2020 Jan Michalski Prize for Literature: Mia Couto

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The Jan Michalski Foundation jury noted the “exceptional quality of the writing, which subtlely mixes orality and narrative, letters, tales, fables, dreams and beliefs, all in the heart of a historical reality, notably Mozambique...

POLAR FOCUS: The view from Greenland – About contexts

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Listening to Polar regions. A Special Series by Global Geneva in media partnership with JONAA. The editors would like to apologise for having mistakenly identified Hans Peder kirkegaard (editor of Aqago) as a member of the Greenland Parliament in the...

The U.S. Post Office: Trump’s attempted coup in slow motion – neither rain nor...

Trump’s strategy this time around appears to be based on the notion that poor voter turnout usually favours the incumbent. If Trump can keep people from voting, he just might manage to hold on,...

Focus on Afghanistan: The “Tali-Bans’ of the past: waiting for the new decrees.

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The first edition of the Crosslines Essential Field Guide to Afghanistan, which was published in 1998 during the height of the first Taliban era (1996-2001), quickly became known as the “Taliban edition.” (Three more...

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...

Brexit and Trumpean policies: The rising attraction of Europe’s international schools

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This article appears in Global Geneva's December, 2018-February, 2019 Winter Print and E-edition. It’s probably not immediately intuitive. But during the 2017-2018 academic year, 45 per cent of all students attending English-medium international schools in...

Urgence climatique : piqûre de rappel du Secrétaire général de l’ONU et livre pour...

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Dans une déclaration publiée le 26 févier 2021, le Secrétaire général de l’ONU António Guterres a tiré une nouvelle fois la sonnette d’alarme : Le moment est venu. La coalition mondiale engagée à parvenir à...

Publishing World’s Evil Empire? How Facebook and other social media subvert journalism

UPDATED: 9 August, 2020. Facebook is not alone. Google, Twitter, Amazon, Instagram and other social media outlets do virtually the same thing. If reliable content, coupled with an informed public and democracy, are to...

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...

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...

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...

Podcast interviews: STEP into a Better World – A call to action (9-10 December,...

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As media partner with Impact17 for the STEP into a Better World conference in Geneva, Global Insights Magazine and Global Geneva Group have co-hosted a number of pod interviews (available below) with key players....

Othello in Switzerland: Keeping Shakespeare – and theatre – alive

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As part of its support for the arts, Global Geneva asked director Paul Stebbings to explain how the TNT travelling theatre company have managed to re-establish its traditional touring in the face of COVID-19...

Angola: Demining key to conservation plans

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This article is part of Global Geneva's ongoing Focus series on the cultural and environmental impact of war. It is scheduled for publication in our Winter 2019/20 print and e-edition. There’s a problem with Angola's...

Notes from Oregon: At the centre of the fire storm

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September 11, 2020 As I sit down to write this, it feels like I’m writing a journal in a movie about Mars. A reddish-orange hue shines through my tightly shut windows. In a state where...

Swiss Journeys: Le Tessin, un souffle de Méditerranée (2ème partie) À la rencontre de...

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L'église de San Giovanni Battista à Mogno/The church of San Giovanni Battista in Mogno.(Photo: Enrico Cano) « Pour comprendre Mario Botta, il est primordial de visiter sa ville natale et de voir les bâtiments qu’il y...

Avraham Burg: A federal system for Israel

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“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...

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...

The ex-monk and the Thai sex mafia: helping victims find another way

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We have selected Hartanto Gunawan as one of our Global Genevans. These are inspired individuals, such as French water wizard Alain Gachet, Danish environmentalist Inger Andersen or Swiss ornithologist Luc Hoffmann, whose work or...

FOCUS on Wildlife & Pandemics: Covid and Conservation in Africa – more than a...

Pangolin - a possible source of the current COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo: UN) This is the first in a regular Global Insights Magazine FOCUS series on Wildlife and Pandemics as a means of promoting public awareness,...

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...

On a Slippery Slope

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By Paul Ress (with comment by Global Geneva). It was the beginning of December and too early in the season to ski, so I looked around the Swiss resort for something to do. “Why don’t...

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...

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...
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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...

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...

Swiss Journeys: Erschmatt’s Scientific Catcher in the Rye

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Maybe you heard the Swiss TV commentator speaking of the tough climb in the 5th stage of the Tour de Suisse bicycle race earlier this year. Up the mountain from the Rhone Valley to...

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. Huffman who...

Les défis de l’UNRWA face au désespoir des réfugiés palestiniens

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Créée en décembre 1949, l’UNRWA vient en aide à quelque 5,8 millions de réfugiés de Palestine dans la bande de Gaza, en Cisjordanie, en Jordanie, au Liban et en Syrie. Philippe Lazzarini, citoyen suisse...
young Zelenskyy in Prague in 2009

Being Volodymyr Zelensky (updated)

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Longhaul air flights offer ideal training in bingeing your days away with video. Flying from the dream world of Zurich Airport, with its bewildering profusion of shopping areas and escalators, to the fantasyland of...

Trump: Beyond a tinpot threat to democracy and the planet

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OPINION Donald Trump must rank as the United States’ worst president ever since the institution first came into being with the election of George Washington as the new country’s first executive in 1787 (you can...

Pan(dem)ic policies: what WTO can do

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“Export restrictions really provide a false sense of security,” says Anabel Gonzales, Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. “They raise prices, they discourage investment and they invite retaliation. They are nothing...

Remarque’s antiwar novel finally a German film after 90 years

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How much grue is enough? Only literal-minded moviegoers like myself expect ‘realistic’ films to be factually accurate. But with some ‘historical’ movies, it’s shocking how much inaccuracy some in the English-language media are prepared to...

Biden: A need to separate humanitarian aid from geopolitical aspirations

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Donald J. Trump spent three years doing everything in his power as President to slash billions from foreign aid. He finally argued that the money spent on Congress’s pandemic relief bill was reason enough...

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...

Chappatte plonge ‘Au cœur de la vague du coronavirus’

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EDITION FRANCAISE: La deuxième vague de Covid-19 frappe de plein fouet des millions de citoyens sur tous les continents. À l’incrédulité ressentie depuis mars dernier a succédé l’angoisse. Pour tenter de comprendre la réalité...

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...

WRITING A NOVEL – A NOVEL EXPERIENCE: The story that would not leave me...

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When I sat down to write a novel several years ago, there were a lot of things I didn’t know. For starters, I didn’t know how to write a novel.  I was strictly a nonfiction writer and not at...

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

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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...

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....

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...

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 window. Emmanuel...

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...

2020 World Press Photo of the Year

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Straight Voice - Yasuyoshi Chiba, Japan, Agence France-Presse Yasuyoshi Chiba said: “The place was a total blackout. Then, unexpectedly, people started clapping hands in the dark. People held up mobile phones to illuminate a young...

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...

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...

A new journalism platform: Are we missing the point of International Geneva?

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Letter from the Editor Global Geneva makes its content available for free in the public interest. If you like our approach to independent journalism, then please support us. DONATE. Some years back, three Swiss Foreign Ministry...

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....

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 projet architectural ne propose pas un volume unique, mais insiste...

Switzerland’s proposed responsible business reforms: no great expectations

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Agent Provocateur is Global Geneva’s oped section. The campaigners for the initiative were attempting to end the impunity of Swiss multinational corporations against human rights abuses and environmental violations around the world and bring these...