Compact archive January 7, 2009

Beyoncé in Prague concert

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles (1981), commonly known as Beyoncé, is an American R&B singer-songwriter, record producer, fashion designer and actress. Knowles rose to fame in the late 1990s as the lead singer of girl group Destiny’s Child and went on to sell over 50 million records worldwide with the group.

After a series of commercial successes with the group, Knowles released her debut solo album, Dangerously in Love, in June 2003. The album became one of the most-successful albums of that year, spawning the number-one singles “Crazy in Love” and “Baby Boy”. It earned Knowles five Grammy Awards in a single night in 2004, and its reception signaled her viability as a solo artist.

Knowles comes with her third solo album, I Am… Sasha Fierce, which was released on November 2008, and spawned the worldwide hit, “If I Were a Boy”, and the US number-one hit “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”.

Beyoncé performs in Prague on 30th April 2009 in the O2 Arena Prague.

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Greenpeace projected EU flag to Prague Castle

Activists from Greenpeace have screened the EU flag on the Prague Castle. They wanted to point at the aversion Vaclav Klaus keeps against hanging the EU flag on the castle during Czech Chairmanship. The event also wanted to remind the politicians that one of the Chairmanship priorities should be climate protection. The person of Klaus, the mot significant Czech ‘denier’ of climate changes was the ideal target for the action; in their words they wanted to “react on some quotes of Euroskeptical and climateskeptical politicians.”

That the screening was more a kind of ‘payback’ illustrate their other words: “We hope the (Czech) government won’t give Klaus the opportunity to abuse Czech chairmanship for attacks at European politics of climate protection. If the Czech government wants to come through as the leader of the Union, they need to pay much more attention to the climate protection.”

According to Klaus, EU Flag doesn’t belong to the Prague Castle, because the castle is a symbol of Czech statesmanship, Czech state, not the EU.

Petition against communists signed by 51 thousands

Signers of the Internet petition ‘Na komunisty si zvykat nechceme’ (We do not want to get used to Communists) are 51 thousands already, the numbers steadily grow. The representatives prepare to go on 19th January to the house of the government to publicly appeal for support of court ban of the communist party.

The initiators point to communists getting back to the real power after the regional elections. They are afraid it is not far to the time communists would return to the central government. They state they would consider even the discussion about abandoning the communist party itself to be a success.

The petition, which renown surprised the initiators themselves appeal to the Czech politic representation to stand against return of communists to the real political power, and to put through consistent persecution of public propagation of communism and other motions leading to repression of human rights and freedoms.

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Vaclav Klaus sometimes replaced by Vaclav Havel for Czech Chairmanship.

vaclav havel This is not a joke. Lidove Noviny informed about the curious case in today edition. Not only other presidents do not invite Klaus anymore, but somebody found out Havel can be still a good representative for EU events, even when he has not been the president for five years already.

Klaus let us to know, through his speaker, he is going to miss today Euroaction connected to the EU Chairmanship in the National Theatre without explanation. Meanwhile, Czech diplomats started to explain foreign journalists, who meanwhile found in the pressure among the prime minister and the president the topic for their articles, that Klaus is not that important and that we can do it without him.

Tonight in National Theatre, there won’t be Vaclav Klaus, but other Vaclav and foreigners, who perceive it from the outside, maybe won’t even notice he is no longer the president. So the originally chimeric image of putting Havel to the front again became, at least for a little bit, real.

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Schwarzenberg: Gaza development goes in wrong direction

“European Union mission didn’t achieve immediate truce between Israel and Hamas motion, but hope it helped the future development” The foreign minister Karel Schwarzenberg said after returning from the Middle East, where he tried with the EU delegation heads negotiate peace.

“The development goes in the dangerous direction” he continues. “Hamas is responsible for the present state of things and Gaza residents pay the price.” Shwarzenberg represents the opinion of Czech political majority.

“The main obstacle of peace are especially attitudes on both sides of the conflict. Israeli want to stop rocket attacks on their land and to have control of tunnels by which weapons are smuggled into Gaza zone. Without it, there will be no peace.” Schwarzenberg closes.

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