Hunger is an immoral accompaniment to war

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OPINION PIECE: This article was first published on April 4, 2024, in The National News. My childhood was haunted by images of stick-like children of my own age eating broken pieces of rice washed down...

Letter from Monaco: Exploring to preserve the planet

As a writer and foreign correspondent who for over 40 years has trekked across much of Afghanistan, filmed Zambia’s Kafue Wetlands or reported from Haiti’s forest-depleted hillside villages, one occasionally bumps into other likeminded...

Israël-Gaza : Des expertes de l’ONU déplorent les attaques contre l’hôpital Al-Shifa

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EDITION FRANCAISE: Dans un communiqué, Tlaleng Mofokeng, Rapporteuse spéciale sur le droit de toute personne de jouir du meilleur état de santé physique et mentale possible, et Francesca Albanese, Rapporteuse spéciale sur la situation...

What’s Wrong with TikTok?

On the surface, it’s hard to think of TikTok as a serious threat to national security. The site’s often silly offerings look about as offensive as a Barbie doll or your average teddy bear....

Moscow Attack Marks Return of ISIS

Taking the Kremlin’s checkered history into account, it’s not surprising that a first reaction to last week’s bloody attack against Moscow’s Crocus City Hall concert auditorium last week was to wonder if Vladimir Putin...

L’âme de l’Afghanistan

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EDITION FRANCAISE: Pourquoi l’Afghanistan ? Fasciné par ce pays, Régis Koetschet lui dédie trois livres récemment parus chez Nevicata : Des cerfs-volants dans la nuit dans la collection L’âme des peuples, ainsi que À Kaboul...

La Nuit des Neiges 40 ans de solidarité

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EDITION FRANCAISE: Des personnalités du monde diplomatique, des arts et de la culture étaient présentes lors de cette soirée caritative animée par Jean-Marc Richard, en présence de l’Ambassadeur d’Italie en Suisse Gian Lorenzo Cornado...

Mountain Water Towers and Rivers: Crucial for Mediterranean Survival

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UPDATED February 13, 2024 Liechtenstein, Geneva and Marseille: Boosted by human-caused climate change but also El Niño, 2023 ranks as the world’s warmest year on record according to the European Union Climate Service. El Niño...

YouthWrites – Letter from Tahiti: An uphill struggle for dealing humanely with stray dogs

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This is part of Global Geneva Group’s Youth Writes educational initiative helping young people to write about their volunteer and other on-the-ground experiences as inspiration for others. This is now being developed as part...

Jonathan Hoffman: Afghanistan’s Development Army-of-One

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UPDATED: In late July 2023, as the second anniversary of the fall of Kabul loomed, American officials formally met with senior representatives of the Taliban for the first time since that debacle in Doha, Qatar....

Protecting the Mediterranean and the world’s oceans: information and collaboration are key

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UPDATED February 2024: Marseille, France -- Principle concerns for the protection of the Greater Mediterranean range from the urgent need for more imaginative – and effective – solutions aimed at sustainable tourism but also...

MortReport: No Do-Overs for Amerexit

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Britons learned the hard way with Brexit the costs of a hasty decision by ill-informed voters. Great Britain is now simply a Britain fraught with troubles, and there is no going back. Imagine the...

Forgotten Yemen Forces the US and the World to Pay Attention

Some wars are intentional. Others just happen, usually as the result of a chain reaction of events that take on an unintended pattern of their own. No grand strategy is involved. Each step in...

MortReport: Getting It Right on the Border

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LUKEVILLE, Arizona — Here at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, his “big, beautiful wall” destroys natural splendor, sacred Indian sites, wildlife habitats and watercourses. But more, it causes needless death and misery, showing a...

Middle East: Inching Toward Armageddon

End strategies in chess usually involve a hapless loser being forced into a series of defensive moves that ultimately end in checkmate. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken must have been contemplating this dispiriting...

Noha Baz, l’art d’enchanter la vie par les mots et les actes

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EDITION FRANCAISE: La solaire Noha Baz, née à Alep de père libanais et de mère suissesse, vivant et travaillant entre Paris et Beyrouth où elle exerce la profession de pédiatre, cultive une passion pour...

L’ONU, l’enfer de Gaza et le sort des otages

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EDITION FRANCAISE Depuis le 7 octobre dernier, suite aux crimes commis par le Hamas et à l’incertitude quant au sort des otages israéliens détenus à Gaza, l’armée israélienne continue son offensive destructrice dans la...

On Jews, “Santa Clause” and the Whole Enchilada

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Words used carefully have never mattered more. Jews and Arabs, for instance. Nothing makes the point like Hamas’s monstrous Oct. 7 onslaught and the relentless riposte by hardline Israeli politicians who shame Judaism. There is...

Peace between Israelis and Palestinians: The Anne Frank Option

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Published on 25 June, 1947, Anne Frank's diary ranks as one of the world's most read books. Given that December is supposed to represent a festive season of peace for both Christians and Jews,...

Reaping the Grapes of Wrath in Gaza

The heightened intensity of the Israeli bombing in Gaza may be the most convincing indication yet that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Israeli command have a sense that time is running out...

FILMAR en América Latina à la découverte d’une autre Colombie

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EDITION FRANCAISE: Cinéma, engagement, art, patrimoine immatériel colombien, luttes convergentes, cultures ancestrales, revendications sociales et inclusives. Les quelques 24'700 spectatrices et spectateurs qui se sont rassemblés cette année à FILMAR, la plus grande manifestation...
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How can International Geneva make a bigger impact online?

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An expert guide and practitioners’ assessments Our guide: Natalie Domeisen, Head of Corporate Events and Publishing Programmes at the International Trade Centre. She’s also one of the two most effective communicators I’ve worked with...

Israel’s unwinnable war: Holding both sides accountable

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UPDATED December 14, 2023. Looking back on wars such as Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Angola, Somalia, Mozambique and Salvador, no government has ever really succeeded in achieving a long-term and sustainable solution by relying on...
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Switzerland’s Dark Side: how to read all about it

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Don't overlook local newspapers Easy enough to find Switzerland's imprint on the rest of the world. For example, the richest person is Switzerland is Chanel co-heir 73-year-old Geneva resident Gérard Wertheimer (LINK). Checking "Switzerland news" in...

75 Years later: Resurrecting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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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...

FILMAR en América Latina : Le cinéma permet un regard critique sur le monde

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EDITION FRANCAISE Comment est née l’idée de votre documentaire ? Para no olvidar (Pour ne pas oublier) a nécessité cinq ans de recherches. L’idée initiale était d’évoquer la migration et l’exil. Je viens d’une famille qui,...

« La lumière est l’âme de l’architecture »

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EDITION FRANCAISE: (PHOTOS - Carlo Schmidt) -- Mario Botta, qu’est-ce que la lumière pour vous ? La lumière est une réalité qui change entre le jour et la nuit. Pour en parler concrètement, il faut la...

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

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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...

Swiss Chalet kitsch, what it means, and how to escape it

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Explore real Swiss rural life at Ballenberg As the architect told an Upper-Valais newspaper, "At the end of the 18th century, wealthy foreign travellers discovered the Alps as Romantic retreats. The landscape, with its meadows,...
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Bard vs CoPilot: both AI bots bombed on my tests for news

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Spoiler alert: You are still pretty much on your own It's nearly two years now since I wrote an article explaining "Why I prefer my news from AI". In it I also spelled out why...

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

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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...

Hamas Attack Shocks Israel and Invites Massive Retaliation

Fighting in Israel lasted throughout Sunday. Hundreds of Hamas Palestinian fighters surged across Israel’s borders on Saturday, using waves of motorized hang gliders and hundreds of motorcycles, pickup trucks, and automobiles to crash across...

Le thème des réfugiés à l’honneur au Caux Palace

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EDITION FRANCAISE: En ouvrant la soirée, Jacqueline Coté, présidente de la Fondation Caux Initiatives et Changement, a déclaré : « Depuis 1946, nous nous efforçons d'instaurer la confiance au-delà des clivages dans le monde, en organisant...

The Real Cost of Ukraine

Besides refusing to extend funding for the US government, fringe elements in Congress have also begun targeting US aid to Ukraine. Their basic questions: What has Ukraine got to do with the US? Why...

MortReport: That Damning O-Word

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Most “ism” epithets are hurtful if not downright dangerous. Ageism is just idiocy. All bodies age, but dementia is not inevitable. And statecraft is not rugby. Jimmy Carter, the most sensible president in my...
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Val d’Anniviers: Huns, stars and Swiss traditions

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"a Swiss Valley like no other" One TripAdvisor affixionado says: "The Val d'Anniviers is a Swiss Valley like no other" and St-Luc, 20 km from Sierre, is its most famous stopping-place. Anniviers, our TripAdvisor writes, "starts...

Quelle relation entre éditeurs et journalistes au nom du livre ?

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Fanny Meyer, directrice du Livre sur les quais, a rappelé l’importance de ce lieu de dialogue et d’échanges en Suisse romande, organisé chaque année au bord du Lac Léman. En ouvrant la table-ronde, Isabelle Falconnier,...

The Coup in Gabon: Just Another Incident in a Global Powershift?

The overthrow of yet another African government following a suspect election is not unusual these days. The overthrow of Gabon’s president, Ali Bongo Ondimba (also known as “Ali Bongo” or just “Bongo”), 64, is the eighth...
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Interested in ESG? Look at the facts, not opinions

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... learn what to do about it ESG investing has taken quite a wild ride over the past 20 years.  It first suffered outsider status and was frequently dismissed by the investment establishment as a...

Ouagadougou Choo-Choo? Don’t Laugh

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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...

80 Is the New (…Um, I Forgot)

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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...

Joan Baez, le talent et l’engagement

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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...
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Zermatt’s Valais rival? peaceful Turtmanntal

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But it's almost as if the Swiss want to keep it secret Let's deal with Zermatt's reputation first. Travel writers give car-free Zermatt a bad rap. I've been going there for more than 50 years...

On Bullshit, lies and politics: Dealing with mis/disinformation

It didn't just start with Trump Frankfurt, who is now retired at the age of 94, notes that the archetypical Bullshitter, having lost all contact with reality, ultimately becomes victim of his own folly. Unfortunately,...

Le casse-tête de la réexportation d’armes vers l’Ukraine

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Dans un communiqué du 18 mai 2023, l’ONU a indiqué que le Conseil de sécurité a discuté des livraisons d’armes occidentales à l’Ukraine et des avertissements réitérés du Directeur du Bureau des affaires de...

80 Is the New (…Um, I Forgot)

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...

Conflit israélo-palestinien: Un changement de paradigme est nécessaire 

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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...