• To be or not to be a Good Samaritan

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    During my commute on a Geneva tram one morning, a woman started to faint. Everyone standing around her tried to help, first to sit and then to lie down. The alerted driver stopped the tram. An ambulance arrived shortly. In another world, a government official in Texas was arrested for helping three young Central American migrants. They had flagged her down on a Texas highway and she went into her “total mom mode” by letting them into her car. While the woman was calling friends for advice about getting medical help - one of the siblings appeared to be seriously ill - a sheriff’s deputy pulled up to her car shortly followed by a Border Patrol officer, read her the prerequisite civil rights, and then took her to a holding cell where she was detained for three hours. She was informed that she could be found guilty of transporting illegal aliens.

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  • Swiss President Maurer Meets President Trump in the Oval Office

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    Swiss President Ueli Maurer’s meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump was a unique bilateral event at a moment of increasing tensions between the United States and Iran. While it’s not clear what exactly was discussed in the forty minute meeting in the Oval Office – progress towards an eventual free trade agreement between Switzerland and the U.S? the role of Switzerland in representing the U.S. in the Venezuelan crisis? – the Swiss press has focused on the role Switzerland could play in avoiding a U.S./Iranian confrontation.

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  • Free and Fair Elections

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    The recent accusations of potential fraud in local elections call into question what everyone had assumed to be a well-functioning system; the capacity of Geneva citizens to cast their ballots in elections and to have those ballots properly counted. At the same time the evermore authoritarian president of Turkey is trying to overturn municipal elections, and there continues to be questioning about Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. elections and potential for interference in 2020, free and fair elections are a worthy subject of reflection.

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  • U.S. Elections: Should I Feel Guilty That Joe Biden Speaks to Me?

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    Former Vice-President Joe Biden has several clouds hanging over his candidacy, if not skeletons coming out of the closet. He’s 76 years old. If elected president, he would be the oldest elected president in U.S. history. He’s touchy-feely with women, many of whom have complained about how he made them feel uncomfortable. He can’t apologize enough for his overbearing, insensitive moderation of the Clarence Thomas hearings. He might have prevented Silent Clarence from being a conservative stalwart on the Supreme Court for 27 years. His treatment of Anita Hill was unacceptable. He supported the 2003 invasion of Iraq; his support of capital punishment and harsher anti-crime legislation have proven counter-productive if not politically out of tune.

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