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New Eyes

I still remember exactly when I started noticing that there was something wrong with my eyesight. I was in the fourth grade, in the Dolomites with my family for a skiing vacation. We were returning to our hotel after dinner, walking in the dark, with snow all around, running and laughing with my brother and […]

Annoying Flight

I was just about to loosen my seat belt and get ready for the exhausting five hour flight from Las Palmas to Vienna, when I realized that I couldn’t straighten out my legs. The man in front of me had put his chair down, pressing his seat almost to my chest. I was trapped, sandwiched […]

In The Storm

It snowed today, a sudden twisting whirl Of white confusion, whipping through the square, A burst illusion that Winter  had furled Its sails and days would soon again be fair. People scurried by, their baskets brimming With baguettes and paper parcels, wine and flowers, Diving for shelter against the storm, were swimming Through a sea […]

Loss of Childhood

Children are vulnerable. Where there are wars, it might not be they who are targeted, but all too often they are the ones being killed. When the environment is destroyed, they will be the ones suffering as a consequence. And when products are sold made by underage workers, the children are the ones exploited by […]

Are We More Moral?

After a century that saw two world wars, the Nazi Holocaust, Stalin’s Gulag, the killing fields of Cambodia, and more recent atrocities in Rwanda and now Darfur, the belief that we are progressing morally has become difficult to defend. Yet there is more to the question than extreme cases of moral breakdown. This year marks […]

Letter To The Editor: May 2008

Dear Editor, Referring to Professor Gregory Weeks’ informative article “Vienna’s Conscience” in the April 2008 issue of The Vienna Review, he correctly states that Hitler could never have achieved what he did “without the lessons he learned in Vienna.” However, he might have elaborated in a sentence or two on what Vienna in aesthetic terms […]

Sports & Politics

A recent study conducted by the ORF revealed that 75,81% of Austrian voters support boycotting the Olympic Games in Beijing this year. For competitive athletes this is very disappointing. Among other things, it reveals how little the majority of people understand about one of the fundamental principles of the Olympic Games, that of sportsmanship that […]

Foot Loose Capital

A long-awaited UN study on international labor standards due out in June could be a great democratizing force. But in spite of big promises and good intentions, early hints of its findings suggest that transnational business is getting off easy. That, in essence, is the criticism of Prof. John Ruggie, of Harvard’s Kennedy School of […]

Lisbon’s Legacy

With 10,000 people gathering at Staatsoper to demonstrate against the EU, it was hard not to wonder why Austrians are so unhappy. According to the OECD, Austria had a growth of 2.2% last year, exceeding the EU average. The employment rate is 70%, one of the highest in Europe, and the country ranks high in […]

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