June 16, 2009 |
PRAGUE -- It's odd to hear commentators quibble about the "irregularities" in last Friday's Iranian elections. As one of my colleagues from Radio Farda, the Persian-language station of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, notes: The government began announcing results before the votes could have been properly counted. The widespread feeling that injustice has been done is what is driving tens of thousands into the streets of Tehran and other cities. Of course, even before the voting took place, we knew there were problems.
April 28, 2009 |
To Jan, the unlikely Czech hero of Tom Stoppard's warm and invigorating "Rock 'n' Roll," explosively rollicking music is freedom. Not because of what it unleashes, but what it refuses to be. In a land of subjugated citizens and suppressed creativity, rock is a force that cannot be put in chains. It's the spirit of the AM/FM sound of the '60s, of the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd, the Beatles and Cream, that pulls together the varied emotional and political currents of Stoppard's wise, thinking-person's play.
April 27, 2009 |
When most foreign ballet companies come to Washington, it's with a big, showy, geared-to-please production, performed on a grand stage, most likely at the Kennedy Center. The Czech National Theatre Ballet offered a more intimate and revealing experience Saturday night, making a thoroughly winning local debut at the Harman Center for the Arts. The Harman's inviting layout and snug proportions hug you to the stage, but it was the dancers' naturalness and clean, unaffected energy that drew their audience all the closer.
April 13, 2009 |
So far this year TechCrunch has run roundtable meetup events for startups in Barcelona , Paris , Prague and coming up we'll be in Stockholm on May 27, Berlin on June 10 and throwing a huge summer party in London on July 9 (come meet The Travelling Geeks ). But next week will be TechCrunch Europe's first day-long conference in London and it's shaping up to be pretty cool. Over 200 people are already coming and there are only a handful of tickets left.
April 12, 2009 |
So I was in Prague for the weekend together with CrunchGear's John Biggs , in an effort to learn more about the Czech tech scene first hand. The organizer of the event, dubbed PragueCrunch , was Jack DeNeut from Nelso , an American who has been living there for the past 16 years and is extremely well connected with the local community. When we weren't enjoying the great weather on the terrace , the awesome local beer or cuisine, we engaged in a lot of conversations with Czech entrepreneurs and learned a lot, so a big thank you to Jack for hosting the event.
April 7, 2009
The White House announced on Monday the names of 10 additional council members who will advise the president on faith-based programs and other key issues, such as fatherhood and poverty. The new members of the Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships include several people from groups representing minorities, including Dalia Mogahed, executive director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies; Anju Bhargava, founder of Asian Indian Women in America; and Harry Knox, head of the religion program at the Human Rights Campaign, which advocates for gays and lesbians.
April 5, 2009 |
This Saturday marks our second annual PragueCrunch to be held at the magnificent Hergetova Cihelna (try the veal!) on April 11 at 2pm. The program will be fairly off-the-cuff this weekend and I encourage those who'd like to speak for about 5 minutes during the event to drop me a line ASAP (email@example.com). We'll also have a job hunt portion to the event with colored name tags for networkers, job seekers, and employers. Robin Wauters will dance. If last year is any indication, you're going to meet the cream of the Prague tech community at this event so if you're out of work or looking for a crack COBOL programmer, you'll be in the right place.
April 4, 2009
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you so much. Thank you for this wonderful welcome. Thank you to the people of Prague. Thank you to the people of the Czech Republic. (Applause.) Today, I'm proud to stand here with you in the middle of this great city, in the center of Europe. (Applause.) And, to paraphrase one of my predecessors, I am also proud to be the man who brought Michelle Obama to Prague. (Applause.) To Mr. President, Mr. Prime Minister, to all the dignitaries who are here, thank you for your extraordinary hospitality.
March 30, 2009 |
Hey, TC/MC/CG/TCEU Central European readers! We haven't forgotten about you. Robin Wauters and John Biggs will arrive in Prague on April 11 for a wee get-together at Hergetova Cihelna AKA the Brick Factory. We'll start the day off at about 2pm and will be drinking, talking, and networking until the wee hours of the night. You can find the bar here on Nelso . We're currently planning out the day's events so if you have any ideas or would like to RSVP, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "RSVP PRAGUE" or just hit up the Facebook Event . I hope that you'll be able to join us for a bit of Czech beer and keep an eye out for updates including a complete sponsor list.
March 30, 2009
Tuesday: The United Nations opens a high-level conference in The Hague on Afghanistan. Friday: NATO holds its 60th annual summit, jointly hosted by France and Germany. Sunday: President Obama attends a European Union-U.S. summit in Prague.