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The Road from Serfdom

The Road from Serfdom

The aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis has wage earners unsettled, idled involuntarily and indefinitely. Unprepared either for the hardship of scrimping, or the moments of relief from toil, the unemployed are bewildered. What is in store? Many seek relief anticipating a return to the ‘good times’ of the recent past. In his commentary, Austerity […]

Lost Generation?

The Great Continent has gone through some precarious times. To deal with the debts and imbalances emerging from the financial crisis of 08-09, European governments embraced chilling austerity measures to curb government spending. Too often, young people have borne the brunt of this crisis. Budget cuts and lower investment have curtailed education and later employment […]

Inventing Europe

About 140 years ago, the countless principalities that were to become what was later the German Empire had no clear borders. Before their identity was obscured by the fog of Nazism, Germany was made up of Bavaria, Saxony, Baden, Prussia, Würtemberg, Westfalia, Schleswig, the list goes on. Among the formative writers of this time, the […]

Militant Cyclists and Tree Murder

Militant Cyclists and Tree Murder

In response to 1st District Coucil President Ursula Stenzel’s ÖVP appeal protesting “tree murder” and the annihilation of parking spaces on the Ringstraße to make way for a “luxury bicycle path”. (Der Standard, 20 Aug. 2012) Dear Ms. Stenzel, First of all, just like you, I ride a bike, and I know all the advantages […]

The ‘Truth’ About the Jews

The ‘Truth’ About the Jews

Anti-Semitism warning! Günter Grass is no isolated case. The world always reacts with outrage when Israel has the audacity to step out of its historically assigned role of victim. And once again the reversal of the classic Perpetrator-Victim relationship, this time from Grass. In his poem “What Must be Said”, the Nobel Prize laureate alleges that […]

Women & Literacy

Though global illiteracy rates are falling, about one in every six adults still cannot read or write. Despite progress made since the first International Women’s Day in 1911, the majority of illiterate adults – two out of three – are women. These numbers are troubling: There are one billion illiterate adults in the world, and […]

Angela Merkel’s No-Win Decision

A striking blow or a smart political maneuver? Chancellor Angela Merkel’s directive to temporarily shut down seven of the 17 atomic power plants in Germany came as a response to the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan. Or did it? Strangely enough, her decision also came just days before the Mar.27 regional elections in Baden Württemberg. […]

With Thanks to Wikileaks

A response to the editorial Betrayal of ‘Truth’ (VR Dec 2010) by Justin McCauley Wikileaks has accomplished a great feat – and one equal to many journalistic achievements in the history of the modern press. Simply to argue whether leaking technically is journalism, or to throw ad Homonym attacks at its figurehead is to overlook […]

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 […]

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