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Current Concerns (Switzerland)

«Current Concerns», n° 20-21, August 14, 2015
Armed neutrality
230. Armed neutrality Zurich (Switzerland) | 15 August 2015
“The armed neutrality is the right system for Switzerland as a small state”. Reflections on the situation of Switzerland, Interview with Ruedi Lustenberger / “Switzerland – a rather unique model of success”, by Thomas Kaiser / The US will lose out to the axis Moscow-Beijing, Interview with Folker Hellmeyer / We need more advocates for justice and humanity, by Karl Müller / The Democratic Republic of Congo – amidst the East African Storm, by Stanislas Bucyalimwe Mararo / Harnessing untapped energy Blue Energy – a revolutionary innovation, by Heini Hofmann / We want to help children find their way into life. Instructing and guiding are the adults’ duties, Interview with Michael Winterhoff / Individualised learning – pretense and reality, by Rainer Werner / Will Curriculum 21 cause future apprentices to be less (...)
«Current Concerns», n° 19, 28 July 2015
Switzerland and EU
229. Switzerland and EU Zurich (Switzerland) | 3 August 2015
Bilateral negotiations Switzerland-EU. A lot of fog and little information about the plans of the Federal Council, by Marianne Wüthrich / Plea for an EFTA 2.0 / The mysterious chief negotiator / When will the referendum on Austria’s EU exit take place? / Europe needs peace – no new US troops, by Willy Wimmer / The July 12 declaration of the Euro summit is a document of failure. It is about time to consider a socially responsible liquidation of the euro zone, by Karl Müller / BRICS-states demonstrate, that the world is larger.../ “We are focusing on promoting a positive, unifying agenda in international relations”, Speech delivered by Sergey Lavrov / Major shock in the EU: The people are interfering! / “The right to live in dignity and decency”, by Thomas Kaiser / The significance of direct democracy to ensure social peace (part 4). The peace agreement of 19 July 1937 in the machine engineering and metal industry, by W. Wüthrich / “Liberty has become the principle of state that unites us (...)
«Current Concerns», n° 18, 14 July 2015
Views on Greek crisis
228. Views on Greek crisis Zurich (Switzerland) | 21 July 2015
Thank you, Greec, by Ögmundur Jónasson / TPP, TTIP etc. – “political treaties to abolish democracy and State sovereignty “, Interview with Alfred de Zayas / “The Troika itself created this deadlock...”, by Karin Beindorff / Truth Committee on public debt. Special committee of the Greek parliament Summary of the previous results so far / UN human rights experts welcome Greek referendum and call for international solidarity / The Eastern Committee of German industry calls for removal of sanctions. Redemption of sanctions should accompany the Minsk peace process and should not be placed at the end – 150,000 jobs threatened by export slump / Stop starving out the people of Syria! End the embargo, so that Syria can live in peace! / Take care of the communes – they lay the foundation for a prosperous coexistence, Interview with Hans Peter Gantenbein / The communal assembly, a direct democratic institution in the co-operative tradition / “Austria one step closer to a binding referendum on the (...)
«Current Concerns», n° 17, 30 June 2015
Greece and the euro
«Current Concerns», n° 15-16, 16 June 2015
226. TTIP and TiSA Zurich (Switzerland) | 18 June 2015
A major debate about the new trade agreements TTIP and TiSA is urgently needed, by Thomas Kaiser / “By means of TiSA the ‘service public’ will be abolished”, Interview with Stefan Giger / “Secret contracts are incompatible with our political system.”, Interview with Lukas Reimann / “Every joint deployment with NATO is questionable” – “Sabre-rattling against Russia’s gates?”, by Thomas Kaiser / Reviving the idea of sovereignty. A multipolar world needs rules for peaceful coexistence, by Karl Müller / Is the EU planning fast access to savers’ money? / Failure of the US coup d’état in Macedonia, by Thierry Meyssan / Where are the voices of the mankind’s humanitarian conscience? / On the significance of direct democracy to ensure social peace (part 2). Economic system and direct democracy, by W. Wüthrich / The citizens don’t let anybody fool them / Curriculum 21: media and computer science - and what about media competence?, by Bernadette Fontana / Enabling our children to deal with media, Interview (...)
«Current Concerns», n° 14, 2 June 2015
Washington try a "regime change" in Macedonia
225. Washington try a "regime change" in Macedonia Zurich (Switzerland) | 6 June 2015
What’s going on in Macedonia?, by Karl Müller / Despotism is certainly no peace concept, by Willy Wimmer / “... orchestrated not very subtly by foreign parties”, by Sergey Lavrov / Macedonia – Blueprint of “Regime Change” Patterns, Interview with Zivadin Jovanovic / When containment becomes dangerous for Europe, by Stefan Haderer / US and Russia are fighting for the energy market in Macedonia / The European Union is blind to the military strategy of the United States, by Thierry Meyssan / 20 years of NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) – Free trade agreements under scrutiny. Investors and corporations benefit – the majority of populations suffers losses, by Henriette Hanke Güttinger / “Against the global dictatorship of globalised finance capital, its satraps and mercenaries”, by Thomas Kaiser / The importance of direct democracy for securing social peace World War I and the post-war period (Part 1), by Werner Wüthrich / Literature is culture ... and it should not be dumped. Peter (...)
«Current Concerns», n° 13, 20 May 2015
Propaganda and History of WWII
224. Propaganda and History of WWII Zurich (Switzerland) | 21 May 2015
End of the war in 1945 – the “Swiss Donation for the Victims of War” helps wherever possible. Excerpts from a 1954 history book for Bernese secondary school pupils committed to the truth, by Peter Küpfer / The power of moral standing. The end of war in Europe, by J. R. von Salis / The German Armed Forces must serve the will of the people. Challenging the requirement of parliamentary approval is directed against the lessons from the World Wars, by Karl Müller / Peace and cooperation throughout Europe, by Dr Habil / The “Arab” common defence force, by Thierry Meyssan / Yemen: ICRC and MSF alarmed / Switzerland responds to humanitarian crisis in Yemen / Attacks on civilians are prohibited under international humanitarian law / The OECD is muscling in mightily, by Reinhard Koradi / Agricultural policy must not be reduced to competition and open borders, by Reinhard Koradi / Secret negotiations on trade treaties, a threat to human rights, by Alfred de Zayas / Ambrosia honey – materialized (...)
«Current Concerns», n° 12, 11 May 2015
Human Genetics
223. Human Genetics Zurich (Switzerland) | 21 May 2015
Reflections on Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, by Erika Vögeli / A clear “No” on pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, by Susanne Lippmann Rieder / Arguments against the constitutional amendment / Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis: Where do we set the limits? The medically feasible urges society as a whole to answer fundamental ethical questions, by Christa Schönbächler and Stefanie Dadier / One cannot select one’s children, by The Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches / If the people decides otherwise – or might decide otherwise. Small tutoring session for administrative officers and other “experts”, by Marianne Wüthrich / TiSA – a secretly negotiated agreement with secret content, by Marianne Wüthrich / “A hopeful beginning for all Tamils”. Interview with S. J. Emmanuel / Security Council Resolution on war in Yemen not conducive to peace, by Hans Köchler / Colonial territory, by Willy Wimmer / Legend – Truth – oral tradition, by Gotthard Frick / An Eastern German commune and its citizens (...)
«Current Concerns», n° 11, 21 April 2015
Autria and the UE
222. Autria and the UE Zurich (Switzerland) | 21 April 2015
The West gambles peace in Europe away, by Willy Wimmer / War in Yemen: Blockade of emergency relief supplies a war crime. Message of the President of the “International Progress Organization” to the United Nations Security Council / Will Austria terminate their EU membership by end of June 2015? The petition can lay the groundwork for this if citizens get active! / Europe does not need a German “central power”. Political dimensions of the crisis in Greece, by Karl Müller / EU army clearly contradicts “Perpetual Neutrality” and the Austrian Independence Treaty. ÖVP treats Austrian constitution with contempt! / Germany’s actual responsibility regarding Greece. Greek reparation claims are entitled, by Dr Hanke Güttinger / Greece: Drachm or tragedy?, by Pierre-Gabriel Bieri / Greek reparation claims aganst Germany are nothing new. Supreme Court in Italy: Germany must pay compensation to Nazi victims! / Legal background of the Greek reparation claims / The International Committee of the Red (...)
«Current Concerns», n° 9-10, 16 April 2015
Unilateral sanctions violate international treaties
221. Unilateral sanctions violate international treaties Zurich (Switzerland) | 16 April 2015
Unilateral sanctions violate international treaties, Interview with Alfred de Zayas / Iceland’s way out of its financial crisis. “Do not listen to the financial markets, but to the people” (Olaf Ragnar Grimsson, President), by Werner Wüthrich / The turning point of Marignano and today’s Switzerland, by Marianne Wüthrich / “Russia is sending signals of sovereignty and independence”, Interview with Dr Vladimir Ivanovich Yakunin / It is essential to be informed. Four books about Ukraine, Russia and the West, by Karl Müller / “A civilisation that renounces its own moral ideals, loses its spiritual power”. High-level panel discussion at the UN in Geneva about the devastating effects of the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and Ukraine, by Thomas Kaiser / Who actually wants Curriculum 21,and where does it come from? / Who benefits from Curriculum 21? / Children need structured teaching directed by the teacher”, Interview with Dr med Elke Möller-Nehring / “The polytechnic secondary school (...)
«Current Concerns», n° 8, 22 March 2015
Solidarity against TTIP and TISA
220. Solidarity against TTIP and TISA Zurich (Switzerland) | 31 March 2015
“Solidarity from left to right” is necessary against TTIP and TiSA, Interview with Jacqueline Badran / Prosperity for all?, by Thomas Kaiser / “We would have to adopt future legislation automatically”, Interview with Roland Rino Büchel / The myth of free trade, by Reinhard Koradi / The politics of the Federal Council are increasing dependence from abroad. “Counter-proposal” of the Federal Council to the Initiative for Food Safety is extremely questionable, Interview with Rudolf Joder / Counter-proposal to the popular initiative “food security” – a sham, by Henriette Hanke Güttinger / Iceland withdraws from application for EU membership / Nobel Prize for Peace for Merkel?, by Eberhard Hamer / Russian sanctions: The front of the proponents is disintegrating / Birth hour and obstetricians of the Taliban, by Matin Baraki / Competence orientation under fire, by Rainer Werner / “Herzroute” – the world’s most beautiful panoramic tour. A picture book cycling tour through Switzerland, by Heini (...)
«Current Concerns», n° 6-7, 10 March 2015
The role of family farms
219. The role of family farms Zurich (Switzerland) | 16 March 2015
Strengthening family farms, Interview with Markus Müller / What can the free trade agreement TTIP accomplish? / The crisis of the United States is a manifestation of decline. An inner history of the New America, by Klaus Hornung / Water supplies in the Valais in danger. The power supply is a joint effort – it is important to take care of it (Part 2), by Werner Wüthrich / “Whatever solution you want to make, at the end you should go back to the people through a referendum”, interview with Bashar al-Assad / Gen. Wesley Clark: “ISIS got started through funding from our friends and allies”, by Daniel McAdams / Do unilateral sanctions violate human rights?, by Thomas Kaiser / Europe and Russia – who wants war, who wants peace?, by Karl Müller / “Putin is the perfect devil for the US and NATO”, Interview with Philippe de Villiers / Agricultural corporations appropriate the fertile farmlands of Ukraine / “For me it is important that every child can develop”. A visit to the Astrid Lindgren special (...)
«Current Concerns», n° 5, 22 February 2015
Dealing with the Minsk 2 Agreement
218. Dealing with the Minsk 2 Agreement Zurich (Switzerland) | 25 February 2015
Reason for hope, but also for vigilance The Minsk Agreement, Interview with Willy Wimmer / “An encouraging sign”, by Hans Köchler / For a new policy towards Greece and Russia, by Karl Müller / “German taxpayers have nothing to fear from SYRIZA”, An open letter to Germany by Alexis Tsipras / “Stability has long been undermined by actions of the Unites States and its allies”, by Sergey Lavrov / “Let’s stop to judge the Russians on the basis of our own criteria”, Interview with Dr Hélène Carrère d’Encausse / Regime change – endless failures by the United States, by Albert A. Stahel / The importance of state sovereignty concerning the energy issue, by Thomas Kaiser / “An important contribution to our power supply and to the independence of our country”. On the importance of small hydro power plants, Interview with Jakob Büchler / Water supplies in the Valais in danger. The power supply is a joint effort – it is important to take care of them (Part 1), by Werner (...)
«Current Concerns», n° 3-4, 13 February 2015
Switzerland Monetary System
217. Switzerland Monetary System Zurich (Switzerland) | 16 February 2015
Direct participation of the people has positive effects on central issues of the monetary system. Little known facts on the monetary history in Switzerland, by Werner Wüthrich / How the EU is trying to keep in line with the US regarding the sanctions against Russia / Greece and Ukraine ask for German solidarity, by Eberhard Hamer / Central banks took over business cycle policy, by Eberhard Hamer / A different economic thinking and economic activity are essential, by Karl Müller / “Medicine must not abandon its very essential task as the patient’s attorney to the economy”. A critique of the economic transformation of medicine, by Giovanni Maio / The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation – long-term and sustainable development cooperation. Switzerland’s humanitarian aid is of great importance for the people, by Thomas Kaiser / “Being fair to people’s needs in humanitarian crises”, Interview with Manuel Sager / “A lot of experience which goes far beyond vocational training”, Interview (...)

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