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Prague has established a Jerusalem branch of its embassy in Israel against the wishes of the Palestinian Foreign Ministry, who called it “a blatant attack on the Palestinian people and their rights, a flagrant violation of international law.”  Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš visited Jerusalem for the inauguration of the embassy, and referred to the new building as a “milestone in our co-operation,” adding that Israel was a “strategic partner” of the Czech Republic.  The Czech Republic was one of the countries which supported Israel last month in an International Criminal Court (ICC) pre-trial regarding the investigation of war crimes in Palestinian territories. The country stood with Israel in demanding that no investigation should be able to take place. BabišContinue Reading

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Around the time U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy was fervently whipping up fear of Communism during the Red Scares of the 40s and 50s, the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia was conducting witch hunts of its own. The purpose of these show trials was twofold – to trick citizens into believing that the country was under threat from real and imagined enemies, and to frighten the populace into staying in line while the regime consolidated its power. Over 250 people were executed as a direct result, while many others were incarcerated or sent to work camps. In the Shadow is a sombre paranoid thriller set against this backdrop of fear and intimidation, in the run-up to the devaluation of the country’s currencyContinue Reading

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On the surface, it can look like Czech identity revolves purely around the country’s vast history and the fairytale aesthetics that come with it. But in the details, you find lots of funny modern quirks, one of them being Pérák. Pérák is a superhero originally created by Jiří Trnka and Jiří Brdečka in 1946 and acted as a sort of mascot for anti-Nazism at the time. He existed as an urban legend for quite some time, but he first appeared in Trnka and Brdečka’s animated film called “Pérák a SS” (Pérák and the SS.) His character is a chimney sweep who accidentally puts his sweep too far down a chimney, manages to get it stuck in a couch, and thenContinue Reading

Česká pošta has been pushed to their full capacity, breaking a personal record of having over 1.1 million packages in their possession, the most in their history and more than double than last year because of the pandemic-induced online shopping trend.  According to spokesman Ivo Vysoudil, the state-owned delivery service has at least 1,128,805 in their possession, up from roughly 500,000 from 2019, forcing them to hire more part-time deliverymen.  Vysoudil says that while there may be the odd delay from the overwhelming demand, for the most part, everything should be smooth sailing as they continue to score high success rates with their deliveries. “As far as delivery of packages go, we’re approaching the maximum capacity that our systems allowContinue Reading