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No Alarms & No Surprises

No Alarms &  No Surprises

If it weren’t for all the posters splashing the heads of party frontrunners around the city, few would notice that it’s election time in Austria. In the scorching heat of recent weeks, electoral campaigns have had a very slow start. On 29 September, voters will go to the polls and choose which party or parties […]

Paul Gulda: Improvising A Life of Art And Activism

Paul Gulda: Improvising A Life of Art And Activism

The asylum law protesters had been camped out at the Votivkirche for a couple of weeks when pianist Paul Gulda visited them for the first time in mid January. He had been asked to contribute a message of solidarity for their website. But as he read more about the occupation, he decided he needed to […]

Austria Commits Aid to Pakistan

Austria will send five million Euros worth of aid to victims of flooding in Pakistan, following an emergency meeting at the UN. The move was announced by Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann Aug. 24 almost 4 weeks after floods had devastated much of the country. Heavy monsoon rains in late July caused dams to burst, which […]

Seen in the Afghan Mirror

Will Afghanistan, the proverbial “graveyard of empires” turn into Barack Obama’s Vietnam? Will elections across Europe be in any way influenced by Osama bin Laden’s threat tied to NATO’s presence in Afghanistan? Will the U.S. pledge to focus more on civilian protection rather than just combat, sell with the Afghan locals? Those have been some […]

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