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  • Swiss real estate 'bubble risk' continues to rise

    02/07/2016 7:30:09 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    TheLocal.ch ^ | 04 Feb 2016 20:02 GMT+01:00
    The risk of a real estate bubble occurring in several regions of Switzerland reached its highest level at the end of 2015 since the late 1980s, according to a report from UBS. The bank on Thursday said its Swiss Real Estate Bubble Index reached 1.41 points in the fourth quarter of last year, up from 1.34 in the third quarter and the highest rate in around 15 years. The Lake Geneva and Greater Zurich areas remain the most exposed regions in the country with the highest risk potential for a residential real estate bubble. Other exposed cities include Zug, Lucerne,...
  • Race Is On to Locate Hussein's Billions

    04/12/2003 4:31:11 AM PDT · by sarcasm · 3 replies · 133+ views
    Washington Post ^ | April 12, 2003 | Michael Dobbs and John Mintz
    The hunt is on for billions of dollars in ill-gotten assets accumulated by the family of Saddam Hussein, now believed to be scattered in a labyrinthine network of front companies and secret bank accounts from Panama to Switzerland to Jordan. As U.S. forces moved into Baghdad and other Iraqi cities, investigators reported signs of large sums of money moving from Iraqi government-controlled accounts to private accounts in the Middle East. "People with connections are trying to loot what they can," said one private investigator with access to information about money flows around the region. < SNIP > One of the...
  • United Nations Group Says US Should Give Reparations to African Americans

    01/31/2016 8:08:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 97 replies
    U.S. Uncut ^ | January 31, 2016 | Dylan Sevett
    During a recent visit to the United States, a United Nations (UN) working group has said that the US should consider giving long overdue reparations to descendants of slaves. The group also suggests the US government establish a national human rights commission, and publicly acknowledge that the Transatlantic Slave Trade was a crime against humanity. The UN working group, called "Experts on People of African Descent," went on a fact-finding mission, which included meetings with African-Americans from multiple cities, including Baltimore, New York, and Chicago. Although they won't release their full report until September, each member read a statement to...
  • Helicopter Money Arrives: Switzerland Referendum to Hand Out $2500 Monthly To All Citizens

    01/30/2016 10:12:20 AM PST · by ak267 · 32 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 1-29-2016 | Tyler Durden
    With Citi's chief economist proclaiming "only helicopter money can save the world now," and the Bank of England pre-empting paradropping money concerns, it appears that Australia's largest investment bank's forecast that money-drops were 12-18 months away was too conservative. While The Finns consider a "basic monthly income" for the entire population, Swiss residents are to vote on a countrywide referendum about a radical plan to pay every single adult a guaranteed income of around $2500 per month, with authorities insisting that people will still want to find a job.
  • Helicopter Money Arrives: Switzerland To Hand Out $2500 Monthly To All Citizens

    01/29/2016 5:25:06 PM PST · by blam · 38 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | Tyler Durden
    Tyler DurdenJanuary 29, 2016 With Citi's chief economist proclaiming "only helicopter money can save the world now," and the Bank of England pre-empting paradropping money concerns, it appears that Australia's largest investment bank's forecast that money-drops were 12-18 months away was too conservative. While The Finns consider a "basic monthly income" for the entire population, Swiss residents are to vote on a countrywide referendum about a radical plan to pay every single adult a guaranteed income of around $2500 per month, with authorities insisting that people will still want to find a job. The plan, as The Daily Mail reports,...
  • Swiss Cleaning Firm Dupes Refugees Into Working for Free

    01/25/2016 8:55:29 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    The Local ^ | 22 Jan 2016
    A Swiss cleaning firm working for McDonald's is in trouble after promising refugees work permits if they worked for free for three months. “At first I thought it was normal to work for free in Switzerland to get a residency permit. My friends at the refugee home also did it.” These are the words of Yusuf, a young man from Sudan who worked cleaning McDonald's restaurants “non-stop” and “without breaks” for some 40 days with just four days off in late 2014 and early 2015. Yusuf was not paid for any of this cleaning work because his employer – a...
  • Kerry admits Iran sanctions windfall will go to terror

    01/21/2016 9:31:42 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    INN ^ | 1/21/2016, 8:00 PM | Ari Yashar
    Days after Iran received hundreds of billions of dollars in sanctions relief from the controversial nuclear deal, US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday admitted a good portion of the massive funds will go to terror. Speaking at the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Kerry spoke about the massive kickback Tehran is receiving after nuclear sanctions were lifted last weekend. "I think that some of it will end up in the hands of the IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) or other entities, some of which are labeled terrorists," he acknowledged to CNBC. "You know, to...
  • A German man with ‘Iranian citizenship’ pushed a woman in front of a subway train in Berlin

    Terrible case - but good on the quick-thinking passengers for helping police catch possible murderer https://twitter.com/TheLocalGermany/status/689734272262000642 …
  • Its a New Day [Charismatic Caucus]

    01/20/2016 11:15:12 AM PST · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 1-20-16 | Holy Spirit,Bible
    It is a new day my children and I have dressed you in my light and filled you to overflowing with my spirit for I have set you free to please My Kingdom and give freely "The Spring of Life" for as I and The Father are one so you ARE for I have washed you in my blood and breathed upon you as my True disciples of Truth and I call you Friend, Priests and Kings for I have made you worthy My Beloved ! 1 Peter 2:9-10 9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a...
  • Secret 1970 agreement between Swiss, PLO revealed

    01/20/2016 11:12:24 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    INN ^ | 1/20/2016, 6:10 PM | Matt Wanderman
    A secret deal between Switzerland and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) from 1970 has recently come to light. The Swiss newspaper Neue Zuercher Zeitung reports that then-Foreign Minister Pierre Graber offered to support Palestinians diplomatically in exchange for assurances the PLO would not carry out terror attacks against Swiss targets. [...] The meeting between the Swiss government and the PLO was arranged by long-time Israel hater Jean Ziegler, who was a member of the Swiss parliament at the time. Within diplomatic channels, he has encouraged the International Criminal Court in the Hague to charge Israel with war crimes and referred...
  • Migrant rape fears spread across Europe (Sweden, Finland, Germany, Austria and Switzerland)

    01/09/2016 5:10:36 AM PST · by knighthawk · 57 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | Januari 08 2016 | Mail Online
    Migrant rape fears spread across Europe: Women told not to go out at night alone after assaults carried out in Sweden, Finland, Germany, Austria and Switzerland amid warnings gangs are co-ordinating attacks Sweden has issued warnings to women to be wary of potential attacks 15 young women have reported being groped by men in Kalmar, Sweden Austrian police have come under fire after claims attacks were covered-up Finnish police say they have information that the attacks are co-ordinated Vienna's police chief advises women not to go out on the streets alone Cologne police chief Wolfgang Albers relieved of his duties...
  • Researchers find evidence of cavity-dwelling microbial life from 3 billion years ago

    01/01/2016 5:14:05 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 42 replies
    Phys.org ^ | December 28, 2015 | Bob Yirka
    (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from Germany and Switzerland has found examples of microbial life from over 3 billion years ago, that appeared to have evaded UV radiation by hiding in subsurface cavities. In their paper published in the journal Geology, the team describes where the fossilized cells were found, their testing techniques and why their finding is important. Scientists believe that life first came to exist on planet Earth approximately three and a half to four billion years ago, a time called the Archaean aeon, when there was not yet an ozone layer to filer out UV radiation, or oxygen...
  • Gun Sales Surge In Switzerland As Army Chief Warns "Arm Yourselves"

    01/01/2016 11:53:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind
    Zero Hedge ^ | 01/01/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Hillary Clinton says that her "not-so-secret weapon" is her husband Bill and has asked the former president to campaign for her in New Hampshire after the New Year. Bringing in Bill to rescue a flailing Hillary actually sounds like a pretty decent strategy. It appears that she's trying to cash in on the curious but nonetheless real phenomenon of Clinton nostalgia--Bill Clinton nostalgia, that is. People genuinely like the former president even if they can't name a single thing he accomplished while in office. Even so, Bill's rescue operation reflects poorly on Hillary. It's as if she's saying "Yes, I...
  • Swiss Army Chief Warns Of Social Unrest, Calls Upon Citizens To Arm Themselves

    12/30/2015 8:51:15 AM PST · by amorphous · 91 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 30 Dec 2015 | Tyler Durden
    Swiss army chief Andre Blattmann warned, in a Swiss newspaper article on Sunday, the risks of social unrest in Europe are soaring. Recalling the experience of 1939/1945, Blattman fears the increasing aggression in public discourse is an explosively hazardous situation, and advises the Swiss people to arm themselves and warns that the basis for Swiss prosperity is "being called into question."
  • Qatari royals rush to Switzerland in nine planes after emir breaks leg

    12/30/2015 12:38:16 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies
    The Guardian ^ | December 29, 2015
    Qatari royals rush to Switzerland in nine planes after emir breaks leg A fleet of jets, including an Airbus, made emergency landings at Zurich-Kloten airport after Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani suffered a fracture Agence France-Presse Tuesday 29 December 2015 07.05 GMT Unidentified individuals travelling in as many as nine planes belonging to Qatar's royal family made an emergency trip to Switzerland over the weekend for medical reasons, according to a Swiss official. A spokesman for Switzerland's federal office of civil aviation confirmed local media reports that multiple aircraft made unscheduled landings at the Zurich-Kloten airport overnight from 25...
  • Celtic Found to Have Ancient Roots

    07/01/2003 5:48:39 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 191 replies · 3,558+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 1, 2003 | NICHOLAS WADE
    In November 1897, in a field near the village of Coligny in eastern France, a local inhabitant unearthed two strange objects. One was an imposing statue of Mars, the Roman god of war. The other was an ancient bronze tablet, 5 feet wide and 3.5 feet high. It bore numerals in Roman but the words were in Gaulish, the extinct version of Celtic spoken by the inhabitants of France before the Roman conquest in the first century B.C. The tablet, now known as the Coligny calendar, turned out to record the Celtic system of measuring time, as well as being...
  • Wanted: Help in Contacting ProTELL Swiss Rights Organization

    12/17/2015 8:43:07 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 December, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    I am researching an article on suicide and guns in Switzerland, but I need some help obtaining numbers from about the reduction in Swiss militia in the 2004 drawdown, and how the numbers of guns in peoples homes may have been reduced. It would be very helpful to obtain some detailed suicide data as well, particularly for the militia. Unfortunately, I do not speak or write German, Italian, or French. I am sure that there exists a ProTell member who could assist me, but I have not found any way to contact them. An alternate possibility would be a...
  • AN IMMEDIATE HARVEST AND BREAKTHROUGH

    12/16/2015 4:47:27 PM PST · by Jedediah · 3 replies
    Supernatural responses have been enacted in my children now against the enemies of my heart and the table is about to be turned in their favor bringing my children the breakthrough to not only overcome but to take back the land from the enemy for an immediate Harvest ! He who gathers in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame. Revelation 14:15 And another angel came out of the temple, calling with a loud voice to him who sat on the cloud, “Put in your sickle, and reap, for the...
  • Despite Setback, The Right Still Rises in the West

    12/14/2015 8:08:43 AM PST · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    Life Zette ^ | December 14, 2015 @ 6:13 AM | Edmund Kozak
    Even though French right lost Sunday, a counterrevolution is growing in Europe and America Right-wing, national-conservative parties are seeing stunning success and growth as Europeans become disillusioned with the politically correct, globalization-backing, pro-immigration and pro-EU European Establishment. The Front National in France, led by Marine Le Pen, dominated the first round of voting in the country's Dec. 6 regional elections, polling first in six of 13 regions and taking 27.96 percent of the vote. The party has seen its popularity skyrocket in the past few years, but during a second round Sunday it failed to win any region as moderate,...
  • Liberal Billionaires and Their Montana Connections

    09/02/2015 9:20:38 PM PDT · by This_far · 11 replies
    Mediatrackers ^ | June 19, 2015 | : Ron Catlett
    Despite a population of just over 1 million people and just 3 electoral votes, Montana continues to be a hot bed of spending for billionaires and their political non-profit groups. (cut, jump) Liberal Swiss billionaire and Center for American Progress board member Hansjorg Wyss has received much attention in recent weeks after The Daily Caller revealed that he had paid $1.5 million to a Colorado woman to settle sex abuse allegations. Money from Wyss charitable foundation has proven quite important in Montanas environmental movement.
  • Obama Adviser Podesta Caught Green-Handed In Major Ethics Violation

    01/29/2015 2:18:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/29/15 | Richard Pollock
    In 2013, John Podesta was paid $87,000 by a shadowy foreign billionaire whose passion is preventing energy exploration on American land. Just two years later, Podesta is a member of President Obamas inner circle, and the driving force inside the White House to block 12 million acres of land in Alaskas Artic National Wildlife Refuge from oil drilling. The circumstances suggest Podesta may have run afoul of Obamas highly-touted ethics pledge, which requires political appointees to disqualify themselves in matters relating to the interests of a former employer or client. Podesta who is preparing to leave the White House
  • Swiss confirm arrest of two Syrians 'transporting explosives'

    12/13/2015 2:52:40 PM PST · by Ray76 · 17 replies
    France 24 ^ | Dec 12, 2015
    Swiss authorities said Saturday that two people of Syrian origin had been arrested on suspicion of transporting "explosives and toxic gases" as part of a probe into a terror threat.
  • Have police foiled an ISIS chemical weapons plot in Europe? Two Syrian terror suspects arrested

    12/13/2015 6:30:28 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/13/15 | Tom Wyke, Darren Boyle
    Have police foiled an ISIS chemical weapons plot in Europe? Two Syrian terror suspects are arrested in Geneva for 'making and transporting explosives and toxic gases' Two suspected Syrians were arrested in Geneva on suspicion of transporting 'explosives and toxic gases' as part of a probe into a terror threat. Switzerland's attorney general said the men were also suspected of making and hiding the dangerous materials. But Geneva prosecutor Olivier Jornot today said only traces of explosives were found in the car, and did not elaborate on claims about potential chemical weapons. More arrests are expected to be made in...
  • Terror Plot Uncovered Overseas Names Chicago As Potential Target

    12/12/2015 2:58:23 AM PST · by GonzoII · 43 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | December 11, 2015 3:58 PM
    CBS) - Chicago may be an ISIS target, media reports out of Switzerland say. Geneva is already stepping up security outside the United Nations. Besides Chicago, also mentioned as a possible North American target is Toronto, Canada. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports Chicago has long been a target of terrorists since President Obama was first elected - first by Al Qaeda, and now ISIS. Authorities say the threat in Switzerland is specific, but it's less so for Chicago and Toronto. While Swiss authorities are on alert, they are not cancelling activities like Geneva's popular costume parade scheduled for...
  • Swiss authorities arrest two Syrians with traces of explosives

    12/11/2015 1:38:20 PM PST · by csvset · 16 replies
    France24 ^ | 11 Dec 2015 | Reuters
    Two Syrian nationals were arrested in Geneva on Friday and traces of explosives were found in their car, the local newspaper Tribune de Geneve and Swiss television said. The newspaper gave no details on the identity of the two men or the circumstances of their arrest. It said it was unclear whether the arrests were linked to a heightened security alert Geneva authorities had declared last Thursday. It remained in effect at level 3 on a scale of 5. "Two men of Syrian origin were arrested in Geneva on Friday," Swiss television said on its nightly news broadcast. "Traces of...
  • Geneva still on high alert over terror probe

    12/11/2015 5:37:39 AM PST · by csvset · 2 replies
    The Local ^ | 11 Dec 2015
    Geneva remained on high alert Friday as police carried out further searches in the western Swiss city for several suspected jihadists believed to have links to the Islamic State (IS) group, officials said. Americans in Switzerland advised to be 'vigilant' (11 Dec 15)Bern officials launch Geneva terror probe (10 Dec 15)Geneva police hunt for jihadist terror suspects (10 Dec 15)French 'search homes of Geneva mosque imams' (26 Nov 15) Geneva, which borders France and is home to the UN's European headquarters, ratcheted up its security Thursday after receiving information from the Swiss government about suspicious individuals in the area. The...
  • Saturation[Charismatic Caucus]

    12/09/2015 7:25:40 AM PST · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles, Bible ^ | 12-9-15 | Holy Spirit,Bible
    Saturate yourself in me my children for truly it is as you drip from my presence change occurs and as The oil of Unity dripped off Aaron's beard down his robe saturating the Tassels of My Word, truly you My Bride must fill your lamps with this Oil of Intimacy for Me to complete you in Me . . . Leviticus 6:13 Fire shall be kept burning continually on the altar; it is not to go out Matthew 14:36 36 They were begging Him that they might only touch the tassel on His robe. And as many as touched it...
  • A Birthing is Transpiring [Charismatic Caucus]

    12/02/2015 11:28:35 AM PST · by Jedediah
    the Joshua Chronicles ^ | 12-2-15 | bible,Holy Spirit
    Surrogate anointing's are transpiring right now as my spirit moves among my people and what I have birthed through one by great revelations from my waters shall begin to rise up and rain down on other. I AM releasing the voice of many waters throughout my vessels of truth dressed in my righteousness bearing the oil of intimacy trimmed in humility and grace. BY Pat Chen: Problems can occur in the process of bringing God's vision to birth as well. Whether God has called His church to birth new souls into the kingdom or to bring forth a vision or...
  • JESUS THE WORD[Charismatic Caucus]

    11/30/2015 9:37:44 AM PST · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    I AM the Author of My WORD there is no other and though others place man in this place by names, occasions or people "I AM THE WORD" and it MY SPIRIT speaking directly to you as these verses are read and spoken , yeah even meditated on. So Truly as My Word "It is written" it was only as these men journaled out My Heart that today it is given to you! So be my Scribe and sit at my feet for I have fresh Manna for each of you daily and it is I that desire you to...
  • Offenders Face $10,000 Fines as Burka Banned in Swiss Region of Ticino

    11/27/2015 12:12:18 PM PST · by amorphous · 8 replies
    There has been heated public debate in Switzerland after the region of Ticino voted to ban women from wearing full-faced Islamic veils such as burkas or niqabs in public, with anyone caught breaking the rules at risk of facing fines up to US$10,000. A women shops in Whitechapel, East London, she is wearing a berka / burqa. Crusade Against Tolerance? Estonia May Ban Migrants From Wearing Burqas Parliament passed the law, which came into effect this week, after more than 50 percent of the population in the largely Italian-speaking region voted in favor of the changes in 2013. Initially, the...
  • Switzerland overwhelmingly votes for burqa ban with £6,500 fine for Muslim women who rebel

    11/25/2015 9:29:46 AM PST · by DCdude · 52 replies
    UK Express ^ | 11/25/2015 | OLI SMITH
    Muslim women can no longer wear the full-body garment in shops, restaurants or public buildings and anyone caught flouting the ban could be struck with a £6,500 fine. The local government of Ticino approved the referendum after the Swiss Parliament ruled that the ban did not violate the country's federal law. Two in three voters in the canton backed the move in an overwhelming result for a referendum, in the wake of heightened terrorist alerts across Europe. The law which MPs voted for only applies to veils which covers the body from head to foot worn by the 40,000 Muslim...
  • Switzerland probing 33 jihadists: A-G's office

    11/22/2015 6:47:45 PM PST · by markomalley · 9 replies
    The Local (CH) ^ | 11/22/15
    Switzerland has active criminal proceedings against 33 individuals over suspected ties to extremist Islamist groups, but only three people are currently in custody, the attorney general's office said on Sunday. 'Isis cell operating out of Winterthur mosque' (18 Nov 15) Iraqi jailed for posting Isis propaganda online (13 Nov 15) Switzerland extradites French teen jihadist (22 May 15) Some of those cases have been opened in the last two to three months, butthe most serious involves a cell of possible Islamist radicals uncovered inthe Canton of Schaffhausen last year, said Andry Marty, a spokesman for SwissAttorney General Michael Lauber. ...
  • 4,000 coins found in Roman treasure trove in Swiss orchard

    11/19/2015 11:59:36 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | Thursday 19 November 2015 | Agence France-Presse
    A trove of more than 4,000 bronze and silver coins dating back to ancient Rome, uncovered this summer in the orchard of a fruit and vegetable farmer, has been described as one of the biggest treasures of this kind found in Switzerland. The huge hoard of coins, buried about 1,700 years ago and weighing 15kg (33lb), was discovered in Ueken, in Switzerland’s northern canton of Aargau, after the farmer spotted some shimmering green coins on a molehill in his cherry orchard... On Thursday the archaeological service announced that after months of digs, 4,166 coins had been found at the site,...
  • US Now Ranks Third For Financial Secrecy And Tax Havens After Switzerland And Hong Kong

    11/03/2015 4:14:52 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    International Business Times ^ | November 02 2015 | Michelle Mark
    US Now Ranks Third For Financial Secrecy And Tax Havens After Switzerland And Hong Kong By Michelle Mark @michelleamark m.mark@ibtimes.com on November 02 2015 4:33 PM EST The U.S. has overtaken Singapore and the Cayman Islands in its ranking for financial secrecy, a new report by the Tax Justice Network in London has found. The government’s refusal to participate in a global information exchange system for bank data was largely responsible for its jump to third place – just behind Switzerland and Hong Kong – in the network’s financial secrecy index, which is released every two years. The Organization for...
  • UPDATE 3-Swiss fighter check on jet inflames Russian-French tensions

    10/31/2015 1:47:07 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Oct 19, 2015 2:54pm EDT | Reuters
    MOSCOW/ZURICH/PARIS, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Switzerland's military said one of its fighter jets performed a routine identification check on a Russian plane in Swiss air space on Monday, prompting Moscow to complain the aircraft came "dangerously" close to each other. Russia initially summoned the French ambassador in Moscow to protest, alleging a French military jet had come into "dangerous proximity" with the Tupolev, whose passengers included the Speaker of its lower house en route to Geneva. Moscow, which had threatened not to use France as a venue for international meetings in retaliation, later apologised for the mistake.
  • Anti-immigration party wins Swiss election in "slide to the Right"

    10/19/2015 12:27:50 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 24 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | October 19, 2015 | Reuters
    The anti-immigration Swiss People's Party (SVP) won the biggest share of the vote in Sunday's national parliamentary election, keeping pressure on Bern to introduce quotas on people moving from the European Union.
  • Europe's first national election since mass Muslim invasion drives power to conservatives

    10/19/2015 8:44:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/19/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    Switzerland just elected a new parliament, and a conservative, anti-immigration party, the Swiss People’s Party (SVP) won a record vote, enabling it to form a government with a conservative majority. The political fallout in Europe is just beginning, and Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats in Germany had better take notice. The BBC reports on the Swiss election: The right-wing, anti-immigration Swiss People's Party (SVP) has won Switzerland's parliamentary election with a record 29.4% of the vote. Its victory translates into 11 extra seats, giving it 65 out of the total 200 in the lower house. Europe's migrant crisis boosted support...
  • Anti-Immigration SVP Wins Swiss Election In Swing To Right

    10/18/2015 1:11:36 PM PDT · by SteveinSATX · 15 replies
    Reuters via OANN ^ | October 18, 2015 | Joshua Franklin
    The anti-immigration Swiss Peoples Party (SVP) won the biggest share of the vote in Sundays national parliamentary election, initial projections showed, keeping pressure on Bern to introduce quotas on people moving from the European Union. The result, based on initial projections by Swiss TV, gives the SVP 65 seats in the 200-member lower house of parliament, the largest number for any Swiss party in at least a century. The SVPs success, coupled with gains made by the pro-business Liberal Party (FDP), led political commentators to talk of a Rechtsrutsch move to the right in Swiss politics. Immigration was...
  • China uses intimidation tactics at U.N. to silence critics

    10/08/2015 2:36:30 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    Japan Times ^ | Oct 8, 2015 | Sui-lee Wee, Reuters
    GENEVA In a cafe lounge at the United Nations complex in Geneva, a Tibetan fugitive was waiting his turn earlier this year to tell diplomats his story of being imprisoned and tortured back home in China. The 43-year-old Buddhist monk, Golog Jigme, had broken out of a Chinese detention center in 2012, eventually fleeing to Switzerland. But his Chinese government pursuers had not given up.
  • This European country has the talent for tech innovation [How they educate their children]

    10/05/2015 8:07:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/05/2015
    When you think of tech innovation, places like Silicon Valley and Boston spring to mind. But flying under the world's radar is Switzerland, where inventions like a solar plane that just completed the longest solo-flight ever without fuel are born. And while Europe was busy debating bitcoin's future, Switzerland already opened up the region's first bitcoin ATM earlier this year. The country has managed to maintain its No. 1 ranking on the Global Innovation Index for four years in a row. Switzerland's rsum is definitely impressive: The country boasts the second-highest number of patents per person second to Japan....
  • Switzerland Suspends Sales of VW Models

    09/26/2015 6:36:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    The Local ^ | 26 Sep 2015
    Swiss authorities said on Friday they had temporarily banned the sale of new Volkswagen brand diesel-engine models potentially equipped with software capable of tricking environmental tests. Some 180,000 vehicles made by Volkswagen's Audi, Seat, Skoda and VW brands between 2009 and 2014 could be affected by the scandal, the Federal Roads Office said in a statement. Models equipped with diesel engines of the type 1,2TDI, 1,6TDI and 2.0TDI may be fitted with software capable of tricking environmental tests, the government agency said. It stressed that only cars designed to meet Eur05 emission standards were affected and not the Eur06 engines....
  • Tosatti: The election of Jorge Bergoglio by the Martini-led "Mafia"

    09/25/2015 2:09:33 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | September 24, 2015 | Marco Tosatti
    The election of Jorge Bergoglio was the fruit of secret meetings that cardinals and bishops, organized by Carlo Maria Martini, held for years at St. Gall in Switzerland. This is what is claimed by Jrgen Mettepenningen and Karim Schelkens, the authors of a just published biography of the Belgian Cardinal Godfried Danneels, who refer to the group of cardinals and bishops as the Mafia-club. Danneels, according to the authors, had worked for years in preparation for the election of Pope Francis, which happened in 2013. He himself, however, in a video recorded during the presentation of the book admits that...
  • How Much K Street Blood Money Is Bob Corker Getting For Iran Deal?

    09/10/2015 6:19:40 PM PDT · by xzins · 27 replies
    http://www.conservativehq.com/node/21089 ^ | 10 Sep 15 | George Rasley
    Tennessee Republican Senator Bob Corker, author of the treasonous Corker Cardin bill to facilitate President Obamas nuclear weapons treaty with Islamist Iran, has made another inexplicable betrayal of American military superiority and indeed the future of America itself. The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, which Corker authored, requires the Administration transmit to Congress all documents related to the JCPOA including side agreementsprior to a 60-day review period and subsequent vote. Theres no doubt that Obama has not complied with the terms of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, indeed Senator Corker said theres no question that two of the...
  • Swiss rail firm launches separate trains for Chinese tourists after complaints from locals

    08/30/2015 9:52:23 AM PDT · by DFG · 17 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 08/30/2015 | CHRIS KITCHING
    Chinese tourists are being given separate train services to travel to the top of a picturesque Swiss mountain after they were accused of poor behaviour. Locals and other visitors to Mount Rigi have complained to the railway operator, accusing Asian tourists of crowding train corridors to snap photos and even spitting inside the carriages. Tensions between tourists from Asia and visitors from Switzerland have worsened as the mountain, near Lucerne, has become a massive draw for Chinese holidaymakers, a newspaper claimed.
  • Family wins back stolen Nazi loot

    04/15/2005 7:32:17 AM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies · 516+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | 4-15-05 | ROBERT MATAS
    VANCOUVER -- Austrian businessmen Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer and Otto Pick transferred ownership of their sugar refinery to a Swiss bank for safekeeping shortly before fleeing the Nazis in March, 1938. Months later, the bank actively co-operated in the sale of the Jewish businessmen's shares in the sugar refinery to a Nazi purchaser at a small fraction of their value and without the businessmen's consent. After 67 years, the theft of the sugar refinery, which provided 20 per cent of Austria's sugar before the war, had become a piece of family folklore only vaguely remembered by some of the descendants. But in...
  • Hillary Clintons curious relationship with major Swiss bank draws attention

    07/30/2015 9:51:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/30/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    The State Department (which Hillary Clinton used to run and where she still holds significant influence) has been very clear about one thing. There is no relationship between donations to the Clinton Foundation and actions taken by the Secretary of State during her tenure there. Period. Full stop. End of discussion. Perish the thought. You’re all just a bunch of Clinton haters who are trying to stop the ongoing charity work of these wonderful people. And yet for some strange reason we keep seeing stories like this. Hillary hadn’t even finished unpacking her things in her new office at...
  • Israel hits back at Swiss envoy's 'ugly act' in showing Netanyahu bird droppings cartoon

    08/28/2015 4:00:01 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 08/28/2015 22:17
    The Swiss ambassador to Iran's display of a cartoon depicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu being defecated upon by two doves was condemned as "an ugly act" by the Foreign Ministry late Friday. Switzerland expressed regret earlier Friday after Ambassador Giulio Haas showed the cartoon at an event promoting Iranian business opportunities. Haas spoke to hundreds of Swiss and Iranian business people at a Zurich hotel on Thursday. The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) said the "questionable cartoon" was used without its knowledge. "The FDFA regrets the use of this cartoon and considers it tasteless," it said in a...
  • Bishop Faces Three Years in Jail for Defending Marriage (cites Leviticus)[Switzerland]

    08/15/2015 2:50:09 PM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    Stream ^ | August 12, 2015 | DEACON KEITH FOURNIER
    In the politically charged language of the present, Bishop Vitus Huonder is a “conservative” if not an “extremist.” In fact, he is simply a faithful Catholic Christian. And for that he’s being threatened with three years in jail. It’s happening in Switzerland, but the conflict epitomizes a wider phenomenon of anti-Christian secularists on both sides of the Atlantic using the courts to target Christians for simply standing up for biblical truth.In 2011, Huonder, the Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Chur in Switzerland, supported parents being able to opt out of having children as young as four subjected to...
  • Genetically engineered pigs: Advance looks promising [For Transplants]

    08/14/2015 9:17:26 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 8 replies
    medicalxpress.com ^ | August 14, 2015 | by Nancy Owano
    A domestic pig on an organic farm in Solothurn, Switzerland. Image: Wikimedia Commons --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Stories of people waiting for organ transplants that could save their lives are well known. The numbers, though, are not encouraging. The US Department of Health and Human Services has some data: 122,407 people need a lifesaving organ transplant (total waiting list of candidates). The agency said that the gap between supply and demand continues to widen. The total number of donors from January through May this year was 5,975. On average, 22 people die each day while waiting for a transplant. Here is another statistic:...
  • Swiss Bishop Apologizes for Calling Homosexual Acts 'Abomination'

    08/14/2015 7:28:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 39 replies
    Under heavy public pressure, a Swiss Catholic bishop has issued a public apology for a statement in which he referred to homosexual activity as an abomination and cited Old Testament passages saying that offenders should be put to death. Bishop Vitus Huonder of Chur sent a 3-page letter to clerics in which he said it had been a mistake to make his commentswhich he had delivered at a forum in Germanyon a theological and academic level. He said that he should have shown a draft of his talk to colleagues, who would have warned him on the likely outcry. The...