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  • Communist-era files still haunt the old East Bloc

    10/26/2009 6:19:11 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 12 replies · 913+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-10-21 | William J. Kole
    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - Even his best friend betrayed him. Stelian Tanase found out when he asked to see the thick file that Romania's communist-era secret police had kept on him. The revelation nearly knocked the wind out of him: His closest pal was an informer who regularly told agents what Tanase was up to. "In a way, I haven't even recovered today," said Tanase, a novelist who was placed under surveillance and had his home bugged during the late dictator Nicolae Ceausescu's regime. "He was the one person on Earth I had the most faith in," he said. "And...
  • Obama’s Nobel ‘achievement’ was leaving Eastern Europe vulnerable to nuclear attack

    10/13/2009 11:57:28 AM PDT · by lizol · 13 replies · 593+ views
    The North Star National ^ | October 13th, 2009 | Dan Calabrese
    Thorbjorn Jagland: Obama’s Nobel ‘achievement’ was leaving Eastern Europe vulnerable to nuclear attack October 13th, 2009 Dan Calabrese And you thought President Obama got the Nobel Peace Prize without having done anything to earn it. Shows what you know. Thorbjorn Jagland, long-time vice president of Socialist International and chairman of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee, came out in public today in an attempt to answer the question on everyone’s lips since Friday: “For what?” One of the things Jagland mentioned specifically was Obama’s decision to welch on President Bush’s commitment to install missile shields in Poland and the Czech Republic...
  • Czech Cabinet in emergency session to force President Klaus to sign Lisbon treaty

    10/11/2009 1:59:44 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 43 replies · 4,443+ views
    The Czech Cabinet meets in emergency session today to consider how to persuade their stubborn President to sign the Lisbon treaty — under intense pressure from Paris and Berlin to complete the ratification as soon as possible. With President Klaus demanding a last-minute amendment as the price of his signature — the final approval required in the 27-nation European Union — the Government is locked in a trial of strength with its head of state and on the brink of a constitutional crisis. If it supports his demands the treaty might have to be reopened amid lengthy delays, possibly allowing...
  • 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 Klaus’s 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...
  • Vaclav Klaus Stands Up For Freedom against EU

    10/10/2009 5:37:10 PM PDT · by DeuceTraveler · 2 replies · 411+ views
  • EU: President of Poland signs Lisbon Treaty

    10/10/2009 10:24:08 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies · 644+ views
    The Telegraph | 10/10/2009 | Matthew Day in Warsaw
    Lech Kaczynski, Poland’s president, has signed the Lisbon treaty, leaving the Czech Republic the only country yet to ratify the controversial European Union reform plan. Flanked by José Manuel Barroso, the head of the European commission, and the Polish president of the European parliament, Jerzy Buzek, Mr Kaczynski put his signature to the treaty in Warsaw. “The fact that the Irish people changed their minds meant the revival of the treaty, and there are no longer any obstacles to its ratification,” said Mr Kaczynski in a short speech, adding that it was a “historic” day for both Poland and the...
  • Seeks To Remind Europe Of Its Roots

    10/04/2009 4:45:56 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 360+ views ^ | Top Stories for Thursday, October 8th, 2009 | PAUL LIKOUDIS
    Pope Benedict XVI went to the Czech Republic — repeatedly de­scribed as a “ religious wasteland” in the European press — to remind Czechs and all Europeans of the continent’s Christian roots which, he said, must be remembered and nour­ished if Europe is to have a future. Reporters for the major Europe­an newspapers pointed out that the Pope went to the former Soviet sat­ellite to mark the 20th anniversary of the “Velvet Revolution,” which saw the overthrow of the Commu­nist government in November 1989, and to celebrate the September 28 feast day of St. Wenceslaus, the na­tion’s patron. The press...
  • 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...
  • On the Trip to the Czech Republic

    09/30/2009 9:09:34 PM PDT · by ELS · 3 replies · 370+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | September 30, 2009 | Benedict XVI
    On the Trip to the Czech Republic "A People and a Church With Profound Historical and Religious Roots" VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 30, 2009 ( Here is a translation of Benedict XVI's address during today's general audience held in St. Peter's Square. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, As is the custom following international apostolic journeys, I shall take advantage of the general audience to speak about the pilgrimage I made these past days to the Czech Republic. I do this first of all as an act of thanksgiving to God, who enabled me to make this visit and who...
  • From a reader in the Czech Republic about papal trip (English blogs got it wrong)

    09/30/2009 6:21:42 PM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies · 486+ views
    WDTPRS ^ | 9/30/2009 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    A note from a reader in the Czech Republic: I come from the Czech republic and I am quite frustrated that the pope`s visit gets such a negative response in the English blogs – or no response at all… In reality, it was fantastic! There was a lot of symbolism which foreigners do not understand. For example: The first place he went (at his own request), the church of Our Lady of Victory, it is THE church – the symbol of recatholisation of the country. In the year 1620 catholics defeated protestants and this particular church in Praha got...
  • German press: Atheist Czechs impressed by Pope Benedict XVI

    09/30/2009 9:56:37 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies · 768+ views
    Prague Monitor ^ | September 30, 2009
    Berlin, Sept 29 (CTK) - Pope Benedict XVI has won great respect in the atheist Czech Republic, the German daily Die Welt wrote Tuesday commenting on the Pope's visit to the country on September 26-28.Public Czech Television's (CT) cameras followed almost every move by Benedict XVI during his three-day visit to the Czech Republic, the daily says.The Pope managed to raise enthusiasm among young people and he even won respect of Czech President Vaclav Klaus, Die Welt wrote."Judging by the space provided by Czech Television to the coverage of Benedict XVI's visit it could seem that the Pope visited a...
  • Pontiff: Gospel Is Not an Ideology (Says Christians Are Obliged to Remind Europe of Roots)

    09/28/2009 9:47:26 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies · 593+ views
    zna ^ | September 27, 2009
    Pope Benedict XVI leads an ecumenic meeting in Prague September 27, 2009 PRAGUE, Czech Republic, SEPT. 27, 2009 ( The Gospel is not an ideology, but rather, illuminates the dignity of the human person generation after generation, says Benedict XVI.The Pope affirmed this today in an ecumenical meeting held in the context of his three-day apostolic journey to the Czech Republic. He returns to Rome on Monday.The Holy Father told the representatives of Christian religions that "as Europe listens to the story of Christianity, she hears her own.""Her notions of justice, freedom and social responsibility, together with the cultural and...
  • 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...
  • Spider Bugs the Pope in Prague

    09/26/2009 4:23:58 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 12 replies · 864+ views
    Spider Bugs the Pope in Prague [See URL Video] A spider appeared on Pope Benedict's robes as he addressed politicians and diplomats in Prague on Saturday, disappearing and appearing again.
  • In Pictures: Pope's Czech Visit

    09/26/2009 1:34:02 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 5 replies · 532+ views
    BBC News ^ | September 26, 2009
    In pictures: Pope's Czech visit
  • Pope Faces Challenges in Czech Republic

    09/26/2009 11:04:35 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 6 replies · 355+ views
    Wall St. Journal ^ | September 26, 2009
    SEPTEMBER 26, 2009 Pope Faces Challenges in Czech Republic PRAGUE -- Pope Benedict XVI recalled the evils of the communist era Saturday as he began a three-day pilgrimage to the Czech Republic, and he urged the fiercely secular nation to rediscover its Christian roots. But while scores of pilgrims poured into Prague for the nation's first papal visit in a dozen years, most Czechs seemed to shrug it off as irrelevant -- and some were openly hostile. "It's just a waste of money," said Kveta Tomasovicova, 56, who works at Prague's National Library. "At a time of economic crisis, when...
  • Where religion lies in ruins [Czech Republic's most atheist region]

    09/25/2009 10:26:14 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 13 replies · 1,296+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 9/25/2009 | AFP reporter
    Pope Benedict XVI will not visit the Czech Republic's most atheist region Only a large wooden cross resists the ravages of time in a church with a collapsed roof and walls overgrown by wild bushes in the small village of Zlovedice. The neglected village and its dilapidated sanctuary lie in northern Bohemia, the most atheist region in the generally secular Czech Republic, where religion was crushed during World War II and under more than 40 years of Communist rule. "When I came to Zlovedice for the first time, a woman told me: 'It's been 40 years since I last saw...
  • Papacy is unique in global influence, Vatican analyst says ahead of Czech trip

    09/25/2009 12:56:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 298+ views
    cna ^ | September 25, 2009
    Pope Benedict XVI Prague, Czech Republic, Sep 25, 2009 / 05:39 am (CNA).- Just days ahead of Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the Czech Republic, Vatican analyst John Allen is saying in an essay for the Prague Post that the papacy’s social and political influence is one of the most unique and far-reaching in the world today. From the fall of communism to Western-Muslim relations to the AIDS crisis, he says, the Pope is a key international player.Describing the Catholic Church in “purely empirical, sociological terms,” Allen likens the Catholic Church to a “lone superpower” whose involvement is necessary...
  • Eastern Europe feels like the desert of Nato

    09/24/2009 9:20:01 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 10 replies · 778+ views
    NRC Handelsblad (Netherlands) ^ | September 24, 2009 | Stéphane Alonso and Petra de Koning
    Countries like Poland and the Czech Republic are disappointed at what it means to be part of Nato. This feeling has become even stronger now the promised missile shield will not be built. By Stéphane Alonso and Petra de Koning No one in the West is talking about it, but in the heart of Europe the 15,000 Russian and Byelorussian troops at the border with Lithuania and Poland are big news. They are holding an exercise this month, specially dubbed zapad, the West. For the countries of Eastern Europe, traumatised by a war and occupation, 'zapad' is much more than...