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«Current Concerns», n° 20/21, 29 June 2013
Cyclic processes in political life
 
«Current Concerns», n° 19, 13 June 2013
Cyclic processes in political life
 
«Current Concerns», n° 18, 20 May 2013
National security by “management by knocking one’s head”
169. National security by “management by knocking one's head” Zurich (Switzerland) | 20 May 2013
« “National security by “management by knocking one’s head” ” », by Peter Regli / « “Phoney outrage from Brussels” », A commentary by Wolfgang Koydl / «“Solutions to the euro crisis without turbulences and violence Wilhelm Hankel and Oskar Lafontaine raised their voices” », by Karl Müller / «“We need a European currency system again Under the given circumstances the single currency must be given up”», by Oskar Lafontaine / «“Courage to change course – Swiss security policy at a turning point”» / «“Europe can learn much from Latin America” », Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa in an interview with Harald Neuber / « “Cut off the spin doctors’ road to war” » / « “The “Arab Winter” or the end of Western hegemony in the Middle East” », by Prof Dr Albert A. Stahel / «“The future of the Middle East and Afghanistan from the perspective of General McChrystal” », by Prof Dr Albert A. Stahel / «“Quality management by marking schemes dumping”», by Prof Dr Hans Peter Klein / « “General education classes – preparation for life as a (...)
 
168. Against small-mindedness As locusts over the biblical Egypt political correctness came over Switzerland Zurich (Switzerland) | 13 May 2013
« “Against small-mindedness As locusts over the biblical Egypt political correctness came over Switzerland” », by Dr Peter Forster / « “Will there soon be a referendum on freedom of expression in Switzerland?” », by Matthias Erne / «“Switzerland has the potential to resist political blackmail” » / «“Should the Federal Government consider releasing GM plants...”» / «“People’s initiative “Save Our Swiss Gold” already shows impact”» / «“Instead of attacking peace-loving neighbors, Germany should think about its tax policy” », by Karl Müller / « “Cooperatives – the alternative to the construct of homo oeconomicus” », Dr Eva-Maria Föllmer-Müller / « “Afghanistan – history is repeating itself” », by William Dalrymple / «“Afghanistan – a comparison between the Soviet Union’s war from 1979 to 1989 and the occupation by the United States from 2001 to 2014” », by Professor Dr Albert A. Stahel / «“Beekeeping as a contribution to the protection of birds Exotic ornamental trees are popular in our gardens and parks – this to the (...)
 
 
«Current Concerns», n° 14, 15 April 2013
"With the power of the two currencies out of the crisis”
165. "With the power of the two currencies out of the crisis” Zurich (Switzerland) | 15 April 2013
« “Economist Wilhelm Hankel explains why the return to the Deutsch-Mark alone is not sufficient” », Interview with Professor Dr Wilhelm Hankel by Manfred Schermer / « “From the Arab Spring to the Arab Winter” », by Professor Dr Albert Stahel / «“From the financial crisis via a real-economy crisis and crisis of society to a crisis of meaning ” », by Professor Dr Eberhard Hamer / «“Re-start of EU exit referendum”» / «“Questionable credits for school buildings are driving the next generation into debt”», by George Szpiro / «“Russia as a seapower in the Eastern Mediterranean?” », by Professor Dr Albert Stahel / « “The strategy of the new Silk Roads – a peace model for Eurasia” », by Tobias Salander / « ““Cuckoo, cuckoo” – (still) calling from the forest” », by Heini Hofmann
 
164. The Nato-aggression against Yugoslavia from 1999 was a model of the new wars of conquest” Zurich (Switzerland) | 28 March 2013
« ““Humanitarian interventions” as a pretext for deployment of US-troops” », Interview with Živadin Jovanovi / « “The Nato-Aggression against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1999” », by Milica Radojkovic-Hänsel / «“Ten years already! Extracts out of the Conference volum “Nato Aggression. The Twighlight of the West” ” » / «“Nations without past have no future, either”», by Major Pierre Henri Bunel / «“Never forget The final docment of the Belgrade International Conference”» / «“EU wants to train and equip terrorists in Syria” » / « “The “EU Councils” try to seize direct power” » / « “France in economic decline” » / «“We want to hold on to the militia army” », Interview with National Councillor Jakob Büchler / «“Understanding Iran!”», Gotthard Frick / «“ Discontent about EU is increasing (...)
 
«Current Concerns», n° 12, 25 March 2013
“For an economy to the benefit of all!”
 
«Current Concerns», n° 11, 18 March 2013
The importance of Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen
162. The importance of Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen Zurich (Switzerland) | 18 March 2013
« “The importance of Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen for the cooperative movement of the 19th century” », by Dr phil René Roca, historian / « “A move to protect market economy from blatant abuse from the inside” », by Hansrudolf Schmid / «““Actions speak louder than words” A visit to the Schulze-Delitzsch-House in Leipzig” », by Klaudia and Dr Tankred Schaer / «“European single market – basic error of integration Against the of free trade doctrine”», by Professor Dr Karl Albrecht Schachtschneider / «“The EU is developing according to plan: from a community institution to a central institution”», by Professor Dr Eberhard Hamer / «“UN Security Council: No place for neutral Switzerland” », by Dr iur Marianne Wüthrich / « “Don’t we squander reputation and credibility” », by Walter Suter / « “Not simply close embassies!” », by National Councillor Luzi Stamm / «“Direct democracy presupposes a high degree of integration” », by Dr iur Marianne Wüthrich / «“A friend of the socially deprived”», by Walter Suter / «“Working with (...)
 
 
«Current Concerns», n° 9, 5 March 2013
Electric power supply in Switzerland
160. Electric power supply in Switzerland Zurich (Switzerland) | 9 March 2013
« “A look at the business activities of the major Swiss power companies” », by Dr-Ing Ernst Pauli / « “We must do everything possible to increase production from local renewable energy” », Interview with Thomas Egger / «“The peace model Switzerland and the energy issue” », by Tobias Salander / «“Resource-poor landlocked Switzerland and its dependence on pipelines”» / «“Strengthening the rights of private and minority shareholders” », Interview with the former federal administrative judge Hans-Jacob Heitz / «“Of China, Senator Paul, and the terrible price of open borders”», by Michael Scheuer /«“US troop withdrawal from southern Afghanistan con- fronted with harsh reality”», by Matthew Rosenberg / « Goals and means of Obama’s high tech military strategy », by Prof Dr Albert A. Stahel / « “Fourth Dresden Peace Prize for Stanislav Petrov” », by Anton (...)
 
159. Perpetual armed neutrality – Conditio sine qua non of the peace model Switzerland Zurich (Switzerland) | 25 February 2013
« “Perpetual armed neutrality – Conditio sine qua non of the peace model Switzerland” », by Tobias Salander / « US praise for the model Switzerland already in the 18th century » / «“Giving each other credit of trust and partnership” », Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov / «“Shadow over the Elysée”», by Willy Wimmer / «“NATO missile defense system violates international law” », by IALANA / «“Cooperation with Russia”», by Dr Peter Forster /«“The “West” has to learn to rethink honestly ”», by Karl Müller / « Prevention of laws instead of Prevention Act », by Gottlieb F. Höpli / « “National family policy unnecessary” » / « Saying ‘yes’ to the Rip-off Initiative », by Dr Cornelio Sommaruga / «“Let us not become a society “à la française”! ”», by Jean-Daniel Balet and Antoine Spillmann / « “Should we feed the birds in winter?” », by Heini (...)
 
«Current Concerns», n° 7, 18 February 2013
Diversity, Competition and ‘Resilient Dynamism’
158. Diversity, Competition and ‘Resilient Dynamism' Zurich (Switzerland) | 18 February 2013
« “Diversity, Competition and ‘Resilient Dynamism’ ” », Address by President Ueli Maurer / « Catalonia: Learning from Switzerland », by Jaime Arias / «“The iceberg of national debt” », by Gerhard Schwarz / «“Exempt the National Bank”», by Martin Lanz / «“The terror cynics – in Mali against, in Syria with al-Qaeda” », by Jürgen Todenhöfer / «“The French intervention in Mali – what next?”», by Prof. Dr Albert A. Stahel /«“Militia principle as a model for peace – against neo-feudal étatism and military interventionism ”», by Tobias Salander / « 1992: The rejection of the EEA », Dr Peter Forster / « “Prevention of laws instead of Prevention Act” », by Gottlieb F. Höpli / « Is an economy for the benefit of all an option?” », by Reinhard Koradi / «“From opposition to an upright posture ”», by Anton Friedrich / « “I fear for democracy” », An interview with Konrad Adam / « “Ruttnern – an ancient snow path technique” », Heini (...)
 
«Current Concerns», n° 6, 11 February 2013
The EU, Bologna and the next thousand-year Reich ...
157. The EU, Bologna and the next thousand-year Reich ... Zurich (Switzerland) | 11 February 2013
« “The EU, Bologna and the next thousand-year Reich ...” » / « Dual vocational education and training – a blessing for every country’s youth », by Dr iur Marianne Wüthrich / «““You cannot sign that!” How seven men instigate the greatest revolution at Swiss universities. The incredible story of the Bologna reforms” », by Matthias Daum / «“The teacher is super-important!”», by Martin Spiewak / «“The teacher shall and must be the helmsman of learning again”! » / «“Direct democracy needs good education The federal Swiss education system – a jewel of diversity in unity”» /«“Quality management by marking schemes dumping ”», by Prof Dr Hans Peter Klein / « Our children are no force-fed geese Well-paid teachers as mere computer suckers », by Dr phil Henriette Hanke Güttinger / « “What are schools’ tasks?” », by Roland Güttinger / « Current Concerns “Strategies of Life” (...)
 
«Current Concerns», n° 5, 5 February 2013
Big central states as risk of war
 
«Current Concerns», n° 4, 28 January 2013
The bilateral way, an obsolete approach? – By no means!
155. The bilateral way, an obsolete approach? – By no means! Zurich (Switzerland) | 28 January 2013
« “The bilateral way, an obsolete approach? – By no means!” », by Hans-Jacob Heitz / « Clear counterclaims to the EU No unilateral compliance at the expense of Switzerland », Statement of economiesuisse to the proposals of the EU Council of Ministers to the continuation of the bilateral way / «“Switzerland is no “Ich-AG” (I Incorporated) Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf belongs back to the rank” », Letter of Widmer-Schlumpf to Barroso / «An independent, confident, neutral and open-minded Switzerland does not stand apart!», by Gotthard Frick / «Stress tests in nuclear power plants in the EU Security between ambition and reality », by Dipl Ing H. W. Gabriel / «“Direct democracy in Switzerland – a model of peace in political, social and economic respect ”», by Tobias Salander /«“Adjustment or resistance? “Switzerland has no cause to put up with US and EU blackmail any longer” ”», by Dieter Sprock / « Mango-drying in Africa What has been achieved and what is to come (...)
 
«Current Concerns», n° 3, 21 January 2013
National air sovereignty and our politicians”
154. National air sovereignty and our politicians” Zurich (Switzerland) | 21 January 2013
« “Our air space has to be controlled under all circumstances and to be defended if necessary even over weeks by the existing and the new means (the TTE)!” », by Peter Regli / « On neutrality, air sovereignty and international obligations » / «“The Federal Council’s and Parliament’s security policy violates the constitution and international law” », by Dr Rudolf P. Schaub, / «Swiss Army – abandon dangerous primacy of financing», Findings from the Lilienberg events on security policy and Army 2012 / «Sovereignty, law and power “No state is worth more than another. No country should control another. No people should suppress another.” », Address by President Ueli Maurer / «“People’s initiative “Save our Swiss Gold” ”», by National Councillor Luzi Stamm /«“It is about maintaining the workplace Switzerland”» / « Spring heath – the first herald of Spring », by Helmut Hintermeier / « “Cooperation with Samen-Mauser – to the benefit of our bees” », by Robert (...)
 
«Current Concerns», n° 1/2, 14 January 2013
Tax amnesty and bank-client confidentiality Hot topics for cool heads
153. Tax amnesty and bank-client confidentiality Hot topics for cool heads Zurich (Switzerland) | 14 January 2013
« “Tax amnesty and bank-client confidentiality Hot topics for cool heads” », by Christine Hirszowicz / « “A German-dominated EU policy taking that many victims requires correction” » / «“Blessed are the Peacemakers ” », Message of his Holiness Pope Benedict XVI for the celebration of the World Day of Peace / «““With each other and for each other””», New Year’s Address by Swiss Federal President Ueli Maurer / «“Federal Charter of 1291”» / «“Letter to Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf” » / « “Is political sovereignty possible without energy sovereignty?” », by Tobias Salander / « “Metropolitan Area without a metropolis – the Mayor of Zurich is giving the eulogy” », by Dr iur Marianne Wüthrich / «““Ignoring reality is not only stupid, but also a criminal threat to the future”” » / «“Less war in the new year? Yet we are miles away!”», by Karl Müller / «“ The Swiss Red Cross in Kyrgyzstan: Successful health development in the village ”», by Gabriela (...)
 
«Current Concerns», n° 53, 31 December 2012
“Expanding the thinking We are witnessing a new era in Asia”
151. “Expanding the thinking We are witnessing a new era in Asia” Zurich (Switzerland) | 31 December 2012
« “We are witnessing a new era in Asia – in contrast to North America, Europe is in danger of missing the same” », by Urs Schoettli / « Post-US world born in Phnom Penh », by David P. Goldman / «“The crisis in Egypt and the decline of the USA’s hegemonic position in the Arab world!” », Professor Albert A. Stahel / «Economic crises and their political consequences», by Prof Dr Heiner Flassbeck / «Switzerland: Debate for armed neutrality », Excerpts from the National Council debate / «“Comfortably riding on the wave”», Interview with Mária Huber /«“The right to one’s own culture”», by Ellen Barry / « 27 Apple trees Brothers and ambassadors for the friendly cultural ties between Switzerland and Russia », by Erika Vögeli / « “A cultural, connecting, diplomatic work, shining light on the numerous historical and present relations between our countries” », Interview with Anne-Julie Raccoursier / «FINMA – emancipated Swiss federal supervisory authority for banks? », by former Federal Administrative Judge and lawyer (...)
 
«Current Concerns», n° 52, 17 December 2012
“Neutrality and Militia army are going hand in hand”
 
149. “Maintaining productivity at today's level of self-sufficiency of at least net 54 percent” Zurich (Switzerland) | 10 December 2012
« “Maintaining productivity at today’s level of self-sufficiency of at least net 54 percent” », Interview with National Councillor Markus Ritter / « The Council of States is presided by the canton of Ticino », by National Councillor Jakob Büchler / «“Integration of forces, taking the opinions of others seriously, genuine reflection and listening leads to consensus-based solutions” », Maya Graf elected for “highest Swiss” / «Small family farming has a future», Michael Götz / « The Germans are to be deceived up to the next general election », by Karl Müller / «“An incriminating report about the lack of adequate austerity measures in Brussels”», by Emmanuel Garessus /«“The euro will blow up Europe”», Interview with Stephan Werhahn / « The 2012 peace price is unlawful and cannot be paid to the EU », Letter to the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm / « “Give young people the chance to learn to cultivate the soil again” », Interview with Joseph Zisyadis / «“Greece – Patoinos project as a way out of the crisis” », by (...)
 
 
 
«Current Concerns», n° 48, 19 November 2012
“Swiss army chief: EU debt crisis is major threat to Switzerland”
146. “Swiss army chief: EU debt crisis is major threat to Switzerland” Zurich (Switzerland) | 19 November 2012
« “EU Commission nervously refers to Nobel Peace Prize” » / « Towards a Western retreat from Syria », by Thierry Meyssan / «Bomb attack in Beirut » / «Syria rebels losing moral high ground», by Anne Barnard / « Rule of law offers foundation for long-term democratic hopes », by Kishore Mahbubani / «This is what the citizens of European countries could demand from the United States ... and from our own governments», by Karl Müller /«“Cooperatives in Spain as an instrument to face unemployment”», by María R. Sahuquillo / Raquel Vidales / «“No compulsory measures – vaccination has to remain voluntary“», by Roland Güttinger and Dr phil Henriette Hanke Güttinger / « “Do horned and hornless animals harmonize in the same open stables?” », by Michael Götz
 
145. “Peace and human rights constitutes the raison d'être of the United Nations Organization and the most noble goal of humanity” Zurich (Switzerland) | 13 November 2012
« “Peace and human rights constitutes the raison d’être of the United Nations Organization and the most noble goal of humanity” », Statement by Prof Dr Alfred de Zayas / « And Europe is not ashamed ... While the public health network collapses, Greek citizens make their own», by Liz Alderman / «Direct democracy as a corrective to the power cravings of a few » / «Compulsory vaccination against bluetongue disease – a warning example», Interview with Matthias von Euw / « IG Freiheit (IG Freedom) – protect privacy against government intervention », Interview with Gregor A. Rutz / «Baden-Wuerttemberg’s state schools are facing dramatic loss in quality», by Heike Schmoll /«“In Baden-Wuerttemberg criticism is growing of the Red-Green Government’s planned education reforms”», by Karl Müller / «“Fratton’s school: 40 percent of “self-regulated” students fail the “Abitur” (high-school graduation exam)“» / « “Educating, forming and doing research for the Bonum commune” », by Urs Knoblauch / « “The alternative to the (...)
 
144. It's not for the first time that US authorities are using their power to promote their business Zurich (Switzerland) | 5 November 2012
« “It’s not for the first time that US authorities are using their power to promote their business” » / « “Centralism is contrary to human dignity”», Interview with National Councillor Pirmin Schwander / «The problems with the flu vaccines don’t stop » / «The Epizootic Diseases Act invalidates basic democratic and federal principles of our state», Interview with National Councillor Jakob Büchler / « President of the German Federal Fiscal Court warns German tax authorities against criminalizing citizens » / «The citizen as sovereign shaping political life» /«“Australia’s destiny in the Asian Century”», by Kishore Mahbubani / «“We know very well that there is no dictatorship in Venezuela“», Interview with Walter Suter / « “In Latin America agricultural cooperatives are competitive” », by Marianela Jarroud / « “The too frequent use of digital media reduces the mental capacity of our children” », by Dr Rudolf (...)
 
143. Against the erosion of federalism and self-responsibility No global forces' access onto Switzerland Zurich (Switzerland) | 29 October 2012
« No to the Act on Epizootic Diseases On the Confederate vote on 25 November 2012 », by Dr iur Marianne Wüthrich / « “The balance of shared responsibility must prevail”», Interview with Walter Müller / «No to the revised Epidemics Act Referendum deadline on January 17th 2013 », by Dr iur Marianne Wüthrich / «“The Act on Epizootic Diseases must absolutely be rejected”», Interview with Geri Müller / « America: From colony to nation to slave », by Michael Scheuer / «Is China losing the diplomatic plot?», by Kishore Mahbubani /«“The EU – a peacemaker in Nobel’s understanding?”», by Horst Meyer / «The crisis is not over, merely postponed», by Beat Kappeler / « “The EU has been a corruption- and transfer institution since its beginning” », by Prof Dr Eberhard Hamer / « “We have to stop thinking, the Greek were lazy, they are among those in Europe who work most” », “Current Concerns” interview with Joseph Zisyadis / « Cooperatives and small-scale farmers as a key to feeding the world », Statement by FAO (...)
 
«Current Concerns», n° 43/44, 22 October 2012
“Foreign Affairs”: “Why Iran should get the bomb”
142. “Foreign Affairs”: “Why Iran should get the bomb” Zurich (Switzerland) | 22 October 2012
« “Foreign Affairs”: “Why Iran should get the bomb” », by Kenneth N. Waltz / « “The very meekest cannot be at peace if his ill neighbour will not let him rest.”», by Tobias Salander / «“Does one hand know what the other hand is doing?” » / «“Syrian war’s spillover threatens a fragile Iraq”», by Tim Arango, Baghdad / « US Special Forces deployed in Iraq, again », by Tom Hayden / «US giving up hopes for “deal” with Taliban», by Matthew Rosenberg and Rod Nordland /«“The US suffered its worst airpower loss since Vietnam last week and no one really noticed”», by John Hudson / «German “Wahlalternative 2013” founded» / « “Paper money – Public finances – Inflation. Did Goethe hit upon a core problem of monetary policy?” », by Dr Jens Weidmann / « National Council sets new standards in agricultural policy », by Dr iur Marianne Wüthrich / « The Hungarian Open Air Museum – a delight also in autumn » / « “Kondorfa School”» / «“Psycho-techniques in school and kindergarten infringe fundamental rights” » / «“Import from the USA”», by (...)
 
141. Austria: “They who want a professional army want to send us to war more quickly!” Zurich (Switzerland) | 8 October 2012
« UN Special Envoy Brahimi speaks of 5,000 mercenaries in Syria », Interview with National Councilor Jakob Büchler / « “Apparently religious discord is being fuelled”» / «“The economy has to serve medicine – not the other way round” », by Heike Faller and Christiane Grefe / «“Changing views in health care issues urgently needed”», by Erika Vögeli / « Charter on medical professionalism in the new millenium: a physician’s charter » / «Stop abberrations provoked by false incentives!» /«“Negotiate in good faith, stop sabre-rattling”» / «The peace vision of Alfred Nobel: relieve the world from the deadly grip of militarism», by Fredrik S. Heffermehl / « International law or ideological jurisdiction? », by Tobias Salander / « “Voglio fare il Cittadino” – I want to be a citizeEducating children to help them become responsible fellow human beings capable of living in peace (...)
 
«Current Concerns», n° 40, 24 September
On the Federal Day of Thanksgiving, Prayer and Repentance 2012
139. On the Federal Day of Thanksgiving, Prayer and Repentance 2012 Zurich (Switzerland) | 24 September 2012
« On the Federal Day of Thanksgiving, Prayer and Repentance 2012 » / « “Gratitude and modesty are values that are falling into oblivion” », Interview with National Councilor Jakob Büchler / « “Switzerland’s Good Offices paved the way for the 1962 Evian Accords”», by Dr rer. publ. Werner Wüthrich / «Criminal Justice and the Dictates of Realpolitik », by Hans Köchler / «Catalans seek autonomy», by Raphael Minder / « Direct democracy is alive in Germany as well », by Ewald Wetekamp / «Popular demand and referendum in the German states» /«Citizens’ participation requires free access to information», by Burga Buddensiek / «The Federal Government knows well: Obtaining stolen data is clearly criminal» / « Preserving cultivated land in difficult farming conditions », by Michael Götz / « “Voglio fare il Cittadino” – I want to be a citizen (...)
 
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