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The “Catastrophe”

As the state of Israel celebrates its 60th birthday, Palestinians remember the Nakbeh, or “catastrophe” – their story of dispossession, occupation, and statelessness. But, for both sides, as well as external powers, the events of 1948 and what has followed – the occupation since 1967 of the remaining lands of historic Palestine – represents a […]

15 Euros Of Flesh

Around 1.840 people participated in a naked installation by New York artist Spencer Tunick on May 11 in Happel Stadium, where the Final Soccer Game of the UEFA EURO 2008 will take place. They were volunteers. In return for their participation they received a limited edition installation photograph and a free train ticket within Austria […]

For Love Of The Turf

Nowhere in life do happiness and sadness, hope and despair, victory and defeat lie closer together than in sports. Emotions define competitions all over the world, emotions, which the soccer exhibition herz:rasen in the Kunstlerhaus wants to bring to life for the Viennese and tourists under the spell of the EURO2008. In 1999, for a […]

Book Review: Vienna’s Conscience, by Richard Winter

Book Review: Vienna’s Conscience, by Richard Winter

Richard Winter escaped from Vienna to the United States on his third try in 1939. Later, as a result of this experience, he encouraged the study and understanding of the source of hate crimes and crimes against humanity and worked to promote the peaceful resolution of conflicts based on such crimes.  His hope was to […]

Austria’s Conscience

The candles of the vigil on Monday night in the small town of Amstetten are out. Soon the hordes of international journalists will pack up their cameras and tape recorders and leave Austria again. The family of Josef Fritzl, the father/grandfather who kept his own daughter in the dungeon for 24 years, will have to […]

Picture Vs. Mind

On September 23, 2007 several billboards went up across Italy during Milan’s fashion week while promoting the fashion brand Nolita. In this campaign against Anorexia Nervosa, the disease of self- starvation, Italian photographer Oliviero Toscani turned French actress Isabelle Caro into the new spokeswomen combating anorexia, displaying her emaciated body as a warning: “Look!,” it […]

The God of Suffering

Do we live in a world that was created by a god who is all-powerful, all-knowing, and all good? Christians think we do. Yet a powerful reason for doubting this confronts us every day: the world contains a vast amount of pain and suffering. If God is all-knowing, he knows how much suffering there is. […]

Still Right to Fight

Just back from several years in Vienna, The US looks strange indeed. For one thing, it seems that everybody in the US thinks that Senator Barack Obama is going to be the next President. But the Democratic Party, as well as the rest of the country, and the world for that matter, has forgotten about […]

New Labour’s End?

When the polls closed for the Local and London Authority elections in the UK at 10.00 pm GMT on May 1, it was clear that the governing Labour Party of Prime Minister Gordon Brown would suffer a heavy defeat. David Cameron was radiant: His Conservative Tory opposition would soon yet celebrate yet another success at […]

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