Montreux et Vevey, une atmosphère de dolce vita en Suisse

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Montreux, ville de musique, avec le Festival de jazz le plus célèbre du monde. Vevey, ville d’images, Corsier-sur-Vevey et son captivant Chaplin’s World élu meilleur musée d’Europe en 2018 par l'Académie européenne...

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,...

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...

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...

MortReport Extra: Now or Never

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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 of...

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...

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...

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...

Focus on Afghanistan: The West’s abandonment of Afghanistan: A story of arrogance, ineptitude, and...

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Political cartoon by Jeff Danziger, contributing editor to Global Insights and a member of our media partner Cartooning for Peace. See additional articles on Afghanistan in Global...

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...

Money Heist: jumpsuit populism

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Money Heist is not about the money, of course. Its Spanish title, La casa de papel (the House of Paper), with its hint at the 2013-2018 series on political corruption and Netflix’s...

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...

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,...

The Vietnam War According to Lieutenant Dangerous

Who really remembers the Vietnam War?  In realistic terms, not too many. Two thirds of today’s population in America were still waiting to be born when the war ended in 1975.  Despite the...

Virtual/hybrid conferences: Has there been an event reset since COVID?

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Agent Provocateur is Global Insights’ oped section In my small world of moderating at events, however, nothing much has changed – unfortunately. I had hoped that some of the best...

Metin Arditi et le onzième commandement: Quand obéir c’est trahir

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  Un écrivain francophone, d’origine turque, de confession juive et résidant dans la Cité de Calvin doit-il une loyauté sans faille à Israël ? Pour répondre à cette question, Metin...

Focus on Afghanistan: Jaw-Jaw is the only Solution

Agent Provocateur is Global Insights' op-ed section. A moment of truth is in the offing for Afghanistan’s estimated 35 million people, plus the 5-6 million in the diaspora...

Michael Flynn’s pardon, echoes of Moscow, and time for a new start

Flynn’s case is particularly interesting. To begin with, there is the question of whether the pardon was really meant to save Flynn or, more likely, to save Trump from lingering suspicions that...

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...

“Why I prefer my news from AI…”

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Information overload is the plague of the 21st century. By that, I mean it is remaking and destroying societies in ways we could not predict, just as plague in the Middle Ages...

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...

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...

Cent ans de multilatéralisme actif à Genève

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EDITION FRANCAISE: L’éditrice Suzanne Hurter déclare dans un message filmé de présentation : « J’ai eu envie de réaliser cet ouvrage, lorsque j’ai appris que la Société des Nations fêtait son centième anniversaire. Il...

Overfishing: The greatest threat to our oceans

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Agent Provocateur is Global Insights Magazine's op-ed section. If you turn on the world news you may hear about plastic waste killing sea mammals, melting glaciers, illegal dumping, and...

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...

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...

Why Climate Change matters to your security, health & wealth

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Written by Paul Mayewski, Charles Norchi and Alexander More Far too many governments, businesses, political factions or local interest groups ranging from the United States to Tanzania are...

Geneva’s Palais des Nations scandal

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Geneva could have had a Palais des Nations by Le Corbusier, the most influential architect of the 20th century. However, the League of Nations, which built the Palais overlooking Lake Geneva as...

The 2020 IB: an institution that betrayed its students

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The following article is an entry of the 2020 Youth Writes Story Competition funded by the Jan Michalski Foundation in Switzerland. While being judged separately by an independent panel of editors...

What If? A deeper look at America’s vice-presidential debate

Ironically, that was also the time allotted for a debate response. No one can remember what Pence said, but the fly was a smash success. It not only dominated social media, but...

Letter from Thailand: Tourism and the pandemic – until we’re back

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The view from the Air Bar and Infinity Pool of the Intercontinental Hotel resort overlooking Taling Ngam Bay on Koh Samui, one of Thailand’s 1,400-odd islands, must rank as amongst the best...

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...

Book Review: One hundred women to inspire us to change

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"Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exceptions."Ruth Bader Ginsburg, lawyer and former Justice, United States Supreme Court Their...

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...

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...

Notes from Oregon: At the centre of the fire storm

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September 11, 2020 As I sit down to write this, it feels like I’m writing a journal in a movie about Mars. A reddish-orange hue shines through my tightly...

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...

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...

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...

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...
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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...

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...

Whistleblowing: Time for international Switzerland to meet the global standard

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Zurich theatre dramatizes Yasmine's whistleblower story, with music: 5-7 November 2020 (LINK) Switzerland may be small, but it’s a diplomatically and economically crucial country. It...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...