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2009-01-20 23:28:03

Bulgaria, depicted as a toilet, was given a cloth cover-up Tuesday in Entropa, an artistic rendition of the European Union now hanging in Brussels. The 8-ton sculpture is the work of Czech artist David Cerny. It is scheduled to hang in EU headquarters through June and then be moved to Prague for six months on display there, The Times of London reported. It is a pity that it was not understood as a joke, Cerny said. I don't know if you can call it censorship, I think it is oversensitivity,...

2008-08-22 06:00:35

By Nicholas Kulish Exactly 40 years after the Soviet Army crushed the awakening of freedom known as Prague Spring, and for all the bad memories dredged up by the sight of Russian forces occupying swathes of Georgia, few Czechs realistically expect Moscow to send armored vehicles into the heart of central Europe as they did on Aug. 21, 1968. On the cobbled streets, or in splendidly restored buildings of a Prague that now bristles with commerce and tourists, Czechs worry more that Russia...

2008-07-27 12:00:31

By Lawson Taitte, The Dallas Morning News Jul. 27--One of the Festival of Independent Theatres' problems is coming up with good material. Apparently, the list of first-rate one-acts is not endless, as the two final entrants in the 2008 festival demonstrate. If the name of the distinguished American playwright William Inge arouses expectation of deep drama, A Murder will disappoint. This little piece might remind you of a weaker episode of The Twilight Zone, if it's not a weak parody of...

2006-03-01 14:47:30

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday his country bore a moral responsibility for the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia, but stopped short of offering an apology that many Czechs have long sought. The invasion ended the pro-democracy movement known as the "Prague Spring" and put the country firmly under Moscow's thumb. "We do not bear any legal responsibility, but the moral responsibility is there," Putin said at a news conference in Prague...

2006-01-12 11:50:00

By Matt Reynolds PRAGUE (Reuters) - Ivana Formanova loves watching old movies. But when a film from the former Czechoslovakia comes on in the Slovak language, she quickly switches channels. "I don't really understand it. It's too hard to sit and watch and figure out what they are saying," the 15-year-old Czech, born in the former Czechoslovakia, says. The Slovak and Czech languages have so much in common that Czechoslovak officials once considered them two versions of the same tongue. But 13...

2005-12-23 12:49:16

By Andras Gergely VELKE SLEMENCE, Slovakia (Reuters) - Anna Pasztor cried as she embraced a cousin who lives only a few hundred metres down the street, but whom she had not met for over 20 years because of the fortified border wall dividing the village. The ethnic Hungarian village, now split between Ukraine and Slovakia, had been divided since 1945 when a wall marking the new Soviet-Czechoslovak border sliced through its main street, breaking families apart and cutting off the...

Latest Czechoslovakia Reference Libraries

2009-04-28 16:31:10

Professor Otto Wichterle is Czech inventor and chemist best known for pioneering a centrifugal casting method for the creation of contact lenses. Wichterle was born on October 27, 1913 in Prostejov which is in the Czech Republic. After graduating from high school, he chose to continue his education at the Chemical and Technological Faculty of the Czech Technical University and pursue a career in science. In 1939, Wichterle joined the research institute at Bata's works in Zlín where he...

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