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Mark Twain in Wien – Now in Bronze

On Apr. 21, 1910, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, alias Mark Twain, died of a heart attack in Redding Connecticut.  The year before, Twain was quoted as saying: “I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it.” It would be “the greatest disappointment” of […]

New Age Stage Play

On a cold, windy night, there seemed no cozier place to be than the small, reconverted butcher shop on Kirchengasse. The shiny, enveloping black cushions beckoned from the center of the floor as the audience, a small but enthusiastic group of students and middle-aged couples, trickled in one by one. “The Lovely and Talented Ms. […]

Vienna Choir Boys In the New Era

The arrivals hall at Vienna International Airport – Schwechat. The normal crowd, the usual slight sense of heightened anticipation. Suddenly a burst of applause and enthusiastic cheering: the Vienna Choir Boys have come through the automatic doors, in uniform, with caps perfectly straight on each head. They have just returned from a tour and are […]

Forgotten Constitution

The first demonstration of Soviet human rights advocates in the history of the USSR took place in the center of Moscow in 1965. It was a very short one. As soon as demonstrators in the mass gathering on Pushkin Square started to unroll their banners, the militia appeared and arrested them. At the police station, […]

Ukrainian Democracy: A Fait Accompli?

This year’s Ukrainian presidential elections could go down as a milestone in the history of democracy in former Soviet Union. What is apparent even now is the paradigm shift that has taken place in Ukrainian politics. The heroes of the 2005 Orange Revolution – former president Viktor Yushchenko and former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko – […]

Angela Bismarck Thatcher

The European Union’s recent summit has brought about a typically European compromise on the Greek financial crisis, one that avoids the term “solution” and hides behind the idea of a “mechanism.” Whether it works will be seen in April, when Greece will have to refinance its debt once more. German Chancellor Angela Merkel prevailed with […]

The Falklands Revisited

A decision in early February to restart drilling operations off the Falkland Islands has heightened tensions between Great Britain and Argentina and revived a long-standing conflict over sovereignty that led to war in 1982. The drilling by British oil company Desire Petroleum began Feb. 22, angering the Argentine government and triggering new regulations on all […]

Can ‘Nuclear Freedom’ Work?

In a time of no uniform European policy on the use of atomic energy, Bulgaria needs to choose between the Russian-encouraged construction of a new nuclear power plant, and the withdrawal from the project that many claim slows down the country’s economic progress. In its inability to reach a decision on its own, the country […]

Kos on Vienna

In a recent interview with Director Wolfgang Kos in the Wien Museum – the museum of the history of the City of Vienna – one couldn’t help being curious about his personal take on the city he spends his life trying to interpret. A man who knows the city so well must have some favourite […]

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