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May 9, 2022 41 mins

CITIZENARTS founder Jim Gabbe provides context for the deep understanding that the Czech people have about the Soviet Union’s subjugation of Central and Eastern European states and the victorious fight for a free and democratic Czech Republic.
Jim and four distinguished Czechs engage in an enlightening, provocative discussion about the history of democracy in Czechoslovakia, the Soviet Union’s subjugation of the country, the hope of the Prague Spring which was crushed when Warsaw Pact tanks rolled into Prague, the victory of freedom and democracy in the Velvet Revolution and the newly formed Czech Republic’s decision to join NATO.  This discussion was made all the more relevant given the Czech Republic’s appointment to the UN Human Rights Council, replacing Russia’s membership that was suspended by the UN General Assembly on May 10, 2022.

Joining us are: Jan Kavan, a student leader during the Prague Spring, later foreign minister, deputy prime minister of the Czech Republic and signatory to its NATO membership, and president of the United Nations General Assembly; Pavel Hlavacek, professor and authority on politics in the Czech Republic, and US foreign policy/security issues in East Asia; Eva Klabalova, designer, product developer, lecturer, and founder/creative director of KAVA footwear; and Jan Železný, the youngest member elected to his town council and currently a PhD student focused on global political economics, particularly the US-China rivalry and US foreign policy in Asia.


Liberty vs. Tyranny: Czech Views on Ukraine, Freedom and Democracy Shaped by Strife with Russia is a production of CITIZENARTS

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