THE LEADING EDGE

A regular column, The Leading Edge is open to all contributing editors and journalists or invited guest writers.

Remembering Anne Frank – and Buddy Elias, guardian of a teenage legacy

As with so many young people, I had read Anne Frank’s diary while a junior high school student at the Schiller Gymnasium in Cologne, Germany, where my family had lived for two years during...

Caribbean Dreams – Economic Nightmares

This article is part of Global Geneva’s Focus series on Oceans with a special section to be published in the Summer, 2019 edition as part of World Oceans’ Day (June 8) and continuing throughout...

The U.N.’s Michael Møller: Placing International Geneva on the global frontline

“Most people now closing the doors are going to be just as affected as the ones they are closing the doors to…” (Michael Møller, United Nations Director General, Geneva) Zurich, Bern, Basel and other cities...

Transnational Red Sea project that could help save Earth’s coral reefs

This article is part of Global Geneva's FOCUS series on Oceans for our Special Summer Edition 2019. It’s not everyday a scientist gets to work on a project that has implications of a truly global...

The Swiss option: Not too late for a credible Brexit poll of the people

Nearly three years ago, I was among the many thousands of international observers experiencing an extraordinary day of apparent democratic practice across the United Kingdom. On 23 June, 2016, more British citizens than ever...

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

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

Leaving the Nest for European Millennials: Where to Live and Securing Your Dream Job

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...

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...

Sorry. Young Journalists & Writers workshop (Wednesday, 27 March 2019) at Ecogia, Versoix, is...

But please submit your stories and articles for the June, 2019 Global Geneva Youth Journalists & Writers Award. Closing date: 17 May, 2019. Send to editor@global-geneva.com Here's a quick reminder of the details: When? 27 March, 2019...

Afghanistan’s Unwinnable War. A journalist’s reflection on 40 years of conflict.

FOCUS on Afghanistan: 40 years of war. The following article is part of a regular series by Global Geneva on Afghanistan. The ongoing Great Game: Reporting notes for history I was sitting in a café in...

On a Slippery Slope

By Paul Ress (with comment by Global Geneva). It was the beginning of December and too early in the season to ski, so I looked around the Swiss resort for something to do. “Why don’t...

Launch of Global Geneva’s Young Journalists’ & Writers’ Programme and Awards for international schools

Global Geneva's Young Journalists’ and Writers (YWP) Programme is offering travel awards of up to CHF1200 for the best projects, plus the chance to have their articles published. Aimed at junior and senior high school...

Event: Constructive journalism – Getting back to real reporting (Geneva, 18 January, 2019)

The event is co-hosted by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and will bring together journalists, media professionals, diplomats, students and scientists from around the world. These are some of the questions which...

Crowdfunding the books you want, and disrupting big business

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...

Exceptional aerial view of the southern Alps of Switzerland and northern Italy.

Photographed late last week (October 26, 2018) on a flight from Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, to the United Kingdom while overflying Switzerland. Note the Mont Blanc and Matterhorn in the distant background. Plus the lack...

Alain Gachet – A water wizard for the planet

This article is published in our November 2018-January 2018 edition as part of our Global Genevans section. Global Genevans are unusual individuals who embody the spirit and themes of the world-wide International Geneva community. In...

Brexit and Trumpean policies: The rising attraction of Europe’s international schools

This article appears in Global Geneva's December, 2018-February, 2019 Winter Print and E-edition. It’s probably not immediately intuitive. But during the 2017-2018 academic year, 45 per cent of all students attending English-medium international schools in...

Abdul Haq: the Afghan commander who could have led to peace.

FOCUS on Afghanistan: 40 years of war. This is part of a special Global Geneva series on Afghanistan to be published in the November, 2018 - January 2019 print and e-edition.   I had called Abdul Haq from Washington D.C....

David Burnett: A Photographer’s Odyssey

The following article is scheduled to appear in the November 2018 - January 2019 Autumn print and e-edition of Global Geneva. The earliest cameras were bulky and awkward to handle. They demanded dedication and expertise...

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

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...

Letter from Taiz: Yemen’s last bastion of hope

Global Geneva seeks to provide personal insights based on first-hand experiences into humanitarian and conflict situations around the world.  Senseless violence, lawlessness, resilient people tired of conflict, and a country in chaos: these were my...

Britain’s new post-Brexit role in Africa?

So why Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa?  Nigeria: With an estimated 186 million people, Nigeria has vast unfulfilled potential caused by decades poor leadership. President Muhammadu Buhari, now 75, in a country where the median age...

Brexit: A cliff hanger axing Britain’s own legs – and without a Swiss...

Brexit, Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU), began as a nationalist vote to free Britain to make its own decisions. But it is increasingly turning into an axe likely to chop its own...

POLAR FOCUS: The view from Greenland – About contexts

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...

The #MeToo movement, whistleblowing & leadership failure

Foremost is Nestlé. With final arguments submitted on 28 February 2018, the Vevey-based multinational has found itself accused of neglecting food safety by a former senior executive, Dr Yasmine Motarjemi. Against all odds, Motarjemi, a...

Guest Podcast by ALTAMAR: Will Europe’s year ahead be even rougher?

Merkel is weaker, fringe parties are gaining steam across the Schengen Area, uncertainty hangs over Italy's March elections, Macron's EU reforms seem increasingly unpalatable, and, not to be bested, a Brexiteering UK is gearing...

Reporting the destruction of France’s cultural heritage: Why is our editor on trial?

Innovative journalism has been Edward Girardet's watchword since the beginning of his career. Not that he ever promoted himself as a reporter producing original work that few others could emulate. Hardly anyone else could...

The WHO and Mugabe: The follies of political payback

The astonishing decision last month by Tedros Adhanom, the recently appointed head of the World Health Organization (WHO), to name Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe as goodwill ambassador only underlines what’s wrong with the United Nations...

Water and peace: Made in Switzerland

This article was first published in the Oct/Nov 2017 print and e-edition of Global Geneva magazine. “Control the water and you control everything.” The Mayor of Dirt in Rango (2011) Admiral of the Swiss Navy is the derisive...

Who’s behind the ivory trafficking in Africa?

Those interested in the real nature of ivory poaching (See Keith Somerville's piece on rhinos in the April/May edition of Global Geneva) and smuggling should treat with extreme caution the recent stories in the...

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 we need to watch Brad Pitt’s film War Machine

  As with the wars in the Middle East, Afghanistan highlights the difficult political choices and counter-insurgency strategies the US has been pursuing fruitlessly since 9/11. Today six Muslim countries (Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia...

The Last Animals – A documentary on the deadly consequences of the global rhino...

  The film follows the conservationists, scientists and activists battling poachers and crime syndicates to protect elephants and rhinos from extinction. From Africa's front lines to behind the scenes of Asian markets, the film takes...

Advice to mediators from the other side of the barrier

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...

WTO: Is keeping up the good fight for trade enough?

An updated version of this article has been published in the Oct/Nov 2017 print and e-edition of Global Geneva magazine. Millions of rich country voters blame open trade and economic globalization for the precarity of their jobs....

Why the fossil fuel companies won’t defend the U.S. government in court

This article by Global Geneva contributing editor and author Mark Schapiro was published on June 2, 2017 by  Pacific Standard, an award-winning American magazine for readers interested in working toward forward-looking changes to private...

The Gerald Durrell Legacy: My career and other animals

This article also has been published in the Oct/Nov 2017 print and e-edition of Global Geneva magazine. Children hate going to bed.  They always want to stay up for just another few minutes, and a few more. ...

France’s Nicolas Hulot: Placing the Titanic Syndrome in the forefront

“I didn’t start out as an ecologist,” Nicolas Hulot says, “I became one.” Still boyish and exuberant, with an ever-engaging smile at 62, Hulot has definitely made up for lost time. He is single handedly...

OPINION – Brexit: A dark threat to peace and security in Europe

(Photo: Scene from the 1959 German anti-war film Die Brücke) While critics may deride the British government’s surge into exiting the European Union as an act of self-mutilation and disregard for economic opportunity, there is...

On meeting Bin Laden

Any individual who has a story to tell about a personal encounter with the good, the bad or the nasty (living or dead) is welcome to contribute to ENCOUNTERS. The Arabi manned their own trenches...

International Geneva: Already a leader in the next Industrial Revolution

The World Economic Forum's Klaus Schwab calls it the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It's the one that will do away with middle-class and professional jobs as we know them. It has been described as a...

Peacekeeping: When all seemed lost …

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...

Trump’s Impact on International Law: A Great unravelling?

Two months into the new United States administration, US President Donald Trump has already had an impact on international law, and the international legal system that now appears on the brink of unravelling. Executive...

Rex Tillerson and the ‘Art’ of the Oil Business

Please subscribe to the Global Geneva Support Community so that we can fund investigative reporting in the public interest. Join us on Twitter @GlobalGVA A rock about the size of a fist sits on the...

Why ‘media’ is not journalism

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...

Patricia Kaas – A Girl from the East

While hardly household names among British and Americans, any expat living in Paris – or Brussels and Berlin for that matter – cannot help but absorb France’s repertoire of artists ranging from road-hardened routards...

New gales eyeing international Geneva

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...

It’s Christmas; Hug Families, Guzzle Eggnog – and Gird Your Loins

Déjà vu all over again. I caught a predawn cab to Roissy airport in Paris as I have so often in the past for an anxious flight to some tin-pot autarchy where border cops...

Back to journalism: Making kids aware of fake news

We need to teach our kids to become discerning on the internet in order to detect what is false or propaganda. One way of doing this, writes Global Geneva editor Edward Girardet, is to...