Reporting the destruction of France’s cultural heritage: Why is our editor on trial?

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Innovative journalism has been Edward Girardet's watchword since the beginning of his career. Not that he ever promoted himself as a reporter producing original work that few others could emulate. Hardly anyone else could...

Mayors, Napoleons and Corruption: A very French curse.

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Last January, police jailed several local officials in the Paris region suspected of corruption in collusion with a property developer. This was followed in early February by another case whereby a young mayor representing...

Water and peace: Made in Switzerland

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“Control the water and you control everything,” says the Mayor of Dirt in the satirical cartoon movie Rango (2011). The Swiss, whose mountains are the source for both the Rhine and the Rhone, know...

Erasing history: ISIS, Balkans, US Civil War statues, and Saddam Hussein.

FOCUS: Destruction of cultural heritage in time of conflict.  The following article is the cover story of Global Geneva's 2018 winter edition. It is also part of an ongoing FOCUS series on the destruction of...

Off the Wall: Donald Trump’s Global Reset

Just a few weeks into the Trump administration, most of Washington is exhausted. The most immediate impact on Geneva is likely to be felt at the United Nations.  Hints have circulated in Washington and...

Anne Frank’s diary: Published 75 Years Ago – Remembering Buddy Elias, guardian of a...

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Born on 12 June, 1929, in Frankfurt-am-Main in Germany, Anne lived most of her short life in Amsterdam, where her family had fled the Nazis when she was four-and-a-half years old. Her book, ‘Diary...

How Alpine Resorts are Coping with Climate Change

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As a child visiting Switzerland with my family during the summer holidays in the 1960s, I used to spend a month in Riederalp, a 2000-meter high resort in the Upper Valais overlooking the Rhone...

Mountains : An 8000-meter High “Vertical University”

Rajeev Goyal and Priyanka Bista are concerned. Not too long ago the Himalayas and the Hindu Kush from Tibet to Nepal were virtually inaccessible to almost anyone who was not native to the region....

Peter Jouvenal: Held – and released – by the Taliban

Now back in the United Kingdom with his Afghan wife and three daughters, Peter Jouvenal shows few signs of his six months incarceration by the Taliban.  Smiling and confident, Jouvenal, 64, sports...

Turning water drama into Geneva’s blue wave of peace

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The following is part of a special series on water in the Oct/Nov. 2017 issue of Global Geneva magazine. This is made possible with the collaboration of Presence Suisse with Global Geneva assuming full...

Nepal’s Women : Bearing the Brunt of Rural Agriculture

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At the age of 35, I have decided to move with my family to Nepal. This means starting a new life in a region that initially inspired me to decide to work with those...

POLAR FOCUS – Earth’s sentinels for our climate future are essential.

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Listening to Polar regions. A Special Series by Global Geneva in media partnership with JONAA. FOR CENTURIES, THE POLAR REGIONS were considered the most timeless, unchanging parts of the earth. A common belief was that they...

The Arctic and the Alps

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What do the Alps have in common with the Arctic? Cryosphere — water in its solid form -- the frozen places of our planet. Cryosphere influences the climate of the entire world and it...

The South Caucasus : More Than a Biodiversity Hotspot

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As the logo of the Caucasus Nature Fund (CNF), the Caucasian or Persian Leopard is an endangered – and declining – species. Fewer than 200 individuals are believed to be still roaming the Caucasus,...

Focus on Afghanistan: Peter Jouvenal – A journalist veteran held by the Taliban

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Peter Jouvenal was visiting a western-style house that he was considering to rent in Kabul when he was seized on Saturday morning, 11 December 2021 by a group of armed Taliban. The...

Geneva Book Fair: New York – Hemingway’s and Fitzgerald’s Slippery Slope in Switzerland

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The following article features as part of the New York theme at the Geneva Book Fair.  The war was over and the French franc cheap: twenty-five to the US dollar in the mid-twenties. Ernest Hemingway...

Afghanistan: the abandonment of a nation

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In autumn 2001, having returned from Afghanistan just prior to the 9 September assassination by Al Qaeda of northern Afghan resistance commander Ahmed Shah Massoud and before its World Trade Center attacks,...

The Geneva Film Festival & Censored Chinese History: The Story of Chi Xiaoning and...

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Before the 1980s, documentary films in China were mostly propaganda made to serve the ideological purposes of the Communist Party. Views critical of the party were prohibited. Only one official voice could...

Book publishing confronts the Internet

This article is in conjunction with the 2018 Geneva Book Fair's hosting of New York as its honorary guest.  In the early 1960s, a charismatic visionary named Ted Nelson began working on a concept that...

POLAR FOCUS: Including the Sixth Sense in Arctic Work

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POLAR FOCUS: MEDIA & EXPEDITIONS Listening to Polar regions. A Special Series by Global Geneva in media partnership with JONAA. “SPEAK TO US, INCLUDE US. WE HAVE LIVED IN THE ARTIC for thousands of years; we are the...

America’s – and NATO’s – Afghanistan disaster: Still a possible peace solution with a...

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By Edward Girardet & Peter Jouvenal The following article was shortlisted but not finally selected by the Geneva-based Oslo Forum as part of its 2021 Peace Writer Prize. A...

The Trump-Biden Afghanistan Debacle: Time for Washington to be decent

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All cartoons by Global Insights contributing editor, political cartoonist and author Jeff Danziger. President Biden, who had opposed long-term U.S. military engagement from the very beginning, may be wishing...

The Vietnam War According to Lieutenant Dangerous

Who really remembers the Vietnam War?  In realistic terms, not too many. Two thirds of today’s population in America were still waiting to be born when the war ended in 1975.  Despite the...

Money Heist: jumpsuit populism

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Money Heist is not about the money, of course. Its Spanish title, La casa de papel (the House of Paper), with its hint at the 2013-2018 series on political corruption and Netflix’s...

Jeff Danziger on Beijing’s bullying…

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Cartoonist Jeff Danziger is a contributing editor to Global Insights Magazine and Global Geneva Group. He is also a member of the Geneva-based Cartooning for Peace. For more information on Danziger, please...

To Be or Not to Be: Russia’s UN political appointees on the spot.

William Dowell’s regular Tom’s Paine column. See update at bottom How do you act when you are supposed to represent the world’s leading international organization...

Transnational Red Sea project aboard neutral Swiss ship launched

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You can read the original ARTICLE by Anders Mieborn which was published by Global Geneva in April 2019, including in our Special Focus on Oceans 2020 Summer Print/e-edition. This was made...

Good journalism is not enough. The real issue is how to fund it.

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The following article is one of a series examining the role of independent journalism as a crucial component for disseminating solutions-based information in the public interest, particularly youth. If you like...

Russia’s war in Ukraine: Lessons from Afghanistan?

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When the Soviet 40th Army invaded Afghanistan on 27 December 1979, the Kremlin was “responding” to a call for assistance by its new Afghan puppet, Babrak Karmal, who had been conveniently flown...

Namsa Leuba, l’artiste du 8e art qui explore les identités plurielles

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ÉDITION FRANÇAISE: Née en 1982 à Neuchâtel, d’une mère guinéenne et d’un père suisse, Namsa Leuba a étudié à l’École d’arts appliqués (EAA) de La Chaux-de-Fonds où, bien avant elle, l’un des...

Ukraine: Putin’s Vietnam

It turns out Ukraine may not be as powerless as everyone thought.  Strategic analysts focusing on the limits of pure military power might draw comparisons between Russian leader Vladimir...

MortReport: Paris – An Immoveable Beast

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Walking and bike path along former railway line in Paris. (Photo: Ville de Paris) The following column by contributing editor, journalist and author Mort Rosenblum is from his...

Ai Weiwei’s Turandot

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“Everything is art. Everything is politics.” Ai Weiwei remains true to his maxim with his production of Giacomo Puccini and Franco Alfano’s 1926 “Chinese” tragic...

Russia’s Ukraine Intervention: Death by a Thousand Cuts?

William Dowell’s regular Tom’s Paine column. Cartoon by Jeff Danziger. (Also see LINK to Danziger's latest book, The Vietnam War according to Lieuttenant Dangerous) The...

Is Assassinating the Latest ISIS Leader Just Cutting Off Hydra’s Head?

This is part of William Dowell's regular Tom's Paine column from America. Just a few days after ISIS terrorist leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi blew himself to bits...

A Mort Retort: Facete Rectos Pagare

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The following column by contributing editor, journalist and author Mort Rosenblum is from his regular comment The MortReport. Global Insights Magazine/Global Geneva Group are supporting Mort’s insightful and frank reporting from different parts...

Un été italien, de Padoue à Venise au fil de l’eau

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ÉDITION FRANÇAISE: « Bien des années avant 1830, dans le temps où nos armées parcouraient l’Europe, le hasard me donna un billet de logement pour la maison d’un chanoine : c’était à Padoue, charmante ville...

Anne Frank’s diary: Published 75 Years Ago – Remembering Buddy Elias, guardian of a...

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Published on 25 June, 1947, Anne Frank's diary ranks as one of the world's most read books. We are re-hilighting the following ARTICLE from Global Insights in 2019 about the young German-Jewish...

NATO reacts to Putin and Ukraine

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By contributing editor, cartoonist and author Jeff Danziger.

In Squandered Eden, Paradise Lost

Whether the pen is still mightier than the sword is a tossup. But bulldozers beat them both hands down. Once monster machines ravage nature, there is no going back. And in the...

Afghanistan’s looming catastrophe, and how we can stop it

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The following article was first published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on April 15, 2022. The escalating litany of atrocities being revealed to the world in the Ukraine has almost...

Russia’s War in Ukraine – The Danger of Expansion

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U.S. cartoonist and author Jeff Danziger (see his website) is a contributing editor of Global Insights Magazine. He is also a member of our media partner, Cartooning for Peace.

Democracy – Quo Vadimus — Where Do We Go?

What connects both incidents is a growing sense that the political polarization gripping the country has begun to shake the very foundations of law and order, of civilized behavior itself. In this...

Back to the Cold War

Putin may survive this round, but the post-Ukraine world he has created is not going to be the same. To start with, nothing that Putin says from here on out will have...

Biden visit to the Middle East: Choosing the nasties over the nasties

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Cartoonist Jeff Danziger is a contributing editor to Global Insights Magazine and Global Geneva Group. He is also a member of the Geneva-based Cartooning for Peace. For more information on Danziger, please see our Global Geneva profile A...

On being taken for Salman Rushdie…and nearly lynched

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At least two men were brandishing swords, while little boys were picking up stones, a bad sign. While covering the final...

No Exit for Putin

The “military operation” to take over the Ukraine was simultaneously a catastrophic miscalculation and a threat to Russia’s long-term security. War in Ukraine, potential famine in the Middle East,...

Russia and China: The Bros in the Owner’s Box

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I call this Mort Report non-prophet; correspondents can only speculate on the future based on the present in light of the past. I am scared witless about far more than Ukraine —...
young Zelenskyy in Prague in 2009

Being Volodymyr Zelensky (updated)

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Longhaul air flights offer ideal training in bingeing your days away with video. Flying from the dream world of Zurich Airport, with its bewildering profusion of shopping areas and escalators, to the...