Brussels – March 22nd 2016


Having lived in Brussels for ten years and flown in and out of Zaventem airport on average twice a month during that time, I cannot let today go by without posting about the deadly bombings inflicted this morning in places that are still very familiar to me.

I had been intending this coming Easter holiday weekend to share my thoughts on a movie I have recently watched, the popular Bollywood comedy ‘PK’, which lightheartedly (for the most part) examines and questions various world religions, among them Christianity, Islam and Hinduism. But I feel no longer able to do that. There is nothing lighthearted to be said about religion.


Benoit Violier’s death big news in Switzerland


This morning the Swiss media’s focus is on the death, Sunday, of ‘World’s Best Chef’ Benoit Violier, who was found shot at his home. In the newspaper I read whilst enjoying my morning coffee, eight pages are devoted to the Frenchman, who ran the Restaurant de l’Hotel de Ville in Crissier near Lausanne, where the quick lunch menu will set you back almost 200 U.S. dollars. The restaurant has decided to carry on without their deceased leader. “It’s what he would have wanted,” said one of the management.

In other Swiss news, peace talks are again underway in Geneva to try to end the civil war in Syria, and end the suffering of millions of civilians in besieged and starving towns such as Madaya.

 


Switzerland votes overwhelmingly to tighten asylum law


So, the Swiss don’t want any more economic refugees in their country, but they don’t mind that the super-rich that live here continue to get away with paying low taxes.

Read the full report here at Deutsche Welle.