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Foreign Students Get Short Shrift on Transit Passes

Foreign Students Get Short Shrift on Transit Passes

Restrictions on subsidised student transport passes in Austria are under fire from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on charges of discrimination. In a case addressing unequal treatment for non-Austrian students, the ECJ concluded 4 Oct. that Austria had not justified regulations in Vienna, Upper Austria, Burgenland and Styria, where students are only eligible for […]

The Gender Pay Gap

The Gender Pay Gap

        Wages: The Truth About Inequality, 4 April by Gernot Bauer and Robert Treichler The allegedly scandalous wage discrimination on the basis of gender does not exist to the extent that is claimed. Yet maintaining a sense of victimhood makes it easier for women politicians of all stripes to push through their […]

Austrian Gender Gap Still Wide on Pay

Austria still has not succeeded in closing its gender gap, according to the Global Gender Gap Report 2010 published on Oct. 12 by the World Economic Forum (WEF), an international think tank headquartered in Geneva and widely known for its annual meeting in Davos. The Alpine Republic ranked 37th in gender equality, according to the […]

Let’s All Play Bye Bye Mosque

A blatantly anti-Muslim online computer game launched by the far-right Freedom Party FPÖ in the Austrian Federal State of Styria has triggered outrage and led to widespread censure by the country’s leaders. The game with the provocative title “Moschee Baba” (“Bye bye Mosque”) was uploaded Sept.1 as part of the FPÖ election campaign in Styria, […]

The Plight of the Roma

The Roma have been persecuted across Europe for centuries. Now they face a form of discrimination unseen in Europe since World War II: group evictions and expulsions from several European democracies of men, women, and children on the grounds that they pose a threat to public order. Last week, France began to carry out plans […]

Wars on the Web

Complaints of racial discrimination on the web are becoming more and more common.  But imagine, for a moment, a world with no Internet. At this point, it’s hard to imagine unplugging. In today‘s information crazed society, we have become like addicts, reliant on the web to feed our information habit at the click of a […]

Anti-Semitism on the Right

Anti-Semitism on the Right

Anti-Semitism appears to be gaining ground again in Europe threatening to undermine fundamental European values, according to a recent report by a European Union agency. Based on data collected between 2001 and 2008, the report, published in February by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (EUFRA) in Vienna, noted “new characteristics,” that combine traditional stereotypes […]

History of Abuse

History of Abuse

The events at Spittelau underground station on Feb. 11, coupled with Mike Brennan’s profile as a U.S. citizen and teacher at the Vienna International School, have led many to hear for the first time the fears felt by Vienna’s black community – the fear of victimisation on the basis of skin colour, of finding oneself […]

An African Comments

“Everyone on the subway was aware of the Brennan incident,” said Paul Kojo, a native of Ghana who has lived in Austria for 23 years. “It always comes down to showing one’s ID. I have personally never had any confrontation with the police, only routine controls. I have been checked four times in over 20 […]

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