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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 21st August, 1968 : Several hundred thousand Soviet troops, accompanied by token units of other Warsaw Pact countries, are today fighting to turn the Prague spring of freedom into a Moscow winter of oppression. … Continue reading

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Despicable Ones (How the West Was Lost)

  Milan Skarka    My in-laws were small business owners/operators in the first republic of Czechoslovakia. Having to sacrifice much for long years before the business established its roots, they enjoyed their life nevertheless and raised a great family. Living … Continue reading

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february / 27

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 27th February, 1948 : The Communists have seized power in Czechoslovakia. While a mob, hastily bused from factories on the outskirts of Prague, demonstrated noisily this afternoon, Klement Gottwald, the Communist Prime Minister, announced … Continue reading

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june memories / 04

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 4th June, 1920 : The Treaty of Trianon, cutting Hungary to a quarter of its old size, was signed today. This almost completes the drastic redrawing of the map of Europe which has been … Continue reading

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Masaryk today

Paul Jacko Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, born exactly 162 years ago, on 7th March, 1850, was Czech philosopher, statesman and patriot. He became the first president of Czechoslovakia (1918-1935) and died the 14th September, 1937. Hailing from a poor family in … Continue reading

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How Red was her valley

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger  I am forced to admit that some Australian politicians are not entirely useless. Take the Senator Arthur Sinodinos’s speech yesterday, where he asks the questions our media ought to have asked long time … Continue reading

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october memories / 5

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 5th October, 1938 : Adolf Hitler walked over the border into his latest conquest as head of the German Army occupying the once-Czech Sudetenland. Konrad Henlein, whose carefully organised riots precipitated the Czech crisis, … Continue reading

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