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  • Zürich police will no longer automatically name nationality of crime suspects [Switzerland]

    11/08/2017 9:03:31 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies ^ | 7 November 2017 11:46 CET+01:00
    Police in the city of Zürich will no longer name the nationality of a suspected offender in press releases, arguing that to do so is discriminatory and inappropriate. City councilor Richard Wolff, head of the city’s security department, ordered the new measure, which is backed by center and left-wing parties. In a statement, the department said, “the regular mention of nationality in police reports is discriminatory because it suggests that the offense can be explained by the nationality of the perpetrator”. Some media say it is important in the name of transparency to state a suspect’s nationality and not to...
  • Swiss Islam scholar Tariq Ramadan hit by rape claims: report

    11/03/2017 7:17:42 AM PDT · by Cronos · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 2 November 2017 | Judith Mischke
    French prosecutors are investigating rape allegations against renowned Islamic scholar and Oxford professor Tariq Ramadan, according to media reports on Monday. Two women accused Ramadan of raping them, the BBC reported. One woman, Henda Ayari, told a French TV station that the Islamic scholar had assaulted her in a hotel in Paris in 2012, claiming he “literally pounced” on her “like a wild animal,” according to the BBC.Ayari said she had visited Ramadan in his hotel room to ask him about Islam when the alleged rape happened. “He kissed me really hard … then for a few seconds he choked...
  • The Swiss Way of Health

    10/27/2017 2:04:57 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 20 replies
    Mises Institute ^ | 10/27/17 | Marcia Christoff-Kurapovna
    The enigmatic independence of Switzerland is perhaps best demonstrated in the fact that its healthcare system manages to satisfy both free marketers and the statist-socialists in the country. It is a giant social safety net woven by individual responsibility and self-made wealth. Health insurance is almost entirely consumer-based, though there are strict cantonal regulations and some governing federal laws. Coverage is not created, provided or managed by the federal or by cantonal governments, but is sold and managed by private-sector insurance companies to individuals. It is not provided by employers, except in the case of large multinationals and then only...
  • Can the Feds Prosecute Foreigners if Their Actions Are Legal Where They Are?

    10/26/2017 8:28:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies ^ | October 26, 2017 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    I am in Switzerland this week interacting with and lecturing to students and faculty at the University of Zurich. The subject of our work is the U.S. Constitution and its protections of personal liberty. In most countries, government has begrudgingly granted snippets of personal liberty to keep those who are demanding it at bay. Throughout history, kings and other tyrants have, from time to time, given in to pressures from folks to recognize their natural rights. These instances of "power granting liberty," as the practice has come to be known, usually have come about to avoid further bloodshed. In the...
  • Winterthur bars introduce code system for women facing sexual harassment [Switzerland]

    10/13/2017 6:09:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies ^ | 13 October 2017 09:12 CEST+02:00
    Bars and nightclubs in the eastern Swiss city of Winterthur are introducing a new alert system to help tackle sexual harassment, news agency ATS reported on Thursday. Women who feel unsafe or uncomfortable due to unwanted attention on a night out can simply go up to a member of staff in the bar or club and ask ‘Is Luisa there?’ The set phrase is a discreet way for women to ask for help. Staff can then act to protect the affected woman either by getting security staff involved, calling her a taxi or taking her to a safe place. …
  • Start-up targets 'breathable air market' with Swiss air in a can

    10/02/2017 9:42:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies ^ | 20 September 2017 09:33 CEST+02:00 | Caroline Bishop
    Can fresh Swiss mountain air be a tonic for people who live in polluted cities? One Swiss start-up thinks so. Launched last week, Swiss Alpine Air is bottling fresh air from Switzerland with a view to selling it to residents of heavily polluted cities elsewhere in the world, for example in China and India. Collected from various locations around the Swiss Alps, the air is compressed into an aerosol can and comes with an attached face mask to assist with breathing, the company said in a press release. A seven-liter can of air will set you back 19.95 francs and...
  • Man’s Jack Daniel’s flag mistaken for ISIS propaganda by neighbor in Zürich [Switzerland]

    10/02/2017 9:35:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies ^ | 2 October 2017 17:17 CEST+02:00
    A 29-year-old Zürich resident hung the flag of the famous Tennessee-based whiskey on his roof. His neighbors however, thinking it was something else, allegedly accused him of being linked to Islamic extremism. The neighbor had hung the flag beside another of the Italian tricolore on the roof of his apartment in Regensdorf, Zürich, where he moved into two months ago, according to a report in Swiss daily The man said he put up the whiskey flag because he found it funny, but his neighbors somehow didn’t share his sense of humor. …
  • Swiss politician convicted of helping migrants enter illegally

    09/29/2017 6:43:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies ^ | 29 September 2017 10:06 CEST+02:00 | AFP/The Local
    A Swiss regional politician was convicted Thursday for helping 24 migrants to illegally cross from Italy into Switzerland and for repeatedly inciting others to do the same. Lisa Bosia Mirra, a Socialist member of the Ticino parliament in southern Switzerland, was found guilty of the offenses by a regional court and sentenced to a suspended fine, the ATS news agency reported. She helped Eritreans and Syrians stuck at the train station in Como, near the Swiss border, in mid-2016. “The facts have been admitted to by the defendant, who over a period of two weeks worked along with accomplices to...
  • Swiss parliament in favor of tightening rules for mosques and imams

    09/28/2017 12:03:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies ^ | 27 September 2017 09:21 CEST+02:00
    Mosques in Switzerland should not be financed from abroad and imams should be obliged to preach in a Swiss national language, the Swiss lower house of parliament decided on Tuesday. MPs voted by 94 to 89 in favor of a bill lodged by the Lega dei Ticinesi party, which aims to tighten the rules for mosques in Switzerland, reported news agency ATS. […] Though the bill was narrowly passed by MPs, it is not backed by the Federal Council, which feels the proposed restrictions are not necessary nor useful, according to ATS. The bill discriminates against Muslims by placing them...
  • Hundreds of young asylum seekers choose to disappear in Switzerland

    09/26/2017 8:37:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies ^ | 26 September 2017 10:46 CEST+02:00
    More than 500 underage asylum seekers went missing in Switzerland in 2016, a huge rise on the previous year’s tally of 94, according to official statistics reported by RTS. In total, around 5,000 unaccompanied migrants aged under 18 at the time of arrival currently live in Switzerland, said the broadcaster, quoting the Swiss migration office (SEM). However, after saying they want to claim asylum, many then flee the official reception centers and disappear from the authorities’ radar.In total, 539 young migrants went missing in 2016 — a figure that includes 81 who were aged over 18 but who are counted...
  • Leaders of Swiss Islamic organization face criminal charges

    09/21/2017 10:50:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies ^ | 21 September 2017 11:01 CEST+02:00 | AFP/The Local
    Swiss federal prosecutors have brought charges against leading members of the country’s largest Islamic organization in a criminal probe into jihadist propaganda. Swiss media reported on Thursday that the president and two members of the governing board of the Islamic Central Council of Switzerland (ICCS) had been charged with violating the ban on groups including Al-Qaeda and Islamic State (IS). The three were named as Nicolas Blancho, ICCS president, Naim Cherni, and Qaasim Illi. In a statement, the office of Switzerland’s attorney general accused the ICCS of making videos in Syria between September and October 2015 featuring a leading member...
  • Swiss ski resorts wake up to September snow

    09/18/2017 4:27:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies ^ | 18 September 2017 10:13 CEST+02:00
    It appears the summer hiking season may be over for another year, as many Swiss alpine resorts saw fresh snow over the weekend. A cold front saw temperatures fall last week and over the weekend, with many places in the lowlands experiencing ground frost. With the snow level dropping to 1,500m and heavy precipitation in many parts, on Monday many alpine resorts woke up to fresh snow on the ground. “Winter is coming, how to resist?” tweeted Verbier, its webcam pictures looking distinctly wintry. Laax, St. Moritz, the Jungfrau region and Crans-Montana were among the other resorts whose webcams showed...
  • Geneva University launches new course to help imams integrate in Swiss society

    09/18/2017 4:15:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies ^ | 18 September 2017 11:24 CEST+02:00
    As the academic year begins at the University of Geneva (Unige), a new program is on offer that aims to help imams in Switzerland integrate into Swiss society. Speaking to La Tribune de Genève, Unige’s rector Yves Flückiger said the new program would include courses in French language, political philosophy, human rights and ethics. The optional program is open to imams and people who teach in Islamic centers and has come out of discussions with Geneva cantonal government, he said. […] The initiative is in keeping with the university’s international outlook, Flückiger said, in the same vein as last year’s...
  • The Swiss refuse to pay for the security of Jewish citizens

    09/14/2017 12:18:33 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/9/17 | Dr. Manfred, Gerstenfeld
    “Swiss authorities refuse to provide for the security of Swiss Jewish institutions or to carry the cost thereof. This occurs despite the fact that it is the elementary duty of the state to defend its citizens and inhabitants and to guarantee their basic safety. In Switzerland this obligation is explicitly stated in its 1848/1866 constitution which was last rewritten in April 1999. “Switzerland has also signed and ratified the Convention of the Council of Europe on the Protection of National Minorities. That means that it recognizes the Jewish community as a national minority by law. The Swiss authorities are therefore...
  • Switzerland moves a step closer to voting on nationwide burqa ban

    09/13/2017 11:05:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies ^ | 13 September 2017 11:50 CEST+02:00
    The Swiss may get the chance to vote on the introduction of a nationwide ban on the burqa after campaigners from the so-called Egerkingen committee succeeded in gathering the required number of signatures to push the issue to a referendum. In March 2016, the committee launched a popular initiative to ban the burqa and other full-face coverings and had until this month to gather the 100,000 signatures required under the Swiss system of direct democracy to push it to a public vote. On Wednesday, Swiss People’s Party (SVP) MP Walter Wobmann, a leading member of the committee and a long-time...
  • U.S. Is Building Criminal Cases in Rate-Fixing (Obama gave immunity to UBS, his favored Swiss Bank)

    07/15/2012 7:06:58 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 4 replies
    NY Times ^ | 7/14/12 | BEN PROTESS AND MARK SCOTT
    As regulators ramp up their global investigation into the manipulation of interest rates, the Justice Department has identified potential criminal wrongdoing by big banks and individuals at the center of the scandal. -snip- According to people briefed on the matter, the Swiss bank UBS is among the next targets for regulatory action. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission is pursuing a potential civil case against the bank. Regulators at the agency have not yet decided to file an action against the bank, nor have settlement talks begun. UBS has already reached an immunity deal with one division of the Justice Department,...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Dem Super-Lobbyist Podesta Got $170K To End US Sanctions On Russian Bank

    03/07/2017 4:59:08 AM PST · by kevcol · 17 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | March 6, 2017 | Richard Pollock
    Democrat super-lobbyist Tony Podesta was paid $170,000 over a six-month period last year to represent Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank, seeking to end one of the Obama administration’s economic sanctions against that country, The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group has learned. Podesta, founder and chairman of the Podesta Group, is listed as a key lobbyist on behalf of Sberbank, according to Senate lobbying disclosure forms. His firm received more than $24 million in fees in 2016, much of it coming from foreign governments, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.
  • Swiss voters favor male candidates: study

    08/26/2017 7:47:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies ^ | 25 August 2017 12:21 CEST+02:00
    Women political candidates have less chance of being elected than their male counterparts, according to research carried out by broadcaster RTS. The broadcaster studied the results of cantonal parliamentary elections in the past 15 years and found that women continue to be underrepresented. In the past 15 years, the percentage of women elected to cantonal parliaments has plateaued at 27.7 percent on average, though disparities exist between the regions. The parliaments of Basel-Land and Aargau have the biggest proportion of women, at 37.8 percent and 36.4 percent respectively, while Schwyz brings up the rear, on only 14 percent. Part of...
  • Libyan preacher on benefits investigated for suspected hate speech at Swiss mosque

    08/24/2017 11:08:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies ^ | 24 August 2017 10:21 CEST+02:00
    The city of Biel/Bienne is investigating a Libyan man who came to Switzerland as an asylum seeker nearly 20 years ago for giving sermons at a mosque in which he called for non-Muslims to be destroyed. His alleged hate speech was reported by Swiss media including broadcaster SRF and the Tages-Anzeiger on Wednesday, and has caused particular consternation given they also revealed the unemployed man has been living on Swiss social welfare for years, receiving nearly 600,000 francs over the last 13 years. The 64-year-old is an occasional volunteer preacher at the Ar’Rahman mosque in Biel/Bienne, said the paper. In...
  • Brr! Snow interrupts Swiss summer

    08/18/2017 11:07:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies ^ | 11 August 2017 09:53 CEST+02:00
    After weeks of scorching hot weather, Switzerland was plunged back into winter on Friday morning as heavy rain translated into snow flurries above 1,900m. A cold front passed across Switzerland on Wednesday and Thursday bringing heavy rain, especially to western, southern and eastern parts of the country. More rain was expected on Friday, turning to snow above 1,900-2,200 meters, according to MeteoSuisse. …