75 Years later: Resurrecting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

When Hamas and other Palestinian militants attacked Israel on October 7, 2023, murdering over 1,200 Israelis and foreign nationals, most of them civilians including children, while kidnapping another 240 or more, Ukrainian president Volodymyr...

María de Buenos Aires, un opéra-tango époustouflant

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EDITION FRANCAISE: Né à la fin du XIXe siècle dans la région du Rio de la Plata, à l’embouchure de l’Océan Atlantique qui sépare l’Argentine de l’Uruguay, le tango résumait en musique les aspirations...

What Can Israel Do Now?

Israel’s assault on Gaza is beginning to appear unsustainable, and there is little doubt that it is doing more damage to Israel’s international standing than anything Hamas could have hoped to have accomplished on...

This Is the Big One: Israel must survive, but requires coexistence with Palestine.

DRAGUIGNAN, France -- Suppose cameras spot a terrorist cluster in Times Square Station at rush hour. Police can seal exits, lob in explosives and express regret for “unavoidable” collateral damage. To retain their old...

Ignoring World Opinion, Israel Steps into a Hornet’s Nest in Gaza

The shift in public perception, however, has left even US pledges of unconditional support dangerously fractured. The implications reach further than Israel’s problems with Hamas. Jewish communities around the world are already facing an...

Biden’s Visit May Have Kept Gaza From Boiling Over

President Joe Biden’s eight-hour visit to Jerusalem may go down in history as both a heroic expression of authentic personal conviction and an act of genuine statesmanship, a rare occurrence these days. It’s hard...

MortReport Extra: Hearts of Stone

Ground truth is buried under pent-up hatreds, hidebound bias, distorted history, prostituted faux-news and manipulation. Solid reporting competes with so much well-meant but misleading speed-of-light coverage that peace seems an impossible dream. Still, Jonathan Dekel-Chen...
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‘Soon your planet will be punished’

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Is doomster fiction coming true? Well, maybe Geneva has the answer "American culture is now insane. In its cultural, social, and political behaviour, the United States resembles a baby almost uneducated and increasingly uninterested...

« Il est urgent de ne pas oublier le peuple afghan »

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Le concert de soutien Music from a Silent Land, qui a eu lieu au Victoria Hall de Genève, le 6 septembre dernier, a séduit le public venu nombreux écouter les jeunes virtuoses. Sourires et...

Le dernier voyage de Laurence Deonna

EDITION FRANCAISE (Voir version anglaise ICI) Pétillante. Talentueuse. Engagée. Indignée. Lumineuse. Laurence Deonna avait le sourire communicatif et le rire espiègle, cette politesse du désespoir et de moments tristes qu’elle ne cachait pas lors...

Joan Baez, le talent et l’engagement

Sous un cèdre majestueux, alternant moments de gravité et de légèreté, Joan Baez a enchanté son auditoire composé de personnalités genevoises, diplomates, fonctionnaires onusiens, militants des droits humains et quelques journalistes, invités à la...

Switzerland’s Sundance edition 19

Countering the clichés Though the Valais is home to only 1% of the Swiss population (including me), its upper regions, including Zermatt, account for a "proportionally enormous" part of Switzerland onscreen, as cinema historian Cornelius...

Conflit israélo-palestinien: Un changement de paradigme est nécessaire 

EDITION FRANCAISE: Que fait l’ONU par rapport à la situation des droits humains dans les Territoires palestiniens occupés depuis 1967 ? L’ONU est une grande organisation avec plusieurs parties. Elle est partagée entre l’Assemblée générale et...

Le théâtre pour sensibiliser, briser le silence et universaliser

EDITION FRANCAISE Le théâtre peut-il contribuer à l’intégration d’un migrant ou d’un réfugié ? Il ne faut pas donner au théâtre des dimensions qui ne relèvent pas de sa fonction ni disproportionner ses vertus. Il contribue avant...

FIFDH 2023 : « L’humiliation est un non-dit permanent en géopolitique »

EDITION FRANCAISE: Irène Challand a pris ses fonctions de co-directrice et directrice des programmes du FIFDH en septembre dernier. Dotée d’une solide expérience dans le domaine du journalisme et du cinéma, elle a été...

Letter from Geneva and France: Brexit’s betrayal of young people

One only need arrive at Geneva airport, which serves Swiss, French, and Italian mountain resorts, to witness the humiliating degradation of British travellers. It’s particularly galling on Saturdays when the flights come in for...
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Chantal Akerman – In search of lost culture

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In 2022 one of her productions has been voted the greatest film of all time by British Film Institute experts Perhaps I should not have been shocked to learn that Belgian film director Chantal Akerman...
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My FTX crypto horror story

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FTX iced me out of its community channel because I showed it was a shambles even last January. Perhaps I should have known FTX was going to end in a meltdown. Back in January...

‘Roger Federer, welcome home!’

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Finally he did it. The dreaded moment of his retirement, much anticipated over the past decade. It came just after midnight on 24 September at the Laver Cup in London. The organizers bent the...

L’ancien président suisse Adolf Ogi lance trois suggestions : à l’ONU, au pape François et...

ÉDITION FRANÇAISE: Adolf Ogi a eu un parcours exceptionnel. Né le 18 juillet 1942 à Kandersteg (canton de Berne), il a été directeur de la Fédération suisse de ski, conseiller national, conseiller fédéral, deux fois...

WIKI’s Centennial Expedition: A multimedia venture to help save the Med

Our HelpSaveTheMed Multimedia Initiative in the public interest. UPDATED: October 6, 2022 As with the world's oceans, the Greater Mediterranean is under threat. The current scourge of forest fires from the south of France to...

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

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 teenager whose...

Russia’s War in Ukraine – The Danger of Expansion

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.

‘Your brain is hazardous to your wealth’ — warns investing whiz Patrick Geddes

Patrick’s only partly joking. Co-founder and former CEO of the Aperio Group, an asset management pioneer with $42 billion under management at the end of 2020 when it was acquired by BlackRock, Patrick in...

Frozen Afghan Funds: The need for urgent UN Security Council action

The following article is offered on an oped basis. United Against Inhumanity (UAI)launched a campaign on 8th March to challenge the decision by some governments to freeze Afghan national reserves that have been built up since the time...

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 dedicated to world peace and you learn that the president of...

Appel de l’ONU pour des fonds destinés à 28 millions de personnes en Afghanistan...

Edition Française: Discuter avec les Talibans ou les boycotter ? La question taraude les dirigeants occidentaux. Mais la tragédie humanitaire des Afghanes et des Afghans exige un certain pragmatisme. Selon l’AFP, la délégation des Talibans,...

Dominique Ziegler rejoint Miss Marple à l’hôtel Beltram

Toutes illustrations Dominique Ziegler. Après avoir brillamment écrit et mis en scène des pièces de théâtre évoquant des instants de vie de personnages historiques comme Jaurès, Lénine, Rousseau, Calvin, Jules César et Molière, Dominique Ziegler...

COVID-19: Anti-vaccine paranoia, disinformation and disregard for others undermine end to pandemic

The refusal by so many to vaccinate is not only endangering lives but also subverting global efforts to turn the pandemic around. As the World Health Organization, GAVI, UNICEF and a host of other...

Building Bridges for Geneva and the world: Breaking the silos

On the face of it, what International Switzerland has to offer is exceptional in the way of knowledge, expertise and diplomacy, particularly with regard to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). But unless more appropriate and, above all,...

GENEVA BUILDING BRIDGES EVENT: Leveraging International Switzerland to the World

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From systemic failure to systems rebirth - Reinforcing and Leveraging the existing Geneva / Swiss Bridge to the World for larger commercial and social impact - A physical event of the Building Bridges Week...

Preparing for the worst

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"Essentially we are playing Russian roulette,” says Andrew Leigh. And the biggest threat is the political groundswell known as 'populism'. "We need to move quickly to take that bullet out of the chamber,”...

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

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 what we do,...

Dealing with new realities: Cities must adapt to climate change

Agent Provocateur is Global Insights oped section. This is being republished in English with the kind permission of El Pais on the occasion of World Cities Day, 31 October 2021. The event was celebrated...

Virtual/hybrid conferences: Has there been an event reset since COVID?

Agent Provocateur is Global Insights’ oped section In my small world of moderating at events, however, nothing much has changed – unfortunately. I had hoped that some of the best practices from the virtual world – shorter...

Outgrowing capitalism: a Geneva expert shows how and why we should do it

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Universal Basic Income (UBI) is definitely part of the answer Marco Dondi proposes for the multiple crises facing developed as well as developing countries. But the management specialist worries that setting the initial UBI...

La neutralité suisse peut-elle être un modèle pour l’Europe ?

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La neutralité suisse intrigue et fait débat. Le livre de Micheline Calmy-Rey dit tout ce que nous aurions toujours voulu savoir sur les voies empruntées par le Conseil fédéral à ce propos. Ancienne conseillère d’État du Canton...

Geneva Press Club Panel on Water: weapon of war or instrument of peace?

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In 2017, the IPU’s Committee on Middle East Questions held two round tables on the question of water in the region. You will participate in a panel concerning water security and water diplomacy, focusing...

Montreux et Vevey, une atmosphère de dolce vita en Suisse

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Montreux, ville de musique, avec le Festival de jazz le plus célèbre du monde. Vevey, ville d’images, Corsier-sur-Vevey et son captivant Chaplin’s World élu meilleur musée d’Europe en 2018 par l'Académie européenne des musées. Lavaux,...

Focus on Afghanistan: Terror attacks and the guilt of leaving.

GENEVA: What everyone feared has happened. A suicide bomber attacked in the midst of the chaos of panicked people at the airport in Kabul. More than 100 dead and over 150 injured, among them...

Focus on Afghanistan: The country’s ‘Businesswoman of the Year’ escapes from Kabul.

Like a Horror Movie It is Monday, 16 August 2021. Hassina Syed, who is 41, is in central Kabul when her mobile phone rings. Her friend screams, shouting into the receiver: “Take your bag and...

The poor are everywhere: what can one person do?

Agent Provocateur is Global Insights’ op-ed section. Over the past year and a half, the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened hunger and poverty in many parts of the world. According to the World Bank, by the end of 2021 about...

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

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: Jaw-Jaw is the only Solution

Agent Provocateur is Global Insights' op-ed section. A moment of truth is in the offing for Afghanistan’s estimated 35 million people, plus the 5-6 million in the diaspora including refugees. The choice now is between...

Swiss crypto: what comes next and why you should care about it

You may have no interest in cryptocurrencies or consider them a Ponzi rip-off like Nouriel Roubini or Nobel Economics Prizewinner Paul Krugman, i.e. you don't want to be the last crypto holder to cash...

The UN must not fail the people of Myanmar…again.

Earlier this month on 12 July, 2021, the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted a resolution on Myanmar, the latest of a series of resolutions by UN bodies since the military coup that hit...

The Public-Relations Industry Grabs a Foothold in the UN

The following article was first published by Passblue.com, an independent, women-led journalism site based in New York that closely covers the US-UN relationship, women’s issues, human rights, peacekeeping and other key global matters. We...

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

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 longer draft was initially published by...

Avraham Burg: A federal system for Israel

“I would like to explore the possibility of introducing the federal system in Israel” Avraham Burg In a lecture at the Global Studies Institute (GSI) you explained why the Swiss federal model inspires you. This model...

La veuve de Lokman Slim demande une enquête indépendante sur l’assassinat de son mari

Quel est le but de votre visite en Suisse ? Je suis en Suisse pour activer, avec un groupe d’amis, Umam Switzerland, petite sœur suisse de l’association que nous avons fondée au Liban. L’autre but de mon voyage...