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Czech Security Information Service's straightforward Annual Report

Compared to most of the security institutions in Central Europe, the Czech Security Information Service (BIS) managed to describe Russian and Chinese intelligence activities in the Czech Republic in a remarkable detail. There are several points in the latest Annual Report we would like to highlight:

 

  • Russian and Chinese activities threatening the Czech security and other interests are a continuous priority for the BIS. While Russian activities “continuously focused primarily on influence operations and exploitation of Czech sources”, the Chinese changed up their tactics and focused more on intelligence infiltration instead of influence.
  • The size of the Russian diplomatic mission which includes a high number of individuals with affiliation to the Russian intelligence services represents several risks, especially because of the reckless attitude of Czech politicians and civil servants towards unclassified but non-public information.

Zeman a nuclear power

Murky Nuclear Business in New Europe.

The Czech Republic’s present for its 100 year anniversary: an alcohol-basted pig

“I like reporters, perhaps I will invite them for dinner to the Saudi consulate“.

 

Thus spoke the president of the Czech Republic Miloš Zeman on Oct 24.  Besides his acknowledged alcoholic dysfunction, the current president is an outspoken supporter of Russia and an avid hater of journalists.

 

So Czech Republic, happy birthday to you and to your citizens, who tolerate being represented by a foul-mouthed drunk on this, the centennial anniversary of the country. 

 

But to be fair, the Czech Republic is not alone. On the other side of the pond there is another country that is trying to ignore the surrealistic nightmare of its current president as well.  Both presidents are hostage to their pathologic narcissism, with its resultant degradation of values.

 

Martin J Stránský MD

Publisher, Přítomnost and The New Presence (www.pritomnost.cz)

Great-grandson of Adolf Stránský the country’s first Minister of Commerce in 1918 and one of Czechoslovakia’s founders.

The Stupidification of Democracy Has Spilled into the Czech Lands

A Czech journalist Jan Urban gives thoughts on the current post-modern political reality (not only) in the Czech Republic, reminding us on the principles of democracy. "One of the best analysis I have read in years" Martin Jan Stránský, publisher of The New Presence.

Czech/o/Slovak democracy: 30 years in the making

Although they no longer share a state, the two countries face similar problems: political corruption and a crisis of confidence in political leadership. 

The Czech Republic’s pro-Russian president is in trouble

A rare victory for liberals in central Europe.

Will Russia retain its key ally in Prague?

Kremlin Watch Briefing on Czech presidential gambit.

 

No Cure in Sight for Czech President Zeman

"Zeman insists that the article "Hitler is a Gentleman" was written by Peroutka and that it exists. Ovčáček will keep on searching."

Red with a touch of brown

What is the fascism that was not removed, but seems to have thrived after the Second World War?

What’s in a name?

It’s official. The new name for our country is….”Czechia.” This linguistic deformity has succeeded in unifying Czechs. Everyone hates it.

The Death of the Swans

Three days and the Death of the Swans – a glimpse into the real Czech Republic. Chinese President Xi Jinping visit was revealing in the worst manner.

The half-forgotten Czechoslovak Politician

A quarter century after the fall of the Iron Curtain, Zenkl´s name is almost unknown to the broader public.

Miloš Zeman : from president to patient

The author is an Attending Professor of Neurology at the Yale School of Medicine, publisher of Přítomnost and of this magazine.

Today’s and tomorrow’s Czech political scene

Review and interview with Dr. Tomáš Klvaňa.

The fatal social democratic irony

Czech social democratic party (ČSSD) promised aids to small enterprises, but instead absolves from taxes big corporations. Meanwhile certain urea producer is escaping their reach.

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