Former Czech President Vaclav Havel
, the philosopher of the "velvet" change from a centralized economy and communist political dictatorship into a democratic system and real market economy, passed away on Sunday at the age of 75 in his country villa in the Czech city of Hradecek, not far away from the capital Prague.
It seems fitting to be reviewing a book about Vaclav Havel
at this particular moment, just as his name has again become incredibly present in the theatrical landscape.
FORMER Czech President Vaclav Havel
was forced to cancel his schedule for the next few days due to poor health.
It is rather ironic that Matt Welch's tribute to Vaclav Havel
("Velvet President," May 2003) should appear alongside Daniel Dennett's ruminations about "evolutionary morality,, ("Pulling Our Own Strings") and Jesse Walker's article on a particularly vapid form of spiritual syncretism ("Inside the Spiritual Jacuzzi").
, the dissident playwright who led the revolution that peacefully toppled Communism in Czechoslovakia more than 13 years ago, was bringing his final term as president to an end yesterday.
Among other venues damaged are some of the city's most respected theaters, such as the internationally known Archa Theater and the Na Zabradli Theater, where Czech President Vaclav Havel
began his legit career in the 1960s.
In his remarks to the 2000 UN gathering, Rockefeller -- the Earth Charter's primary author -- said that a July 4, 1994 address by former Czech President Vaclav Havel
inspired him to participate in the project.
People have said as much about everyone on that list, and now comes John Keane, a professor of politics at Westminster University in England, to add Vaclav Havel
to the hall of shame.
On New Year's Day, 1990, Vaclav Havel
, the playwright and human, rights activist who had served time in jail under the previous communist regime, delivered his first major public address as president of Czechoslovakia:
Those swift, surreal events in late 1989--with citizens peacefully taking to the streets reclaim their country, almost reenacting the 1968 invasion in reverse--would thrust author Vaclav Havel
into the country's presidency.
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