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Tagebuch

Tagebuch

Early in November, I found myself in the Budapest airport en route to Odessa in the Ukraine. After passing through security at Ferihegy Airport, Terminal 2, I started strolling around the building. Not that it has significantly changed in the six weeks since my last trip, far from it. But I had not had much […]

A ‘Vienna Consensus’

A ‘Vienna Consensus’

“The Vienna Consensus” has a fairly benign ring to it. It is only when it is linked to the Washington Consensus of 1989 – the 10-point plan for economic reform imposed so disastrously by the International Monetary Fund – that it takes on a threatening aspect, as it does in a new report from the […]

In Memory: Michael Schubert

In Memory: Michael Schubert

It is with heavy heart that I share with you the sad news that Michael Schubert passed away Friday night, Nov. 16. It is always a tragedy with young people die. Life is not supposed to work that way. This is a shock for all of us who knew him, and a terrible tragedy for […]

Combat of Opinion

There is only one true international language, and it’s not Esperanto.  It’s argument.  There’s a saying that if you ask two Austrians a question, you’ll get three opinions.  The same is true around a world that increasingly proves that familiar truths are familiar only from a certain perspective. On Nov. 27, four students from Webster […]

The Russian Reaction

Georgian President Saakashvili has accused Russia of financing the opposition to destabilize  political events in Georgia: “We have evidence of disruptive activity by the Russian special service in Georgia and we will present this evidence,” he said on Nov. 7. Soon afterwards, he deported three Russian diplomats accused of being involved in the opposition protests. […]

Soft Power at the UN

Joseph Stalin once dismissed the relevance of “soft power” by asking, “How many troops does the Pope have?” Today, many self-styled realists dismiss the United Nations as powerless, and argue that it can be ignored. They are mistaken. Power is the ability to affect others to produce the outcomes one wants. Hard power works through […]

The Voice of Iran

In a mid-October press conference, U.S. President George W. Bush claimed that if World War III were to be prevented, Iran must be kept from gaining the knowledge necessary to make nuclear weapons.  The statement seemed logical. Ultimately, another world war would be far less likely if all nations were to shelve their nuclear ambitions. […]

Smokers Fight Back

Smokers Fight Back

Tuesday morning, Oct. 23, a man and a woman were deep in conversation over a mélange at the Café Korb preparing for an up-coming university lecture, when suddenly a flock of dark-suited officialdom descended on the room, pursued by a second rank of cameras, microphones and spiral notebooks, ready to record their every word. The […]

Otto Habsburg on Islam And Immigraion in Europe

translated by M.T.M. Childs Rauscher: Dr. Habsburg, on your birthday, you are traveling to Bosnia-Herzegovina — where the downfall of the Danube Monarchy began in 1914. Habsburg: But I don’t see myself in a downfall. When I look back on my life I have to say, so many dreams have come true. So many countries […]

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