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Daniel Ammann
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Daniel Ammann is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years experience in newspapers, radio and television. He was born in 1963, raised in Switzerland and educated at Zurich University, UC Berkeley and Fondation Postuniversitaire Internationale in Paris. He holds an MA in Political Science, History and Constitutional Law. In 2007 he won the renowned Georg von Holtzbrinck Prize for Business Journalism. In 2006 he was awarded the Swiss Media Prize for Finance Journalism. His latest book The King of Oil - The Secret Lives of Marc Rich was just released by St. Martin's Press. Bloomberg named it "a must-read" and a "top five nonfiction book", Le Monde a "thriller" and The Daily Beast "a journalistic coup."

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Why Sanctions Against Iran Will (Almost Surely) Fail

Posted May 24, 2010 | 16:47:53 (EST)

Iran is coming under even greater pressure to curb its nuclear program. The U.N. Security Council is expected to vote soon on a fresh round of sanctions against the country. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that the draft resolution is even "somewhat stronger" than he expected. According to the...

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Why We Should Applaud the Polanski Case

Posted January 11, 2010 | 13:00:06 (EST)

The arrest of Roman Polanski by the Swiss government -- and I say this without any sarcasm -- is becoming more and more a model case for international legal cooperation. Polanski's recent request to be sentenced in absentia is just more proof of that. It is safe to say that...

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The Real Reasons Why the Swiss Voted to Ban Minarets

Posted December 1, 2009 | 15:11:05 (EST)

The Swiss voted to ban the construction of new minarets -- against all expectations and although their government and most political parties had rejected a ban. But this referendum had, in truth, little to do with minarets.

The surprising vote reveals rather a growing unease in Switzerland, which traditionally...

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How I Met the Biggest Devil

Posted November 23, 2009 | 15:36:47 (EST)

Just before Christmas, two years ago, I waited at the Suvretta ski lift in St. Moritz, the world's oldest and most glamorous ski resort. It was one of the coldest mornings of the year, eight degrees below zero Fahrenheit, and my breath hanged before me in a cloud of mist....

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