Keeping it Family : How Africa’s Corrupt Leaders Stay in Power

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UPDATED 2 November, 2020 Once again, another corrupt African politician - President John Magufuli of Tanzania - has abused his country and people by undermining democracy with allegedly fixing the 28 October 2020 presidential elections...

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 losing gains...

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...

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 autumn-like weather of August 2021, as...

Book Review: One hundred women to inspire us to change

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"Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exceptions."Ruth Bader Ginsburg, lawyer and former Justice, United States Supreme Court Their names are Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed...

Talking with the Taliban: a necessary exercise in frustration

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UPDATE: At a UN press conference in New York on Monday 30 January 2023, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths stated that they were hopeful the Taliban would rescind at least some of their...

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 shock and inflation were  buffeting the West....

AGORA Rising: International Switzerland’s innovative approach to real time cancer research

This article is part of a Global Geneva reporting initiative to highlight in the public interest innovative developments in science, medicine and education by the International Switzerland community.   Douglas Hanahan was happily ensconced at the...

Paul Ress: A word master is gone

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Many PR bureaucrats in the United Nations and even NGOs could not understand why or how Paul was so phenomenally successful as an information officer. All they knew was that he seemed uncontrollable. So they tried to...

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....

Not Knowing the Color of the Sky in Afghanistan

The following article is part of our oped Agent Provocateur column Given that the United States and its international partners failed to adequately deal with the threat of Islamist terrorism when they had the time...

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. Switzerland was my “safe...

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,...

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. During this same period, the United States also suffered the worst attack...

Fires on the West Coast and Siberia: Living by the Air Quality Index (AQI)...

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The fires are menacing enough, but the smoke and consequent rapidly declining air quality may present an imminent danger over a much larger area than the fires themselves. The Environmental Protection Agency issues an...

Oceanus to Oceans: The Sea Affects All Things

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Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness…. When experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. —George Santayana, Introduction...

Switzerland’s Prisoners of War during two world wars and beyond.

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Internment in Switzerland During World War One is my second book relating to Swiss history. My first, Healthy Living in the Alps, was about the search for a cure from TB and the subsequent development of winter...

« La lumière est l’âme de l’architecture »

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EDITION FRANCAISE: (PHOTOS - Carlo Schmidt) -- Mario Botta, qu’est-ce que la lumière pour vous ? La lumière est une réalité qui change entre le jour et la nuit. Pour en parler concrètement, il faut la...

Coronavirus Stories: Not just a health pandemic, but a multi-sectorial crisis requiring Africa specific...

I work with the billion first descendants of Homo sapiens. Much has happened since this continent, notably Ethiopia where I am currently based, first emerged as the birthplace of humanity. Tragically, it has become...

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 avoiding the press. She has yet to comment openly on the...

MortReport: Paris – An Immoveable Beast

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Walking and bike path along former railway line in Paris. (Photo: Ville de Paris) The following column by contributing editor, journalist and author Mort Rosenblum is from his regular comment The MortReport. Global Insights Magazine/Global Geneva Group...

Harnessing the power of on-the-spot media to achieve change

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Rachel McKee of Oak Foundation in Geneva recounts how Asian journalists are working together to spur essential changes through their reporting from the field.                            ...

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 prendre le...

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 being currently held by the Taliban. While...

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...

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...

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: 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 Insights (search www.global-geneva.com) plus our specialised updated collection of...

Rural Rock: Queen, Oasis and the Ridge Farm Story

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When some 30 police officers raided both Ridge Farm, one of England’s earliest rural rock recording studios, and the nearby Plough Pub, at 6.00 am in spring, 1982, they were hoping to bust what...

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...

Letter from Florida: Development versus environment

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A lone mangrove cluster clings to survival on the Indian River Lagoon in Edgewater, Florida, on Maryann Thorhallsson’s property. After years of struggling to preserve a stretch of the idyllic waterway in East Central...

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...

China and the Golden Veins of Henan: A film-maker’s view

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Andy Cohen's documentary, Ximei (2019), was premiered at the 18th International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH) in Geneva, Switzerland, in March, 2019. Local health officials, worried they would get left behind by...

“Mindf*ck”: Adventures with the Cambridge terminator

The driving force behind both events, Wylie insists, was a previously little known contractor, Cambridge Analytica, created in 2014. Wylie has direct knowledge of what he is talking about. After finishing his studies at...

Peacekeeping: When all seemed lost …

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Monrovia, Liberia, August 5, 2003: General Cobra sat behind a wooden desk, bare but for an elephant carved from rosewood, a porcelain figurine of a bucking bronco, and an abacus. He sported a scarlet...

La Nuit des Neiges 40 ans de solidarité

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EDITION FRANCAISE: Des personnalités du monde diplomatique, des arts et de la culture étaient présentes lors de cette soirée caritative animée par Jean-Marc Richard, en présence de l’Ambassadeur d’Italie en Suisse Gian Lorenzo Cornado...

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...

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...

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 the organizers refer to as the ‘right’ bank of the Rhone River, where the...

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 a plethora of ill-fitting initiatives that...

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...

A DAUGHTER SEEKS THE TRUTH ABOUT HER FATHER, ESPIONAGE, AND OIL Review of ‘The...

In January 1947, Daniel Dennett seemed to have it made. Dennett, who had taught at the American University in Beirut, Lebanon, during the early 1930s, was cultural attaché at the US Legation in Beirut....

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...

The Ethiopian-Tigray Conflict: View of a worsening situation from the other side of the...

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Fleeing violence in Tigray, Ethiopia, more than 61,000 people have registered as refugees after crossing the border into Sudan since November 2020. Recently, I visited two refugee camps - Al Hashabat and Um Rakuba...

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 drinking with...

China’s communist party destroying freedom of expression in Hong Kong…A ruthless reminder of Beijing’s...

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Cartoon by contributing editor Jeff Danziger and a member of Cartooning for Peace, a Global Geneva partner.

Montreux et Vevey, une atmosphère de dolce vita en Suisse

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Montreux, ville de musique, avec le Festival de jazz le plus célèbre du monde. Vevey, ville d’images, Corsier-sur-Vevey et son captivant Chaplin’s World élu meilleur musée d’Europe en 2018 par l'Académie européenne des musées. Lavaux,...

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...

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 the chamber,”...

FILMAR en América Latina : Le cinéma permet un regard critique sur le monde

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EDITION FRANCAISE Comment est née l’idée de votre documentaire ? Para no olvidar (Pour ne pas oublier) a nécessité cinq ans de recherches. L’idée initiale était d’évoquer la migration et l’exil. Je viens d’une famille qui,...