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The Kreisky Forum

The Kreisky Forum

At the podium of the Kreisky Forum, British economist Lord Robert Skidelsky leans in as he addresses the audience; his explanations are patient, his words clear. More than eighty years ago, he tells us, the economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that we’d now be earning more, playing more, and working only three hours a day. […]

Auer Borea & The Kreisky Forum: Solving Problems Through Dialogue

Auer Borea & The Kreisky Forum: Solving Problems Through Dialogue

Given the roster of leading thinkers who cross her threshold, it’s surprising how many are unfamiliar with the name of Gertraud Auer Borea d’Olmo, since 2005 the General Secretary of the Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue in Vienna. But she prefers it that way. “It’s not about promoting me, it is about promoting ideas,” […]

Literary Events: May 2011

Literary Events: May 2011

DESDEMONA PROJECT As a response to last year’s Othello by Peter Sellars and part of the Wiener Festwochen 2011, the Viennese Akzent Theater brings Nobel Prize laureate in Literature Toni Morrison and musician Rokia Traoré together for an evening of intimate dialogue between Shakespeare’s Desdemona and her African Amah. Many centuries of colonialism, repression and […]

Book Review: Daniel Goldhagen’s Worse Than War

A Cure For Genocide? Inviting guests over for dinner to discuss genocide is not likely to result in many takers. The unsettling topic did not draw droves of attendees to the Bruno Kreisky Forum on Oct. 28 to hear a lecture about it either. Nonetheless, a room full of open ears entertained the topic as […]

Digesting the Food Problem

We are what we eat. But what we eat is not only our personal decision. It has always been determined by a complex web of political, cultural and business dynamics. Today more than ever, nutrition is related to issues of environmental destruction, special corporate interests, illnesses and health risks. The way most food is produced […]

Consuming Love, Or What’s Left of It

Consuming Love, Or What’s Left of It

Will you be celebrating Valentine’s Day? Will you buy roses, go for a dinner in a luxurious restaurant, buy a little teddy bear with a big red heart? Or will you boycott that kitschy capitalistic product of American culture, condemning it as crass celebration consumption? Or will you simply be ambivalent? Well, don’t be. As […]

The Balkan Bargain

Croatian President Dr. Stjepan Mesic is convinced that “all of the nations of Southeastern Europe will eventually be members of the European Union.” “It would be poor judgment for the EU to ignore the outstretched hands of the Southeastern European countries,” he said, hands he described as “not begging but willing” to work and be […]

Of Gods and Guns

Of Gods and Guns

The following is excerpted from a talk delivered in Vienna at the Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue on May 26.   Many in Europe and the US assume a Democratic president will return America to its “true” self – meaning Bush’s foreign policy is “untrue” and that Democrat foreign policy is normative, better. The […]

Window of Opportunity

Window of Opportunity

April 2008 brought a new round of sensational statements about the Middle East peace processes. A line of new promises was made both by Israeli and the Arab states, another group of intermediaries representing many countries got involved, and new attempts were made to restart negotiations. Why now? Today it feels like another train is […]

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