Poking Our Eyes Out 

I always felt a wave of relief as wheels touched down at JFK after working in dicey places. Foreign correspondents accept the risk. “It’s traumatic,” Jon Lee Anderson of The New Yorker once told an...

The Gold of Sudan and Good Old-Fashioned Russian Colonialism in Africa

Sudan’s current military regime seized power in a coup d’état on October 25, last year. The coup effectively ended a shaky partnership between a civilian government and the military which had briefly experimented with...

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

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 Cartoonist on the...

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 a full,...

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 new world,...

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 American West,...

FRANCE “Oouff” Outdid “Ah, Merde”

TUCSON — It will take some time to see where France goes next. But that old saw — plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose — is for sure out the window. Emmanuel...

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

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 from the first been punctuated by...

The Daily Doormat

Political cartoon by Jeff Danziger, cartoonist, author and contributing editor to Global Insights. He is also a member of our media partner, Cartooning for Peace. TUCSON, Arizona -- I’ll get to the big picture in...

Ukraine and the Chinese Conundrum

Vladimir Putin (left). Xi Jinping (right). Photo credit: G20 Argentina / Flickr (CC BY 2.0) and COP PARIS / Wikimedia (CC0 1.0) The problem is that global wealth and technology are overwhelmingly on the side of the US,...

Afghanistan’s Taliban still holding western detainees

Peter Jouvenal (right with camera) while reporting during the Soviet-Afghan war. (Photo: Ed Gorman) There is still no news about the possibility of release of the remaining westerners being currently held by the Taliban. While...

Russia’s war in Ukraine: Lessons from Afghanistan?

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 in from...

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 Putin’s onslaught and the “shock and...

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 any credibility....

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 — less because...

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 two break away regions, the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Luhansk...

Le Yémen est l’un des pays les plus invivables pour les enfants et les...

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Edition Française: Alix Reboul-Salze, attachée au bureau de l’Unicef au Yémen, explique à Global Geneva que la crise humanitaire yéménite résulte d’une convergence tragique de plusieurs menaces pour le pays depuis l’intensification du conflit...

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 kidnappers were...

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 in order to avoid capture by US...

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 that Afghanistan simply go away. But...

MortReport Extra: Now or Never

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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 of the world. If...

Accountability is about leadership, not mechanisms.

Agent Provocateur is the oped section of Global Insights. At the core of the problem is that we can’t decide what accountability to affected people (AAP) means. The result is a plethora of ill-fitting initiatives that...

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 regular comment The MortReport. Global Insights Magazine/Global Geneva Group...

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 of the world. If...

Bosnia: A looming humanitarian crisis in the heart of Europe

All photos courtesy of Kristian Skeie with copyright. Bihać is a city of 56,000 on the Una River in western Bosnia. At its center stands a 13th-century church that was converted into a mosque after...

Mort Report Booster Shot

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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 of the...

2021 Rory Peck Awards: Recognizing the best of freelance reporting and filmmaking

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The standard of freelance acquired news has become so penetrative and informative that the big broadcasting brands would surely collapse without stars like Solan Kolli who won the news award, Brent E. Huffman who...

Review: Reconnecting people to our planet

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This latest book of outstanding photographs of wildlife, landscapes, people and the whole vast but fragile web of nature by photographers and naturalists Jonathan and Angela Scott is by any standards a weighty tome...

Contesting statelessness in the Dominican Republic

Agent Provocateur is Global Insights’ oped section Large scale migration has historically occurred between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, which together share the Caribbean Island of Hispaniola. Fuelled by political instability and economic hardship, many Haitians migrated...

Over the Horizon

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The following column by contributing editor, journalist and author Mort Rosenblum is from his regular comment The MortReport. WILD OLIVES, France — Whether on battlefields or in backwoods Provence, reality bites up close. “Over the horizon,”...

The Hindu Kush Himalaya: An endangered “water tower” in a warming world

Mountain systems have long played a vital role for ensuring replenishable water resources for both human survival and natural ecosystems, for drinking, farming, hydroelectrical power, irrigation, transportation and fishing, among other human activities.  Inhabitants of Asia and...

Focus on Afghanistan: Whose responsibility?

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This is an updated version of an article that first appeared in The Christian Science Monitor on 9 September 2021. See additional articles on Afghanistan in Global Insights (search www.global-geneva.com) plus our specialised updated collection of...

Focus on Afghanistan: The Slack platform on evacuation

Drawing by contributing editor, political cartoonist and author Jeff Danziger. He is a member of the Geneva-based Cartooning for Peace. See additional articles on Afghanistan in Global Insights (search www.global-geneva.com) plus our specialized updated collection of...

Focus on Afghanistan: Why and What Next?

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The following column by contributing editor, journalist and author Mort Rosenblum is from his regular comment The MortReport. Cartoon courtesy of artist and author Jeff Danziger, a member of the Geneva-based Cartoonists for Peace. PARIS — European...

Focus on Afghanistan: Will Afghanistan Emerge as a Narco Superstate?

See additional articles on Afghanistan in Global Insights (search www.global-geneva.com) plus our specialized updated collection of good pieces on Afghanistan by other media. (See Nusereal link: https://www.nusereal.com/afghan.php) Estimates are that Afghanistan currently produces 80-90 per cent of the...

Focus on Afghanistan: The “Tali-Bans’ of the past: waiting for the new decrees.

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The first edition of the Crosslines Essential Field Guide to Afghanistan, which was published in 1998 during the height of the first Taliban era (1996-2001), quickly became known as the “Taliban edition.” (Three more...

Focus on Afghanistan: The West’s abandonment of Afghanistan: A story of arrogance, ineptitude, and...

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Political cartoon by Jeff Danziger, contributing editor to Global Insights and a member of our media partner Cartooning for Peace. See additional articles on Afghanistan in Global Insights (search www.global-geneva.com) plus our specialised updated collection of...

Focus on Afghanistan: The Essential Field Guide to Afghanistan. 4th fully-revised edition. (2014) –...

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See additional articles on Afghanistan in Global Insights Magazine (search www.global-geneva.com) plus our specialised updated collection of good pieces on Afghanistan by other media. (See Nusereal link: https://www.nusereal.com/afghan.php) The fully-revised 4th edition of The Essential...

Focus on Afghanistan: Afghan Waterloo: Graveyard for the British, Soviet, and US Empires

See additional articles on Afghanistan in Global Insights (search www.global-geneva.com) plus our specialised updated collection of good pieces on Afghanistan by other media. (See Nusereal link: https://www.nusereal.com/afghan.php) Biden’s decision to surrender to Donald Trump’s agenda...

Focus on Afghanistan: “We tried to tell you”

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The following column by contributing editor, journalist and author Mort Rosenblum is from his regular comment The MortReport. FLAYOSC, France — Here we go again. Americans clamor for the exits, leaving behind innocent blood and sophisticated...

Overfishing: The greatest threat to our oceans

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Agent Provocateur is Global Insights Magazine's op-ed section. If you turn on the world news you may hear about plastic waste killing sea mammals, melting glaciers, illegal dumping, and unintentional drowning. One thing the media covers ever...

Focus on Afghanistan: What to do about Afghanistan’s growing disaster: Two key articles

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As predicted by some, the ill-advised U.S.-led military pullout in Afghanistan has led to a rapidly deteriorating on-the-ground situation that is increasingly leading to a takeover of much of the country by the Taliban....

Michel Lavollay: A Cri du Coeur From a Doctor-Diplomat Who Knows

The following column by contributing editor, journalist and author Mort Rosenblum is from his regular comment The MortReport. PARIS — Breakfast with Michel Lavollay at Café Flore, pleasant under any circumstance, was beyond joyful this time....

Focus on Afghanistan: How the Afghan president helped his brother secure lucrative mining deals...

A longer version of this article was originally published by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. Afghanistan’s crags and valleys hold at least a trillion dollars’ worth of minerals, first mapped by Soviet geologists in...

Nepal’s Covid Doctors

Politics are feeding the fire. For the second time in five months, Nepal’s government was dissolved on 22 May 2021, furthering bureaucratic paralysis. Nepal risks becoming an imploding catastrophe. It is already losing gains...

The Last Great Coral Reef Wilderness

In the middle of the Indian Ocean lies the Chagos Archipelago, a collection of atolls and submerged banks where the reefs have been largely undisturbed by humans for the last 50 years. Located over...

The Ethiopian-Tigray Conflict: View of a worsening situation from the other side of the...

Fleeing violence in Tigray, Ethiopia, more than 61,000 people have registered as refugees after crossing the border into Sudan since November 2020. Recently, I visited two refugee camps - Al Hashabat and Um Rakuba...

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, I was...

‘American Kompromat’ excerpt by Craig Unger

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The following is an excerpt from the book 'American Kompromat' by American author and journalist Craig Unger published 26 January, 2021 (Penguin Publishing Group). You can read a review of this book by William...