In Mailbox today: the planned controversial National Library building; the rising status of Czech cuisine; the “dancing king” of Cambodia; May competition question – correction; a listener’s complaint about alleged discrimination in Radio Prague’s monthly quizzes. Listeners quoted: Lipa from Prague, Tony Prescott, Erin Slattery, Ian Morrison.
When the King of Cambodia Norodom Sihamoni arrived in Prague this week the media was out in force for the event. And unlike with other royal visitors they were allowed close up - jostling to put questions to him in the Czech language. The King of Cambodia answered them in fluent Czech saying he was delighted to be back in what he considered to be his "second homeland".
The Iraqi Minister of Culture, Mufid Jazairi, met in Prague this week with his Czech counterpart, Pavel Dostal, to discuss what kind of assistance or expertise the Czech Republic might be able to provide the war-torn country. The National Library in Baghdad — which along with other Iraqi cultural institutions was pillaged after the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime — lost countless precious books to looters while others were seriously damaged. Radio Prague's Martin Mikule spoke with the Iraqi culture minister about Czech-Iraqi cultural relations and
The minister of culture on the Iraqi Governing Council, Mufid al-Jazairi, is a name familiar to many Czechs. Mr al-Jazairi, who is a Kurd and a member of the Iraqi Communist Party, studied journalism in Prague, married a Czech woman and learned to speak the language well. Taking time out from his busy schedule, the Iraqi culture minister returned to Prague recently, where he spoke about the connection he perceives between culture and democracy.