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Honoring Jan Zajic in Vitkov

I was on my way to Vitkov, the birthplace of Jan Zajic, to participate in a ceremony honoring him. Zajic was one of the students – Jan Palach is the better known – who immolated himself to protest the August 1968 Soviet/Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia.

March 5, 2011
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Boris Pankin's 100 days

Prague, Feb 21, 2011 – “Marc,” Boris Pankin bellowed at me as I turned around on one of Prague's side streets. “Yes, Mr. Ambassador,” I responded, walking towards him. “Valentina says you have sympathetic eyes. We are happy to join you for dinner.”

February 21, 2011
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Farewell dear Dienstbier

Cairo, Jan 13, 2011 – Dear Dienstbier:

I am saddened that I cannot tell you this in person.

January 13, 2011
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Some thoughts to end 2010

In Transit, December 31, 2010 – Some have shown courage and resolve. Some have just piddled about. Others are moving very distinctly backwards.

December 31, 2010
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A bit of this and that

Cairo, Egypt, December 7, 2010 – It has been 2 ½ months since my last column.

December 7, 2010
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Obama Just Doesn't Get It

Krynica/Warsaw, Poland Sept 12, 2010 – A day after the 9th Anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks, I sit with a former ranking member of the Polish government. “President Obama just doesn’t get it,” he says to me.

September 12, 2010


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