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September 29, 1991 | NORA GALLAGHER, Nora Gallagher has written several articles on the way people's lives in Czechoslovakia have been affected by political change.
ONE COLD SPRING DAY THIS YEAR, JAN KAVAN SAT AT his desk in the Czech and Slovak Parliament with plastic shopping bags filled with papers nestled at his feet like chicks near a hen. A medium-size man with thinning dark hair and gray, pasty skin, Kavan seemed separated from his colleagues by an invisible yet palpable distinction, like a man diagnosed with a terminal disease. He never rose to speak, he was never consulted. Every now and then, someone dropped a note on his desk.
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September 29, 1991 | NORA GALLAGHER, Nora Gallagher has written several articles on the way people's lives in Czechoslovakia have been affected by political change.
ONE COLD SPRING DAY THIS YEAR, JAN KAVAN SAT AT his desk in the Czech and Slovak Parliament with plastic shopping bags filled with papers nestled at his feet like chicks near a hen. A medium-size man with thinning dark hair and gray, pasty skin, Kavan seemed separated from his colleagues by an invisible yet palpable distinction, like a man diagnosed with a terminal disease. He never rose to speak, he was never consulted. Every now and then, someone dropped a note on his desk.
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July 23, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
President Vaclav Havel appointed a minority center-left Social Democrat Cabinet, completing the Czech Republic's first shift of power to the left since the end of communism. Social Democrat leader Milos Zeman, 53, will head the government as prime minister after his party won 74 seats in the 200-seat lower house in last month's general election.
WORLD
May 24, 2003 | John J. Goldman, Times Staff Writer
Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Friday named U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Sergio Vieira de Mello, a veteran troubleshooter, as the international organization's special representative to Iraq. The 55-year-old Brazilian-born diplomat was the choice of the Bush administration, which sought a high-profile United Nations official. Joining the United Nations in 1969, Vieira de Mello has served in such hot spots as Lebanon, Rwanda, Kosovo and East Timor.
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March 8, 2000 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Irked by complaints that the West is losing the peace after winning its war against the Yugoslav regime, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright launched a vigorous defense Tuesday, insisting that conditions are improving in Kosovo province and in other parts of the Balkans. In a speech to the Bohemia Foundation in Prague, Albright said the United States and its allies should not be faulted for their failure to achieve overnight ethnic harmony in a region of long-held hatreds.
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January 24, 2001 | From Associated Press
The wife of a Czech lawmaker said Tuesday that she hopes the international community will help free her husband, who was accused of acts against Cuba's national security and arrested along with another Czech after meeting with dissidents. Lucie Pilipova has visited her husband, former Finance Minister Ivan Pilip, and fellow detainee Jan Bubenik several times since she arrived in Havana on Saturday.
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November 1, 1998 | JERI LABER, Jeri Laber is a founder of Human Rights Watch and its senior advisor
Kanan Makiya, an Iraqi exile, came out from behind his pseudonymous writings at the time of the Gulf War to attack the government of Saddam Hussein, despite his love for and conflicted loyalty to his father, Iraq's leading architect, who for a long time justified his service to the dictator by his love for his country's architectural heritage.
NEWS
January 14, 1990 | SUSAN GREENBERG, REUTERS
One November weekend, a British television reporter interviewed Czech dissident emigre Jan Kavan in front of a seething, chanting crowd in Prague's Wenceslas Square. They both smiled at the irony of the moment. A week earlier Kavan, a student leader during the 1968 "Prague Spring" of reforms, would have been slammed into jail just for setting foot in the country. The reporter had often visited him in London for information about opposition in the East Bloc.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 16, 2000 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Steven Dunning's touching and incisive "Now Chinatown" screens tonight at 7:30 as part of the American Cinematheque's bimonthly Alternative Screen series at the Egyptian. In the film, the demure, wistful Lee (Lianne X. Hu) has been sent by her parents to Los Angeles to work at a family friend's modest Chinatown restaurant to help support an ailing grandmother back in China.
OPINION
August 16, 1998 | Lawrence Weschler, Lawrence Weschler, a staff writer at the New Yorker, is the author of "Calamities of Exile: Three Nonfiction Novellas," one of which explores the fate of Jan Kavan
One would have thought by now that Jan Kavan's endlessly convoluted saga could hold no fresh prospect for surprise. One would have thought wrong. Last month, Kavan achieved vindication (of a sort) beyond anyone's wildest imaginings--except, perhaps, his own. K. at last achieved the Castle, Dreyfus was proclaimed pope: Kavan was named foreign minister of the Czech Republic.
NEWS
March 13, 1999 | TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright traveled to Harry S. Truman's hometown Friday to formally welcome Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic into the NATO fold in an emotional ceremony laden with history and controversy. Albright--herself a Czech immigrant--could barely contain her excitement as she signed a paper formally acknowledging receipt of the documents of accession presented by her Czech, Hungarian and Polish counterparts.
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