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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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....

Urgence climatique : piqûre de rappel du Secrétaire général de l’ONU et livre pour...

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Dans une déclaration publiée le 26 févier 2021, le Secrétaire général de l’ONU António Guterres a tiré une nouvelle fois la sonnette d’alarme : Le moment est venu. La coalition mondiale engagée à...

Where do the Republicans go from here?

CPAC used to be a hangout for right-wing conservatives — the Republican Tea Party crowd. Not anymore. Conservatism has gone the way of the dodo. A cult of personality has taken its...

International Switzerland’s gold mine of knowledge: an unexploited global asset

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Despite the promise, Switzerland is doing relatively little about getting the rest of the world to understand what this incredible community of international aid workers, academics, entrepreneurs, researchers, policymakers and advocates has to...

Last Dance at Oak Flat

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The following column by contributing editor, journalist and author Mort Rosenblum is from his regular comment The MortReport. SUPERIOR, Arizona – Big Copper’s Last Stand is imminent at Oak...

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: Russia’s attempt to undermine US democracy

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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 case for letting go of humanitarian reform

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While there’s consensus that the humanitarian system is under stress, successive waves of reform over the past couple of decades have failed. Five years after a laundry list of changes were agreed...

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...

Steve McCurry (Part II): The complications of photography

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Feature Photo: Copyright Steve McCurry Steve McCurry has earned fame as a photographer who produced some of the most exquisitely beautiful colour images in the past several decades. McCurry’s critics, and...

Donald Trump is not the only one on trial

In contrast to his previous impeachment, the evidence of Trump’s misdeeds should now be obvious to everyone who has seen it in living color on cable television. We no longer have to...

The 2021 Martin Ennals Award: Yu Wensheng of China

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Updated: 1850 Hours. Thursday, 11 February, 2021. The Awards ceremony, including profile videos of the three finalists, can be watched HERE. Agent Provocateur is Global Geneva’s op-ed column for quality...

Livres coups de cœur: ‘Café Vivre’

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L’éloge des cafés Café Vivre est le beau titre choisi par la romancière et essayiste française Chantal Thomas pour introduire le recueil de ses Chroniques en passant, comme elle les nomme joliment, paru aux...

Navalny’s Gambit: Can the imprisoned opposition leader have a role in Russia?

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Editor's Note: Alexei Navalny, who returned to Russia from Germany in late January 2021 was jailed for three and a half years by a Russian court for ostensibly violating the terms...

The long road to the women’s vote in Switzerland

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In the Council of States, one of the two chambers of the Swiss parliament in Bern, one wall is dominated by a fresco in five panels. Die Landsgemeinde by Albert Welti was completed between 1907...

Digital nomads, Caribbean revolutionaries and making the best of lockdown through NBN

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Growing numbers of British and other European students have opted to travel abroad as digital nomads in lieu of remaining for the pandemic winter lockdowns of their universities. Here British students in...

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...

Amanda Gorman: The vital power of youth and words

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A Rock, a River, a Tree  Hosts of species long departed Marked the mastodon, The dinosaur, who left dried tokens Of their sojourn hereMaya Angelou, On The Pulse of Morning

Focus: Steve McCurry – merging art with photojournalism (Part I)

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View podcast by America's Editor William Dowell and Edward Girardet with Steve McCurry. See Link. As aspiring young reporters, both Steve McCurry and I began covering the war...

Biden Takes over

UPDATED 21 January, 2021 In contrast to past inaugurations, Biden’s ceremony was attended by only around 2,000 carefully selected guests all spaced out to maintain social distancing. Everyone...

Cent ans de multilatéralisme actif à Genève

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EDITION FRANCAISE: L’éditrice Suzanne Hurter déclare dans un message filmé de présentation : « J’ai eu envie de réaliser cet ouvrage, lorsque j’ai appris que la Société des Nations fêtait son centième anniversaire. Il...

Uganda: Amid charges of election fraud, Museveni is back in

This is a shared follow-up on article on Uganda by Global Insights Magazine/Global Geneva and our media partner, Who, What, Why. (See William Dowell's earlier piece as part of his regular...

The Switzerland-China Agreement: the dangers of becoming Beijing’s security satellite

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Switzerland's latest "lives for money" scheme with the People's Republic of China has the Bern government offering to sacrifice basic civil liberties of individuals residing and seeking asylum on its soil – — with neither...

Letter from Switzerland: An expat’s concern over our Covid deaths

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We have to talk about deaths in Switzerland, where over 8,000 people have died of COVID. In a country of eight million people, one person in every thousand has succumbed to...

The ex-monk and the Thai sex mafia: helping victims find another way

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We have selected Hartanto Gunawan as one of our Global Genevans. These are inspired individuals, such as French water wizard Alain Gachet, Danish environmentalist Inger Andersen or Swiss ornithologist Luc Hoffmann,...

Goodbye – at last

From Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Kobe Bryant, Chuck Yeager, and Diego Maradona, the major figures who left us in 2020 were memorable personalities whose accomplishments helped define the last century. Think of...

Business as usual: no longer acceptable for young people

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For my 20 year-old son, who is studying finance at Edinburgh University, engaging with business investment and social entrepreneurship is what matters. In other words, unlike his father, he is a born...

Agenda 2021: a youth cure for the UN

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Any new hire entering the United Nations these days must be struck by the fact that not only is the institution showing its age, but its top management is too.  The UN...

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...

Chappatte plonge ‘Au cœur de la vague du coronavirus’

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EDITION FRANCAISE: La deuxième vague de Covid-19 frappe de plein fouet des millions de citoyens sur tous les continents. À l’incrédulité ressentie depuis mars dernier a succédé l’angoisse. Pour tenter de comprendre...

In France, a Mission to Uncivilize

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The following column by contributing editor, journalist and author Mort Rosenblum is from his regular comment The MortReport. Also see his latest book: Saving the world from Trump. Conflict, climate and...

Pan(dem)ic policies: what WTO can do

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“Export restrictions really provide a false sense of security,” says Anabel Gonzales, Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. “They raise prices, they discourage investment and they invite retaliation. They...

Valéry Giscard d’Estaing: his ‘personal’ American photographer reflects

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All photos ©2020 David Burnett/Contact Press Images Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, or VGE as he was known, served as president of France from 1974 to 1981, just as oil...

Covid-19 : l’électrochoc pour un rééquilibrage entre environnement, être humain et économie (French edition)

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L’élection à la présidence et vice-présidence des Etats-Unis du duo Joe Biden-Kamala Harris permettra-t-elle de faire avancer le dossier de l’engagement des Etats en faveur du climat, après la signature de l’Accord...

Switzerland and the pandemic: Does the economy matter more?

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UPDATED 9 December, 2020: Unlike most Europeans and North Americans, East Asians take their masks seriously. From China, Taiwan and Thailand to Singapore, people have tended traditionally to wear face gear in...

2020 Jan Michalski Prize for Literature: Mia Couto

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The Jan Michalski Foundation jury noted the “exceptional quality of the writing, which subtlely mixes orality and narrative, letters, tales, fables, dreams and beliefs, all in the heart of a historical reality,...