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Spy agency embroiled in corruption claims SUSPICIONS of large-scale embezzlement of public funds in the country’s military intelligence agency during the first government of Robert Fico (2006-2010) have sparked a massive blame game between the former and current management of the Defence Ministry. Since the Sme daily broke the story on an anonymous 134-page file leaked from the military intelligence agencies on May 16, its alleged author emerged offering to reconstruct the file, once his oath of confidentiality is lifted. The original file was shredded when the term of the government of Iveta Radičová ended. 23 May 2013 Beata Balogová More from Politics & Society
Vojenské spravodajstvo Slovak Word of the Week GIVEN that Slovakia has not been at war in a long time, it remains somewhat of a mystery what, exactly, its military intelligence (vojenské spravodajstvo) does. 23 May 2013 Lukáš Fila More from Opinion
Pezinok dump opponents win case THE FIGHT by citizens of a small Slovak town to close a waste dump developed close to their homes, which has now dragged on for more than 10 years, might finally have a happy ending for anti-dump activists. The campaigners from Pezinok, near Bratislava, say that a recent Supreme Court decision means the site’s owner no longer has a valid permit to use it as a landfill. They also say that the case has a wider societal significance, since it means that the public must now have access to urban planning decisions that affect the establishment of sites with significant environmental effects. 16 May 2013 Beata Balogová More from Politics & Society
Top court: 'parasite' not racist term LEAFLETS containing phrases like “gypsy parasites” cannot be considered racial defamation, the Supreme Court ruled in a hearing against Marian Kotleba, a well-known former leader of a far-right organisation. 20 May 2013 Michaela Terenzani - Stanková More from Politics & Society
Duelling for justice EDITORIAL “I REGRET that we do not live in a time when I could challenge you to a duel,” writes the husband of the president of Slovakia’s Constitutional Court in a letter to one of the parties to an ongoing dispute at this same court, telling him that he would leave “the choice of weapon” up to him. The husband, who is himself a lawyer and, thus, some of the ground rules of the judiciary should not be foreign to him, says in his letter to the man who filed an objection of bias against his spouse, that his parents must be ashamed of him and that “obviously your sick desire to sit in the chair of the general prosecutor has released in you a so-far well-masked churlishness and [revealed your] human limitations”. 20 May 2013 Beata Balogová More from Opinion
Greetings from the Land of Spices (video included) Cooking with Ambassadors CARDAMOM, carom seeds, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, cumin, fenugreek seeds, fennel, nigella, saffron, haldi, curry leaves, tamarind, dill and kokam are only a few of the spices typically found in India’s rich culinary palette. Since India’s cuisine is primarily vegetarian, Indians have traditionally used a lot of spices to make their food richer in flavour and in colour, Rajiva Misra, the Indian ambassador explained, while his family chef, Janardana Prasad, was preparing a dish which boasts a variety of spices: tandoori chicken. 19 May 2013 By Beata Balogová, James Thomson and Jana Liptáková. More from Cooking
Countrywide Events Music, Theater, Exhibition... Western SLOVAKIA 20 May 2013 Zuzana Vilikovská More from Culture & Society
Writers, journalists and bloggers meet in Krakow HUMAN rights and the meaning of freedom of speech in central and eastern Europe and beyond are being debated at an international conference held by ICORN and PEN International WiPC taking place in Krakow between May 14 and May 17, the Villa Decius Association, a non-governmental cultural organisation based in Krakow, informed The Slovak Spectator. 16 May 2013 Compiled by Spectator staff More from Culture & Society
The sixth year of the Run for Life is in full swing. Run with us! ADVERTORIAL Get engaged in the Tesco Foundation’s Run for Life sports-charity event. Do something for your health while contributing to cancer research. The Run for Life series has began on May 4, 2013 and it will visit Prešov (on May 18), Nitra (May 25), Žilina (June 8) and Trenčín (May 15). Participants of the event can enjoy a rich accompanying programme, snacks and medals after they finish. 21 May 2013 More from Culture & Society
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“You can call me Tired Joe; I am frustrated that we have been living through the crisis for five years.” Finance Minister Peter Kažimír, speaking after a multi-hour discussion of Slovakia’s 2013-16 Stability Programme.