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Tales of the Fantastic

John Feffer | Posted 05.28.2014 | World
John Feffer

Journalist Daniel Kumermann and I talked about the fall of Communism, how his unfamiliarity with a fax machine nearly wrecked the Velvet Revolution, his criticisms of Vaclav Klaus, and why the world should listen to Donald Rumsfeld and prepare for unknown unknowns.

Engendering Change in the Czech Republic

John Feffer | Posted 04.19.2014 | World
John Feffer

The Communist governments and the oppositions shared at least one feature in common: they were overwhelmingly male.

Behind the Velvet Revolution

John Feffer | Posted 04.18.2014 | World
John Feffer

Whichever version of this key event is true, the Velvet Revolution wouldn't have proceeded without the network of dissidents who had been patiently preparing for just such an opportunity.

Reading Vaclav Havel In Havana

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 02.24.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Last weekend Vaclav Havel died, just at the time when he was most read in Cuba. He left and we can't hear his voice in a classroom of our University, nor listen to his extensive collection of anecdotes about the years of Soviet control.

Remembering Vaclav Havel

Todd Brewster | Posted 02.20.2012 | World
Todd Brewster

With the news this past weekend that Vaclav Havel, the one-time Czech president, had died, I found myself recalling a scene back in 1989, when I was lucky enough to spend a week in Prague with the leader of what eventually became known as the "Velvet Revolution."

Havel the Dissident: A Legacy Worth Claiming

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 02.18.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Today we're told that the Occupy movement is too idealistic, too naïve. Naïve? Try Havel's words if you want naïve: "May truth and love triumph over lies and hatred."

China, the Nobel Prize and the Road to Freedom

Dan Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Dan Siegel

Americans and the global community must keep its pressure weighing on Chinese officials to free Liu Xiaobo.

'Soul Of A Citizen': Barack Obama, Vaclav Havel, And When Small Steps Yield Unforeseen Fruits

Paul Loeb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Paul Loeb

We never know how the new-found involvement of those we engage will play out in the rest of their lives, but if we inspire enough people to take those first steps in speaking out for justice we can sometimes transform history.

1989 And the Fall of the Wall: Did Reagan Do It?

Jesse Larner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jesse Larner

Regan probably hastened the fall of the Wall by a few years, but it could have fallen without him. It could not however, have fallen without the sacrifices of those living under Soviet Communism.