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Ingmar Bergman: Reinventing Film

Ingmar Bergman: Reinventing Film

Filmmaker and dramatist Ingmar Bergman died July 30th. In a career that spanned over five decades and included the production of over sixty films and 170 plays, Bergman is credited with the reinvention of film as an art form and, in the view of supporters and critics alike, having changed the perceptions of what was […]

The Euro: Southern Exposure

The Euro: Southern Exposure

The apparent calm in the face of the Euro’s all-time high against the Dollar masks a growing sense of unease in Europe. Politicians, particularly in the north, seem to gloss over significant concern held particularly by the French and Southern Europeans who are worried about the strength of their export position. German Finance Minister Peer […]

Tagebuch: September 2007

Dear Diary, Recently in Profil, the following item appeared: Now, all women who can’t wear a size 27 jeans and are over 16 – in other words, the bulk of female humanity – can let out a collective sigh of relief. The Reign of Terror of the Hip-Huggers is coming to an end. No more […]

Deutschkreutz: Castle of Living Art

Deutschkreutz: Castle of Living Art

For people who know wine, Schloss Deutschkreutz in Burgenland is the home of Austria’s most famous domestic red, the Blaufränkisch. With only an hour and a half travel time from Vienna to the south east, this would be reason enough to visit such a lush corner of the Austrian countryside for a day trip from […]

Under the Midnight Sun

Under the Midnight Sun

“Ladies and gentlemen… welcome to Iceland,” said the voice over the loud speakers. After two flights and a seven-hour delay in Denmark, I was finally here…. I was finally home. I walked from the plane and through the airport to baggage reclaim. The first thing I did, after finding my luggage, was to go outside […]

Salzburg’s Lost Olympics

Salzburg’s exit in the first round of voting by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) earlier this summer (July 4th) means that, despite being its third attempt, the city will not yet be hosting a Winter Olympics. However, the organisers of Salzburg’s bid were quick to point to the positives that the bid itself brought about, […]

The 52nd Art Biennale Venice: Present Tense

The 52nd Art Biennale Venice: Present Tense

From June until early November, the 52nd Venice Art Biennale is again dominating the city. This is a much anticipated event in the art world, a showcase for a global selection of top contemporary artists. It’s a kind of pilgrimage, the opportunity for true believers to explore, react, reject and embrace ideas through works by […]

Bruno Kreisky Prize 2007: ZARA vs. Racism

Bruno Kreisky Prize 2007:  ZARA vs. Racism

Siding with minorities against the establishment is not usually the way to win awards – in Austria, or anywhere.  Thus receiving the Bruno Kreisky Prize for Human Rights 2007 was a big deal for ZARA, the Austrian anti-Racism organisation. “The prize is an important recognition,” said Barbara Liegl, Director of ZARA at the award ceremony, […]

Health Care: Better Red Than Dead

Will the inexorable rise in medical costs around the world someday pose a major challenge to contemporary capitalism? I submit that in the not-so-distant future, moral, social, and political support for capitalism will be severely tested as would-be egalitarian health systems face ever-rising costs. Rising incomes, population aging, and new technologies for extending and enhancing […]

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