One Man’s War for Human Dignity: The Extraordinary Life of Kevin Boyle

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"In this beautifully-written and fascinating book, Mike Chinoy has brought to life one of the great pioneering human rights lawyers of our times"Conor O’Clery, author of 'The Shoemaker and...

Angola: Demining key to conservation plans

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This article is part of Global Geneva's ongoing Focus series on the cultural and environmental impact of war. It is scheduled for publication in our Winter 2019/20 print and e-edition. There’s a problem with Angola's...

Book Excerpt: “Are You With Me? Kevin Boyle and the Rise of the Human...

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By Mike Chinoy (You can read a Global Geneva book review by Charles Norchi here) In early June 2001,  the phone rang at Kevin Boyle’s office at the University...

Korea’s ‘Tiananmen’ and world memory  

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This article forms part of our series on cultural and historical repression around the world, and the challenge it poses to the international community. “Young people sacrificed themselves for change in society, for democracy, for...

The Capital of Civilization: Brexit, populism and the 150th anniversary of the Siege of...

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It may be no surprise if the 150th anniversary of the Prussian army’s descent on Paris with the largest siege force ever assembled draws few headlines. The seeds of woe it planted -- a...

“Mindf*ck”: Adventures with the Cambridge terminator

The driving force behind both events, Wylie insists, was a previously little known contractor, Cambridge Analytica, created in 2014. Wylie has direct knowledge of what he is talking about. After finishing his studies at...

Oceanus to Oceans: The Sea Affects All Things

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Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness…. When experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

Switzerland’s Prisoners of War during two world wars and beyond.

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Internment in Switzerland During World War One is my second book relating to Swiss history. My first, Healthy Living in the Alps, was about the search for a cure from TB and the subsequent development...

Jeff Danziger Cartoon

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Now that a 71 per cent turnout in Hong Kong voted massively for democracy, what about the Uyghurs, China's repressed Muslim minority?  U.S. cartoonist Jeff Danziger (see his website) is a contributing cartoonist of Global Geneva....

Citizens and Scientists Battle Invasive Species

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Florida is paying bounty hunters for the third year in a row to capture thousands of Burmese Pythons that have overrun the Everglades, a vast area of subtropical wetlands, lakes and rivers, stretching from...

Freelance journalists: Reporting from the frontlines – and beyond.

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The Rory Peck Trust, a Global Geneva media partner, recently held its 2019 Awards in London. Click here for more information. cover image © Associated press. Photo by Felipe Dana. At the height of the Balkans war in...

High Noon: Hilde Outdraws Marshal

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The following column from the Mort Report  is by veteran foreign correspondent Mort Rosenblum. It is also relevant to Global Geneva's Youth Writes component. You can subscribe directly to the Mort Report by going to his...

And yet another war…

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Also see Jeff Danziger's cartoon exploration of democracy and the need for young people to be aware as part of Global Geneva's Youth Writes initiative.

Global Geneva Special Report: How dare you? They dared

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Swedish climate activist 16-year-old Greta Thunberg charged the adult world community at the UN with stealing her future (and her childhood that should be spent in school) with "How dare you!" The SIDS (small island...

China and the Golden Veins of Henan: A film-maker’s view

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Andy Cohen's documentary, Ximei (2019), was premiered at the 18th International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH) in Geneva, Switzerland, in March, 2019. Local health officials, worried they would get left behind by...

Letter from Florida: Development versus environment

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A lone mangrove cluster clings to survival on the Indian River Lagoon in Edgewater, Florida, on Maryann Thorhallsson’s property. After years of struggling to preserve a stretch of the idyllic waterway in East Central...

Are Afghanistan’s women the key to ending over four decades of war?

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Editorial note: Some of the Afghan and international sources interviewed for this article refused or were reluctant to go on record for fear of repercussions. “Much has happened in Afghanistan, both good and bad, since...

Is the United Nations in Geneva failing as a global people’s forum?

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For an international gathering of such importance (the ECOSOC meeting was one of several major events at the Palais), it seems extraordinary that both the United Nations and the Swiss, the host government and...

Chappatte and the stifling of graphic satire

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As part of Global Geneva’s regular profiling of cartoonists collaborating with the Geneva-based Cartooning for Peace Foundation, we examine the position of Patrick Chappatte, a Lebanese-Swiss, who, amongst other papers and magazines, has been...

Remembering Anne Frank – and Buddy Elias, guardian of a teenage legacy

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As with so many young people, I had read Anne Frank’s diary while a junior high school student at the Schiller Gymnasium in Cologne, Germany, where my family had lived for two years during...

The U.N.’s Michael Møller: Placing International Geneva on the global frontline

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“Most people now closing the doors are going to be just as affected as the ones they are closing the doors to…” (Michael Møller, United Nations Director General, Geneva) Zurich, Bern, Basel and other cities...

Transnational Red Sea project that could help save Earth’s coral reefs

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This article is part of Global Geneva's FOCUS series on Oceans for our Special Summer Edition 2019. It’s not everyday a scientist gets to work on a project that has implications of a truly global...

The Swiss option: Not too late for a credible Brexit poll of the people

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Nearly three years ago, I was among the many thousands of international observers experiencing an extraordinary day of apparent democratic practice across the United Kingdom. On 23 June, 2016, more British citizens than ever...

Harnessing the power of on-the-spot media to achieve change

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Rachel McKee of Oak Foundation in Geneva recounts how Asian journalists are working together to spur essential changes through their reporting from the field.                            ...

Leaving the Nest for European Millennials: Where to Live and Securing Your Dream Job

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The following article is part of Global Geneva's youth outreach series.  For many young people starting out in professional life, one of their first questions is: where should I live? Free movement of workers means...

AGORA Rising: International Switzerland’s innovative approach to real time cancer research

This article is part of a Global Geneva reporting initiative to highlight in the public interest innovative developments in science, medicine and education by the International Switzerland community.   Douglas Hanahan was happily ensconced at the...

Sorry. Young Journalists & Writers workshop (Wednesday, 27 March 2019) at Ecogia, Versoix, is...

But please submit your stories and articles for the June, 2019 Global Geneva Youth Journalists & Writers Award. Closing date: 17 May, 2019. Send to editor@global-geneva.com Here's a quick reminder of the details: When? 27 March, 2019...

Afghanistan’s Unwinnable War. A journalist’s reflection on 40 years of conflict.

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FOCUS on Afghanistan: 40 years of war. The following article is part of a regular series by Global Geneva on Afghanistan. The ongoing Great Game: Reporting notes for history I was sitting in a café in...

On a Slippery Slope

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By Paul Ress (with comment by Global Geneva). It was the beginning of December and too early in the season to ski, so I looked around the Swiss resort for something to do. “Why don’t...

Launch of Global Geneva’s Young Journalists’ & Writers’ Programme and Awards for international schools

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Global Geneva's Young Journalists’ and Writers (YWP) Programme is offering travel awards of up to CHF1200 for the best projects, plus the chance to have their articles published. Aimed at junior and senior high school...

Event: Constructive journalism – Getting back to real reporting (Geneva, 18 January, 2019)

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The event is co-hosted by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and will bring together journalists, media professionals, diplomats, students and scientists from around the world. These are some of the questions which...

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...

Exceptional aerial view of the southern Alps of Switzerland and northern Italy.

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Photographed late last week (October 26, 2018) on a flight from Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, to the United Kingdom while overflying Switzerland. Note the Mont Blanc and Matterhorn in the distant background. Plus the lack...

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...

Brexit and Trumpean policies: The rising attraction of Europe’s international schools

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This article appears in Global Geneva's December, 2018-February, 2019 Winter Print and E-edition. It’s probably not immediately intuitive. But during the 2017-2018 academic year, 45 per cent of all students attending English-medium international schools in...

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....

David Burnett: A Photographer’s Odyssey

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The following article is scheduled to appear in the November 2018 - January 2019 Autumn print and e-edition of Global Geneva. The earliest cameras were bulky and awkward to handle. They demanded dedication and expertise...

UPDATE: French court condemns Global Geneva editor for Facebook comment in debate over destruction...

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The following is an update on previous Global Geneva stories (see below) regarding this affair. "Judge a man by his questions, rather than his answers." (Voltaire) The local Chambre Correctionnel, which is located in the department...

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...

Britain’s new post-Brexit role in Africa?

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So why Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa?  Nigeria: With an estimated 186 million people, Nigeria has vast unfulfilled potential caused by decades poor leadership. President Muhammadu Buhari, now 75, in a country where the median age...

Brexit: A cliff hanger axing Britain’s own legs – and without a Swiss...

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Brexit, Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU), began as a nationalist vote to free Britain to make its own decisions. But it is increasingly turning into an axe likely to chop its own...

POLAR FOCUS: The view from Greenland – About contexts

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Listening to Polar regions. A Special Series by Global Geneva in media partnership with JONAA. The editors would like to apologise for having mistakenly identified Hans Peder kirkegaard (editor of Aqago) as a member of the Greenland Parliament in the...

The #MeToo movement, whistleblowing & leadership failure

Foremost is Nestlé. With final arguments submitted on 28 February 2018, the Vevey-based multinational has found itself accused of neglecting food safety by a former senior executive, Dr Yasmine Motarjemi. Against all odds, Motarjemi, a...

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?

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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...

The WHO and Mugabe: The follies of political payback

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The astonishing decision last month by Tedros Adhanom, the recently appointed head of the World Health Organization (WHO), to name Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe as goodwill ambassador only underlines what’s wrong with the United Nations...

Water and peace: Made in Switzerland

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This article was first published in the Oct/Nov 2017 print and e-edition of Global Geneva magazine. “Control the water and you control everything.” The Mayor of Dirt in Rango (2011) Admiral of the Swiss Navy is the derisive...

Who’s behind the ivory trafficking in Africa?

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Those interested in the real nature of ivory poaching (See Keith Somerville's piece on rhinos in the April/May edition of Global Geneva) and smuggling should treat with extreme caution the recent stories in the...

Death of a Translator – Putting PTSD on the front page

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This article also has appeared in the Oct/Nov 2017 print and e-edition of Global Geneva magazine. Most foreign correspondents covering conflicts and humanitarian crises, including those who somewhat presumptuously dub themselves “war reporters”, like to imagine that...

Why we need to watch Brad Pitt’s film War Machine

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  As with the wars in the Middle East, Afghanistan highlights the difficult political choices and counter-insurgency strategies the US has been pursuing fruitlessly since 9/11. Today six Muslim countries (Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia...