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Eacho on Obama’s First Year

The most heralded U.S. leader in decades has completed his first year in office – and many have been put to the task of assessing his progress; indeed, to offer an appraisal of the “change” that has been delivered so far. U.S. Ambassador William Eacho did exactly that in a speech to students and faculty […]

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 […]

Rewarding Dishonesty

Rewarding Dishonesty

The Problem of ‘Toxic Assets’ “Our job is to fix the problem in the financial sector at the least risk to the taxpayer,” said U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Mar. 23. Supported by President Barack Obama, Geithner unveiled yet another bailout plan for the struggling U.S. financial system. Rumours had it that the Obama […]

From the Heartland

My roots go deep into Missouri soil. My wide Missouri soul misses the huge expanses of farmlands and rolling Ozark hills and beautiful Europe often seems cramped in comparison. The Missouri landscape becomes almost contemplative. Yes, it’s an acquired taste. Missouri is not even a tourist destination, much less a trap. In fact, it’s more […]

PR and Politics

PR and Politics

  This article is based on the following: State of Confusion, by Bryant Welch (2008)  Propaganda, by Edward Bernays (1928) PR! A Social History of Spin, by Stuart Ewen (1996)   In the International Herald Tribune in late February, readers were startled to see an article outlining how, in spite of embarking on the largest […]

Book Review: Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals

Book Review: Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals

When Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln was published in the United States in 2005, neither the reviewers, nor early readers, nor Kearns Goodwin herself could have known that just three years later, the book would become a touchstone for the presidential campaign, victory and administration of Barack Hussein […]

Nowak’s Burden

Nowak’s Burden

Manfred Nowak has dedicated his career to human rights. Currently acting as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, a professor of Constitutional Law and Human Rights at the University of Vienna, director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Human Rights, the human rights lawyer is one of Austria’s leading human rights advocates. Speaking at […]

Hope and Change in Hard Times

Hope and Change in Hard Times

At the Badeschiff Spirits were high among the guests at the Badeschiff in Vienna, as they gathered to celebrate the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States of America. Hosted by Democrats Abroad Austria (DAA), this was a joyous affair, packed with loyalists and friends, engulfed in hope, but also […]

The Triumphant Return of Keynes

We are all Keynesians now. Even the right in the United States has joined the Keynesian camp with unbridled enthusiasm and on a scale that at one time would have been truly unimaginable. For those of us who claimed some connection to the Keynesian tradition, this is a moment of triumph, after having been left […]

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