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  • Switzerland and Syriza

    01/27/2015 11:45:59 AM PST · by JSDude1 · 5 replies
    Restate ^ | January 27 2015 | Repair_Man_Jack
    credit the worldís various political leftists for being brilliant at one thing. They have managed to assemble a coalition of interest groups whose vested interests should probably cause them to chase each other around in the street armed with shotguns. Nowhere is that awesome class divide among the left on greater display than in Europe where the Parlor Pinks infest Davos and the Street Marxians have taken electoral power in Greece. If you were to ask both Jeffrey Greene and newly-minted Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras whether they felt society should be unfettered by larger government or directed for its...
  • Italy seizes more than 5,000 looted antiquities in record haul

    01/25/2015 1:33:45 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    France24 ^ | 22 January 2015 | AFP
    The Italian government on Wednesday said police had seized more than 5,000 ancient artefacts in a record 45-million-euro haul after dismantling a Swiss-Italian trafficking ring. Culture Minister Dario Franceschini said it was the country's "largest discovery yet" of looted works and consisted of 5,361 pieces, including vases, jewellery, frescoes and bronze statues, all dating from the 8th century BC to the 3rd century AD. The archaeological treasures came from illegal digs across Italy and "will be returned to where they were found", the minister told reporters. Police said the items were worth around 45 million euros ($52 million) and were...
  • Global economy hopes raised after European stimulus

    01/24/2015 10:50:50 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    12 News ^ | January 25, 2015 | Pan Pylas
    DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) - The global economic outlook just got brighter after this week's big stimulus from the European Central Bank, leading policymakers from around the world said Saturday. In a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, they said a perkier Europe, coupled with a prolonged period of low oil prices, could help shore up the global economy following a period of underperformance that has prompted many forecasters to reduce their growth forecasts. "Lower oil prices and the big decision by ECB could further improve world economic outlook," said Haruhiko Kuroda, governor of the Bank of Japan.
  • The World Misery Index: 108 Countries [ Venezuela, Argentina ..]

    01/23/2015 3:40:49 PM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    Cato Institute ^ | January 22, 2015 | Steve H. Hanke
    The five most miserable countries in the world at the end of 2014 are, in order: Venezuela, Argentina, Syria, Ukraine, and Iran. In 2014, Argentina and Ukraine moved into the top five, displacing Sudan and Sao Tome and Principe. The five least miserable are Brunei, Switzerland, China, Taiwan, and Japan. The United States ranks 95th, which makes it the 14th least miserable nation
  • Grapevine: A tale of two SOTU responses

    01/22/2015 2:54:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | Wednesday, January 21, 201 | Bret Baier
    Obama: Many of you have told me that this isnít what you signed up foróarguing past each other on cable shows, the constant fundraising, always looking over your shoulder at how the base will react to every decision. Imagine if we broke out of these tired old patterns. Imagine if we did something different.Well, that ďdifferentĒ he mentioned didnít last long. Less than an hour after the speech, a fundraising e-mail from the Democratic Party went out, signed by the president. One frustrated tweeter wroteóquoteóďYou canít be serious. After taking a dig at constant fundraising, Obama sends out a fundraising...
  • 1,700 Private Jets Fly to Davos to Discuss Global Warming [and talk about income inequality]

    01/20/2015 7:57:25 PM PST · by grundle · 80 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | January 20, 2015 | Peter Schweizer
    A squadron of 1,700 private jets are rumbling into Davos, Switzerland, this week to discuss global warming and other issues as the annual World Economic Forum gets underway. The influx of private jets is so great, the Swiss Armed Forces has been forced to open up a military air base for the first time ever to absorb all the super rich flying their private jets into the event, reports Newsweek. ďDecision-makers meeting in Davos must focus on ways to reduce climate risk while building more efficient, cleaner, and lower-carbon economies,Ē former Mexican president Felipe Calderon told USA Today. Davos, which...
  • Swiss mess could make oil plunge seem like minor hiccup

    01/16/2015 5:46:55 PM PST · by Lorianne · 11 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 15 Junuary 2015
    One day, itís gold. The next, itís equities. Most days, itís crude. On Wednesday, it was copper. On Thursday it was the Swiss franc and Swiss stocks. And the move in those two makes those others look like minor-league hiccups. While you were sleeping, all hell broke loose in Switzerland, as the central bank ditched its currency cap against the euro after four years and slashed interest rates to negative 0.75%. The Swiss franc is rallying wildly, while the Swiss stock market is cratering and U.S. stock futures are mostly on the losing side as investors figure out this latest...
  • World deflationary forces have swept away Switzerland's defences

    01/16/2015 5:49:10 PM PST · by Lorianne · 17 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 15 Junuary 2015 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The Swiss National Bank has lost control. It is the latest in a list of venerable central banks to be overwhelmed by deflationary forces and global economic disorder. The country is already in deflation. The Swiss franc ended Thursday 13pc higher after the SNB abandoned its three-year efforts to defend a currency floor of 1.20 to the euro. ďWe have a free exchange rate once again,Ē said the SNBís president, Thomas Jordan. Indeed, but nobody is fooled by the SNBís attempt to spin this as benign. ďThis is a huge hit to their credibility,Ē said Deutsche Bank. The official statement...
  • Swiss ATM "Unable To Dispense Euros At The Moment"

    01/15/2015 6:42:04 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 14 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 11-15-2015 | Durden
    Swiss ATMs refuse to deliver Euros...
  • It's Carnage-Swiss Franc Soars Most Ever After SNB Abandons EURCHF Floor-Macro Hedge Funds Crushed

    01/15/2015 5:13:21 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 15 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 1-15-2015 | Durden
    "As if millions of macro hedge funds suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced" Over two decades ago, George Soros took on the Bank of England, and won. Just before lunch local time, the Swiss National Bank took on virtually every single macro hedge fund, the vast majority of which were short the Swiss Franc and crushed them, when it announced, first, that it would go further into NIRP, pushing its interest rate on deposit balances even more negative from -0.25% to -0.75%, a move which in itself would have been unprecedented and, second, announcing that the 1.20...
  • US ambassador to Switzerland sparks flap over Swiss ski 'chaos'

    01/07/2015 5:29:52 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 43 replies
    The Local (Switzerland) ^ | 05 Jan 2015 10:43 GMT+01:00
    US Ambassador to Switzerland Suzi LeVine is being accused of violating diplomatic etiquette by posting critical comments about Swiss ski resorts on her Facebook page. ďIím trying to understand the chaos in the lift lines at Swiss ski resorts,Ē LeVine wrote after spending New Yearís Day at the Adelboden ski resort in the Bernese Oberland. She said she and her family enjoyed a great day at the resort ďbut I was so puzzled by the scrum heading to the lift (and the inefficiency in terms of how many people were on each lift)Ē. LeVine, a former Microsoft employee and Democratic...
  • Chaos in the Alps as massive snowfall traps 15,000 cars(gore-bull warming alert!!)

    12/28/2014 7:28:35 AM PST · by rktman · 24 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 12/27/2014 | Harriet Alexander
    Skiers trying to make their way to and from French Alps resorts were plunged into chaos on Saturday night as 15,000 cars were trapped on the roads and emergency overnight centres were set up to shelter trapped tourists. Across the Savoie region, thousands of people were trapped in their cars, snowed in their chalets or stranded at airports as long-awaited snow finally dumped on the Alps - several feet, in some places.
  • THE PHYSICAL EVIDENCE OF EARTH'S UNSTOPPABLE 1,500-YEAR CLIMATE CYCLE

    10/04/2005 8:27:20 PM PDT · by PeaceBeWithYou · 99 replies · 7,477+ views
    National Center for Policy Analysis ^ | Friday, September 30, 2005 | S. Fred Singer, Dennis Avery
    Human activities have little to do with the Earth's current warming trend, according to a study published by the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA). In fact, S. Fred Singer (University of Virginia) and Dennis Avery (Hudson Institute) conclude that global warming and cooling seem to be part of a 1,500-year cycle of moderate temperature swings. Scientists got the first unequivocal evidence of a continuing moderate natural climate cycle in the 1980s, when Willi Dansgaard of Denmark and Hans Oeschger of Switzerland first saw two mile-long ice cores from Greenland representing 250,000 years of Earth's frozen, layered climate history. From...
  • The 35 Most Powerful Militaries In The World

    12/20/2014 4:04:53 AM PST · by iowamark · 21 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Dec. 10, 2014 | Amanda Macias, Jeremy Bender and Skye Gould
    There's only one real way to compare military strength, and thankfully the world hasn't had many opportunities lately. Despite the potential powder keg in the South China Sea, standoffs in Ukraine, and proxy wars throughout the Middle East, inter-state warfare between the world's military powers has been all but banished from the global scene (for the time being, at least). For a simpler evaluation of military power, we turned to the Global Firepower Index, a ranking of 106 nations based on more than 50 factors including overall military budget, available manpower, and the amount of equipment each country has in...
  • Switzerland brings in negative interest rates to keep Swiss franc weaker as Russia mayhem prompts

    12/18/2014 7:09:33 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 18, 2014 | Tanya Jefferies
    The Swiss central bank plans to charge depositors a 'negative' interest rate of -0.25 per cent to discourage spooked investors from using it to shelter their cash. Money has flooded into Switzerland as market turbulence caused by the Russian rouble collapse and oil price slide has prompted a desperate search for safe havens in recent days. The Swiss National Bank said it would slash its interest rate on balances of over 10million Swiss francs from January 22 - effectively imposing a charge on depositors wanting to hold francs in a bid to keep its currency artificially weak against the euro.
  • Israeli minister: Iran doesn't need one centrifuge (video at link)

    12/14/2014 10:18:54 AM PST · by Dave346 · 1 replies
    CNN ^ | December 13th, 2014 11:44 PM ET
    Fareed speaks with Naftali Bennett, the economic minister in Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet, about Iran's nuclear program. Watch the full interview on GPS this Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN. Iran - you have said that you thought a bad deal would lead to war, but a good deal could lead to peace. So the question is, do you regard the deal that is under discussion as a good deal or a bad deal? From what we can tell, the area where they seem to be at right now is that Iran would go from about 19,000...
  • Patientsí pain ends Ebola vaccine trial in Switzerland

    12/11/2014 12:55:36 PM PST · by wtd · 7 replies
    News.com.au ^ | 12/11/2014 3 minutes ago
    News.com.au: Patientsí pain ends Ebola vaccine trial in Switzerland 3 minutes ago "A CLINICAL trial of an Ebola vaccine has finished early after some patients started complaining of joint pain. The trial was stopped a week early in all 59 volunteers ďas a measure of precautionĒ, the University of Ö"
  • A WORD OF LOVE AND DIRECTION

    12/09/2014 7:03:33 AM PST · by Jedediah
    My children of light you have arrived for you abide in My presence in Zion yet many remain earthbound in distractions. Therefore throw off these hindrances "yeah" fast the earth for though I am coming I have already arrived in "you" My Zion on earth. You see as you strip your wellspring of earthly desires Heaven arises in you in all the fullness of The Godhead and it is then My will "is" done. Let there be freedom for My Spirit to "speak" to you of new things and allow Me to bless you through your obedience to My Voice...
  • Steve Forbes: Why That Swiss Referendum On Gold Deserved To Fail

    12/02/2014 7:35:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/02/2014 | Steve Forbes
    SWISS VOTERS overwhelmingly rejected a so-called gold standard referendum. They were right to do so. The wording of the referendum revealed a major obstacle to any return to a genuine gold standard: ignorance of what makes such a system work. The proposition was actually focused on the levels of Switzerlandís gold reserves, not on an actual return to a gold standard. But it was seen as a step in that direction. The purpose of a gold standard is to keep a currency stable in value. Other currencies not on a gold standard may go up or down vis-ŗ-vis the gold-linked...
  • Pope Francis against common Eucharistic celebrations with Protestants

    12/01/2014 4:29:18 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 137 replies
    KathNet ^ | December 1, 2014 | Pope Francis
    (Google Translate)(Full Speech below) Vatican City (kath.net/KAP/red) Francis Pope has spoken out against a common celebration of the Eucharist by Catholics and Protestants. "If we have to hide our Eucharistic faith under the pretext of a certain accommodation by, then we take our own treasure neither nor our interlocutor seriously enough," he said on Monday in front of the Swiss bishops at the Vatican. In ecumenical dialogue, the bishops should make sure that the believers of all faiths could live their faith "unambiguous and free of confusion" and "without the differences at the expense of truth wegzuretuschieren". At the same...
  • GOLD IS GETTING SMOKED ($1150 Oz)

    11/30/2014 5:02:41 PM PST · by blam · 100 replies
    BI ^ | 11-30-2014 | Myles Udland
    Myles Udland November 30, 2014 On Sunday night, gold was down more than 4% to as low as $1,143 an ounce after voters in Switzerland on Sunday rejected a measure that would have required the Swiss National Bank to increase its gold reserves from 8% to 20% of its holdings. The vote failed by a margin of 78%-22%. In addition the drop in gold, crude oil prices are resuming their tumble, and the price of other precious metals ó silver and platinum ó were also down sharply. Silver futures were down 12% early Sunday night and platinum futures were down...
  • Ecopop Referendum: Swiss Reject Immigration Curbs

    11/30/2014 12:09:21 PM PST · by Steelfish · 16 replies
    BBC News ^ | November 30, 2014
    30 November 2014 Ecopop Referendum: Swiss Reject Immigration Curbs Voters in Switzerland have decisively rejected a proposal to cut net immigration to no more than 0.2% of the population. The country's 26 cantons rejected the proposal, with about 74% of people voting no in Sunday's referendum. Supporters of the measure argued that it would have reduced pressure on the country's resources. Opponents said it would have been bad for the economy. Around a quarter of Switzerland's eight million people are foreigners. The measure would have required the government to reduce immigration from about 80,000 to 16,000 people a year
  • Swiss Voters Reject Increasing Gold Reserves In Referendum

    11/30/2014 4:24:52 PM PST · by grumpygresh · 7 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/30/14 | Hartley, Jon
    In todayís Swiss gold referendum, roughly 78% voted against expanding central bank gold reserves to 20% of central bank assets from the current 7%, according to Swiss national broadcaster SRF. The vote is a blow to the movement to ďSave Our Swiss GoldĒ that had the hopes of moving Switzerland back toward a gold standard which the country left in 1999.
  • Switzerland votes down referendum on immigration quotas

    11/30/2014 4:15:41 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    UPI ^ | 11/30/2014 | By Fred Lambert
    GENEVA, Switzerland, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Voters in Switzerland Sunday rejected a referendum designed to limit immigration into the country for reasons of environmental conservation, along with other items dealing with tax breaks for expatriates and boosting gold reserves. The "Ecopop" initiative called for a massive reduction of net immigration into the country down to 0.2 percent of the total population. The annual number of foreigners entering Switzerland would have been cut from roughly 80,000 down to 16,000. Swiss voters rejected the measure by 74 percent.
  • Voters reject plan to force Switzerland to stockpile gold

    11/30/2014 4:12:36 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/30/2014 | James Titcomb
    Swiss voters have overwhelmingly rejected a plan to force the Swiss National Bank to buy thousands of tonnes of gold, giving the SNB breathing space as it attempts to protect the franc against a quantitative easing blitz from the European Central Bank. Switzerland's government said on Sunday afternoon that 77pc of voters in Sundayís referendum rejected proposals to make the central bank hold 20pc of its assets in the precious metal. This result was a blow to a right-wing Swiss Peopleís Party, which launched the ďSave Our Swiss GoldĒ campaign in a reactionary backlash against the SNB accumulating hundreds of...
  • The Swiss Gold Vote Coming This Weekend, Could Change Economics Globally

    11/29/2014 1:07:15 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 41 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | 11-28-14 | Inquisitr
    On Sunday, the people of Switzerland will go to the voting booth to decide their nationís economic future. The ďSwiss gold vote,Ē as itís being called, would require that the nation put its currency back onto a gold standard, which would require the Swiss central bank to buy large amounts of gold from the global market in order to put their currency on a gold-based standard. The Swiss gold vote will have historic implications whether the citizens of Switzerland vote yes or no this weekend. This referendum is a measure that sets requirements for the Swiss National Bank (SNB) with...
  • The Clock is Ticking in Switzerland

    11/25/2014 2:01:24 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Townhall ^ | 11/25/2014 | Peter Schiff
    For most of my career in international investing, I had always placed a great deal of faith in Switzerland's financial markets. In recent years, however, as the Swiss government has sought to hitch its wagon to the flailing euro currency and kowtow increasingly to U.S.-based financial requirements, this faith has been shaken. But this week (November 30th) a referendum in Switzerland on whether its central bank will be required to hold at least 20% of its reserves in gold, will offer ordinary Swiss citizens a rare opportunity to reclaim their country's strong economic heritage. It's a vote that few outside...
  • Ferguson Cop ALWAYS known he won't be charged for shooting Michael Brown-his parents'll tell the UN

    11/10/2014 6:52:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | November 9, 2014 | Daniel Bates
    * Relatives of Brown, including parents, attack police officer who killed teen * Say his 'brazen confidence' meant he was sure he would not be punished * Darren Wilson, 28, killed Brown, 18, in Ferguson, Missouri, this August * Brown family complained about treatment of his body in report for UN * The Browns will fly to Geneva, Switzerland, to deliver document tomorrow The family of the black teenager shot dead by a white cop in Ferguson, Missouri, have claimed that he knew all along he would get away with it. Relatives of Michael Brown said that Darren Wilson had...
  • Ancient Romeís German, Swiss legacy preserved

    10/17/2014 10:37:38 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 30 replies
    U-T San Diego ^ | October 10, 2014 | Carl H. Larsen
    More than 1,500 years after its demise, the Roman Empire remains a vibrant part of modern-day Trier. Near the borders of France, Luxembourg and Belgium, todayís city of 105,000 was once the administrative capital of the Western Roman Empire and with its monolithic architecture became known as Roma Segunda ó the Second Rome. The Romans brought to Trier a high standard of living, exquisite artwork and their famed architectural and engineering skills. In northern Europe, on an arc from the Alps to the North Sea, in what was once called northeast Gaul and Upper Germania, the remnants of Roman civilization...
  • Switzerland Bans The Islamic State

    10/10/2014 3:18:43 PM PDT · by PROCON · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Oct. 10, 2014 | Jordan Schachtel
    Swiss officials have announced that the country is banning the Islamic State and related entities from their lands. The ban went into effect on Wednesday, when the Swiss cabinet voted to forbid Islamic State membership for at least six months. The ban disallows providing information or soliciting funds and recruiting for the jihadi terror group. Authorities said that doing so may result in three years in jail or a fine. The seven-member Swiss cabinet released a statement, which said that the Islamic Stateís ďmassive human rights violationsĒ have forced the country, which is known for its unapologetic neutrality, to act...
  • Landslide Vote against Single-Payer Confirms Switzerland Is an Outpost of Rationality

    09/30/2014 2:45:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 30, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I¬ím a huge fan of Switzerland, largely because its voters approved a spending cap that should be a role model for other nations.It¬ís called the ¬ďdebt brake¬Ē and it has helped reduce the burden of government spending in Switzerland at a time when most nations in Europe have been moving in the wrong direction.But that¬ís not the only reason I like Switzerland.I also appreciate the fact that Swiss voters seem to be much more sensible than voters in other nations.Every so often I see polls, for instance, suggesting that French voters overwhelmingly want less government spending. But then they go...
  • Swiss reject switch from private to state health insurance

    09/28/2014 6:45:57 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 31 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 9-28-14 | Jonathan FOWLER
    Swiss voters on Sunday rejected a plan for a seismic shift from the country's all-private health insurance system to a state-run scheme. Referendum results showed that almost 62 percent of voters had shot down a reform pushed by left-leaning parties which say the current private system is busting the budgets of ordinary residents. The results also underlined the national divisions over the hotly-contested issue as the country's German-speaking regions voted against the plan, while their French-speaking counterparts were in favour. Switzerland's private insurance lobby hailed the vote.
  • Arab and Muslim states question Israelís right to defend itself at UNHRC

    09/22/2014 7:03:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 09/22/2014 22:47 | Tovah Lazaroff
    Two major groups of Arab sates questioned Israelís right to defend itself against Hamas in Gaza, in addresses to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday in Geneva. Describing Israelís actions in Gaza as self-defense is both ďlegally incorrectĒ and ďmorally abhorrent,Ē said Pakistan, speaking on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. [Ö] Switzerland, Ireland, and Iceland were among the few Western countries to address to address the UNHRC under Agenda Item 7. Ireland condemned both Israel and Hamas as unacceptable for attacking innocent civilians during the Gaza war. With respect to Israeli attacks in Gaza, Ireland said,...
  • Swiss Village Forced to Raise Taxes After Muslim Refugee Family Consumes 1/3 of Budget

    09/26/2014 11:22:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 09/26/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Is this really enriching anybody besides the Muslim settlers? A village of just 1,000 residents in Switzerland has been forced to raise taxes because an African refugee and her seven children cost the local authority $65,000 in benefits every month.Hagenbuch, in the Swiss canton of Zurich, is understood to be spending close to a third of its total annual budget on the family after they arrived from Eritrea in East Africa three years ago.The Eritrean woman and her family arrived in Hagenbuch three years ago in possession of a visa allowing her to stay in Switzerland for five years, with...
  • Man bitten by Ebola patient flown to Switzerland

    09/22/2014 3:29:43 PM PDT · by george76 · 48 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 22, 2014
    Swiss authorities say a male nurse who was bitten by an Ebola patient while working in West Africa has been flown to Switzerland as a precaution. ... It said the man, who was flown to Switzerland by a private transport company Monday, will be kept under observation at Geneva's University Hospital for the incubation period of three weeks.
  • Veganism "Can Cause Serious Harm" Say Swiss Authorities

    09/19/2014 9:39:11 PM PDT · by This Just In · 127 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 19 Sep 2014, 3:00 AM PDT | Oliver Lane
    As the popularity of alternative-lifestyle choice Ďveganismí increases across Europe, officials in Switzerland have expressed concerns about the health implications for children who have the unusual diet forced on them by ďidealisticĒ parents. In the statement, Swiss officials said: ďVegan food is not recommended for young children. It can cause serious harmĒ. The lack of vitamin B12, which is seriously deficient in Vegan diets is the main cause of the interjection by federal health officials, who have warned denying children access to animal-derived food at an early age can cause health problems.
  • Will The Swiss Vote to Get Their Gold Back?

    09/16/2014 4:43:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | Ron Paul
    On November 30th, voters in Switzerland will head to the polls to vote in a referendum on gold. On the ballot is a measure to prohibit the Swiss National Bank (SNB) from further gold sales, to repatriate Swiss-owned gold to Switzerland, and to mandate that gold make up at least 20 percent of the SNB's assets. Arising from popular sentiment similar to movements in the United States, Germany, and the Netherlands, this referendum is an attempt to bring more oversight and accountability to the SNB, Switzerland's central bank. The Swiss referendum is driven by an undercurrent of dissatisfaction with the...
  • "Snowden Belongs in Jail, Not in Switzerland"

    09/12/2014 4:38:58 PM PDT · by babylon_times · 57 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 9/12/14 | John Hudson
    This week, Switzerland's attorney general completed a legal opinion on the question of whether Snowden could be granted political asylum if he traveled to Switzerland to testify about the National Security Agency's surveillance activities in the Swiss homeland. The AG's office concluded that Snowden would be given asylum as long as prior obligations made by higher-level Swiss officials did not take priority.
  • Several Swiss banks pull out of U.S. tax program: paper

    09/01/2014 5:46:49 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 24 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | 8/31/2014 | Reuters
    ZURICH (Reuters) - At least 10 Swiss banks have withdrawn from a U.S. program aimed at settling a tax dispute between them and the United States, Swiss newspaper NZZ am Sonntag said on Sunday, quoting unnamed sources. Around 100 Swiss banks came forward at the end of last year to work with U.S. authorities in a program brokered by the Swiss government to help the banks make amends for aiding tax evasion. "At least 10 banks that had decided at the end of 2013 to pay a fine have withdrawn their decision," NZZ am Sonntag said, quoting unnamed lawyers and...
  • Latest Big Lie: We Have No Strategy

    08/29/2014 12:55:02 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 22 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 29 Aug 2014 | Michael Ledeen
    They DO have a strategy, but they prefer to appear indecisive. Thatís because the strategy would likely provoke even greater criticism than the false confession of endless dithering. The actual strategy is detente first, and then a full alliance with Iran throughout the Middle East and North Africa. It has been on display since before the beginning of the Obama administration. During his first presidential campaign in 2008, Mr. Obama used a secret back channel to Tehran to assure the mullahs that he was a friend of the Islamic Republic, and that they would be very happy with his policies....
  • Teen shot dead in Saint Gallen city mosque (Switzerland)

    08/28/2014 12:30:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.ch ^ | 23 Aug 2014 08:35 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    One person was killed Friday in a shooting in the prayer hall of a mosque in the Swiss city of Saint Gallen, police said. Media reports said the victim was 18 and was killed as a result of a row between Albanian families. [Ö] The suspected killer was arrested at the scene, Saint Gallen cantonal police told AFP, without giving further details about the individual. Ö
  • Ukraine rebel leader claims French 'experts' joining separatists

    08/24/2014 1:52:20 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies
    expatica.com ^ | August 28, 2014
    The president of the self-declared pro-Russian People's Republic of Donetsk claimed on Sunday French military "experts" were joining separatist forces battling government troops in eastern Ukraine. "Tomorrow, we will receive officers from France. They are specialists ready to fight with us," Alexandre Zakhartchenko said at a Sunday press conference. However, he gave no details on the French servicemen, nor did he specify their numbers. There are also "Serbs and Swiss" among the pro-Moscow militants who are fighting for "European and socialist ideals", Zakhartchenko claimed.
  • 'Suicide Tourism' to Switzerland Doubles in 4 Years

    08/22/2014 10:44:45 AM PDT · by Stoat · 8 replies
    Medscape news ^ | August 21, 2014 | Megan Brooks
    The number of people traveling to Switzerland to commit suicide has doubled since 2009, a new study shows. These "suicide tourists" are largely from Germany and the United Kingdom, although they also come from other countries including the United States and Canada, and nearly half suffer from nonfatal neurological conditions, such as paralysis, motor neurone disease, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis, the study suggests. Saskia Gauthier, MD, from the Institute of Legal Medicine, University of Zurich, and colleagues report their findings in an article†published online†August 20 in the†Journal of Medical Ethics. Assisted suicide is restricted in many countries, but in...
  • Switzerland: Muslim Protesters Attempt to Storm Synagogue

    08/20/2014 2:09:38 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 39 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/8/14 | Ari Soffer
    Muslim anti-Israel demonstrators attempted to force their way into a synagogue in Switzerland, the latest in a string of attacks on synagogues in Europe. The protest took place on Saturday, during the Jewish Sabbath, in front of the Beth Yaakov, or Grande, Synagogue in Geneva, according to JTA. The Intercommunity Coordination Against Anti-Semitism and Defamation watchdog organization (CICAD) reported that a Muslim woman wearing a niqab (veil) first attempted to enter the place of worship while waving a PLO flag and holding a placard saying "Every synagogue is an Israeli embassy" on Saturday morning but was prevented from doing so....
  • Australian base jumper dies after jump from Brevent peak in French Alps

    08/18/2014 9:45:57 AM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    AFP ^ | 18 Aug 2014
    Two base jumpers, including an Australian, were killed in separate accidents in the French Alps on Sunday (local time) after parachuting off mountains in their wingsuits. Their deaths bring to four the number of people killed taking part in the extreme sport in France this month. ... On August 6, two base jumpers, one from Switzerland, the other from France, died in similar accidents in the Alps and French Pyrenees. ... Unlike skydiving, which involves leaping from an aircraft, base jumpers take off with a parachute from a fixed point, usually a cliff or a bridge. The sport carries high...
  • Switzerland, a country that works: Not perfect, but as countries go, it's hard to find one better

    08/13/2014 11:34:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 08/13/2014 | Richard Rahn
    Switzerland is not perfect, but as countries go, it is hard to find one that is much better. The more people know about Switzerland, the higher regard they tend to have for it. By almost any measure of human accomplishment, and particularly in creating a most successful country governance model, the Swiss are clearly No. 1 in the world. Switzerland is a small, landlocked nation without much in the way of natural resources. It has managed to stay out of wars for two centuries and developed a long-term multilingual and multireligious democracy without strife. There is a rule of law...
  • The US is the new Switzerland

    07/30/2014 2:06:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    CNBC ^ | 07/30/2014 | Ron Insana
    <p>U.S. markets have been remarkably calm in the wake of escalating violence around the world, whether between Israel and Hamas, or Russian proxies and Ukraine, to name but two of the planet's hottest spots.</p> <p>And with every ill wind that blows, money appears to be blowing westward with ever greater frequency.</p>
  • Walgreens to lay off 345 in Flagstaff

    07/19/2014 9:16:57 PM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies
    Arizona Daily Sun ^ | &#8206;7&#8206;/&#8206;19&#8206;/&#8206;2014&#8206; &#8206; | Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
    One of the top 10 employers in Flagstaff, Walgreens, announced Friday that it was closing its distribution center by April and laying off all 345 employees. ... Walgreens recently announced it was seeking to relocate its corporate headquarters overseas to lower its income tax bill. One estimate put first-year tax savings for the countryís largest drugstore chain at more than $700 million. The Wall Street Journal reported July 15 that Walgreens is considering buying the rest of Alliance Boots, a drugstore chain that operates in the United Kingdom but is headquartered in Switzerland. If Walgreens does purchase the rest of...
  • Some Ukrainians push for Swiss Model of Defense

    07/12/2014 3:57:01 PM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Ukrainians are learning the advantages of an armed citizenry the hard way.¬† An organization in Kiev, –ö–ł—ó–≤—Ā—Ć–ļ–ł–Ļ¬†–õ–Ķ–≥—Ė–ĺ–Ĺ,¬† (Kyiv Legion) is calling for citizens to become armed on the Swiss model.¬†¬† They even suggest that it might make sense to have those who do not serve be taxed to make up for their lack of service.¬†¬† This is not an uncommon concept in history, and was used in the American civil war.¬†¬† I am told that this is a Google translation.¬†¬† What little Russian I had is long gone, and the original is probably in Ukranian. ¬† Russian and Ukrainian...
  • At Walgreen, renouncing corporate citizenship

    07/01/2014 3:19:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Yahoo! Finance / The New York Times ^ | July 1, 2014 | Andrew Ross Sorkin
    A little less than two years ago, Gregory D. Wasson, the chief executive of Walgreen, sought a series of tax breaks from Illinois, where his company is based. ďWe are proud of our Illinois heritage,Ē he said at the time. ďJust as our stores and pharmacies are health and daily living anchors for the communities we serve, we as a company are now recommitted to serving as an economic anchor for northeastern Illinois.Ē The state gave Walgreen $46 million in corporate income tax credits over 10 years in exchange for a pledge to create 500 jobs and invest in upgrading...