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,...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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

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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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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.

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...

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...

‘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...

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...
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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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...