Benjamin Cunningham

Benjamin Cunningham

About author

Benjamin Cunningham is a Prague based writer and journalist. He joined The Slovak Spectator as a senior editor in 2013, and is a frequent contributor to Politico, The Economist, The Los Angels Review of Books and a columnist for the daily Sme. Benjamin is also a professor of journalism at Anglo-American University in Prague.

List of authors articles

In the COVID-19 race, the uncertainty is just as stressful as the run

A quantum mechanics principle provides a good summary of 2020 so far.28. Jun 2020, at 16:03

Brexit: Enough is enough

I find myself in the strange position of agreeing with Boris Johnson.15. Jun 2020, at 6:21

Flags tied to railings outside Parliament are reflected on a wet pavement in London, January 24, 2019.

George Floyd murder: A collision of four crises

Donald Trump's response is — yet another — reminder of how very bad he is at his job.8. Jun 2020, at 11:20

What Robert Fico is saying when he refuses to wear a mask

Doesn’t this tell us a lot about who he was all along?31. May 2020, at 20:51

Robert Fico gave a press conference in late May without a mask on his face, which is against the measures.

Austrian chancellor sees summer tourism as a zero-sum game

Perhaps not wealthy enough for his liking, Kurz declined to invite his so-called “safe” neighbours in Slovakia and the Czech Republic.24. May 2020, at 15:23

Illustrative stock photo

This may be the collapse of nationalism

The distance between people living in the same countries has increased.17. May 2020, at 21:55

The photograph of Girl Scout Lucie Myslíková, aged 16, confronting an extremist was taken in the Czech city of Brno, during the May 1 protest called Those Who Play Do Not Salute the Nazi Way. The participants tried to block a neo-Nazi march, in a light-hearted way.

This is not a war

The anniversary of the end of World War II is an appropriate time for perspective.10. May 2020, at 17:38

Outdoor terraces in Košice.

What are we willing to give up our privacy for?

Google knows whether you are obeying social distancing guidelines, whether you visited a place where there is a coronavirus outbreak, who you were there with — when — and where you went afterwards.5. Apr 2020, at 17:46

Slovaks protect their personal data insufficiently.

As COVID-19 cases increase, so does displaced blame

Political leaders can only resort to the blame game a limited number of times.30. Mar 2020, at 10:26

Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro.

We are suited to thrive in difficult circumstances

Shared hardship is often, counterintuitively, good for mental health.20. Mar 2020, at 18:01

Could Biden harness enough anti-Trump energy?

Look no further than the latest Slovak elections for signs of weak support for liberals and centrists.8. Mar 2020, at 19:02

Joe Biden

Indecision ends up a decision of its own

If reasonable people are unwilling to make choices, the Mussolinis, Trumps, Le Pens or Kotlebas of the world sure seem willing to do it for us.25. Jan 2020, at 16:57

We live in one of the most fearful times

Fear is contagious.10. Jan 2020, at 14:46

We protect Slovakia. Smer's 2016 election campaign.

Predictions for 2020: Brexit still means Brexit and Smer wins elections

Who will be the prime minister and who the court jester?31. Dec 2019, at 6:58

Smer chair Robert Fico

This is not even the end of the beginning

Somehow Boris Johnson sold himself as the least tiresome.13. Dec 2019, at 14:55

The UK is like a flatmate who promised to move out, but just never leaves. In the meantime, they keep stealing beer from the refrigerator while complaining about how it tastes.

Winners almost always start the game with huge advantages

While theoretically open to the best possible candidates, the competition for elite jobs is actually rigged.8. Dec 2019, at 14:47

Illustrative stock photo

Grandparents are the most important audience of the climate strike

While older people are the least willing to change their habits, they are also most likely to vote.21. Sep 2019, at 6:16

What are we protecting Europe from?

The European Commission does not want to protect us from the sushi that Commissioners have for lunch. They mean migrants.13. Sep 2019, at 13:43

Bratislava's Janko Kráľ Park is the oldest park in central Europe.

What to ask politicians about drugs

Slovak politics has entered a sort of time machine as it debates the meaning of Michal Truban admitting he used drugs in the past19. Aug 2019, at 15:00

You can’t win if you don’t lose

Social media has fueled a desire to appear successful at all times.5. Aug 2019, at 7:09

60 percent of Slovaks were social media users in 2018.