Austria hit in turn by Islamist terrorism

Side by side, the environmentalist Austrian president Alexander van der Bellen and the conservative chancellor Sebastian Kurz participated, Tuesday, November 3, in a minute of silence in memory of the four people killed the previous evening during a terrorist attack in the heart of peaceful Vienna. 22 other people were injured.

It was almost 8 p.m. on Monday when a man, apparently alone, shot at passers-by near the headquarters of the Jewish community in Austria. Many Viennese then took advantage of the last hours outside on the terrace, before the start of confinement.

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Killed by the police, the assailant, aged 20, was armed with an assault rifle, a pistol, a machete and a false explosive belt. Shortly before the assault, this man, with dual Austrian and Macedonian nationality, posted a video on Facebook in which he claimed his membership in Daesh.

Sentenced for trying to join ISIS in Syria

He was no stranger. In the past, he had already been sentenced to 22 months in prison for trying to join this terrorist organization in Syria. He was released early in December 2019 to participate in a de-radicalization program. The terrorist has “Treacherously deceived” the justice services, said Tuesday, November 2 Austrian Minister of the Interior, Karl Nehammer, who calls for a reassessment of this program.

At least 14 people were taken into custody on Tuesday afternoon. Pending possible additional information, the maximum level of security has been maintained in the Austrian capital, and border controls have been tightened. Jewish institutions remained closed – it was still not known Tuesday afternoon whether they had been targeted as such by the terrorist.

“Our enemies are not of a particular religion, nor of a particular country. Our enemies are terrorists and extremists, ” Sebastian Kurz said. “We are not going to fall into their trap and divide our society”, he stressed.

In Vienna, a “relatively well-developed Islamist scene”

The first attack of this scale in Austria since 1981, this attack seems to have been carried out “In an emergency, before the implementation of containment”, according to Reinhard C. Heinisch, of the University of Salzburg.

Why has Austria, which is not part of the international coalition against Daesh, been targeted? Nicolas Stockhammer, from the University of Vienna, sees it as a “European dimension”, in the wake of the Paris and Nice attacks. “Vienna is not that island of calm that many like to see”, adds this expert in terrorism to the news agency APA. It recalls the existence “A relatively well-developed Islamist scene” and 320 jihadists who left to fight in Syria and Iraq, which, in relation to its overall population, places Austria fourth in Europe in this area.

Foreign intelligence services had recently warned Vienna of possible risks of attacks, says Nicolas Stockhammer. In their last report published in 2019, the Austrian intelligence services described the “Islamist terrorism” from “Main threat to the security of the country”, and observed a “Growing radicalization”, in connection with the return of jihadists who fought in Syria and Iraq. Last week, a tension had been noted. About fifty young people stormed a church in Vienna, shouting «Allahu Akbar». A few hours after the Nice attack.


How’s the culture going? # 1

“How’s Roschdy Zem, what’s left of it you mean?” No, for him, it’s going like a privileged person, not representative of the precariousness suffered by the industry, of the many technicians who send me messages and ask themselves the question of how to live from day to day, how everything will end. … I am more worried about others than I am, who will get through it, one way or another. This situation, which we believed to be temporary, complicates our economic, professional, but also spiritual existence. How will she evolve in this world? It is this reality that scares me. You have seen me intervene to question how to deal with platforms today, which are our masters of tomorrow – make no mistake, the Gafa are the greatest powers in the world. We try to think that we will be able to force them to do our own thing, to keep our French and European freedom to create. If we manage not too badly, this decree which takes shape year after year will be good news.

“The question I ask myself is who can benefit from this new windfall, will it always be the same? Are we going to open it up to a youth who is never represented in the stories, who has things to tell? There are the historical partners, ok, but have they been able to create bridges between culture and those who do not have access to it to express themselves? I’m not quite sure. In the meantime, the cinema, ok we are authorized to shoot, but everything else is on stand-by… I hope to find the sets at the beginning of 2021. We make films to be seen in theaters, not to sell the films directly to the platforms. I was playing at the theater [Trahisons, mis en scène par Michel Fau, ndlr], it’s over, definitely, we had just started. We will only have played for a month. We were full every night… That’s how it is. ” Collected by Sandra Onana


Scientists have identified seven groups of symptoms of coronavirus COVID-19

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Scientists at the Medical University of Vienna have divided the signs of coronavirus infection into 7 main groups. They posted the results of their work in the magazine “Allergy”. Experts drew attention to the fact that in different people the virus affects different body systems. For example, in some, the blow falls on the lungs, in others, on the digestive system.

Scientists have determined that the coronavirus leaves a serious mark on the immune system even after a time after infection. As part of the study, they interviewed 109 patients with coronavirus and 98 patients. Having studied biomaterials, scientists have found that all symptoms are interrelated and generally form about seven groups.

– signs similar to flu (weakness, fever, cough);

– cold symptoms (sore throat and nasal congestion);

– painful sensations in muscles and joints;

– inflammation of the mucous membranes;

– breathing problems (shortness of breath, pneumonia);

– digestive problems (nausea, diarrhea);

– lack of smell and taste

Scientists recalled that the virus is volatile, and not all those who have already had coronavirus are immune from re-infection. Because of which, you can not stop using protective equipment after recovery.


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“No proof of a second killer” after the Vienna shootings

A manhunt was still underway Tuesday afternoon, November 3 in Vienna after the attack which, the night before, left four dead and fifteen wounded in the Austrian capital.

One of the attackers, armed with an assault rifle and a dummy explosive belt, was killed by police. This is’“A sympathizer” the jihadist group Daesh, originally from North Macedonia, Austrian authorities announced on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old was sentenced in 2019 for trying to reach Syria, said Interior Minister Karl Nehammer, who said he also held Austrian nationality.

Helicopters and police lines, the city was cordoned off to find possible other suspects. Investigators are trying to determine if it is possible that there was only one, while the shootings took place in six different locations.

On Monday evening, the Minister of the Interior had indicated that “ at least one suspect is found [ait] on the run “. But on Tuesday afternoon, he went back somewhat on his statement by announcing that ” at this point there is no evidence of a second killer », Adding that there had been 18 searches and 14 arrests.

“A disgusting terrorist attack”

It was around 9 p.m., Monday, November 2, that the first shots were heard in the center of the Austrian capital. Shootings that took place not far from the Great Synagogue and the Opera House, in the heart of Vienna, and which, it seems, simultaneously targeted six different sites.

Witnesses interviewed on television said they saw a man shoot ” like a crazy “ with an automatic weapon, another reporting“At least 50 shots”. Astonishment immediately set in in the restaurants and bars of the neighborhood, where customers were asked to stay inside, lights out, while ambulance sirens howled outside.


As police secured the scene and residents were called to stay at home, Austrian Interior Minister Sebastian Kurz said the shooting was “Apparently a terrorist attack”. A little later that evening, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz condemned “A disgusting terrorist attack”. “At this point, it is not possible to say if the synagogue was targeted”, for his part reacted Oskar Deutsch, the president of the Jewish community of Vienna (IKG).

Without waiting for further confirmations, many countries of the European Union reacted. On behalf of France, Emmanuel Macron said that “Our enemies must know who they are dealing with. We will not give up anything ”. “We French, share the shock and the grief of the Austrian people”, tweeted the head of state in French and then in German.

“The fight against these assassins and their instigators is our common fight”Chancellor Angela Merkel said, according to a tweet from her spokesperson, also expressing to Austria her “Solidarity”. “We must not give in to the hatred which seeks to divide our societies”, affirmed for its part the German foreign ministry.

“A cowardly act”

The President of the European Council Charles Michel condemned for his part “A cowardly act that violates life and our human values. My thoughts are with the victims and the people of Vienna after the horrific attack this evening. We are alongside Austria ”, he added in a tweet.

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On the eve of the US election, President Donald Trump denounced on Twitter “Another vile act of terrorism”, and says that “Attacks of evil against innocent people” had to stop. “The United States stands alongside Austria, France, and all of Europe in the fight against terrorists, including radical Islamic terrorists”, tweeted the Republican candidate.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has “Strongly condemned this cruel and cynical crime, confirming once again the inhuman nature of terrorism, and expressed his belief that the forces of terror will not succeed in intimidating anyone, nor sowing discord between people of different faiths”, the Kremlin said in a statement.

Tighter controls have been put in place at the border between Germany and Austria, German police said on Tuesday, while the Czech Republic announced the same evening that it would launch border controls with Austria. Austria. The Czech police also added that they had put in place “Surveillance of the main Jewish sites in the Czech Republic”, a measure that “Does not only take into account the situation in Austria”.


why Austria is no longer a “blessed island”

ANALYSIS – By participating in the Western anti-Daesh coalition, the country has become a target for jihadists.

Police officers guard a street after a series of attacks in Vienna, Austria, November 2, 2020.
Police officers guard a street after a series of attacks in Vienna, Austria, November 2, 2020. LISI NIESNER/REUTERS

Homeland of the Yodel and the breeches of skin, the peaceful Alpine nation saw itself as a “Blessed island” in the middle of a Europe bereaved by Islamist terrorism. Waves of bloody bombings had hit its neighbors since the mid-2000s, and Austria had been largely spared. Monday evening, while the Viennese were enjoying their last hours of “freedom” on the terraces of cafes before a new confinement, Austria was suddenly caught by the brutal reality: it is now on the jihadists’ radar.

“We often see Austria as a blessed island, where violence and terrorism are only known through the news. The sad truth is that our world is anything but safe ”Chancellor Sebastian Kurz responded to the series of attacks in Vienna. And to pronounce words with a singularly familiar resonance among his French, Spanish or German neighbors, denouncing the “Hatred of our founding values,

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Lorenzo Sonego qualified for the final in Vienna

Lorenzo Sonego remained on his own in Vienna. After sweeping Friday Novak Djokovic (6-2, 6-1), the Italian, 42nd in the world, followed with a very convincing performance to get rid of the still very poisonous Dan Evans. The day before, the Serbian world No. 1, saddened by the death of a great Orthodox figure from the Balkans and reassured by his virtual certainty of finishing the year as a leader, had sometimes seemed to lose interest in the match. But it was not just that to explain this extraordinary score.

Sonego has again proved that he is playing “heat” in Austria. Winner of twelve of the first fourteen points of the match, the Italian did not really loosen the grip against an Evans who called on the physiotherapist to treat a painful shoulder at the start of the second set. With his stunning attacks, especially forehand, his efficient serve (eleven points lost in ten face-offs), his deadlines and volleys assured, he provided the show.

If he had failed to defend a first break at the start of the second, Sonego avoided being caught at 4-4 on an incredible pounding forehand session. He’s got the nerves. He proved it by winning white his face-off when serving for the match. After Antalya last year, he will try to win his second title on Sunday against Andrey Rublev, the fit man of the moment.


Absurd theater in absurd times

UNPOP – the ensemble for unpopular leisure activities – took Beckett’s “Endspiel” literally and thus gave the theater in the head building (TiK) in Dornbirn shine and flair.

“Endgame” by Samuel Beckett

Since 2016, director Stephan Kasimir and outfitter Caro Stark have been bringing topics beyond the banality to the stage and plays by contemporary authors to Vorarlberg. She is particularly interested in absurd theater and has already staged “Some Messages to Space” by Wolfram Lotz as well as classics such as “The Chairs” by Eugène Ionesco. In the Corona year 2020 her choice fell on “Endgame”, for which Samuel Beckett wished “that there would be a lot of laughter in this piece.”

Actors play actors who act

Beckett's final at the TiK in DornbirnAt the beginning, the actors find themselves on stage with a slip of paper with instructions on how to get into the game. Robert Kahr immediately chooses the role of gentleman and sits contentedly on Hamm’s armchair. His pleasure in the role dims as soon as he learns that Hamm is blind and paralyzed. Wolfgang Pevestorf reluctantly takes on the other three roles: Clov, the limping foster son and troubled servant, Nagg and Nell, the unloved producers of Hamm. So the actors play actors, the acting. A successful trick by director Kasimir to get the audience in the mood for the absurd.

Optical illusion

Caro Stark has enlarged the stage space into the absurd. She places the actors on a white surface, a kind of nothingness, which with simple lines and an extremely low set vanishing point becomes a hall that is full of emptiness, apart from a picture hanging upside down on the wall, which means in the absurd world that it’s upside down. Stark effectively masters the art of achieving a lot with little.

Elementary questions and empty phrases

Is it time for the sedative or the tonic? Has anything changed in the world or are Hamm, Clov, Nagg and Nell still alone and isolated? Stop or go? Is it coming to an end? Is something significant happening right now? Do they matter? Is the master of the pantry sole ruler? Can the servant simply no longer take the liberty of playing along? What about love Such elementary questions are asked clownishly and absurdly and of course left unanswered, preferably dismissed with an empty phrase.

Direction by Samuel Beckett

“Very white faces” is the direction Samuel Beckett directed for his characters in “Endgame”. With such make-up, Pevestorf and Kahr look like clowns, those characters who make you laugh by seriously engaging with the world. They mime their sad, touching roles convincingly with due seriousness, dry laughter and apt use of their distinctive voices.

More relevant than ever

“End, it’s over, it’s going to end, maybe it’s going to end” is the first sentence in Samuel Beckett’s “Endspiel”, published in three languages ​​in 1957 and premiered in Paris, reminding us of the impossibility of certainty in the time span between birth and death and a certain political speech that postulates security fails because of reality. Nothing is certain, is more topical than ever. So let’s laugh. //

Text: Ruth Kanamüller
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In Austria, the Viennese turn their backs on the far right

It is an inglorious return for Heinz-Christian Strache, the former leader of the Austrian far-right, deposed in May 2019, following a scandal. His new party, “Team HC Strache – Alliance for Austria”, obtained only 3.6% of the vote, Sunday, October 11, in the municipal elections of Vienna; below the 5% threshold required to sit on the municipal council.

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What’s more, his former party, the Freedom Party (FPÖ), now led by Norbert Hofer, collapsed with 7.7% of the vote, a loss of more than 20 points compared to the last elections. , in 2015.

Social democrats comforted in their bastion

The Social Democrats, in charge of the municipality of Vienna without interruption since the end of the Second World War, came in first with 42.1% of the vote (+2.5 points). In second position, the Popular Party (ÖVP) of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz more than doubled its result (18.8%, + 9.6 points) by recovering a good part of the voters of the extreme right. The Social Democrats should renew their coalition with the Greens, who came in third (14.1% of the vote and +2.2 points), and renew in office the outgoing Social Democratic mayor Michael Ludwig. The Liberals won 7.8% of the vote (+ 1.7 points).

The Ibiza case

The implosion of the Austrian far right and its former leader shows that Austrian voters have not forgotten ” the Ibiza case “. In May 2019, a video published in the German press brought his rise to an abrupt end. It shows Heinz-Christian Strache, on the Spanish island of Ibiza, promising a woman, believed to be the daughter of a Russian oligarch, public contracts in exchange for illegal donations to the FPÖ and redemption of the main Austrian daily.

The next day, Heinz-Christian Strache resigned from the government and the leadership of the FPÖ. Following a motion of no confidence in parliament, the whole government fell with him and the FPÖ lost 10% of its supporters in the legislative elections, held a few months later. Winner of the election, the conservative party of Sebastian Kurz now governs at the federal level in coalition with the Greens.

→ EXPLANATION. In Austria, Sebastian Kurz returns to power with his friend Green

Since then, revelations about Heinz-Christian Strache’s lifestyle have multiplied and the prosecution has opened an investigation to verify whether he had charged his personal expenses by the FPÖ, to the tune of more than € 580,000. A vertiginous fall for this native of Vienna who had almost ravished his red bastion on the left, collecting more than 30% of the votes in 2015.