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Letters to the Editor: Sept. 2013

Re: [House Editorial “Out of Golan in 30 Days”, TVR July/August 2013]   What political irresponsibility or unexplainable fears can possibly have forced the Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann (Chairman of the SPÖ) and Vice Chancellor Michael Spindelegger (head of the liberal-conservative ÖVP, who additionally acts as Minister of Foreign Affairs) to abandon within 48 hours […]

Golan Heights Withdrawal

Golan Heights Withdrawal

    Due to Popular Pressure, 16 June by Stephan Löwenstein The decision by the Austrian government to withdraw the approximately 380 soldiers of the armed forces from the UN mission in the Golan Heights has initially been received   positively at home. The man in the street applauded. […] Only a handful of commentators […]

Jobs: Inside the United Nations

It often seems impossible for an outsider to get a job at the UN. But is it really? “No,” said Linda Starodub, who recently retired from 30 plus years in the UN system, half of it in human resources, “but… it’s complicated.” There are two basic strata of jobs: There is GS (General Service) and […]

UN Mission on Golan Heights

UN Mission on Golan Heights

    Why Austria Should Hold its Position on the Golan Heights, 10 May by Christian Ultsch The UN can only be as strong as its members make it. On the Syrian Golan Heights the United Nations provide an increasingly lamentable impression. And that lies first and foremost at the feet of the states supplying […]

Latvia’s non-citizens

On 23 March, roughly 400 people formed a non-citizens congress in the Latvian capital Riga, demanding full political rights for so-called “non-citizens”. This resulted from Latvia’s Russian minority voicing its anger over escalating institutional discrimination. Nearly 300,000 people, 13% of Latvia’s population, have non-citizen status and as a result, have special passports and restrictions placed […]

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. […]

Response to the Nobel Peace Prize

Response to the Nobel Peace Prize

The EU was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize at a time when the distressed 27-nation strong project is losing traction. According to Thorbjoen Jagland, head of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, “This is in a way a message to Europe that we should do everything we can to secure what has been achieved and move forward.” […]

Choirs for Intercultural Understanding

Choirs for Intercultural Understanding

Each year, youth choirs from around the world convene in Vienna to give concerts in conjunction with the Vienna Boys Choir. The closing ceremony on 2 Aug in the Musikverein’s Großer Saal is a culmination of the festival’s events, which include workshops and performances at Schönbrunn and at the United Nations Headquarters. The festival was founded by […]

Nicolas Cage: Organizing Against Organized Crime

The corridors of the United Nations headquarters were lined with employees, cell phones in hand, ready to snap a picture. A large security and media team swarmed the premises – not for a visiting head of state, as one might expect at an international governmental organization.  It was for the American actor Nicolas Cage. Cage, […]

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