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Book Review: Media Madness in New Croatia

Book Review: Media Madness in New Croatia

“What’s up?“ “A blockhead is driving me nuts. I recommended him as a correspondent in Iraq. He’s gone there, and now he’s not reporting.” “Oo, sounds unpleasant!” Markatovic said. Sitting in the newsroom in Zagreb, Toni is beside himself: He should have known better than to hire his misfit cousin as a fledgling correspondent to […]

Kosovo and Serbia search

Kosovo and Serbia search

In a symbolic act of cooperation, Serbia and Kosovo pledged to uncover the truth about the fate of 1,700 missing victims in the Kosovo War in 1998 and 1999. Representatives from Kosovo’s Government Missing Persons Commission and Serbia’s Missing Persons Commission met on 14 June and visited a potential mass grave in the village of […]

Book Review: A Long Way Gone, by Ishmael Beah

The Boy Soldier The following review accompanies a report of Ishmael Beah’s visit to Vienna, found here. A memoir of a child soldier in Sierra Leone, A Long Way Gone, by Ishmael Beah, will take you on a journey through suffering and survival, an endless struggle against the seemingly impossible, a miraculous delivery. In telling his […]

The Risks of Withdrawl

Entering a war is easy; getting out of it is the hard part. That axiom is particularly true for the United States today, as it muddles through three wars – two of which were forced upon it (Afghanistan and the “war on terror”), with the third (Iraq) started unnecessarily by a U.S. administration blinded by […]

This time of mourning

For an hour, we stood wedged inside the Polish Church on the Rennweg. The rotunda of the church was packed; people stood shoulder to shoulder listening to the priest, offering words of comfort during this time of mourning. Outside, the overflowing crowd lingered in front of the entryway, standing on tiptoes, craning their necks to […]

The Falklands Revisited

A decision in early February to restart drilling operations off the Falkland Islands has heightened tensions between Great Britain and Argentina and revived a long-standing conflict over sovereignty that led to war in 1982. The drilling by British oil company Desire Petroleum began Feb. 22, angering the Argentine government and triggering new regulations on all […]

The Afghanistan Complex

It appears that 2010 will be a decisive year for the war in Afghanistan. After an auspicious beginning in 2001, the Afghan War stagnated as the U.S. focused its efforts and resources on the war in Iraq. Now, it seems that the U.S. and many of its European allies – although France and Germany remain […]

A Plea for Peace

A Plea for Peace

Robi Demelin and Mazen Faraj make an odd couple. The 65-year-old Demelin is an Israeli from Tel Aviv and the 32-year-old Palestinian Faraj lives in a refugee camp near Bethlehem. While only 59 km away (37 miles), they’re worlds apart. But what the two have in common is a shared belief that there is more […]

The Ethnic Cleansing Of Palestine

The hall of the 9th District Municipal Building was packed for the Dec. 6, 2008 presentation by Dr. Ilan Pappé of his book, The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, which had recently been published in German. The Israeli academic’s visit to Vienna was particularly timely: It was just three weeks before the latest round of intense […]

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