The story of how Latin American intellectuals found solace in communist Prague
Brazilian writer Jorge Amado and his son (fourth from left ro right) and Czech journalist and playwright Jan Drda (first from left to right), at Dobříš, a Czech castle that served as a residency for Czech and international writers, in 1950. Photo from the Paloma Amado archive, used with permission.Before COVID-19, Prague was visited, every year, by millions of tourists looking for cheap beer and spectacular architecture. In the 1950s, on the other hand, the capital of then-Czechoslovakia attracted a very different crowd of travelers: Leftist intellectuals from around the world looking to see w...
Czech Republic quietly commemorates 1989 Velvet Revolution
The Czech Republic on Tuesday commemorated the 31st anniversary of the Velvet Revolution with a subdued ceremony and no demonstrations or rallies due to coronavirus restrictions.Prime Minister Andrej Babis lay a wreath on the main Narodni avenue to commemorate the end to more than 40 years of communist rule in 1989."Unfortunately, freedom is at the moment constrained because of the coronavirus pandemic, but this is of course a different situation," the 66-year-old premier said, recalling travel restrictions in place under the communist regime.Meanwhile, the leader of the opposition movement A ...
Q&A with Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill, who's itching to get going again
DETROIT — Jeff Blashill, like any hockey fan at this point of November, is ready for the sport to begin.It’s definitely feeling like hockey weather again, and the Red Wings’ head coach has been excited in recent days with news nuggets flowing that the NHL could be ready to announce a plan for next season.“We are absolutely itching to get back at it,” said Blashill, noting the Wings haven’t played or practiced since March 12, when the NHL paused its regular season because of the coronavirus.The NHL successfully returned to play in the summer, bringing back the top 24 teams. But the Wings — who ...
The Detroit News
Germany beat Czechs 1-0 for second win of the year
Germany beat the Czech Republic 1-0 in a friendly international and with only their second victory of the year boosted their morale for the upcoming final Nations League group games.Benfica's Luca Waldschmidt netted the winner in the 13th minute with his first Germany goal as part of a makeshift team as coach Joachim Loew rested most stars and fielded mainly young players.Germany were promising at times but wasteful like in previous games. Borussia Moenchengladbach's Florian Neuhaus was unlucky when denied by the top of the right post but goalkeeper Kevin Trapp also had to make a crucial late ...
106 European lawmakers petition for Taiwan participation at World Health Org
106 lawmakers from seven Eastern European countries have voiced support in recent weeks for Taiwan’s participation at the World Health Assembly (WHA) set to reconvene next Monday, according to the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday.In separate letters sent to World Health Organisation (WHO) President Tedros Adhanom, the lawmakers collectively expressed a “high-level of support” for Taiwan’s participation at the WHO’s 73rd annual assembly, citing Taipei’s “exemplary” record of controlling the spread of Covid-19.Taiwan has been hailed internationally for its successful handling of the ...
Hong Kong Free Press
Czech Republic's virus emergency now in place until November 20
The Czech parliament has extend its state of emergency due to the coronavirus to November 20, with 86 lawmakers voting in favour of the measure and 11 against.The minority government under Prime Minister Andrej Babis had pushed to extend the state of emergency in place since the start of October to December 3, but couldn't get it through.The Czech Republic, with a population of about 10.7 million, has one of the fastest-growing infection rates in Europe. Under the state of emergency, there are wide-reaching restrictions on being out in public as well as a nightly curfew. Restaurants and school...
Trudy Rubin: Putin and Xi won the Trump-Biden debate and could win the US election, too
The two big winners of Tuesday’s presidential debate weren’t even standing on the platform.The first winner was Russian President Vladimir Putin. The second was China’s Xi Jinping.Both men are promoting their authoritarian political models as superior to democratic systems that they dismiss as corrupt and failing. Xi aims to convince the world that America is in decline and China is destined for global leadership. Putin wants to show his restless people and his neighbors that the U.S. system is worse than Russia’s.In his disgraceful debate shoutfest, President Donald Trump did their work for t...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
In order to truly become Asia’s most liberal society, Taiwan needs to open up to foreigners
Taiwan is enjoying a golden age of international diplomacy after hosting an 89-member Czech delegation led by Senate president Milos Vystrcil. This came a month after the arrival of the US Health Secretary Alex Azar, the highest-ranking US official to visit the island in four decades.Taiwan’s coronavirus success, global mask donations and refusal to buckle in the face of threats from China have also raised its international profile significantly this year. As it basks in the glow of increased international support and recognition, this is an ideal time to confront certain glaring issues with t...
Hong Kong Free Press
Coronavirus: Another reason for that mask: You'll get less sick
The much-publicized rationale behind wearing a face mask is to protect others from your sprayed droplets.There’s now another good reason: That mask may help you, too.If you’re accidentally infected through the mask, the face coverings can still reduce your risk of falling seriously ill from COVID-19, according to a theory proposed by Dr. Monica Gandhi and Dr. George Rutherford, infectious disease specialists at UC San Francisco.“Masks cut down the amount of viral particles flying around — so if you’re infected, you’ll get a lower dose and less severe symptoms,” said Rutherford. Their paper is ...
The Mercury News
Goalkeeper Filip Nguyen Earns Czech Republic Call-Up
Filip Nguyen, a goalkeeper from the Czech Republic with Vietnamese heritage, has earned a call-up to the country of his birth after being reportedly courted by Vietnam. Filip Nguyen, a Czech goalkeeper of Vietnamese heritage, as he has been called up to feature for the European side, according to this report by VNExpress.The goalkeeper, who currently plays his club football for Slovan Liberec in the Czech First League, was repeatedly courted by Vietnam in an effort to recruit him for the national team.It’s official, Filip Nguyen is on the Czech national team 🇨🇿 for their upcoming UEFA Nations ...
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