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Current Concerns (Switzerland)

«Current Concerns», n° 2, 27 January 2015
Switzerland stops to support Euro
216. Switzerland stops to support Euro Zurich (Switzerland) | 3 February 2015
Return to a self-determined monetary policy The decision of the Swiss National Bank, by Reinhard Koradi / Geopolitical considerations at the beginning of the year, by Bruno Bandulet / Peace instead of NATO, by Oskar Lafontaine / World Politics 2015: Hoping for voices of reason!, by Yvette Estermann / Moldova in danger of repeating Ukraine’s mistakes, by James George Jatras / Communes have a right to schools. German Federal Constitutional Court strengthens communal self-government, by Karl Müller / “In the future only those regions will be successful which train good employees in sufficient numbers”. A conversation with the graduated mathematician Karl-Heinz Schmidt in Ilmenau, by Dieter Sprock / How Samedan taught the Flaz a lesson. First mountain river relocation – today an international showpiece, by Heini (...)
«Current Concerns», n° 1, 14 January 2015
Sovereignty of the state
215. Sovereignty of the state Zurich (Switzerland) | 14 January 2015
Giving priority to the sovereignty of the state, by Thomas Kaiser / How states regain their monetary sovereignty, by Francis Gut / Scrutinise your contract partners at first!. Or: What does “Erasmus” have to do with the mass immigration initiative? by Marianne Wüthrich / EU’s free movement of persons is no humanitarian project. A contribution to the discussion about the vote of 9 February 2014, by Dieter Sprock / “Curriculum 21 – cementing unspeakable reforms” “Introducing an additional radical reform called constructivism, if possible unnoticed”, Interview with Verena Herzog / “This self-organized learning consists of endless trial and error procedures”. What students think about self-organized learning, by Susanne Lienhard / The other Europe, by Karl Müller / Peter Scholl-Latour: “The Curse of the Evil Deed”. “The West’s Failure in the Orient”, by Rainer Schopf / Organised crime – trafficking human beings – crime scene Germany, by Dr Barbara Hug / About the necessity to consider the ethical (...)
«Current Concerns», n° 31, 31 December 2014
The Swiss Institutions
214. The Swiss Institutions Zurich (Switzerland) | 6 January 2015
In 1848, the founders of the new Confederation have designed a phenomenal system”. “The president of the National Council is a regular person, not someone on an ivory tower”, Interview with Ruedi Lustenberger / More social bonding, by Dr Annemarie Buchholz-Kaiser / Building bridges through honest negotiations, by Karl Müller / Austria : EU withdrawal referendum, by Inge Rauscher / “We appeal to the conscience of the governments and the civilian populations”, Interview with Hans-Christof von Sponeck / Stop Torture ! / About the mandate of state schools – Knowledge, skills and democratic values, by Elsbeth Schaffner / “Eleven friends you must be” by Sammy Drechsel, by Reinhard Koradi / “Die Leuenhofer” – a heartwarming children’s book by the Zurich author Ida Bindschedler, by Marianne Wüthrich / Syrian families seeking refuge – Hiding is not a game, by Isabel Rutschmann and Anton (...)
«Current Concerns», n° 30, 24 December 2014
The role of Switzerland
213. The role of Switzerland Zurich (Switzerland) | 30 December 2014
Switzerland made a very important contribution to de-escalation, by Thomas Kaiser / “Switzerland as a neutral country is perceived as a credible mediator”, Interview with Thomas Greminger / “Mediation is part of the essence of Switzerland – as are neutrality and direct democracy”, Interview with Roland Büchel / Reckless Congress ‘declares war’ on Russia, by Ron Paul / “Switzerland has contributed to the process of detente”. Joint negotiations with Russia, Ukraine, the EU and the USA, Interview with Filippo Lombardi / For the first time in Germany: A Call for Peace by prominent personalities in politics and business, church and cultural life, by Karl Müller / War in Europe again? Not in our name! / What kind of “community of values” is this? The US and Europe after the Senate report on US intelligence torture practices, by Willy Wimmer / Memorandum statement by the “550 to 550” on the revised version of Curriculum 21 / Parents, citizens and experts fight back against education cuts in their (...)
«Current Concerns», n° 29, 9 December 2014
Peace through dialogue
212. Peace through dialogue Zurich (Switzerland) | 15 December 2014
“Refusal of dialogue threatens world peace”. “International law is universal and must always be uniformly applied”, Interview with Alfred de Zayas / TTIP: Will politics capitulate in favour of the corporations?, by Eberhard Hamer / Pro memoria: Switzerland is a state under the rule of law with a constitution and civil rights. Who arrogates to restrict citizen’s rights has to explain his understanding of democracy, by Thomas Schaffner / “Federalism and Concordance – two key contributions of Catholicism", Welcoming speech by Ruedi Lustenberger / “C’est le ton qui fait la musique”. On the friendly-confederate interaction in the Swiss Parliament, by Marianne Wüthrich / The “Seville Statement on Violence” / Increasing youth violence – challenging the democratic state, by Eliane Gautschi / Scientific evidence on cannabis known, but ignored for a long time / Let us promote and maintain good books as cultural assets. The “Büecher-Chorb” (basket of books) – An example of a cooperative bookstore as a (...)
«Current Concerns», n° 28, 25 November 2014
Let’s strengthen our sovereignty!
211. Let's strengthen our sovereignty! Zurich (Switzerland) | 25 November 2014
“The Swiss people want an independent agriculture” Limiting imports could strengthen agriculture and national economy in developing countries, Interview with Rudolf Joder / Save our Swiss Gold – Yes to the “Gold Initiative”, by Olena Geissbühler / The end of the nineteenth century gold standard / “Share of gold in the SNB’s assets of 20% guarantees internal and external stability”. “We would be better advised to be dependent on gold then on the financial budgets of the EU!”, Interview with Hans-Jacob Heitz / “Appropriate gold holdings grant a high degree of independence to a state”, Interview with Gotthard Frick / Whom does the team in the federal parliament building serve?, by Marianne Wüthrich / China and the inconsistent geostrategic behavior of the US, by David P. Goldman / NATO desperately longs for Russian invasion into Eastern Ukraine, by Willy Wimmer / HarmoS and Curriculum 21: Not with our children! Popular initiatives in several cantons, by Marianne Wüthrich / Ghost drivers in the (...)
«Current Concerns», n° 27, 11 November 2014
The Swiss Gold Reserves
210. The Swiss Gold Reserves Zurich (Switzerland) | 11 November 2014
“Gold reserves are national wealth and no speculation object for politicians and central bankers” Yes to the popular initiative “Save our Swiss Gold”, Interview with Lukas Reimann / We citizens must watch over the sovereignty of our cantons. Strengthening of federalism is urgent, by Marianne Wüthrich / “The German people want to live in peace and in freedom with all the states and peoples in Europe and in the world”, Interview with Willy Wimmer / We need a war-preventing army again! Call to the Swiss people and the Swiss Federal Parliamentarians, by Gotthard Frick / “Building peace”. On Theo Dannecker’s exhibition in Adliswil, by Vera Ziroff Gut / “I have never regarded Switzerland otherwise than as having strong bonds with the world ...”, by Jean Rodolphe von Salis / “Miscanthus giganteus” – a renewable raw material for the future, by Pierre A. (...)
«Current Concerns», n° 26, 28 October 2014
Popular initiative “Save our Swiss Gold”
209. Popular initiative “Save our Swiss Gold” Zurich (Switzerland) | 28 October 2014
How large should our gold reserves be according to the wishes of the electorate, by Werner Wüthrich / Will the Swiss vote to get their gold back?, by Ron Paul / 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall – What lessons can be learned?, Karl Müller / Lampedusa – the southernmost lighthouse in Europe. Report from South Italy, by Heinz Werner Gabriel / The fight against terrorism may be conducted only on the basis of the rule of law and respecting human rights. Address by Cristina Fernández de Kirchner / Fundamental reflections on the cultural situation of Switzerland, by J.R. von Salis / The population depends on a healthy farming community. Great cattle show in Kirchberg SG, by Thomas Kaiser / “We are a typical family business, where all of us play their part”. “Free Trade Agreement deprive people in the affected countries of their livelihoods”, Interview with farmer Jakob Maute / Statement of the “Schweizerischer Schafzüchterverband” (Swiss Sheep Breeders’ (...)
«Current Concerns», n° 25, 12 October 2014
Washington wants to change the regime in Russia
208. Washington wants to change the regime in Russia Zurich (Switzerland) | 12 October 2014
USA – By way of Ukraine-crisis to “regime change” in Russia, by James George Jatras / “The Crisis in Ukraine is complex, critical and continues”. “Humanitarian aspects of the crisis in Ukraine – Briefing of the Russian UN mission in Geneva, by Dr Eva-Maria Föllmer-Müller / John McCain, Conductor of the “Arab Spring” and the Caliph of the “Islamic State”, by Thierry Meyssan / Once more they say the “good” fought the “evil”, by Karl Müller / Riots in Hong Kong, by Willy Wimmer / Today’s illusory boom is similar to that of the years 1923-1929 in many ways, by Eberhard Hamer / The complexity of the hunger problem. Since it is caused by humans, it can be eliminated by humans, by Thomas Kaiser / Regional small-scale agriculture against global hunger / For a humane, robust and sustainable economy, by Reinhard Koradi / “The small farmers worked much more effectively”. “Inspiring the next generation to continue this tradition”, Interview with Harald (...)
«Current Concerns», n° 23/24, 5 October 2014
The long Swiss humanitarian tradition
207. The long Swiss humanitarian tradition Zurich (Switzerland) | 5 October 2014
“Where there are conflicts, we have a very important role”. The long Swiss humanitarian tradition, Interview with Ambassador Martin Dahinden / Making the world more humane, by Thomas Kaiser / “Good contact to people who live in extremely difficult conditions”, Interview with Jean Mohr / Gold means independence. A “Yes” to the initiative strengthens the stability of Switzerland and thus our political direct democratic system, so also the economy and last but not least the banking centre Switzerland, Interview with Luzi Stamm / Neutrality must not be put at risk. Reflections on the 200 years of diplomatic relations between Switzerland and Russia, by Jean A. Mirimanoff / Genscher criticizes sanctions against Russia / Geneva Ukraine Initiative. Business leaders from Ukraine, the Russian Federation, Europe, and the United States worked out common basic principles to solve the Ukraine conflict / “Expansion of the EU and NATO towards Russia must be perceived by Putin as a threat”. Panel (...)
«Current Concerns», Supplement to n° 16/17, 26 July 2014
Tribute to Annemarie Buchholz-Kaiser
201. Tribute to Annemarie Buchholz-Kaiser Zurich (Switzerland) | 26 July 2014
«Current Concerns», n° 16/17, 26 July 2014
Preserving sovereignty
200. Preserving sovereignty Zurich (Switzerland) | 26 July 2014
Swiss agricultural policy – a question of Switzerland’s security and independence, Interview with Rudolf Joder / Increasing food security. Setting the course for Swiss agricultural policy, by Reinhard Koradi / “In a stanchion-tied stable the animals have their own place”, Interview with Hansruedi Scheuner / Washington relaunches its Iraq partition project, by Thierry Meyssan / Stop the course of confrontation before it’s too late! Working for peace is the greatest act of humanity, by Karl Müller / Peter Scholl-Latour: “Europe accomplishes a policy of subjection to the US” / The “Martin Luther of Confucianism” – the importance of Kang Youwei and his students for today’s China China before Mao – an early clarion call for the awakening of the Chinese dragon, by Thomas (...)
«Current Concerns», n° 14/15, 9 July 2014
199. Negotiate! Zurich (Switzerland) | 13 July 2014
EU-ultimatum against Russia – another Rambouillet?, by Willy Wimmer / United States seek war with the energy weapon, by Eberhard Hamer / Ukraine conflict – propaganda and reality, by Klaus Hornung / The current situation in Iraq and Syria: Consequences of geopolitical mistakes, by Albert A. Stahel / “I don’t want to be one of those people who are afraid to act in defense of their principles”. Civil courage and true democratic spirit are contagious – the example of Edward Snowden, according to the book by Glenn Greenwald, by Thomas Schaffner / The hubris of certain brain researchers. Against dehumanization of the individual, by Eva-Maria Riester / Is this what we really want? Reflections on the basics of Curriculum 21, by Dieter Sprock / Children want to get to know real life, by Ursula Felber / On enhancing dialogue, trust and cooperation for a new Asia of peace and stability. Declaration of the Fourth Summit of the Conference on Interaction and confidence building measures in Asia (...)
«Current Concerns», n° 13, 24 June 2014
Switz neutrality
«Current Concerns», n° 12, 18 June 2014
In Commemoration
197. In Commemoration 24 June 2014
More social bonding, by Annemarie Buchholz-Kaiser / A life for humanity / On the life of Annemarie Buchholz-Kaiser from her family and closest friends, commemorating speech at the funeral service on 31 May 2014 in Dussnang / We bid farewell to Annemarie Buchholz-Kaiser (1939–2014) / “Annemarie Buchholz lives on in our hearts” / “Renunciation and spiritual honesty are inherent in all scientific work”. Law in history, by J. R. von Salis / Understanding history on a personal foundation as a vivid development of all countries and nations”. J. R. von Salis’ and de Gaulle’s “Europe of fatherlands” – a different mindset, by Annemarie Buchholz-Kaiser / Making the insights of depth-psychology accessible to everybody / On Alfred Adlers significance, by Friedrich Liebling / Depth-psychological knowledge of human nature, by Friedrich Liebling / The cooperative principle as the basis of Swiss political culture, by Rene Roca / Community building as an educational task. Reflections on the Kindergarten’s (...)

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