Abdul Haq: the Afghan commander who could have led to peace

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FOCUS on Afghanistan: 40 years of war. This is part of a special Global Geneva series on Afghanistan to be published in the November, 2018 - January 2019 print and e-edition.   I had called Abdul Haq from Washington D.C....

Afghanistan’s Unwinnable War. A journalist’s reflection on 40 years of conflict.

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FOCUS on Afghanistan: 40 years of war. The following article is part of a regular series by Global Geneva on Afghanistan. The ongoing Great Game: Reporting notes for history I was sitting in a café in...

The Gerald Durrell Legacy: My career and other animals

This article also has been published in the Oct/Nov 2017 print and e-edition of Global Geneva magazine. Children hate going to bed.  They always want to stay up for just another few minutes, and a few more. ...

AGORA Rising: International Switzerland’s innovative approach to real time cancer research

This article is part of a Global Geneva reporting initiative to highlight in the public interest innovative developments in science, medicine and education by the International Switzerland community.   Douglas Hanahan was happily ensconced at the...

The Switzerland-China Agreement: the dangers of becoming Beijing’s security satellite

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Switzerland's latest "lives for money" scheme with the People's Republic of China has the Bern government offering to sacrifice basic civil liberties of individuals residing and seeking asylum on its soil – — with neither public or parliamentary...

Reporting the destruction of France’s cultural heritage: Why is our editor on trial?

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Innovative journalism has been Edward Girardet's watchword since the beginning of his career. Not that he ever promoted himself as a reporter producing original work that few others could emulate. Hardly anyone else could...

Water and peace: Made in Switzerland

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“Control the water and you control everything,” says the Mayor of Dirt in the satirical cartoon movie Rango (2011). The Swiss, whose mountains are the source for both the Rhine and the Rhone, know...

David Burnett: A Photographer’s Odyssey

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The following article is scheduled to appear in the November 2018 - January 2019 Autumn print and e-edition of Global Geneva. The earliest cameras were bulky and awkward to handle. They demanded dedication and expertise...

The #MeToo movement, whistleblowing & leadership failure

Foremost is Nestlé. With final arguments submitted on 28 February 2018, the Vevey-based multinational has found itself accused of neglecting food safety by a former senior executive, Dr Yasmine Motarjemi. Against all odds, Motarjemi, a...

Hong Kong’s Dehumanitarianism – an urgent appeal for international mediation

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UPDATED 10 January 2020. See BBC Link on PTSD level in Homg Kong comparable to "conflict zones." Did you forget somebody’s anniversary this year? Did you forget everybody’s anniversary this year? December 10th is World...

International Geneva: Already a leader in the next Industrial Revolution

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The World Economic Forum's Klaus Schwab calls it the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It's the one that will do away with middle-class and professional jobs as we know them. It has been described as a...

Letter from Thailand: Tourism and the pandemic – until we’re back

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The view from the Air Bar and Infinity Pool of the Intercontinental Hotel resort overlooking Taling Ngam Bay on Koh Samui, one of Thailand’s 1,400-odd islands, must rank as amongst the best in the...

The U.N.’s Michael Møller: Placing International Geneva on the global frontline

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“Most people now closing the doors are going to be just as affected as the ones they are closing the doors to…” (Michael Møller, United Nations Director General, Geneva) Zurich, Bern, Basel and other cities...

Alain Gachet – A water wizard for the planet

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This article is published in our November 2018-January 2018 edition as part of our Global Genevans section. Global Genevans are unusual individuals who embody the spirit and themes of the world-wide International Geneva community. In...

Trump’s Impact on International Law: A Great unravelling?

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Two months into the new United States administration, US President Donald Trump has already had an impact on international law, and the international legal system that now appears on the brink of unravelling. Executive...

Death of a Translator – Putting PTSD on the front page

This article also has appeared in the Oct/Nov 2017 print and e-edition of Global Geneva magazine. Most foreign correspondents covering conflicts and humanitarian crises, including those who somewhat presumptuously dub themselves “war reporters”, like to imagine that...

Post-pandemic: welcome to the multi-speed world of regional disparities

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The coronavirus swept across the world from Asia to Europe to the US along the same supply chains that deliver our electronics and clothing. But even as it serves as a reminder that we...

Chappatte and the stifling of graphic satire – 2020 Geneva Foundation Laureate

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UPDATED 21 September, 2020. As part of Global Geneva’s regular profiling of cartoonists collaborating with the Geneva-based Cartooning for Peace Foundation, we examine the position of Patrick Chappatte, a Lebanese-Swiss, who, amongst other papers...

The 2020 IB: an institution that betrayed its students

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The following article is an entry of the 2020 Youth Writes Story Competition funded by the Jan Michalski Foundation in Switzerland. While being judged separately by an independent panel of editors based in different...

Switzerland’s Prisoners of War during two world wars and beyond.

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Internment in Switzerland During World War One is my second book relating to Swiss history. My first, Healthy Living in the Alps, was about the search for a cure from TB and the subsequent development of winter...

The Shame of John Calvin: Will “Black Lives Matter” force Switzerland to finally acknowledge...

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Artwork of John Calvin and Bob Dylan by Malcolm Reid, a Scottish-born multi-media artist living in Ascona, Switzerland, who focuses on political and social issues. Last October, I was asked by the International Service...

Patricia Kaas – A Girl from the East

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While hardly household names among British and Americans, any expat living in Paris – or Brussels and Berlin for that matter – cannot help but absorb France’s repertoire of artists ranging from road-hardened routards...

Masks yes, but SWISS Air still refusing to social distance on flights posing a...

UPDATED 12 August, 2020: The Swiss government has finally decided to heed World Health Organization recommendations that the wearing of masks be made compulsory on all flights - as of 15 August, 2020. The...

Rex Tillerson and the ‘Art’ of the Oil Business

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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 Swiss option: Not too late for a credible Brexit poll of the people

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Nearly three years ago, I was among the many thousands of international observers experiencing an extraordinary day of apparent democratic practice across the United Kingdom. On 23 June, 2016, more British citizens than ever...

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

Born on 12 June, 1929, in Frankfurt-am-Main in Germany, Anne lived most of her short life in Amsterdam, where her family had fled the Nazis when she was four-and-a-half years old. Her book, ‘Diary...

On meeting Bin Laden

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Any individual who has a story to tell about a personal encounter with the good, the bad or the nasty (living or dead) is welcome to contribute to ENCOUNTERS. The Arabi manned their own trenches...

Back to journalism: Making kids aware of fake news

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We need to teach our kids to become discerning on the internet in order to detect what is false or propaganda. One way of doing this, writes Global Geneva editor Edward Girardet, is to...

Jungle Jabbah, Alieu Kosiah and the fight against war crimes impunity

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This month, the Swiss Federal Court at Bellinzona will hold the first ever trial of a Liberian citizen for war crimes committed during the African country’s horrendous civil wars. Victims will be represented by the Geneva-based lawyers group Civitas Maxima,...

Rural Rock: Queen, Oasis and the Ridge Farm Story

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When some 30 police officers raided both Ridge Farm, one of England’s earliest rural rock recording studios, and the nearby Plough Pub, at 6.00 am in spring, 1982, they were hoping to bust what...

Whistleblowing: Time for international Switzerland to meet the global standard

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Zurich theatre dramatizes Yasmine's whistleblower story, with music: 5-7 November 2020 (LINK) Switzerland may be small, but it’s a diplomatically and economically crucial country. It is home to numerous multinational corporations, from banks to food,...

The Swiss commune that changed ecology

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Törbel (pop. 468) is a typical Upper Valaisan village of sun-blackened wooden chalets and narrow streets, accessible from Stalden near Visp by postal coach. But the commune is also typically Swiss in its small-scale...

Harnessing the power of on-the-spot media to achieve change

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Rachel McKee of Oak Foundation in Geneva recounts how Asian journalists are working together to spur essential changes through their reporting from the field.                            ...

France’s Nicolas Hulot: Placing the Titanic Syndrome in the forefront

“I didn’t start out as an ecologist,” Nicolas Hulot says, “I became one.” Still boyish and exuberant, with an ever-engaging smile at 62, Hulot has definitely made up for lost time. He is single handedly...

(Extended deadline: 30 September, 2020) – Global Geneva launches 2nd edition Youth Writes Awards...

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"I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in." Robert Louis Stevenson Updated 18 June, 2020: Following the success of Global Geneva's first 2019 Youth Writes Awards and the...

Peacekeeping: When all seemed lost …

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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...

OPINION – Brexit: A dark threat to peace and security in Europe

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(Photo: Scene from the 1959 German anti-war film Die Brücke) While critics may deride the British government’s surge into exiting the European Union as an act of self-mutilation and disregard for economic opportunity, there is...

Focus: Steve McCurry – merging art with photojournalism (Part I)

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View podcast by America's Editor William Dowell and Edward Girardet with Steve McCurry. See Link. As aspiring young reporters, both Steve McCurry and I began covering the war in Afghanistan prior to the Soviet invasion...

Switzerland and the pandemic: Does the economy matter more?

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UPDATED 9 December, 2020: Unlike most Europeans and North Americans, East Asians take their masks seriously. From China, Taiwan and Thailand to Singapore, people have tended traditionally to wear face gear in public if...

Why ‘media’ is not journalism

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Among the scariest aspects of the creeping coup d’etat in America is that so many among the fringe of voters who elected Donald Trump, who spout their worldviews with ironbound conviction, could not find...

Are Afghanistan’s women the key to ending over four decades of war?

Editorial note: Some of the Afghan and international sources interviewed for this article refused or were reluctant to go on record for fear of repercussions. “Much has happened in Afghanistan, both good and bad, since...

Advice to mediators from the other side of the barrier

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Reporters are present at virtually every international mediation. Yet they are rarely asked what mediators could do better in providing information for the public. The Geneva-based Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) decided to consult...

Why the U.N. needs IRIN’s critical voice

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International humanitarian and emergency aid is worth $20 billion a year. Ben Parker calls it an industry. “It's a very strange and unique complex system of vested interests a small concentration of power...

Crowdfunding the books you want, and disrupting big business

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Gib Bulloch, who grew up on the Scottish Isle of Bute, distinguished himself by leading a corporate "guerrilla movement" inside one of the largest global consulting organizations. Now 51, Gib (born Gilbert, but he...

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,...

Leaving the Nest for European Millennials: Where to Live and Securing Your Dream Job

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The following article is part of Global Geneva's youth outreach series.  For many young people starting out in professional life, one of their first questions is: where should I live? Free movement of workers means...

Letter from Florida: Development versus environment

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A lone mangrove cluster clings to survival on the Indian River Lagoon in Edgewater, Florida, on Maryann Thorhallsson’s property. After years of struggling to preserve a stretch of the idyllic waterway in East Central...

Steve McCurry (Part II): The complications of photography

Feature Photo: Copyright Steve McCurry Steve McCurry has earned fame as a photographer who produced some of the most exquisitely beautiful colour images in the past several decades. McCurry’s critics, and there have been many, ask whether his...

China and the Golden Veins of Henan: A film-maker’s view

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Andy Cohen's documentary, Ximei (2019), was premiered at the 18th International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH) in Geneva, Switzerland, in March, 2019. Local health officials, worried they would get left behind by...