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.
Navigating the Earth

Navigating the Earth

Seamen from the Pacific practiced with some of the most primitive orientation tools to trace their voyages from one island to the next. Sailors in carved wooden canoes relied on the latitude hook consisted of two bamboo pieces; one of them was split, with a hook at the end. The...
All of the lights—Rio de Janeiro's Carnaval

All of the lights—Rio de Janeiro’s Carnaval

Every year the Carnival of Brazil paints a colourful collage of unimaginable props and floats, enticing dancers, exotic costumes, and parties galore. Carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro become the nation’s pivotal attraction glorified by the grand Samba Parade, housed within the concrete walls of the Sambadrome stadium, consisting of...
Blowing in the wind – Lebanon's alternative energy future hangs in the balance

Blowing in the wind – Lebanon’s alternative energy future hangs in the balance

On the morning of December 7, 2009, the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Michael Williams, wrote a statement following a meeting with Prime Minister Saad Hariri after the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference. Williams wrote: “I think that Prime Minister Hariri has given a very good signal by attending the...
Journey of the asteroids – one company's plans to mind resources from outer space

Journey of the asteroids – one company’s plans to mind resources from outer space

Imagine that a company with enough funding and brain power sends armies of spacecraft to observe thousands of asteroids and then mine them. Planetary Resources, Inc, unveiled its plans in April to mine near-earth asteroids (NEAs) for raw materials, ranging from water to precious metals. The resource-rich asteroids will soon...
The Colours of Corno

The Colours of Corno

When Joanne Corneau was growing up in the countryside of Quebec, her father, a religious man used to buy heavy art books from Paris and hide them in a walking closet so that his daughter couldn’t find them. “He didn’t want me to see nudes by Paul Cézanne or Van...
The five stars of Barbados

The five stars of Barbados

Island clusters anchored in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea below the foot of North America and above the shoulder of South America bake in the sun all year round. The Caribbean Islands in the shape of an arc extending from the Atlantic Coast of Florida to the...
Sunny playground of the ancients – Salvador, Bahia

Sunny playground of the ancients – Salvador, Bahia

Highly attractive from a distance, spirit-shattering when seen up close, the city of Salvador juts out into the Bay of All Saints, stretching clear across the Atlantic Ocean into the palms of Yoruba culture, into modern-day Nigeria, Benin, and Togo. Once the dark, colonial capital of Brazil is today a...
Suns and stars – Lebanese making their mark in astronomy

Suns and stars – Lebanese making their mark in astronomy

On the Chajnantor plateau of the Chilean Andes, in South America, at an altitude of 5,000 meters above sea level, countless white bowls kiss the sun. An array of parabolic “dish” antennas observe the universe in unison, capturing large numbers of radio waves. The antennas aim with unique precision to...
Rio de janeiro – juxtaposing finery + filth

Rio de janeiro – juxtaposing finery + filth

On a narrow coastal plain, between the foothills of Brazilian Highlands and the Atlantic Ocean, peaks the dramatic setting of Rio de Janiero. Often called Cidade Maravilhosa, the marvelous city, for its verdant hills and crescent shaped beaches has long been the darling of early Portuguese settlers. Descriptions of its...
The writing on the wall – clear as day changing types

The writing on the wall – clear as day changing types

Stanley Nelson leans over a small folding table inside New York City’s Grolier Club, America’s oldest and largest society for bibliophiles. Wrapped in an apron, the retired graphic arts specialist from the National Museum of American History lays out candles, file tools, and punches. He folds his fingers around a...
Celebration tie one on – champagne wishes + caviar dreams

Celebration tie one on – champagne wishes + caviar dreams

It all began in the Champagne province of France, where a pale, pinkish still evolved into a sparkling, bubbly drink of celebration. “When wine was fizzy, people liked it,” says wine and spirits expert, Becky Sue Epstein, of the Frenchmen who first acquired a taste for the beverage in spring....
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...
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...
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...
How oil's benefits spill over to the fishing industry

How oil’s benefits spill over to the fishing industry

Twenty miles off the coast of Louisiana’s Venice Marina, large fish swim around the gigantic legs of oil rigs. Barnacles, coral, and seaweed embrace the hefty concrete and steel that stretches close to three thousand feet along the Gulf of Mexico’s seabed. Dozens of fish and mammals nest in between...
100Reporters: new approach of journalism

100Reporters: new approach of journalism

New York Times veteran foreign correspondents are cooking up a revolutionary news organisation for aspiring investigative journalists, enabling them to stir through the ingredients of corruption to serve serious stories. Launched on November 1st 2011, 100Reporters is a multinational network of professional reporters and editors dedicated to tackle corruption and...
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...
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Brainwaves

Brainwaves

In Palo Alto, California, anthropologist and senior researcher Jake Dunagan of the Institute for the Future specializes in neurocentric futures research. In his two and half years at the non-profit research organization which identifies trends and discontinuities that will transform global society and marketplace, Dunagan has worked with clients such as Intel, Skype, Nokia, and...
Istanbul: by tens the city of the Bosphorus

Istanbul: by tens the city of the Bosphorus

With its mosaic European churches and tiled Ottoman mosques scattered throughout the city, Istanbul deserves the title of “European City of Culture,” as it bridges its rich imperial past with its modern democratic present. Previously known as Byzantium and later Constantinople, the metropolis occupies a unique geographical position in the Middle East. Squeezed between Europe...
Lebanese tango through political turmoil

Lebanese tango through political turmoil

The popularity of tango dancing has exploded in Lebanon, where it has become a vehicle for expression. The Beirut International Tango Festival kicked off its annual five-day ballroom dance and performance at the historic St. George Yacht Club & Marina the last week in April. Four hundred participants from 34 countries – all sporting sleek...
Austria's one-stop shop for chocolate, animals, and sustainability

Austria’s one-stop shop for chocolate, animals, and sustainability

The Edible Zoo is an energy self-sufficient animal park that is also home to Zotter Chocolate Factory. Kids can come to make chocolate and learn about sustainability and livestock. Joseph Zotter, Europe’s leading organic chocolate producer, has built an energy self-sufficient animal park. The Edible Zoo, which opened in May, aims to build connections between...
Off Location: Tijuana, Mexico

Off Location: Tijuana, Mexico

In the Mexican city of Tijuana, a hedonist haven soaked in lyrical and sexual debauchery, tequila is plentiful. But it is Mariachi music and dance that elevates the soul of Mexico and its people. At Avenida Revolucion, the main artery of downtown Tijuna, three hatless musicians in silver studded Charro jackets bathe in sunshine. As...
The media reality in Iraqi Kurdistan

The media reality in Iraqi Kurdistan

The Role of Freedom of Expression and Democracy in Kurdistan: can freedom of press exist in a federal region of Iraq? “We are inspired by you [President Barack Obama] and the values of the free world led by the United States of America. As a symbol of freedom, democracy and equality in the free world,...
Media under fire in Iraqi Kurdistan

Media under fire in Iraqi Kurdistan

Iraq boasts 850 TV and radio stations. But diversity comes at a price. Several media outlets have been attacked in recent months. Eight years after US-led forces invaded Iraq, the country’s transition to a functioning democracy which grants freedom of press, is far from accomplished. Even in Iraqi Kurdistan, which is sometimes cited as a...
I created a monster - the beautiful kinetic beasts of Theo Jansen

I created a monster – the beautiful kinetic beasts of Theo Jansen

The Dutch know Theo Jansen as the man who has spent two decades building beach animals. At the turn of the century, the international art community took notice of his enormous and complex skeletal creatures that were able to walk along beaches of the Netherlands. All they needed to survive was some wind power. Since...
Island of the free

Island of the free

The island of Samsø became Denmark’s showcase for sustainable energy and went carbon-free by the power of one man. Beyond talks to SØREN HERMANSEN, who Time magazine named an environmental hero of 2008. At 51, Danish farmer and environmentalist Søren Hermansen drives an electric citron car, rests underneath a solar-paneled house roof, and keeps warm...
What the albatross are telling us, yet we’re turning a deaf ear

What the albatross are telling us, yet we’re turning a deaf ear

When Chris Jordan, a 46-year- old photographer from Seattle, Washington first visited the Midway Islands in the Pacific Ocean, he was surprised to see plastic toy soldiers inside the bowels of albatross birds. Jordan walked along the island shooting bright colored plastic caps, bags, and other items that filled their decomposing bodies. He did not...
On Location: Faraya-Mzaar, Lebanon

On Location: Faraya-Mzaar, Lebanon

Close to two thousand five hundred meters high in Mount Lebanon emerges a modest ski resort, offering a clash of cultures and trends one might never expect. Faraya-Mzaar-Kfardebian is an uncommon ski resort. Spanning eighty kilometers across its many peaks, marked by iron crosses, Faraya offers a panoramic view of Beirut and the Mediterranean Sea....
China comes clean

China comes clean

The source of China’s environmental problems, most broadly stated, is people,” says Philip Dong who references the country’s industrialization. As project coordinator for China’s non-profit organization, FutureGenerations, Dong, has argued that the population is the leading factor in energy and resource consumption. As the population of 1.4 billion continues to grow, heavy industries and public...