How should we deal with Swiss Jihadists joining ISIS? Berne may not consider it a problem, yet, but all it takes is one or two to return as terrorists, While European Muslims are finally speaking out against the beheadings, crucifixions and Mosque burnings, influential figures such as Tariq Ramadan in Geneva need to condemn ISIS – loudly and publicly – as being un-Islamic and uncivilized. FIFA’s refusal to publicize the findings of its 350-page corruption inquiry over Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 World Cup is another concern. Zurich’s foundation oversight body should not tolerate the actions of an organization, even one as powerful as FIFA, that is caught up in one scandal or cover-up after another. The International Olympic Committee in Lausanne had similar abuses, but opted for change under new leadership. And finally, UBS’s “80 is the new 60” report on how Swiss are living longer, feeling younger. Sadly, it’s not the same for everyone. On 1 October, International Day for Older Persons, a “Leave No One Behind” discussion at the United Nations will explore how the need to recognize the achievements of older people, while ensuring their rights and well-being.
Edward Girardet, Managing editor