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Austrian Energy Comes Clean

Austria plans to drastically reduce its dependence on oil and other fossil fuels by next year, government officials announced in August, as they unveiled a plan to expand renewable energy sources. The project in question is called Masterplan-Environmental Technology (Masterplan-Umwelt Technologie). Made public by Environmental Minister Joseph Pröll, the endeavor will utilize a network of […]

Time to Get a (Second) Life

Time to Get a (Second) Life

Second Life is not meant to be a game. It’s a place in virtual reality, and it does its best to simulate real life. Real people make virtual transactions, buying virtual land with real U.S. dollars, holding virtual meetings where real decisions are being made. “Second Life is like an animated version of real life,” […]

Let The Games Begin – Again

Let The Games Begin – Again

Just a little less than three months after the World Cup mania has died down, the Europeans are at it again. On Sept. 6 the latest games of the Euro 2008, hosted by Austria and Switzerland, got under way. Perhaps the most interesting match, a reprise of the July 10th Berlin final, took place in […]

The New Österreich

The New Österreich

It’s the “new Austrian” that Wolfgang Fellner, publisher of the new Austrian daily Österreich, wants to target with his paper. But after a study of the first issues of the paper, it is far from clear whether he has any idea who this new Austrian is. After even a cursory glance, the range of Österreich […]

The Battle For ORF

The Battle For ORF

On August 17th the long battle over the top spot at the ORF finally came to an end. Alexander Wrabetz was named the new head of the Austrian National Broadcasting System, backed by a surprising coalition of the Socialist Party (SPÖ), the Greens, the Freedom Party (FPÖ) and Party for the Nation’s Future (BZÖ). Everyone […]

Al-Jazeera

Al Jazeera’s Yousri Fouda is a confident man. The deputy executive editor of the leading Arab news channel, he has earned world-wide recognition for their coverage of the Iraq War. As senior investigative reporter for Al-Jazeera, Fouda has interviewed top Al Qaeda leaders and is also co-author of Masterminds of Terror. We met in Edinburgh […]

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