In 1989, poet turned jailed dissident turned political hero Vaclav Havel saw the fruits of his years long fight for a freedom beyond communist rule in Czechoslovakia. He held the mostly ceremonial post of President just long enough to see his country torn in two. In 1992 the fifth estate’s Hana Gartner travels to Prague just as Havel’s creation crumbles -the Slovaks to the east wanted out. The once popular leader was driven from the stage in rallies in Slovakia and saw the Czech and Slovak Prime Ministers broker a backroom deal to divide the territory - The Velvet Revolution. The protesting playwright was also not long for the political stage in his homeland, his refusal to play partisan politics his undoing. He would go on, against some criticism to run for President in the new Czech republic, a post he would hold for ten years. the fifth estate is celebrating our 40th season and we are taking a look back at some of the people and places we have featured on the program. To celebrate our 40 years on the air, we’re doing something we’ve never done before : turn the cameras on ourselves. Join us on Secrets of the fifth estate. Tune in Thursday April 9th at 9 PM on CBC Television. For more on Secrets of the fifth estate : http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/fifthsecrets/ For more on the fifth estate : http://www.cbc.ca/fifth Follow us on Twitter : http://www.twitter.com/cbcfifth Like us on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/thefifthestate
Dignitaries, friends and admirers pay their final respects to Vaclav Havel, the former Czech president.
Thousands of Czechs braved the freezing cold Monday in Prague to pay their respects to former President Vaclav Havel, who died Sunday at age 75. Judy Woodruff discusses the extraordinary life of the writer, dissident and president with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
English/Nat U-S President Bill Clinton has faced reporters for the first time since the release of independent counsel Kenneth Starr's report on the president's alleged misconduct with Monica Lewinsky. Clinton was hosting visiting Czech President Vaclav Havel to discuss foreign relations, but the only relations the press wanted to hear about were those between the president and the former White House intern. When asked about accusations he lied under oath, the president continued his campaign of contrition, saying he admitted what he did was wrong but went into no further detail. He also withheld his opinion on the likely release of his videotaped testimony in the case by the House of Representatives, saying it was the legislators' decision to make. U-S President Bill Clinton and Czech President Vaclav Havel held a round of discussions on Wednesday on everything from Kosovo and Russia's economic crisis to the Czech Republic's admission into the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). But when Clinton and Havel arrived for their news conference at the U-S State Department, they found a press corps hungry to discuss the U-S president's sexual - not foreign - relations. It was the first time Clinton faced reporters since last week's release of the damaging report on his behaviour by independent counsel Kenneth Starr. President Clinton praised Havel for leading his country towards greater democratic reforms and a greater international stature. But after a few questions on foreign policy, Clinton quickly found that he could not escape the hottest topic in Washington - his affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky and whether he lied about it. UPSOUND: (English) "Do you still maintain that you did not lie under oath in your testimony?" SUPER CAPTION: Reporter asking question SOUNDBITE: (English) "I have said for a month now that I did something that was wrong. On last Friday at the prayer breakfast, I laid out as carefully and as brutally honestly as I could what I believe the essential truth to be. I also said then and I will say again that I think that the right thing for our country and the right thing for all people concerned is not to get mired in all the details here, but to focus - for me to focus on what I did, to acknowledge it, to atone for it and then to work on my family, where I still have a lot of work to do, difficult work, and to lead this country to deal with the agenda before us." SUPER CAPTION: Bill Clinton, U-S President With Clinton's Republican opponents steaming over the report and with criticism within his own Democratic Party growing, talk of resignation is echoing around Capitol Hill. But when asked about the likelihood of that happening, the president reaffirmed his commitment to work through the crisis and get on with leading the country. Clinton played down the personal toll the Lewinsky crisis was having on him, but said both he and the country want to put it behind them. UPSOUND: (English) "Can you foresee any circumstances where you might consider resignation, either because of the personal toll on you or the toll on the country?" SUPER CAPTION: Reporter asking question SOUNDBITE: (English) "The personal toll on me is of no concern except in so far as it effects my personal life. I think, though pain, better now because I'm working on what I should be working on. I believe the right thing for the country and what I believe the people of the country want is that now they know what happened they want to put it behind them and they want to go on and they want me to go on and do my job and that is what I intend to do, that is the right thing to do."(Applause) SUPER CAPTION: Bill Clinton, U-S President You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/5eff6334b615be1cfb5f4f9e61c3ab2c Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork
Prostřednictvím pohledu vězeňského dozorce se nám postupně otvírá svět ČLOVĚKA Havla, záměrně méně POLITIKA Havla. A především je to Václav Havel sám, který se před kamerou duševně „otvírá“, a který, zdá se, přestává tento technický prostředek vnímat. Vzniká tak velice intimní a poetický filmový portrét, který se vydává především po stopách Havlových filozofických a uměleckých myšlenek, doprovázen jazzově „pohádkovými“ kompozicemi Jiřího Stivína.
http://www.euronews.net/ World leaders have been in Prague for the funeral of Vaclav Havel, the man who led Czechoslovakia from Stalinism to democracy. The Clintons from the US, Sarkozy and Cameron from France and Britain, Buzak and Barroso from the EU all turned out at St Vitus Cathedral to remember the leader of 1989's peaceful Velvet Revolution. Havel died on Sunday after a long respiratory illness. He was 75.
Politician, playwright and former Czech leader Vaclav Havel, a hero of the epic struggle that ended the Cold War, has died aged 75.
Prime Minister David Cameron, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and French President Nicolas Sarkozy were amongst the mourners at the funeral of former Czech President Vaclav Havel in Prague.
Velvet Revolution figurehead Vaclav Havel has died aged 75 after a life in which he helped end communism in Czechoslovakia.
T/I: 10:31:51 Pope John Paul II arrived in Prague on Saturday (20/5). He was welcomed at the start of his two-day visit by President Vaclav Havel. Accompanied by Prague Cardinal, Miroslav Volk, the Pope rode in his Popemobile from the airport to the Archibishop's Palace, where he had lunch with representatives of different churches in the Czech Republic. SHOWS: PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC 20/5 GVs city Archbishop's palace Pope emerges from palace Pope waving to crowd WS crowd Cutaway crowd Pope enters car Car pulls away Motorcade leaves Shot of crowd Presidential palace (Prague Castle) Vaclav Havel waiting at gates Pope motorcade arriving Havel escorting Pope inside GVs Pope and Havel inside 3:42 ends You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/69fdd4c72b74a23a9b222d342abaa5f8 Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork