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Czechs prepare to fight disinformation onslaught as elections loom

Czechs prepare to fight disinformation onslaught as elections loom
Deutsche Welle

With the Czech elections slated for October, officials are worried that a growing disinformation campaign backed by the Kremlin could destabilize the country’s democracy.


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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.


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As CEE warms to China, experts warn of risk

As CEE warms to China, experts warn of risk
Nikkei Asian Review

Beijing is keen to use European markets but the feeling is not reciprocal.


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In Europe, Art and Politics Dangle on a String

In Europe, Art and Politics Dangle on a String
U.S. News & World Report

Puppets are featured in animated feature films, exhibitions, television shows and even advertisements. So integral is the tradition of puppetry in the Czech Republic and neighboring Slovakia, where there is a long-shared history, that in early December UNESCO, the United Nations agency that promotes cultural, scientific and educational collaboration, added it to its list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The list includes yoga from India, the martial art called capoeira from Brazil and Cuba’s Rumba dance.


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Central Europe’s Hard Turn to the Right

Central Europe’s Hard Turn to the Right
US News & World Report

The anti-Muslim mood, anchored to recent terrorist activities in France, Germany and Belgium, is part of a call for change across the region. Right-wing leaders are capitalizing on fear and xenophobia to flatly reject incoming Muslim refugees primarily fleeing Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Vietnamese drug gangs under fire in Eastern Europe

Vietnamese drug gangs under fire in Eastern Europe
Nikkei Asian Review

Nguyen said that she and her family have been happy in Prague since relocating some 15 years ago, even though they feel disconnected from the local population. But this common immigrant problem has been exacerbated in recent years by an increasingly worrisome association between the Vietnamese community and illegal drug manufacturers in the Czech Republic, which has become known as the drug capital of central Europe.

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Czech Republic: A dangerous gambling addiction

Czech Republic: A dangerous gambling addiction
Al Jazeera

As one of the most liberal countries in Europe, the Czech Republic has faced a tide of rising alcoholism, drug use and addictive gambling since the fall of communism in 1989.

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Skirting Comedy Limits in Myanmar

Skirting Comedy Limits in Myanmar
The New York Times

Though his attire is modest — a traditional wraparound skirt, known as a longyi, under a red T-shirt emblazoned with “The Moustache Brothers,” the name of his comedy troupe — Mr. Lu Maw delivers jokes that are a dark and bold reminder of what life was like under decades of oppressive military rule in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.

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The struggle to save Yangon’s architectural heritage

The struggle to save Yangon’s architectural heritage
BBC

Here, on Bogolay Zay Street amid the moss-covered, weather-stained, early-20th Century facades in the historic centre of the city, the history of the colonial buildings that make up old Rangoon, once the capital of Burma, begins to come into focus.

To the right, the former residence of famed Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda; to the left, one can still see the signage for the Young Women’s Christian Association, circa 1902.

Other heritage buildings in the city have not been as fortunate. Developers and landowners made money building larger and newer structures, while most of the city’s infrastructure went into disrepair when the military government took power in 1962.

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New Freedom for Myanmar’s Artists

New Freedom for Myanmar’s Artists
The New York Times

The work of dozens of local artists once only known in small circles is now receiving ample attention at home, especially in Yangon, where the art scene has grown from just a few galleries in 2012 to more than 30 today.

As the local market is flooded with new works, once-forbidden art is also entering the international circuit.

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