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...

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,...

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,...

Building Bridges – but lacking participatory public interest media

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Quality journalism initiatives should be automatically included in any serious discussion about corporate engagement. The premise is excellent. Bring together what...

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...

Now What? Good schools and critical thinking.

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The following column by contributing editor, journalist and author Mort Rosenblum is from his regular comment The MortReport. Illustrations are by Global Geneva contributing editor Jeff Danziger, a poltical cartoonist and author.

Afghanistan: time for a more representative peace with Swiss mediation

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By Edward Girardet & Peter Jouvenal Editorial Note: Please note that all U.S. troops are now expected to quit Afghanistan by 11 September 2021 although some contractors may remain....
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Take the Rilke 2023 Swiss Tour challenge and you can win a prize!

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Farrol's new book on Rilke in Switzerland marks the centenary of a key work by the poet.

In Squandered Eden, Paradise Lost

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Whether the pen is still mightier than the sword is a tossup. But bulldozers beat them both hands down. Once monster machines ravage nature, there is no going back. And in the...

The long road to the women’s vote in Switzerland

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In the Council of States, one of the two chambers of the Swiss parliament in Bern, one wall is dominated by a fresco in five panels. Die Landsgemeinde by Albert Welti was completed between 1907...

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...

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 --...

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...

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...

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...

Un été italien, de Padoue à Venise au fil de l’eau

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ÉDITION FRANÇAISE: « Bien des années avant 1830, dans le temps où nos armées parcouraient l’Europe, le hasard me donna un billet de logement pour la maison d’un chanoine : c’était à Padoue, charmante ville...

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...

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...

Biden Takes over

UPDATED 21 January, 2021 In contrast to past inaugurations, Biden’s ceremony was attended by only around 2,000 carefully selected guests all spaced out to maintain social distancing. Everyone...

Uganda: Amid charges of election fraud, Museveni is back in

This is a shared follow-up on article on Uganda by Global Insights Magazine/Global Geneva and our media partner, Who, What, Why. (See William Dowell's earlier piece as part of his regular...

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...

NATO reacts to Putin and Ukraine

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By contributing editor, cartoonist and author Jeff Danziger.

L’ancien président suisse Adolf Ogi lance trois suggestions : à l’ONU, au pape François et...

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ÉDITION FRANÇAISE: Adolf Ogi a eu un parcours exceptionnel. Né le 18 juillet 1942 à Kandersteg (canton de Berne), il a été directeur de la Fédération suisse de ski, conseiller national, conseiller fédéral,...

Focus on Afghanistan: The country’s ‘Businesswoman of the Year’ escapes from Kabul.

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Like a Horror Movie It is Monday, 16 August 2021. Hassina Syed, who is 41, is in central Kabul when her mobile phone rings. Her friend screams, shouting into...

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,...

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...

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...

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,...

The poor are everywhere: what can one person do?

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Agent Provocateur is Global Insights’ op-ed section. Over the past year and a half, the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened hunger and poverty in many parts of the world. According to the World...

Deux maestri partagent le podium pour les dix ans de l’Orchestre des Nations

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ÉDITION FRANÇAISE: Quelle est la relation entre l’Orchestre des Nations que vous avez fondé et l’ONU ? Nous ne sommes pas l’orchestre de l’ONU. Nous sommes proches de ses...

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...

Murder in Room 117: How the assassination of one of America’s top diplomats helped...

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As a young foreign correspondent, I undertook my first reporting assignment to Kabul in October 1979, seven months after the killing of Adolph ‘Spike’ Dubs, America’s ambassador to Afghanistan, and two months...

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...

Could better-funded journalism have prevented the pandemic?

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What is so ironic is that had donor governments, foundations, corporations and private individuals with means bothered to support independent news organizations at a time when credible journalism is in crisis with...

Business as usual: no longer acceptable for young people

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For my 20 year-old son, who is studying finance at Edinburgh University, engaging with business investment and social entrepreneurship is what matters. In other words, unlike his father, he is a born...

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...

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...

In France, a Mission to Uncivilize

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The following column by contributing editor, journalist and author Mort Rosenblum is from his regular comment The MortReport. Also see his latest book: Saving the world from Trump. Conflict, climate and...

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...
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The Rilke bio-novel: From healthy flying to dramatic fiction.

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BookZone I was born and educated in South Africa, and have spent most of my life living in London and Oxford. From 1996 to 2009, I was the director...

Eliminating nuclear weapons before they eliminate us

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Last month on 24 October 2020, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), adopted in July 2017 by 122 states at the United Nations, reached 50 ratifications. This triggered the treaty's entry into...

Amanda Gorman: The vital power of youth and words

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A Rock, a River, a Tree  Hosts of species long departed Marked the mastodon, The dinosaur, who left dried tokens Of their sojourn hereMaya Angelou, On The Pulse of Morning

Philip and Sadruddin: Two extraordinary visionaries

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PERSONAL VIEW BUCKINGHAM PALACE, 27th January, 2017 Dear Ms.Willday, The Duke of Edinburgh has asked me to write and thank you for...

Focus on Afghanistan: “We tried to tell you”

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The following column by contributing editor, journalist and author Mort Rosenblum is from his regular comment The MortReport. FLAYOSC, France — Here we go again. Americans clamor for the...

The Public-Relations Industry Grabs a Foothold in the UN

The following article was first published by Passblue.com, an independent, women-led journalism site based in New York that closely covers the US-UN relationship, women’s issues, human rights, peacekeeping and other key...

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...

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...

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...

Maurizio Serra perce le mystère Mussolini

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ÉDITION FRANÇAISE: L’histoire ne se répète pas mais elle autorise des parallèles, écrit Maurizio Serra dans une note de bas de page de son livre Le mystère Mussolini (paru en 2021 chez...

The power of creativity: a path to healing for survivors of sexual violence, war...

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Agent Provocateur is Global Insight Magazine's op-ed section. At first, she was frozen in silence, unable even to make eye contact. Eventually, she wove her unspoken, unspeakable memories...