Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Radio Prague Today 5.18.2011

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Veltrusy Chateau

In this edition of Spotlight we visit Veltrusy Chateau, a gorgeous summer estate found north of the Czech capital. Founded in the 1700s by Czech nobleman Václav Antonín Chotek, Veltrusy is far from an obvious destination, but is well-worth a day-trip. The castle grounds boast a 300 hectare park along the Vltava River, with numerous paths leading among ancient trees to pavilions, a bridge or two and various monuments. Then of course, there is the chateau itself, highly valued as a gem of Baroque architecture.

EU criticizes degrading practice of sexual arousal testing for asylum seekers in Czech Republic

The EU Home Affairs Commissioner, Cecilia Malmstrom, has severely criticized the Czech Republic's use of sexual arousal testing to ascertain whether men who seek asylum on the grounds that they are gay are actually homosexual. She said on Tuesday that this treatment was degrading and interfered with the person's human dignity. The EU this week sent another warning to Prague, stating that 'concerns still remain' about phallometric tests, which appear to breach the union's Charter of Fundamental Rights and the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights. The procedure, which involves the measuring of the applicant's penis' blood flow while being shown pornographic films, has also come under fire from Czech NGOs dealing with asylum seekers' rights. I spoke to Magda Faltová of the Prague-based Association for Integration and Migration about the issue and started by asking her how long this form of testing had been in use.

Historians make exceptional find, uncovering wreckage of WW II fighterplane

Historians in South Bohemia last Friday the 13th dug up the exceptionally well-preserved wreckage of a German fighter jet shot down during World War II. The Fw-190 Focke-Wulf, of which almost 20,000 were originally produced, went down near the village of Otín. The plane was one of several targeted by US pilots on August 24th, 1944 in what was one of the biggest air battles over Bohemia. The German pilot, Hubert Engst, ejected in time and would survive the war. But the aircraft itself smashed into the ground and remained lost and forgotten until now.