New gales eyeing international Geneva

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US President Donald Trump has rattled more cages in a fortnight than past presidents in 50 years. It will take some time for the impacts or even the meanings of his executive orders and...

Agenda 2021: a youth cure for the UN

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Any new hire entering the United Nations these days must be struck by the fact that not only is the institution showing its age, but its top management is too.  The UN is evidently...

In South Sudan, the Hope and Pain of Nonviolence

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Gunmen killed our children. We seek peaceful justice but cannot be sure it will happen. This article by Yeng Lambo, a USIP program coordinator, was first published by the United States Institute of Peace,...

What’s Wrong with TikTok?

On the surface, it’s hard to think of TikTok as a serious threat to national security. The site’s often silly offerings look about as offensive as a Barbie doll or your average teddy bear....

Focus on Afghanistan: How the Afghan president helped his brother secure lucrative mining deals...

A longer version of this article was originally published by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. Afghanistan’s crags and valleys hold at least a trillion dollars’ worth of minerals, first mapped by Soviet geologists in...

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...

The Swiss commune that changed ecology

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

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 of the...

The Real Cost of Ukraine

Besides refusing to extend funding for the US government, fringe elements in Congress have also begun targeting US aid to Ukraine. Their basic questions: What has Ukraine got to do with the US? Why...

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...
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Interested in ESG? Look at the facts, not opinions

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... learn what to do about it ESG investing has taken quite a wild ride over the past 20 years.  It first suffered outsider status and was frequently dismissed by the investment establishment as a...

Biden’s new America: Where do we go from here?

Democracy may be the best form of government we have, but there’s never a guarantee that the government it produces will be a good one. While it looks as though Joe Biden’s “Blue Wall” consisting...

Mountain Water Towers and Rivers: Crucial for Mediterranean Survival

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UPDATED February 13, 2024 Liechtenstein, Geneva and Marseille: Boosted by human-caused climate change but also El Niño, 2023 ranks as the world’s warmest year on record according to the European Union Climate Service. El Niño...

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...

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 into her cloth: under a starry sky,...

A New Year’s Revolution

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TUCSON – Homo sapiens have been at odds since we first began lobbing stones at each other. If we can together settle differences and repair the damage, human ingenuity can create an unimagined future...

Korea’s ‘Tiananmen’ and world memory  

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This article forms part of our series on cultural and historical repression around the world, and the challenge it poses to the international community. “Young people sacrificed themselves for change in society, for democracy, for...

The Protean Self

The American psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton suggests that the most resilient Protean personalities of all may be our African Americans. Lifton saw the growing partisan divide in America as a natural reaction to accelerating and...

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 Bank, by the end of 2021 about...

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 have been built up since the time...

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 of the world. If...

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 and, above all,...

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 other foreign...
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Val d’Anniviers: Huns, stars and Swiss traditions

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"a Swiss Valley like no other" One TripAdvisor affixionado says: "The Val d'Anniviers is a Swiss Valley like no other" and St-Luc, 20 km from Sierre, is its most famous stopping-place. Anniviers, our TripAdvisor writes, "starts...

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

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Come March 2022, Greenaway released a trailer for his long-in-the-works biopic on Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi titled Walking to Paris (Variety), first announced for 2016 and planned for showings from November 2022.  Variety also...

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...

Thailand and the pandemic: Lessons in containment

There have been no community-based infections in Thailand for nearly two months. All recently declared cases have been imports from countries such as Egypt, Japan and Sudan. While Thailand's borders remain largely closed, anyone...

IRAN-USA: The Sound and the Fury – An outrage too far?

The following is part of William Dowell's regular Tom's Paine column. Global Geneva makes its content available for free in the public interest. If you like our approach to independent journalism, then please support us....

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...

Is the United Nations in Geneva failing as a global people’s forum?

For an international gathering of such importance (the ECOSOC meeting was one of several major events at the Palais), it seems extraordinary that both the United Nations and the Swiss, the host government and...

Cent ans de multilatéralisme actif à Genève

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EDITION FRANCAISE: L’éditrice Suzanne Hurter déclare dans un message filmé de présentation : « J’ai eu envie de réaliser cet ouvrage, lorsque j’ai appris que la Société des Nations fêtait son centième anniversaire. Il m’a semblé...

On the Golden Calf and Cow Flop

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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 the world. If...

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...

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...

The Last Great Coral Reef Wilderness

In the middle of the Indian Ocean lies the Chagos Archipelago, a collection of atolls and submerged banks where the reefs have been largely undisturbed by humans for the last 50 years. Located over...

UPDATE: French court condemns Global Geneva editor for Facebook comment in debate over destruction...

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The following is an update on previous Global Geneva stories (see below) regarding this affair. "Judge a man by his questions, rather than his answers." (Voltaire) The local Chambre Correctionnel, which is located in the department...

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 unintentional drowning. One thing the media covers ever...

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...

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 Éditions du Seuil en 2020. L’œuvre...

Israël-Gaza : Des expertes de l’ONU déplorent les attaques contre l’hôpital Al-Shifa

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EDITION FRANCAISE: Dans un communiqué, Tlaleng Mofokeng, Rapporteuse spéciale sur le droit de toute personne de jouir du meilleur état de santé physique et mentale possible, et Francesca Albanese, Rapporteuse spéciale sur la situation...

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 prior to...

Un dessin qui pourrait avoir été annoté par Léonard de Vinci présenté à Genève

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EDITION FRANCAISE: Léonard de Vinci est sans doute l’un des plus grands génies du genre humain. Artiste pluridisciplinaire, peintre, sculpteur, musicien, écrivain, philosophe, architecte, botaniste, inventeur et ingénieur au talents exceptionnels, ce fils naturel...

Protecting the Mediterranean and the world’s oceans: information and collaboration are key

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UPDATED February 2024: Marseille, France -- Principle concerns for the protection of the Greater Mediterranean range from the urgent need for more imaginative – and effective – solutions aimed at sustainable tourism but also...

‘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 the Aperio Group, an asset management pioneer with $42 billion under management at the end of 2020 when it was acquired by BlackRock, Patrick in...

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 des Talibans,...

Navalny’s Gambit: Can the imprisoned opposition leader have a role in Russia?

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Editor's Note: Alexei Navalny, who returned to Russia from Germany in late January 2021 was jailed for three and a half years by a Russian court for ostensibly violating the terms of a 2014...

The Capital of Civilization: Brexit, populism and the 150th anniversary of the Siege of...

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It may be no surprise if the 150th anniversary of the Prussian army’s descent on Paris with the largest siege force ever assembled draws few headlines. The seeds of woe it planted -- a...

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 Prize has been awarded to human rights advocate Ales Bialiatski from Belarus, the Russian...

Christine Brooke-Rose: International Geneva’s invisible author

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Christine Brooke-Rose (1923-2012), born in Geneva but in retirement a long-time resident of Lou Jas in Les Maquignons (The Horsedealers), near Avignon in Provence, was almost certainly the most erudite and inventive English novelist...