FRANCE “Oouff” Outdid “Ah, Merde”

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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...

La Passion : amours infinies et infinies amours

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Lors d’une répétition à la cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Genève, dans l’emblématique chapelle des Macchabées, Stéphane Pecorini, directeur artistique de ce spectacle musical inédit, explique à Global Geneva la genèse d’un projet artistique...

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

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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...
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“I’ll kill myself at 80,” said film innovator Peter Greenaway

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He turned 80 on 5 April 2022. Come March 2022, Greenaway released a trailer for his long-in-the-works biopic on Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi titled Walking to Paris (Variety),...

La France contre elle-même, enquête d’un journaliste franco-suisse sur la ligne de démarcation

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Faisant régulièrement la navette entre Paris et Genève, Richard Werly était récemment l’invité de l’association Rayonnement français en Suisse, présidée par l’éditrice Suzanne Hurter, pour débattre avec l’historien Michel Porret, professeur à...

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

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Patrick’s only partly joking. Co-founder and former CEO of Aperio Group, a pioneer in custom index equity portfolios delivering tax optimization with $42 billion under management at the end of 2020 when...

The Daily Doormat

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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 --...

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...

Russia’s politically-appointed UN chief in Geneva: Silent on Putin’s war

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Editorial As pointed out by veteran journalist Bill Dowell in his recent Global Insights article, Valovaya, a Russian political appointee, has been avoiding the press. She has yet...

Afghanistan’s Taliban still holding western detainees

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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...

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

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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...

To Be or Not to Be: Russia’s UN political appointees on the spot.

William Dowell’s regular Tom’s Paine column. How do you act when you are supposed to represent the world’s leading international organization dedicated to world peace and you learn...

Russia’s war in Ukraine: Lessons from Afghanistan?

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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...

La Genève humanitaire immortalisée dans La mesure de l’impossible

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Edition Française: « Je n’aime pas le théâtre ». Cette affirmation en ouverture d’une œuvre théâtrale n’est pas banale. Ennuyeux le théâtre ? Il peut l’être parfois. Sauf lorsque le sixième art, celui de la...

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...

Back to the Cold War

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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...

Russia’s Ukraine Intervention: Death by a Thousand Cuts?

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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...

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...

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...

Is Assassinating the Latest ISIS Leader Just Cutting Off Hydra’s Head?

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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...

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

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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...

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...

Dominique Ziegler rejoint Miss Marple à l’hôtel Beltram

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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,...

Money Heist: jumpsuit populism

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Money Heist is not about the money, of course. Its Spanish title, La casa de papel (the House of Paper), with its hint at the 2013-2018 series on political corruption and Netflix’s...

GDR Days: Be Rude – and They Will Leave You Alone

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The 'Spy Who Came in from the Cold'. John LeCarre's 1963 Cold War novel about espionage in East Germany which director Martin Ritt adapted to cinema in 1965 with Richard Burton...

NATO reacts to Putin and Ukraine

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By contributing editor, cartoonist and author Jeff Danziger.

‘The mind is a wild monkey’

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Zurich-based Nik Baertsch describes his music as like exploring a city and “a kind of acoustical coral reef”.  But the preface to his “Useless Guide for Everything” declares: “This book wants to...

Guy Mettan: deux livres et un enchantement – Valais, cœur, corps et âme

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Pour Guy Mettan, ancien rédacteur en chef de la Tribune de Genève, qui a également cofondé et dirigé le Club suisse de la presse et présidé le Grand Conseil (parlement du canton...

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...

Metin Arditi et le onzième commandement: Quand obéir c’est trahir

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  Un écrivain francophone, d’origine turque, de confession juive et résidant dans la Cité de Calvin doit-il une loyauté sans faille à Israël ? Pour répondre à cette question, Metin...

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...

L’acteur Alfredo Castro: « Je suis engagé avec les processus sociaux parce qu’ils sont...

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Vous êtes actif dans la campagne électorale au Chili, dont le second tour aura lieu le 19 décembre. Pourquoi ? Parce que cela me parait nécessaire. Je soutiens Gabriel...

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...

Mario Botta : confidences entre livre sur l’architecture, tombe et bains thermaux

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Toutes les photos: Courtoisie du Bureau d'architectes Mario Botta. Le Fortyseven Spa à Baden, a été inauguré le 21 novembre 2021. Que représente ce projet ? Ce...

“Why I prefer my news from AI…”

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Information overload is the plague of the 21st century. By that, I mean it is remaking and destroying societies in ways we could not predict, just as plague in the Middle Ages...

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

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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...

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...

Building Bridges for Geneva and the world: Breaking the silos

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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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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

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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...

Dealing with new realities: Cities must adapt to climate change

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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...

YOUTH WRITES – A student volunteer in Tanzania: Castrations, Spaying and other basic veterinary...

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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. During...

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

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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...

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...

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...

The Vietnam War According to Lieutenant Dangerous

Who really remembers the Vietnam War?  In realistic terms, not too many. Two thirds of today’s population in America were still waiting to be born when the war ended in 1975.  Despite the...

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...