Giňa Tabarik discusses how gadje directors or screenwriters, in tandem with Romani actors, promote all the (long outdated!) clichés about Romani people that we see here on TV in the Czech Republic.
Cities in Central and Eastern Europe are becoming promoters of democratic values, even when central governments are acting otherwise.
A recently released biopic about the life of Vaclav Havel wasn’t well-received by local critics. Criticisms aside, the film couldn’t have arrived in cinemas at a more fitting time. A revival of Havel’s legacy is underway among the Czech political class, as a signpost for what the country’s political ideals should be and why they have gone astray.
The attention of the inhabitants of the Czech Republic right now is fixed above all on how the Government has failed to control the pandemic, and it appears that Romani people and the problems associated with them are being used to distract attention away from that failure. Of course, this is a very dangerous game to play with a fear that can quite easily grow into hatred.
Individual acts of moral and civic courage, whether on the local or international level, are indispensable to the struggle against tyranny. Today, democratic Taiwan faces such a struggle, as mainland China threatens to subvert its freedom.
Crowdfunding is opening new horizons for democracy in the digital age.
. . . and against Beijing and the Kremlin. Meet the mayor of Prague.
Competition among China, Russia, and the West is taking the form of a battle to build reactors in Eastern Europe.
The Czech Republic proves that the costs of a principled, values-based posture toward China are much smaller than the proponents of Europe’s current waffling between talk of “partnership” and “systemic” rivalry.
America’s ongoing turmoil doesn’t map perfectly onto Czech reality. But there is one shared feature: structural racism, in its symbolic and practical meanings.