50 years later: Does anyone remember the Czechoslovak crackdown in 1968?

50 years later: Does anyone remember the Czechoslovak crackdown in 1968?

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — The light mist on the Danube river and the morning radiance on the honey-hued buildings of the Comenius University greet each summer day with the optimism of a fresh beginning. Yet this is August and the memories of the past still dart among shadows and […]

Cohen on McClatchy story: More ‘bad reporting’, I have never been to Prague

Cohen on McClatchy story: More ‘bad reporting’, I have never been to Prague

by WorldTribune Staff, April 15, 2018 Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, said a report connecting him to the unverified Trump dossier and a trip to Prague  is just as bogus today as it was when it was first reported. An April 13 report by McClatchy’s DC Bureau said special counsel Robert Mueller has […]

Who’s who: Vote tally on UN resolution slamming U.S. on Jerusalem

Who’s who: Vote tally on UN resolution slamming U.S. on Jerusalem

Special to WorldTribune , December 21, 2017 Yes: 128 No: 9 Abstain: 35 Y  AFGHANISTAN Y  DOMINICA Y  LITHUANIA SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE Y  ALBANIA A  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC Y  LUXEMBOURG Y  SAUDI ARABIA Y  ALGERIA Y  ECUADOR Y  MADAGASCAR Y  SENEGAL Y  ANDORRA Y  EGYPT A  MALAWI Y  SERBIA Y  ANGOLA EL SALVADOR Y  MALAYSIA […]

‘Czech Donald Trump’ wins in landslide: ‘Refugees should behave as guests’

‘Czech Donald Trump’ wins in landslide: ‘Refugees should behave as guests’

by WorldTribune Staff, October 23, 2017 A populist billionaire often referred to as the “Czech Donald Trump” is set to be the next prime minister of the Czech Republic. Andrej Babis and his anti-establishment party ANO won in a landslide in elections held on Oct. 20. Babis has been an outspoken critic of German Chancellor […]

Anti-establishment billionaire vying to become Czech Republic’s next prime minister

Anti-establishment billionaire vying to become Czech Republic’s next prime minister

by WorldTribune Staff, October 18, 2017 The last time an anti-establishment billionaire made waves in pre-election polls, the major media scoffed and wrote it off and it became fodder for late-night talk show hosts. We all know how that turned out. Andrej Babis, a 63-year-old billionaire and leader of the anti-establishment ANO party, has ridden […]

‘Absurdistan’: Memo to the sheep being prepared for slaughter

‘Absurdistan’: Memo to the sheep being prepared for slaughter

Special to WorldTribune.com By Alexander Maistrovoy At a Party meeting the Party leader addresses the audience: “All of you will be hung tomorrow. Do you have questions? Silence. The Party leader: “I will repeat the question. Tomorrow you all will be hung. Does anybody want to say anything?” A timid voice is heard from the […]

Communist Cuba has a modest plan to pay off Czech Cold War debt: Rum

Communist Cuba has a modest plan to pay off Czech Cold War debt: Rum

by WorldTribune Staff, December 20, 2016 Cash-strapped Cuba has proposed paying off a large Cold War-era debt to the Czech Republic with rum. Cuba owes some $270 million to the former Czechoslovakia, Havana’s ally during the Cold War. There’s no word on whether the Czechs are going to take the deal. Czech Finance Ministry spokesman […]

Prague police detain Russian suspected of hacking In U.S.

Prague police detain Russian suspected of hacking In U.S.

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty PRAGUE — Police in the Czech Republic’s capital have detained a Russian citizen suspected of hacking U.S.-based websites. A Prague police spokesman said late on Oct. 18 that the suspect, whose identity was not disclosed, was detained in a restaurant. The arrest was carried out on […]

Ukraine’s faultline: Baltics looks for support to U.S. where campaigns are ignoring foreign policy

Ukraine’s faultline: Baltics looks for support to U.S. where campaigns are ignoring foreign policy

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The artillery rumbles like a rolling late spring storm. Small arms fire reaches a staccato, only to fall silent just as quickly. And hapless civilians on both sides of an arbitrary divide endure and suffer as the forgotten slow burner conflict in eastern Ukraine continues […]

Golden Prague: Formerly gray Soviet bloc state has been liberated

Golden Prague: Formerly gray Soviet bloc state has been liberated

John J. Metzler PRAGUE — Arriving in Prague’s Vaclav Havel airport, one is immediately swept into the present; not just a refurbished terminal but a new look where people actually smile, immigration officials don’t grimace, and police speed about on segways. The post-communist transformation emerges wider in driving from the airport into Prague. This former […]