Vol 1, No 12, 13 September 1999
W A R I N K O S O V O:
A Victory for the Media?
Today, the media's role in encapsulating "reality" necessarily includes the promulgation of ethnic conflict. In ex-Yugoslavia, the media served to deconstruct commonalities and helped to create that matrix of non-negotiable differences demanding that "something must be done."
S P E C I A L F E A T U R E:
The Czech Republic 1992 to 1999:
From unintentional political birth to
prolonged political crisis
This is an extensive account of the first years of the young Czech Republic. Starting with the Velvet Divorce, we take you through the privatisations and privations of the Klaus years to the rudderless rise of the Social Democrats; all the events that have made the country what it is today are covered. Lock the door for a few hours, and enjoy a good read.
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with Jan Culik, Steven Saxonberg and Kazi Stastna
M O N E T A R Y U N I O N:
|A young EMU looks toward Central Europe|
Why Do It?
With its huge dominance of European trade, the EMU zone has a significant impact on Central Europe. It is only with a clear understanding of where EMU is leading that the countries of Central Europe can prepare for their possible participation. In our second article in the series, we address how EMU came to be the essential next step in the development of Western Europe.
S L I C E O F L I F E:
The Wine Time
After months of waiting, the time has come to pick and prune the voluptuous clusters of South Moravia's grapes, bursting with wine-making potential, that have made the area famous. While the vintners worry about the first indications of the quality and volume of the harvest, villages in the region are overcome with a more frivolous emotion. This is the time of vinobrani - the wine festival.
||Theme of the Week
A Quiet Revolution
Following the darkest days of the Klaus era, the Czech environmental movement is coming into its own.
Working with Russia
John Massey Stewart
The West, in recognition of Russia's vast environmental problems, has poured in huge quantities of money. How much of it has been spent effectively?
An der schoenen,
Once a thriving ecosystem, the Danube River has become a cancerous brown scar across Eastern Europe. NATO's bombing of Serbia has only made a bad situation worse. Can any of the new proposals make the Danube blue - or at least green?
Where There's Muck
Hungary's now flourishing green movement has had only a relatively small impact; the increased awareness of the need to improve the country's environmental record has more to do with a pragmatic approach to EU accession. But adapting to the EU's demands by altering the contents of the statute books is not enough to ensure change. This is well illustrated by the landfill site at Gare.
CER's Regular Columns:
Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes?
The West keeps sending money East, and it keeps disappearing in a tangle of fear and corruption.
|A WESTERNER'S SURVIVAL GUIDE:
Czechs versus Word-charm
Some argue that of all the Central and East European nations, Czechs are most prone to be charmed by words.
If immortality is ever invented, it will be on sale to the highest bidder. And the highest bidder will be the greatest criminal boss - someone like Stalin, no doubt.
|THE AMBER COAST:
A Friendly Invasion
Scots and Estonians share a bond that encompasses more than just their regular rivalry on the football field: they are kindred nations in spirit.
|CULIK'S CZECH REPUBLIC:
Nova TV: The saga continues
On Thursday 9 September, CME-owned television "service provider," the Czech Independent Television Company, terminated with immediate effect all its technical and production activities. It wound down its broadcasting of television news via the Internet and made 270 out of 350 of its employees redundant. It is only the latest chapter in the unfolding story of Nova TV.
This week, we continue our look at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
A Century of Dreaming:
Jan Jakub Kolski's Historia kina w Popielawach
Andrew J Horton
Jan Jakub Kolski has earned himself a strange reputation. His mystical and folklorish films stand apart from the general flow of Central European
cinema. Critics have found him to have more in common with the "magic realism" of South American prose than with his fellow Central European film directors.
THE KINOEYE ARCHIVE
Resources on Central and East European cinema.
Books and Literature
B O O K R E V I E W:
War in the Woods: Estonia's Struggle for Survival, 1944 -1956
By Mart Laar
Despite faults in the text and in the translation, this book is a must read and a necessity not only for Baltic enthusiasts but also for anyone
generally interested in history. War in the Woods tells the story of Estonia's "Forest Brothers" - the freedom fighters that took to the woods after the second Soviet occupation, which started in 1944.
S U P P L E M E N T:
The CER Book Shop:
Books about Central and Eastern Europe
Have a look at CER's list of books on the region - all available from Amazon.com. The list is divided into five subject headings: cinema, literature, politics, history and economics.
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S U P P L E M E N T:
The CER Music Shop
In co-operation with Amazon.com, Central Europe Review offers you this on-line shopping supplement.
O n D i s p l a y
E V E N T S:
Coming Up in the UK
Details of selected Central and East European cultural events in the UK over the next few weeks.
Andrew J Horton
Last Week's News in Central Europe:
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