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Cosying Up to the Iranians

Cosying Up to the Iranians

Iran has been dominating the news since the recent deal with western states, in which the Iranians agreed to limit their nuclear programme in exchange for reduced sanctions. But another side to Iran’s relationship to the West – its ties with Austria – has remained relatively invisible. This fall, Tehran became a hotspot for Austrian […]

McGovern and Kreisky: a Friendship, and Shared Political Ideals

McGovern and Kreisky: a Friendship, and Shared Political Ideals

Waiting for a role call vote in the U.S. Senate, one day in the 1970s, Senator George McGovern fell into conversation with colleague and fellow liberal Edward Kennedy. A member of the Foreign Relations Committee, McGovern would be leading a trip to Europe and asked Kennedy for his advice about people to meet with. Go […]

Cash Cow Campaigning

With the American election season in full swing, it is impossible for anyone to visit the U.S. without being bombarded by an incessant stream of campaign paraphernalia. The sheer volume of material for this particular election season has been insufferable. Citizens are swamped with political messages via television, radio, newspaper ads, telephone polls, demonstrations, billboards, […]

Those Demon Europeans

In the current cabaret that passes for a Republican presidential primary season in the United States, right-wing conservative Mitt Romney has decided to run against Europe. “This president takes his inspiration from the capitals of Europe; we look to the cities and small towns of America,” he exhorted in his victory remarks after the New […]

Bulgaria rejects shale gas

Bulgaria rejects shale gas

Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boyko Borissov refused to bow to U.S. pressure to lift the country’s ban on shale gas exploration,
according to news platform EurActiv. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used an official visit to Sofia, Bulgaria, to urge the country’s leaders to endorse shale gas, weeks after Bulgaria had banned explorations due to environmental […]

Deconstructing the 99%

As protests erupt all over the world echoing the Occupy Wall Street movement, the democratic sentiment – the desire for more agency – is clear. The arguments and the passions behind them, however, are multi-layered and diverse. When the March on Wall Street began, it seemed like the long-awaited outcry that has been suppressed since […]

Reining in the European Banks

The start of 2011 – what we might call Year 2 AG (“After Greece’s” debt crisis) – has brought good and bad news on the economic front. The bad news is that 2 AG is beginning with more or the same, with headlines about government debt and default, this time focused on Portugal and Spain. […]

Tragedy Between The Ads

I am a retired expat American who continues to consider returning to his family and his roots in the United States. To feel the pulse of events back home, I’ve found it helpful to see the United States through the eyes of the American television journalist, Rachel Maddow. She has a daily one-hour show on […]

Book Review: Fair Game, by Valerie Plame Wilson

The CIA’s Un-Fair Game On July 21, 2003, Valerie Plame Wilson got home from her office, in what she described as the “vast windowless vault” of the CIA in Washington, to find her husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, in the den. “He clicked off the phone just as I came into the room, and he […]

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