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NATO Defends Turkish-Syrian Border

NATO Defends Turkish-Syrian Border

Recently, NATO declared that it would stand by Turkey if conditions worsened. In a direct warning to Syria after a week of cross-border artillery fire, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen officially stated: “We have all necessary plans in place to protect and defend Turkey if necessary.” Syria has apologised for it’s “accidental” shelling of Turkey. […]

Saudi-Funded Controversy

Saudi-Funded Controversy

The ‘Abdullah Centre’ is Worth a Try, 12 Oct. by Stefan Apfl When the foreign ministers of Austria, Spain and Saudi Arabia sign the founding agreement of the “King Abdullah Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue” in the Albertina on Thursday [13 Oct.], not few will wonder “what is going on?” A centre for religious […]

English Language and Bi-lingual Kindergartens

One of the hardest things when moving the family to a new town (or country) is finding the right school or day-care for your children. While a list of international and bilingual schools is not hard to find, the bilingual and English language day-care centres and kindergartens are more of a search. Here is a […]

Anonymous strikes again

In early October, hackers from AnonAustria published the names and contact details of 6,200 customers of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce (WKO) via a link on Twitter. The affected branch, the association of real estate trustees, confirmed that the data stemmed from its online mail-order system, while stating that “no sensitive information” had been taken. […]

Abuse at former orphanage

Two cases of repeated child abuse and rape were reported to have taken place in the 1970s at a former orphanage and school for girls in Schloss Wilhelminenberg at the periphery of Vienna. While each of the victims received €35,000 in damages from the city, their defence lawyer, Johannes Öhlböck, is fighting for the “statute […]

A law worth lobbying for

A draft lobbying law presented by the government was criticised for its loopholes. Under the law, lobbying firms would have to declare their employees’ names and annual revenue in an official register, but would not have to disclose their clients and objectives. The rules for public trade associations, such as the chamber of commerce and […]

Vienna Circle: Okanagan Hockey School

A Canadian hockey academy might, at first glance, seem out of place in the heart of Lower Austria. With a mission statement “to encourage the achievement of each player’s full potential in Academics, Hockey, Sportsmanship, and Citizenship,” the Okanagan Hockey School and Academy Europe combines international education with top sports training. “We want to develop […]

Viennale ‘11: Popcorn & Acquired Tastes

Viennale ‘11: Popcorn & Acquired Tastes

Now in its final days, the Vienna International Film Festival – the Viennale – has been host to some of the biggest names in The Business and a good showing of the movers and shakers of the independent film scene. This year, the organizers have pulled out all the stops for this 49th edition of […]

Basking in Bad Blumau

It was a warm day in early October, when a friend and I decided it was time to get out of town for the weekend. We pulled out the guidebooks and browsed; we wanted a complete change of scene without spending the weekend in the car. We picked Bad Blumau, a famed mineral spa in […]

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