World War II has provided inspiration for movies for over 80 years now, with a seemingly inexhaustible supply of incredible tales. Sometimes I wonder, though, when I see a film as weak as Once Upon a Time in Paradise, whether the well is drying up and people are starting to run out of ideas… That may seem unfair on the source material, Josef Urban’s novel and the true story that inspired it. It sounds like rousing stuff on paper – a talented rock climber hides from the Nazis in the wilderness, evading capture for years – and maybe that is where it should have stayed. It was a similar situation with the Laurent Binet’s page-turner HHhH – an intensely gripping
“No one ever listened their way out of a job.” Calvin Coolidge Sage advice for those of us who might want to improve our listening skills. In my work with leaders, I find that one of the most common complaints I hear from subordinates is that they just don’t listen to us. The leader in question always has the “right” answer and will interrupt or speak over anyone trying to suggest another point of view. That’s okay, some might say, and because I am the boss, I can do this whenever I want. True, but… The problem soon becomes on that the boss cannot talk their way out of. Why? Because people will stop trying to offer solutions and the
With 2020 now behind us, we’re facing the conclusion of two strange, whirlwind eras. One started almost exactly four years ago across the ocean with a president freshly out court for trafficking in fake college degrees and casino debt. The other is not even a year old and tells the tale, more sober, but equally weird, of a pandemic ravaging the globe, transforming governments into lemmings, each imitating the other in Sisyphean, yo-yo lockdowns, opening and closing society. Typically, at the end of the calendar year society takes stock by looking back. Here, I propose first looking forward to a point from which we can look back to gain more perspective on this most unprecedented past year. History is least
Nuclear energy is dangerous. Obviously. But, in Central Europe, not in the way you might think. In this region, nuclear energy is an extremely dangerous and potent political weapon and economic lever.
Czechoslovakia-born Petra Gelbart moved to the USA with her family at the age of 10. Gelbart lives at the epicenter of the current pandemic in NY. She also follows the course of the pandemic in the Czech Republic and believes the Czech media have been interviewing the wrong experts about this crisis.
Much of Central Europe is basking in relief over Biden’s victory. The euphoria may be short-lived.
The pandemic policies of the Polish, Czech, and Slovak prime ministers in the past few weeks have been marked by unexpected moves, contradictory remarks, and last-minute decisions.
The Czech Republic went from being a leader in the fight against Covid-19 to a disaster in less than six months. What happened?
A grandiose waterway scheme has some heavyweight backers, but doubts persist, and a possible Czech government shakeup could scupper it.