‘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...

The Balkans Wars: Return to Slavonski Brod

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Mladen Vladetić is standing in his old local park. It is called the “blue field” and it is surrounded by grim-looking tenements, their outer walls still scarred by shell impacts with great holes and...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The United States needs a peace conference

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Now blood has been shed. With the attempted autogolpe and insurrection that led to the brief occupation of the U.S. Capitol last week, and five deaths, any notion that partisan divides in the United States will...

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...

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...

Bangkok is Sinking, but so are other Southeast Asian megacities…

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Somneuk Atipanyo, a Buddhist abbot, stands in front of his temple south of Bangkok looking out to sea. Here, he says, pointing to the waves lapping at the shoreline, 20 years ago there was an enclosed pond...

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...

Rex Tillerson and the ‘Art’ of the Oil Business

Please subscribe to the Global Geneva Support Community so that we can fund investigative reporting in the public interest. Join us on Twitter @GlobalGVA A rock about the size of a fist sits on the...

The Third Pole: Letter from a critical observer in the Himalayas

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KUSUM GURUNG’S LIFE TOOK A TRAGIC TURN in April 2015. An earthquake destroyed most of her village’s houses along with all their meagre property. It also took the lives of friends and family members....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 stages of the Soviet Union’s nearly decade-long failed war in Afghanistan, both the Christian...

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...

Coral Vita: Making reef rescue fun – and a business

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Gator Halpern, recently named 2018 Young Champion, and his project Coral Vita, founded in 2015 with one-time fellow student Sam Teicher, have already received many awards. Among them: Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2018...

Mort Report Extra: The Scream

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The following column by contributing editor, journalist and author Mort Rosenblum is from his regular comment The MortReport. Illustrations are by Global Geneva contributing editor Jeff Danziger, a poltical cartoonist and author. TUCSON — On a...

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...

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...

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,”...

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...

Letter from Islamabad: Afghanistan from Past To Present To Past Again

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Focus on Afghanistan: 40 years of war. This article is part of Global Geneva's special series exploring 40 years of war in Afghanistan. It is scheduled to be published in our November 2018-January 2019...

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...

Fires on the West Coast and Siberia: Living by the Air Quality Index (AQI)...

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The fires are menacing enough, but the smoke and consequent rapidly declining air quality may present an imminent danger over a much larger area than the fires themselves. The Environmental Protection Agency issues an...

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,...

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...

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: 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...

Libya’s Worsening Turmoil – Bad for Everyone

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Five years ago this February I was among the first foreign journalists to arrive in Benghazi, the city in eastern Libya that had just birthed the uprising that would eventually bring an end to...

PolarQuest2018: Voyage to the edge of the North Pole

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Travel & Science Published in Global Geneva's Winter 2018/19 print and e-edition, this article is part of our ongoing coverage on polar regions. Our first Polar Special Focus was published in the Summer, 2018 edition. OUR...

Letter from Sicily: The Mediterranean – the World’s most Deadly Anti-Refugee ‘Wall’  

This article is part of Global Geneva’s Focus series on Oceans. In January 2019 I had the good fortune to finally get to Sicily, or at least to the ancient town of Palermo and other...

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,...

Nur-Sultan: International Geneva’s challenge in Central Asia

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Some liken landing in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan's capital, to touchdown in the film set of a futuristic sci-fi movie in Central Asia. It's one of the most space-age looking of the world's capitals. It lies...

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...

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...

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...

Coronavirus Stories: Letter from London. On the NHS Frontline with COVID fatigue

Working in healthcare is never easy; but working through the Covid-19 pandemic takes all the usual stresses, strains and anxieties and amplifies them by a factor of ten. The mood in my Accident & Emergency...

LETTER FROM GHAZNI: The Palace in the brush

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FIFTEEN YEARS AGO, IN SEPTEMBER 2003, I journeyed to Ghazni, whose name means “jewel,” situated on Highway 1 south of Kabul. A trading and transit hub for central-eastern Afghanistan, it is now a city of...

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...

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...

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...