THE LEADING EDGE

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

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...

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...