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Action and Integration in Ottakring

Action and Integration in Ottakring

CopStories, Episode 1: A Viennese taxi driver who hates foreigners pulls up in in front of his apartment building in Ottakring, positioned just so as to prevent his new Muslim neighbours from moving in with their baby grand piano. Someone calls the police. The officers from the Kreitnergasse station show up and talk to the […]

Let’s talk about the Balkans

The first political talk show to be broadcast simultaneously across Balkan countries since the break up of Yugoslavia went on air in April, with support from ERSTE Foundation, the charity wing of the Austrian bank. In the five episodes of Okruženje (Vicinities) broadcast in Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Macedonia, and Serbia, guests from the different countries discussed […]

A Silent Servus: Peter Alexander (1926-2011)

The beauty of the untouched Austrian scenery. Sky rising mountains with a sugar-like snow topping, grass-green fields, a crystal clear lake and the idyllic hotel-restaurant Weißes Rössl. The clumsy waiter Leopold, a man, undyingly in love but also unworthy of the beautiful owner Josepha Vogelhuber, greets the guests streaming in from near and far. The […]

Tragedy Between The Ads

I am a retired expat American who continues to consider returning to his family and his roots in the United States. To feel the pulse of events back home, I’ve found it helpful to see the United States through the eyes of the American television journalist, Rachel Maddow. She has a daily one-hour show on […]

Very Tired ‘Sex in the City’

Sex and the City 2 opens in European cinemas on Friday, May 29. I, as the ultimate S&C fan should be ecstatic. Well, I’m not. I passed by a cinema with a jumbo poster above the door featuring Carrie, Charlotte, Samantha and Miranda (in a desert?!) and I had a very strange feeling – it […]

Who Cares About the News?

Who Cares About the News?

As times change, so does the news. We’re now in the digital age, with 24-hour news, and media that seem to morph into new forms before our eyes. We can watch whatever we want, when we want, and how we want. Before, we had little choice, so we read and watched what was offered in […]

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