Erasing history: ISIS, Balkans, US Civil War statues, and Saddam Hussein.

FOCUS: Destruction of cultural heritage in time of conflict.  The following article is the cover story of Global Geneva's 2018 winter edition. It is also part of an ongoing FOCUS series on the destruction of...

POLAR FOCUS: Including the Sixth Sense in Arctic Work

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POLAR FOCUS: MEDIA & EXPEDITIONS Listening to Polar regions. A Special Series by Global Geneva in media partnership with JONAA. “SPEAK TO US, INCLUDE US. WE HAVE LIVED IN THE ARTIC for thousands of years; we are the...

POLAR FOCUS – Earth’s sentinels for our climate future are essential.

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Listening to Polar regions. A Special Series by Global Geneva in media partnership with JONAA. FOR CENTURIES, THE POLAR REGIONS were considered the most timeless, unchanging parts of the earth. A common belief was that they...

Geneva Book Fair: New York – Hemingway’s and Fitzgerald’s Slippery Slope in Switzerland

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The following article features as part of the New York theme at the Geneva Book Fair.  The war was over and the French franc cheap: twenty-five to the US dollar in the mid-twenties. Ernest Hemingway...

Book publishing confronts the Internet

This article is in conjunction with the 2018 Geneva Book Fair's hosting of New York as its honorary guest.  In the early 1960s, a charismatic visionary named Ted Nelson began working on a concept that...

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

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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...

Turning water drama into Geneva’s blue wave of peace

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The following is part of a special series on water in the Oct/Nov. 2017 issue of Global Geneva magazine. This is made possible with the collaboration of Presence Suisse with Global Geneva assuming full...

Water and peace: Made in Switzerland

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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...

Saying Goodbye to Afghanistan’s Ghosts and Dreams

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KABUL, AFGHANISTAN -- Sitting on the sun-drenched patio of Le Bistro, eating freshly baked croissants, it is hard to think of leaving Afghanistan. This is a country where I have lived for more than...

Mayors, Napoleons and Corruption: A very French curse.

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Last January, police jailed several local officials in the Paris region suspected of corruption in collusion with a property developer. This was followed in early February by another case whereby a young mayor representing...

Off the Wall: Donald Trump’s Global Reset

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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...

The Arctic and the Alps

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What do the Alps have in common with the Arctic? Cryosphere — water in its solid form -- the frozen places of our planet. Cryosphere influences the climate of the entire world and it...

Mountains : An 8000-meter High “Vertical University”

Rajeev Goyal and Priyanka Bista are concerned. Not too long ago the Himalayas and the Hindu Kush from Tibet to Nepal were virtually inaccessible to almost anyone who was not native to the region....

How Alpine Resorts are Coping with Climate Change

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As a child visiting Switzerland with my family during the summer holidays in the 1960s, I used to spend a month in Riederalp, a 2000-meter high resort in the Upper Valais overlooking the Rhone...

The South Caucasus : More Than a Biodiversity Hotspot

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As the logo of the Caucasus Nature Fund (CNF), the Caucasian or Persian Leopard is an endangered – and declining – species. Fewer than 200 individuals are believed to be still roaming the Caucasus,...

Nepal’s Women : Bearing the Brunt of Rural Agriculture

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At the age of 35, I have decided to move with my family to Nepal. This means starting a new life in a region that initially inspired me to decide to work with those...