Focus on Afghanistan: The Slack platform on evacuation

Drawing by contributing editor, political cartoonist and author Jeff Danziger. He is a member of the Geneva-based Cartooning for Peace. See additional articles on Afghanistan in Global...

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...

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

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Our HelpSaveTheMed Multimedia Initiative in the public interest.

Nobel Peace Prize 2022: recognizing courageous human rights defenders

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The Norwegian Nobel Committee honours some consistent efforts in favour of humanist values, anti-militarism and principles of law. This year’s Peace...

Focus on Afghanistan: Now or never for Afghans

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Agent Provocateur is Global Insight Magazine's op-ed column. In his first speech at the Security Council four years ago, the United Nations Secretary General Guterres said “Nobody is winning...

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...

Whitney Azoy’s Afghanistan: A Partial Comprehension – tales and photos from the pre-war

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When National Geographic Magazine commissioned me during the early 2000s to do a story that would ‘reveal’ Afghanistan in the wake of the U.S.-led NATO occupation, I was somewhat panicked. As with...

Overfishing: The greatest threat to our oceans

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Agent Provocateur is Global Insights Magazine's op-ed section. If you turn on the world news you may hear about plastic waste killing sea mammals, melting glaciers, illegal dumping, and...

Focus on Afghanistan: The West’s abandonment of Afghanistan: A story of arrogance, ineptitude, and...

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Political cartoon by Jeff Danziger, contributing editor to Global Insights and a member of our media partner Cartooning for Peace. See additional articles on Afghanistan in Global...

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...

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...

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...

Basel’s uneasy cross-border relationship with Nazi Germany 1933-1945

As a baby boomer of Swiss origin born in the United States, I was always fascinated by Switzerland’s survival role as a neutral country during World War II. My British-educated father, who...

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...

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...

What’s Behind the Storm Over Australia’s Submarines

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On the surface, the reasons Australia decided to break with France and go with the American offer seem obvious. The difference between the nuclear-powered submarines that the US offered Australia and the...

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,...

Valéry Giscard d’Estaing: his ‘personal’ American photographer reflects

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All photos ©2020 David Burnett/Contact Press Images Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, or VGE as he was known, served as president of France from 1974 to 1981, just as oil...

Focus on Afghanistan: What to do about Afghanistan’s growing disaster: Two key articles

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As predicted by some, the ill-advised U.S.-led military pullout in Afghanistan has led to a rapidly deteriorating on-the-ground situation that is increasingly leading to a takeover of much of the country by...

Livres coups de cœur: ‘Café Vivre’

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L’éloge des cafés Café Vivre est le beau titre choisi par la romancière et essayiste française Chantal Thomas pour introduire le recueil de ses Chroniques en passant, comme elle les nomme joliment, paru aux...

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...

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...

Switzerland’s re-opening: Everyone for themselves

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Agent Provocateur is Global Insight Magazine's oped component. This is open to invited writers or those organizations that contribute to Global Geneva Group. All content, however, must meet our editorial standards.

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

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...

Enrico Letta : « Nous avons sous-estimé l’impact de la crise économique »

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EDITION FRANCAISE : Le temps est-il venu pour la Suisse et l’Union européenne de renouer le dialogue ? Oui. La crise internationale et l’aide commune apportée à la résistance ukrainienne...

Metin Arditi invite un adolescent et un brigadiste dans son nouveau roman

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ÉDITION FRANÇAISE: «L’Italie signifie pour moi beaucoup de choses de différents ordres. Le premier lien remonte à mes années d’internat à Paudex près de Lausanne, où j’ai été pensionnaire, dès 1952, à partir...

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...

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...

Biden faces new epidemic of gun violence in America

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According to estimates by the Swiss-based Small Arms Survey in 2017, Americans own some 393 million firearms, or roughly 40 percent of the privately owned guns on the planet, The US Congress’ Committee on Oversight...

Tibetan-Swiss artist Kesang Lamdark: Highlighting China’s repression

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It was a decade ago. Fabio Rossi told me I have to meet his artist friend Kesang Lamdark. I called Lamdark and arranged to meet him in a pub in London where he was...

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...

Over the Horizon

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The following column by contributing editor, journalist and author Mort Rosenblum is from his regular comment The MortReport. WILD OLIVES, France — Whether on battlefields or in backwoods Provence,...

Covid-19 : l’électrochoc pour un rééquilibrage entre environnement, être humain et économie (French edition)

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L’élection à la présidence et vice-présidence des Etats-Unis du duo Joe Biden-Kamala Harris permettra-t-elle de faire avancer le dossier de l’engagement des Etats en faveur du climat, après la signature de l’Accord...

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...

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

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...

Afghanistan: the abandonment of a nation

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In autumn 2001, having returned from Afghanistan just prior to the 9 September assassination by Al Qaeda of northern Afghan resistance commander Ahmed Shah Massoud and before its World Trade Center attacks,...

Focus on Afghanistan: What did you expect?

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Agent Provocateur is Global Insights op-ed column. America entered Afghanistan in November 2001 to avenge the 9/11 attacks on the United States. However, there was never any...

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...

Without Borders – A Tragic and Cyclical Odyssey Across the Muslim World

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BOOK REVIEW An American blunder went far towards making the Haqqanis what they are today, internationally infamous as remorseless terrorists and suicide bombers.

Bruno Barbey: Disappearance of a photographic great

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For over five decades, Bruno Barbey photographed across five continents for major international magazines, such as TIME-LIFE, Paris Match and Stern. He also published over 30 books. What he has left is...

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...

Focus on Afghanistan: Why and What Next?

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The following column by contributing editor, journalist and author Mort Rosenblum is from his regular comment The MortReport. Cartoon courtesy of artist and author Jeff Danziger, a member of...

The case for letting go of humanitarian reform

While there’s consensus that the humanitarian system is under stress, successive waves of reform over the past couple of decades have failed. Five years after a laundry list of changes were agreed...

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...

International Geneva: Missed Opportunities, New Possibilities

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Observers warn that UNOG is now in danger of receding into another failed League of Nations. Today, many observers fear that...

Where do the Republicans go from here?

CPAC used to be a hangout for right-wing conservatives — the Republican Tea Party crowd. Not anymore. Conservatism has gone the way of the dodo. A cult of personality has taken its...

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...

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...

Ai Weiwei’s Turandot

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“Everything is art. Everything is politics.” Ai Weiwei remains true to his maxim with his production of Giacomo Puccini and Franco Alfano’s 1926 “Chinese” tragic...

Back to the Cold War

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...