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Nothing to Fear But Fear Itself

In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, fear mongering was rampant.The news coverage was sensationalised and empathy selectively applied. It was a media race to racism, immediate and disturbingly familiar. Everyone wanted to be the first to report on the identity, nationality and ethnicity of the culprits. But surely, reality was bad enough. The […]

Young terrorist arrested

The Austrian Mohamed Mahmoud, who posted a video in March threatening Austria and the rest of Europe, has been arrested in the Turkish province of Hatay near Syria, according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs. In the video, the 28-year-old Mahmoud appears wearing a military vest and holding an AK-47, announcing attacks against cities, trains, […]

Car bomb in Sofia

On 13 Oct., a bomb blew up the car of Sasho Dikov, a popular Bulgarian television reporter, coinciding with a visit of EC President Jose Manuel Barroso and EP President Jerzy Buzek to Sophia. While no one was hurt, the attack was seen as an attempt to embarrass the centre-right GERB government ahead of local […]

Metternich and Terror

Metternich and Terror

Terror in Norway: Opinions, Jul.28  Johanna Mikl-Leitner, ÖVP, Minister of Interior  “[The Norway attacks] were the doing of a lone perpetrator. Only a fifth of the crimes committed by [Austrian] right-wing extremists can be attributed to the organized scene; the rest to the un-organized one. In our assessment, there is currently no threat to Austria, but […]

Terrorism’s Right Hand

Terrorism’s Right Hand

Terror in Norway: Opinions, Jul. 28 by Andreas Mölzer, FPÖ Member of Parliament:  “The Norway tragedy is an act of insanity. Anybody trying to cash in on this event politically should be ashamed. Now the FPÖ has to listen to the Left accusing it of providing the ideological breeding ground for such madness. Why is it […]

Proposed anti-terror law

Austria’s Ministers of Justice and the Interior, Beatrix Karl (ÖVP) and Johanna Mikl-Leitner (ÖVP), clarified plans for a new anti-terror law in late Aug. The law would extend police powers to search databases held online and by foreign intelligence agencies relating to individual suspects, rather than just groups of at least three as is currently […]

Still the Most Lawless Place on Earth

Around 11 p.m. on Jul. 11, 2010, sports fans were packed into the Kyadondo Rugby Club in Kampala, Uganda, eagerly watching Spain and the Netherlands duke it out in the FIFA World Cup Final. Minutes before the culmination of the 90-minute match and the commencement of overtime, an explosion detonated directly in front of the […]

How Much Transparancy is Too Much?

Transparency seems to be the word of the day in a wide array of policy domains. But is greater transparency always good? Ever since the financial crisis erupted in 2008, there has been a call for “greater transparency” in financial services. The financial-reform law passed by the United States Congress last month requires improved transparency […]

Ground Zero Mosque

The United States is currently engaged in a debate that has been transformed from a local deliberation into a fight for the very soul of American values. The proposed construction of an Islamic community center at Park 51 in Manhattan has sparked fierce and impassioned debate, encompassing issues of constitutionalism and religious freedom, as well […]

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