What’s Behind the Storm Over Australia’s Submarines

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On the surface, the reasons Australia decided to break with France and go with the American offer seem obvious. The difference between the nuclear-powered submarines that the US offered Australia and the...

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...

Tolkien’s Switzerland – and much more – is in jeopardy

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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, born on 3 January 1892 in Bloemfontein, Orange Free State, hiked in 1911 through the Alps to the Aletsch Glacier, the largest such ice flow in the Alps....

Unraveling the American Myth

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Evangelicals: Putting the ‘Ass’ in ‘Compassion’. Many evangelical leaders have gone all-in for President Donald Trump. Down the road, that could backfire and hopefully cost them — and other religious organizations...

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...

Montreux et Vevey, une atmosphère de dolce vita en Suisse

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Montreux, ville de musique, avec le Festival de jazz le plus célèbre du monde. Vevey, ville d’images, Corsier-sur-Vevey et son captivant Chaplin’s World élu meilleur musée d’Europe en 2018 par l'Académie européenne...

Focus on Afghanistan: The Slack platform on evacuation

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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: 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...

‘Roger Federer, welcome home!’

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The opportunity was too enticing to pass up: see Roger Federer, the master of the impossible tennis shot, competing at the top of his form, perhaps for the last time ever at 32, on his...

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...

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: Terror attacks and the guilt of leaving.

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GENEVA: What everyone feared has happened. A suicide bomber attacked in the midst of the chaos of panicked people at the airport in Kabul. More than 100 dead and over 150 injured,...

Focus on Afghanistan: The country’s ‘Businesswoman of the Year’ escapes from Kabul.

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Like a Horror Movie It is Monday, 16 August 2021. Hassina Syed, who is 41, is in central Kabul when her mobile phone rings. Her friend screams, shouting into...

Focus on Afghanistan: What did you expect?

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Agent Provocateur is Global Insights op-ed column. America entered Afghanistan in November 2001 to avenge the 9/11 attacks on the United States. However, there was never any...

The poor are everywhere: what can one person do?

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Agent Provocateur is Global Insights’ op-ed section. Over the past year and a half, the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened hunger and poverty in many parts of the world. According to the World...

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...

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: 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...

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...

Focus on Afghanistan: Jaw-Jaw is the only Solution

Agent Provocateur is Global Insights' op-ed section. A moment of truth is in the offing for Afghanistan’s estimated 35 million people, plus the 5-6 million in the diaspora...

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: 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...

Swiss crypto: what comes next and why you should care about it

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You may have no interest in cryptocurrencies or consider them a Ponzi rip-off like Nouriel Roubini or Nobel Economics Prizewinner Paul Krugman, i.e. you don't want to be the last crypto holder...

The UN must not fail the people of Myanmar…again.

Earlier this month on 12 July, 2021, the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted a resolution on Myanmar, the latest of a series of resolutions by UN bodies since the military coup...

Focus on Afghanistan: Now or never for Afghans

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Agent Provocateur is Global Insight Magazine's op-ed column. In his first speech at the Security Council four years ago, the United Nations Secretary General Guterres said “Nobody is winning...

Swiss Journeys: Erschmatt’s Scientific Catcher in the Rye

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Maybe you heard the Swiss TV commentator speaking of the tough climb in the 5th stage of the Tour de Suisse bicycle race earlier this year. Up the mountain from the Rhone...

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...

The Public-Relations Industry Grabs a Foothold in the UN

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The following article was first published by Passblue.com, an independent, women-led journalism site based in New York that closely covers the US-UN relationship, women’s issues, human rights, peacekeeping and other key...

America’s – and NATO’s – Afghanistan disaster: Still a possible peace solution with a...

The following article was shortlisted but not finally selected by the Geneva-based Oslo Forum as part of its 2021 Peace Writer Prize. A longer draft was initially published by Global Insights earlier...

The Rilke bio-novel: From healthy flying to dramatic fiction.

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BookZone I was born and educated in South Africa, and have spent most of my life living in London and Oxford. From 1996 to 2009, I was the director...

Morrison’s Blues: Dominique Ziegler revisite le mythe du chanteur des Doors

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Dominique Ziegler est un metteur en scène et metteur en mots de talent. Théâtre chevillé au corps, il propose un Morrison’s Blues tout en finesse, avec atmosphère glauque d’un décor de circonstance. La rencontre entre...

Avraham Burg: A federal system for Israel

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“I would like to explore the possibility of introducing the federal system in Israel” Avraham Burg In a lecture at the Global Studies Institute (GSI) you explained why the...

Tibetan-Swiss artist Kesang Lamdark: Highlighting China’s repression

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It was a decade ago. Fabio Rossi told me I have to meet his artist friend Kesang Lamdark. I called Lamdark and arranged to meet him in a pub in London where he was...

Biden: A need to separate humanitarian aid from geopolitical aspirations

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Donald J. Trump spent three years doing everything in his power as President to slash billions from foreign aid. He finally argued that the money spent on Congress’s pandemic relief bill was...

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...

Sh’ma Yisrael – A Mort Report Extra

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The following column by contributing editor, journalist and author Mort Rosenblum is from his regular comment The MortReport. Photo courtesy of Letizia Agosta, Unsplash. Jews have...

Nepal’s Covid Doctors

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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...

Philip and Sadruddin: Two extraordinary visionaries

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PERSONAL VIEW BUCKINGHAM PALACE, 27th January, 2017 Dear Ms.Willday, The Duke of Edinburgh has asked me to write and thank you for...

A Swiss initiative to redo the Internet: crypto scepticism abounds

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You may have caught a whiff of last month’s explosive climb into cryptocurrencies' top 10 valuations by a mammoth Swiss-based project to replace the Internet we know today. One crypto analyst described...

Christine Brooke-Rose: International Geneva’s invisible author

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Christine Brooke-Rose (1923-2012), born in Geneva but in retirement a long-time resident of Lou Jas in Les Maquignons (The Horsedealers), near Avignon in Provence, was almost certainly the most erudite and inventive...

Basel’s uneasy cross-border relationship with Nazi Germany 1933-1945

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As a baby boomer of Swiss origin born in the United States, I was always fascinated by Switzerland’s survival role as a neutral country during World War II. My British-educated father, who...

Femmes en Suisse et dans le monde: – – – ...

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Les 17 Objectifs de développement durable (ODD) et leurs 169 cibles composant l’Agenda 2030, adoptés en 2015 par les 193 États membres de l’ONU, visent un monde plus équitable. L’objectif numéro 5 de cette...

Afghanistan: time for a more representative peace with Swiss mediation

Editorial Note: Please note that all U.S. troops are now expected to quit Afghanistan by 11 September 2021 although some contractors may remain. This will also probably mean the complete pullout of...

Murder in Room 117: How the assassination of one of America’s top diplomats helped...

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As a young foreign correspondent, I undertook my first reporting assignment to Kabul in October 1979, seven months after the killing of Adolph ‘Spike’ Dubs, America’s ambassador to Afghanistan, and two months...

Does the Chauvin conviction signal a new era in the United States?

In the end, it took the jury just 10 hours to reach their decision. But while the verdict against Chauvin is encouraging, we still have a long way to go. The murder...

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....

Switzerland’s re-opening: Everyone for themselves

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Agent Provocateur is Global Insight Magazine's oped component. This is open to invited writers or those organizations that contribute to Global Geneva Group. All content, however, must meet our editorial standards.

Une étude soutenue par l’ONU et un livre pour expliquer l’Histoire mondiale du bonheur

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Peut-on classer le bonheur des citoyens vivant des réalités diverses dans des Nations aux situations parfois diamétralement opposées ? Affirmatif, estime une étude compilée sous l’égide de l’Organisation des Nations Unies, publiée le...

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...

Tackling poverty and ageism post-COVID, if you can’t join Nomadland

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We don't all have the courage to join Bob Wells, founder of the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous and CheapRVLiving. And sociologically, the film Nomadland distorts the common experience of ageing and poverty-afflicted Americans....