Alice Hlidkova is an international freelance journalist currently based in Brooklyn, NYC. Her work appears regularly in the international press, for publications including The Christian Science Monitor, Ragmag and Beyond. She has also been published in The New Scientist, Doha Centre for Media Freedom, and Arab Media & Society. She speaks and writes in English, Czech and Spanish.
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Orchestrating drama, the French Riviera

Orchestrating drama, the French Riviera

Tufts of paper erode under rows of champagne glasses, yellowing the cloth that has been pinned under wooden table edges with Victorian sterling silver clasps. The glasses tremble slightly as engines throttle on cresting tides. The bay is choked with yachts, each displaying a nimbus of celebrity. From the decks comes a racket of Italian...
Opposing societal poles – Ground Zero's contreversial neighbor Park 51

Opposing societal poles – Ground Zero’s contreversial neighbor Park 51

Last year in June, the American media was flooded with political commentary of the Supreme Court upholding a federal law that makes it illegal to give “material support” to foreign terrorist organizations. As the nation debated free speech verses national security, two Americans on their way to Somalia with intentions to join the Islamic extremist...
Compass inconsistencies – damage to marine life in the Gulf of Mexico difficult to pinpoint

Compass inconsistencies – damage to marine life in the Gulf of Mexico difficult to pinpoint

A school of dolphins circle a strange beast as it cuts through multiple layers of blue. Sinking deeper into the Gulf of Mexico, sharks begin to gather and follow curiously in its wake. The vessel continues its descent through bands of turquoise and grayish blue, a twilight zone some eight hundred feet deep. The sharks...
The golden domes of Kiev

The golden domes of Kiev

Yellow mini buses zoom along highways bending around residential slabs of concrete. They are haunting relics of the Soviet regime, the fabric of their totalitarianism still woven into the Ukrainian landscape. The monstrous Brezhnev-era leftovers disappear in downtown Kiev, but are replaced by the grim hospitality of the former Soviet Union. Fortunately, young women add...
Threads of silver and gold – lucid dreaming weaves different planes of consciousness

Threads of silver and gold – lucid dreaming weaves different planes of consciousness

Justina Lasley helps her clients understand the meaning of their dreams. The author and dream consultant believes dreams are storybooks written by the unconscious mind, and by interpreting them, she can help her clients make the necessary choices that will ultimately lead them to live a more spiritual or fulfilling life. She uses the technique...
Breaking mental boundaries: psychedelics take you to another realm

Breaking mental boundaries: psychedelics take you to another realm

One a blistering day in 1942, Harvard Professor Richard Evans Schultes cuts through the thick vegetation in the northwest Amazon of Colombia. He is a resident of the jungle, combing its remote reaches for his research; seeking out new species of plants endowed with powerful healing agents. The father of ethnobotany often lived among some...
The nuts and bolts of orbital mechanics - Astronaut Chris Hadfield occupies space

The nuts and bolts of orbital mechanics – Astronaut Chris Hadfield occupies space

When Chris Hadfield boarded the space shuttle Endeavour for the STS-100 mission, he expected a smooth ride into space. The objective of the mission was to deliver and install the second generation of the Canadarm on the International Space Station (ISS). Two hundred fifty miles above the earth, the crew assembled the robotic arm, using it...
Old stories from New York City

Old stories from New York City

In New York City, the rotten bunch of vagabond artists, dream-seeking hooligans and ageing vagrants stagger with exhaustion, a heavy load, or intoxication. Gnarling shamelessly at urban gentrification that has swallowed their landmark neighbourhoods; many exchanged loft apartments for empty factory corners and “squalors”—hobo slang for wretched and filthy buildings—located in city outskirts, until those too become infested...
The dark romantic realm of Alexander McQueen

The dark romantic realm of Alexander McQueen

When British fashion designer and couturier Lee Alexander McQueen hung himself in February 2010, days before London Fashion Week, family and friends dressed in his designs to the funeral. For most iconoclastic designers, fame flourished after decades of hard apprentice and new contributions to the fashion world, but for McQueen it came sooner with his...
The mosaics of Isaiah Zagar

The mosaics of Isaiah Zagar

A welter of anxious faces study the jagged walls protruding with bottles, ceramics and tiles. Held together by cement, more bottles spring from wall edges like barbed wire on a fence. Bent rusty wheels, broken mirrors, sinking ship—a perverse Park Güell? This is not the famous mosaics park in Barcelona or stage set designed by...
Upside down logic: Scientology's complex draw

Upside down logic: Scientology’s complex draw

Slipping through the revolving doors into NYC’s Church of Scientology is like walking into a space-aged Barnes & Noble. Colourful theology books and self improvement DVDs line the shelves and countertops within the atrium, while its high walls are used as a message board delivering an inspirational quote from L. Ron Hubbard. My first impression...
Madrid right side up

Madrid right side up

Six burly black beasts paw the earth with slow powerful strokes. Their piercing gaze penetrates the crowd as the chant “Olé!,” resonates throughout the arena. The costumed toreros drape their red cloth to the ground and the ritual begins. “Olé, Olé!,” the crowd shouts again with excitement and anticipation, fuelling the performers within the ring....