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I've spent the past ~7 weeks conducting interviews about anti-Covid-measures #protests in #Vienna with
- young adults participating in the protests
- participants in counter-protests
- journalists
- police officers
- affected individuals
a brief 🧵 with some selected results:
1/52 Easter break = a whole week without interviews: seems like a good time to reflect on the 37 I've had so far & drop some research notes here. They're semi-structured interviews with narrative elements.
2/52 Notes refer to my sample and aren't intended to generalize to the whole group!

📍Protesters: Because I was interested in young adults (< 30 y), this sample is particularly different from the population, as the protests here were mostly attended by middle aged/older people.
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United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2022

Let us glance through the timeline of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
1968: UN takes up the environmental mantle.

1972: UN Conference on the Human Environment was convened in Stockholm, Sweden. It is the first step toward the development of international environmental law &recognition of the importance of a healthy environment for people.
1972: After successfully leading the UN Conference on the Human Environment, the UN General Assembly elects Strong, a Canadian Maurice Strong, as UNEP’s first Executive Director.
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As I predicted two days ago, the Russian invasion of #Ukraine would directly affect the course of the negotiations in #Vienna on #Iran's nuclear program, which was declared frozen today.
To understand why, you can read the thread:👇
Signing the agreement would have meant a stab in the back for #Russia by opening the way for Iranian oil and gas to be pumped into the global market, which would turn the most dangerous Russian weapon against the West less severe.
#Iran #USA #EU #UK #NATO
A rejection of the agreement would create to the West anger and disappointment with all the economic and security concessions made by #France, #Germany and the #US, which in one way or another caused tension in western relations with #SaudiArabia and the #UAE.
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This 12(!) car #train arrived at #budapestnyugati from #záhony at the #Ukrainian #border this afternoon, it was a special train for the #Ukrainianrefugees fleeing the #WARINUKRAINE

And I have to say that I am positively surprised by how much help is happening in Eastern Europe!
And to put it in context, the "normal" train back to Zahony had 5 cars...
This is at the #keleti station in Budapest, normally this hall is completely empty, now it full with stands and people who #HelpUkrainianRefugees
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In the last 48hrs, #Syria's banned almost all food exports, amid acute concern about the implications of war in #Ukraine.

#Syria is *deeply* reliant on staple food (esp. wheat) shipments from #Russia via the Black Sea. Those shipments (& #Russia financial aid) have 100% stopped.
Already, #Syria's fiscal crisis, energy shortages, unprecedented drought & the resulting crippled agricultural output had seen some aid figures warn of a famine in 2022.

#Putin's war on #Ukraine has just placed those fears on steroids -- I'm told #Damascus is extremely worried.
To make matters even worse, the war in #Ukraine has distracted international attention from #Syria & its acute humanitarian crises -- donor payments will almost certainly decline & future pledges will be [further] cut, just as the humanitarian suffering looks destined to worsen.
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#Russia/#Ukraine Thread 🇺🇦 🇷🇺 [1]
#Russian news agencies are reporting that #Luhansk separatist region prevented a terrorist attack on a soldiers rally. #UkraineCrisis #UkraineConflict #Ukraine #Crimea #Donbass #Donetsk #EU #Europe #NATO #US #Russia #Belarus [2]
Elements of #Russian forces in #Crimea are reported by #Russian media to be returning to North #Ossetia and #Dagestan, following the end of special exercise in the region. #Russia #Ukraine #UkraineCrisis #UkraineConflict #EU #NATO #US #Europe [3]
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Pressure mounts on Macron as #YellowVests drive #FreedomConvoy protests

They are planning to descend on #Paris in a #Canada-inspired “Freedom Convoy” to voice opposition to the country’s COVID-19 vaccine & public health policies
#ConvoidelaLiberte #France
@Artinstantly75: The #FreedomConvoy enters #Paris & tries to reach the Champs-Élysées

Organizers claim their goal is to peacefully voice opposition to infringement on their “freedom” & “fundamental rights”.
#ConvoidelaLiberte #France #TruckersConvoy #Canada
#Paris braces for #FreedomConvoy

#France's authorities have deployed armored vehicles & readied barriers for the anti-Covid restrictions #Protest
In videos shared online, armored vehicles can be seen arriving around the French capital
#ConvoidelaLiberte #TruckersConvoy #Canada
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Thousands march against COVID restrictions in northwest #Europe | DEc 4
- Around 1,200 police officers deployed for the march on the central Ring boulevard, and a 1,500-strong counter-protest, both allowed under the terms of #Austria’s lockdown.…
More than 40,000 march in #Vienna | Dec 4
"I will decide for myself", "Make #Austria Great Again", and "New Elections"
- "I am here because I am against against forced vaccinations. I am for human rights and the violation of #HumanRights should be stopped"… Image
More than 40,000 marches in #Vienna against coronavirus #restrictions | Dec 5
- Tens of thousands took to the streets of Vienna on Saturday, the second weekend of mass protest against the #Austrian government’s decision to impose a new strict #lockdown… Image
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68.01/ Week sixty-eight, Oct. 30-Nov. 5, 2021, thread begins here.

Week 67 below
68.02/ This is right in my wheelhouse: scholarship laden pop-culture analysis. This is of #Dune

68.03/ #Dune is an incredibly flawed book that's nonetheless fascinating. Also, as a kid I thought the (pseudo) Arabic was Hebrew. e.g. "Kwisatz Haderach" which I eventually recognized from Midrash (from last week's parsha! God "shortened Eliezer's way"):…
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Do you know the story of #coffee?

Sure you get it from Starbucks or grind it at home but its story was not as simple as farm to pot

The story involves dancing goats, Fatwa, babtization, kings, revolutions, patriotism, Beethoven

Coffee has a rich & troubling history

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1/ 1st, the legend:

Legend has it that an #Ethiopian goat herder named Kaldi witnessed his goats gamboling after eating coffee shrub’s red fruit. Perplexed, Kaldi tried the fruit himself and realized the same effect on him. A monk witnessed it & took some of the fruit with him.
2/ Now, the history:

The coffee plant and fruit has been used for 1000s of years but it wasn’t until the 13 century when the beans were roasted, which sky rocketed its popularity. Coffee originated in Ethiopia but it was across the Red Sea, in #Yemen, it was first cultivated.
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Kafir never remembers the history and they never forget it!

Ever wonder why 11th Sep was chosen for the terrorist attack against the United States of America in 2001?

Sadly most people believe that it was a coincidence.

It was on 11th September 1683, when Europeans drove the Islamic invader from the gates of #Vienna. The proud #Turkish Army was humiliated.

The battle of Vienna was the turning point in the struggle against Muslim attempts to conquer Europe.
Since the Battle of Vienna the military might of the Ottoman empire fell into continuous decline.

Al-Qaeda chose the anniversary of this event to show the world that the Muslim forces were back in business again.

They remembered and we...??

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1/ When a government effectively stops immigration using an unspoken (racist & xenophobic) policy as simple as — not picking up the phone…
2/ If you don't speak german, or just don't want to click through: In Austria, Vienna's immigration office is slowing or stopping visa applications—a majority of which are made by Serbian and Turkish citizens—by understaffing and overworking immigration workers,
3/ or simply by telling their staff, "Do not pick up the telephones" when applicants call, allowing emails to slip through the cracks, etc.
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🇦🇹#Austria 🇩🇪#Germany #Vienna #Coronavirus

Austria allows entry from Germany without quarantine from Wednesday. Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein said this with reference to a new regulation. However, proof of vaccination, testing or recovery remains mandatory.
"In many countries, the number of infections is falling, so we can also simplify entry into Austria in parallel to the opening steps in the country," said Mückstein.
Vaccines that have been approved by the EU Medicines Agency EMA or have successfully passed the relevant process of the World Health Organization are recognized as proof of vaccination. If a test cannot be presented, it must be done in Austria within 24 hours.
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Reports on #Iran-#SaudiArabia intelligence contact in #Iraq.

#Zarif leaves #Qatar. #Saudi FM lands in #Doha, invites Emir Sheikh Tamim to meet the King in #Riyadh.

#Tehran (& the #US?) appears to try to take the #Gulf on board.

This could isolate #Israel in a revived #JCPOA.
Some in #Vienna appear to want to isolate #Israel. But officials in #Gulf/#GCC face a difficult choice. They have to weigh if a compromise on #JCPOA and weakening Israel's position will resolve the problem of #Iran's malign activities? Or will it be a temporary solution?
The #US is directly engaging #GCC on #JCPOA, while FM #Zarif engages #SaudiArabia through #Qatar and #Iraq.

If the #Gulf comes aboard, #Israel and #Republicans will be effectively sidelined.

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#Austria #Vienna #Coronavirus

In Austria, the government is today consulting with experts and the Prime Minister about the further corona strategy. The original plan of the coalition of the conservative ÖVP and the Greens to open at least outdoor catering
across the country at Easter seems to be off the table because of the significantly increased number of infections. Rather, regionally different measures could be implemented depending on the infection situation.
Health Minister Rudolf Anschober had pointed out the worsening situation, especially in the intensive care units in the eastern federal states. The more contagious British virus variant is responsible for 95 percent of all new infections there.
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16.22b/ Part 2 of Week 16 (Reconstruction) thread - October 31-November 6, 2020 - begins here. Maybe I'll just make this Tuesday.

Part 1, Sunday & Monday, is here:
16.23/ Tuesday. This had 9 parts! So I've made a separate thread reconstruction as part of this main week 16 reconstruction project.…

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#Austria #EU #Vienna #Coronavirus #VACCINE

Austria wants to promote the Green Passport for freedom of travel in Corona times at a meeting with twelve other European countries.
The consultations should take place before Easter, announced Tourism Minister Elisabeth Köstinger in Vienna. Participants include Germany, France, Italy, Greece and Spain. The EU Commission wants the ID card to be ready for use by June 1st.
Austria and some other countries are pushing for a faster pace. "Any vote that takes place beforehand will help the project," says Köstinger. In addition to legal questions, this also includes whether, for example,
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My latest piece for The Telegraph
“Two masked men came with an electric shock and they started to hit me while I was sleeping,” Mr Öztürk told the Telegraph by telephone from Tunisia. #Vienna #Austria #Josefstadt…
A suspected Turkish intelligence agent turned whistleblower claims he was tortured by Austrian authorities after reporting an alleged plot to assassinate @Berivan_Aslan_
Feyyaz #Öztürk, a 53-year-old Italian citizen, was deemed a “significant threat” to Austrian national security. He told the Telegraph he was stripped naked, severely beaten and given electric shocks by interrogators inside #Vienna’s main prison.
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#Austria #Vienna #Coronavirus

Wiener Neustadt in Austria, which will be affected by corona exit hurdles from tomorrow, is preparing intensively for this. The city with 45,000 inhabitants, around 50 kilometers from Vienna, is the first larger municipality in Austria for
which a test is mandatory when leaving the country due to the high number of corona infections. "We are massively expanding the test capacities to ensure that everyone who needs a test gets one," said city spokesman Thomas Iwanschitz.
By Friday at the latest, 15,000 tests per day should be possible for commuters and guests. Police and around 300 soldiers are to randomly check arterial roads and the train station. Failure to comply with the requirements may result in penalties.
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7 March 2021 #internationalsolidarity thread.
#koufodinas_hungerstrike #antireport

International solidarity actions with hunger striker Dimitris Koufontinas.

At the residence of the #Greece ambassador in #Bern, #Switzerland

#internationalsolidarity with hunger striker Dimitris Koufontinas. On hunger strike since 8 Jan 2021.

For dimitris: attack against HSBC in #Zurich!
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#internationalsolidarity with hunger striker Dimitris Koufontinas.
The #Hague, #Netherlands
Anarchist hang-out: Solidarity with D. #Koufontinas!
Α graffiti was made in solidarity with D. Koufontinas

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#Austria #Vienna #Coronavirus

The number of infections with the variants of the coronavirus initially identified in Great Britain and South Africa has risen to well over a thousand in Austria.
The Austrian news agency APA reports, citing the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (Ages). In 1096 cases, there are infections with variant B.1.1.7, which initially appeared in Great Britain, and the South African mutant B.1.351 was detected 279 times.
768 other suspected cases would be examined, the Ages further listed according to the APA. In addition, 3993 analysis results are still pending. According to the information, the much more contagious variant B.1.1.7 has already been detected in all Austrian federal states.
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#Austria #Vienna #Corruption

Austria’s finance minister Gernot Blümel is targeted by the public prosecutor. The ÖVP politician confirmed a search of his house. Blümel told the APA news agency that he was being led as a suspect in the investigation
into the gambling groups Casinos Austria and Novomatic. Apparently it is about the allegation of potential party donations from the gaming company Novomatic to the ÖVP: "We would have never accepted donations from gaming companies,
especially not if there was additional consideration in the room," said Blümel, rejecting the allegations. The core of the investigation by the public prosecutor's office is the appointment
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#Austria #Vienna #Coronavirus #Weapones

In the Alpine Republic of Austria, there is currently a noticeable urge for pistols and rifles. 2020 was a particularly good year for the industry.
With an increase in sales of five percent, the new weapons market rose, according to an analysis by the market research institute Industry Radar, as it has not for five years. Overall, in Austria there are many more weapons, based on the number of inhabitants
in their owners' cabinets and safes than in Germany. According to the Ministry of the Interior in Vienna, 1.16 million firearms are currently registered, in Germany, nine times more populous, there are 6 million.
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