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Dignitaries, friends and admirers pay their final respects to Vaclav Havel, the former Czech president.

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Contrasting revolutions decades apartupdated: Tue Dec 20 2011 06:42:00

In this March 2011 interview with CNN's Jim Clancy, Vaclav Havel compares Arab unrest and eastern European revolution.

Vaclav Havel: Shy revolutionary with a will of steelupdated: Tue Dec 20 2011 06:42:00

The news of Vaclav Havel's death Sunday morning caught me by surprise, but it was hardly surprising.

Vaclav Havel, Czech dissident, playwright, politician dead at 75updated: Sun Dec 18 2011 15:07:00

Former Czech President Vaclav Havel, one of the leading anti-Communist dissidents of the 1970s and 1980s, has died at the age of 75, his spokeswoman announced Sunday.

World reacts to Vaclav Havel's deathupdated: Sun Dec 18 2011 13:44:00

International leaders expressed their condolences Sunday after the death of former Czech President Vaclav Havel, one of the leading anti-Communist dissidents of the 1970s and 1980s.

Why Vaclav Havel matteredupdated: Sun Dec 18 2011 11:59:00

CNN's Richard Allen Greene reports on the legacy of the Czech statesman, dissident and playwright who died at 75.

Vaclav Havel, a hero for todayupdated: Sun Dec 18 2011 11:59:00

Vaclav Havel died Sunday in the Czech Republic he helped build. A few months ago, I wrote an appreciation as a way of marking his 75th birthday. The sentiments, of course, still stand and I'm glad I didn't wait until his death to write it. We have lost a hero of our times, a friend of freedom, who lived his life with integrity and sent forward ripples of hope into the world. He will be missed and remembered.

Transcript: Vaclav Havel on unrest in the Arab worldupdated: Wed Mar 09 2011 04:31:00

How do you see the popular uprising sweeping the Middle East and North Africa?

Vaclav Havel: Arab protesters have it harder than my generation in '89updated: Tue Mar 08 2011 13:28:00

Protesters in North Africa and the Middle East face tougher challenges than their east European equivalents did two decades ago, Czech human rights activist Vaclav Havel has told CNN.

Ideas cost peace prize winner freedomupdated: Fri Dec 10 2010 08:03:00

He is a lean, bespectacled figure: he is the very image of the literature professor that he is -- but the mild demeanor is deceiving.

China cracking down on dissidentsupdated: Fri Dec 10 2010 08:03:00

CNN's Jaime FlorCruz reports on those who have lost freedom for criticizing Beijing's government.

Vaclav Havel protests jailing of Chinese dissidentupdated: Thu Jan 07 2010 09:10:00

Former Czech President Vaclav Havel showed up at the Chinese Embassy in Prague Wednesday to protest the imprisonment of a Chinese dissident, the official Czech News Agency reported.

Czecho-Slovak reconciliationupdated: Wed Nov 18 2009 02:07:00

CNN's Phil Black reports on how the broken union between Slovakia and the Czech Republic has turned into a friendship.

Disarming the Velvet Revolutionupdated: Wed Nov 18 2009 02:07:00

When I was a teenager and in my early twenties, I always discussed with my most trusted friends what it might be like to live in a free world. We were locked behind the Iron Curtain and none of us believed we would live to see the fall of the communist dictatorship. My father used to say: "Every dictatorship will fall one day because it is inhuman, it is not natural. But communism is here for a long haul. We are not going to see it in our life times." Thank God, we were all wrong.

Fireworks and rock as Czechs celebrate Velvet Revolutionupdated: Tue Nov 17 2009 15:19:00

Fireworks and rock 'n' roll echoed across central Prague on Tuesday as thousands of marchers commemorated the 20th anniversary of the "Velvet Revolution" that toppled Communist rule.

Czech secret police underworldupdated: Tue Nov 17 2009 15:19:00

CNN's Fionnuala Sweeney gets a glimpse into the shadowy underworld of the former Czech secret police.

Time.com: Freed from Power, Havel Mocks Itupdated: Fri May 23 2008 17:00:00

The Czech playwright-turned-president-turned -playwright turns a jaundiced eye on his 'Velvet Revolution'

CNNMoney: Follow these leadersupdated: Mon Dec 05 2005 09:39:00

Demand criticism. Let subordinates have the floor. And think more like Vaclav Havel. Ten top bosses share their stories, their advice and what they've learned from great leaders of the past.

Czechs comfortable with joining EUupdated: Wed Apr 14 2004 09:42:00

The scene: a nightclub in Prague -- not an uncommon sight in a country on the brink of joining the European Union.

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