Made in U.S.A. — Godard spills the beans on politics and atrocity

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Jean-Luc Godard - 88 on 3 December 2019 - makes probably the most charmless films in the history of cinema. But this statement should...

The Capital of Civilization: Brexit, populism and the 150th anniversary of the Siege of...

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It may be no surprise if the 150th anniversary of the Prussian army’s descent on Paris with the largest siege force ever assembled draws...

LETTER FROM GHAZNI: The Palace in the brush

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FIFTEEN YEARS AGO, IN SEPTEMBER 2003, I journeyed to Ghazni, whose name means “jewel,” situated on Highway 1 south of Kabul. A trading and transit...

Afghanistan: Struggling to preserve a country’s heritage

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THE STONE STUPA AT TOPDARA IN THE FOOTHILLS above the Koh-e Daman plain north of Kabul is testament to the rich cultural heritage of...

Masood Khalili’s Whispers of War – A guerrilla’s journey during the Soviet occupation of...

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FOCUS: Forty years of war in Afghanistan. This extract is published in our 2018/19 Winter Edition of Global Geneva. It is also part of...

Chantal Akerman – In search of lost culture

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Perhaps I should not have been shocked to learn that Belgian film director Chantal Akerman had killed herself in October 2015, dying in Paris at...

Rilke’s Valais: ‘I have this country in the blood’

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Until he saw the Valais, Rilke was somewhat dismissive of Switzerland. He wrote to friends from Sils, where Nietzsche found refuge 50 years before,...

Swiss Journeys: A weekend in the Valais – culture, vineyards and thermal baths

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The Valais (or Wallis in German), southeast of Lake Geneva, is one of Switzerland’s most sun-drenched cantons, offering up to 2,000 hours a year...

The Short Story: American Lottery

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Global Geneva is initiating a new component focusing on creative writing. The following is an excerpt from the short story ‘American Lottery’ by award-winning...

David Burnett: A Photographer’s Odyssey

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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...

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:...

Book publishing confronts the Internet

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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...

The 2018 Geneva Book Fair: Linking Geneva with New York

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This year’s guest of honour is New York, so there will be various activities, including writers, representing U.S. publishing activities. While the Geneva Salon...

Festival Filmar en America Latina, jusqu’au 3 décembre (French version)

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Ce qui oblige les amateurs à prendre ou commander leur billet avec une bonne avance. Une vingtaine de cinéastes et acteurs sont présents et...

Book Reviews: Editor’s selection – Expat writers, Syrian refugees and exiles

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This article was first published in the Oct/Nov. 2017 print and edition of Global Geneva magazine. THE SWISS BOOKS Even if you don’t live or work...

PRINCE SADRUDDIN AGA KHAN: Humanitarian & Visionary

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This article was first published in the Oct/Nov 2017 print and e-edition of Global Geneva magazine. FOR DIANA MISEREZ, SADRUDDIN, WHO WAS BORN in Paris and...

Mike DuBose: A photojournalist’s journey

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This article was first published in the Oct/Nov 2017 print and e-edition of Global Geneva magazine. FOR AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHER MIKE DUBOSE, a former news agency...

Nancy Dupree: An Appeal for anecdotes and observations by those who knew her.

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First arriving in Afghanistan in 1962, Nancy Dupree became one of the country’s most ardent and outspoken advocates for the preservation of its culture...

Lost and found at the Sion Swiss book festival

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It might seem perverse to go to a book festival for the films. But I had a reason. Two, in fact. The Festival du...

Local mayors – and Paris law – destroying French historic villages

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In France, they love their patrimoine, or cultural heritage — at least, that’s what they claim. Why, then, are developers being allowed to tear...

Tibetan warrior turns to pop

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After hauling a coffin from Bern to Geneva and starring in a documentary, musician and cartoonist Loten Namling has now turned to pop-rock to...

Local mayors – and Paris law – destroying French historic villages

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In France, they love their patrimoine, or cultural heritage — at least, that’s what they claim. Why, then, are developers being allowed to tear...

La pression urbaine Suisse et la loi francaise sont en train de detruire des...

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(French version: Swiss urban pressure and Paris law destroying French villages. ) Par Edward Girardet et Christopher Woodburn. Cessy, France -- De Versailles à Aix-en-Provence en passant...

Morges Literary Festival 4-6 September, 2015

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By Edward Girardet Geneva -- Rapidly becoming one of Europe's most renowned French-English language book festivals, the Swiss lakeside town of Morges will host its...

Swiss urban pressure and Paris law destroying French villages

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Swiss reluctance to ruin its own idyllic countryside in the Lake Geneva region combined with French laws enabling unfettered urban development is leading to...

Swiss urban pressure and Paris law destroying French villages

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Swiss reluctance to ruin its own idyllic countryside in the Lake Geneva region combined with French laws enabling unfettered urban development is leading to...

Yale project explores the diverse ways we speak English

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The following article by Bess Connolly Martell was first published by Yale News. “Here’s you a piece of pizza” may sound like an alien way...

Post Runners, Aerogrammes and the Big E-Mail Challenge: Scenes from 135 years of Afghan...

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Thomas Ruttig, co-director of the Afghan Analysts Network, an independent non-profit research organization, wrote this piece for the AAN's website on the Afghan postal service,...

Nine writers from four countries awarded $150,000 Windham-Campbell Prizes

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The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library has announced the winners of the 2015 Donald Windham-Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prizes at Yale. The writers,...

Youth letter writing contest: the world they want

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As young people gather this week for the Youth Assembly at the United Nations (UN) in Geneva, the Swiss-based Universal Postal Union (UPU) is...

How Sierra Leone’s Fight Against Ebola Tested Cultural Traditions.

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The following piece is written by Amy Maxmen, a science and medical journalist who travelled to Sierra Leone with a grant from the Pulitzer...

Better Mapping for Better Journalism

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Willie Shubert of the Washington DC-based New Security Beat explores new visual tools for improving environmental journalism. Nearly every local story has a global context. This is...

One (difficult) step to curbing extremism

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The following article written by Sarah Chayes, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment, was contributed as a blog to the Reuters.com website. (See...

Switzerland’s Anne Frank Legacy: Beyond frontiers and religions

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The following article was first contributed in November, 2014 to Le News, an English-language newspaper for the Lake Geneva region, by then editor Edward...

Stepping over the line

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In 1979, I happened to run across Georges Bernier, the creator of the bitingly satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo. The motto  was “Bête et Méchant,” which...

Why the Swiss need to value their foreigners

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The following piece by Swiss-American journalist and author Edward Girardet was initially written for Swissinfo, a news website funded by the Swiss Foreign Ministry...

Beyond the blah-blah: What now with the Sustainable Development Goals?

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The creation of a new and more realistic post-2015 agenda to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is already happening with Geneva in the...

Old Friends – A 19th century photo album journey

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A 114-year-old family photograph album is discovered by chance on eBay and won – despite a last-minute collector's challenge. The album had never been...

The Essential Edge Guide to Aid Speak – Part I

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The following is to help ordinary human beings understand the impressive but often incomprehensible-sounding terminology of the international aid community. We thank all those...

What ever happened to real foreign reporting?

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The brutal murder in the name of Islam of American reporter James Foley by a British Jihadist outlines – once again - the extreme...

“Way to Massacre Place” – We know the Where. Please fill in the Who,...

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Donatella Lorch writes about the lack of concrete evidence in the massacre of the Nepalese royal family that took place in 2001 in her personal...

How bad language leads to poor humanitarian outcomes

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Nicholas van Praag of Keystone's Groundtruth programme writes about the importance of language when dealing with the people one is trying to help. When someone as eloquent...

Life after Guantanamo prison

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The following piece on Afghans incarcerated -- often with little or no evidence - by the Americans in Guantanamo by Dawood Azam was published...

The PCDN Network – More than just information

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For anyone - UN or NGO aid worker, policy analyst, researcher, journalist, donor, private sector - serious about being effective, the Peace and Collaborative...

TedX plea for West not to abandon Afghanistan

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Masood Khalili, Afghan ambassador to Spain - and son of famed 20th century Afghan poet Khalillulah Khalili - makes an impassioned plea from the...

The UN Takes on FGM/C in an Art Exhibit at the Palais

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“A woman wounded is a nation wounded.” The exhibition of paintings currently on display at the UN’s Palais des Nations in Geneva is both...

Switzerland’s Immigration Vote: Nationalism, racism or fear.

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A version of this was first published by Le News, the free English-language weekly for the Lake Geneva region. This includes the cartoon by award-winning...

World Press Photo of the Year 2013: John Stanmeyer

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This year's World Press Photo of the Year 2013 was won by American Photographer John Stanmeyer of the VII agency for National Geographic. John's extraordinary...

Press Reset on AfPak Relations

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The following piece by Omar Samad was first published by Foreign Policy's SOUTH ASIA CHANNEL. Contrary to popular opinion, it is not so much the 2014...

The newsonomics of measuring the real impact of news

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Ken Doctor of The Nieman Journalism Lab explores whether one can raise more money for the news by harnessing the power of social sharing...