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Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Bosnia and Herzegovina was severely tested in the 20th century and is still finding its way back to prosperity and internal stability. There has never been an army or a political movement that wanted to create Bosnia ,” writes novelist Dževad Karahasan, “but Bosnia created a culture.” Too often the country has been a pawn in the hands of the powerful:...
The world has watched the US midterm elections spellbound. But for Europe, even the Democratic victory in the house of representative might not bring any relief The importance of American elections is always far beyond the national level. The whole world pays attention, watches, debates and vicariously participates in the unfolding political drama. This is hardly surprising: Everybody is aware...
Bosnians are still coming to terms with their wounds of war from a generation ago. But incredibly, they are now coming together to fight injustice. In March 2018, David Dragičević, a 21-year-old Bosnian Serb from Banja Luka, was found dead after being missing for six days. The police suspected suicide under the influence of drugs linking him to a burglary...
I often spoke to my friends about our wartime memories. I felt that it was something people had an urge to talk about. I can picture him. Sitting in the room staring at the keyboard. Recalling wartime memories. I can picture him trying to figure out if those are actual memories or if he has recreated in his mind stories...
How Austrians know who they are On November 18, the afternoon temperature suddenly dropped to an icy chill and the first flakes of snow began to fall. By evening in Vienna, there was a light dusting on the cars, and by early morning, a light blanket of white covered the shed roof below the window. On the early TV Weather...
Cultural heritage is not just monuments, artworks, and great literature — it is, above all, who we are. To a newcomer, Austria may not seem like a strange country. Stunningly beautiful but with people who, at first encounter, can seem grumpy and downbeat. A melting pot of cultures for centuries, yet staunchly skeptical about everything new or foreign. A people...
The OSCE in Vienna monitors elections around the world. Its report on the US midterms found the elections to be just as fair as those in the ex-Soviet Republic of Georgia It may seem arrogant for an organization operating out of little Austria to be monitoring the US midterm elections. Is Austria, an absolutist monarchy until 1918 and a fascist...
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