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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...