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The Moral Revolution in East-Central Europe

John Feffer | Posted 05.10.2016 | World
John Feffer

Some of the most powerful critiques of the Communist governments in East-Central Europe were moral. Vaclav Havel, for instance, argued that the regimes, with their propaganda and inequalities and corruption, were built on a foundation of lies. He proposed the alternative of "living in truth."

November 17th - Romanians and Czechs Choose Democracy

Olena Kagui | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics
Olena Kagui

"A minor miracle occurred yesterday," wrote Frank Fischer in an email on November 17th, "(it) marked a significant victory for democracy and justice in Romania's long march from the end of the Communist regime."

ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons Plays Capitol Hill Unveiling Of Vaclav Havel Bust

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner unveiled a bust of late Czech leader Vaclav Havel Wednesday with an unorthodox musical accompaniment -- a qui...

Missing from the Berlin Wall Celebration -- Two Leaders Who Died Too Soon

Barry D. Wood | Posted 01.09.2015 | World
Barry D. Wood

As the world marks the 25th anniversary of freedom returning to Eastern Europe, it is sad that two of the wisest post-communist leaders are no longer with us.

Starting Out With Fidesz

John Feffer | Posted 10.12.2014 | World
John Feffer

Attila Ledenyi was one of the early shapers of Fidesz. He was in charge of international relations in the organization's early years. He's quick to remind me, when we met last May after 23 years, that Fidesz wasn't a political party in those early years.

The Memorandum, Santa Monica Rep

James Scarborough | Posted 05.27.2014 | Arts
James Scarborough

The humor is based on the tangles of corporate bureaucracy, including blindly obeyed harebrained schemes to which no one claims ownership and an avalanche of paperwork and procedures.

Monarchy as Metaphor in the Czech Republic

John Feffer | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

There is a party that supports the transformation of the government into a constitutional monarchy, but it has been described as "one of the parties that could fit in an elevator." But the principle of monarchy has appeal beyond the programs of specific parties.

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.

Creating a Spectacle in Slovakia

John Feffer | Posted 04.04.2014 | World
John Feffer

Snopko is now the Slovak culture ambassador in the Czech Republic. We talked about Slovak-Czech relations, the different culture of dissent in Slovakia during the Communist period, and his own love of Prague.

Expanding the Fourth Estate in the Czech Republic

John Feffer | Posted 02.09.2014 | World
John Feffer

When Communism collapsed in 1989 in East-Central Europe, many industries collapsed with it. Factories closed, workers were out of jobs, and economies shrank. But one sector of the economy grew: the media.

My Heroes Are Dying!

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 02.08.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The examples and lessons of the heroes that emerged at the end of the last century are more relevant than ever to the real and projected fears, threats, and challenges facing us in this one.

The World's Next Mandela Is Rotting in Jail Somewhere

Will Bunch | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
Will Bunch

The Nelson Mandela of the 21st century is right here, right now. We just can't see it. We're too busy spitting on him and calling him a terrorist.

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.

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

Doug Bandow | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
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.

Lou Reed Was a Powerful Ally in the Cause of Human Rights, says Amnesty International USA

Ann Burroughs | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Ann Burroughs

With the sad passing of Lou Reed, the human rights movement has lost a powerful voice for humanity and a strong ally in the defense of freedom and justice.

Video: Forum 2000 Opening Panel

Jayaseelan Naidoo | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics
Jayaseelan Naidoo

In order to craft a developmental path that is inclusive and effective, more voices need to be heard. We need to give our youth an opportunity to have their voices heard and give women equal opportunity to craft this pathway.

Inside Outsiders

John Feffer | Posted 11.23.2013 | World
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.

My Words at Forum 2000: A Transition Is Happening in Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 11.16.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

I am also facing many people who have encouraged, pushed and personified the desire for change in their respective societies. Because the search for horizons of greater freedom is an essential part of human nature.

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.

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.

Mozarts of Chess

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted 04.24.2012 | Sports
Lubomir Kavalek

The moniker "Mozart of Chess" occurred to me when I was looking for a subhead for Magnus's great game against Sipke Ernst in Wijk aan Zee in 2004.

"Everyone Is Called to One Common Human Vocation -- That of Being a Good Citizen and a Thoughtful Human Being..."

Lydia Fisher | Posted 03.05.2012 | Business
Lydia Fisher

Too old-fashioned? Or, is there a take-away here? Well, let's take a look.

The Greengrocer That Broke the Camel's Back

Uriel Abulof | Posted 03.04.2012 | World
Uriel Abulof

Vaclav Havel left an indelible imprint on the conscience of the entire world. His 1978 essay The Power of the Powerless, has lost none of its relevance, particularly in the wake of the stormy year that the Middle East experienced.

Real-World Change Can Come From Within

Parker J. Palmer | Posted 03.04.2012 | Religion
Parker J. Palmer

The notion that social change can be sparked by an inner revolution is not only realistic. It also gives us a gift that conventional "realism" withholds -- a chance to do something that might make a difference.

The Legacy of Vaclav Havel

Lee Bycel | Posted 02.29.2012 | Impact
Lee Bycel

The loss was more than that of a past president, but of a man who had provided hope and moral leadership. A man who was so much more than a political leader; he was a philosopher, a dissident, a playwright and a man who stood by his convictions.