27/03/2018

John Bolton: President Trump’s Newest “Adviser”

President Trump’s recently named national security adviser and I have several things in common. He is about my age, wears glasses, and has a mustache and white hair. We are also white males.
Other than that, we have nothing in common. (A dear friend says that at least I can smile once in a while.)

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20/03/2018

Geneva Human Rights Film Festival: Is the Medium Really the Message?

The 1972 photo of a young girl running naked in Trang Bang screaming in pain from the effects of napalm had a profound influence on the public’s perception of the horrors of the Vietnam War. The 2015 photo of a three-year-old refugee boy drowned in the Mediterranean Sea in Turkey also had a profound influence of the public’s perception, this time on the desperate plight of millions of refugees. The images of Phan Thi Kim Phuc and Aylan Kurdi are iconic representations. Both capture larger stories; both images express powerful narratives. 

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15/03/2018

Are Human Rights Truly Universal and Relevant Today?

The year 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in December 1948. The 70th anniversary allows us to look back upon the origins of the Declaration as well as to make some observations on the status of human rights today.

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07/03/2018

Which Roger is your kind of hero?

Roger Federer is returning to tennis competition this week at Indian Wells, California. Inevitably, his presence will lead to commentaries about his fabulous career, his record return to the number one ranking at age 36 and his unequalled 20 Grand Slam titles. His charm and grace – the perfect Swiss gentleman – only add to his unique athletic accomplishments. For obvious reasons, philanthropy and fatherhood included, Roger is universally admired. For many, he is considered a hero.

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06/03/2018

Steve Bannon Comes to Zurich

Following the Swiss frenzy during an otherwise politically uneventful trip by President Donald Trump to the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos last January, Swiss media attention is now turning to a March 6 visit to Zurich by Trump’s former chief strategist, Steve Bannon.

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