It may sound hard to believe, but a Czech neo-Nazi group has acquired a permit to hold a march through Prague's historic Jewish quarter. What's really incredible is the date the far-right group's demonstration is set to take place: the anniversary of the notorious Nazi pogrom known as Kristallnacht. And to cap it all, the Prague Town Hall seems to have no legal means of stopping the march.
Czech neo-Nazis are planning to march through Josefov, the Prague Jewish Quarter, on 10th November. That day marks the 69th anniversary of the Kristallnacht, the Nazi-inspired pogrom on Jews throughout Germany and Austria that took place in November 1938. According to the daily Hospodarske noviny, the march has been granted permission by Prague City Hall whose officials claim that they could not ban the march as it was officially announced as a protest against the Czech mission in Iraq.
The number of Vietnamese applicants for Czech visas has more than tripled since 2000; in fact, more than 8,000 Vietnamese citizens applied for both long- and short-term visas for the Czech Republic last year. However, the Czech embassy in Vietnam has come under criticism. Critics say the consular service at the Czech Embassy in Hanoi is not coping with the large numbers of visa applicants; allegations that staff at the embassy are corrupt have been refuted.
The government has announced plans to found an agency aimed at fighting discrimination and social exclusion of minorities, especially the Roma, in Czech towns. The announcement was made by Dzamila Stehlikova - the minister responsible for human rights - on Tuesday. The plan has also been approved by the government Council for Romany Affairs. One report estimates there are some three hundred neighbourhoods in the country (although activists say there are many more) where some inhabitants live in unsuitable conditions. In the pilot phase of the project
Jehan Harney is a journalist and filmmaker of Egyptian-American extraction. Over the last year, she has lived in Prague and taught journalism at the city's New Anglo-American College. During her time in the Czech Republic, Mrs. Harney developed an interest in the issues surrounding the enforced sterilization of Romany women. Subsequently, she made a documentary on just that theme, titled 'Sterile Dreams'. Jehan Harney is now back in the United States, but I caught up with her just before she left to ask her why she decided to make such a film:
In Business News this week: the EC recommends Czechs to slash deficit in public finances; Ceske Aerolinie records loss of 175 million crowns in the first half of this year; the Czech government launches privatisation of Letiste Praha; the energy power giant CEZ is to build power station in Vietnam in deal worth 3 billion dollars; and the number of Vietnamese doing business in Czech Republic is on the rise.
Adriana Basovska, a former diplomat at the Czech Embassy in Libya has won a court dispute with the Foreign Ministry over gender discrimination. Under the breakthrough verdict the state has been ordered to pay her one million crowns in compensation. In January of 2002 Basovska was summoned to Prague over a security directives violation and stripped of access to classified information without which she could no longer work as a diplomat. A male diplomat working in Kazakhstan found himself in a similar situation. Unlike Basovska though he was not stripped of access to classified information and could get on with his career. Women's rights groups have welcomed the verdict as a big milestone on the road to gender equality at the workplace.
This week saw the opening of "A Vanished World" a unique photo exhibition at the National Gallery's Veletrzni Palac in Prague. The show is based solely on never before publicly viewed photographs of Roma and Sinti families who once lived in the Czech lands. The show represents lives and a way of life, destroyed in the Romani Holocaust.
Czech football has seen some great results in recent years. The Czech national team has been doing fairly well on the international scene and Slavia Prague made it into the prestigious Champions League this year. But all this could fade into the background if one issue is not addressed. In this week's Panorama, we look at the problem of racism at Czech football stadiums.
You might be familiar with touring photo exhibitions like 'the Earth from the Air' pitching up in your town, but what about a touring refugee-camp? On Tuesday, Prague's Namesti Miru was transformed into a tent city as Medecins Sans Frontieres came to town. The humanitarian organization is in Prague until Sunday, exhibiting a model replica of an African refugee camp. On display are typical living quarters, hospital tents, a communal kitchen, and latrines.
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