Monthly Archives: April 2015

Testing Swiss sirens

Every year, on the first Wednesday in February, all sirens across Switzerland are tested. The aim is to ascertain the operational readiness of both the “General Alarm” and the “Water Alarm” sirens. The population is notified beforehand through announcements on the radio, on TV and in the press. The general public is not required to […]

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Trifongo

In early February we invited some Swiss friends for dinner and we made trifongo. Trifongo is a mixture of fried green plantains, fried sweet plantains and boiled yucca root (plátanos verdes, plátanos maduros y yuca). The  mixture is combined with salt, pepper, garlic, roasted sesame seeds and vegetarian organic broth. It is molded into balls and then fried. […]

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Removing thoughts

Last December I read in the Gulf Times, Qatar’s English daily newspaper, that China was removing the word thoughts from their definition of terrorism. Thoughts do have consequences but once expressed they become speech. So how do you prove that someone is having terrorist thoughts? Well, in China you do not need much evidence to arrest […]

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