A Last Day in the Imperial City

Far removed from the sandy beaches and tropical wonders of Florida, I have explored and enjoyed the wonders of Vienna and the outlaying region for the past 12 days. While markedly shorter than my six month educational séjour in 2011, this trip was meant for a renewal of sorts—an opportunity to both reset my intellectual curiosity and embrace […]

World Outline and Leben und Lieben in Wien

Considering my free time and my new found allegiance to autonomous servers and websites, I have created my own travel website while I am on the European continent. Appropriately, I have titled my site Leben un Lieben in Wien, or Living and Loving in Vienna. The site is hosted through World Outline program and the OPML server mastered by podcasting pioneer Dave Winer, […]

The Noble Lie

by Yaël Ossowski Hey Citizen, you’re the first to hearWe’ve got a new war to start, so strap on your gearPut on your blinders and heed what they sayNot time for questions, it’s time to obey Forget Palestine, forget occupationForget the bombs and the sanctions that have killed a nationForget the coups and states we’ve […]

The Dubious Nature of Kony 2012

There is no doubt that even the most casual web surfer has, in recent days, been exposed to the Kony 2012 campaign on Youtube and throughout social media. In a matter of days, the video has garnered tens of millions of views, while enjoying significant coverage in the mainstream press, radio and television. The video was released by the […]

Lessons in Federalism

Imagine the local sheriff or police chief issuing an arrest warrant for the President of the United States. Imagine that the majority of the citizens in that local jurisdiction agree with the arrest warrant, and in fact take to the streets to support its issuance. Imagine that other local sheriffs and police chiefs band together to push […]

A Portrait of the Journalist as a Young Man

There is no more exciting adventure than questioning those in power. It’s an act I’ve been able to enjoy in different countries, cities, and languages. I’ve been able to interview small-town mayors, bigwig police chiefs, and was even awarded the chance to grill New Jersey Governor Chris Christie while he flirted with running for national […]

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