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Germany most influential

Germany is viewed as the country with the “most positive influence” in the world, according to the BBC’s annual Country Ratings Poll. Interviewing 26,000 people from 25 countries by phone or face-to-face between December 2012 and April 2013, subjects were asked by GlobeScan/PIPA (Program on International Policy Attitudes) to rate 16 countries and the European […]

Book Review: The Plan

Book Review: The Plan

The Plan, Gerhard Roth’s newly translated crime novel, tells of the transformation of Konrad Feldt, a sickly and isolated at Vienna’s Nationalbibliothek who finds himself in possession of a priceless scrap of manuscript after the original thief commits suicide. Planning to sell the document and change his life, Feldt journeys to Japan, where the illegible […]

Nuclear Power: Safe No More

The huge scale of the disaster that has struck in Japan since the earthquake on Mar. 11 almost defies comprehension. The numbers are constantly being nudged upwards but at the time of writing, the latest count of the dead and missing has reached 25,000 and ten times that number have been left without shelter in […]

Angela Merkel’s No-Win Decision

A striking blow or a smart political maneuver? Chancellor Angela Merkel’s directive to temporarily shut down seven of the 17 atomic power plants in Germany came as a response to the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan. Or did it? Strangely enough, her decision also came just days before the Mar.27 regional elections in Baden Württemberg. […]

Debunking the Nuclear Advantage

The horrific events unfolding in Japan – revealed by footage of smoke-emitting reactors and abandoned towns in the contamination zone – are confirming suspicions that nuclear energy is neither clean nor safe. Tokyo’s drinking water has been declared hazardous to infants and consumers have been advised against eating vegetables grown in the prefecture that is […]

Standing with Japan

The shattering earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11 have wrought devastating physical damage – aggravated by the threat of a nuclear disaster – across the country’s northeastern coastal areas, and have rekindled grave fears in the only country to have experienced fully the atom’s potential for horror. Thousands of people are missing, […]

Nagasaki Remembered

Nagasaki Remembered

Even after more than half a century, Kazuo Soda can still hear the screams, the agonized cries of people in the last throes of death. “I still see a lot of black-scorched bodies lying on the roads and in the ruins,” Soda told the crowd at the Buddhist Peace Pagoda in Vienna Aug. 9, the […]

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