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Vaclav Havel

Václav Havel (born 5 October 1936 in Czechoslovakia) is a Czech playwright, essayist, poet, dissident and politician. He was the tenth and last President of Czechoslovakia (1989–92) and the first President of the Czech Republic (1993–2003). He has written over twenty plays and numerous non-fiction works, translated internationally. He has received the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Philadelphia Liberty Medal, the Order of Canada, the freedom medal of the Four Freedoms Award, and the Ambassador of Conscience Award. He was also voted 4th in Prospect Magazine's 2005 global poll of the world's top 100 intellectuals. He is a founding signatory of the Prague Declaration on European Conscience and Communism.
Beginning in the 1960s, his work turned to focus on the politics of Czechoslovakia. After the Prague Spring, he became increasingly active. In 1977, his involvement with the human rights manifesto Charter 77 brought him international fame as the leader of the opposition in Czechoslovakia; it also led to his imprisonment. The 1989 "Velvet Revolution" launched Havel into the presidency. In this role he led Czechoslovakia and later the Czech Republic to multi-party democracy. His thirteen years in office saw radical change in his nation, including its split with ... » Read more on Wikipedia.org

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The Rev. Tomas Halik Castigates Putin for Russia's Seizure of Crimea
2014-07-04
Father Halik was one of the leading voices in the fight against Soviet communism in the late 1980s, and a frequent figure at the side of his longtime friend and ally, Vaclav Havel. In the post-independence years, he became one of the most prominent ...
(New York Times)
  1. #FlashbackFriday : When President Clinton came to Prague

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Veteran Prague Chief Rabbi Bowing Out Amid Personal Issues
2014-07-01
An associate of the late Czech President Vaclav Havel, Sidon was forced to go into exile in Germany in 1983. He has written several literary works, most recently a best-selling science fiction novel. Rabbi Sidon's translation of the Torah into modern ...
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  1. Prague chief rabbi stepping down earlier than anticipated
  2. Prague chief rabbi leaving office early

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Czechs Seek to Soothe Arab Countries Outraged by Zeman
2014-06-17
... Germans who were expelled from Czechoslovakia after World War II. While he said the newspaper misquoted him as comparing Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to Adolf Hitler, then-President Vaclav Havel said he was “deeply concerned” by the comments.
(Businessweek)
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World news briefs — June 11
2014-06-12
Customs official Sarka Miskovska said Wednesday the turtles and two turtle eggs were hidden in two plastic boxes in a bag of a 47-year-old foreigner. They were revealed by an X-ray scanner at Prague's Vaclav Havel Airport. Jana Rambouskova of the Czech ...
(Akron Beacon Journal)
  1. Officials seize 47 turtles at Prague airport

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V Českých Budějovicích můžou lidé diskutovat na lavičce Václava Havla
2014-06-11
Havlova lavička má sloužit k setkávání a dialogu občanů stejně jako ve Washingtonu, Dublinu, Barceloně nebo v Praze. „To si vymyslel náš velvyslanec ve Washingtonu Gandalovič a já jsem to interpretoval tak, že Václav Havel byl milovník dialogů a ...
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    Bloomberg, at Harvard, blasts Ivy League 'liberals' for 'trying to repress ...
    2014-05-31
    “That was true for Socrates and Galileo, it was true for Nelson Mandela and Václav Havel, and it has been true for Ai Wei Wei, Pussy Riot, and the kids who made the 'Happy' video in Iran. “Repressing free expression is a natural human weakness, and it ...
    (Washington Post (blog))
    1. Don't Major in Intolerance

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    Nouveau quartier à Rennes. Le pont Václav Havel mis en service
    2014-05-26
    Le pont Václav Havel, qui relie l'avenue François Château à l'avenue Jorge Semprún, nouvellement créée sur la plaine de Baud, sera ouvert à la circulation ce mardi matin. Construit entre juin 2011 et juin 2012, le nouveau pont mesure 60 m de long et 22 ...
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    1. Zac Baud-Chardonnet : ouverture à la circulation du pont Vaclav Havel - mardi ...

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    Nouveau quartier à Rennes : Le pont Václav Havel mis en service
    2014-05-26
    Le pont Václav Havel, qui relie l'avenue François Château à l'avenue Jorge Semprún, nouvellement créée sur la plaine de Baud, sera ouvert à la circulation ce mardi matin. Construit entre juin 2011 et juin 2012, le nouveau pont mesure 60 m de long et 22 ...
    (maville.com)
    1. Le pont Václav-Havel entrera en service mardi

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    Leading political activist shows his artistic side
    2014-05-16
    ... and some of those drawings are featured here.” Min Ko Naing's paintings accompany the launch of the Burmese translation of a book by former Czech Republic president Vaclav Havel, called ”The Pizh'Duks”, which was illustrated by Min Ko Naing.
    (Democratic Voice of Burma)
    1. The Other Side of Min Ko Naing

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