(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...

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,...

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...

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...

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,...

Kurdistan: After such knowledge, what forgiveness?  

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The following article by American journalist and author Jonathan Randal is part of Global Geneva's commitment to highlight and report on "international Geneva" themes ranging from war and refugees to human rights, humanitarian response...

Whistleblowing: Time for international Switzerland to meet the global standard

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Switzerland may be small, but it’s a diplomatically and economically crucial country. It is home to numerous multinational corporations, from banks to food, pharmaceutical or chemical companies, many of which rank in...

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...

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...

Peace building in the time of Coronavirus

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Agent Provocateur is Global Geneva's Oped section. The editors welcome well-written and accessible articles on relevant topics. President Emmanuel Macron’s ‘We’re at war’ address to the French nation on Monday...

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...

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...

Regain d’intérêt médiatique pour la Genève internationale

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Edition Francaise This article is part of Global Geneva’s development of a French-language component at the request of readers. If you like what we are doing to help...

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...

Advice for dealing with Coronavirus

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Johns Hopkins University Global Update Operations Dashboard for Coronavirus/COVID-19 (Click HERE) A note from Dr. James Robb, who knows: "Dear Colleagues, as some of you...

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...

IRAN-USA: The Sound and the Fury – An outrage too far?

The following is part of William Dowell's regular Tom's Paine column. Global Geneva makes its content available for free in the public interest. If you like our...

Zunar: Malaysia’s top cartoonist – How can I be neutral?

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The following article is part of Global Geneva’s regular coverage of cartoonists working with Switzerland’s Cartooning for Peace Foundation., one of our media partners. For Zulkiflee S.M. Anwar...

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...

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...

A new journalism platform: Are we missing the point of International Geneva?

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Letter from the Editor Global Geneva makes its content available for free in the public interest. If you like our approach to independent journalism, then please support us....

The United Nations should be supporting – not blocking – independent journalism.

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This article was first published by Medium. Global Geneva makes its content available for free in the public interest. If you like our approach to independent journalism,...

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...

Coronavirus: Community participation and credible information: the core of any serious response

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The last time the world was gripped by fears of a pandemic in late 2014, my wife was not amused when I traveled to Sierra Leone – the epicenter of the Ebola...

Village of the Forgetful – a film-maker’s journey

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This article is part of Global Geneva's ongoing Focus series profiling film-makers and their projects. The subject fascinated me and I found myself thinking about it...

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...

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,...

“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...

The Mort Report: A crime against humanity

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The following column by contributing editor, journalist and author Mort Rosenblum is from his regular comment The MortReport. TUCSON — Let’s be clear. Deadly plague and deadlier politics put...

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...

Walking the streets of Kabul: memories and discoveries of a shadowland

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Taran Khan is a former writer-in-residence at the Jan Michalski Foundation in Montricher, Switzerland, where she wrote and revised much of this book. (See her Global Geneva article: Living in a...

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.

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...

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...

Dans un monde en évolution, les défis de l’école publique à Genève, ville multiculturelle

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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. If you like what we are doing to...

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...
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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...

Space lessons for Covid-19 isolation – and more

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NASA Flight Engineers Andrew Morgan and Jessica Meir flank Expedition 62 Commander Oleg Skripochka of Roscosmos for a playful portrait in the weightless environment of the International Space Station. (Photo: NASA)

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...

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...

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,...

2020 World Press Photo of the Year

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Straight Voice - Yasuyoshi Chiba, Japan, Agence France-Presse Yasuyoshi Chiba said: “The place was a total blackout. Then, unexpectedly, people started clapping hands in the dark. People held...

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...

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...

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....

‘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...

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....

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...

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...