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...

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...

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...

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...

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.”...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Trump’s followers: same as they ever were

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French philosopher Jean Baudrillard nearly 40 years ago gave us the insights we need to understand today's Trumpery. (See Peter Hulm's companion article on Hillbilly Elegy) If French philosopher...

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...

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...

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...

Bruno Barbey: Disappearance of a photographic great

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For over five decades, Bruno Barbey photographed across five continents for major international magazines, such as TIME-LIFE, Paris Match and Stern. He also published over 30 books. What he has left is...

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...

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...

Preparing for the worst

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"Essentially we are playing Russian roulette,” says Andrew Leigh. And the biggest threat is the political groundswell known as 'populism'. "We need to move quickly to take that bullet out of...

Dealing with new realities: Cities must adapt to climate change

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Agent Provocateur is Global Insights oped section. This is being republished in English with the kind permission of El Pais on the occasion of World Cities Day, 31 October 2021. The...

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...

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,...

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 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...

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...

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....

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....

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...

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...

YOUTH WRITES – A student volunteer in Tanzania: Castrations, Spaying and other basic veterinary...

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This is part of Global Geneva Group's Youth Writes educational initiative helping young people to write about their volunteer and other on-the-ground experiences as inspiration for others. During...

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...

Mort Report Booster Shot

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The following column by contributing editor, journalist and author Mort Rosenblum is from his regular comment The MortReport. Global Insights Magazine/Global Geneva Group are supporting Mort's insightful and frank reporting from different parts...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...