Liberty vs. Tyranny: Czech Views on Ukraine, Freedom and Democracy Shaped by Strife with Russia

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No place in Europe has been more at the center of the confrontation between western liberal democracy and Russian totalitarianism than what is now known as the Czech Republic. And today, with nearby neighbor Ukraine engulfed in a deadly war with Russia fighting to keep its sovereignty as a free nation, this confrontation is front and center in the minds of the Czech people. In this two-episode CITIZENARTS podcast, we provide their insights about the up and down history of the Czechs as a democratic people; tormented experience as subjects in a Soviet puppet state; and views about Russia’s war in Ukraine and the role of NATO.Joining us for this discussion are knowledgeable, accomplished, and thoughtful Czechs, some of whom lived through the Soviet Union’s oppression, others who have known only freedom, and all of whom live with the echoing threats and aggression toward their country in the actions of Russia today.

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Episode Two - Liberty vs. Tyranny: Czech Views on Russia’s War in Ukraine
Jun 11 2022
Episode Two - Liberty vs. Tyranny: Czech Views on Russia’s War in Ukraine
In this second and final episode of Liberty vs. Tyranny: Czech Views on Ukraine, Freedom and Democracy Shaped by Strife with Russia, CITIZENARTS founder Jim Gabbe is once again joined by a distinguished panel of Czechs and other experts on the Czech Republic.In this episode, the discussion turns to the Russian war on Ukraine. Given its history with Russia, fight for freedom and democracy and proximity to Ukraine - this  tragic confrontation is front and center in the minds of the Czech people.  Indeed, there are striking parallels between the Czech Republic and Ukraine experience - notably a growing orientation toward western Europe and democracy - and a brutally repressive response from Russia.Joining us once again 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. And joining us for this episode are Aleš Fuksa, a noted Czech journalist and Scott Andrews, a former US Army linguist and currently a researcher and lecturer at the Military History Institute of the Czech University of Defence.EPISODE NOTESLiberty vs. Tyranny: Czech Views on Ukraine, Freedom and Democracy Shaped by Strife with Russia is a production of CITIZENARTS. www.citizenartscreative.orgMore about this podcast, including bios for our distinguished panel can be found at www.citizenartscreative.org/libertyvstyrannyFor more about MARCH, CITIZENARTS's audio drama podcast, please visit www.citizenartscreative.org/marchpodcastInformation about KAVE Footwear can be found at credit: U.S. Central Intelligence AgencyMusic credit: Frederic Chopin, Waltz in Bm. Music by Nesrality from PixabayWe'd love your feedback. You can get in touch with us by emailing jeff.lewis@citizenartscreative.org, and please subscribe, rate and review!
Episode Two - Liberty vs. Tyranny: Czech Views on Russia’s War in Ukraine
Jun 11 2022
Episode Two - Liberty vs. Tyranny: Czech Views on Russia’s War in Ukraine
In this second and final episode of Liberty vs. Tyranny: Czech Views on Ukraine, Freedom and Democracy Shaped by Strife with Russia, CITIZENARTS founder Jim Gabbe is once again joined by a distinguished panel of Czechs and other experts on the Czech Republic.In this episode, the discussion turns to the Russian war on Ukraine. Given its history with Russia, fight for freedom and democracy and proximity to Ukraine - this  tragic confrontation is front and center in the minds of the Czech people.  Indeed, there are striking parallels between the Czech Republic and Ukraine experience - notably a growing orientation toward western Europe and democracy - and a brutally repressive response from Russia.Joining us once again 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. And joining us for this episode are Aleš Fuksa, a noted Czech journalist and Scott Andrews, a former US Army linguist and currently a researcher and lecturer at the Military History Institute of the Czech University of Defence.EPISODE NOTESLiberty vs. Tyranny: Czech Views on Ukraine, Freedom and Democracy Shaped by Strife with Russia is a production of CITIZENARTS. www.citizenartscreative.orgMore about this podcast, including bios for our distinguished panel can be found at www.citizenartscreative.org/libertyvstyrannyFor more about MARCH, CITIZENARTS's audio drama podcast, please visit www.citizenartscreative.org/marchpodcastInformation about KAVE Footwear can be found at credit: U.S. Central Intelligence AgencyMusic credit: Frederic Chopin, Waltz in Bm. Music by Nesrality from PixabayWe'd love your feedback. You can get in touch with us by emailing jeff.lewis@citizenartscreative.org, and please subscribe, rate and review!
Episode One - Liberty vs. Tyranny: The Czech Experience
May 9 2022
Episode One - Liberty vs. Tyranny: The Czech Experience
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.EPISODE NOTES  Liberty vs. Tyranny: Czech Views on Ukraine, Freedom and Democracy Shaped by Strife with Russia is a production of CITIZENARTS  about this podcast, including bios for our distinguished panel can be found at: be sure to subscribe to hear Episode Two - Liberty vs. Tyranny: Czech views on Russia’s war in Ukraine.For more about MARCH, CITIZENARTS's audio drama podcast, please visit: about KAVE Footwear can be found at credit: U.S. Central Intelligence AgencyWe'd love your feedback. You can get in touch with us by emailing jeff.lewis@citizenartscreative.org, and please subscribe, rate and review!