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Tagebuch: December/January 2008/2009

Dear Diary, It had happened again. Four in the morning and I was woken up by the not so subtle yell of natures call.  Kicking myself for having that last glass of water before bed, I groggily made my way to the bathroom.  As soon as I stepped in I was shocked to my senses […]

Tagebuch: December/January 2008/2009

Dear Diary, As an American, Thanksgiving is a holiday that I hold close to my heart. I’ve always preferred Thanksgiving to other holidays because it brought the togetherness of Christmas without the high-strung attitudes. Childhood memories of deep-fried turkeys and 12-gauge shot guns are always at the forefront of my mind in the late fall […]

Tagebuch: December/January 2008/2009

Dear Diary, I remember when my mom, my dad and I went to Switzerland for the first time. I was five years old, and we were driving in the oldest version of an old, noisy VW Golf, that always seemed on the verge of falling apart. We traveled at night, because the car overheated and […]

Europe and the New World Order

On Nov. 15, history was made. For the first time the G-20, the world’s 20 leading economies, came together in Washington, D.C., to find an answer to the global financial and economic crisis. While the gathering resulted in nothing more than declarations of intent, it still marks a turning point. Faced with the gravest financial […]

Election Night 2008

Nervous but excited faces filled every single corner of The Lion Rampant pub on the night of the United States Presedential Election. The pub was completely full by 11pm leaving a crowd of people standing outside the pub and even in the street. Children were running around, clearly not knowing what exactly was going on, […]

Letters to the Editor: December/January 2008/2009

To the Editor, I’ve been very upset by the racist, bigoted views of many middle class Austrians, seen at it’s worst in the comments of former ORF correspondent Klaus Emmerich on  Club 2 [see page 4]. Now comes suffocating cynicism. Before the elections when I tried to point out that Barack Obama was leading in […]

Long Live SPÖVP!

2nd Dec. 2008. It’s a beautiful Winter morning as Austria’s President Heinz Fischer comments on his good mood on national radio, informing his peasants that his country finally has a new government. The SPÖVP is dead!  Long live the SPÖVP! So, who are the people willing to carry the heavy load of responsibility for a […]

Domestic Bliss

I don’t know about you, but when I am feeling down, I turn to my happy place – perhaps a matinee chick flick with plenty of popcorn and tissues at hand (five euros for the cinema, three-fifty for the 800 calories of butter, eighty-nine cents for the tissues at DM); or perhaps a nice brisk […]

Broken Windows

Since the new U-Bahn entrance opened in my 2nd District neighborhood, the two and a half blocks between my door and Herminengasse have become a trail of ugliness. Buildings that were just painted a few months ago are already defaced with scrawled tags; it’s a kind of visual violence, leaving scars of arrogance and disrespect […]

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