Muslims to have burial ground in Lausanne

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – The regional Muslim population will have a proper burial ground in Lausanne, at the latest by early 2016, reports RTS. The public broadcaster notes that canton Vaud has a Muslim population of 30,000, of whom 9,000 live in Lausanne. The city has been having discussions for a dozen years with various Muslim […]

Today in Switzerland, we are voting

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Three items are on every Swiss citizen’s ballot today: abolishing lump sum taxes for foreigners; embracing “Ecopop”, a measure to limit immigration; keeping the gold at home. All three are popular initiatives; they have received more attention and been more dramatized outside the country than in, with little support for any of […]

I spy, you spy – cameras not always private

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Some 220 Swiss surveillance cameras viewable on the web GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A web site that lets anyone look at some 6,000 surveillance cameras around the world – including 200 in Switzerland – is drawing attention to the importance of changing default passwords. RTS reports that it has checked out the Swiss cameras on the […]

Inheritance tax initiative hits bump

BERN, SWITZERLAND – A Swiss popular initiative to tax inheritance, created by the left-wing Evangelical Party, ran into problems in parliament Wednesday 24 September. The initiative was drawn up to provide AVS funding, but the upper house voted not to support it today, 33-13, arguing that it steps on cantonal taxation rights. The initiative would […]

Highs and lows of the United Kingdom (Chappatte cartoon)

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©2014 Chappatte, distributed by Globe Cartoon. More cartoons on Chappatte’s web site. Geneva-based Patrick Chappatte works for the International New York Times, for Geneva newspaper Le Temps, and for NZZ am Sonntag. All cartoons reproduced with permission.

Mo puts on a running show!

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Mo Farah, Britain’s man for the marathon, put on a fine show for the last lap of the 10,000 metres in Zurich, at the European Athletics Championships. His gold medal finish dispelled any worries on the part of the public about the lasting impact of a recent tooth infection that led to […]

Death in Vevey: knife suicide

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A man who was found dying of a knife wound inside a building near a shopping centre in the centre of Vevey at 14:00 Monday 21 July appears to have committed suicide, say canton Vaud police. The investigation has shown that the wound appears to have been self-inflicted, a case of “self-aggression”. […]

Jean de la Fontaine, Selected Fables

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – There is one about a villager who finds a half-frozen snake outside in winter. He brings the beast in and warms it by the fire (with a delightful illustration by Gustave Dore of the anxious peasant with his wife and children looking on, concerned about the fate of the animal.

Lake Geneva news: Verbier ski, plane crash, drowning, taxes

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – News roundup from the Lake Geneva region and Switzerland: 4 valleys ski deal cancelled Things could change yet between now and winter but the 4 Valleys ski area is dead for now, said Televerbier authorities Monday, reported by regional newspaper Le Nouvelliste. The ski domain is Switzerland’s largest and the third largest […]

A History of Britain by Simon Schama

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – This is totally engrossing and very readable history. [More] …