Compact archive October 25, 2007

Concert of Laibach in Prague

laibach concert prague Laibach is a music group iconic of industrial music. Being a Slovenian experimental music group, Laibach formed 1980 in Trbovlje. Laibach represents the music wing of the Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK) art collective, of which it was a founding member in 1984. The name “Laibach” is the German name for Slovenia’s capital city, Ljubljana.

Laibach has frequently been accused of both far left and far right political stances due to their use of uniforms and totalitarian-style aesthetics and also due to the Wagnerian influence found in some of their music, notably the thunder in “Sympathy for the Devil (Time for a Change)” and releases such as Macbeth.

Richard Wolfson wrote about the group: “Laibach’s method is extremely simple, effective and horribly open to misinterpretation. First of all, they absorb the mannerisms of the enemy, adopting all the seductive trappings and symbols of state power, and then they exaggerate everything to the edge of parody… Next they turn their focus to highly charged issues — the West’s fear of immigrants from Eastern Europe, the power games of the EU, the analogies between Western democracy and totalitarianism.”

You can come to their concert to Lucerna Music Bar, Vodickova
36, Prague on 19th December 2007. Tickets available in advance at Ticketpro, 440 CZK (15 €)

NATO discuss about the USA radar.

In Noordwijk, Netherlands, ministers of defense of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) hold a conference from 24th to 26th October. Main topic of discussion are planned USA military bases in Poland and the CR.

The meeting of defense ministers was initiated by a round-table discussion. Vlasta Parkanova, the Czech defense minister, participles as the deputy of the CR. The main aim of the Czech delegation is the problematics of USA European bases in the middle Europe.

The American anti-missile silo in Poland and the Czech radar are, beside figting the extremists, the main topic of NATO meeting. On 24th, the ministers dealt with fighting Afghani Taliban. USA wants more EU soldiers in Afghanistan, however the concerned EU countries are under long-term public pressure. Anyway, the Czech Republic and Slovakia have already promised widening their contingent of about 160 soldiers.


Olympic Games Prague: Referendum seems Probable.

referendum olympics prague The matter of Olympic Games should be decided in a referendum. This is the result of the STEM agency and Factum Invenio study. In both cases the absolute majority stands for a referendum. If the referendum about the summer Olympics would take place now, (from the total number of 965 respondents) the supporters would win with 54% of voices. One quarter of the asked don’t know how they would vote.

61% of the respondents are afraid the Olympics would be financed of smaller cities and villages budgets. Their mayors, who assigned the research see “…the organization of the Summer Olympics at this time of bleeding town budgets as inappropriate. It is our justified concern for all the public sources, which will, at the moment, be directed to Prague and its megalomaniac action.” says a vice-mayor of Vysoke Pole Stanislav Polcak.

Completely different opinion than the mayors and majority of interviewed has the leader of Praha Olympijska (Prague Olympic community) Tomas Petera: “We do not agree with the referendum. It is even not supported by the International Olympic Committee. We don’t want the idea of Olympics to became a political theme.”


We will resist, say Prague Jews

neo nazis prague march Determination to fight the right-wing extremists’ march is strengthening among Czech Jews. While some want to protest the march in a peaceful way, some have already organized a protest-march, and among Czech Jews is growing a tendency to defend against neo-nazis by force.

The radical group includes i.e. Arnost Lustig, (a Czech writer who survived Nazi despotism) known especially for his stories that take place during the Holocaust. “I wouldn’t mind a conflict. Both sides can win.” The writer is disgusted by the judgment, according to which the neo-nazis can march in Prague Jewish town on the Crystal night anniversary. According to him the march is sadism, induration and disregard.

The president Vaclav Klaus also protests against the extremists’ action and in his announcement yesterday he appealed to “all the responsible authorities, not to allow such a politically and morally unacceptable event, which dispraise the memory of Nazi crimes and which is not possible to tolerate under cover of freedom of speech and assemblage.”

How would the police act on a possible battle is not clear. In the meantime they wait for a definitive confirmation of the march.


Plans for help non-EU laborers to get to Czech Republic

The Czech government announced last week there are plans for the ‘green card’ system. It came as a response to the Czech economy booming, while there is not enough workers in many companies. Some of the employers are increasingly turning to foreign workers, though the process is often held back by lengthy and complicated bureaucratic procedures.

According to Labor and Social Affairs Minister Petr Necas, about 220,000 foreigners are now working legally in the Czech Republic, with many employers asking for more. The Czech economy is estimated to grow by 5.8 percent next year, which will come with even greater demand.

Petr Necas announced there is a lack of qualified labor, from manual laborers to university graduates, but as a matter of fact, there is also a lack of unqualified workers as well. As the Czech economy needs foreign labor at the current rate of growth, it cannot do without liberalization of the labor market.

The current procedure for getting a job in a Czech company is something quite complicated. First, a company has to offer the job for three months to Czechs and other citizens of the EU. Only after the employer can ask for a special permit for labor-looking abroad the EU. Furthermore, the non-EU job applicants have to get visa and work permits. This can be really lengthy.

The new ‘green card’ system would offer possibility for non-EU applicants to find a vacancy in the central job database. Than they could get the ‘green card’, which would serve as a job and residency permit, in a Czech embassy in their country.