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Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | 21/11/2014

Zeman pushing Czech Republic eastward

The Czech ambassador in Kiev was summoned to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry on Thursday to explain repeated pro-Moscow comments made by Czech President Miloš Zeman. At the same time top US politicians in Washington warned Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka against turning his back on the human rights policies of Václav Havel. The conservative daily Lidové noviny is also concerned: "It was Havel who taught us to respect freedom; his policies had a moral dimension. Thanks to his principles we live in a secure, free and prosperous society today. ... But this position is by no means automatic. The consensus that existed under Havel has been shattered. Now there are two conflicting directions. The disputes this gives rise to will be decisive for the Czech Republic. Zeman and his comrades are dragging us back into the civilisational lowlands of the East from which we freed ourselves a quarter of a century ago."

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | 22/02/2006

Criticism of Guantanamo is unjustified

Tomas Klvana says the criticism of numerous Western politicians, and most recently the UN, of the US Guantanamo Bay prison for terrorists is unjustified. "None of the critics who talk of violations of human rights at the prison have actually been there. It can't be ruled out that methods which the Americans don't use in their own country are used there. At a time in which nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction are on the increase, the answers to moral questions are not simple. Guantanamo is part of the war against terrorism, a war which the Americans are not fighting just for themselves, but for all those who are threatened by terrorism."

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