Plane crashes and trying to get in – and out – of Katmandu

Husband, Bollywood Star, Migrant Worker, Tourist: Everyone is Trying to Get in or out of Nepal. Journalist Donatella Lorch offers her own personal perspective as...

Oman: The Call of Desert Sand

Italian-American Journalist Donatella Lorch, a former New York Times correspondent based in Peshawar, Nairobi and New York, writes a regular column, Tangled Journeys, from...

Williams and O’Reilly: Not the only truth-fudging in the name of journalism

The recent incidents of two leading American TV personalities claiming to have covered specific events, when they had not, only come across as yet...

Will the World Humanitarian Summit pass the accountability test?

Nick van Praag, who directs the Ground Truth Programme of   Keystoneaccountability, explores whether World Humanitarian Summit will really look hard at whether, and...

Don’t Expect a ‘Grexit’: Greece Can’t Escape Europe

The following article by Wayne Merry, a former US diplomat and a now a member of the American Foreign Policu Council, was first published...

Switzerland’s Anne Frank Legacy: Beyond frontiers and religions

The following article was first contributed in November, 2014 to Le News, an English-language newspaper for the Lake Geneva region, by then editor Edward...

Tim to the rescue: Legislating accountability

Nick van Praag sends this piece on the exceptional work achieved by US senatorial aide Tim Rieser regarding the reciprocal release of prisoners and...

Stepping over the line

In 1979, I happened to run across Georges Bernier, the creator of the bitingly satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo. The motto  was “Bête et Méchant,” which...

Why the Swiss need to value their foreigners

The following piece by Swiss-American journalist and author Edward Girardet was initially written for Swissinfo, a news website funded by the Swiss Foreign Ministry...

Beyond the blah-blah: What now with the Sustainable Development Goals?

The creation of a new and more realistic post-2015 agenda to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is already happening with Geneva in the...

Afghanistan – What went wrong?

The following essay by Geneva-based journalist and author Edward Girardet was published by the Cairo Review of Global Affairs in October, 2014. Girardet is...

The Essential Edge Guide to Aid Speak – Part I

The following is to help ordinary human beings understand the impressive but often incomprehensible-sounding terminology of the international aid community. We thank all those...

Modern assassins, murder and social media

Steven Sotloff’s murder and decapitation is a tragedy in itself, but it also marks a turning point both for journalism and the communications strategy...

What ever happened to real foreign reporting?

The brutal murder in the name of Islam of American reporter James Foley by a British Jihadist outlines – once again - the extreme...

Time to focus on the people behind the numbers

This piece is contributed by Nick van Praag, a humanitarian specialist and director of Keystone's Ground Truth programme. A slew of statistics released this week...

The Silver Fox Remembered

With the death of former Soviet Foreign Minister and Georgian leader Eduard Shevardnadze earlier this month, journalist and writer Thomas Goltz remembers.  Livingston, Montana --...

Gérer internet… sans les médias? (Manning the internet…without media?)

The following article by Essential Edge French-language editor, Daniel Wermus, explores the role of the internet - and journalism. En 2003 et 2005, le Sommet...

Putting UNRWA back on the Map

With the civil war in Syria stalemated in its fourth year and more than 164,000 Syrians dead, the public has begun to be anesthetized...

How bad language leads to poor humanitarian outcomes

Nicholas van Praag of Keystone's Groundtruth programme writes about the importance of language when dealing with the people one is trying to help. When someone as eloquent...

Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields, North Africa and the role of quality media

Since starting out as a foreign correspondent during the late 1970s in Paris, Swiss-American writer and journalist Edward Girardet would often make a point...

The PCDN Network – More than just information

For anyone - UN or NGO aid worker, policy analyst, researcher, journalist, donor, private sector - serious about being effective, the Peace and Collaborative...

Switzerland’s Immigration Vote: Nationalism, racism or fear.

A version of this was first published by Le News, the free English-language weekly for the Lake Geneva region. This includes the cartoon by award-winning...

Career suicide by Gmail–a cautionary tale

This piece by journalist and author William T. Dowell was first published by The Essential Edge 12 November, 2012. Washington, DC -- For most Washington...

Snow White and Rose Red Recipe

Cranberries and Camembert: Culinary Tales from an Expatriate's Kitchen in France - and across the Swiss border. This column by Amelia Alexander explores the art of...

ON SECOND THOUGHT: The Tweet That Kills

This piece written by William T. Dowell was published by The Essential Edge 22 July,2012. Geneva -- “Good morning, Shooters! Happy Friday! Weekend plans?”  ...

Geneva in danger of losing international presence

ZANZIBAR CAFE: A Column by Edward Girardet This piece by journalist and author Edward Girardet was first published by the Essential Edge on 9 June,...

Frontpage Planetary Concerns : International Geneva is losing its impact.

The following is an editorial written by Essential Edge French editor Daniel Wermus, a Swiss journalist and media specialist based in Geneva. A French version...

The spies among us

Ed Snowden, the whistleblower who revealed the US National Security Agency’s efforts to track virtually all of America’s phone calls as well as secretly...

KOFI ANNAN – A Spokesperson’s Memoir

This piece written by William Dowell and Edward Girardet was published by The Essential Edge 18 April, 2013. Geneva -- Kofi Annan was regarded by...

Is War with Iran Inevitable?

  This piece was written William T. Dowell and published by The Essential Edge 3 October, 2012. Geneva -- With US elections fast approaching, the drums...

Which Way for the U.S. in the Middle East?

Recent events underscore what is really at stake in the upcoming US presidential elections, and, more to the point, they raise serious doubts as...

Curiosity on Mars!

This piece written by William T. Dowell was first published by The Essential Edge on 5 August, 2012. Geneva -- To get an idea of...

Who are the real losers after this weekend’s inconclusive Syria talks?

The inconclusive declaration that followed the talks on Syria here in Geneva over the  weekend seems certain to  further diminish the credibility of Kofi...

Facing realities in Afghanistan – The road to recovery goes through the countryside

This piece by journalist and author Edward Girardet was first published by The Essential Edge 4 December, 2011. ZANZIBAR CAFE - Edward Girardet Geneva -- The first...

Afghanistan – And the war goes on…

This piece by journalist and author Edward Girardet, who was in India at the time of Osama bin Laden's killing, was published by The Essential...

Aid Agencies Must Listen to the People They Are Helping

This piece by contributor Nick van Praag was first published by The Essential Edge on 31 March, 2011. Washington, DC -- We spend $10bn a...

Saying Goodbye to the Pharaoh

Forced retirement is a frequently traumatic, ever-present danger in politics, writes William Dowell. In ancient Egypt, the pharaoh ran a ritual foot race, part...

Hors la Loi (Outlaw): France’s experience a half-century ago and today’s terror

This piece written by journalist and author William T. Dowell was published by The Essential Edge 10 October, 2010. Hors la loi (Outlaw), the film...

The Global Fund Fights HIV/AIDS in El Salvador

Carla, in her late 40s, is a big-boned woman locked in a man’s body, a sweet-natured figure on the streets of San Salvador, a...

Pakistan, water and the “third pole”

The worsening floods in Pakistan may only be the first event in a series of crises that are likely to become a global trend,...

The Implications of Pakistan’s Flood

Pakistan’s flood underscores a basic paradox in humanitarian operations, writes William Dowell.  The single organization that has the most helicopters and logistics capacity  to...

Remembering Mr. Swatch

William Dowell explores the life of Nicolas Hayek, founder of Swatch and saviour of the Swiss watch industry. Geneva -- Nicolas Hayek, who died of...

Afghanistan: The Pretend Game

This piece by journalist and author Edward Girardet was published by The Essential Edge 20 August, 2009. The sad reality of the Afghan elections is...

Beijing Bubble: Travel Notes from China

This piece by journalist and author William T. Dowell was first published by The Essential Edge on 31 May, 2009. BEIJING -- “I’m here for...

Charlie Wilson and Afghanistan’s Unwinnable Wars

This piece by journalist and author Edward Girardet was published by The Essential Edge 27 February, 2008. The United States is sending an additional 3,000...

On Remembering Christophe

This piece by Edward Girardet was published by The Esssential Edge 22 December, 2007. CESSY -- Christophe de Ponfilly, the 55-year-old French film-maker, writer, and...