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Punctum. Reflections on Photography (VIDEO)

VernissageTV | Posted 08.13.2014 | Arts

Curated by Séamus Kealy, the exhibition takes its cue from the term "punctum," which was coined by the French philosopher Roland Barthes. "Punctum" refers, for example, to a striking detail in the photograph that captivates the viewer.

Richard Prince: It's a Free Concert (VIDEO)

VernissageTV | Posted 08.07.2014 | Arts

The American artist Richard Prince is mainly known for his photographs of iconic pictures from pop culture and his text images of chauvinist jokes. The exhibition It's a Free Concert at the Peter Zumthor-designed Kunsthaus Bregenz is the first large-scale solo show by Richard Prince in an Austrian institution.

Europe Declares War on Facebook

Mark Weinstein | Posted 08.05.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

What will become of this suit? I suppose it could be dismissed but based on Schrems track record, I doubt it. And if people continue to join the suit, then this case will become less a thorn in the side for Facebook and more the privacy shot heard round the world.

Where The Sound Of Music Meets The Cows

Inga Batur | Posted 07.17.2014 | Travel
Inga Batur

If I had to describe the beautiful Nockalm road in one sentence, that's what I would use to get people to visit it. I got your attention, didn't I? But, you are probably wondering: Why such a description?

8 On-the-Go Food and Travel Tips

Margaret Marshall | Posted 09.06.2014 | Travel
Margaret Marshall

Your vacation will remain more pleasurable when you enjoy your food without being stuffed. You'll sleep better, feel terrific, and be energetic and lively throughout the entire trip.

50 Cities You Should See In Your Lifetime

minube | Posted 09.03.2014 | Travel

With our ever-expanding bucket lists, it's sometimes easy to lose sight of the essentials. Well, we've gone to the community of travelers at

The Top 10 Coolest Caves Around the World

Viator | Posted 08.23.2014 | Travel

The deep, dark world of caves is fascinating. From caves that light up with the glow of millions of glowworms, to underground caverns stuffed with crystals bigger than the average house -- here's our guide to 10 of the coolest caves in the world.

Forbidden Love in Salzburg, Austria

Betsy Talbot | Posted 08.23.2014 | Travel
Betsy Talbot

We left Salzburg with the reminder that "no" isn't a final answer when it comes to love, thanks to Archbishop Wolf Dietrich and Salome Alt. Creative couples will always find a way to be together, and passionate people will always find a way to continue their life's work.

Habsburg Nostalgia: Europe's Most Embarrassing Anachronism? Paradise Saved?

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 08.10.2014 | Politics
Franz-Stefan Gady

While the autocratic Habsburg Empire was in no way a forerunner of the European Union, reviving its historical and cultural legacies -- unlike the expansion of extreme right wing and xenophobic parties in Austria, Hungary, and other parts of Central Europe -- is politically benign and potentially beneficial.

Obama Gets A Rare White Tiger Cub Named After Him

The Huffington Post | Natasha Bach | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics

President Barack Obama already has a prehistoric lizard species and a trapdoor spider named after him. Now, he can add a white tiger cub to the roster...

Conchita's Lessons to East European Homophobia

Sasa Milosevic | Posted 07.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Sasa Milosevic

What Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst demonstrated at this year's Eurosong has definitely not been seen for years on the stage of the most dominant ...

Parade Honoring Eurovision's Conchita Wurst Axed Over Possible LGBT Clashes

AP | Posted 05.16.2014 | Gay Voices

MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow authorities have turned down gay activists' application to hold a parade honoring drag queen Conchita Wurst, winner of this yea...

Why Conchita Wurst's Eurovision Win Proves Europe Is 'Moving In The Right Direction' On LGBT Rights

AP | Posted 05.16.2014 | Gay Voices

PARIS (AP) — The head of Europe's leading human rights body is praising Conchita Wurst's Eurovision victory as a positive sign that freedom of expre...

Great News For Austria's Transgender Community

AP | Posted 05.15.2014 | Gay Voices

VIENNA (AP) — Austria's education minister has instructed schools to re-issue grade transcripts to transgender persons who have requested that they ...

Austria Faces Sharp Criticism Over Holocaust Apologist Essay Included In High School Test

Reuters | Posted 07.15.2014 | Religion

By Michael Shields VIENNA, May 15 (Reuters) - Two senior Austrian educators will step down over a scandal in which a test administered...

Conchita Wurst: My Victory Is For People Who Believe In Tolerance, Respect

Reuters | Posted 07.12.2014 | Gay Voices

By Michael Shields VIENNA, May 11 (Reuters) - Conchita Wurst came home to a heroine's welcome in Austria on Sunday after the bearded d...

Austrian Drag Queen Makes History With Eurovision Victory

AP | JAN M. OLSEN | Posted 05.10.2014 | Gay Voices

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Austrian bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst won the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday with a James B...

'I Created This Bearded Lady To Show The World That You Can Do Whatever You Want'

Agence France Presse | Soren Billing | Posted 07.08.2014 | Gay Voices

Austria's bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst has hogged the limelight ahead of Saturday's Eurovision Song Contest final, but things have gotten hairy f...

Scandalous Experiments Left Hundreds Infected With Parasite, Commisson Says

AP | GEORGE JAHN | Posted 07.02.2014 | Science

VIENNA (AP) — An Austrian commission says hundreds of people, including orphans in a psychiatric hospital, might have been deliberately infected wit...

Meet The Austrian Drag Queen Set To Tackle Eurovision

Reuters | Posted 06.27.2014 | Gay Voices

* Drag queen, 25, to sing power ballad "Rise Like a Phoenix" * Austria has won Eurovision just once before * Singer shru...

Egon Erwin Kisch on the Frontlines of the First World War

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 06.08.2014 | Books
Franz-Stefan Gady

The date in the diary is Sunday, August 16, 1914. The attack on Serbia by Austro-Hungarian Forces had only commenced four days previously. The keeper of the diary was 29 years old Egon Erwin Kisch, an Austrian soldier in the 11th Imperial and Royal Infantry Regiment.

George Orwell and Karl Kraus: Two Sides of the Same Argument Against Political Euphemism

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 06.02.2014 | Books
Franz-Stefan Gady

Kraus's perplexing aphorisms and linguistic legerdemain and Orwell's sparse prose are two sides of the same argument against political euphemism employed to dehumanize and enslave a population for the sake of a 'higher good' or grosse Zeit (extraordinary times).

The Financial Overthrow of Ukraine

Frank Vogl | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
Frank Vogl

Despite all the swagger of Russia's Putin and the pro-Russian sentiments of many citizens of Ukraine living in Crimea, the people of Ukraine remain angry about the staggering sums of cash allegedly stolen from them by the country's former government leaders and their cronies.

Crimea, Anschluss and the Enduring Quest for Autonomy

David Morris | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics
David Morris

Ukraine and the West insist that Crimeans do not have the right to vote on independence. Russia agrees.  This tragic meeting of minds moves us toward a potentially tumultuous showdown.

Austrian Neutrality: A Model for Ukraine

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Franz-Stefan Gady

After Austria's defeat as part of the Third Reich (1938-1945) in the Second World War, Austria roughly faced five distinct potential futures.