Cyber Monsters: Time to do something about social media perverting our kids

What are young people – our new generation of the future – supposed to think when the President of the United States – the supposed “leader of the free world” -...

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...

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

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Jean-Luc Godard - 89 on 3 December 2019 - makes probably the most charmless films in the history of cinema. But this statement should be read as a description not a judgment. His films highlight...

2020 Martin Ennals Award nominations: Three exceptional women

The following is part of Global Geneva's ongoing commitment to the reporting of 'international Geneva' themes, including human rights. Representing 10 of the world’s leading human rights organizations, notably Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Brot...

Antonio Hodgers, de requérant d’asile à Président du Conseil d’Etat de Genève

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Edition Française This article is part of Global Geneva’s development of a French-language component at the request of readers. The following piece (a shorter version will be published in English) focuses on Argentinian-born Antonio Hodgers,...

Salman Bal, nouveau directeur du Centre d’Accueil de la Genève internationale (CAGI): D’un village...

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This article is part of Global Geneva's development of a French-language component at the request of readers. The following piece (a shorter version will be published in English) focuses on Salman Bal, the new...

Metin Arditi: l’écrivain amoureux de la Suisse et de l’Esprit français (Edition française)

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At the request of readers, Global Geneva will start publishing occasional articles in French, or both in English and French. EVENT: Conférence de Metin Arditi: Swiss Made Culture. Vendredi 6 septembre 2019,18h30. Hôtel Royal, Crans-Montana, Suisse. (Conference on the...

Climate Crisis: The Race No One is Winning

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UPDATED. The goal of the 2015 Paris Agreement is to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions to limit the global temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by the mid-21st century. It calls on...

Showcase 2030: EPFL open day for groundbreaking sustainable development projects

As part of its 50 year anniversary but also launch of its first Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) report, the EPFL Tech4Impact  initiative is holding an open day for the public on Wednesday, 10 April...

Defending Human Rights Defenders: The Legacy of Martin Ennals

After arriving at the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea, where the Australian immigration authorities sent him under the Canberra government’s offshore asylum policy, Abdul Aziz Muhamat, a Sudanese refugee, became QNK002. This...

EPFL: A logical partner for AGORA

See main article on AGORA Rising, International's Switzerland new cancer research hub. "I don't care where our students and faculty come from," famously noted EPFL's former president, Patrick Aebischer, leading up to a Swiss-wide referendum...

The ‘chair’ is missing a leg: young people’s call for Rights of Nature

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“The “chair” is missing a leg…if we lived in peace and in harmony with Nature, the leg would still be there and provide true stability and sustainability.” (Dr. Michèle Perrin-Taillat, an advocate of the...

Crowdfunding the books you want, and disrupting big business

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Gib Bulloch, who grew up on the Scottish Isle of Bute, distinguished himself by leading a corporate "guerrilla movement" inside one of the largest global consulting organizations. Now 51, Gib (born Gilbert, but he...

Alain Gachet – A water wizard for the planet

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This article is published in our November 2018-January 2018 edition as part of our Global Genevans section. Global Genevans are unusual individuals who embody the spirit and themes of the world-wide International Geneva community. In...

Letter from Taiz: Yemen’s last bastion of hope

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Global Geneva seeks to provide personal insights based on first-hand experiences into humanitarian and conflict situations around the world.  Senseless violence, lawlessness, resilient people tired of conflict, and a country in chaos: these were my...

Jeff Danziger – A cartoonist on the political frontline

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This article is part of our Global Genevans section to be published in the Autumn, 2018 print and e-edition. Not long after the Soviets left Afghanistan in early 1989, Jeff Danziger, then working for The...

Geneva Airport – The challenges – and problems – facing International Geneva’s aerial gateway

KEEPING TRAFFIC MOVING IS A CRITICAL CHALLENGE both for Geneva and its airport. But for André Schneider, who has been running Geneva airport as its CEO since 2016, these are no mysteries. He knows he...

GENEVA’S CELESTIAL SPHERE – More than just a...

THE “CELESTIAL SPHERE” IS A LARGE STEEL AND BRONZE outdoor sculpture located on the campus of the United Nations headquarters in Geneva. Readily recognized as a symbol both of the UN and the “International Geneva”...

NESTLE Whistleblower letter to company CEO Ulf Mark Schneider

TEXT AS FOLLOWS - Also see whistleblowing article on the Nestle case. Registered letter Mr Ulf Mark Schneider, Chief Executive Officer, Nestlé, S.A. 55, Avenue Nestlé, CH-1800 Vevey   Nyon, 29 March 2017 Dear Mr Schneider, During the several months since...

Writing – or attending literary events – in Switzerland

The following article may serve as an inspiration for those attending the Geneva Book Fair, visiting Switzerland or simply living in the region. The literary urge kicks into top gear as summer approaches. The Fondation...

Project 1800: Saving the SDGs – and the world

“There is simply not enough capital in the current paradigm. We need to reframe capitalism,” observes Arthur Wood, the Geneva-based international development consultant who convened Project 1800. The Swiss Development Corporation (SDC) recently underwrote...

Book publishing confronts the Internet

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...

Guest Podcast by ALTAMAR: Will Europe’s year ahead be even rougher?

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Merkel is weaker, fringe parties are gaining steam across the Schengen Area, uncertainty hangs over Italy's March elections, Macron's EU reforms seem increasingly unpalatable, and, not to be bested, a Brexiteering UK is gearing...

Reporting the destruction of France’s cultural heritage: Why is our editor on trial?

Innovative journalism has been Edward Girardet's watchword since the beginning of his career. Not that he ever promoted himself as a reporter producing original work that few others could emulate. Hardly anyone else could...

‘No Billag’ – A threat to Swiss public broadcasting : will the Swiss vote against...

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«No Billag» : les Suisses vont-ils bouleverser leur paysage médiatique? French version: Le 4 mars, on votera pour ou contre la suppression de la redevance radio-TV. Les opposants craignent la disparition de l’audio-visuel public. La couverture...

JAI  JAGAT 2020 – DELHI-GENEVE: La marche pacifique des sans-pouvoir du monde entier ...

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French Version by Daniel Wermus Jai Jagat 2020 ("la victoire du monde"), c'est le nom de cet évènement préparé par le mouvement indien Ekta Parishad ("Forum de l'Unité"). Fondé en 1991 par Rajagopal P.V., un...

Is it still possible to provide ethical humanitarian aid?

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This article was first published in the Oct/Nov 2017 print and e-edition of Global Geneva magazine. “Humanitarian ethics? Isn’t that an oxymoron these days? A contradiction in terms?” So said a rather jaded humanitarian worker...

Swiss banks & money-laundering in the shadows of Latin American democracy

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This article was first published in the Oct/Nov 2017 print and e-edition of Global Geneva magazine. IN JUNE 2015, MARCELO ODEBRECHT, THE CEO OF NORBERTO ODEBRECHT and the man in command of one of the world’s largest construction companies,...

PADDLING FOR CANCER: Reaching out with success

This article was first published in the Oct/Nov 2017 print and e-edition of Global Geneva magazine. IF YOU HAPPEN TO BE UP IN THE JURA MOUNTAINS (on the shores of the Lac de Joux to be precise) on...

Unbreakable? Recognizing humanitarian stress and trauma

This article was first published in the Oct/Nov 2017 print and e-edition of Global Geneva magazine. DESPITE ITS UBIQUITOUS PRESENCE, whether in crisis zones such as Syria, Yemen or the Congo, or day-to-day existence in both the...

Inger Andersen: “No one can go it alone on sustainable development.”

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This article was first published in the Oct/Nov 2017 print and e-edition of Global Geneva magazine. “NATURE CONSERVATION USED TO BE CONSIDERED – perhaps – a stand-alone issue, but today we can simply no longer think this way,”...
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Klaus Schwab: Geneva’s unlikeliest revolutionary

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This is a slightly revised version of an article that was first published in the Oct/Nov 2017 print and e-edition of Global Geneva magazine. Two clichés about the Davos meeting of the World Economic Forum are...

David Horobin: “In today’s world a major crisis cannot be handled by one individual.”

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GG: Could you give us the backstory as to how you came into crisis management? DH: I’m a logistician by profession. Out of university, armed with a Masters in Transport I started my professional life...
SmartShuttle

Switzerland’s first driverless bus. A new public transport solution?

The experimental SmartShuttle service is due to continue until the end of October. The utilitarian argument has been to take heavily-laden shoppers and pensioners 1.5km through the pedestrian streets to conventional bus stops on...

The Last Animals – A documentary on the deadly consequences of the global rhino...

  The film follows the conservationists, scientists and activists battling poachers and crime syndicates to protect elephants and rhinos from extinction. From Africa's front lines to behind the scenes of Asian markets, the film takes...

International Geneva: Already a leader in the next Industrial Revolution

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The World Economic Forum's Klaus Schwab calls it the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It's the one that will do away with middle-class and professional jobs as we know them. It has been described as a...

Speaking Up for the Other Europe

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Brussels meant the Big Boys, the nabobs of nationalism and bureaucratic mandarins of the European Union for whom the European ideal was a larger stage on which to exercise their national ambitions. They loved...

Eva Joly on Corruption in France : The time of impunity is over

As a former investigating magistrate, Eva Joly probably knows better than anyone the problems of France’s own backyard. For the past 20 years, she has been fighting corruption in France ranging from the Bernard...

Knocking it all down: French property developers dictate Lake Geneva’s urban vision.

 Don't it always seem to go That you don't know what you've got 'Till it's gone They paved paradise And put up a parking lot.” (Joni Mitchell: Yellow Taxi) Nazi Reichsmarschall  Hermann Göring may, or may not, have said: “Whenever...

International Tribunals: Justice must be seen to be done

On 31 January, 2017, the African Union (AU), in a divisive debate during its annual heads-of-state meeting, called for a mass withdrawal of its members from the International Criminal Court (ICC). Last October, the...

CIVITAS MAXIMA—A Tiny Swiss Group of Lawyers Takes on War crimes and Crimes Against...

Since the International Criminal Court (ICC) opened for business 15 years ago only four cases have been successfully tried. The ICC was originally intended to be an updated, modern version of the Nuremburg trials...

Do Not Love a Refugee – A poem

Do not love a refugee. His pockets will be cramped, full with the keys of all his journey’s houses; there will be no room for candy hearts or rings. His face will be lined with...

Trump’s Impact on International Law: A Great unravelling?

Two months into the new United States administration, US President Donald Trump has already had an impact on international law, and the international legal system that now appears on the brink of unravelling. Executive...

Mayors, Napoleons and Corruption: A very French curse.

Last January, police jailed several local officials in the Paris region suspected of corruption in collusion with a property developer. This was followed in early February by another case whereby a young mayor representing...

Geneva’s networking hub: Punching above its weight

AGIR is primarily a highly effective network for better cooperation, says Xavier Cornut, President of the Geneva-based association. Agir works closely with international stakeholders so that they can see “first hand” the benefits of...

New City Mayor : Promoting a Dynamic Geneva

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Only recently appointed mayor of Switzerland’s second largest city, 34-year-old Guillaume Barazzone is a man with a mission. As a member of the city council but also head of the Department of Environment and...

Berger & Borges : In Geneva’s Cemetery of the Kings

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The grave of Borges in the Cemetery of the Kings at Plainpalais, with its headstone inscriptions in Anglo-Saxon and old Norse, has become a place of literary pilgrimage. Berger visited the Plainpalais grave some...

Luc Hoffmann’s Legacy of Hope for the Planet

If the crane is sent from heaven to transport those destined for eternal life, then surely during his final journey Luc Hoffmann was carried on the wings of the bird that symbolizes fidelity and...

Fifa’s Shame : Kidnapping the Game

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Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end the Germans always win. Or so maintained Gary Lineker, the popular TV commentator and former England international. He...