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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

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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...

The Mort Report: Extra! French Poodle Bites Puffed-Up Yank in the Ass

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The following column by contributing editor Mort Rosenblum is from his regular comment The MortReport. WILD OLIVES, France: -– Just back from America, I lit up the TV to hear a presidential president, in complete English...

Can Hunting be a Viable Conservation Tool? Is it Time to Bite not Ban...

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It is easy to see why at first sight the idea that a rich trophy hunter paying tens of thousands of dollars to shoot an elephant, a lion or an endangered rhino seems in...

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...

Saying Goodbye to Afghanistan’s Ghosts and Dreams

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...

Peacekeeping: When all seemed lost …

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Monrovia, Liberia, August 5, 2003: General Cobra sat behind a wooden desk, bare but for an elephant carved from rosewood, a porcelain figurine of a bucking bronco, and an abacus. He sported a scarlet...

Afghanistan Today: Is Russia back to old tricks?

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The Red Army suffered a humiliating defeat and retreated from Afghanistan in February, 1989. Now the Kremlin is clawing its way into a diplomatic thicket in which Pakistan, India and Iran are also vying...

Palau: At the Edge of the World

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Just beyond the vibrant coral reefs on the eastern rim of Palau’s island archipelago, the clear blue of the Western Pacific suddenly becomes even bluer, both on the map and in reality, as it...

The Hans Hass Fifty Fathoms Award: Communicating the oceans

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Tear Drop in the Sea - By Gardner Young (a diver) I tell you mate, we all tempt fate when we dive beneath the sea For a man’s a fool, to break the rule, that nature meant...

Rex Tillerson and the ‘Art’ of the Oil Business

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Please subscribe to the Global Geneva Support Community so that we can fund investigative reporting in the public interest. Join us on Twitter @GlobalGVA A rock about the size of a fist sits on the...

Is a legal trade the only way to save Africa’s remaining rhinos?

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The air buzzed with the sound of an electric saw. Next to me a 2,000kg white rhino slumped on the ground.  When the saw fell silent, I was handed a heavy, greyish brown lump...

Libya’s Worsening Turmoil – Bad for Everyone

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Five years ago this February I was among the first foreign journalists to arrive in Benghazi, the city in eastern Libya that had just birthed the uprising that would eventually bring an end to...

Keeping it Family : How Africa’s Corrupt Leaders Stay in Power

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UPDATED 20 January, 2020 As part of a report by International Consortium for Investigative Reporting, the BBC revealed earlier this month (see report) that Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of former President Dos Santos of...

The Yazidis : Life after Genocide

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Hajji Mirza is from Tel Azar. Now he and his family are condemned to live in a tent in Khanke, a refugee camp with over 16,000 people near Dohuk in northern Iraq. “For 20...

African Leaders Who Abuse Power – A Select List

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YOWERI MUSEVENI UGANDA As with so many African leaders, Museveni started off in 1986 with hope for real change. But now, with corruption widespread, he just can’t leave it. Last February, he embarked on his...