Society

Burka-scarf-debate without cynicism and xenophobia

We can hold the burka headscarf debate even without cynicism. 1.Burka, niqab and whatever they are all called are fabric prisons for women and a dominance symbol of the patriarchy. Some women may wear them willingly, others are locked in under it – I would rate the freedom not to be obliged to wear one…

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Society

The rotten discourse on heritage tax

About capital tax and heritage tax: please do not jump on the bandwagon of the brainless argument of whether this money has already been taxed before, or whether these taxes are justified. This is not the argument that it is really about. One’s own property is a question of power and for the citizens it…

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Society

We creatures of habit

It is always fascinating what creatures of habit we are and to what extent that shapes politics. I just spoke to someone who received a job offer in Austria. 14 monthly salaries. Why? He asks. On balance it is the annual salary, but why is it so strangely divided in Austria? Because after the war,…

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Society

Sebastian Kurz and the “fear of falling”

Sebastian Kurz is playing the social benefits for a whole refugee family against the pension of an individual. Somebody has no doubt already explained to him that these are two completely different kettles of fish. He will also understand himself that to balance a family against an individual is a lame comparison. However, he believes…

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EuropeFeatured

Glyphosat: A Background-Story

A few weeks ago, the European Chemicals Agency ECHA published a risk assessment about glyphosate, according to which the aggressive plant poison is supposedly not carcinogenic. Europena NGOs accused the EU authority of taking over industry-related “Monsanto papers” completely uncritically. Now a cancer researcher is doubting the correctness of this assessment. He found eight “overlooked”…

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Society

Every day is women’s combat day

Here is a selection of organisations that campaign every day for women and girls in Austria/Europe-wide and that we should support: WAVE Network - Women against violence Europe WAVE is a Europe-wide active feminist network that campaigns against violence towards women and children. Its “information centre” offers direct support for survivors, an overview of help…

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Featured

Putin’s right-wing friends

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is backing Europe’s right-wing populist parties. He promotes, funds and networks them and provides medial support in their countries. His goal is to gain geopolitical influence and to drive a weakening European Union into insignificance. Europe’s right-wing parties are counting on the alliance with Putin. Their aim is to destroy the…

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GreensSociety

Listening to the people more attentively

It is all very well to be told that we have to listen to the people more attentively then they wouldn't elect Trump, Hofer and Le Pen and they wouldn't vote for Brexit. But what does this mean? Who is meant by the word "we"? What is listening more attentively? I am in Burgenland at…

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