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...

Now What? Good schools and critical thinking.

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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.

Eliminating nuclear weapons before they eliminate us

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Last month on 24 October 2020, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), adopted in July 2017 by 122 states at the United Nations, reached 50 ratifications. This triggered the treaty's entry into...

Switzerland’s proposed responsible business reforms: no great expectations

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Agent Provocateur is Global Geneva’s oped section. The campaigners for the initiative are attempting to end the impunity of Swiss multinational corporations against human rights abuses and environmental...

Whitney Azoy’s Afghanistan: A Partial Comprehension – tales and photos from the pre-war

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When National Geographic Magazine commissioned me during the early 2000s to do a story that would ‘reveal’ Afghanistan in the wake of the U.S.-led NATO occupation, I was somewhat panicked. As with...

Biden’s new America: Where do we go from here?

Democracy may be the best form of government we have, but there’s never a guarantee that the government it produces will be a good one. While it looks as though Joe Biden’s “Blue...

Jungle Jabbah and the fight against war crimes impunity

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This month, the Swiss Federal Court at Bellinzona will hold the first ever trial of a Liberian citizen for war crimes committed during the African country’s horrendous civil wars. Victims will be represented by the...

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...

Why Climate Change matters to your security, health & wealth

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Written by Paul Mayewski, Charles Norchi and Alexander More Far too many governments, businesses, political factions or local interest groups ranging from the United States to Tanzania are...

Geneva’s Palais des Nations scandal

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Geneva could have had a Palais des Nations by Le Corbusier, the most influential architect of the 20th century. However, the League of Nations, which built the Palais overlooking Lake Geneva as...

The 2020 IB: an institution that betrayed its students

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The following article is an entry of the 2020 Youth Writes Story Competition funded by the Jan Michalski Foundation in Switzerland. While being judged separately by an independent panel of editors...

What If? A deeper look at America’s vice-presidential debate

Ironically, that was also the time allotted for a debate response. No one can remember what Pence said, but the fly was a smash success. It not only dominated social media, but...

Letter from Thailand: Tourism and the pandemic – until we’re back

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The view from the Air Bar and Infinity Pool of the Intercontinental Hotel resort overlooking Taling Ngam Bay on Koh Samui, one of Thailand’s 1,400-odd islands, must rank as amongst the best...

Will the integrity of the U.S. supreme court die with Ginsburg?

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Both passions clearly surpassed any thoughts of self-interest or personal promotion. Her life story presents an especially sharp contrast to the narcissism of Donald Trump, who has made a toxic mixture of...

Book Review: One hundred women to inspire us to change

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"Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exceptions."Ruth Bader Ginsburg, lawyer and former Justice, United States Supreme Court Their...

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...

Book Review: Saving our world from Trump – Mort Reports

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Global Geneva contributing editor Mort Rosenblum must rank as one of the world’s most travelled and experienced reporters covering both war and peace with nigh on 200 countries on his list. A...

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...

Trump: Beyond a tinpot threat to democracy and the planet

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OPINION Donald Trump must rank as the United States’ worst president ever since the institution first came into being with the election of George Washington as the new country’s...

Othello in Switzerland: Keeping Shakespeare – and theatre – alive

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As part of its support for the arts, Global Geneva asked director Paul Stebbings to explain how the TNT travelling theatre company have managed to re-establish its traditional touring in the...

Swiss Journeys: Le Tessin, un souffle de Méditerranée (2ème partie) À la rencontre de...

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L'église de San Giovanni Battista à Mogno/The church of San Giovanni Battista in Mogno.(Photo: Enrico Cano) « Pour comprendre Mario Botta, il est primordial de visiter sa ville natale et...
biden cartoon

The Democrats’ New Clothes

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If the stakes are so high — as many speakers reminded us — one would think the bar would be set even higher, not lower.  The nominee should prove that he can...

Coronavirus Stories: Not just a health pandemic, but a multi-sectorial crisis requiring Africa specific...

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I work with the billion first descendants of Homo sapiens. Much has happened since this continent, notably Ethiopia where I am currently based, first emerged as the birthplace of humanity. Tragically, it...

The U.S. Post Office: Trump’s attempted coup in slow motion – neither rain nor...

Trump’s strategy this time around appears to be based on the notion that poor voter turnout usually favours the incumbent. If Trump can keep people from voting, he just might manage to...

Whistleblowing: Time for international Switzerland to meet the global standard

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Zurich theatre dramatizes Yasmine's whistleblower story, with music: 5-7 November 2020 (LINK) Switzerland may be small, but it’s a diplomatically and economically crucial country. It...

Coronavirus Stories: Could a fast, inexpensive test be the answer to the worldwide pandemic?

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Until an effective coronavirus vaccine is developed, the only way of bringing the global COVID-19 pandemic under control is to identify infectious individuals and limit their movements before they can spread the...

Swiss Journeys: Ticino, a breath of the Mediterranean in Switzerland (Part 1)

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The coronavirus pandemic and the fear of a new cross-border lockdown have convinced many living in Switzerland to head south to the Ticino, the country’s only Italian-speaking canton,...

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...

Beyond Hiroshima and Nagasaki: The new nuclear arms race

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Less than half a year ago, most of the Earth’s inhabitants could barely imagine a pandemic besieging almost the entire planet, shutting down numerous economies, and killing hundreds of thousands of people...

FOCUS on Wildlife & Pandemics: Covid and Conservation in Africa – more than a...

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Pangolin - a possible source of the current COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo: UN) This is the first in a regular Global Insights Magazine FOCUS series on Wildlife and Pandemics as...

WRITING A NOVEL – A NOVEL EXPERIENCE: The story that would not leave me...

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When I sat down to write a novel several years ago, there were a lot of things I didn’t know. For starters, I didn’t know how to write a novel.  I was strictly...

POLAR FOCUS: Iceland Exceptionalism – Renewable energies, effective pandemic measures and careful tourism.

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Steam from one of Iceland's innumerable geysers. Abundant renewable geothermal resources help cover 85 per cent of the country's energy needs. (Photo: Tira Shubart) Iceland sits bang on...

Publishing World’s Evil Empire? How Facebook and other social media subvert journalism

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UPDATED: 9 August, 2020. Facebook is not alone. Google, Twitter, Amazon, Instagram and other social media outlets do virtually the same thing. If reliable content, coupled with an informed public and democracy,...

Covid-19 et crise économique ne doivent pas éclipser l’urgence climatique

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Comment affronter un présent angoissant et penser un futur innovant et positif, alors que l’attention des dirigeants politiques et des citoyens est avant tout centrée sur l’urgence sanitaire due au coronavirus et...

Thailand and the pandemic: Lessons in containment

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There have been no community-based infections in Thailand for nearly two months. All recently declared cases have been imports from countries such as Egypt, Japan and Sudan. While Thailand's borders remain largely...

China’s communist party destroying freedom of expression in Hong Kong…A ruthless reminder of Beijing’s...

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Cartoon by contributing editor Jeff Danziger and a member of Cartooning for Peace, a Global Geneva partner.

A DAUGHTER SEEKS THE TRUTH ABOUT HER FATHER, ESPIONAGE, AND OIL Review of ‘The...

In January 1947, Daniel Dennett seemed to have it made. Dennett, who had taught at the American University in Beirut, Lebanon, during the early 1930s, was cultural attaché at the US Legation...

The Shame of John Calvin: Will “Black Lives Matter” force Switzerland to finally acknowledge...

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Artwork of John Calvin and Bob Dylan by Malcolm Reid, a Scottish-born multi-media artist living in Ascona, Switzerland, who focuses on political and social issues. Last October,...

(Extended deadline: 30 September, 2020) – Global Geneva launches 2nd edition Youth Writes Awards...

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"I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in." Robert Louis Stevenson Updated 18 June, 2020: Following the success of Global Geneva's first...

‘People, planet, profit can be the new norm, with a COVID-19 sense of urgency’

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What is there good to say about the COVID-19 crisis? Dimitri de Vreeze, co-CEO of DSM, a big Dutch company producing health, nutrition products and materials, has one positive message for the...

Law and Disorder in the U.S.: Time for a rethink

After hundreds of incidents in which African Americans were killed by police, mostly over trivial infractions, or shot by overzealous neighbors, it should be obvious to just about everyone that something is fundamentally wrong in...

Masks yes, but SWISS Air still refusing to social distance on flights posing a...

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UPDATED 12 August, 2020: The Swiss government has finally decided to heed World Health Organization recommendations that the wearing of masks be made compulsory on all flights - as of 15 August,...

Paul Ress: A word master is gone

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Many PR bureaucrats in the United Nations and even NGOs could not understand why or how Paul was so phenomenally successful as an information officer. All they knew was that he seemed uncontrollable. So they...

On Young Dogs and Old Tricks

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TUCSON, Arizona — I used to say the only difference between 23 and dead is all in the mind. Now, a lot closer to the latter than the former, not so much....

Pandemics, climate change and UN reform

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These past few months of COVID-19 have proven both brutal and sobering. But the lessons are clear. The threat of a global pandemic has been with us...

COVID-19 and climate change: the planet’s twin crises

Across the globe, humanity is now confronting twin planetary crises: COVID-19 and climate change. The first was sudden – but not unexpected; the second has been in the making for generations. As a two-front war,...

Post-pandemic: welcome to the multi-speed world of regional disparities

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The coronavirus swept across the world from Asia to Europe to the US along the same supply chains that deliver our electronics and clothing. But even as it serves as a reminder...

Pangolins and pandemics: digging for the roots of COVID-19

Wet market with wildlife products in China. (Photo: William Dowell) While reporting in Southeast Asia during the 1990s, I used to stop at a place we called the ‘Endangered...

Rural Rock: Queen, Oasis and the Ridge Farm Story

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When some 30 police officers raided both Ridge Farm, one of England’s earliest rural rock recording studios, and the nearby Plough Pub, at 6.00 am in spring, 1982, they were hoping to...