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Slovaks to comment on Ukraine during Russian minister visit SOMEONE from the Slovak government will raise the issue of Ukraine with Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoygu when he visits Slovakia to attend the ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising (SNP), according to Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák. 29 Aug 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Slovakia celebrates 70th anniversary of the SNP AT LEAST 10,000 guests are expected to attend the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising (SNP), one of the key moments in the country’s World War II history, when some rebelled against the Nazi-allied Slovak state. The events centre on the SNP Memorial in Banská Bystrica on August 29, and as many as 36 embassies have already confirmed the attendance of their representatives, SNP Museum Director Stanislav Mičev said. 29 Aug 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Looking to spur student interest in history Locked EDUCATION minister Peter Pellegrini recently slammed the way the Slovak National Uprising (SNP) is taught in schools, hinting that it may change in the near future. Teachers admit that young people show little interest in learning about this 1944 event, but say that the curriculum devotes enough space to it. They point to other problems that result in students barely taking notice of the SNP, like the fact that the anniversary takes place during summer holiday. 25 Aug 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Debunking some of the SNP myths Locked HISTORICAL events of great importance are often connected with myths and the Slovak National Uprising (SNP) is no exception. Many seek to depict the uprising negatively as a communist coup that led to unnecessary war-related damages for Slovak citizens. Historians point out that people spreading such myths lack information and tend to apply partially bad experiences of eyewitnesses to the whole uprising. 25 Aug 2014 The Slovak Spectator
National event has international meaning THE FOREIGN community attends the commemorations of the Slovak National Uprising (SNP) every year to remember their nationals who fought, and often died, alongside Slovak partisans. Historians consider this proof that the uprising was both national and international in character and that foreign states acknowledge the significance of this event in the World War II. 25 Aug 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Uprising's anniversary to be commemorated Locked SLOVAKIA will mark the 70th anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising (SNP) in grand style with a four-day programme in Banská Bystrica, the centre of the historical events. 25 Aug 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Charting the SNP's military course Locked “START with evacuation”. In response to the start of the Nazi German occupation of Slovakia, Slovak Army Lieutenant Colonel General Ján Golian issued this code for military units on the evening of August 29, 1944, which signalled the start of active military defence against the occupation. Germans sent the occupational army to Slovakia to help the Slovak government extinguish the partisan movement. The president of the wartime Slovak state, Jozef Tiso, agreed to the occupation on August 28. 25 Aug 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Uprising's legacy has new resonance Seven decades after the revolt, extremism poses a new danger CELEBRATIONS of the 70th anniversary of the major anti-fascist resistance staged by Slovaks during the World War II are taking place amid a wave of nationalism and a resurgent far-right in Europe. Slovaks have not been exempt as the country’s answer to the likes of Farage, LePen or Jobbik - is Marian Kotleba, governor of Banská Bystrica Region since November 2013. 25 Aug 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Events not for idealising nor demonising PEOPLE should try to avoid both idealising and demonising the Slovak National Uprising (SNP), one of the most significant events of Slovakia’s history, says Ivan Kamenec, a historian with the Slovak Academy of Sciences, who authored several books focusing on Slovakia’s modern history including that of the wartime Slovak state, a satellite of Nazi Germany. 25 Aug 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Remembering 1968 Soviet invasion News in short Locked PRESIDENT Andrej Kiska called the invasion of Czechoslovakia on August 21, 1968 by Warsaw Pact countries one of the darkest events in modern Slovak history. 25 Aug 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Possible Slovak citizen detained News in short Locked UKRAINIAN soldiers detained an alleged Slovak, the first EU citizen, for participating with pro-Russian militants in eastern Ukraine on August 19. The man carried a passport showing Slovak citizenship and residence in the town of Banská Bystrica. Yet, a former soldier of the Slovak army and a resident of Banská Bystrica with the same name says his identity may have been stolen. 25 Aug 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Testing of Roma kids condemned RIGHTS activists have long pointed out that special education schools house a disproportionate number of children from Roma communities. They have alleged that these children are being over-diagnosed and are thus stripped of any real opportunities early in life as they fall further and further behind others of the same age while studying in schools meant for children with mental disabilities. 25 Aug 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Slovaks less religious than previously thought Locked THE VAST majority of Slovaks claim to have some religious affiliation, with most describing themselves as Roman Catholic. But on closer inspection, the population is far less religious than the simple numbers of believers would suggest. 25 Aug 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Fico still critical of sanctions PRIME Minister Robert Fico remains firm in his criticism of the tit-for-tat sanctions that the European Union and Russia have imposed on one another. Fico called the sanctions “senseless” and a threat to Slovakia’s economy on August 9, drawing criticism from members of the opposition and local media. The adoption of sanctions that damage the whole region is shortsighted, he said one week later, adding that he is not going to change his position. 25 Aug 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Three run for Supreme Court chair, for now SUPREME Court justice and former state secretary of the Justice Ministry Daniel Hudák, former deputy chairwoman of the Supreme Court and its current justice Daniela Švecová and Supreme Court justice Ivan Rumana will compete on September 16 to take over as chairperson of the Supreme Court. The country’s top judicial post has been vacant since Štefan Harabin’s term expired on June 22. 25 Aug 2014 The Slovak Spectator
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