2 Feb, Punxsutawney PA

On 2 February in Punxsutawney PA, a groundhog named Phil predicted six more weeks of winter by casting a shadow. He had company. The annual tongue-in-cheek ceremony on Groundhog Day has attracted ever larger crowds over the years (the 2020 edition allegedly saw 40 000...

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9/11

On 11 September 2001 I was a journalist reporting from the Federal Palace in Bern for “Der Bund” newspaper. The news of the events in New York City dropped during a press conference of the defense minister. Among my beats was Swiss defense policy, and that Tuesday...

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“Automania” in the MOMA

You can shop, eat in a restaurant, drink in a bar, and visit a museum. The museum is nicely air-conditioned, and a new show in the Museum of Modern Art promises a timely theme: “Automania” – the fascination with the automobile, put in perspective by cultural savvy. It...

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In New Orleans

Was there anything? As a tourist in the tourist areas of New Orleans you won't find many traces of Katrina.The popular sites of the town show hardly any traces of the hurricane that paralyzed the city in 2005. The superdome where tens of thousands were stranded for...

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Joe Biden’s America

The first markers have been passed, the “hundred days”, the Fourth of July: Time to try  a hand in assessing Joe Biden’s America. The sentiment, personal and from a limited experience: It feels like on top of a smoking volcano. The vaccination target was narrowly...

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