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Zurich’s Safe Sex Shacks

In response to the increase in women being coerced into the sex trade, the Swiss city has designed alarm-equipped wooden sheds in which prostitutes can practice their trade more safely. The shacks, dubbed “drive-in sex boxes” by locals, were put forth in an initiative that was approved by voters in 2012.

Posted on Aug 20, 2013 READ MORE

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Sustainable Living Challenges the Swiss

An experiment to see whether citizens of one of the world’s richest countries could live sustainably by drastically reducing their energy consumption has found that very few could meet the challenge.

Posted on May 28, 2013 READ MORE

Truthdig / Peter Scheer

WikiLeaks Banker Fined by Swiss Court

A Swiss judge fined the former banker who gave confidential files to WikiLeaks roughly $6,250, but spared the whistle-blower a prison sentence. Rudolf Elmer was found guilty of violating Switzerland’s confidential banking laws, which have protected such people as tax-dodging Americans and the Nazis.

Posted on Jan 19, 2011 READ MORE

Chow Chows

No Lawyers for Swiss Animals

In a referendum in which 70 percent voted “no,” the people of Switzerland have decided against a proposed law that would have assigned lawyers to defend animals in court. In its defense, Switzerland already has comprehensive animal rights laws, though many feel the vote was a cat-astrophe.

Posted on Mar 7, 2010 READ MORE

Pictures of No-Pants Subway Riders

Professional prankster group Improv Everywhere’s “No Pants Subway Ride” is one cultural trend that appears to be taking off. Despite a frigid winter, participants in as many as 43 cities around the world commuted in their underwear, and we’ve got photos to prove it.

Posted on Jan 11, 2010 READ MORE

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Polanski Preps for a Fight After Arrest

Director Roman Polanski’s 1977 sex crime case has become an international and intergenerational saga, now that members of at least four governments have become involved, the former minor in question has grown up and requested that the issue be put to rest, and the original judge has been dead since 1993. However, after Polanski’s arrest last Saturday in Zurich, it’s clear this drama is far from over. Updated

Posted on Sep 28, 2009 READ MORE

Van Gogh

Art Thieves Pull Off Major Heist in Zurich

The private collection of famous artworks at Zurich’s E.G. Buehrle Collection suddenly became smaller over the weekend, and not at the proprietors’ behest. On Sunday, three disguised and armed robbers stole over $160 million worth of artwork by Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cezanne and other masters from the Swiss museum.

Posted on Feb 11, 2008 READ MORE

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