Prague, Czech Republic – 18 March 2022 – A humanitarian mission launched within 24 hours of the conflict breaking out in Ukraine is delivering thousands of boxes of essential items to residents and collecting refugees at the Ukraine/Poland border to bring them to safety in the Czech Republic, Poland and Switzerland.   Freedom Boxes has been created by Stuart Watkins, who also owns software company Zenoo which is based in Prague. When the conflict began, Stuart, his family, and his team set about to do something to deliver help and provide hope to those affected by the invasion. With Freedom Boxes, the team has created an immediate way to directly help those in need.  The team is made up of peopleContinue Reading

The Czech army’s three special evacuation flights have brought 195 people from Afghanistan, the country currently in the hands of Taliban. At this time, 169 rescued Afghans are staying in a two-week quarantine in the Czech Republic due to the pandemic restrictions. Since their time in isolation is about to reach its end, the government is discussing their future personally with each and every one of them. Most of them are Czech allies, collaborators, Afghans with permanent residence in the Czech Republic and their families that have previously worked with the Czech army and government. Consequently, 152 Afghans filed a request for asylum or additional protection in the Czech Republic. They are to be moved under the administration of theContinue Reading

As the crisis in Afghanistan continues, many countries across the globe are trying to provide as much help as they can to those who are suffering. The Czech Republic is no exception. The Czech non-governmental organization People in Need and the UNICEF ČR organization combined have raised more than 3 800 000 Czech crowns, which is an astonishing amount of financial aid for Afghan survivors. This sum has already supplied the civilists with over five million liters of fresh drinking water and over a hundred first aid kits for the wounded. The raised money will primarily be used to support widows, single mothers, individuals with special needs and highly vulnerable people. Later on, vaccines and tents will also be boughtContinue Reading

Despite the efforts of the EU, including various border protection programmes, some illegal migrants still manage to get into European countries without the proper paperwork. They usually aim to end their journey in wealthy big countries, such as France, Italy or Germany.  Many pay to be smuggled on trucks, many of which pass through the Czech Republic, due to its geographic location in the heart of Europe. On Tuesday, one Algerian migrant fell out of one such Truck, that was driving along on the D1 highway. Luckily, he managed to bounce off to the side of the road before he got hit by other vehicles, so he only suffered minor injuries. The 22 year old was reportedly heading to Italy.Continue Reading

The UTMB, Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc, is an ultra marathon held in the mountain environment of the French Alps. The 171 km long trail takes the participants on an extraordinary journey across Europe’s highest mountain Mont Blanc, located on the French-Italian border. Every year, almost 10000 athletes from all over the world take part in one of the 7 races that this unique event offers. The UTMB race runners have to be prepared to extend the limits of not only their physical, but also mental strength in order to successfully cross the finish line. This year, a 35 years old Czech athlete experienced a major injury on the TSD track (Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie). He passedContinue Reading

During a recent speech at a meeting with Czech diplomats, the President of the Czech Republic, Miloš Zeman, revealed his concerns about the current situation in Afghanistan and its future. He warned the public, that according to him, Taliban is very likely to make Afghanistan into a radical Islamic terrorist hub, from where attacks not unlike those on 9/11 will probably be launched. “At some point, Afghanistan will build a new terrorist centre. Sorry, Taliban. Moreover, it will be handsomely financed from the proceeds of the sale of opium, “. He expects both small and large scale attacks to start happening in the western world again at some point, although he added that it probably will not happen soon, asContinue Reading

In 2014, two ammunition depots exploded in the village Vrbětice in the Zlín region, Czech Republic. The first explosion, that occurred in October, took two lives and both the explosions have severely impacted the lives of all the citizens of Vrbětice and nearby villages. Since then, the Security Information Service (BIS) of the Czech Republic has been investigating what was supposedly an accident. In the spring of 2021, BIS has suggested that the Russian secret service could have been involved. On account of these suspicions, the Czech-Russian crisis has begun. On Wednesday, August 18th, the Senate of the Czech Republic approved a compensation of nearly 700 million Czech crowns to the Zlín District, the nearby villages and their inhabitants. TheContinue Reading

The Government Special, an Airbus plane used to transport Czech officials around the world, has reported to have successfully taken off from the Kabul airport. The Kabul airport is arguably the most hectic place on Earth right now, as all Afghans who do not want to live under Sharia law of the Taliban are desperately trying to get out of the country. Mixed into this crowd are diplomats from all over the world, who are being evacuated by their respective governments back home. All this chaos ensued after the Taliban, a terrorist organization connected to the 9/11 attacks, took over the whole country over the past few days. This was a surprise even to the Taliban, so everyone in AfghanistanContinue Reading

The Prague Monitor has previously mentioned the planned relocation of Czech Embassy employees from Afghanistan. Now, the process is finally in movement. On Monday morning, the 16th of August, an army aircraft landed in Prague, Czech Republic. It was the first Czech evacuation flight from Afghanistan with 46 Czech Officials, embassy workers and their family relatives on board. More evacuation flights from Kabul to Prague are expected to take place. However, the circumstances occurring at the Kabul airport might interfere with Czech government’s intentions since the Islamic movement Taliban completely took over the power and entails confusion all over the country. Especially the Afghan airport is in complete chaos at this time. The Czech-Afghan situation intensifies even more. Taliban hasContinue Reading

The Taliban has by now conquered over 20 Afghan provincial capitals out of 34 in total. At last, the Czech authorities decided to intervene. On Saturday, August 14th, the Czech Security Council said that all employees of the Czech Embassy in Afghanistan are to be evacuated to the Czech Republic. Locals working at the Czech embassy and especially army interpreters were to be also supported by the Czech government in relocating to Czechia. Interpreters and their families were the ones most at risk, as they have been repeatedly threatened with death by the Islamic Taliban movement. The relocation process was planned to take place in the following couple of days. However, the Czech government did not expect the crisis toContinue Reading