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Taking the Velvet Revolution to the People

John Feffer | Posted 02.03.2014 | World
John Feffer

The Velvet Revolution began in the cities of Czechoslovakia, but what made the revolution irreversible were the efforts of mainly young people to spread the message of the revolution beyond the cities. Michaela Novotna was one of the young people to go to the countryside.

The Slovak Example

John Feffer | Posted 01.26.2014 | World
John Feffer

Of the three multiethnic countries that dissolved in the aftermath of the Cold War, Czechoslovakia fared the best. The two successor states suffered none of the violence, economic catastrophe, or political discord that Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union experienced.

Public, Private, and Political Art in the Czech Republic

John Feffer | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
John Feffer

During the Communist era, the governments in East-Central Europe tried to shoehorn art into the category of socialist realism. Artists were reconfigured as cultural workers who ideally created works to advance society. Many artists, not surprisingly, refused to play this game.

Making the Best Food in the Czech Republic

John Feffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
John Feffer

Medite serves tapas in a Mediterranean style that draws from Spanish and Italian sources. The ingredients are local and in season whenever possible. I sat down with the owner and the man behind the menu, David Bohm.

Creating an NGO Culture in Slovakia

John Feffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
John Feffer

When I started working on U.S.-Soviet relations in the 1980s, I encountered my first GONGO. This was a "government-organized non-governmental organization." It was like something out of Alice in Wonderland.

Doing Business in Eastern Europe

John Feffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
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.

Was Neville Chamberlain Right?

slate.com | Posted 09.29.2013 | World

The maligned British prime minister did what we would want any responsible leader to do. ...

Pushing Boundaries

John Feffer | Posted 11.27.2013 | World
John Feffer

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

Justice and the East European Revolutions

John Feffer | Posted 11.21.2013 | World
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.

10 Things You Didn't Know About Kosice, Slovakia

Adam Pervez | Posted 11.12.2013 | Travel
Adam Pervez

Kosice is a fascinating crossroads of modern and historical Europe. It was recognized in 2013 as the European Capital of Culture. Here are 10 things you probably didn't now about this beautiful city.

Hungarian Man Dies Awaiting Trial For Nazi-Era Crimes

AP | PABLO GORONDI | Posted 10.11.2013 | World

BUDAPEST, Hungary -- Laszlo Csatary, a former police officer indicted in June by Hungarian authorities for abusing Jews and contributing to their depo...

WWII Veteran and Grandson Retrace Journey Together Using Google Earth

Jarrod S. Chlapowski | Posted 07.24.2013 | Good News
Jarrod S. Chlapowski

Though he may not be able to return to France, Matt is determined to include others in his family in his grandfather's legacy. "My father is coming down with me to France this Memorial Day," Matt confides.

Revisiting the Velvet Divorce

John Feffer | Posted 05.15.2013 | World
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.

Before His Death, Detroiter Pens Coming-Of-Age Memoir Of Life In The Czech Resistance

The Huffington Post | Ashley C. Woods | Posted 10.22.2012 | Detroit

Detroiter Charles Novacek was many things: a civil engineer, painter, husband, father and speaker of seven languages. But those who knew him best unde...

Nazi-Huntin' - Never Too Late to Start

Huw L. Hopkins | Posted 09.18.2012 | World
Huw L. Hopkins

Many war-criminals have been sentenced, but until each one has been subjected to a full level of punishment, a dark grey cloud will hang over the lives of millions of Jewish people who are still alive.

Madeleine Albright’s Prague Winter Reveals Family Secrets (EXCERPT)

| | Posted 04.30.2012 | Fifty

What does it feel like to be told your entire perception of your family and your childhood was wrong? Madeleine Albright, former U.S. secretary of sta...

Czechs Rally After Havel

Ben Barber | Posted 06.23.2012 | World
Ben Barber

Tens of thousands of Czechs rallied in the streets of Prague April 21 to protest budget cuts, higher taxes and corruption -- the largest protest since the 1989 Velvet Revolution swept out communism.

Will Vaclav Havel's Legacy Last?

AP | By VANESSA GERA | Posted 12.22.2011 | World

WARSAW, Poland -- When Czech playwright Vaclav Havel was thrown in prison for his anti-communist writings, life for people across the East Bloc was sh...

Remembering Vaclav Havel

Andrew Nagorski | Posted 02.20.2012 | World
Andrew Nagorski

Looking back at my encounters with Havel, I'm struck by three dominant character traits: his moral courage, his ability to recognize and live with the contradictions of human behavior, and his sense of the absurd.

Vaclav Havel's Death Mourned

AP | KAREL JANICEK | Posted 02.17.2012 | World

PRAGUE — Thousands of Czechs paid tribute to Vaclav Havel on Sunday, braving cold and snow at the spot where the leader of the peaceful anti-com...

Earning Our Stars and Stripes

Nikki Stone | Posted 09.03.2011 | Sports
Nikki Stone

Sometimes we forget how lucky we are to be able to work toward our dreams. I know one good friend who has never taken that for granted.

Astoria Characters: The Genial Beer Garden Host

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 07.24.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

When Larry Spacek, a Czech immigrant, was asked to manage the Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden, he jumped at the chance. "This is a payback to my heritage," he says.

South Sudan Reminds Us What It Takes to Become a New Nation

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Howard Steven Friedman

Recently created countries remind us that there are no special requirements in terms of physical size, population or economic strength in order to become an independent country.

On The Imprisonment of Iranian Filmmakers: A Moral Option For Iran and Any Government Presuming to Silence Its Artists

Michael Vazquez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Vazquez

I've asked film curator Milos Stehlik, of Chicago's Facets.org to write a guest essay in the earnest service of furnishing a dually historical and mor...

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.