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Gay Rights Cross the Street

Rick Steves | Posted 07.12.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

I'm in Vienna -- the city of high culture -- standing in front of the Opera, where the standard "walk-don't walk" lights have been replaced by lights ...

Towering WWII Relic in the Heart of Vienna

Rick Steves | Posted 07.11.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

Just off Vienna's happy-go-lucky Mariahilfer Strasse, I came upon a mighty WWII flak tower built in 1944, which still functions as a shelter for the A...

Vienna's Mariahilfer Strasse, Now Filled with Pedestrian Joy

Rick Steves | Posted 07.11.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

This little clip features one of my favorite streets (Mariahilfer Strasse) in one of my favorite cities (Vienna), with one of my favorite guides (Wolf...

A Historic Face-Off in Vienna

Rick Steves | Posted 07.11.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

Just finishing up my first day of research in Vienna, kicking off my eight-week summer trip, I was struck by how you can read history into the citysca...

Vienna's Music in the Air

Rick Steves | Posted 07.08.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

Stepping out of my hotel in Vienna on my first hour in Europe (clearly still a bit bleary with jet lag), I'm confronted by free culture on the street ...

On the Culture Front: Beating the European Summer Crowds in Vienna

Chris Kompanek | Posted 06.30.2016 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Sometimes Europe feels too trodden, like the world's culture amusement park. Massive crowds and long lines plague important landmarks and museums, oft...

How to See An Opera in Vienna for €3

Victoria Yore | Posted 05.12.2016 | Travel
Victoria Yore

Seeing an opera in Vienna is on many people's bucket lists! With some seats costing upwards of €200 per person, travelers often think that seeing an...

I Fell in Love With a German on Tinder -- And It Wrecked Me Forever

Katie Karambelas | Posted 03.29.2016 | Travel
Katie Karambelas

Part One - We Met Chris. The German's name is Chris. Of all the German names, his is not even really German at all. But I guess, since he's German...

With application in process in Austria, a young Iraqi asylum seeker finds solace in volunteering

Raluca Besliu | Posted 03.21.2016 | World
Raluca Besliu

Engrossed in reading a book, Zaid Salah waited patiently on a bench, after arriving early to our meeting. He looked modernly elegant in his long trenc...

Historical Vienna Boasts Great Food, Music & Theatre

Renee Blodgett | Posted 01.27.2016 | Travel
Renee Blodgett

Given that it was my first return to Vienna in over twenty years, I saw Austria's gem of a cultural city with very different eyes. From history and ar...

Dwora Fried: Unboxing Vienna

Shana Nys Dambrot | Posted 01.19.2016 | Arts
Shana Nys Dambrot

For an adult such as mixed media assemblagist and painter Dwora Fried, this childlike exercise offers the perfect way to re-examine issues and memories surfacing from childhood as a personal matter, as well as to deconstruct the context of those experiences in a more historical or cultural mode.

To Solve the Syria Crisis, We Need to Overcome These Three Obstacles

Seyed Hossein Mousavian | Posted 12.07.2015 | World
Seyed Hossein Mousavian

What the major Western powers need to keep in mind is that their efforts in the past few decades to transform certain countries through military and political intervention have failed. In Syria, this approach has led to a "secular" political order coming to the edge of being overthrown in favor of a Salafi-Wahhabi Islamic state taking control of the country. Until this approach is abandoned in favor of pragmatism, the war on terror will not end and terrorist attacks in the West and elsewhere will continue.

So Much For Austria's Gay Traffic Lights

Associated Press | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

VIENNA (AP) — Three pedestrian traffic lights meant to support gay rights have been removed in the Austrian city of Linz by order of a right-wing po...

Austrian Police Stupefied Over 100,000 Euros Found In Danube

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 12.07.2015 | World

It's not every day that you find cold, hard cash floating around in a river. On Saturday morning, two young men came across about 100,000 euros ($108,...

The Cat That Almost Created a Military Crisis

ADST | Posted 11.12.2015 | World

This is a story about a demanding ambassador's wife, who was "an ogre and an alcoholic," a demanding ambassador, and a cat in Vienna which in 1968 almost caused a military crisis.

The US and Iran's Common Interests in Syria

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 11.10.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

The conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Yemen cannot be resolved unless Iran is at the negotiating table.

Syrians Risk Being Ignored at Their Own Peace Talks But Only They Can Bring Lasting Peace

Hibaaq Osman | Posted 11.03.2015 | World
Hibaaq Osman

Peace talks that are dominated by American voices, Russian voices, Iranian voices, Saudi voices, may provide the opportunity for a de-escalation and perhaps some kind of ceasefire, but without greater involvement of Syrian society, the talks cannot bring lasting peace.

Syrian Negotiations Won't Provide One Winner But Will Ensure Violence Is Absolute Loser

Massoud Khodabandeh | Posted 10.30.2015 | Politics
Massoud Khodabandeh

Thus far, the only way to 'win' the interminable war for Syria was if one power emerged victorious over the others with no concern for life or democracy.

Why Bridging the Iran-Saudi Divide Is Vital for Peace in Syria and the Region

Seyed Hossein Mousavian | Posted 10.30.2015 | World
Seyed Hossein Mousavian

Rather than trying to constrain Iran and isolate it in its own region, the leaders of Saudi Arabia should acknowledge that Iran is their neighbor and that they can and should live in peace with each other.

No Child's Play: How Kids Are Fighting One Another In The Iraq Conflict

Christoph Wilcke | Posted 10.30.2015 | World
Christoph Wilcke

Of course, it is generally known that Islamic State (ISIS) engages in the practice, but they are not the only ones: Iraqi Shia militias fighting ISIS alongside Iraqi government forces are also using kids.

Iran Accepts Invitation To Syria Peace Talks In Vienna

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.28.2015 | World

DUBAI, Oct 28 (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and three of his deputies will attend multilateral talks on Friday in Vienna a...

The Iran Deal, Munich and Lessons From Versailles

Michael Zucker | Posted 09.10.2015 | Politics
Michael Zucker

July's Iran nuclear deal stands as one of the most significant foreign policy achievements of this or any recent administration. It rejects a Munich replication and builds on the lessons of Versailles while eliminating many of its pitfalls.

Iran Exposes the Myth of GCC Unity

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.10.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

If GCC officials slowly pivot toward the perception that their long-term interests reside in an improved relationship toward Iran, such a strategic shift would be seen in Riyadh as an erosion of GCC unity against an emboldened Iran.

Hundreds Of Migrants And Refugees To Walk 150 Miles From Hungary To Austria

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 09.04.2015 | World

They're miles away from their war-torn countries, and they won't stop until they find a new home. On Thursday, an estimated 1,200 migrants and refugee...

To the People I've Met While Traveling

Marjorie Freimuth | Posted 08.21.2015 | Travel
Marjorie Freimuth

Travel in any form is a special kind of adventure, but there is extra beauty in traveling by yourself. You alone choose how you want to fill every minute of your days and nights: what to do, what to eat, where to go, and how to get there.