Entering the World of Franz Kafka. He May Predict Our Future By Describing the Czech Republic’s Authoritarian Past

(Photo by Eddie Boyd, from Flickr.com) I was disturbed and entranced while in Prague to visit a museum dedicated to the life and work of Czech writer Franz Kafka (1883-1924). In describing Central and Eastern Europe's past, I fear he may be describing the modern world's authoritarian future. His letters, diaries, and photographs are on... Continue Reading →


Must See and Fun Things to Do in Prague

My wife, son and I spent three days in Prague, Czech Republic. What a beautiful, compact walking city -- actually far more attune to tourists than Budapest. Here is our slide show. Prague Castle takes about half a day to tour. Then there's Old Town Square, and St. Vitus Cathedral -- must see. The city... Continue Reading →

Eastern Europeans Nervous About Putin and Trump

One of the great success stories of the late 20th and early 21st century was the destruction of the Iron Curtain, liberation of the former Eastern BlocĀ or Warsaw Pact countries from Soviet tyranny, their embrace of free markets, and, with some limitations, economic integration into Europe. Spending 10 days in Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland,... Continue Reading →

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