Precisely because Kennedy’s presidency was so short and, regarding many of his plans, the story was never told to the end, everyone can read into him what they want to see.
As the PRISM case in the U.S. shows, the main problem is monitoring the monitors. There are mistakes and excessive surveillance, but America is decidedly not Staasi-era East Germany or contemporary China.
George Orwell, in his famous essay “Shooting an Elephant,” recalls his years spent in Burma, where, as an official of the colonial government, he shot to death a roaming male elephant, even though it posed no threat to its surroundings. So why did he shoot it? Because it was the thing to do. Local residents [Read more]
Dear New Yorkers, wouldn't it be a shame for your wonderful city, where nearly 20 million people live and which has a GDP six times greater than the Czech Republic, to be led by a repeated liar, Carlos Danger?
Ten years have passed since the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Many in the U.S. today consider it a mistake that cost taxpayers trillions of dollars, of which billions were thrown straight out the window. Calculating the devastation the invasion caused Iraqis is impossible. As these lines are being written, the estimate of the [Read more]
Looking at American legislators we might occasionally get the same feeling as when we observe Czech lawmakers, namely that they are a strange bunch wrapped up in their own little world. But in one matter American congressmen are better: In the end, they didn’t include an initial proposal to increase their own [Read more]
“We’ll eat breakfast. Two minutes.”
My husband summons me in brilliant Czech to view the outcome of his weekend culinary endeavors. The language is very, very slowly but nevertheless seeping into the folds of his brain in spite of his obstinate effort not to learn the language of the land of milk, honey and [Read more]
If remaining regulations could be removed within the framework of an agreement on a free trade zone, economic growth on both sides of the Atlantic could increase by as much as two percent, according to some estimates.
'A war has been raging in American literature for more than a decade, a war in which a tiny band of rebels, led by Anis Shivani, is valiantly attempting to storm The Establishment with less than rousing success.'