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  • Vaclav Havel: The Power of the Powerless

    02/28/2013 5:44:43 AM PST · by ConservativeDude · 2 replies
    Vaclav Havel "The Power of the Powerless" (1978) A SPECTER is haunting Eastern Europe: the specter of what in the West is called "dissent" This specter has not appeared out of thin air. It is a natural and inevitable consequence of the present historical phase of the system it is haunting....
  • Czech Republic: In Prague, Europe is often far away

    12/20/2011 3:02:07 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies
    Lidove Noviny, Prague ^ | 12/20/2011 | Josef Mlejnek Jr.
    Twenty years after the "return to Europe" championed by former President Václav Havel, who died on December 18, the debate about the Czech Republic's relationship with the EU is dominated by two political camps that are both devoid of real ideas about the union's future. Celebrating the start of the Czech Presidency of the EU on 1 January 2009 Josef Mlejnek Jr.“Back to Europe” was the election slogan of Civic Forum [a political movement in the Czech part of post-89 Czechoslovakia] in 1990, a slogan that supporters of European integration have frequently quoted in recent years in arguments with the...
  • Unreal. Barack Obama Snubs Czech & International Hero Vaclav Havel at Nuclear Summit

    04/09/2010 5:09:55 PM PDT · by Justaham · 30 replies · 845+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 4-9-10 | Jim Hoft
    Vaclav Havel is a Czech playwright, essayist, dissident and politician. He was the tenth and last President of Czechoslovakia (1989–92) and the first President of the Czech Republic (1993–2003). He has written over twenty plays and numerous non-fiction works, translated internationally. Beginning in the 1960s, Havel’s work turned to focus on the politics of Czechoslovakia. After the Prague Spring, he became increasingly active. In 1977, his involvement with the human rights manifesto Charter 77 brought him international fame as the leader of the opposition in Czechoslovakia; it also led to his imprisonment. His political activities resulted in multiple stays in...
  • Vaclav Havel on Obama: Soiling Your Pants Prematurely Will Not Gain You International Respect

    12/11/2009 11:52:43 AM PST · by Justaham · 12 replies · 1,066+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 12-11-09 | Jim Hoft
    Foreign Policy interviewed Former Czech President, political prisoner and playwright Vaclav Havel on Barack Obama and the costs of moral compromise. Question: How, as president, do you decide when these small compromises are worth it and when they might lead to something more dangerous? Havel: Politics, it means, every day making some compromises, and to choose between one evil and another evil, and to decide which is bigger and which is smaller. But sometimes, some of these compromises could be very dangerous because it could be the beginning of the road of making a lot of other compromises, which are...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Czech Republic travel warning on Kosovo, Macedonia

    02/05/2003 7:46:17 AM PST · by Destro · 5 replies · 193+ views
    b92.net ^ | February 5, 2003 | B92 News
    February 5, 2003. Czech Republic travel warning on Kosovo, Macedonia | 13:09 | PRAGUE -- Wednesday – The Czech Foreign Ministry today warned its citizens against staying in Kosovo or Macedonia, saying that the security situation in the region had deteriorated. In its warning , the Ministry says that tension has increased throughout Kosovo and the security situation in Macedonia has again become dangerous. “Under these security conditions, the Foreign Ministry advises Czech citizens to reconsider plans to travel to these regions,” said the statement.
  • Václav 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
    Václav 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 Václav 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 and Vladimir Putin

    12/21/2011 9:30:45 AM PST · by Sick of Lefties · 1 replies
    Noman Says ^ | 12/19/11 | Noman
    What do the late champion of freedom and the Russian strong man have in common? Both were recipients of Germany's Quadriga Award. [quote] Havel was given many awards in his lifetime, though never the Nobel Prizes (for peace or literature) which he so richly deserved. But notable among his prizes was Germany's prestigious Quadriga Award, which he won in 2009 and then returned earlier this year when Vladimir Putin was named the 2011 recipient. [end quote] The prize honors "role models for Germany" and commemorates the reunification of East and West Germany. What could the judges possibly have been thinking?...
  • 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...
  • Vaclav Havel Was Both A Political And An Intellectual Hero. You Couldn't Say That Of Our Politicians

    12/18/2011 9:58:59 AM PST · by Steelfish · 8 replies
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | December 18, 2011 | Ed West
    Vaclav Havel Was Both A Political And An Intellectual Hero. You Couldn't Say That Of Our Politicians Ed West December 18th, 2011 Vaclav Havel: thinker, statesman, hero of the people. It says much about Vaclav Havel that, perhaps alone among European politicians, his face can often be seen gracing the walls of restaurants in his homeland. People might wish to pay such a tribute to their monarch, or in some parts of Europe their religious leaders; rarely to politicians. How many of Britain or France's former heads of government might inspire such genuine affection? Havel, who died today in the...
  • Vaclav Havel

    12/18/2011 9:56:09 AM PST · by No One Special · 2 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | December 18, 2011 | The Telegraph (Obituary)
    Vaclav Havel, who died on December 18 aged 75 , was President of Czechoslovakia and later of the Czech Republic, but enjoyed his finest hour before he attained office when, in December 1989, he led “the Velvet Revolution” which toppled the communist regime in Czechoslovakia. In those crucial days Havel was able to draw upon the moral authority which he had built up over two decades as a dissident playwright. By contrast, as President of Czechoslovakia between 1990 and 1992 he could not prevent the disintegration of the Czechoslovak federation into its two constituent parts. And after he became President...
  • Havel, hero of anti-communist revolution, has died

    12/18/2011 7:21:31 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 14 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | December 18,2011 | KAREL JANICEK and WILLIAM J. KOLE |
    Vaclav Havel wove theater into revolution, leading the charge to peacefully bring down communism in a regime he ridiculed as "Absurdistan" and proving the power of the people to overcome totalitarian rule. Shy and bookish, with a wispy mustache and unkempt hair, the dissident playwright was an unlikely hero of Czechoslovakia's 1989 "Velvet Revolution" after four decades of suffocating repression — and of the epic struggle that ended the wider Cold War. He was his country's first democratically elected president, leading it through the early challenges of democracy and its peaceful 1993 breakup into the Czech Republic and Slovakia, though...
  • 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.
  • UN: Hey, who’s up for a moment of silence to honor a tyrant?

    Via The Right Scoop, here’s a heartwarming story from Turtle Bay that will have you saying “awww.” Or perhaps, “errrr…” The UN General Assembly offered a moment of silence to honor a world leader that passed away this week — and it wasn’t Vaclav Havel: "The 66th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on Thursday observed a minute’s silence to mourn the death of Kim Jong Il, leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, president of the 66th General Assembly session, asked the representatives of 193 UN member states attending a plenary session on...
  • Reminders of the Horrors of Communism

    12/22/2011 7:10:33 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Media ^ | December 22, 2011 | Roger Aronoff
    This past weekend, two stark reminders of the nightmare that communism was, and continues to be, left the world stage. These two people couldn’t be more different in their outlook and actions. One was Václav Havel, the Czech playwright, poet and intellectual, who spent years in prison, but whose willingness to stand up and tell the truth about the lies and brutality that were the essence of the Soviet Union and his own captive nation makes him a significant figure in the pantheon of those instrumental in defeating the Soviet Union. In 1993 he became the president of the Czech...
  • 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...
  • Obituary: Vaclav Havel

    12/18/2011 4:25:47 AM PST · by nuconvert · 27 replies
    For Vaclav Havel, and for his people, everything changed in 1989, the year of Czechoslovakia's Velvet Revolution, when he led the extraordinary display of people power which toppled the ruling communist regime. The world watched with astonishment as, within weeks, the dissident playwright became president. Vaclav Havel was born in 1936. His father was a successful engineer and, by his own admission, young Vaclav was a pampered child from a wealthy family. *Drama critic* But when the communists came to power he saw his family lose everything. The new government decided the young Havel was "too bourgeois" to be allowed...
  • World’s First Global Atheistic Civilization Headed for Disaster: Former Czech President

    10/14/2010 6:47:22 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    Life Site News ^ | ROME, October 13, 2010 | Hilary White
    Wednesday October 13, 2010 World’s First Global Atheistic Civilization Headed for Disaster: Former Czech President By Hilary WhiteROME, October 13, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The world’s first global and deliberately atheistic civilization is heading for disaster, the first president of the modern Czech Republic told an audience this week. Vaclav Havel, one of the most respected political and literary figures in recent European history, said that the West “has lost its connection with the infinite and with eternity,” with the result that “endless consumer collectivism is giving birth to a new type of loneliness.”The West’s disconnection from eternity, he said,...
  • 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
    RichardPoe.com ^ | July 16, 2004 | Richard Poe
    <p>IF YOU ENJOYED the election crisis of 2000, you’re 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>
  • Fall Of The Wall? U.S. Sends Regrets

    11/04/2009 4:18:56 PM PST · by raptor22 · 30 replies · 2,127+ views
    Investors Business Daily ^ | November 4, 2009 | IBD editorial staff
    Cold War: The White House has announced our absence at ceremonies marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Meanwhile, Russia has been practicing a nuclear invasion of an abandoned Poland. The Berlin Wall has been a famous backdrop for American presidents sounding the battle cry of liberty in the struggle against tyranny. It was there that John F. Kennedy expressed our solidarity with the encircled residents of that outpost of freedom with his famous "Ich bin ein Berliner." And it was there that Ronald Reagan, with a defiant "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall," voiced our...
  • Bucking the media trend on global warming 'crisis'

    03/09/2009 2:39:17 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 9 replies · 562+ views
    OneNewsNow.com ^ | 3/9/2009 | Pete Chagnon
    NEW YORK CITY - Speakers at a conference on climate change are making the case that the alarmism behind the global-warming bandwagon is politically motivated, has nothing to do with science, and could affect the sovereignty of the U.S. The second annual International Conference on Climate Change hosted by The Heartland Institute is well under way in New York City. More than 700 registrants have gathered in the Big Apple to hear more than 70 scientists -- representing the views of tens of thousands of their colleagues -- make the argument that media and environmental advocacy groups have it all...
  • Czech president Vaclav Klaus: "surprised" at Nobel prize for Gore

    10/12/2007 10:28:58 AM PDT · by RDTF · 62 replies · 1,367+ views
    Eux via Drudge report ^ | Oct 12, 2007 | not specified
    Prague (dpa) - Czech President Vaclav Klaus, a rare vocal global- warming sceptic among heads of state, is "somewhat surprised" that former US vice president Al Gore received the Nobel Peace Prize, the president's spokesman Petr Hajek said in a statement. "The relationship between his activities and world peace is unclear and indistinct," the statement said. "It rather seems that Gore's doubting of basic cornerstones of the current civilization does not contribute to peace." Klaus said in a recent speech that environmentalists' efforts to halt global warming "fatally endanger our freedom and prosperity." The Czech president publicly expresses doubt on...
  • JOHN O'SULLIVAN: Our failings encourage Islamic radicalism

    10/11/2005 9:00:36 AM PDT · by Tolik · 19 replies · 1,240+ views
    Chicago Sun-TImes ^ | October 11, 2005 | JOHN O'SULLIVAN
    PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- Vaclav Havel, the Czech playwright and anti-communist dissident who went directly from jail to the leadership of his country in the 1989 Velvet Revolution, has kept himself busy since retiring from the presidency. For several years he has been the host of an annual conference, Forum 2000, which brings together a diverse set of public figures to debate international issues. Because Havel is one of that endangered species, the pro-American European, he invites a genuinely diverse group of debaters. Because of his vast prestige his invitations are very rarely refused. Hence the former director of the...
  • A Rose for the 'Unfree'

    06/15/2005 1:50:19 AM PDT · by LwinAungSoe · 2 replies · 334+ views
    washingtonpost.com ^ | June 15, 2005 | Vaclav Havel
    On Sunday Aung San Suu Kyi will celebrate her 60th birthday, which in a Buddhist culture marks an important milestone in one's life. I would like to meet her and give her a rose like the one she is seen holding in a photograph in my study. Such an ordinary wish, however, in the case of such an extraordinary woman as Aung San Suu Kyi may seem a silly idea. The last time I wrote about her in The Post [op-ed, Oct. 12, 2003] was shortly after "unknown" assassins tried to deprive her of her life and Burmese generals put...
  • Castro Insults Bush

    02/21/2005 4:49:26 PM PST · by wagglebee · 46 replies · 1,101+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 2/22/05 | Frank Calzon
    With the European Union agreeing on January 31 to lift the sanctions that it imposed on Cuba in 2003 after Fidel Castro imprisoned 75 political dissidents, European officials will be resuming their visits to the island. Spain's government pushed for the policy switch that critics have labeled a victory for appeasement. Cuban dissidents and exiles, Spanish opposition parties, human rights organizations and former Czech President Vaclav Havel have denounced the new policy as an abomination. Still, in foreign affairs as complicated as those involving Cuba, there are rarely any clear-cut victories. Madrid's proposal triggered a welcome and enlightening debate on...
  • 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...
  • North Korean Gulag: Kwalliso

    07/09/2004 1:06:57 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies · 400+ views
    Korea Times ^ | 06-17-2004 | Vaclav Havel
    It is exactly 60 years since the world first heard of Rudolf Vrba’s and Alfred Wetzler’s successful escape from Auschwitz, an escape that brought to light accounts of Hitler’s extermination camps. The testimony given by Vrba and Wetzler forced representatives of the democratic world to face facts that many did not want to believe, even after the end of the war. Thanks to Vrba, Wetzler and countless numbers of other witnesses, the horrors and extent of the Nazi final solution are universally known. Like the Nazi Holocaust, the crimes and brutal reality of Soviet communism were also outlined and understood...
  • Cold War Dissidents Take on Castro

    10/16/2003 2:02:28 AM PDT · by kattracks · 4 replies · 153+ views
    Daily Telegraph via FrontPagemag.com ^ | 10/16/03 | Francis Harris
    The heroes of Eastern Europe's anti-communist movement yesterday denounced Fidel Castro's "Stalinist" regime in Cuba and demanded action from the West to encourage its peaceful overthrow. Lech Walesa, the former Polish president, Vaclav Havel, the former Czechoslovak president, and Arpad Goncz, the former Hungarian president, made their call in a letter to The Daily Telegraph and other leading newspapers abroad. The letter from men who were themselves victims of communist oppression will bring a furious response from the Cuban regime. It is acutely sensitive to attacks from countries which were once its closest allies. Over the past decade, it has...
  • 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>
  • Velvet President Why Vaclav Havel is our era’s George Orwell and more.

    04/23/2003 5:45:25 AM PDT · by Valin · 7 replies · 319+ views
    Reason ^ | May 2003 | Matt Welch
    Last fall, as the United States rumbled toward war against Saddam Hussein, literary reviews and higher-brow magazines wrestled with an intriguing if unlikely hypothetical: What would George Orwell say if he were here today? Christopher Hitchens, the fire-breathing British journalist who kick-started the discussion with his book Why Orwell Matters, suggested that a contemporary Eric Blair "would have seen straight through the characters who chant ‘No War On Iraq’" and helped the rest of us to "develop the fiber to call Al-Qaeda what it actually is." Washington Post book reviewer George Scialabba stated confidently that "Orwell would associate himself with...
  • A World of Enemies -- is It All Reagan's Fault?

    02/19/2003 12:07:28 PM PST · by mrustow · 104 replies · 686+ views
    Toogood Reports ^ | 19 February 2003 | Nicholas Stix
    http://ToogoodReports.com/ Call me a Cold War sentimentalist — but smile when you say it. I never felt so alive, as when I was passing through Checkpoint Charlie at the Berlin Wall, my heart in my throat, between free, West Berlin, and its garrisoned sister city in the East.And how I lived, with a few American dollars in my pocket, on the other side of The Wall. Two weeks ago, on Joe Millionaire, I saw golddiggers and the ditchdigger spend nights in the sort of four-star hotels I once stayed in. In June, 1989, just months before The Wall fell, I...
  • Americans dominate Peace Prize nominations

    02/18/2003 6:39:14 PM PST · by GeneD · 2 replies · 330+ views
    <p>OSLO, Norway (AP) — The Nobel Peace Prize Committee has received 150 nominations for the 2003 award, with a majority of nominations coming from North America, committee secretary Geir Lundestad said Tuesday.</p> <p>Nominations, which had to be postmarked by Feb. 1, are made by past laureates, committee members, university professors and select organizations. They're kept secret for 50 years, although those making them often announce their choice.</p>
  • Havel speaks with Payá, whom he backs for Nobel (Anti-Communist Cuban---NOT Covered By CNN)

    09/24/2002 5:16:36 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 3 replies · 268+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | September 24, 2002 | CAROL ROSENBERG
    Czech President Vaclav Havel spoke for the first time Monday to the man he is championing for a Nobel Peace Prize -- from a telephone behind the reception desk at the Biltmore Hotel, just before his black-tie dinner. ''I send my warmest embrace to you and the Czech people,'' Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas told Havel. ``Tell them that the Cuban people are already on the path to liberty.''Havel replied with a promise of ``my support, and that I hope that all your goals for the Varela Project come true.''Payá cousin Francisco de Armas, acting as an English-Spanish translator, relayed the exchange,...