Europe Leads on Rights, Part III.

Part II examined the significance of the ECHR’s Masri ruling within the broader contours of Western constitutional jurisprudence, critically examined the words vs. the deeds of the Obama administration on …

Europe Leads on Rights, Part II.

Part I addressed the ECHR ruling in the case of Khaled el-Masri, why the case is a milestone in applying the rule of law and protecting human rights in response …

Europe Leads on Rights, Part I.

As we begin 2013, the European Court of Human Rights has surpassed the US Supreme Court as the world’s leading protector of individual rights. On December 13, 2012, the ECHR …

Everyone has gone mad, it seems

Although the President Klaus was trying as hard as he could during the state visit to Austria, it was eventually revealed he cannot behave himself. To put it bluntly, the …

The Two Lives of Edward Hopper

“The stories in Ken Nash’s brilliant collection The Brain Harvest lay bare the sparks and idiosyncrasies of an exceptional mind. Each new story is distinct and memorable in its jewel-like …

Slip Knot

Excerpt from the recently published book by Louis Armand, Breakfast at Midnight. Chapter IV. Kafkaville. Blake is a pornographer who photographs corpses. Ten years ago, a young man becomes a …

Three Sisters

“The stories in Ken Nash’s brilliant collection The Brain Harvest lay bare the sparks and idiosyncrasies of an exceptional mind. Each new story is distinct and memorable in its jewel-like …

The sound of silence and the new nationalism

On the occasion of the 17th of November commemoration the Czechs could also hear their President, attempting to interpret or rather to misuse the historical content of the event. Causing …

The Slavic Atomic

The Czech President Klaus expressed his incomprehension regarding the Austrian distaste for nuclear energy. Austria has not only refused to use nuclear sources but also has been active on international …

Political Animal

Pavel Vošický is nearly unbearably political creature and a lot less an „artist“ in a conventional sense. He didn´t want to exhibit his works because he didn´t believe that his …

V. Klaus, E. Filipi or K. Schwarzenberg?

If something is called double-track, it mostly implies that it is hard to coordinate. Czech foreign policy is usually double-track. The Ministry of External Affairs says one thing, the President …

Less is a bore* and more too

Until the end of September you‘ll have an opportunity to meet the Jagiellonian Europe of the dawn of modernity in Kutná Hora. Unfortunately, it’s not the only illuminating exhibition Václav …

Normalization 2012

In the spring of 1990 the Civic Forum had already been ruined as well as the November “revolution”. However, we did not yet know it. Those of us who suspected …