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  Velvet Revolution   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
The "'''Velvet Revolution'''" (Czech: sametová revoluce, Slovak: ne&382;ná revolúcia) (November 16 - December 29 1989) refers to a bloodless revolution in Czechoslovakia that saw the overthrow of the communist government there.
As One of the results of the Velvet revolution, the first democratic elections since 1946 held in June 1990, brought the first completely non-communist government to Czechoslovakia in over forty years.
The term Velvet Revolution was invented by a journalist after the events, caught on in world media and eventually in Czechoslovakia itself.
velvet-revolution.iqnaut.net   (2074 words)

 Velvet Revolution - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Cardinal František Tomášek, the Catholic primate of the Czech lands, declared his support of the students, and issued a declaration in which he criticized the situation in all social spheres of Czechoslovakia.
For the first time during the Velvet Revolution, the "radical" demand to abolish the article of the Constitution establishing the "leading role" of the Communist Party was expressed by Ľubomír Feldek at a meeting of Public Against Violence.
The term Velvet Revolution was coined by a journalist after the first events and it caught on in world media and eventually in Czechoslovakia.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Velvet_Revolution   (3204 words)

 The Velvet Revolution | Departures   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
This season, decadent, bourgeois velvet will be moving from upper-class staple to cutting-edge statement as leading designers introduce suits, blazers, and trousers in the fabric once beloved by Oscar Wilde.
This velvet revolution means the long-running trend of cold, futuristic menswear is over.
Velvet is chunky, so it is important to have a well-tailored blazer, or you run the risk of resembling an Edwardian teddy bear.
www.departures.com /fa/fa_1105_velvet.html   (1003 words)

 Tamara Tsikhistavi, Velvet Revolution Positive Peace inGeorgia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
The "velvet revolution" in Georgia has shown that violent political systems based on the violation of human rights always collapse.
There were several reasons for the "velvet revolution" that started against the government of Georgia.
The British in India, the Shah of Iran, Marcos in the Philippines, Solidarnosc, the Velvet Revolution in Chechoslovakia, the end of the Cold War and the fall of the Berlin Wall, Pinochet in Chile, Milosevic in Serbia and now Shevardnadze in Georgia: nonviolence changes the world for the better and offers hope.
www.transnational.org /forum/meet/2003/Tsikhistavi_Georgia.html   (955 words)

 The Velvet Revolution in Prague and the Czech Republic, November 1989
Velvet Revolution in Prague and the Czech Republic, November 1989.
A week after the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989, the Velvet Revolution brought an end to communism.
The Revolution of '89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin and Prague
www.myczechrepublic.com /czech-history/velvet-revolution.html   (293 words)

 Velvet Revolution Joins Citizens Group in Calling...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
WASHINGTON, May 27 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Velvet Revolution -- http://www.velvetrevolution.us -- has joined a broad coalition of veterans, peace, and political activist groups to announce a campaign today to urge that the U.S. Congress launch a formal investigation into whether President Bush has committed impeachable offenses in connection with the Iraq war.
In addition to Velvet Revolution, the original organizations forming the AfterDowningStreet.org coalition include: Global Exchange, Gold Star Families for Peace, Democrats.com, Veterans for Peace, Code Pink, Progressive Democrats of America, Democracy Rising, The BRAD BLOG and Justice Through Music.
Velvet Revolution is an issue-based advocacy group working on Election and Media Reform and calling for an Exit Strategy in Iraq.
releases.usnewswire.com /GetRelease.asp?id=48093   (350 words)

 BBC News | Europe | Prague marks Velvet Revolution
Czech President Vaclav Havel has marked the 10th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution and the end of communism with a call for continued vigilance against abuses of freedom and human rights around the world.
It is 10 years since a police crackdown, which came a week after the fall of the Berlin Wall, prompted hundreds of thousands of Czechs to pour into the centre of Prague to demand democracy.
Slovak Justice Minister Jan Carnogursky - a dissident leader at the time of the Velvet Revolution - said that the Slovak people could be proud of what they had achieved in the 10 years since the fall of Communism.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/europe/523227.stm   (698 words)

 Russia fears velvet revolution - World - www.theage.com.au
It is seen as a sign that the Government is concerned it will be toppled by a velvet-style revolution of the kind that has begun to spread across the former Soviet Union.
The Kremlin is taking measures to ensure there is never a velvet revolution within Russia's borders.
Direct elections for regional governors have been scrapped, the bar for forming a political party raised and there is talk of launching a new pro-Kremlin political party to consolidate the Government's hold on power.
www.theage.com.au /news/World/Russia-fears-velvet-revolution/2005/04/08/1112815724515.html?from=moreStories   (647 words)

 TP: Georgia: A Velvet Revolution?
The answer to the first question was subsequently revealed: there was practically no violence, although some observers had made mention of the fisticuffs between Shevarnadze supporters and the opposition, despite the fact these few incidents are nothing compared to the hooliganism of British and German football matches.
What happened in the former Yugoslavia, for instance, was perhaps the bloodiest of them all, although within the framework of political change, that is, in terms of impact and violence within a short time frame, it didn't match what happened in Bucharest.
The phrase the "velvet revolution" was first coined by the Vaclav Havel who led then Czechoslovakia on the road to change.
www.heise.de /tp/r4/artikel/16/16180/1.html   (1027 words)

 The Velvet Revolution Declassified
At that point the largest protest in 20 years, the demonstrations helped to spark the Velvet Revolution that brought down communism in Czechoslovakia and put dissident playwright Václav Havel in the Presidential Palace.
The November 17, 1989 march commemorated a student leader, Jan Opletal, who was killed by Nazi occupiers 50 years before, but quickly took on a starkly anti-regime character with calls of "Jakeš into the wastebasket," referring to the communist party general secretary, and demands for free elections.
Czechoslovakia's Velvet Revolution soon joined the historic chain of events begun with Poland's roundtable talks and elections, Hungary's reintroduction of a multi-party system, and just a week before the Prague protests, the collapse of the Berlin Wall.
www.gwu.edu /~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB141   (1060 words)

 Bagism: Library: Timeline: Prague's "Velvet Revolution"
The Beatles record three versions of the song "Revolution." There is a slow version for release on the upcoming "white album," a faster version for a 7-inch single and "Revolution No. 9," a sound collage destined to become the world's best-known piece of avant-garde art.
The music is enormously poplar in Czechoslovakia -- particularly "Revolution No. 1" and "Revolution No. 9." The songs are destined to become a seed crystal for a pacifistic revolution against Communism in Prague that will be launched in the form of the "Charter 77" petition nine years later.
Borders are tightened, but "Revolution No. 9" already has become a soundtrack of the times for young intellects in Prague who adore its avant-garde construction.
www.bagism.com /library/lennonwall-timeline.html   (1157 words)

 Our Velvet Revolution
A growing number of Americans are beginning to identify with the pro-democracy activists whose courage opened much of the world to freedom in the final decades of the 20th Century.
We need no Velvet Revolution, for our lives are sufficient; they are velvet couches, made in China, affordable to us because the best part of the price is paid by others, by the young worker in China, by the unemployed fellow in our own town, and by his children who pay in a thousand ways.
That is why there is a velvet revolution brewing, and it is not the whining of spoiled children, but the song of freedom of brave men and women who are prepared to let the bales upon their backs fall and mix with the old tea in the harbor.
www.commondreams.org /views05/0117-31.htm   (2199 words)

 Velvet Revolution - CounterCulture
Rock music, especially that of Frank Zappa and Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground, and the Czech band Plastic People of the Universe, inspired Counterculture leaders such as Vaclav Havel (the Czech playwright, human rights campaigner who later became president) and other dissidents during their struggle against Soviet rule.
According to an interview given Punk magazine, Lou Reed claimed that when he visited Vaclav Havel after the Velvet Revolution's success, Havel presented Reed with a locally printed edition of Velvet Underground song lyrics in Czech translation.
Havel, says Reed, explained to the surprised rock singer that the Czech counter culture had taken the name of its bloodless revolution from the name of Reed's band, Velvet Underground.
counterculture.wikia.com /wiki/Velvet_Revolution   (448 words)

 Velvet Revolution
The reason VR condemns this otherwise necessary blue-ribbon commission is due to the participation of James A. Baker III as its co-chair.
Velvet Revolution is an issue-based advocacy group working on Election and Media Reform, serving as an umbrella organization to nearly 100 Voting Rights, Election Reform and Media Reform organizations.
VR has recently launched its "Divestiture for Democracy" campaign calling on America's Voting Machine companies to provide transparency and accountability in their publicly funded role of running America's elections.
www.commondreams.org /news2005/0330-22.htm   (480 words)

 Central Europe Review - Post-Velvet Revolution Years Rocky for Roma   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Czech public institutions have time and again taken measures to isolate the Romani population and resisted listening to voices of dissent.
The precedent-setting example came in 1993 with the Velvet Divorce.
The split between the Czech Republic and Slovakia was hindered by relatively few issues, and even fewer issues lingered on after the separation was complete.
www.ce-review.org /99/18/nieuwsma18.html   (2706 words)

 US Points at New Address of Velvet Revolution, Belarus
When asked whether or not the US backed the opposition in Belarus for a revolution, Rice replied: "If it brings about democratic progress, why is it a bad thing for people to throw off the yoke of tyranny and decide they want to control their own futures?"
Encouraging the opposition leaders for a velvet revolution, Rice said: "We think the road to democracy in Belarus, while it may seem difficult and, at times, even far away, there will be a road to democracy in Belarus."
The Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG) at www.globalresearch.ca grants permission to cross-post original Global Research articles in their entirety, or any portions thereof, on community internet sites, as long as the text and title are not modified.
www.globalresearch.ca /articles/CET504A.html   (770 words)

 © the eyeranian: Another Velvet Revolution
Being in touch with Iranian activists of different stripes, I can tell you that what took place over the last few days in the one-time Iranian region known now as Republic of Georgia (Commonwealth of Independent States) is significant beyond the borders of this little-known Caucasian country.
What is being labeled as a "Velvet Revolution" was exactly that, a revolution.
There was some overtures for Shevardnadze to keep his post until a new government is put in place, perhaps resembling more of a reformist transition than a revolution, but the peaceful (although forceful) invasion of parliament by masses ended such speculations and the President resigned today.
www.eyeranian.net /2003/11/23,529.shtml   (915 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Blue Velvet [1986]: DVD: Isabella Rossellini,Kyle MacLachlan,David Lynch,Dennis Hopper,Laura Dern,Hope ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
"Blue Velvet" still stays as sick, twisted, raw, and as cult as it was in 1986.
"Blue Velvet" isn't for everybody's liking though; with over 150 uses of the 'f' word, horrific sequences and description, and a disturbing sequence between Dennis Hopper, Isabella Rossellini, and a gas mask (you've bound to of heard of that scene).
Another problem I have with "Blue Velvet" is the length of the movie.
www.amazon.co.uk /Blue-Velvet-Isabella-Rossellini/dp/B0000AM76A   (1210 words)

 OSDL's Weinberg: Open source is a 'velvet' revolution
Even so, the open source revolution is happening right now and will carry the day, said Bill Weinberg, open source architecture specialist and Linux evangelist for Open Source Development Labs (OSDL).
Before that gig, he discussed the state of the Linux and open source revolution in an interview with SearchEnterpriseLinux.com.
Bill Weinberg: The 'revolution' is real and on-going, but it is an incremental 'velvet' revolution.
searchopensource.techtarget.com /originalContent/0,289142,sid39_gci1112997,00.html   (1870 words)

 earthfamilyalpha: The Velvet Revolution
The "Velvet Revolution" (Czech: sametová revoluce, Slovak: nežná revolúcia) (November 16 – December 29, 1989) refers to a bloodless revolution in Czechoslovakia that saw the overthrow of the communist government there.
Perhaps the Velvet Revolution sent it somewhere else,
We have a website to bring about a Velvet Revolution here in America!
earthfamilyalpha.blogspot.com /2006/03/velvet-revolution.html   (474 words)

 RP's History Online - Velvet Revolution
The six-week period between November 17 and December 29, 1989, also known as the "Velvet Revolution" brought about the bloodless overthrow of the Czechoslovak communist regime.
Almost immediately, rumors (which have never been proved) began to circulate that the impetus for the Velvet Revolution had come from a KGB provocateur sent by Gorbacev, who wanted reform rather than hardline communists in power.
In part because of this, the Czechs do not like the term "Velvet Revolution," preferring to call what happened "the November Events" (Listopadove udalosti) or - sometimes - just "November" (Listopad).
archiv.radio.cz /history/history15.html   (1135 words)

The current events in Czechoslovakia known as the velvet revolution are identified as such because the
national outcasts and international adventuters joining the revolution and continuing their bloodsucking as if no evil had ever been done.
Imagine this - these moral, mental and spiritual degenerates not repentant of their evil past, but proudly persisting on their paty affiliation and in free elections voting again for the old
www.marianland.com /brom003.html   (193 words)

 The New York Review of Books: Velvet Revolution?
Patriots and Liberators: Revolution in the Netherlands 1780-1813
Small wonder that this 'time of troubles' is not the most popular subject of historians, though distinguished specialized studies of it have been written by H.T. Colenbrander and Peter Geyl, and (more recently) by I. Leonard Leeb and C.H.E. de Wit.
The cover date of the next issue of The New York Review of Books will be November 16, 2006.
www.nybooks.com /articles/8478   (254 words)

 You Say You Want a Velvet Revolution
While Lennon did disavow Chairman Mao and anger many far left radicals by stating “count me out” of violent action, his message on one version of the song also said to count him “in;” he was remaining ambiguous on purpose since he hadn’t really made up his mind on it.
American right-wingers complained about the song by arguing that Lennon and the Beatles were merely middle-of-the-road subversives warning the Maoists not to ‘blow’ the revolution by pushing too hard.
In short, the Beatles spawned a cultural revolution that can be thought of as “creeping Capitalism.” Even though they were Soviet ‘beatle’ bands popping up all over Russia and Eastern Europe, there were practically no Soviet-made guitars until 1965.
beatles.ncf.ca /dave_lafontana.html   (8655 words)

 Velvet Revolution - Official Site of Russian Movie
Velvet Revolution - Official Site of Russian Movie
German has become another language, which the heroes (and antiheroes) of the Russian blockbuster “Velvet Revolution” have started speaking.
The upcoming DVD release of this motion picture in Germany is scheduled for the end of August 2006.
www.velvetrevolution.biz /index_eng.html   (57 words)

 VELVETREVOLUTION.US :   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Later, I put the question of Gore’s views on the matter to David Boies, his lawyer in the Florida-recount battle.
Thanks to all of you who really made a difference in getting this issue into the public consciousness.
This shows that the revolution really is working.
www.velvetrevolution.us   (13241 words)

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