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The Virtual Memorial

Killing time on Facebook, mindlessly clicking everything in sight. My head rolling from one hand to another when supporting elbows grow numb. Spellbound by invitations to play Farmville and Texas Hold’em. Photo albums burst random faces on the screen- smiling, waving, and posing. Crushing waterfalls of images are making me queasy. I return to the […]

Istanbul: The Bazaar

Once in downtown Istanbul, Asia seems closer than ever. It takes a 20-minute ferry ride over the Bosporus and there you are – in a different world. Coming from the port, we make our way across the main road and enter the Kadiköy market from the side. The moment we walk up the narrow street, […]

Tragedy Between The Ads

I am a retired expat American who continues to consider returning to his family and his roots in the United States. To feel the pulse of events back home, I’ve found it helpful to see the United States through the eyes of the American television journalist, Rachel Maddow. She has a daily one-hour show on […]


As the late Tony Judt wrote in a New York Review of Books essay on Henry Kissinger, “‘secrecy’ [is] an inevitable component of policymaking in any sensitive area, and one for which there are appropriate and legitimate institutional structures.” Judt goes on to differentiate between secrecy, which is necessary, and deception, which is reprehensible. This […]

Alternatives to Austerity

In the aftermath of the Great Recession, countries have been left with unprecedented peacetime deficits and increasing anxieties about their growing national debts. In many countries, this is leading to a new round of austerity – policies that will almost surely lead to weaker national and global economies and a marked slowdown in the pace […]

Kreisky’s Shadow

Even before he resigned as Chancellor, Bruno Kreisky responded to a question from the great journalist Kurt Vorhofer, who had died all too soon,  as to whether he would one day want a monument in his honor on the Ringstrasse: “My vanity doesn’t wear itself out on such things(…) What I would love most would […]

Stripped Down and Personal

When was the last time air travel was truly sexy? Not lately, that’s for sure. In fact, the last time probably predates most people’s memories; but that doesn’t mean the today’s frustrations of flying have to deflate your mood. Time was when the family would dress in their Sunday best to climb aboard some long-vanished […]

OIIP: Impoverishing Public Debate

Jan. 22 marked the 100th birthday of Bruno Kreisky, the visionary chancellor who reintroduced postwar Austria to the world – and brought the world to Austria. Under Kreisky, at the height of the Cold War, Austria became a bridge between East and West and a vocal advocate for peace and arms control. He persuaded the […]

Mud, Sweat and Tires

It’s far too early on Sunday morning – the morning of my first cyclocross race – the RC Schnecke Wintercup Finale in Vienna. The rain, blown by a howling wind, is rattling against the bedroom windows as I wake up. I look out the window; it’s dark and gloomy and clumps of hardened snow are […]

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