Standort: / Meldung: "The Birnbacher Bombshell"

Kate Farmer

Cutting to the chase

2. 10. 2012 - 15:10

The Birnbacher Bombshell

Reality Check: Sentences in Birnbacher case, apes' habitat loss, border tensions between Syria and Turkey, world peace game, social art in Istanbul

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The process has been long, complicated, convoluted - and at last the case is coming to a close - at least for the time being.

The former head of the ÖVP in Carinthia, Josef Martinz, has been found guilty of breach of trust and sentenced to five and a half years in prison for his role in the sale of the Carinthian Hypo Landesbank. He and the then governor of Carinthia, Jörg Haider, ordered 6 million Euros to be paid to the accountant, Dietrich Birnbacher, which was in turn paid to the coffers of the ÖVP and BZÖ.

While the guilty verdict was generally expected, many experts are surprised at the severity of the sentence.

Eva Linsinger of Profil and Franz Fiedler of Transparency Austria give their reactions to Steve Crilley.

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Apes facing habitat loss

Chris Cummins examines a comprehensive new study that shows an alarming loss of habitat for the world's apes.

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Border tensions between Syria and Turkey

Tony Cheng reports on the complex issues and cultural factors that are leading to increasing tensions on the Turkey-Syria border.

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World Peace Game

Riem Higazi meets John Hunter, the creator of the award winning "World Peace Game" which puts 9 and 10 year olds in a position to change the world. Not only are they doing well, they are attracting the attention of world leaders!

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Social art in Istanbul

How South African puppet creator Roger Titley and Austrian theater director Airan Berg are bringing art and theatre to the streets of Istanbul through the white animals of the iKEDI project.

Riem Higazi discovers how the project works and how it is changing attitudes in Istanbul.

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