Crimes and punishments of radical artists in Putin’s Russia

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“All political prisoners face a Golgotha, a crucifixion,” Krisevich said. “There are thousands of them.” The burning papers in his November 5 performance, Krisevich explained, represent the volumes of indictments fabricated by FSB officers...

Peacekeeping: When all seemed lost …

Monrovia, Liberia, August 5, 2003: General Cobra sat behind a wooden desk, bare but for an elephant carved from rosewood, a porcelain figurine of a bucking bronco, and an abacus. He sported a scarlet...

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,...

American Kompromat: Russia’s attempt to undermine US democracy

There’s no question that the Kremlin played a critical role edging Donald Trump across the finish line in the 2106 election.  Virtually all US intelligence agencies agree that after hackers working for GRU, the...

Afghanistan Today: Is Russia back to old tricks?

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The Red Army suffered a humiliating defeat and retreated from Afghanistan in February, 1989. Now the Kremlin is clawing its way into a diplomatic thicket in which Pakistan, India and Iran are also vying...

Afghanistan: Struggling to preserve a country’s heritage

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THE STONE STUPA AT TOPDARA IN THE FOOTHILLS above the Koh-e Daman plain north of Kabul is testament to the rich cultural heritage of the region. It is one of a string of sites...

Bruno Barbey: Disappearance of a photographic great

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For over five decades, Bruno Barbey photographed across five continents for major international magazines, such as TIME-LIFE, Paris Match and Stern. He also published over 30 books. What he has left is an astounding...

Botswana’s rhino poaching crisis: COVID-19 increases the pressure

Any thought that the coronavirus outbreak and supposed clampdowns in China and other East Asia countries on illegal wildlife trade and markets will cut demand for rhino horn is misplaced.  Chinese traditional medicine purveyors...

Notes from Oregon: At the centre of the fire storm

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September 11, 2020 As I sit down to write this, it feels like I’m writing a journal in a movie about Mars. A reddish-orange hue shines through my tightly shut windows. In a state where...

The Global Reef Expedition: A mission to assess the health of coral reefs around...

This article is part of a special Global Geneva Focus series on Oceans. IN 2011, scientists from the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation set out on a mission to explore the remote coral reefs...

Letter from Cox’s Bazar: Burma’s Rohingya – A people in need of citizenship, not...

The following article is made possible by a grant from the Fondation Alcea as part of Global Geneva's 'Youth Writes' (Young Journalists & Writers Programme). This seeks to promote young writers among high school...

African Leaders Who Abuse Power – A Select List

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YOWERI MUSEVENI UGANDA As with so many African leaders, Museveni started off in 1986 with hope for real change. But now, with corruption widespread, he just can’t leave it. Last February, he embarked on his...

Saying Goodbye to Afghanistan’s Ghosts and Dreams

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN -- Sitting on the sun-drenched patio of Le Bistro, eating freshly baked croissants, it is hard to think of leaving Afghanistan. This is a country where I have lived for more than...

In South Sudan, the Hope and Pain of Nonviolence

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Gunmen killed our children. We seek peaceful justice but cannot be sure it will happen. This article by Yeng Lambo, a USIP program coordinator, was first published by the United States Institute of Peace,...

Could better-funded journalism have prevented the pandemic?

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What is so ironic is that had donor governments, foundations, corporations and private individuals with means bothered to support independent news organizations at a time when credible journalism is in crisis with global coverage...

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...

After Trump: Facebook targets questionable election tactics in Uganda

Donald Trump is not the only politician in for a rocky ride on the social media roller coaster these days. Earlier this week, Facebook decided to shut down all social networks linked to Uganda’s...

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,”...

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...

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...

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...

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: 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: 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...

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...

Lions in Conflict

MOST OF THESE REPORTS INVOLVED LIONS IN SMALL safari parks in South Africa attacking people. One concerned a young woman killed by a lion that had been habituated to the so-called “lion whisperer”, Kevin Richardson,...

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....

Coronavirus Stories: My Verbier Covid-19 Experience

It all started with a get-together in the 1,500 metre-high Swiss alpine resort of Verbier. Perhaps it started even before then; I will never know.  My closest friends and I from here, there, and everywhere ...

Law in Afghanistan: The Crooked Path from Custom to Code

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The following is part of Global Geneva's ongoing FOCUS series on Afghanistan. On this, the final hour of the final day, the most bearded and revered man in the room who had always occupied the...

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...

The Hans Hass Fifty Fathoms Award: Communicating the oceans

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Tear Drop in the Sea - By Gardner Young (a diver) I tell you mate, we all tempt fate when we dive beneath the sea For a man’s a fool, to break the rule, that nature meant...

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...

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,...

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

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...

FOCUS on Wildlife Trafficking & Pandemics: Bushmeat – The Background

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Before the European occupation of Africa and the building of colonial empires, including in Asia and the Americas, and the banning by the imperial powers of hunting by indigenous communities, pastoralists, farmers and other...

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...

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...

France’s crumbling chateaux: Not the only cultural heritage under threat.

It’s a noble concern that will appeal to many. President Macron’s aim is to use the lottery – quickly - as a means of mobilizing private money to avoid raising taxes and leaving a...

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...

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...

Palau: At the Edge of the World

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Just beyond the vibrant coral reefs on the eastern rim of Palau’s island archipelago, the clear blue of the Western Pacific suddenly becomes even bluer, both on the map and in reality, as it...

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...

Bosnia-Herzegovina: Revisiting life after genocide.

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The following article was published in the June-September 2018 Summer print & e-edition  of Global Geneva. FOR 43-YEAR-OLD KRISTIAN SKEIE, “Life After Genocide” is a general headline that he has been using for the past...

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...

The Yazidis : Life after Genocide

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Hajji Mirza is from Tel Azar. Now he and his family are condemned to live in a tent in Khanke, a refugee camp with over 16,000 people near Dohuk in northern Iraq. “For 20...

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 be heard:...

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...

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....

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...