Archive | August, 2009

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Transitional Justice at 20

Posted on 28 August 2009 by admin

Over the years the lustration process has grown more intractable as it has become an instrument of political maneuver and manipulation.

By Risto Karajkov

When the Czechoslovak law on lustration was adopted back in October 1991, its scope was limited both in terms of its aims and its time frame. The law did not aim to serve justice, or deal with the past – those notions only came later – but to prevent the possibility of a communist coup by preventing “elements” from the former regime from infiltrating the new government. As such, it was designed to have a limited duration of 10 years. Continue reading …

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Making the Impossible Possible

Posted on 05 August 2009 by admin

A crusader for open society recalls the beginning of the end of communism in Central and Eastern Europe. From CNN.com.

By George Soros

I set up my first foundation in Hungary in 1984. The idea behind it was simple. The state dogma, promoted by the ruling communists, was false, and by providing an alternative we could expose its falsehood. Accordingly we supported every cultural initiative that was not an expression of the established dogma. Continue reading …

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