Category Archives: Czech Republic

Right Wing Nationalists In Czech Republic Confronted

In the 1930s, Czechoslovakia was among the first nations seized by the Nazis and during the war its citizens were subject to brutal treatment including the destruction of an entire village after the assassination of a Nazi leader. The horrors of Nazism have disappeared from the minds of nationalists in the country and been replaced by images of a benign Adolf Hitler and good days before the communists came to power. Nationalist groups demonstrated in April supposedly to mark the anniversary of an American bombing in Czechoslovakia but most probably to celebrate the 120th birthday of Hitler. This time they were met be determined people who refused to allow their town to become associated with the kooks of nationalism.

The people met the challenge of Nazism by talking openly against these groups, holding concerts, placing billboard signs with “Smile, Not Heil” expressions of derision of the nationalists. People stood up to the thugs and were faced with having their names and addresses listed on Nazi web sites. The best manner of handling Nazism is to confront them in public and not be cowed by their threats.

David Duke Doesn’t Duke It Out In Czech Republic

Over ten years ago, a nondescript little white man from the state of Louisiana got his fifteen minutes of fame by going around talking in neo-Nazi language, boasted he was in the KKK, tried his hand at politics, and soon vanished from the scene into the dustbin of history. However, for some strange reason, Charles University in Prague and other Czech universities believe this man of meager intelligence is worth of being invited to address their students and faculty. He originally was invited by local neo-Nazis, but why would any university in the world believe Duke has anything of significance to say to anyone who had a modicum of intelligence? They decided to ban him after news of his appearance created an uproar.

The only uproar is who in these universities thought Duke had the intelligence to engage in a rational discussion with people of intelligence.

Romas Worry About Racist Attacks In Czech Republic

Omas in the Czech Republic are concerned by recent attacks including fire bombing a home which resulted in injuries to children. Members of the Romany communities are considering development of plans for quick escape in case there are other such assaults. There is also a growing feeling that emigration might be the only solution in dealing with the ongoing prejudice against Romas in the Czech Republic. About 570 Czech Romas applied for emigration to Canada in January and February which contrasts with the total of 853 for the entire year of 2008.

There is something sad when hundreds of people who have spent their lives in a nation believe they must leave in order to ensure personal safety. Undoubtedly, they will find homes in Canada and opportunities for their children to obtain a decent education. But, their departure is also a loss for the Czech people because it means something is missing in a society which forces people to flee for their lives.

Czech Republic Exports Romas To Canada!

There are many ways in which a society confronts issues of multiculturalism including creating programs that work to end conflict between groups within society. The Czech Republic has found a new way to deal with issues of prejudice and bigotry–export the problem to another country and let them handle it! Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney called on the Czech Republic government to crack down on the practice of sending dozens of Roma people to Canada on the pretext they are refugees fleeing from abuse. In 2007, Canada did not receive a single example of a Czech Republic person seeking refugee status but in 2008 there were 853 complaints from people claiming to be fleeing from alleged persecution in the Czech Republic democracy. These refugees now place seventh in the world of those seeking a refugee status in Canada.

Canada has agreed to maintain its visa exemption for people from the Czech Republic but they also want action taken on the flood of false claims for refugee status. Is there any possibility that Romas are being encouraged to flee the Czech Republic by those who want to get rid of them?

Romas Claim School Discrimination

A Prague Court rejected a claim by a Roma that he faced discrimination in school and was not provided an opportunity to succeed in a regular school program. The court argued he did not display sufficient academic achievement when placed in a school for slow learners which was evidence he lacked the ability to succeed in a regular academic program. Romany Suchy pointed out he was heavily sedated on grounds he was hyperactive and this impeded his ability to do well in school

An ongoing problem is to have schools for “slow learners.” This triggers what is termed the “pygmalion effect” under which students attain the levels the school believes they should attain. There is need to end such schools unless there is clear evidence of physical mental disability. A high percent of Roma children no doubt are classified as below average due to faulty diagnosis.

Mixed Reaction For Obama In Prague

President Barack Obama on his visit to the Czech Republic was greeted with cheers and jeers as he discussed his controversial ideas about the planned anti-missile system. He told many skeptical listeners, “As long as the threat from Iran persists, we intend to go forward with a missile defense system that is cost-effective and proven.” He admitted Iran has yet to build any nuclear weapon but persisted in claiming Europe and the Czech Republic were somehow under threat. Of course, why would Iran fire missiles at Europe was never explained by the president nor was there any explanation why the United States turned down an offer from Russia to station such an anti-missile system in their country.

The crowd came to see Obama not so much for what he said but just to say they had seen him. Of course, most applauded his statements concerning fighting global warming or his visit to Jewish sites in the city.

Obama Persists In Bush Arrogance!

President Obama delivered an eloquent statement to the world concerning the need to end nuclear weapons and immediately followed up by urging continuation of Bush policies in Europe. In the wake of North Korea’s launch of a missile, the president said: “For if we believe that the spread of nuclear weapons is inevitable, then we are admitting to ourselves that the use of nuclear weapons is inevitable.” He correctly noted nuclear weapons were a legacy of the Cold War and it was time to end the use of such weaponry on this planet. However, he followed up these wise words by restating the Bush madness of building missile bases on the border of Russia in Poland and the Czech Republic. “As lone as the threat from Iran persists, we will go forward with a missile defense system that is cost effectives and proven.”

His remarks either indicate ignorance or stupidity. First, why would Iran fire missiles at Europe? Second, if this is a perceived threat by Europeans, shouldn’t they be the ones constructing the bases? Third, every poll in the Czech Republic indicates the population does not wish to be involved in any such missile bases.

I assume the leaders of Iran are rationale individuals. Why in God’s name would they fire missiles at Europe knowing full well the ability of NATO to retaliate with massive missile attacks?

Russia has offered to have any missile defense bases built on its territory. Have you talked with them, President Obamush?

Czech Youth Lead Europe In Drug Use

A study reveals that Czech Republic youth lead the continent in the use of drugs. Almost one half of Czech 16 year-olds have tried an illegal drug and many of them have tried marijuana or hashish. According to the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) the use of marijuana as well las hard drugs has doubled in the Czech republic since 1995. Its figures indicate an average of 23 percent of boys and 17 percent of girls have tried an illegal drug. Most European youth admit it is relatively easy to obtain illegal drugs. The Czech Republic also has the highest percentage of students who use marijuana on a daily basis.

The figures are quite clear — despite billions spent on trying to halt illegal drugs they are readily available and used by a high percent of young people. Does this suggest the current approach of “prohibition” is not working? If it isn’t working, isn’t it time for a new approach?

European Union Leader Blasts Obama Economics

The European Union has not been overly enthusiastic about economic plans advocated by President Obama to deal with the economic crisis. A top political leader, Czech Republic Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek, whose nation holds the presidency of the EU slammed the Obama stimulus package as a “way to hell” and warned that it would undermine the stability of the world economic structure. Most European leaders favor tighter financial regulation and do not support huge stimulus packages to jump start economies. The upcoming meeting of leaders of the Group of 20 might well be rather hectic.

It is doubtful if the Czech leader is among the world’s leading authorities on how to deal with economic issues. But, there apparently is a rather stark difference between the European emphasis on regulation versus the Obama drive to have a stimulus package that will send American debt to a new high. In a sense, both views will eventually be proven correct or not. Hopefully, the rest of us can survive if either one is wrong.

Czech People Oppose US Missile Bases

Over a year ago, President Bush insisted the United States had to build anti-missile bases in Poland and the Czech Republic in order to protect those nations from attacks by rogue nations. Apparently, the people of the Czech Republic do not share the same concerns regarding the supposed attacks by unknown nations for unknown reasons. The latest poll in the Czech Republic indicates about 70% of people oppose construction of the bases in their nation. Most people seek a referendum before there is any building of bases.

There are indications that President Obama will not pursue the incoherent ideas of George Bush. Obama most probably will agree to end discussion concerning the bases in exchange for Russian concessions on other issues. The question is why did Bush anger Russia by seeking to build missile bases on its border against unknown enemies? Was the “enemy” really Russia?