THE LEADING EDGE

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

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...

The Swiss commune that changed ecology

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

Leonard Cohen – That’s how the light gets in.

For millions of people around the world the shock of the US election results were enormously magnified by news of the death of Leonard Cohen, 82, a singer poet icon who had long sung...

Why the U.N. needs IRIN’s critical voice

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...