Nepal’s Covid Doctors

Politics are feeding the fire. For the second time in five months, Nepal’s government was dissolved on 22 May 2021, furthering bureaucratic paralysis. Nepal risks becoming an imploding catastrophe. It is already...

The Last Great Coral Reef Wilderness

In the middle of the Indian Ocean lies the Chagos Archipelago, a collection of atolls and submerged banks where the reefs have been largely undisturbed by humans for the last 50 years....

The Ethiopian-Tigray Conflict: View of a worsening situation from the other side of the...

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Fleeing violence in Tigray, Ethiopia, more than 61,000 people have registered as refugees after crossing the border into Sudan since November 2020. Recently, I visited two refugee camps - Al Hashabat and...

Afghanistan: the abandonment of a nation

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In autumn 2001, having returned from Afghanistan just prior to the 9 September assassination by Al Qaeda of northern Afghan resistance commander Ahmed Shah Massoud and before its World Trade Center attacks,...

‘American Kompromat’ excerpt by Craig Unger

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The following is an excerpt from the book 'American Kompromat' by American author and journalist Craig Unger published 26 January, 2021 (Penguin Publishing Group). You can read a review of this...

American Kompromat: Russia’s attempt to undermine US democracy

There’s no question that the Kremlin played a critical role edging Donald Trump across the finish line in the 2106 election.  Virtually all US intelligence agencies agree that after hackers working for...

The Geneva Film Festival & Censored Chinese History: The Story of Chi Xiaoning and...

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Before the 1980s, documentary films in China were mostly propaganda made to serve the ideological purposes of the Communist Party. Views critical of the party were prohibited. Only one official voice could...

Biden faces new epidemic of gun violence in America

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According to estimates by the Swiss-based Small Arms Survey in 2017, Americans own some 393 million firearms, or roughly 40 percent of the privately owned guns on the planet, The US Congress’ Committee on Oversight...

After Trump: Facebook targets questionable election tactics in Uganda

Donald Trump is not the only politician in for a rocky ride on the social media roller coaster these days. Earlier this week, Facebook decided to shut down all social networks linked...

The United States needs a peace conference

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Now blood has been shed. With the attempted autogolpe and insurrection that led to the brief occupation of the U.S. Capitol last week, and five deaths, any notion that partisan divides in the United...

Crimes and punishments of radical artists in Putin’s Russia

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“All political prisoners face a Golgotha, a crucifixion,” Krisevich said. “There are thousands of them.” The burning papers in his November 5 performance, Krisevich explained, represent the volumes of indictments fabricated by...

The Balkans Wars: Return to Slavonski Brod

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Mladen Vladetić is standing in his old local park. It is called the “blue field” and it is surrounded by grim-looking tenements, their outer walls still scarred by shell impacts with great...

Bruno Barbey: Disappearance of a photographic great

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For over five decades, Bruno Barbey photographed across five continents for major international magazines, such as TIME-LIFE, Paris Match and Stern. He also published over 30 books. What he has left is...

Coping with war on the frontline: the Rory Peck Trust 25th anniversary

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One of the ways Rory Peck Trust (RPT), a media partner of our NGO Global Geneva Group, has been funding freelance journalists around the world is to provide Hostile Environment and First...

Mort Report Extra: The Scream

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The following column by contributing editor, journalist and author Mort Rosenblum is from his regular comment The MortReport. Illustrations are by Global Geneva contributing editor Jeff Danziger, a poltical cartoonist and author.

Could better-funded journalism have prevented the pandemic?

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What is so ironic is that had donor governments, foundations, corporations and private individuals with means bothered to support independent news organizations at a time when credible journalism is in crisis with...

Fires on the West Coast and Siberia: Living by the Air Quality Index (AQI)...

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The fires are menacing enough, but the smoke and consequent rapidly declining air quality may present an imminent danger over a much larger area than the fires themselves. The Environmental Protection Agency...

Notes from Oregon: At the centre of the fire storm

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September 11, 2020 As I sit down to write this, it feels like I’m writing a journal in a movie about Mars. A reddish-orange hue shines through my tightly...

FOCUS on Wildlife Trafficking & Pandemics: Bushmeat – The Background

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Before the European occupation of Africa and the building of colonial empires, including in Asia and the Americas, and the banning by the imperial powers of hunting by indigenous communities, pastoralists, farmers...

In South Sudan, the Hope and Pain of Nonviolence

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Gunmen killed our children. We seek peaceful justice but cannot be sure it will happen. This article by Yeng Lambo, a USIP program coordinator, was first published...

The Continuing Battle for Okinawa

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Despite opposition by many Okinawans, the U.S. is holding on to its military power in these nominally Japanese islands. Once resistance to the invading U.S. forces had completely collapsed by the end...

Coronavirus Stories: Letter from London. On the NHS Frontline with COVID fatigue

Working in healthcare is never easy; but working through the Covid-19 pandemic takes all the usual stresses, strains and anxieties and amplifies them by a factor of ten. The...

Coronavirus Stories: Lessons from the roller coaster life of an Italian ICU nurse

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Tears do not roll easily from the eyes of veteran journalists who have covered death and destruction in many parts of the world. I have reported war and catastrophe in Africa,...

Botswana’s rhino poaching crisis: COVID-19 increases the pressure

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Any thought that the coronavirus outbreak and supposed clampdowns in China and other East Asia countries on illegal wildlife trade and markets will cut demand for rhino horn is misplaced.  Chinese traditional...

Coronavirus Stories: When uncomfortable becomes comfortable

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I am a city boy. Call that a curse or a blessing. But I also want to have my cake and eat it. I want the privilege of having a city...

Coronavirus Stories: My Verbier Covid-19 Experience

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It all started with a get-together in the 1,500 metre-high Swiss alpine resort of Verbier. Perhaps it started even before then; I will never know.  My closest friends and I from here, there,...

Bangkok is Sinking, but so are other Southeast Asian megacities…

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Somneuk Atipanyo, a Buddhist abbot, stands in front of his temple south of Bangkok looking out to sea. Here, he says, pointing to the waves lapping at the shoreline, 20 years ago there was an...

Pierre-Michel Virot: Seeing the world by looking for it

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Stocky, and looking somewhat like a large, Steiff teddy bear, Pierre-Michel Virot speaks intently if not slightly gruffly in English, as if to ensure that you have understood precisely what he has...

The Global Reef Expedition: A mission to assess the health of coral reefs around...

This article is part of a special Global Geneva Focus series on Oceans. IN 2011, scientists from the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation set out on a mission to explore the remote coral reefs...

Nur-Sultan: International Geneva’s challenge in Central Asia

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Some liken landing in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan's capital, to touchdown in the film set of a futuristic sci-fi movie in Central Asia. It's one of the most space-age looking of the world's capitals. It lies...

Letter from Maine’s ‘Oyster Lady’: The comeback of a mollusk healthy for food and...

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The following is part of Global Geneva's ongoing Focus on Oceans series. As an extraordinary oblong-shaped bivalve, oysters offer a low-carb, low-fat, protein punch packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and trace elements. Hence its new...

Letter from Cox’s Bazar: Burma’s Rohingya – A people in need of citizenship, not...

The following article is made possible by a grant from the Fondation Alcea as part of Global Geneva's 'Youth Writes' (Young Journalists & Writers Programme). This seeks to promote young writers among high school...

Letter from Sicily: The Mediterranean – the World’s most Deadly Anti-Refugee ‘Wall’  

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This article is part of Global Geneva’s Focus series on Oceans. In January 2019 I had the good fortune to finally get to Sicily, or at least to the ancient town of Palermo and other...

Coral Vita: Making reef rescue fun – and a business

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Gator Halpern, recently named 2018 Young Champion, and Coral Vita, founded in 2015 with one-time fellow student Sam Teicher, have already received many awards. Among them: Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2018 when both...

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...

PolarQuest2018: Voyage to the edge of the North Pole

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Travel & Science Published in Global Geneva's Winter 2018/19 print and e-edition, this article is part of our ongoing coverage on polar regions. Our first Polar Special Focus was published in the Summer, 2018 edition. OUR...

Law in Afghanistan: The Crooked Path from Custom to Code

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The following is part of Global Geneva's ongoing FOCUS series on Afghanistan. On this, the final hour of the final day, the most bearded and revered man in the room who had always occupied the...

Letter from Islamabad: Afghanistan from Past To Present To Past Again

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Focus on Afghanistan: 40 years of war. This article is part of Global Geneva's special series exploring 40 years of war in Afghanistan. It is scheduled to be published in our November 2018-January 2019...

Bosnia-Herzegovina: Revisiting life after genocide.

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The following article was published in the June-September 2018 Summer print & e-edition  of Global Geneva. FOR 43-YEAR-OLD KRISTIAN SKEIE, “Life After Genocide” is a general headline that he has been using for the past...

Abdul Haq: the Afghan commander who could have led to peace

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FOCUS on Afghanistan: 40 years of war. This is part of a special Global Geneva series on Afghanistan to be published in the November, 2018 - January 2019 print and e-edition.   I had called Abdul Haq from Washington D.C....

Militarization of conservation: an army of occupation, not protection 

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In  February 2018, the United Kingdom’s Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced that 20 British soldiers would be deployed in Malawi to help train game rangers to combat poachers. And at the end of May, Williamson was pictured with British soldiers and rhinos at the...

The Third Pole: Letter from a critical observer in the Himalayas

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KUSUM GURUNG’S LIFE TOOK A TRAGIC TURN in April 2015. An earthquake destroyed most of her village’s houses along with all their meagre property. It also took the lives of friends and family members....

Dominica: Coping with disaster

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THE MASSIVE DESTRUCTION CAUSED BY MARIA is immediately visible as you fly in from the Caribbean Sea to Douglas-Charles Airport. Huge swathes of trees stand pale and naked, or lie felled across the mountainsides, like...

Northern Reindeer: Adapting to survive

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Listening to Polar regions. A Special Series by Global Geneva in media partnership with JONAA. LOOKING TOWARDS SÁPMI (OR LAPLAND), we find the cultural homeland of the Sámi people, Europe’s northernmost indigenous population. Sápmi stretches from the Barents...

Lions in Conflict

MOST OF THESE REPORTS INVOLVED LIONS IN SMALL safari parks in South Africa attacking people. One concerned a young woman killed by a lion that had been habituated to the so-called “lion whisperer”, Kevin Richardson,...

Polar Polarity: A Letter from Iceland

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Listening to Polar regions. A Special Series by Global Geneva in media partnership with JONAA. THE SNOW IS RECEDING FROM THE HILLS OF AKUREYRI along with the darkness and clicks of crampons on the ice-covered sidewalks. The northern lights...

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...

France’s crumbling chateaux: Not the only cultural heritage under threat.

It’s a noble concern that will appeal to many. President Macron’s aim is to use the lottery – quickly - as a means of mobilizing private money to avoid raising taxes and leaving a...