Compact archive July 21, 2008

Czech Roma People heading to Canada again

When, ten years ago, hundreds of Czech Gypsies emigrated to Canada, the country tried to resist by establishing visa necessity. However, visa requirement was cancelled last year in November. And the number of Gypsy people heading towards the socially-focused state have increased rapidly again, Denik informed.

That wouldn’t be a problem, if they automatically didn’t ask for asylum. This threatens the no-visa state – in the contract is, the number of asylum seekers mustn’t be higher than 2% of the total number. Because since May, there was 449 requests from Roma families, and 2% maximum means 570 per year, it is possible Canada will re-establish visa requirement again.

Dianne Finley, the Canada minister for emigration have already send a warning – no one should ask for an asylum, when it is clear he/she doesn’t need it. By this, he/she only takes the very needed support form people who are real refugees.


Joan Baez calls Havel and Mandela pillars of 20th century

The former president Vaclav Havel is known for his liking of Rock music, and he got a very nice present when he went to the Trencin festival – the U.S. folk singer Joan Baez said Vaclav Havel and Nelson Mandela are the moral pillars of the 20th century.

Baez is a 67 yo human rights activist, who remembers how it looked like in the communist Czechoslovakia first hand – she was concerting in 1989 before the Velvet Revolution. She met Havel than – Havel carried her guitar there. He later commented that the police recognised him, but didn’t arrest him, because it seemed bad to them to arrest Joan Baez’s servant. Back in 1989, she was courageous enough to pronounce her disagreement with the regime. Now, after all those years, she praises Havel for what he have done for the world.


Who is Martin Bursik?

Martin Bursík (born 1959 in Prague) is a Czech politician and the current chairman of the Czech Green Party (Strana zelených).

In the 1980s Bursík studied environmental engineering at the Charles University in Prague. In June 1989, he joined the dissident movement and signed the declaration of the anti-Communist movement. During the Velvet Revolution in November of that year, he was one of the founders of the Civic Forum (OF).

Martin Bursik Bursik has concentrated on protecting the environment since his studies in the later 1980s. He was in charge of ecological questions on the Prague municipality and in 1998, he was appointed Minister of Environment for the first time, in Josef Tosovsky’s caretaker government, which lasted for several months. Those days he was in Christian Democratic Party, which he left in 2003 and joined the Green Party. He became a chairman of the latter in 2005 after the party undergone several shifts in direction and was in a state of chaos. If nothing else, he managed to put it back into one piece and led it towards a successful election.

Educated, well- spoken and capable of intelligent debate, he seems to resemble western professional politicians rather than the rather arrogant brutes which tend to dominate our politics. His eco- policies are mostly moderate and decidedly non-idealist, focusing on efficiency and incentives instead of interventions. Read on about Martin Bursik

Leonard Conhen Heading to Prague

The famous Canadian songster Leonard Cohen finally confirmed his schedule of concerts, so his first concert in Prague should be for real. The date is 27th September in the HC Sparta Prague Arena, the songster announced on his webpages. This is a change to the originally planned venue of Prague Castle, the reason is probably high interest in tickets, sold at Ticketportal online. Prices vary from 1100 to 5000 czk.

Leonard Cohen goes on tour after fifteen years. Cohen’s earliest songs (many of which appeared on the 1967 album Songs of Leonard Cohen) were rooted in European folk music melodies and instrumentation. In the 1970s his music encompassed pop, cabaret and world music. Since the 1980s his high baritone voice he has typically evolved into lower registers (bass baritone and bass), with accompaniment from electronic synthesizers and female backing singers. His work often explores the themes of religion, isolation, sexuality, and complex interpersonal relationships.


Weather in Prague in August

It is cloudy again, there are rain showers and temperatures to 25 Celsius. The weather forecast for August 2008 in the Czech Republic is only slightly better than forecast for July. People who were preparing for hot summer at a dam or a lake at the Czech republic change their plans, either for other kind of vacation, a bike or a wellness one, or they change for last minute trip abroad.

According to weather specialists, there is no reason for being annoyed. Summers of the last years were extremely hot, now it returns to the normal state. So, how is the ‘normal’ August going to look like? At the beginning there will be some improvement, after the fist few days temperatures will go down to 20-26 Celsius. For up-to-date forecast for Prague click here.