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Tagebuch: March 2009

Dear Diary, I just wanted to tell you never to let Spanntrans move your stuff!  When I moved from Berlin to Vienna I found this great offer online from the friendly company called Spanntrans. And they were from Austria; how bad can this be?  The whole experience was a total nightmare. The day we had […]

An African Comments

“Everyone on the subway was aware of the Brennan incident,” said Paul Kojo, a native of Ghana who has lived in Austria for 23 years. “It always comes down to showing one’s ID. I have personally never had any confrontation with the police, only routine controls. I have been checked four times in over 20 […]

Tagebuch: March 2009

Dear Diary,  Owning my own car, I rarely use public transportation! So it was at the age of 20 when I took the train for the first time in my life, traveling to Salzburg at 19:00 of a Friday evening. Now, for all of you experienced travelers, this may seem like a simple undertaking. Not […]

Davos Man’s Depression

For 15 years, I have been attending the World Economic Forum in Davos. Typically, the leaders gathered there share their optimism about how globalization, technology, and markets are transforming the world for the better. Even during the recession of 2001, those assembled in Davos believed that the downturn would be short-lived. But this time, as […]

The Pope & The Guru

The Pope & The Guru

When Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was ordained pope in 2005, Austrians felt nearly as proud as the Germans that one of their own had, for the first time in nearly 500 years, been elected to lead the Catholic Church. After all, he was from Marktl am Inn in Bavaria  — which all Austrians realize is actually […]

Letters to the Editor: March 2009

  To the Editor, In response to your coverage of the recent sharpening of the EU anti-smoking ban, I want to say how impressed I am that Austria has refused to follow the overall policy of the EU and tried to find a middle ground. It is hard to see why the needs of some […]

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 […]

The Obama Factor

At the Amerikahaus, Simon Inou was in constant motion, organizing the last details for the Radio Afrika & Co celebration of the inauguration of Barack Obama, a consortium of NGO’s representing the migrant communities in Vienna supported by the U.S. Embassy. We caught him in the final moments before the festivities were to begin. The […]

Iceland On Hold

It used to be different. Coming from Iceland used to bring responses such as “wow, how exotic” and “beautiful scenery.” Now all I get is “poor you.” In one year Iceland went from being one of the richest countries to one of the poorest. Talk about a transformation! Families have gone from having Christmas in […]

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