Open letter to a fool on a motorbike

Villeneuve A9 bridge being demolished, spring 2014

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – If you cover police news regularly, as I do, it’s impossible not to notice the number of motorcycle accidents. A 25-year-old man was sent to hospital in Geneva in critical condition Saturday shortly after 18:00 when he lost control of his bike on the rue de Chêne-Bougeries, touched the corner of a […]

The strangely incestual world of Swiss media

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / EDITOR’S NOTEPAD – Le Temps now belongs to Ringier. Plus ça change … instead of the country’s two largest media companies owning the main French language paper, one of them owns it. Will there be layoffs? What are the plans for the future, for an investment in digital development, for example? Too […]

Journalist shot in Afghanistan mourned in Geneva

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / EDITOR’S NOTEPAD – Journalists at the United Nations in Geneva and members of the Swiss Foreign Press Association stated their shock and sorrow this weekend at the death of Associated Press photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus, who had been accredited at the Palais since 2002 and whose base was the Geneva office of I’ve […]

Lausanne gets bum rap for cleaning up drugs


LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND / EDITOR’S NOTEPAD – It’s an old saw that you can make the same statistics back opposing arguments, and Swiss crime statistics published yesterday offered us just that. Lausanne was vilified in at least one media as the crime capital of Switzerland – and yet praised elsewhere for its success in fighting crime. […]

Gazing into elephant’s eyes

Shirley Mathu elephant calf

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / EDITOR’S NOTEPAD – A disturbing question raises its head when you read the continuing stories about elephant slaughter: if these animals are so smart, why do they allow themselves to be killed in such numbers? The question becomes embarrassing when you look at Syria or the Central African Republic or any number […]

Notice about events

EDITOR’S NOTEPAD  – We’ve made quite a few changes at GenevaLunch lately, most of them behind the scenes, but they’ve taken time. One result is that I’ve posted fewer events lately than usual but you’ll start to see them again in the next few days. Thanks for your patience.

Foreign press assoc. former president dies


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / EDITOR’S NOTEPAD  – Yolanda Rojal, 75, former president of the Association de la presse étrangère in Switzerland and Liechtenstein, died Monday following a long illness. She was a well-known journalist at the UN Palais, where she worked for several years. She also contributed significantly to ensuring that relations between foreign journalists and […]

Would we “foreigners” be here today, with quotas?

Becoming Swiss citizens

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / EDITOR’S NOTEPAD – Reuters beat me to it and I can only compliment them on the list they put together of foreigners who make Switzerland shine, from business to sports to education to journalism. I’ve been asking myself since Sunday how many of us would not be here today, how many of […]

Geneva2: the final impasse, the cost


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / EDITOR’S NOTEPAD – The Syrian delegations, government and opposition groups, have headed home to their battleground, and the city of Geneva has slipped back into its winter schedule of less volatile conferences. Gone are the hundreds of journalists who ended up writing about and interviewing each other because of the paucity of […]

US folk music legend Pete Seeger dies

Pete Seeger 2009 by Anthony Pepitone

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / EDITOR’S NOTEPAD – Tributes are pouring in around the world for American folk music legend Pete Seeger, who died Tuesday 27 January at age 94. The New York Times says he was at the heart of the folk music revival of the 1950s and 60s. “The folk revival reminded the pop world […]