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Friday, April 27, 2018
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“How are you doing today?” the paramedic asks with a smile, as the ambulance hurtles towards the hospital. “I’m not talking to a Neger (negro),” the patient spews back.“Pardon me?“ he says. “You heard me!” she retorts. The paramedic starts to laugh. Then she spews: “Unbuckle me you Neger and I’ll show you what’s what.” He laughs louder.Rami Ali,...
expats voting austria sunday election
I won’t be voting in the Austrian election. In fact, I never have.A few months ago, a media colleague asked if I had thought of entering politics. “In Austria?” I asked. “Yeah, I think you’d be good in politics.” He was surprised when I told him I was not an Austrian citizen. “Oh, I just assumed.”Yeah, a lot of...
editorial
The Olympics in Rio didn’t provide Austrians with all that much cause for cheer. While it rains medals on the self-dubbed “sports nation” every winter, its athletes for the Summer Olympics fight an uphill battle Whereas they proudly brought home seven medals – two of them gold – from the Games in Athens in 2004, they counted a mere three...
green party
With the Greens absorbed in internecine warfare, the prospects for a progressive left agenda look increasingly dimWith just a month until the parliamentary elections, the Greens are in disarray.Since the first of the year, their support has dropped by half in public polling. In May, they exchanged one unpopular leader for another, swapping out Eva Glawischnig for EU parliamentarian...
Paris State of EmergencyMy phone lit up with the news last night, as the attacks in Paris took over 125 lives. After reading and rereading the simple sentence “attacks at a stadium in Paris, over 60 dead,” more news detailed the other locations – a restaurant and a concert hall. I was also at a restaurant, fearless until that...
The Paris attacks make the return of border controls essential This essay was first written in the early hours following the six-attack night of horror in Paris. Much in the European fishbowl of terror alarms and refugee floods I knew would look different by the time this came into your hands.  Things would shift, leaders would react and the wheels...
womens clothing
The politics of women’s clothing in advertising A double billboard fills the end wall of an apartment house just off the Karmelitermarkt in Vienna’s 2nd district, heralding the beginning of summer with luscious posters of fruit smoothies and Italian beach wear. Ads always make things look good: Juicy berries and pineapple fitted with bending straws, stylish swimsuits painted onto the...
Emmanuel Macron
For voters battered by globalization, pro-Europeans must deliver growth – and jobs Emmanuel Macron’s decisive defeat of Marine Le Pen in the French presidential runoff was a major victory for liberal Europe. But it was a battle, not a war. The idea that one in three French citizens would vote for the National Front’s Le Pen was inconceivable only a...
Austria’s refugee crisis has not only polarized the political landscape,  it has split the country’s ruling party right down the middle As every seasoned police officer knows, fights within families are among the most unpleasant confrontations on the beat.  As tempers escalate, ancient animosities come spilling out, household implements become lethal weapons and the basic social unit – the family...
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