First: Czech Railways Rolls Out Female-Priority Compartments

    03/23/2012 1:27:25 AM PDT · by Cronos · 20 replies
    Time ^ | 22 Mar 2012 | Kate Springer
    Sorry, fellas, these seats are taken. In hopes of improving services for women, Czech Railways recently introduced Ladies Compartments, which will give priority seating to women and provide improved comfort. According to the New York Times, the new compartments installed on about 30 trains were instantly met with some disapproval. Opponents argued the cabins discriminate against men, but rail spokesman Petr Stahlavsky told the Times the changes are based on Western European and Christian traditions. He added, This is not any discrimination but social and cultural tradition. As it turns out, these types of cabins are not so uncommon. The...
  • Dempsey presents Bronze Star to Czech soldier in Afghanistan

    02/13/2012 7:10:01 PM PST · by lump in the melting pot · 2 replies
    American Forces Press Service ^ | February 10, 2012 | Cheryl Pellerin
    ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT -- At a forward operating base in eastern Afghanistan, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff dropped by Feb. 10 to meet with the leadership of Task Force Bulldog, have lunch with the troops, and present awards to eight soldiers, including a Bronze Star Medal to a soldier from the Czech Republic. ... Novotny, a reconnaissance squad leader and combat medic, rescued an American soldier who was gravely wounded Nov. 19, public affairs officer Terry Kelley said. On a route clearance patrol, Kelley added, some roadside bombs went off and one wounded a soldier who...
  • Czech:Police to probe Czech communist party leaders condolences to North Korea

    12/31/2011 4:31:18 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    Prague Daily Monitor ^ | 12/28/11 | Jan Richter
    Police to probe Czech communist party leader’s condolences to North Korea 28-12-2011 16:11 | Jan Richter The Czech police will investigate whether the Czech communist party leader broke the law when he sent condolences on the death of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il. In his letter, Czech communist party chair Vojtěch Filip said, among other things, that the late North Korean dictator sacrificed himself for the well-being of his people. Thousands of people lined the streets of the North Korean capital Pyongyang on Wednesday to salute their late leader Kim Jong-Il who passed away earlier this month. It was...
  • Our Lady of Hostyn(Catholic Caucus)

    08/06/2011 5:34:45 PM PDT · by johngrace · 21 replies
    Sanctus Christopher ^ | 1-3-2010 | Christopher
    Our Lady of Hostyn Normally when you see an image of the Virgin Mary flanked by lightning bolts, it is presented to show us her infinite intercession with her Son to hold back some Divine Justice for the sins of man, the wrath of God. In a minor basilica, the Church of the Assumption, nestled on a hill barely 200 feet high in the middle of Europe, there is an exception. In this image, she holds the child Jesus, and the fiery lightning pouring forth from His hand is being directed by her. In the southeast corner of the Czech...
  • Former Czech Leader Charged for Calling Islam an Enemy

    07/11/2011 9:12:11 AM PDT · by Nachum · 41 replies
    inn ^ | 7/11/11 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Former Czech Prime Milos Zeman may face criminal charges for calling Islam an anti-civilization enemy whose type of thinking he compared with the Nazis. Speaking at an international conference on Europe last month, Zeman stated, The enemy is the anti-civilization spreading from North Africa to Indonesia. Two billion people live in it and it is financed partly from oil sales and partly from drug sales. The former prime minister, who is known for strong statements and insulting speeches, last week compared the manner and strength of Muslim beliefs in the Koran with the followers of Nazism, who he noted believed...
  • Josef Suk, one of best Czech violin virtuosi, dies aged 81

    07/07/2011 7:41:41 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 22 replies
    Czech Happenings ^ | July 7, 2011 | ČTK
    Josef Suk, one of the best Czech violin virtuosi, grandson of composer Josef Suk (1874-1935) and great grandson of world-famous Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904), died last night at the age of 81 ...
  • Czechs, Disliking Role, Pull Out of U.S. Missile Defense Project (good job O!)

    06/16/2011 7:32:50 AM PDT · by Cronos · 5 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 15 Jun 2011 | JUDY DEMPSEY and DAN BILEFSKY
    The Czech Republic announced Wednesday that it was withdrawing from plans to participate in the United States missile defense program out of frustration at its diminished role in the system... The administration of President George W. Bush had initially proposed stationing 10 ground-based interceptors in Poland and a radar facility in the Czech Republic. But in September 2009, the Obama administration scrapped those plans and proposed a revamped program with an unspecified role for the Czechs. Two months later, it offered the Czech Republic the possibility of hosting a separate early warning system. The shift prompted accusations from Republican critics...
  • Slovakia: Has the euro been worth it?

    05/17/2011 12:32:15 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    Tdeň, Bratislava ^ | 5/16/2011 | Martin Hanus - Luk Krivok
    Adopted just before the financial crisis hit, the single currency is still seen as the recipe for prosperity by most Slovaks. But many economists are beginning to wonder if Bratislava made the right choice. Over the past few months Slovak politicians have been confronted by problems that not even the worst-case scenario had envisaged in the lead-in to Slovakia’s entry into the eurozone. The government of Iveta Radičová, although refusing to take part in the loan to Greece, afterwards did have to contribute to the loans to Ireland and Portugal, since Slovakia is a member of the euro bulwark –...
  • Jan Hus and the Hussites

    04/26/2011 5:08:34 AM PDT · by Cronos · 33 replies
    Newadvent ^ | 2004 | New Advent
    The followers of Jan Hus did not of themselves assume the name of Hussites. Like Hus, they believed their creed to be truly Catholic...The distinctive tenet of the Hussites is the necessity, alike for priest and layman of Communion under both kinds, sub utraque specie whence the term Utraquists. Hus himself never preached Utraquism. During his presence at the Council of Constance, his successor in influence at the university of Prague Jacobellus von Mies, taking His stand on the Bible as the supreme rule of faith and practice in the Church, persuaded the people that partaking of the chalice was...
  • Musings from Prague, Why I love being Catholic - Vanity {Catholic/Orthodox Caucus}

    04/26/2011 1:17:14 AM PDT · by Cronos · 19 replies ^ | 26-04-2011 | Cronos
    Hello all! Wesołych świąt Wielkanocnych! Happy Easter! Šťastné Velikonoce! Joyeuses Pâques This Easter my wife and I spent Easter in Prague. Normally Poles like my wife spend Easter and Boże Narodzenia (Christmas) with family, but we had a company training in Prague until Maundy Thursday/Wielki Czwartek so decided to spend Easter in Prague. This is a gorgeous city, filled with more beautiful buildings than any other. Paris does not compare, Rome has more history, but less variegated, beautiful buildings and Florence's buildings are beautiful but far less.However, for a Christian this can be a sad place -- and it was...
  • Archaeologists Find 'Gay Caveman' Near Prague

    04/09/2011 5:03:49 PM PDT · by Renfield · 99 replies
    Time News Feed ^ | 04-07-2001 | William Lee Adams
    Kamila Remisova Vesinova and her team of researchers from the Czech Archeological Society believe they have unearthed the remains of an early homosexual man. The remains date from around 2900-2500 B.C., on the outskirts of Prague. That claim stems from the fact the 5,000-year old skeleton was buried in a manner reserved for women in the Corded Ware culture: its head was pointed east rather than west, and its remains were surrounded by domestic jugs rather than by hammers, flint knives and weapons that typically accompany male remains....
  • Quote of the Century on Obama and America (from the Czech Republic)

    03/29/2011 7:47:16 PM PDT · by Signalman · 29 replies · 1+ views ^ | 3/4/2011 | unk.
    Some people have the vocabulary to sum up things in a way you can understand them. This quote came from the Czech Republic . Someone over there has it figured out. We have a lot of work to do. "The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem...
  • Dispersal of Europe (Czech president Klaus talking against NWO in Europe)

    01/22/2011 4:35:44 AM PST · by kronos77 · 8 replies · 1+ views
    - We wanted democracy, and now we get less and less responsibility. We wanted national integrity and territorial sovereignty, and we have control from Brussels. We wanted a free market, and we got the social market. We went one way, after the fall of the communist system, and after two decades of this, we go another. It is a disappointment for all the countries that broke free of communism, said Klaus. As noted, the current radical changes in the EU must be a cause for concern throughout Europe. He yesterday met with Serbian President Boris Tadic, Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic,...
  • KLAUS: while I'm alive, there will be no Czech ambassador on Kosovo!

    PRAGUE - Czech President Vaclav Klaus said on Thursday in Belgrade that while he was president of the Czech Republic, they will have no ambassador in Kosovo, although they opened an embassy in Pristina. For the Czech site,, which carries the content of daily Pravo, Klaus said that Serbia is not happy that the Czech embassy in Kosovo opened but said that in the Embassy in fact is no ambassador. "Ambassadors are appointed by the president of the republic. I know well that the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Karel) Schwarzenberg would behappy to appoint ambassador to Kosovo, but he...
  • Czechs defend arousal testing of gay refugees

    12/08/2010 10:36:50 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 8, 2010
    PRAGUE (AP) -- The Czech government has rejected EU criticism of its use of a rare test of the credibility of gay asylum seekers. The Vienna-based European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights says the Czech Republic is the only known EU country to use so-called "phallometric testing." The method tests whether men seeking asylum on the grounds of homosexuality are sexually aroused by heterosexual pornographic material.
  • North Korea wants to pay back debt in ginseng (owed to Czech gov)

    07/27/2010 6:55:12 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies · 3+ views
    Korea Times ^ | 07/26/10 | Kim Se-jeong
    07-26-2010 18:39 North Korea wants to pay back debt in ginseng By Kim Se-jeong Staff reporter North Korea has offered to pay its debt to the Czech government with ginseng, according to a local Czech daily newspaper. MF DNES, a daily newspaper based in Prague, reported last Saturday that North Korea has recently suggested to the Czech Finance Ministry that it would pay 5 percent of its debt approximately $500,000 with ginseng. We are trying to persuade them (North Korea) to give us, for example a bulk of Zinc instead, so that we could sell it to someone...
  • Female Czech MPs pose for calendar

    07/13/2010 1:35:32 PM PDT · by Frantzie · 33 replies · 1+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | 7-12-2010 | Matthew Day
    The 2011 calendar features four women MPs from the Public Affairs party wearing little in the way of clothing in a series of images that dispatch the traditional image of staid and serious parliamentarians. The country returned its highest ever number of women MPs at the last general election.
  • Israel in the "Czech Position" but Will Survive

    06/04/2010 8:49:18 AM PDT · by brucek43 · 10 replies · 302+ views
    The Collins Report ^ | 6/4/2010 | Bruce Karlson
    It may seem to the world that Israel stands alone against a juggernaut of Muslim gangsters and will, in the end, cease to exist. If that happens, the Israelis will suffer a catastrophe reminiscent of the recent Hutu/Tutsi horror. The gangsters will, however, not be laughing for long as they will have lost the faade behind which they have hidden for decades. Their real war is against modernity, participatory government and the most basic womens rights. That will become obvious. All those who failed to support Israel, particularly American Jews that let their jejune contempt for George Bush, morph into...
  • Czech Republic voters move to right in general election

    05/29/2010 6:08:39 PM PDT · by lump in the melting pot · 1 replies · 246+ views
    BBC ^ | May 29, 2010 | BBC staff
    Results from the Czech Republic's general election suggest centre-right parties may form the next government. The left-wing Social Democrats narrowly won, with 22.1% of the vote, the Czech Statistical Office said. But Jiri Paroubek quickly resigned as leader of the party, saying the country was "on track for a right-wing coalition". The conservative Civic Democrats have 20.2%, but potential allies could boost that towards a majority. One of them, TOP09, has 16.7%, while the centrist Public Affairs party has 10.9%.
  • Dairy Centers Debut in Afghan Province

    01/26/2010 4:31:33 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 211+ views
    LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan, Jan. 26, 2010 The Czech Republic-led provincial reconstruction team here and the provincial agriculture department completed two dairy centers in the Malak Abdullah Jan and Shikak villages in Pol-e Alam city today. Members of the Czech Republic-led provincial reconstruction team and villagers check out a newly built dairy center in Afghanistans Logar province, Jan. 26, 2010. Courtesy photo(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Since milk is a source of income for many in these villages, the completion of these dairy centers will benefit about 7,000 people in the area, according to a provincial reconstruction team...
  • Czech couple get married in cold river

    01/17/2010 5:08:17 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 9 replies · 838+ views
    ceskenoviny. ^ | 16.01.2010
    Nachod - A Czech couple today entered into a marriage in a rather bizarre venue - standing in the icy water of the Metuje River in Nachod, dressed only in a bikini and swimming trunks. Both are namely enthusiastic tough fellows who love outdoor swimming in cold water in winter. "From the age of 15 I have always been swimming on New Year. Last year I joined a group of tough fellows in which I met Tomas," said the 32-year-old newlywed Tatana. Her husband Tomas Prokop, 34, is heading a club of tough fellows in Prague. They have planned the...
  • Czech Wounds Still Open, Communists Face a Ban

    12/27/2009 4:06:13 AM PST · by UAConservative · 13 replies · 732+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 26, 2009 | Dan Bilefsky and Jan Krcmar
    PRAGUE For many Czechs, it is a historical reckoning that is 20 years too late. Two decades after the Velvet Revolution overthrew Communist rule here in 1989, a group of Czech senators is pressing to ban the Communist Party, the only surviving one in the former Soviet bloc in Europe and, to its many critics, a national embarrassment and aberration. The Communists ruined this country and oppressed freedom and yet here they are 20 years later in our Parliament, said David Cerny, the iconoclastic Czech artist, who in 1991 painted a Soviet tank pink, transforming a memorial to the...
  • Czech spy agency: Iraq's Saddam Hussein planned terror attack on Radio Free Europe

    11/30/2009 7:47:00 AM PST · by wmileo · 5 replies · 473+ views
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | 30/11/2009 6:14 AM | Karel Janicek
    <p>PRAGUE, Czech Republic - Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's regime planned to use an anti-tank rocket to attack the U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Prague, the Czech Republic's counterintelligence service said Monday.</p> <p>Iraqi spies posing as diplomats were supposed to have carried out the attack, from a window of an apartment building near the radio's location in downtown Prague, The Czech Security Information Service, or BIS, said in a statement.</p>
  • Who killed Czech Clyde? Bonnie or did he shoot himself?

    11/12/2009 2:36:18 PM PST · by lizol · 6 replies · 748+ views ^ | 12.11.2009
    Who killed Czech Clyde? Bonnie or did he shoot himself? Plzeň - The runaway prisoner that the police intercepted on Wednesday night was not killed by the police. Police spokesperson Martina Lídlová has confirmed the information. "The autopsy showed that it was a different gun that killed Tauchen. The Czech police don't use such a kind of gun," said the spokeswoman. There are two possible versions at the moment: either Pavel Tauchen shot himself in the head shortly before the police opened fire at him and his wife. The other option is that Dagmar Tauchenová shot her 42-year old husband...
  • EU reform treaty passes last test

    11/03/2009 11:54:40 AM PST · by lump in the melting pot · 23 replies · 1,424+ views
    BBC News ^ | 11/3/09 | BBC News
    The president of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus, has signed the EU's Lisbon Treaty, the final step in the charter's ratification.
  • Germans seek to oust Czech president Vaclav Klaus over EU treaty

    Revelling in the fuss he was causing, Vaclav Klaus, the president of the Czech Republic, calmly tucked into a plate of steamed shellfish on the terrace of the elegant Adriatic hotel in the Albanian seaside resort of Durres last week. In faraway Brussels furious diplomats were calling for his impeachment and even his country’s expulsion from the European Union because of his obstinate refusal to sign the Lisbon treaty. Klaus, now the only European leader holding out against ratifying the document, made it clear he did not give a damn. European leaders were told he was not available to take...
  • Germans seek to oust Czech president Vaclav Klaus over EU treaty (Not from the Onion!)

    10/10/2009 11:02:16 PM PDT · by GOPGuide · 31 replies · 3,078+ views
    Times of London ^ | October 11, 2009 | Bojan Pancevski
    If the president is obstructing the democratic process and opposing the decision of parliament as well as the will of the people, he is moving beyond the law and will need to face the consequences, a German diplomat told The Sunday Times. Jiri Oberfalzer, a member of the Czech senate and Klauss closest ally, said Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, had already threatened the Czechs with expulsion from the EU. Ideas of changing the constitution just to get rid of the president only shows how weak our young democracy is, said Oberfalzer, a Eurosceptic. The political hot potato now lands...
  • Czech leader is holding the door open for the UK to sink Lisbon (Czechs alone against 4th Reich)

    10/03/2009 3:16:51 PM PDT · by GOPGuide · 28 replies · 2,069+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 03rd October 2009 | John Laughland
    The Irish Yes to the Lisbon Treaty has been greeted with whoops of joy by the European establishment from Cork to Cracow. But the long battle over Lisbon is not over. The spotlight now falls on the Czech Republic and its President, Vaclav Klaus. EU elites may have successfully defeated democracy for the fifth time they overrode the Danish No to Maastricht in 1992, the Irish No to Nice in 2001, and the Dutch and French Nos to the European Constitution (the forerunner of Lisbon) in 2005. But the Lisbon Treaty still remains unratified in two Central European states...
  • Pope Benedict XVI urges believers never to forsake hope at open-air mass in Brno

    09/27/2009 10:14:28 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies · 940+ views
    Radio Czech ^ | September 27, 2009 | Christian Falvey
    Thousands of believers flocked to the Czech Republic's second largest city Brno in south Moravia on Sunday to greet Pope Benedict XVI and attend a mass he celebrated out in the open. A region with the highest concentration of believers in the largely secular Czech Republic, Brno was a key stage on the pope's visit and pilgrims came from near and far to get a glimpse of him some arriving well before daybreak to get a good vantage point. Jan Richter attended the mass in Brno and reported on the atmosphere there in the course of the morning. Pope...
  • Pope decries 'wounds' left by Czech communism [Ecumenical]

    09/26/2009 3:37:43 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 20 replies · 1,548+ views
    Yahoo! News (AP) ^ | 09/26/2009 | Victor L. Simpson
    Pope Benedict XVI sought to reach out to the heavily secular people of the Czech Republic on Saturday, decrying the "wounds" left by atheistic communism and urging them to rediscover their Christian roots. ...Benedict said Christianity has an "irreplaceable role" to play in their lives. The Czech Republic is one of the most secular countries in Europe, with nearly half the country professing to be non-believers.... Vatican organizers are hoping for a crowd of up to 200,000 people for the pope's Sunday Mass in Brno, in the Catholic heartland of the Czech Republic.... The [papal vespers] service was held in...
  • Fallout from Betraying Poland and Czechs on Missile Defense Grows

    09/18/2009 5:26:20 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 10 replies · 1,135+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 09-18-09 | Mike's America
    Bipartisan and Allied outrage! Poles, Czechs: US missile defense shift a betrayal By Vanessa Gera Associated PressSep 18,2009 WARSAW, Poland Poles and Czechs voiced deep concern Friday at President Barack Obama's decision to scrap a Bush-era missile defense shield planned for their countries. "Betrayal! The U.S. sold us to Russia and stabbed us in the back," the Polish tabloid Fakt declared on its front page. Polish President Lech Kaczynski said he was concerned that Obama's new strategy leaves Poland in a dangerous "gray zone" between Western Europe and the old Soviet sphere. ~~~ The Bush administration's plan would have...