Communism’s Answer to Mickey Mouse Is Thrust Into a Very Capitalist Dispute

The New York Times PRAGUE — Along the historic streets on the periphery of the famed Old Town Square here, tourists stroll past dozens of souvenir shops, many displaying the same stuffed toy of a wide-eyed and cheerful-looking mole. The gray-bellied character may not mean much to Westerners, but for many in Central Europe and […]

The Czech Republic has swung to the right by electing its very own Donald Trump

The Independent PRAGUE – After two days of balloting, the Czech Republic has resoundingly voted in favour of installing populist billionaire and Eurosceptic Andrej Babiš as the country’s next prime minister, according to preliminary results released last night. According to the Czech Statistical Office, the anti-establishment Babiš and his Action of Dissatisfied Citizens party (ANO) accumulated 78 of the 200 […]

Czechs Dump the Political Establishment in Favor of a Magnate

The Wall Street Journal PRAGUE – The Czech Republic’s second-richest citizen, who has pledged to upend the country’s constitutional order and boost executive authority, won a legislative election on Saturday, as a breakdown in political consensus sent a record number of parties to parliament. For the whole story, click here.

The populist tide has spread to one of Central Europe’s last liberal democracies

PRI PRAGUE – Andrej Babis owns major media outlets and has a stake in virtually every facet of his country’s agriculture sector. Now, after serving as finance minister, he has his sights on becoming the next Czech prime minister — a target he’s expected to achieve when voters go to the polls Friday and Saturday. […]

China’s Plan to Buy Influence and Undermine Democracy

The Atlantic Along a major tributary of the Mekong River in northeastern Cambodia sits the newly opened Lower Sesan II Dam hydropower plant. The 400-megawatt dam will produce badly needed electricity for the country, but at the cost of potential major ecological damage and the eviction of some 5,000 families from the area. Such consequences […]

Aung San Suu Kyi support strong despite denunciations

Aung San Suu Kyi support strong despite denunciations Al Jazeera This despite increasing condemnation from the international community over her handling of an emerging humanitarian crisis in western Rakhine State that over the past three weeks has seen more than 290,000 majority-Muslim ethnic Rohingya flee into Bangladesh, and hundreds killed in new clashes with the […]

‘Perilous times’ as Cambodia Daily shuts after 24 years

Al Jazeera As journalists closed its doors for the last time early on Monday morning, the independent Phnom Penh-based newspaper, The Cambodia Daily, had one last headline for the government it tirelessly worked to keep in check for more than 24 years: “Descent Into Outright Dictatorship”. The headline ran with a photo of Kem Sokha, […]

Czech Artist’s Grandson Sues to Block Loan of Works to Tokyo

Czech Artist’s Grandson Sues to Block Loan of Works to Tokyo The New York Times Mr. Mucha — along with local art restorers, conservators and historians — passionately opposes the city’s plan to take his grandfather’s masterwork “Slav Epic” on tour internationally for the first time. For the whole story, click here.