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Women Fight Back

Women Fight Back

Without knowing it, the lives of Phyllis Rodriguez, in New York, and Aicha El Wafi, in Paris, intertwined at 08:45, on Sept. 11, 2001. But it was not terror and death which brought them together. It was something even deeper: their love for their respective sons. Theirs is the story about two radically different lives: […]

Tagebuch: May 2007

Dear Diary, Got another call from Citicard on my daughter’s account. I called back this morning and this time was lucky in two ways, the woman on the line was very pleasant, and I remembered the answer to the secret question, so she was able to talk to me. On Apr. 14, two airline tickets […]

Tagebuch: May 2007

Dear Diary, In the U1, pulling into Stephansplatz, I heard the penetrating click-clack of Manolo Blanik stiletto heels, louder than the decelerating train. As we halted, the source became clear. A woman was pacing back and fourth along the paltform, talking on her cell-phone, teetering in the high-heeled boots stuffed with air-tight jeans; above, we […]

Energy Action Plan: Can Europe Co-operate?

Energy Action Plan: Can Europe Co-operate?

On March 9, the heads of state of the European Union member countries endorsed the EU Commission’s proposal for a major redrawing of European energy and climate-change policy. The EU Council’s endorsement included an Action Plan that would put a common policy in place by 2009. Most of the Commission’s proposals, including a greenhouse-gas reduction […]

Tagebuch: May 2007

Dear Diary, Vienna is a city which always seems to amaze me. The second I think I’ve got it all figured out, it shows me a new side. From old style of the centre to new style of Vienna International Centre and to Gotham-like Gürtel to the fancy suburbs of Heiligenstadt, Vienna really is a […]

Austria on Trial

Following the Nuremberg Trials after World War II, where an international war crimes tribunal of the Allied Forces charged the highest ranking Nazi officials, Germany and Austria sought to charge other war criminals in a second series of proceedings known as the Auschwitz Trials. While the extensive evidence presented in the German Trials in the […]

1922 – 2007: Kurt Vonnegut

1922 – 2007: Kurt Vonnegut

Memory is so short. When historian Jörg Friedrich’s recent study on the air war against Nazi Germany stirred intense debate, few people seemed to remember that its central theme – the firebombing of Dresden in February 1945 – had already received a masterful treatment thirty five years earlier, in Kurt Vonnegut’s remarkable and disturbing novel, […]

Fatal Addiction

There have been many European analyses of the reasons for the recurring incidents of slaughter by handgun in the United States. Some blame the readily availability of guns, that may be purchased at Walmart or even the local supermarket in some communities is the essential precondition for the everyday violence in America. Others say it […]

Michaelergruft Face Lift

Michaelergruft Face Lift

Spring is a time of renewal. Flowers blossom wildly through winter decay, young birds twitter in their nests. Meanwhile underground, dedicated experts too are trying to breathe fresh life into… well, an entourage of skeletons, mummies and coffins, the residents of the Michaeler Gruft beneath the Michaelerkirche in Vienna’s first district. These flowers of civilization […]

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