The Slovak Spectator-5th ANNIVERSARY

On March 1, 1995, the inaugural issue of The Slovak Spectator sneaked off the presses. There was no press conference, no advertising campaign. There was no energy reserved for any of that. Instead, the seven souls who put out that first issue wearily swilled a beer or three and collapsed for their first decent night's sleep in weeks. Then they woke up to work on issue #2.

Back then, we allowed ourselves no chest-thumping. So please excuse us now as we take the opportunity of our fifth anniversary to open the window into our 'kitchen', and to reflect on some of the top stories of the past half-decade.

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Top stories

For a Decent Slovakia gathering: The legacy of November 1989 lives on

The organisers and participants stressed the importance of the 2020 general election.

How the Velvet Revolution happened (timeline)

Day-by-day overview of the fall of totalitarian regime in Czechoslovakia.

December 9, 1989 in Bratislava.  Emigrants like the secretary general of the World Congress of Slovaks, Dušan Tóth, Czech singer Karel Kryl and mime Milan Sládek attended.

Freedom can be lost democratically, from the inside

Has the country survived the abductions of the state, the inoculation of Mečiar, Fico governments and the Kočner underworld without harm to democracy?

1989 taught us that we the people are powerful

But it has taken us a long time to learn this lesson.

A 1989 protest gathering in Bratislava.