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The week ahead Sex trade, climbing cows and teaching the deaf

Here are some of the stories we'll be following the week of September 10:

(KEYSTONE/Ennio Leanza)


Prostitution is a legal business in Switzerland, but not everybody agrees with this. The NGO Women’s Centre, has raised the issue with a novel video shot in Sweden, using Swedish actors to point out that the sex trade has been forbidden in the Scandinavian country for 20 years.



The government is urging voters to reject an initiative calling for stricter ecological and social standards for food production. But is it right when it says that Switzerland already produces half of all the food it needs? We crunch the numbers in a fact check of the government’s claim.



We’re going big on the food initiatives this week with a couple of unusual angles on the issue. We take a look at how Swiss cheese is sold in the United States and the udderly spectacular tale of a quarter of a million cows that take an annual hike of up to 2,000 metres up Swiss mountains in order to produce cheese.

(Jonas Straumann, Sonos Schweizeriser Hörbehindertenverband)


In Switzerland many deaf pupils go to mainstream schools. But the Swiss Federation of the Deaf says that many pupils struggle with this approach. It wants a more bilingual concept, with equal weight given to both sign and the spoken language.



What’s in a name? Plenty, if it has racist connotations. Two music bands preparing for Basel’s annual carnival are facing criticism for bearing names that some consider traditional and fun, but others think are racist and offensive. Which side should give ground?

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