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How does the prohibition of burqa dress fit in with pluralism, and does it stem from an undercurrent of prejudice?

  Bigotry veiled as liberation Source: Middle East Eye By Adam Walker Earlier this month, the European court of human rights (ECHR) issued a judgment in which it rejected a challenge to the controversial 2011 French law banning the wearing of face veils in public. The ruling has since sparked national debates across a number […]

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Swiss High court upholds ‘hate speech’ conviction, supporting the Muslims

Source: The Local High court upholds ‘hate speech’ conviction Switzerland’s highest court on Monday upheld the conviction of a former Swiss People’s Party (SVP) politician of racial discrimination for a tweet he sent suggesting a ‘kristallnacht’ against Muslims, reported news agency ATS. Tweeting in June 2012, Alexander Müller, then a member of the Zurich branch […]

Switzerland: New intel leads to more suspected jihadist cases

TERRORISM WATCHLIST New intel leads to more suspected jihadist cases NOV 22, 2015 – 13:15 The Swiss federal prosecutor is receiving more tips of suspected jihadis (Keystone) The office of the Swiss attorney general says it has opened nearly a dozen new investigations into potential adherents of jihadist groups over the past two months. Swiss Attorney […]

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Steering Swiss youngsters away from radicalisation

ANTI-JIHADI STRATEGY Steering Swiss youngsters away from radicalisation By Simon Bradley NOV 17, 2015 – 17:00 Three teams of Islamic State gunmen and suicide bombers carried out attacks last Friday across Paris that killed 129 civilians and injured dozens (Keystone) Switzerland can do more to stop homegrown jihadists. Mosques need to counsel at-risk Muslims and […]

IMMIGRATION QUOTAS: Swiss ambivalence towards immigration approach

IMMIGRATION QUOTAS Swiss ambivalence towards immigration approach By and agencies NOV 8, 2015 – 13:15 Swiss voters are coming to terms with their 2014 vote to reimpose curbs on immigration for foreigners like this Spanish construction worker at the UN’s European headquarters in Geneva. (Keystone) A growing number of Swiss voters have mixed views […]

PKK creates rift between Swiss Kurds and Turks

Freedom struggle or terror? PKK creates rift between Swiss Kurds and Turks by Peter Siegenthaler, Nov 3, 2015 – 11:00 Several people were injured in clashes between Kurdish and Turkish demonstrators in Bern in September (Keystone) With around 120,000 residents of Turkish origin – about half of them Kurds – Switzerland has been affected by renewed violence between […]

KUNDUZ TRAGEDY : Plans in place for Afghan bombing probe: IHFFC

By John Heilprin OCT 15, 2015 – 09:20 The burnt-out MSF hospital after explosions in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz on October 3 (Keystone) A Swiss-based world body for investigating breaches of international humanitarian law says it has requested permission from the United States and Afghanistan – and already prepared an internal plan – for carrying […]

Swiss Defence Minister: bunkers could house 50’000 migrants

REFUGEE CRISIS Defence minister: bunkers could house 50,000 migrants By and agencies OCT 2, 2015 – 09:16 Defence Minister Ueli Maurer in the civil protection bunker in Worb (Keystone) Switzerland could accommodate 50,000 people at short notice if the number of migrants in Switzerland were to dramatically increase, says Defence Minister Ueli Maurer. Speaking in […]

Swiss brace for refugee trickle to turn into flood

Refugees in Italy: most are avoiding Switzerland — for now. Photo: AFP Swiss brace for refugee trickle to turn into flood Published: 23 Sep 2015 10:15 GMT+02:00 SOURCE: Border guards in crisp blue uniforms rush onto the train as it grinds to a halt, quickly rounding up around a dozen African men and herding them […]


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