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Big Bucks in Body Brokering From Ukraine to USA


In the second in a series of articles being published by TheDaily in co-operation with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists looking into the globes-panning shady world of trading with human bones, organs and skin, the spotlight is put on just how the business works, with a look at Ukraine and the personal testimony of […]

Dead Bodies Being Harvested for Profit


The sinister world of organ trading is a fast growing multi-million dollar business, with the bones and so-called tissues of the deceased, also from the likes of neighbouring Slovakia, being distributed all over the world and generating profit for everyone along the chain. Following an eight month investigation of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists […]

Czechs Look Set To Take Slovak Gas Utility


Speculations surrounding who will gain control over gas utility SPP as the French and German investors contemplate their withdrawal are now starting to take shape, with the energy holding of financial group J&T and two Czech billionaires most likely to become the new owner. While in Berlin this week, PM Robert Fico even discussed the […]

EuroVelo 4,000 km Cycling Marathon for Road Safety


This week sees the start of the European Velo Marathon, a 4000 km bike tour departing from Bulgaria on 2 June and arriving in London on 25 July, just two days before the Olympic Games start. The cyclists will be carrying an alternative Olympic torch to hand over to the Mayor of London as a symbol of athletic stamina and […]

Kalousek: Some People Reject The Democratic System

Finance minister Miroslav Kalousek (c) Chmee2

Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek in Questions of Václav Moravec on Czech Television said: ” Disgruntled citizens who have demonstrated in recent days, especially in Prague, but also in other places in the country, were not protesting  against the government, but against the system as itself. Some people did not accept the democratic system and dreams […]

Two Ways to Educate Roma Children


One Europe, two different ways of educating Roma children In the Czech Republic, Slovakia and some other new EU Member States, Roma ethnic group children are disproportionately placed in special schools for the mentally disabled or in de facto segregated schools. When these same children migrate to the United Kingdom with their parents, they are educated in […]

RIP Vaclav Havel; Symbol of the Velvet Revolution

Havel speaking in Prague on 20th anniversary of revolution (c) Ben Skala

The last president of Czechoslovakia (1989-1992), dissident, king of democracy and renowned writer Vaclav Havel passed away at his home in Hradecek pri Trutnove yesterday 18 December, aged 75. The condolences came flooding in from all over the world, including from Slovak President Ivan Gasparovic who underlined the key role Havel played during and after […]

Czech-Slovak Police Op Catches Nuclear Smugglers

Photo taken by smugglers as proof

At a press conference today, police commissioner Jaroslav Spisiak, announced a successful Slovak-Czech police operation on an organised group that was planning to smuggle nuclear materials. Photo taken by smugglers as proof The group of six Slovaks and one Czech, led by a 71-yr old, was planning to smuggle a radioactive substance worth around half […]

Czech Entrepreneur Sets Sights on Cargo Rail Company

Cargo train (c) Federico Cantoni

  Slovakia’s state-run railway company Cargo could end up in the hands of Czech entrepreneur Zdenek Bakala, as he has openly expressed an interest in privatising the company as it fits into his business strategy. Zdenek is one of the richest men in the Czech Republic, owning several energy companies and Europe’s largest player on […]

Slovakia Grabs AU Optronics Operation From Brno

AU Optronics plant, Slovakia

Major Taiwanese electronics manufacturer AU Optronics is planning to move its LCD division from Brno in the Czech Republic to the company’s Trencin plant in Slovakia, reports Hospodarske Noviny today. Some believe the company took the decision as security so as not to endanger the chance of receiving EUR 38 million in state assistance from […]

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