Halal Schweiz

With the purpose to make money, it is hard to believe that someone could be more “innovative” than the Swiss business men. 

There are above one million Muslims in the country, most of which are concentrated in few cantons. When you go to the shopping parks on Saturday, you could spare all of your shopping time without to hear another language than Albanian or Turkish ones and will be happy to see any local citizen, doesn’t matter how friendly or not s/he is.

We are not surprised any more with all the kinds of duner and kebab fast foods like small restaurants,  even with the “Bauch Tanzen” (oriental music) night clubs or Shisha – clubs (Nargile plus… God know what more). It is a part of our everyday life, all these belong to some of “them” not us.

But, what if you wish to make a trip through the lake and instead of “Grüezi” you hear “Salam Alaikum”?! And you see around nothing but only Burkas and focused on you not so friendly men’s eyes?! 

My first reaction was that maybe I made a mistake and am on the wrong place. But it is generally impossible,  except I become Alzheimer. This lake is one of the my favorites and I use any chance to go there.

In the time I saw “Halal Barbecue Cruise” I suppose that some of “theirs” riches make a Birthday’s or some other party. Wrong again. My last trial was that maybe there is a new market niche “they” ocuppyied, just like the fast food, cars repair,  cleaning, etc. 

Actually, it was more than I could imagine. The “smart business idea” belong to the owner of the cruis business!(1)

And when the numbers talk,  nobody could be before some Schwitzer. The calculation is simple – the time of the Ramadan is too long and the Muslims have not where to go at this time, since the all restaurants (incl. theirs!) offer alcohol and pigi meal… 

Right to the target! The Halal Tourism on the lake is here. And to make the things perfect,  the all offered through the Cruis food is “Halal”.

Hmm,  could be really halal foods produced in the Switzerland? Or it is all imported from Germany or France,  Belgium,  etc. already very “halal friendly” countries. (And  forget the last news from there as fast as you can, here is the Interlaken reality…)

Where is food caming from?! No problem and the price is also not under question – those cruises are not for the poor “Gastarbeiter” who are working in the low paid construction industry. 

The food is sourced and there are already local Halal producers and importers (even it is not very clear how much halal are the goods they offer). In the heart of the Switzerland,  is booming – and those with a strong competition a new “Halal tourism” industry (2). The muslim tourists are gaided to the Halal Tourism lake region before to came in the country still. One of the biggest local milky products, if not the biggest is offering more of 200 halal goods! 

In money we serve! That’s the true Swiss religion from the time this country has believed in God and was the poorest one in Europe. The unrest and the ban on the Burkas in Tessin, the fears and the ban on building minaret are well forgotten. Viva la Burka, Viva la Grills. 

It is just a question of the time, above million muslims (don’t believe the official statistics which state they are about  half milion, “they” are almost tripled)  to wish the “Halal Culture” and the Koran to be teach in all this Swiss schools with dominated muslim foreigners children. That’s the truly unique “democracy model” made-in -Switzerland.

Alaikum Selam,  Schweizern!

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The Game of Machers

So far the war of fines is done, I couldn’t believe it is the End of the game. It seems to me that the Panama Papers scandal is a part of the same war and we will see the third Serie of the same game  in shortly. 

Even the Swiss banks are not alone in paying fines to the FED but they are the main source of free money for the debt overhelmed USA.

The exploded Panama Papers scandal seemed to target corrupted politics, but is it really so? If you look in deep on the list of providers of the offshore incorporation services, the Swiss are the biggest European provider. And those means only one – powerful capital connections,  more large cap clients and bigger market share for the Swiss Wealth management industry. (And no cake for USA). With current shares of almost 30% of the worldwide investment banking and wealth management and above 35% of the all world capital under Swiss management (in the country and abroad) is clear what the USA pain is and why by any part of the War of the Machers, the biggest target under fire is the Switzerland. 

Assisting …even in a suicide

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Dignitas ADC

There is probably hard to find someone who does not know the Switzerland as one of the great tourism destinations. But what is not so much popular and not all Swiss are happy with is the image of the country as one of the best ‘suicide tourism’s destination.

As one of the very few countries in the world where assisting the suicide is permitted, the Swiss develops this unique tourism for those looking to end the hell of their own suffering and to die in pace. By Swiss law, the assistance dying is permited, if it is not based on “selfish” motives and is granted in a passive way, such as providing medications, allowing some one to end his life.

In some 10 years up to 2009, only Dignitas, the not-for-profit assisted suicide organisation in Pfäffikon, ZH has helped more of 1,000 people to die1. According to the Journal of Medical Ethics, AFP and the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Zurich, the number of foreigners who traveled to here to commit suicide has doubled in the period from 2008 to 2012. Some 611 people from more of 30 countries used the aid, mostly from Germany (268) and UK (126), followed by citizens of France (66), Italy (44), USA (21), Austria (14) and Canada (12).  The decided to die in this way were aged 23 to 97 years (mean age 69 years), the study said.

What makes people to become “tourists to the death”? People asking for such service are mostly who have an incurable, progressive disease. On first place of the reasons are neurological problems (almost half of the cases), followed by cancer and rheumatic disorders.

The Swiss law allows assisted suicide, but not euthanasia. What’s the difference, someone may ask. It’s that the person who wants to die must actively take the death-dose himself. For those who are unable to lift the glass with the drug to their lips, there is a machine working with a press of a button… It is not a cheap service and the average price is going above € 4’600 ($ 5’000) even there are cases people paid less for.

 

 

Image Creating

I am always wondering and it’s make me eager to see more and more examples of the way the Swiss state is  creating its perfect image, in the world’s eyes.

Nothing in the Swiss history is coming easy, so the country image. It is so  successful not because of the higher standards they implement to produce this image of a state-as-a-brand or because of some of the best in the world incredible minds are working for the Switzerland only. You will be wrong, too, if you assume it’s because of the money the state is spending for the image purpose. As with every success,  there is an own and proven with years recipe and the ‘Switzerland’s Brand is not an exclusion.

Besides the well known fact that the Swiss propaganda machine is working even over the counter as a well-oiled sewing machine, there is the Swiss-only  secret ‘süß – sauer’ sauce which made  every lunch a success.

The First one, the sweetie part of the sauce is about the using of highly idealized clichés of the mountains, chocolate and watches in every dimensions and shapes which support the creating of a ‘paradise island’ picture, in the middle of the Europe. The result of which you can see all around you, doesn’t matter if you simply put the Switzerland name in any search engine or mention it in any every-day conversation with foreigners. The above cliches are the first ones, coming with some (even hidden) oh-ah-wow’s.

Which could blow your mind ahead when just remember that no one of those (except the mountains) is actually of Swiss origin. But  I will return to this point in a special post.

The ‘sauer’ part of the sauce is something that I believe is one of the real Swiss origins and those which deserve your highest attention. 

In my opinion,  it is the country where the transforming of disadvantages into advantages and the compromises into success personal and professional stories is turned in an Art of doing and of living.

Just one example and you will start to agree with me. Here is how a hard conflicts and scandals,  even at the highest level contribute to the improving of the image of the Swiss abroad. A long years story of ever araising conflicts between two state’s bodies finally got out of control and attracted the public attention. The way in which the state resolved the case is of a ‘no comments’ kind of.

The ‘hidden’ notorious intolerance between the staffs of the Diplomatic Services and of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is finally exploded in a ‘Cars Scandal’, this summer(1).

The ‘engine’ of the scandal seems like in the Kindergarten – the one who receive money to use his personal car to fulfill his working obligations is envious to the yellow, because of the another guy who could use a company car for his personal needs -against a charge for.

The scandal’s solution for the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs – to which the both institutions belong, is … to purchase new, high quality (?!) 680 cars for the Diplomatic service!

Which means that from the Swiss people’s money paid for taxes will be spent – or must say will be misuse of money in amount of 44’200’000 CHF ($ 45’901’333 USD or € 41’047’267 EUR)! To better imagine, it is an average of roughly 65’000 CHF ($ 67’502’000 USD or € 60’363’628 EUR) per a single car.

As always in the dirty politic, one scandal usually leads to another and bigger ones and the great play is about how to turn it from a farce into favors – but for those who provoked it only.

In this case, the propaganda machine has produced a brilliant idea. From the single burning scandal there are born the new advertising tool – to be purchased new, high-quality cars and the latest advertising slogan of the Swiss MFA – ‘ To Improve The Swiss Image Abroad’.

Touché, ink!
And be there for the second round of this story…

Financial Hub or Geld Fabrik

One of the successfully fabricated myths about Switzerland is as a country which is between the most attractive in the world for investment. In the financial circles, Zürich is the undisputed central European financial hub and among the top five globally. Is it really so?

Back in the time, the country’s transformation into a financial paradise ends with the attracting of the industrial capital of Germany which must be saved because of the start of the World War II. Many point to this as a starting point, but in a fact with attracting the German capital, Switzerland saves its neutrality, against the responsibility to manage and multiply the War’s money of the Nazi Germany and also the money of the War’s victims. What is more important there is the fact that this is the starting point of the worldwide biggest ever misuse and abuse of money. Till today, there is no other nation in the world who has the historical luck and happiness to manage the money of wholes nations. No one, except the Switzerland has the privilege to charge almost the half of the money owners worldwide for managing their asset and those without the money owners to have other than Swiss as a choice. Period. And turn point in the money history. It is the golden time for the small Swiss.

The truth about is that Switzerland is not ready to manage such amount of money at this time. There is not enough professionals, labor force and financial structures in the country, etc. This lack of sufficient professionalism and ability to work with uncontrollably growing at times cash volumes has left its traces in the Swiss banking industry even till today…

As almost any (other kind of) industry, the banking is imported in the Switzerland, not made by. But the Swisses are good at the import of what they need of and in the sub-rental of foreign asset and in the charging of foreigners at higher possible rates. The money is not exclusion. In addition, the country’s industry capital is not enough, the infrastructure need to be develop and the War makers needs money to produce more weapons…

It is the time in which the modern money management system is born. It is the first time so much of the others’ money is hold in one country only and this ‘money superpower’ is concentrated in few hands only.

In nowadays, the country is not among the top then easy to start a business jurisdictions. Is not between the top then of the best countries for business and is ranked only twentieth place in the world ranking of doing business.

With a combined income tax rate that can reach 41.5% and a combined corporate tax rate up to 24.0% it seems the ‘attractive’ is not the best to be used.

With being among the countries that are with the highest expenses of living and buy/rent a home worldwide, what the h* is the ground to be named ‘investment attractive’?

to be continued

Oath vs. Behaviors

I am always wondering how far could the stupidity go. In the stable way from one to other scandal,  the banks made their haut more hard and even the scandals they are making their money again and again. Some young people suppose there should be a kind of oath, just like the Hippocratic one to improve the bankers’ behaviors (1).

Is there still some body who don’t know the started in 2008 financial cri(s)me series are right because of the banking behavior to produce future’s debts? And right the bigger from the world top 25 banks are between the guilties for the all that Subprime, Libor, Currency, US-tax, Too-big-to-fail, etc. scandals.

Looking back there are almost 10 years we are living with the biggest financial frauds ever but … there is a silence in the room.

I wish to have the time to summarize the all amount of penalties paid in the last 10 years only by those ‘too-big’s and to ask to see some proof of the words of the UBS speaker who say they make enough profits and provisions for possible further penalties and so the customers’ money is safe.

I wish to have the voice of the power to say to the world that when those who should keep the people’s money in safe is who robe it there shouldn’t be any mercy and the banks must be placed back to they are started from and under totally different kind of regulations. With no exclusions.

As an European citizen,  I am not agree to find right in this time of financial crisis,  the EU commission spend almost € 1 B EUR just for its bank building and from other side ask for additional money its members countries. And I am not agree to have the EU variant of the FED, too.

As an Swiss resident, I believe that with almost half of the all Swiss banks in the watch list because of the tax affair, sure there is not a base to not be afraid there is something wrong in the banking system of the country.

Are there still people who trust the banks? Or the right question should be what alternatives to the banks have or need the people today to could really choose from…

Sweet and Stinky

Not only the money smell. Some countries has a smell you couldn’t forget. Sure the sweet Swiss is on the top again. You couldn’t forget it and the most important …. you couldn’t avoid it.

Once the summer begin, a smell is all around you – on the high way, in every city except in the metropolis, any were. No chance to escape from. And it isn’t the smell of chocolate, not the smell of the fruits, vegetables or the flowers. (Except the chocolate, the rest ones does  not smell at all. But it’s another theme.)

It is the smell of  cow manure and rotting grass… From Chiasso to Basel and from St. Gallen to Geneva it’s that smell which made impossible to open the window of the car and what press you to go fast out from the gas station and forget you wished to get a coffee break just two minutes before…

Whit so much technology innovations today, I am wondering each summer how and why it is possible. In the best to live in European country  simply stinks and how…