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Communist Party as Vampire: Back to the Future in the Czech Republic?

Doug Bandow | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Doug Bandow

The Czech Republic is one of the most successful members of the former Soviet Empire. Yet Czechs with whom I recently spoke fear liberty is in retreat. Indeed, the former Communist Party might reenter government after elections last weekend.

Doing Business in Eastern Europe

John Feffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
John Feffer

A typical story of the economic transition in East-Central Europe is of the frustrated manager in a state-owned company under Communism who becomes a rich and successful entrepreneur after 1989.

Government Shutdown: We Are Now an Idiocracy, Not a Democracy. But Wait? What About Tom Cruise?

Tony Potts | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Tony Potts

A guy on my right approached me and asked if I was a U.S. citizen. I said, "Yes." Upon my confirmation, two other men came over to sit at my small table as four more people at the bar, three men and a lady, turned around to listen.

In Search of Elusive Growth: Making the Most of R&D Tax Incentives

Andrew W. Wyckoff | Posted 12.10.2013 | Home
Andrew W. Wyckoff

Finding new sources of growth right now is tough. And in a time of rising inequality, to do so equitably and fairly is even tougher. Innovation - whi...

8 Things Not to Miss in Prague

The GypsyNesters | Posted 10.10.2013 | Travel
The GypsyNesters

The heart and soul of the Czech Republic, as well as traditional Bohemia, are inseparably wrapped up in the amazing cultural confluence that is Prague. It's like stepping inside a fairy-tale picture book.

Pushing Boundaries

John Feffer | Posted 11.27.2013 | Home
John Feffer

For many journalists, rebellion took the form of pushing the boundaries of what was acceptable.

Inside Outsiders

John Feffer | Posted 11.23.2013 | Home
John Feffer

In explaining the fall of Communism, most analysts talk about pressure from the inside (dissidents) coupled with pressure from the outside (Gorbachev, Reagan). But equally important were the inside-outsiders.

Justice and the East European Revolutions

John Feffer | Posted 11.21.2013 | Home
John Feffer

The debate continues over whether the people of East-Central Europe have benefitted economically from the post-1989 transition. But this discussion of economic winners and losers largely ignores a key demand of the people in the region.

Mythical Creatures

Cheapflights | Posted 11.11.2013 | Travel
Cheapflights

They are the creatures whose existence science has yet to prove. They have been spotted by the public and sometimes even captured on film. They come to us from ancient cultures, the depths of extinction and urban legend.

9 Mouthwatering Meat Meccas Around the World

minube | Posted 08.23.2013 | Travel
minube

From Japan, where you'll find the most delicate cuts of, to the Mediterranean, home of the hearty roasts, these destinations and their smoky specialties are sure to make meat-lovers' mouths water.

The New Stars of European Travel

minube | Posted 10.09.2013 | Travel
minube

Could it be that American travelers are passing over Western Europe's traditional tourist trail in favor of newer, less-traveled destinations in southern and eastern Europe?

My Visit to Prague

Michael Kaiser | Posted 09.21.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

They all agreed that the most important thing they learned at the Kennedy Center was courage, the courage to ask for money, the courage to embrace a new funding paradigm, the courage to do something different than others in the Czech arts ecology.

Live from the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival: Friday, June 28

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.29.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

A film festival's first day -- particularly when it's your first day at a festival you've never attended before -- is always a discovery process (though, of course, discovery is what going to film festivals is all about).

Tourist Cliches You Should Leave Home

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 06.21.2013 | Travel

Being a tourist is an innately clichéd experience -- you roam around a foreign city, toting a giant camera, posing for awkward photos and wearing one...

Smooth Sailing: Top Destinations for a European River Cruise

minube | Posted 08.11.2013 | Travel
minube

Trips along Europe's great waterways are in higher demand than ever; thanks to their relaxed pace, customizable activities, and itineraries which mix culture, history, cuisine, and nature.

Ron Dicker

WATCH: Stewardess Tells Passengers They're Going To Die In Ad

HuffingtonPost.com | Ron Dicker | Posted 05.06.2013 | Weird News

A new ad for a "relaxing drink" features a flight attendant telling herself that all the passengers are going to die. The online commercial for Zen...

A New Threat of Idiocratic Terrorism?

William Bradley | Posted 06.24.2013 | Home
William Bradley

If the Boston bombing was terrorism, as Tsarnaev claims, it looks like an especially boneheaded form of terrorism. Let's call it idiocratic terrorism. That's an adaptation of the title of the cult 2006 film Idiocracy, a satire about a dystopic future in which pretty much everyone is an idiot.

How OECD Data Makes a Difference

Andreas Schleicher | Posted 06.24.2013 | Impact
Andreas Schleicher

The data that the OECD collects can help countries map their strengths and weaknesses in education. But what's the best way to capitalize on the strengths and address the weaknesses? Policy makers might find the answer to that question in another country.

We're All Journalists Now

Janet Ritz | Posted 06.22.2013 | Media
Janet Ritz

In the Internet age, we're all journalists. Everyone who posts on social media should consider that, if what they posted is incorrect, exposing, sensational, prejudicial or otherwise inappropriate, it may change the perception of those who see it in unforeseen ways.

TWEETS: Chechnya Is Not Czech Republic

The Huffington Post | Andres Jauregui | Posted 04.20.2013 | Home

As new details about the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings came to light, confusion on Twitter led some users to mistake Chechnya for the Czech...

10 Best European Cities for Layovers

Viator | Posted 06.19.2013 | Travel
Viator

Long flights with even longer layovers may seem less than ideal when you are eager to kick-start your vacation, but your stopover doesn't have to be b...

Places We've Left Behind

Global Yodel | Posted 06.16.2013 | Travel
Global Yodel

Have you ever stumbled upon an abandoned building and experienced a sense of wonder? What was this? Who built it? Do the people who used to live, work or go to school here care that it's now a crumbling shell? Here's a collection of places that have been abandoned.

Voices Raised in Resistance: Powerful Defiant Requiem Premieres on PBS Sunday, April 7

Jason Apuzzo | Posted 06.06.2013 | Entertainment
Jason Apuzzo

If a hallmark of great art is its ability to transcend the limited circumstances of its creation, then there is no more heartbreaking realization of this than the 1944 performance of Giuseppe Verdi's Catholic Requiem by Jewish prisoners at the Nazi concentration camp Terezín.

Revisiting the Velvet Divorce

John Feffer | Posted 05.15.2013 | Home
John Feffer

The Czech Republic and Slovakia currently enjoy a relationship that should be the envy of any two neighboring countries. The prime ministers maintain good contact. The two countries engage in joint infrastructure projects and provide joint military units for NATO operations.

Scientists Create Scaled-Down 'Trek' Tractor Beam

Lee Speigel | Posted 01.26.2013 | Weird News

It may still be a few years away from practical use, but scientists have created a real tractor beam, like the ones featured in the "Star Trek" TV ser...