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Fugitive Returned To California In Penis Dismemberment Case

AP | Posted 09.17.2014 | Crime

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A man arrested in the Czech Republic and accused of torturing a medical marijuana dispensary owner is back in Southern Cali...

What Does It Mean For Multiethnic Democracies If Scotland Leaves The UK?

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 09.16.2014 | World
Ian Reifowitz

Scotland will vote Thursday on whether to become an independent country. Whatever the outcome, approximately half of the population believes it shou...

Sixty Seconds of Art

John Feffer | Posted 09.07.2014 | World
John Feffer

I was sitting in a café in Bratislava, having a final cup of coffee and picking up my email before boarding a train for Budapest. I was in a hurry, so I wasn't paying much attention. But then one of the guys came over to my table.

The Politics Behind the Chinese Exhibition in Prague (PHOTOS)

Olena Kagui | Posted 08.22.2014 | World
Olena Kagui

I attended the exhibition and found the art breathtaking and the history fascinating. However, recent developments in Chinese-Czech relations are even more interesting than ancient artifacts.

A Bubble Generation: The Millennials, Generation X, and Historical Amnesia

Christine Henseler | Posted 08.28.2014 | Impact
Christine Henseler

It is time we recognize the impact that Generation Xers across the globe have had on the Millennials' outlook on life, work, politics, civic engagement, entrepreneurship, activism or culture. Let's not sell our Millennials short. Let's add nuance and perspective to the conversation. Let's burst that bubble, shall we?

Check Out This Unique Campaign For LGBT People In Nations Where Pride Events Are Banned

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 08.15.2014 | Gay Voices

Prague Pride is honoring lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) residents in countries where pride parades and other celebrations are illegal w...

Czechs on Water - When Ahoj Means Ahoy

Olena Kagui | Posted 08.27.2014 | Travel
Olena Kagui

Experiencing what the Czechs do every summer brought me closer to understanding them and their wonderful culture. I only went for two days but some Czechs spend weeks traveling from camp to camp along the river.

Czech Folk-Rock: Catching Up With Čechomor

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 09.17.2014 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Čechomor marked their 25th year as a band in 2013, and they celebrated with another live concert and recording project, their most ambitious in a career of ambitious projects: a massive outdoor concert in the stunning medieval town of Český Krumlov.

Gothic, Baroque and Mostly Folk: Music from Central Europe

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 09.10.2014 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

I spent two weeks in June wandering around Prague and Budapest, seeing the sights and looking for folk and folk-inspired music. I came back with a satchel of CDs, some of which I'll share here in a series of posts.

50 Cities You Should See In Your Lifetime

minube | Posted 09.03.2014 | Travel
minube

With our ever-expanding bucket lists, it's sometimes easy to lose sight of the essentials. Well, we've gone to the community of travelers at minube.ne...

The Unbearable Lightness of Prague

Peter Mandel | Posted 08.20.2014 | Travel
Peter Mandel

If Prague were a planet, circling and spinning past the sun, it would be one that sends back light to those who take the time to look. A Mercury or Mars, let's say. Rich and purple and alert for steps upon its soil.

Just In Case It Matters: Agnieszka Holland Ignites Burning Bush

Dan Lybarger | Posted 08.13.2014 | Arts
Dan Lybarger

Sometimes a revolution can be started by a seemingly futile act. That's the premise behind the Czech miniseries Burning Bush, which made its American debut this week. It's playing theatrically in New York and can also be viewed on Fandor.com. Kino Lorber will be distributing the DVD release.

The Czech Republic and the EU: Democracy Without Democrats

Jiri Pehe | Posted 08.10.2014 | World
Jiri Pehe

When, in 2003, some 78 percent of Czechs voted in in favor of joining the European Union, the mood in the country was optimistic. The country's economy had shown impressive growth rates; foreign investment had been booming. Joining the EU on May 1, 2004, was seen as a symbolic step underlining successful reforms that had been adopted during the process of accession. On the 10th anniversary of accession, the mood is far less optimistic. According to the latest surveys, about two-thirds of Czechs do not trust the EU, citing too much bureaucracy and overregulation as the main problems of the EU.

BB and Me: Bel Ami Boys

Matthew Terrell | Posted 08.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Terrell

I lived in Prague for a year of graduate school in 2008 and 2009, and I marveled at the tantalizing gay boys I found in the city. After years of watching Bel Ami porn, I expected wild Slavic demigods, but I found the local gay community to be more reserved than their international reputation would suggest.

Lost and Found in Translation

Marjorie Freimuth | Posted 07.30.2014 | Travel
Marjorie Freimuth

From my adult students, I hear hectic work stories and anecdotes about their spouses and children, and I've congratulated them on birthdays and babies. And yet, all of this takes place in my linguistic comfort zone, not theirs.

The 19 Most Stunning Sacred Places Around the World

minube | Posted 07.20.2014 | Travel
minube

From mountaintop monasteries to super-modern temples, these amazing places will make you believe.

U.S.A., Russia and the Missile Shield

Aurelia Condrat | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Aurelia Condrat

On February 4, 2010, the Supreme Council of National Defense of Romania approved the installation of the missile shield at Deveselu, in Olt County. This shield is meant to defend all states that benefit from it and protect them against possible missile attacks.

You Won't Believe How Close This Man Came To Being Killed By A Train

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 04.22.2014 | Weird News

It simply does not get any closer than this! A 77-year-old man in the Czech Republic town of Rájec-Jestřebí was captured on CCTV having a train ...

The Sound of Music in Slovakia

John Feffer | Posted 06.22.2014 | World
John Feffer

The break-up of Czechoslovakia was generally amicable. Two-third of everything went to the Czech Republic and one-third to Slovakia, the formula based on the relative populations.

Putin Is Right: Democracy Is a Threat

Ben Barber | Posted 06.21.2014 | World
Ben Barber

But it took years for Russians to develop their sixth senses about being propagandized. Perhaps they are backing Putin in the polls because they are out of practice after 20 years of relative freedom?

Humility, the Religious-Secular Divide and the 'Very Survival of Western Society'

David Briggs | Posted 06.14.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

The idea that there are different forms of belief and unbelief, and that many people are on a common journey to greater understanding, shines through Halik's writing and his work in promoting dialogue among religious and secular individuals.

Egon Erwin Kisch on the Frontlines of the First World War

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 06.08.2014 | Books
Franz-Stefan Gady

The date in the diary is Sunday, August 16, 1914. The attack on Serbia by Austro-Hungarian Forces had only commenced four days previously. The keeper of the diary was 29 years old Egon Erwin Kisch, an Austrian soldier in the 11th Imperial and Royal Infantry Regiment.

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.

Wacking Girls' Bums, Egg Contests and Bready Lambs: Unusual Easter Traditions in the Czech Republic

Discover France Adventures | Posted 05.10.2014 | Travel
Discover France Adventures

Leaning against the sides of the wooden market stalls are sticks festooned with coloured ribbons on the top. Made of braided willow branches, these sticks serve a very important role in an unusual Czech tradition.

Televising Religion in the Czech Republic

John Feffer | Posted 05.08.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

We talked about the challenges of being a pastor under Communism, his involvement in the revolutionary changes in 1989, his best and worst programming moments, and why he agrees with Soren Kierkegaard that when everything is Christian, nothing is Christian.