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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

SWISS Air still refusing to social distance on flights posing a severe risk to...

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UPDATE 18 June 2020: Earlier this month, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially changed its guidelines maintaining that masks be worn at all times when other forms of social distancing are not...

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...

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.

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....

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 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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

‘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...

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...

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...

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...

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)

“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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Hong Kong’s Dehumanitarianism – an urgent appeal for international mediation

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UPDATED 10 January 2020. See BBC Link on PTSD level in Homg Kong comparable to "conflict zones." Did you forget somebody’s anniversary this year? Did you forget everybody’s...

(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...

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...

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...

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...

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...