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  • Timely quote from Vaclav Havel

    03/13/2016 1:54:31 PM PDT · by ConservativeDude · 14 replies
    The Power of the Powerless To the memory of Jan Patocka "The Power of the Powerless" (October 1978) was originally written ("quickly," Havel said later) as a discussion piece for a projected joint Polish Czechoslovak volume of essays on the subject of freedom and power. All the participants were to receive Havel's essay, and then respond to it in writing. Twenty participants were chosen on both sides, but only the Czechoslovak side was completed. Meanwhile, in May 1979, some of the Czechoslovak contributors who were also members of VONS (the Committee to Defend the Unjustly Prosecuted), including Havel, were arrested,...
  • Ex-CIA officer charged with giving reporter secrets

    01/06/2011 3:57:16 PM PST · by nuconvert · 15 replies
    A former CIA officer was arrested on Thursday on charges of illegally disclosing national defense information about Iran to a New York Times reporter who wrote a book. The U.S. Justice Department said Jeffrey Sterling, 43, was charged with six counts of unauthorized disclosure of national defense information and one count of unlawfully keeping national defense information, mail fraud, unauthorized conveyance of government property and obstructing justice.
  • [Havel, N. Korea] Where There Is No Truth, There Is No Freedom

    01/06/2012 4:19:43 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    Daily NK ^ | 01/05/12 | Alexandra L.
    Where There Is No Truth, There Is No Freedom [A Czech Citizen Remembers...] By Alexandra L., intern [2012-01-05 15:04 ] “When truth is not given complete freedom, freedom is not complete." Václav Havel, the first president of the Czech Republic and a prominent figure in its struggle for democracy during the communist era, passed away on December 18th, 2011, just a day before the death of Kim Jong Il was reported. It was a coincidence that brought talk of the end of an era. “With Václav Havel left a man who had given back the Czech nation its dignity, a...
  • Vclav Havel Funeral Draws World Leaders and Hundreds of Mourners [No Bushes?]

    12/23/2011 12:03:58 PM PST · by Steelfish · 28 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | December 23, 2011
    Vclav Havel Funeral Draws World Leaders and Hundreds of Mourners Cameron, Clinton and Sarkozy at funeral of Czech Republic's first democratically elected president after Velvet Revolution 23 December 2011 Czechs and world leaders have paid an emotional tribute to Vclav Havel at a pomp-filled funeral ceremony, ending a week of public grief and nostalgia over the death of the dissident playwright who led the 1989 revolution that ended four decades of communist rule. Church bells tolled while a wailing siren brought the country to a standstill in a minute of silence for the nation's first democratically elected president after the...
  • Vaclav Havel Crushed Communism By Speaking The Truth

    12/20/2011 11:32:49 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 9 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 19 Dec 2011 | Editorial
    Leadership: Europe's outpouring of grief over the death of Vaclav Havel, hero of Czechoslovakia's great Velvet Revolution, says much about its longing for more like him. His honesty and courage liberated Europe. Some 75,000 Czechs bearing roses and candles lined up in Wenceslas Square beginning Sunday, as they once did in 1989, to pay tribute to one of the greatest freedom fighters of the 20th century. Havel died Sunday at age 75 after liberating his country, leading his nation as president from 1989-2003, and voicing his moral authority to scourge lingering tyrants in Cuba, Burma and China. Havel, a playwright...
  • New Year's Address by Vaclav Havel to his Nation (Prague, January 1, 1990)

    12/19/2011 9:45:48 AM PST · by No One Special · 4 replies
    The Prague Castle ^ | January 1, 1990 | Vaclav Havel
    My dear fellow citizens, For forty years you heard from my predecessors on this day different variations on the same theme: how our country was flourishing, how many million tons of steel we produced, how happy we all were, how we trusted our government, and what bright perspectives were unfolding in front of us. I assume you did not propose me for this office so that I, too, would lie to you. Our country is not flourishing. The enormous creative and spiritual potential of our nations is not being used sensibly. Entire branches of industry are producing goods that are...
  • Vaclav Havel, Czech leader and playwright, dies at 75

    12/18/2011 4:14:12 AM PST · by untenured · 11 replies
    Vaclav Havel, the Czech Republic's first president after the Velvet Revolution against communist rule, has died at the age of 75. The former dissident playwright, who suffered from prolonged ill-health, died on Sunday morning, his secretary Sabina Tancecova said. As president, he presided over Czechoslovakia's transition to democracy and a free-market economy.
  • Putin's German Quadriga role model prize retracted

    07/17/2011 2:25:18 PM PDT · by cornelis
    BBC ^ | July 16, 2011
    A prestigious German rights prize will not be awarded this year after organisers were heavily criticised for giving it to Russian PM Vladimir Putin. The Quadriga Prize is given annually to "role models who are committed to enlightenment, commitment and welfare". The decision to give it to Mr Putin was angrily received by his critics, who said it made a mockery of the award. Former Czech President Vaclav Havel had threatened to return his own prize in protest at last week's announcement.
  • George Soros and America's Coming Election Crisis (Part 1)

    07/16/2004 5:55:38 PM PDT · by Richard Poe · 109 replies · 12,902+ views ^ | July 16, 2004 | Richard Poe
    <p>IF YOU ENJOYED the election crisis of 2000, youre going to love what Democrat leaders are cooking up for November.</p> <p>"George Soros has purchased the Democratic Party," charges Republican National Committee spokeswoman Christine Iverson. (2) Some might dismiss Miss Iverson's comment as hyberbole. However, Soros' massive soft-money contributions have indisputably given him power over Democrat strategy.</p>
  • Obama had Walesa and Havel's back once... will he do it again?

    07/20/2009 9:04:04 PM PDT · by KRyanJames · 2 replies · 289+ views
    The K. Ryan James Blog ^ | 20 July 2009 | Kenneth Ryan James
    Remember when President Obama said in Moscow that the "Cold War reached a conclusion because of the actions of many nations over many years, and because the people of Russia and Eastern Europe stood up and decided that its end would be peaceful"? Remember when the president was asked about that statement by FOX News' Major Garret? GARRETT: In your speech this morning, you said the Cold War reached its conclusion because of the actions of many nations over many years. Mr. President, are the Russian sensitivities so fragile that you cant say the Cold War was won? The West...
  • Why We Need More Leaders Like Vaclav Havel

    06/08/2008 4:35:40 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 6 replies · 146+ views
    PajamasMedia ^ | 6/6/08 | Bruce Bawer
    In these decadent times when powerful people in the West cannot conceive of any response to totalitarian jihad other than rank appeasement, and when the name of Che Guevara, a bloodthirsty Stalinist and enemy of freedom, is synonymous with heroism, it is vital that free people be familiar with — and honor — the examples of those valiant few who, living under totalitarianism, have stood up to it with a courage that today’s appeasers of Islam could hardly imagine. Among the greatest of these heroes is Vaclav Havel. Born in 1936, Havel spent his early years under the two major...
  • Vaclav Havel: Russia is ruled by KGB spies and mobsters

    03/19/2008 9:03:12 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies · 551+ views
    DPA ^ | 19 Mar 2008
    Prague - Russia in the era of outgoing President Vladimir Putin is a new-style dictatorship ruled by KGB spies and mobsters, former Czech president Vaclav Havel said in a Wednesday interview with Lidove Noviny daily. "The era of president Putin brought a new type of dictatorship, dangerous in its inconspicuous fashion," said the Soviet-era dissident playwright turned Czech Republic's long-time post-communist president. The Putin rule has been a combination of "the worse from both communism and capitalism," Havel said. "A grouping, simply said, of KGBs and mafiosi has ascended to power." He said that Russia seems to have a difficulty...

    03/04/2008 12:04:49 PM PST · by OESY · 16 replies · 165+ views
    New York Post ^ | March 4, 2008 | Ralph Peters
    ...Vaclav Havel, one of the very few truly great men of our time,... [a] lifelong advocate of nonviolent resistance, the last president of Czechoslovakia and the first president of the Czech Republic, is a very old 71, a frail survivor of cancer and years in Communist cells. But he's as passionate as ever about freedom. The climax of his speech to NATO's military and civilian leaders was a stark warning about Russia: "A dictatorship of a fairly new type is coming into existence to the east of the area under NATO protection. All basic human and civic freedoms are gradually...
  • Cold Water on Global Warming (Conference underway in NYC, info on Glenn Beck TV tonight)

    03/03/2008 12:11:49 PM PST · by dickmc · 14 replies · 204+ views
    Article by Thomas Sowell, National Review Online Sunday, March 2, 2008 (For some reason I could not find the this article on National Review Online) It has almost become something of a joke when some global warming conference has to be cancelled because of a snowstorm or bitterly cold weather. But stampedes and hysteria are no joke - and creating stampedes and hysteria has become a major activity of those hyping a global-warming crisis. They mobilize like-minded people from a variety of occupations, call them all scientists and then claim that all the experts agree on a global-warming crisis. Their...
  • A dying man's cry for freedom in Iran (must read)

    08/10/2005 5:59:15 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 27 replies · 654+ views ^ | August 10, 2005 | Max Boot of LA Times
    THE HEADLINES out of Tehran concern the predictable failure of yet another round of farcical negotiations designed to stop Iran's nuclear weapons program. Meanwhile, a much more dramatic story is unfolding with much less attention. Investigative journalist Akbar Ganji has been on a hunger strike since June 11 to protest his unwarranted imprisonment over the last five years for the crime of criticizing the theocratic thugs who have hijacked his country. Recently, he has been moved from prison to a hospital, where he is said to be at death's door. His condition is so perilous that even his advocate ...
  • Iranian dissident journalist 'Ganji' hits one month on hunger strike

    07/11/2005 2:46:06 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 3 replies · 293+ views
    Khaleej Times ^ | 11 July 2005 | AFP
    TEHERAN - Irans most prominent jailed dissident, journalist Akbar Ganji, has completed one month of hunger strike and is now demanding his unconditional release, his wife was quoted as saying on Monday. After 31 days of hunger strike, Ganji has a very good morale and wishes to continue his action, Massoumeh Shafiie told the semi-official ILNA news agency after meeting her husband in Tehrans Evin prison. He is demanding his unconditional release and believes the only way to secure this is by continuing his hunger strike. He says he will only eat when he is unconditionally freed, she added. Ganji...
  • The Iranian Havel, Akbar Ganji

    07/06/2005 3:59:43 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 4 replies · 339+ views
    New York Sun ^ | July 6, 2005
    When the leaders of the world's industrialized nations meet today in Scotland, they would do well to take time out from their policy debates to focus on the fate of Akbar Ganji, who is becoming known as the Iranian Vaclav Havel. He is the journalist and dissident entering his 27th day of a hunger strike inside Evin Prison. Over the July 4th weekend, the chief of Iran's society of journalists told IRNA that Ganji was in critical condition. If Bush meant anything when he proclaimed in his second inaugural, "As you stand for your own liberty, America stands with you,"...
  • 1964 STB Report on Vaclav Havel (Havel a Communist Collaborator?)

    06/12/2005 11:50:04 AM PDT · by BringBackMyHUAC · 39 replies · 572+ views
    Based on what you'll read in this report, we can clearly establish that not only Havel was privileged to receive certain favors from the communists [his frequent visits of the capitalist West Germany, Austria and so forth - ordinary people would not be allowed to travel there during the openly communist era], but also Havel was glad to co-operate with these communist criminals...
  • VACLAV HAVEL: Shameful EU appeasement of Castro puts profit before principle

    02/05/2005 4:36:48 PM PST · by MadIvan · 12 replies · 514+ views
    Scotland on Sunday ^ | February 6, 2005 | Vaclav Havel
    I VIVIDLY remember the slightly ludicrous, slightly risqu and somewhat distressing predicament in which Western diplomats in Prague found themselves during the Cold War.They regularly needed to resolve the delicate issue of whether to invite to their embassy celebrations various Charter 77 signatories, human-rights activists, critics of the communist regime, displaced politicians, or even banned writers, scholars and journalists - people with whom the diplomats were generally friends. Sometimes we dissidents were not invited, but received an apology; and sometimes we were invited, but did not accept the invitation so as not to complicate the lives of our courageous diplomat...
  • EU and Cuba: Freedom vs. appeasement

    01/28/2005 1:35:49 PM PST · by lump in the melting pot · 231+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 1/28/05 | Vaclav Havel
    I vividly remember the slightly ludicrous, slightly risqu and somewhat distressing predicament in which Western diplomats in Prague found themselves during the Cold War.... Sometimes we dissidents were not invited, but received an apology, and sometimes we were invited, but did not accept the invitation so as not to complicate the lives of our courageous diplomat friends.... But today this is happening. One of the strongest and most powerful democratic institutions in the world -- the European Union -- has no qualms in making a public promise to the Cuban dictatorship that it will re-institute diplomatic Apartheid. The EU's embassies...
  • Night Falls on Caracas, With No Carter in Sight -- Police raid Jewish school.

    12/03/2004 5:49:29 AM PST · by OESY · 6 replies · 586+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 3, 2004 | MARY ANASTASIA O'GRADY
    It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once. Slavery has so frightful an aspect to men accustomed to freedom that it must steal in upon them by degrees and must disguise itself in a thousand shapes in order to be received. --David Hume, Of the Liberty of the Press, 1742...Mr. Carter, having staked his "observer" reputation on this ridiculously lopsided game, sealed the fate of the Venezuelans when he rushed to anoint Chvez as the winner and advised Mr. Powell to do the same. This betrayal of a neighboring democracy may one day leave ugly...
  • Time for a Kofi Break, by Glenn Reynolds

    11/29/2004 5:26:05 AM PST · by OESY · 15 replies · 622+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 29, 2004 | GLENN HARLAN REYNOLDS
    ...Things have gotten bad enough that some are calling for Mr. Annan's resignation, amid talk of former Czech President Vaclav Havel as successor.... But however you assess Mr. Havel's chances of becoming secretary general, for Mr. Annan the comparison is devastating. Mr. Havel, after all, is a hero on behalf of freedom: A man who helped bring about the end of communist dominance in Eastern Europe, despite imprisonment and the threat of death -- a man who could write that "Evil must be confronted in its womb and, if it can't be done otherwise, then it has to be dealt...
  • Cuba is 'giant prison', says Czech ex-president Havel

    09/21/2004 6:07:27 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 17 replies · 752+ views
    Channel NewsAsia ^ | 9/19/04 | AFP
    PRAGUE : Former Czech president Vaclav Havel described Cuba as "a giant prison", as he called for international mobilisation to persuade the country to commit to a peaceful transition to democracy. "Cuba is a giant prison. We have to put up alarm bells around the walls," he said. "With every signature, every conference we make another step towards freedom in Cuba." The former playwright dissident, who himself spent five years in communist prisons, was speaking on the second day of a summit on Cuba attended by European and American former heads of state and governments, parliamentarians and human rights capaigners...
  • Former Czech President Havel hails anti-Castro activists

    09/18/2004 7:52:03 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 353+ views
    BBC News Online ^ | September 17 2004
    Vaclav Havel has opened an international conference in Prague on promoting democracy in Cuba. He told delegates that Cuba's situation would change soon and that opponents to Fidel Castro's 45-year rule should prepare for the end of "dictatorship". The meeting is also attended by former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar and former Latin American leaders. A Cuban diplomat told the BBC that the US was behind the event, which she called an unwanted meddling. In the 1970s and 1980s Mr Havel was one of the most prominent dissidents within Europe's communist bloc. He was in office for 12 years...
  • India awards ex-Czech president Havel its top Gandhi peace prize

    01/05/2004 7:25:37 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 189+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 1/5/04 | AFP - New Delhi
    NEW DELHI (AFP) - India awarded former Czech president Vaclav Havel its highest honour, the Mahatma Gandhi peace prize, saluting him for keeping alive the "flame of democracy" when his country was under communist rule. AFP/File Photo At a ceremony at the presidential palace in New Delhi on Monday, President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam hailed Havel as "a courageous voice of democracy" as he gave him the Gandhi peace prize which carries with it an award of 10 million rupees (200,000 dollars). "The way he (Havel) kindled and kept the flame of democracy burning amidst a storm of repression and...
  • Iraq, 9/11 Still Linked By Cheney

    09/29/2003 8:21:01 AM PDT · by pttttt · 38 replies · 934+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Oct. 29, 2003 | Dana Priest and Glenn Kessler, also Margot Williams
    <p>In making the case for war against Iraq, Vice President Cheney has continued to suggest that an Iraqi intelligence agent met with a Sept. 11, 2001, hijacker five months before the attacks, even as the story was falling apart under scrutiny by the FBI, CIA and the foreign government that first made the allegation.</p>
  • Trio rips Castro's regime in letter

    09/17/2003 10:55:39 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 8 replies · 346+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Thursday, September 18, 2003 | By Francis Harris
    <p>LONDON &#8212; The heroes of Eastern Europe's anti-communist movement denounced Fidel Castro's "Stalinist" regime in Cuba yesterday and demanded action from the West to encourage its peaceful overthrow.</p> <p>Former Polish President Lech Walesa, former Czech President Vaclav Havel and former Hungarian President Arpad Goncz made their call in a letter to the Daily Telegraph and several other leading European newspapers.</p>
  • Exit with honor - Vaclav Havel

    02/12/2003 9:25:06 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 224+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 2/12/03 | Bee Editorial Staff
    <p>In his quiet fashion, Vaclav Havel, the playwright and political dissident who provided much of the moral force that helped bring down a Communist dictatorship without resort to arms, retired the other day after 13 years as president of Czechoslovakia and, since 1993, the Czech Republic. He leaves a legacy that conventional political figures should envy and emulate.</p>
  • 'LEAVING THE CASTLE' (Havel as liberal icon?)

    12/31/2002 12:42:24 PM PST · by xlib · 10 replies · 428+ views
    New Yorker ^ | 12-30-02 | David Remnick
    The course of power ultimately changes only if there are forces present to oppose it. The Bush Administration, for example, rarely feels the rub of resistance; it is able to justify gratuitous tax breaks, snuggle up to friendly corporations, and fling environmentalism on the slag heap not least because the Democratscowed, confused, incoherenttoo often end up speaking, when they speak at all, in the helium voice of a Warner Bros. pipsqueak. They hide, hoping that power, in the shape of a self-revealing grotesque (e.g., Trent Lott), will do all the work for them. It's a tactic of vacuous exhaustion, not...
  • A Farewell to Politics

    11/29/2002 8:25:03 AM PST · by cornelis · 1 replies · 189+ views
    The New York Review of Books ^ | Ocotber 2002 | Vaclav Havel
    The New York Review of BooksOctober 24, 2002 Feature A Farewell to Politics By Vaclav Havel, Translated from the Czech by Paul Wilson The following speech was given by President Havel in New York on September 19, 2002, at the Graduate Center of the City University, on the occasion of his last official trip to the United States as President of the Czech Republic. I still have vivid memories of the concert almost thirteen years ago--in February 1990--when New York welcomed me as the freshly minted president of Czechoslovakia. It was not, of course, just to honor me personally. Through...
  • Rattled Czechs hand security over to the Pentagon

    11/16/2002 5:36:02 PM PST · by Int · 15 replies · 188+ views
    SMH ^ | November 16 2002 | Ian Traynor
    Rattled Czechs hand security over to the Pentagon By Ian Traynor in Prague November 16 2002 The Czech President, Vaclav Havel, has signed into law a bill handing responsibility for his country's security to the Pentagon during the two-day NATO summit next week, amid mounting fears of terrorist attack and street violence. Prague police have arrested five Czechs on suspicion of plotting sabotage during the first NATO meeting of its kind since the September11 attacks. The unprecedented surrender of responsibility to a foreign power comes as normally circumspect European intelligence and law enforcement officials have issued a wave of stark...
  • Bush, Czech Chief Havel Talk NATO, 9/11

    09/18/2002 3:30:17 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 207+ views
    Europe Daily ^ | September 18 2002 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) Czech President Vaclav Havel, at the White House for business meetings and a social dinner, assured President Bush on Wednesday of the Czech Republic's friendship and called for NATO to play a post-Sept. 11 role in facing down ``a new kind of evil.'' Bush welcomed Havel with effusive affection, calling him ``a truly remarkable person, a man who symbolizes courage and determination, and a man who loves freedom.'' ``Mr. President, you're a unique person who has helped change the world,'' Bush said as the two presidents opened their official talks before the fireplace in the Oval Office....