Tibetan-Swiss artist Kesang Lamdark: Highlighting China’s repression

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It was a decade ago. Fabio Rossi told me I have to meet his artist friend Kesang Lamdark. I called Lamdark and arranged to meet him in a pub in London where he was...

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....

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...

Digital nomads, Caribbean revolutionaries and making the best of lockdown through NBN

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Growing numbers of British and other European students have opted to travel abroad as digital nomads in lieu of remaining for the pandemic winter lockdowns of their universities. Here British students in...

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...

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...

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...

Biden: A need to separate humanitarian aid from geopolitical aspirations

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Donald J. Trump spent three years doing everything in his power as President to slash billions from foreign aid. He finally argued that the money spent on Congress’s pandemic relief bill was...

The Geneva Film Festival & Censored Chinese History: The Story of Chi Xiaoning and...

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Before the 1980s, documentary films in China were mostly propaganda made to serve the ideological purposes of the Communist Party. Views critical of the party were prohibited. Only one official voice could...

Une étude soutenue par l’ONU et un livre pour expliquer l’Histoire mondiale du bonheur

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Peut-on classer le bonheur des citoyens vivant des réalités diverses dans des Nations aux situations parfois diamétralement opposées ? Affirmatif, estime une étude compilée sous l’égide de l’Organisation des Nations Unies, publiée le...

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...

The UN must not fail the people of Myanmar…again.

Earlier this month on 12 July, 2021, the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted a resolution on Myanmar, the latest of a series of resolutions by UN bodies since the military coup...

Swiss Journeys: Erschmatt’s 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...

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...

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...

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...

Now What? Good schools and critical thinking.

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The following column by contributing editor, journalist and author Mort Rosenblum is from his regular comment The MortReport. Illustrations are by Global Geneva contributing editor Jeff Danziger, a poltical cartoonist and author.

Sh’ma Yisrael – A Mort Report Extra

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The following column by contributing editor, journalist and author Mort Rosenblum is from his regular comment The MortReport. Photo courtesy of Letizia Agosta, Unsplash. Jews have...

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 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....

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...

The long road to the women’s vote in Switzerland

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In the Council of States, one of the two chambers of the Swiss parliament in Bern, one wall is dominated by a fresco in five panels. Die Landsgemeinde by Albert Welti was completed between 1907...

Michel Lavollay: A Cri du Coeur From a Doctor-Diplomat Who Knows

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The following column by contributing editor, journalist and author Mort Rosenblum is from his regular comment The MortReport. PARIS — Breakfast with Michel Lavollay at Café Flore, pleasant under any...

Agenda 2021: a youth cure for the UN

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Any new hire entering the United Nations these days must be struck by the fact that not only is the institution showing its age, but its top management is too.  The UN...

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...

Last Dance at Oak Flat

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The following column by contributing editor, journalist and author Mort Rosenblum is from his regular comment The MortReport. SUPERIOR, Arizona – Big Copper’s Last Stand is imminent at Oak...

Business as usual: no longer acceptable for young people

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For my 20 year-old son, who is studying finance at Edinburgh University, engaging with business investment and social entrepreneurship is what matters. In other words, unlike his father, he is a born...

Swiss crypto: what comes next and why you should care about it

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You may have no interest in cryptocurrencies or consider them a Ponzi rip-off like Nouriel Roubini or Nobel Economics Prizewinner Paul Krugman, i.e. you don't want to be the last crypto holder...

Pan(dem)ic policies: what WTO can do

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“Export restrictions really provide a false sense of security,” says Anabel Gonzales, Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. “They raise prices, they discourage investment and they invite retaliation. They...

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...

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...

Covid-19 : l’électrochoc pour un rééquilibrage entre environnement, être humain et économie (French edition)

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L’élection à la présidence et vice-présidence des Etats-Unis du duo Joe Biden-Kamala Harris permettra-t-elle de faire avancer le dossier de l’engagement des Etats en faveur du climat, après la signature de l’Accord...

Chappatte plonge ‘Au cœur de la vague du coronavirus’

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EDITION FRANCAISE: La deuxième vague de Covid-19 frappe de plein fouet des millions de citoyens sur tous les continents. À l’incrédulité ressentie depuis mars dernier a succédé l’angoisse. Pour tenter de comprendre...

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...

Now or never for Afghans

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Agent Provocateur is Global Insight Magazine's op-ed column. In his first speech at the Security Council four years ago, the United Nations Secretary General Guterres said “Nobody is winning...

Murder in Room 117: How the assassination of one of America’s top diplomats helped...

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As a young foreign correspondent, I undertook my first reporting assignment to Kabul in October 1979, seven months after the killing of Adolph ‘Spike’ Dubs, America’s ambassador to Afghanistan, and two months...

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...

The Ethiopian-Tigray Conflict: View of a worsening situation from the other side of the...

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Fleeing violence in Tigray, Ethiopia, more than 61,000 people have registered as refugees after crossing the border into Sudan since November 2020. Recently, I visited two refugee camps - Al Hashabat and...

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...

International Switzerland’s gold mine of knowledge: an unexploited global asset

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Despite the promise, Switzerland is doing relatively little about getting the rest of the world to understand what this incredible community of international aid workers, academics, entrepreneurs, researchers, policymakers and advocates has to...

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 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,...

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...

The Switzerland-China Agreement: the dangers of becoming Beijing’s security satellite

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Switzerland's latest "lives for money" scheme with the People's Republic of China has the Bern government offering to sacrifice basic civil liberties of individuals residing and seeking asylum on its soil – — with neither...

2020 Jan Michalski Prize for Literature: Mia Couto

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The Jan Michalski Foundation jury noted the “exceptional quality of the writing, which subtlely mixes orality and narrative, letters, tales, fables, dreams and beliefs, all in the heart of a historical reality,...

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...

Whitney Azoy’s Afghanistan: A Partial Comprehension – tales and photos from the pre-war

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When National Geographic Magazine commissioned me during the early 2000s to do a story that would ‘reveal’ Afghanistan in the wake of the U.S.-led NATO occupation, I was somewhat panicked. As with...

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...

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...

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...