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...

Democracy – Quo Vadimus — Where Do We Go?

What connects both incidents is a growing sense that the political polarization gripping the country has begun to shake the very foundations of law and order, of civilized behavior itself. In this...

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...

Ukraine: Putin’s Vietnam

It turns out Ukraine may not be as powerless as everyone thought.  Strategic analysts focusing on the limits of pure military power might draw comparisons between Russian leader Vladimir...

La Genève humanitaire immortalisée dans La mesure de l’impossible

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Edition Française: « Je n’aime pas le théâtre ». Cette affirmation en ouverture d’une œuvre théâtrale n’est pas banale. Ennuyeux le théâtre ? Il peut l’être parfois. Sauf lorsque le sixième art, celui de la...

Nepal’s Covid Doctors

Politics are feeding the fire. For the second time in five months, Nepal’s government was dissolved on 22 May 2021, furthering bureaucratic paralysis. Nepal risks becoming an imploding catastrophe. It is already...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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,...

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...

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...

The Gold of Sudan and Good Old-Fashioned Russian Colonialism in Africa

Sudan’s current military regime seized power in a coup d’état on October 25, last year. The coup effectively ended a shaky partnership between a civilian government and the military which had briefly...

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...

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...

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...

International Switzerland’s gold mine of knowledge: an unexploited global asset

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Despite the promise, Switzerland is doing relatively little about getting the rest of the world to understand what this incredible community of international aid workers, academics, entrepreneurs, researchers, policymakers and advocates has to...

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...

Crimes and punishments of radical artists in Putin’s Russia

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“All political prisoners face a Golgotha, a crucifixion,” Krisevich said. “There are thousands of them.” The burning papers in his November 5 performance, Krisevich explained, represent the volumes of indictments fabricated by...

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...

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...

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...

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...

YOUTH WRITES – A student volunteer in Tanzania: Castrations, Spaying and other basic veterinary...

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This is part of Global Geneva Group's Youth Writes educational initiative helping young people to write about their volunteer and other on-the-ground experiences as inspiration for others. During...

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...

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...
Peter Greenaway

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

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He turned 80 on 5 April 2022. Come March 2022, Greenaway released a trailer for his long-in-the-works biopic on Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi titled Walking to Paris (Variety),...

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...
Rilke 1906

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.

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...

Bertrand Badie : L’éloge de la biculturalité pour comprendre les subtilités du monde

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ÉDITION FRANÇAISE: Votre livre Vivre deux cultures – Comment peut-on naître franco-persan ? paru le 5 octobre aux éditions Odile Jacob, est-il une réparation pour les souffrances que vous avez endurées lorsque vous...

Last Dance at Oak Flat

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The following column by contributing editor, journalist and author Mort Rosenblum is from his regular comment The MortReport. SUPERIOR, Arizona – Big Copper’s Last Stand is imminent at Oak...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Sh’ma Yisrael – A Mort Report Extra

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The following column by contributing editor, journalist and author Mort Rosenblum is from his regular comment The MortReport. Photo courtesy of Letizia Agosta, Unsplash. Jews have...

The 2021 Martin Ennals Award: Yu Wensheng of China

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Updated: 1850 Hours. Thursday, 11 February, 2021. The Awards ceremony, including profile videos of the three finalists, can be watched HERE. Agent Provocateur is Global Geneva’s op-ed column for quality...

Russia’s politically-appointed UN chief in Geneva: Silent on Putin’s war

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Editorial See update below As pointed out by veteran journalist Bill Dowell in his recent Global Insights article, Valovaya, a Russian political appointee, has been...

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...

Trump’s followers: same as they ever were

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French philosopher Jean Baudrillard nearly 40 years ago gave us the insights we need to understand today's Trumpery. (See Peter Hulm's companion article on Hillbilly Elegy) If French philosopher...

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...

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...

How threatened is the Mediterranean and what can we do about it?

While tourism is reviving, a return to “business as usual” is unlikely to be on the books. Nor is it necessarily welcomed by many, such as conservationists.

SWISS JOURNEYS: Zurich, troisième ville au monde où il fait bon vivre

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EDITION FRANCAISE: Les beaux jours, s’ils sont ensoleillés, sont propices à une ballade au bord du lac avec vue sur les Alpes pour apprécier l’art de vivre à la zurichoise. Avant de...

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...

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...

‘Roger Federer, welcome home!’

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Finally he did it. The dreaded moment of his retirement, much anticipated over the past decade. It came just after midnight on 24 September...

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...