The Seine: The river that made Paris

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One of my favourite words in French is “partage,” sharing. I love to share stories and open conversations with others. So I decided to write a book about a subject that gave me joy and...

Dinners with Graham Greene

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UPDATED 31 May, 2020. This is part of Global Geneva's focus on culture relating to International Geneva themes. A dinner with Graham Greene in Antibes could start, so to speak, at lunch. As neither of...

Running an English bookstore in the time of the pandemic

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Dedicated to books. Matthew Wake with Clare O'Dea, author of The Naked Irish. (Photo: Books, Books, Books) This is part of our ongoing series on books and the...

Zunar: Malaysia’s top cartoonist – How can I be neutral?

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The following article is part of Global Geneva’s regular coverage of cartoonists working with Switzerland’s Cartooning for Peace Foundation., one of our media partners. For Zulkiflee S.M. Anwar...

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 few headlines. The seeds of woe it planted -- a...

Walking the streets of Kabul: memories and discoveries of a shadowland

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Taran Khan is a former writer-in-residence at the Jan Michalski Foundation in Montricher, Switzerland, where she wrote and revised much of this book. (See her Global Geneva article: Living in a...

Swiss Journeys: Neuchâtel – combining nature and culture (Part I)

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The following is Part I of two-article reportage by Italo-Swiss journalist Luisa Ballin on the Canton of Neuchâtel as part of Swiss Journeys, our regular Global Geneva series of discovery. (Also to be published in...

Rural Rock: Queen, Oasis and the Ridge Farm Story

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When some 30 police officers raided both Ridge Farm, one of England’s earliest rural rock recording studios, and the nearby Plough Pub, at 6.00 am in spring, 1982, they were hoping to...

Cinematic Street Photography: The definitive guide

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What is cinematic street photography? Cinematic Street Photography is a street shot that looks like a frame from a movie. It's a combination of letterbox crop, mood, aesthetic, colors...

Genève, une ville de roman et une patrie pour la famille de l’écrivain Joël...

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Parc Bertrand, quartier des banques, hôtel des Bergues et autres sites emblématiques font de la ville du bout du lac Léman et de la station de Verbier dans les Alpes suisses les...

COVID-19: Godzilla for the 21st century

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Shane Carruth (born 1 January 1972) has positioned himself as a film director who, through science fiction stories, tries to find new ways of presenting narrative and...

Payot: Des livres pour cent ans de plénitude

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Edition Française. Global Geneva is including French-language articles on 'international Geneva' themes as part of its worldwide outreach to Francophone audiences. This is part of our ongoing series on books and...

Moving together: jazz from a funky Swiss philosopher

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Philosophers’ ideas for music are rarely fun. Among the Swiss, Friedrich Nietzsche's music is nobody's idea of a good time. Jean-Jacques Rousseau's compositions hardly rate the effort to preserve them (though one...

The Artistic World of Betsabeé Romero in Mexico

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Betsabeé Romero is now listening to the suddenly silent streets of Mexico City, North America’s largest city. From her little street house in the Villa de Cortés district, the artist is on...

La Chaux-de-Fonds, Métropole horlogère et ville de culture

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Le visiteur prend le train ou la route de la Vue des Alpes pour arriver à La Chaux-de-Fonds. La Métropole horlogère, sise à 1’000 mètres d’altitude, a célébré, en juin 2019 avec...

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 hub for central-eastern Afghanistan, it is now a city of...

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 the region. It is one of a string of sites...

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 Global Geneva's ongoing series on Afghanistan. It is now 7:20 pm....
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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 the age of 65 after being hospitalized shortly before with depression....

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, that the “stupid” mountains were no more than “imposing barriers,...

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 of sunlight. The protective positioning of the Alps overlooking the...

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 author Gazmend M. Kapllani. This was published in the June-September 2018...

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 bulky and awkward to handle. They demanded dedication and expertise...

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

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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 visionary named Ted Nelson began working on a concept that...

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 represents the world’s second largest French-language book fair, it also...

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 échangent de manière conviviale avec le public. Parmi les moments...

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 in Switzerland, the three authors – Diccon Bewes, Clare O’Dea...

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 died at the age of 70 in 2003, was a...

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 and newspaper staffer, who was inspired by his father, an...

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

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Nancy Dupree. (Photo: Courtesy Louis and Nancy Hatch Dupree Foundation) First arriving in Afghanistan in 1962, Nancy Dupree became one of the country’s most ardent and outspoken advocates for the preservation...

Lost and found at the 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 Livre Suisse, newly installed in the beautifully restored Arsenaux of...

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 the heart out of historic villages. The following article by Edward...

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 agitate for Tibet's freedom. His powerful voice and sincerity make...

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 the heart out of historic villages. The following article by Edward...

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 par Bordeaux, la politique d’urbanisation Française permet aux promoteurs de...

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 6th annual event,  or Le Livre sur les Quais, at...

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 the rapid destruction of the historic centres of numerous villages...

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 the rapid destruction of the historic centres of numerous villages...

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 of speaking to some — unless of course you’re one...

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, which, despite years of war, still works - and is...

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, who hail from the United States, United Kingdom, Nigeria, and...

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 asking budding writers to describe the world they envisage for...

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 Center on Crisis Reporting. FREETOWN, Sierra Leone—A great quarrel followed the...

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 especially true when it comes to the environment, and there...

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 direct link). Given Sarah's exceptional experience working in Afghanistan and...

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 Girardet. The article received an enormous amount of interest, so...

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 translates roughly as “stupid and nasty.” It had started in 1960...

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 and the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation. It was accepted and edited...

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 forefront. But how will the new SDGs be implemented and...