Big trouble with little islands

All the western press seems to be surprised by the intensity of disputes between China and Taiwan on one side and Japan on the other side. These disputes relate to …

Antonín Kratochvíl’s Homelands

Antonín Kratochvíl’s exhibition, entilled Homelands, was held at Prague’s Leica Gallery up until September 9, lt was prepared by photo editor scott Thode from Kratochvíl’s home agency Vll. Thode summarized …

Jan Koblasa’s Retrospective

Jan Koblasa’s retrospective in the Riding School at Prague Castle ended at the end of July. After 21 long years we could see a broad range of work of one …

Geometer of peripheries

Photographer Jan Reich did not live to see the large retrospective of his photographs at Prague Castle. His work was closely connected to Prague and the Czech landscape and you …

Pussy Jesus Riot

Moscow has liked to call itself the Third Rome for centuries and to fulfil such an ambition everything has to be done. Building an empire is one thing, rebuilding it …

About the (non-)sense of the Czech state

Jiří Gruša, one of the most renowned modern Czech thinkers, referred to Prime Minister Nečas as a “gnome without a garden” and to the castle of Václav Klaus as the …

Take that…

After two decades of relative quiet, politically driven art starts to become more powerful again. The young generation’s gratefulness for freedom has gradually changed into a hunch thatn it’s not …

Safe harbor, ahoy!

This week, during questions to government in Parliament, Prime Minister Nečas called the Czech Republic a safe harbor in the rough seas of the financial crisis. The questioning should have …

Garaudy´s last dance

The announcement of the death of the French philosopher Roger Garaudy (98) could be summarised in a short statement such as: „a controversial thinker has died“, if the controversies regarding …

Over my Czech body

Thousands of university students flooded Prague streets this spring, clad in plaid pajama bottoms, bathrobes, and even boxers. “Nespíme, bdíme” — We’re not sleeping, we’re keeping a look out/watching — …

Growth of Mormonism in the Czech Republic

Religion has become all quiet on the Western front, according to researchers, and the Czech Republic is a primary example of their claims. Sixty percent of Czechs declare themselves as …

Women in Czech politics

What is the antidote to gender inequality? A good way to start is by strengthening non-governmental organizations that endorse gender equality, advocating women to move to the front lines of …

Still Europeans?

The never-ending dilemma of the Greek budget and the specter of similar trouble with other countries are driving Europe toward more decisive political integration. This may, though, concern only the …

Tourism in Prague

I hear about the business and political corruption in the Czech Republic, and I think, well, what about the US? People dwell on this or that problem and it occurs …

Healthcare and The Court, Part IV

An increasing number of voices are now calling for judicial term limits. Indeed, judges in all major nations and almost all 50 states are subject to age or term limits. …

Healthcare and The Court, Part III.

Law should prioritize process and principle rather than politics and results. The judiciary should rule as narrowly as possible to resolve the actual case or controversy presented. Yet with Bush …