What Can Israel Do Now?

Israel’s assault on Gaza is beginning to appear unsustainable, and there is little doubt that it is doing more damage to Israel’s international standing than anything Hamas could have hoped to have accomplished on...

Biden’s Visit May Have Kept Gaza From Boiling Over

President Joe Biden’s eight-hour visit to Jerusalem may go down in history as both a heroic expression of authentic personal conviction and an act of genuine statesmanship, a rare occurrence these days. It’s hard...

Hamas Attack Shocks Israel and Invites Massive Retaliation

Fighting in Israel lasted throughout Sunday. Hundreds of Hamas Palestinian fighters surged across Israel’s borders on Saturday, using waves of motorized hang gliders and hundreds of motorcycles, pickup trucks, and automobiles to crash across...

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...

The Coup in Gabon: Just Another Incident in a Global Powershift?

The overthrow of yet another African government following a suspect election is not unusual these days. The overthrow of Gabon’s president, Ali Bongo Ondimba (also known as “Ali Bongo” or just “Bongo”), 64, is the eighth...

On Bullshit, lies and politics: Dealing with mis/disinformation

It didn't just start with Trump Frankfurt, who is now retired at the age of 94, notes that the archetypical Bullshitter, having lost all contact with reality, ultimately becomes victim of his own folly. Unfortunately,...

No Exit for Putin

The “military operation” to take over the Ukraine was simultaneously a catastrophic miscalculation and a threat to Russia’s long-term security. War in Ukraine, potential famine in the Middle East, energy crisis in Europe, energy crunch...

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...

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 new world,...

Ukraine and the Chinese Conundrum

Vladimir Putin (left). Xi Jinping (right). Photo credit: G20 Argentina / Flickr (CC BY 2.0) and COP PARIS / Wikimedia (CC0 1.0) The problem is that global wealth and technology are overwhelmingly on the side of the US,...

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 dedicated to world peace and you learn that the president of...

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 Putin’s onslaught and the “shock and...

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 any credibility....

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 in order to avoid capture by US...

What’s Behind the Storm Over Australia’s Submarines

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 less imposing...

Unraveling the American Myth

Evangelicals: Putting the ‘Ass’ in ‘Compassion’. Many evangelical leaders have gone all-in for President Donald Trump. Down the road, that could backfire and hopefully cost them — and other religious organizations that get too...

Focus on Afghanistan: Afghan Waterloo: Graveyard for the British, Soviet, and US Empires

See additional articles on Afghanistan in Global Insights (search www.global-geneva.com) plus our specialised updated collection of good pieces on Afghanistan by other media. (See Nusereal link: https://www.nusereal.com/afghan.php) Biden’s decision to surrender to Donald Trump’s agenda...

Art, Identity, and Invisibility in Texas

It’s not just a question of white Americans not seeing African Americans, Roberts contends; it is also a question of white America failing to understand just what Black America is trying to communicate. The...

Does the Chauvin conviction signal a new era in the United States?

In the end, it took the jury just 10 hours to reach their decision. But while the verdict against Chauvin is encouraging, we still have a long way to go. The murder of George...

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 place with...

Donald Trump is not the only one on trial

In contrast to his previous impeachment, the evidence of Trump’s misdeeds should now be obvious to everyone who has seen it in living color on cable television. We no longer have to wonder whether...

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 had a mask including former vice-president Mike...

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 Tom's Paine column...

After Trump: Facebook targets questionable election tactics in Uganda

Donald Trump is not the only politician in for a rocky ride on the social media roller coaster these days. Earlier this week, Facebook decided to shut down all social networks linked to Uganda’s...

Michael Flynn’s pardon, echoes of Moscow, and time for a new start

Flynn’s case is particularly interesting. To begin with, there is the question of whether the pardon was really meant to save Flynn or, more likely, to save Trump from lingering suspicions that he won...

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...

What If? A deeper look at America’s vice-presidential debate

Ironically, that was also the time allotted for a debate response. No one can remember what Pence said, but the fly was a smash success. It not only dominated social media, but it captured...

Will the integrity of the U.S. supreme court die with Ginsburg?

Both passions clearly surpassed any thoughts of self-interest or personal promotion. Her life story presents an especially sharp contrast to the narcissism of Donald Trump, who has made a toxic mixture of falsehoods, ethnic...

The U.S. Post Office: Trump’s attempted coup in slow motion – neither rain nor...

Trump’s strategy this time around appears to be based on the notion that poor voter turnout usually favours the incumbent. If Trump can keep people from voting, he just might manage to hold on,...

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

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LETTER FROM AMERICA: Welcome to the New World of Information Warfare

This article was first published in the Oct/Nov 2017 print and e-edition of Global Geneva magazine. THE ELECTION OF DONALD TRUMP as president of the United States appears to have been the result of a perfect political...

Off the Wall: Donald Trump’s Global Reset

Just a few weeks into the Trump administration, most of Washington is exhausted. The most immediate impact on Geneva is likely to be felt at the United Nations.  Hints have circulated in Washington and...

Trump, International Geneva and the world

It’s not unusual for candidates to make outrageous promises in the heat of a campaign.  What distinguishes Donald Trump from previous candidates is his determination to actually deliver on those promises.  Trump campaigned on...

Has Trump Become an Unwitting Manchurian Candidate?

False news and conspiracy theories are so rampant these days that it is hard to know what to believe, yet US intelligence authorities are now clearly convinced that Russia actively attempted to help Trump...

Tom’s Paine: Letter from America – The Present Copies the Past

From Brexit to ISIS to the rise of nationalism in Europe, not to mention Donald Trump and the chaotic recent American election campaign, it is easy to get the impression that the international order...