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The Democrats’ New Clothes

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If the stakes are so high — as many speakers reminded us — one would think the bar would be set even higher, not lower.  The nominee should prove that he can...

COVID-19: Is the Swiss government engaged in false news and not doing its job?

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One would expect Switzerland to lead by example not only because it is the host nation of the World Health Organization, the International Red Cross, the pharmaceutical giants, and the United Nations,...

The Shame of John Calvin: Will “Black Lives Matter” force Switzerland to finally acknowledge...

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Artwork of John Calvin and Bob Dylan by Malcolm Reid, a Scottish-born multi-media artist living in Ascona, Switzerland, who focuses on political and social issues. Last October,...

COVID-19: The need for global solidarity and cooperation

Agent Provocateur is the Oped section of Global Geneva. The editors welcome well-written and accessible articles on relevant topics. A reminder: we make our content free worldwide. If you like what...

Whistleblowing: Time for international Switzerland to meet the global standard

Switzerland may be small, but it’s a diplomatically and economically crucial country. It is home to numerous multinational corporations, from banks to food, pharmaceutical or chemical companies, many of which rank in...

Publishing World’s Evil Empire? How Facebook and other social media subvert journalism

UPDATED: 9 August, 2020. Facebook is not alone. Google, Twitter, Amazon, Instagram and other social media outlets do virtually the same thing. If reliable content, coupled with an informed public and democracy,...

Chronic diseases are the real pandemic: join the healthy food movement

This is how the clergyman Thomas Malthus saw our inevitable future in the 18th century when population expands beyond the capacity of the planet to sustain it: “Epidemics, pestilence and plague advance in terrific array,...

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...

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...

Switzerland’s “Don’t Test, Don’t Tell” policy endangers its older generation

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Agent Provocateur is Global Geneva's oped column. Rather than ramping up testing on its own citizens for Covid-19 and completely sealing off Swiss borders to the highly infected Italy and...

Peace building in the time of Coronavirus

Agent Provocateur is Global Geneva's Oped section. The editors welcome well-written and accessible articles on relevant topics. President Emmanuel Macron’s ‘We’re at war’ address to the French nation on Monday...

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.                            ...

Multilateralism under Siege: Would the World Be Better without the UN?

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This article is part of Global Geneva's Oped section. The answer to the first question is a qualified “No”, to the latter an unequivocal “Yes.” My book (What’s Wrong with the United Nations and How...

Investing to prevent disaster

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MUCH OF MY LONG-TERM CAREER in the United Nations has been focused on disasters, and I was often struck by the seeming randomness of the death and destruction I encountered. In the 2010 Haiti...

Polar Focus: The impact of climate change on the world’s Polar regions can no...

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Agent Provocateur is Global Geneva's Oped section. This is is open to all members of the Global Geneva Support Group on condition that contributed articles meet editorial standards and are not self-promotional. Listening to Polar...

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...

Toilets for all: Expanding – and capitalizing on – waste resources

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London is proud of its sewers. In 1848 and 1853 cholera outbreaks killed 25,000 Londoners, and 1858 was described as the “Great Stink.” The disease was poorly understood, but the smell finally provoked action....

Surviving Nuremberg trial lawyer calls for UN whistleblowing reform

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A slightly shorter version of this article was first published in the Oct/Nov. 2017 print and e-edition of Global Geneva magazine. THE UN WAS CREATED IN 1945 not only to maintain global peace and security,...

The right place for the world’s human rights award

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This article was first published in the Oct/Nov 2017 print and e-edition of Global Geneva magazine. An international jury of 10 leading human rights organizations awarded the 2017 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders to Egyptian...

Israel: Fifty years of shrinking democracy

Geneva Hub is open to any member of the Global Geneva Support Community or guest writer at the invitation of the editors. The Right Livelihood Award Foundation, which selected Physicians for Human Rights -...

Trade for Aid But Get Paid

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Agents Provocateurs is a print and online oped section open to all members of the Global Geneva Support Community or at the specific invitation of the editors. As you sit drinking your tea or coffee...

Making the SDGs Real

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A few years ago I interviewed the Director of one of China’s Special Economic Zones.  I asked him what he felt about the new low-carbon production standards that many investors wanted and that had...