Focus on Afghanistan: How the Afghan president helped his brother secure lucrative mining deals...

A longer version of this article was originally published by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. Afghanistan’s crags and valleys hold at least a trillion dollars’ worth...

Focus on Afghanistan: The West’s abandonment of Afghanistan: A story of arrogance, ineptitude, and...

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Political cartoon by Jeff Danziger, contributing editor to Global Insights and a member of our media partner Cartooning for Peace. See additional articles on Afghanistan in Global...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

Focus on Afghanistan: Afghan Waterloo: Graveyard for the British, Soviet, and US Empires

See additional articles on Afghanistan in Global Insights (search www.global-geneva.com) plus our specialised updated collection of good pieces on Afghanistan by other media. (See Nusereal link: https://www.nusereal.com/afghan.php) Biden’s...

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.

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...

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...

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...

Focus on Afghanistan: “We tried to tell you”

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The following column by contributing editor, journalist and author Mort Rosenblum is from his regular comment The MortReport. FLAYOSC, France — Here we go again. Americans clamor for the...

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....

‘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...

Focus on Afghanistan: The Essential Field Guide to Afghanistan. 4th fully-revised edition. (2014) –...

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See additional articles on Afghanistan in Global Insights Magazine (search www.global-geneva.com) plus our specialised updated collection of good pieces on Afghanistan by other media. (See Nusereal link: https://www.nusereal.com/afghan.php)

Focus on Afghanistan: What to do about Afghanistan’s growing disaster: Two key articles

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As predicted by some, the ill-advised U.S.-led military pullout in Afghanistan has led to a rapidly deteriorating on-the-ground situation that is increasingly leading to a takeover of much of the country by...

Michel Lavollay: A Cri du Coeur From a Doctor-Diplomat Who Knows

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The following column by contributing editor, journalist and author Mort Rosenblum is from his regular comment The MortReport. PARIS — Breakfast with Michel Lavollay at Café Flore, pleasant under any...

Overfishing: The greatest threat to our oceans

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Agent Provocateur is Global Insights Magazine's op-ed section. If you turn on the world news you may hear about plastic waste killing sea mammals, melting glaciers, illegal dumping, and...

Focus on Afghanistan: The Slack platform on evacuation

Drawing by contributing editor, political cartoonist and author Jeff Danziger. He is a member of the Geneva-based Cartooning for Peace. See additional articles on Afghanistan in Global...

Focus on Afghanistan: The “Tali-Bans’ of the past: waiting for the new decrees.

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The first edition of the Crosslines Essential Field Guide to Afghanistan, which was published in 1998 during the height of the first Taliban era (1996-2001), quickly became known as the “Taliban edition.”...

Focus on Afghanistan: Will Afghanistan Emerge as a Narco Superstate?

See additional articles on Afghanistan in Global Insights (search www.global-geneva.com) plus our specialized updated collection of good pieces on Afghanistan by other media. (See Nusereal link: https://www.nusereal.com/afghan.php) Estimates are that Afghanistan...

The Hindu Kush Himalaya: An endangered “water tower” in a warming world

Mountain systems have long played a vital role for ensuring replenishable water resources for both human survival and natural ecosystems, for drinking, farming, hydroelectrical power, irrigation, transportation and fishing, among other human activities.  Inhabitants of...

Focus on Afghanistan: Why and What Next?

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The following column by contributing editor, journalist and author Mort Rosenblum is from his regular comment The MortReport. Cartoon courtesy of artist and author Jeff Danziger, a member of...

Focus on Afghanistan: Whose responsibility?

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This is an updated version of an article that first appeared in The Christian Science Monitor on 9 September 2021. See additional articles on Afghanistan in Global...

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...