Fortress-America Walls Keep a Mean-Spirited Nation Inside

Former Associated Press senior foreign correspondent and Essential Edge contributing editor Mort Rosenblum, who currently lives occasionally in the United States but primarily in...

Arrest in the Netherlands: How an Afghan war crime came to light

Dutch police arrested a former Afghan communist army commander allegedly involved in a massacre of more than 1,000 men and boys in Afghanistan 36 years...

Arrest in the Netherlands: How an Afghan war crime came to light

Dutch police arrested a former Afghan communist army commander allegedly involved in a massacre of more than 1,000 men and boys in Afghanistan 36 years...

Bombing hospitals and getting away with it

The recent bombing by US warplanes of a Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Afghanistan only underlines, yet again, that belligerents do not have...

Helping to ‘fix’ global media coverage

World Fixer is a new company which connects employers and trusted fixers or facilitators around the world. Its 2,000 members are already working with...

The ARTacama Project- Art Meets Science Mapping the Cosmic Microwave Background

Mark Devlin is an experimental cosmologist exploring the underlying structure of the universe.  Jackie Tileston is an artist, and Christine Pfister not only heads...

Dominican Republic busts child sex parties to combat trafficking

The following piece by Anastasia Moloney on human trafficking in the Dominican Republic was first published by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, a non-profit media...

Human rights abuses in Mali: the problems persist

With the United Nations’ human rights sessions coming to an end in Geneva, contributor Christopher Woodburn writes about Mali’s worsening situation. With countries such as...

Our Responsibility: 100 Years after the Armenian Genocide

Vicken Cheterian is a Geneva-based author, journalist and media specialist, whose latest book Open Wounds, Armenians, Turks and a Century of Genocide has just...

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...

They don’t make them like this anymore. Veteran CBS journalist Bob Simon in Action

Journalist, writer and Central Asian specialist Thomas Goltz sends us this memory at the Azerbaijani Oil Baths of Bob Simon, who died tragically in...

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...

Oklahoma had 3 times as many earthquakes in 2014 than California

Earthquakes are synonymous with California to most Americans, but West Coasters might be surprised to learn they’re far from the new center of the...

How to Save Afghanistan’s Democracy

Afghanistan’s last election almost tore the country apart. The next one has to be different. In an opinion article for Foreign Policy, Tabish Forugh...

How Sierra Leone’s Fight Against Ebola Tested Cultural Traditions.

The following piece is written by Amy Maxmen, a science and medical journalist who travelled to Sierra Leone with a grant from the Pulitzer...

Better Mapping for Better Journalism

Willie Shubert of the Washington DC-based New Security Beat explores new visual tools for improving environmental journalism. Nearly every local story has a global context. This is...

Imaginative cartoons: Reaching out for AIDS, Malaria and Ebola

Geneva-based animator Firdaus Kharas, founder of Chocolate Moose Media, is an an expert in behaviour-change communications who has produced global campaigns for reaching out to...

Letter from Katmandu: The air I breathe – my relationship with black carbon

The following piece is contributed by Donatella Lorch, a former New York Times correspondent, based in Katmandu, Nepal. It was first pubished on her...

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...

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...

Sierre Leone in the time of Ebola

How frontline workers see the Ebola response in Sierra Leone. Nick van Praag, who is just back from this West African country, shares some...

North Korea: first steps towards change?

Journalist Christopher Woodburn explores new directions for North Korea. Long-considered the last bastion of Stalinist socialism in the post-cold war era, the hermit kingdom—as it...

Old Friends – A 19th century photo album journey

A 114-year-old family photograph album is discovered by chance on eBay and won – despite a last-minute collector's challenge. The album had never been...

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...

When A Stray Dog’s In Trouble, Katmandu’s Canine Rescuers Jump To It

This piece by Donatella Lorch, a former New York Times reporter now living in Katmandu, was first published by NPR. See link: The phone calls...

IRIN’s new challenge – independent humanitarian reporting

Swiss journalist Daniel Wermus writes on the establishment of IRIN, a former UN humanitarian news agency, in Geneva as a new - and independent...

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...

Info constructive: la révolution danoise (Constructive information: the Danish revolution)

Essential Edge French-language editor Daniel Wermus explores the role of media in Denmark with regard an interesting experiment relating to society.  Geneva Les médias libres sont-ils...

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 --...

Frontline Earth: Maidan, Taksim, Tahrir – Revolution 2.0

The following piece in French is by Essential Edge French editor Daniel Wermus.  Geneva -- Chaque bouleversement technologique a, dans l’histoire, produit un bouleversement social....

Senegal turns toward agro-ecology

The following piece is by Essential Edge French editor Daniel Wermus. Le Sénégal veut se tourner vers l’agro-écologie Le processus « Changement de cap dans l’agriculture », lancé...

The Killing of a journalist – Plus statement of the AFPA

By Edward Girardet. (Followed by an open letter of the Afghanistan Foreign Press Association (AFPA). The brazen assassination of veteran British-Swedish radio journalist Nils Horner...

By air, by land and by Karma – transportation in Nepal’s Himalayas

The following article on travelling in Nepal was written by Donatella Lorch, an American-Italian journalist living in Katmandu. Katamandu -- I learned a new expression...

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...

The UN Takes on FGM/C in an Art Exhibit at the Palais

“A woman wounded is a nation wounded.” The exhibition of paintings currently on display at the UN’s Palais des Nations in Geneva is both...

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...

In Nepal’s Himalayas, the uphill battle is against plastic

Letter from Katamandu Journalist Donatella Lorch has sent us this dispatch from Nepal.  As any tour company will tell you, Nepal is the land of the...

Haiti’s potential train wreck

The following piece by Nick van Praag was published by Keystone Accountability 27 November, 2013. Port-au-Prince -- Haiti’s railway lines, which were laid in the...

In the heart of earthquake land, Kathmandu waits for the Big One

Journalist Donatella Lorch contributed this piece from Katmandu, where she lives with her family.  Katmandu, Nepal -- January 15th was the 80th anniversary of the...

40 Years Later: Remembering Trang Bang

This piece by journalist and author William T. Dowell was first published by The Essential Monday, 18 June, 2012. As David Burnett points out in...

Global governance: the role of the media?

The following piece is by Essential Edge French editor Daniel Wermus. Gouvernance mondiale : et les médias ? Geneve -- Profession sinistrée à bien des égards, le journalisme...

LA TERRE A LA UNE: Le médiactivisme

The following piece in French on media dealing with global issues is written by Essential Edge French editor Daniel Wermus. Geneva -- Guerres, réchauffement climatique,...

Syrie: former des journalistes aux enjeux humanitaires

The following article in French on the need to train humanitarian journalists in Syria is written by Essential Edge French editor Daniel Wermus. Geneve --...

Le News : une locale internationale pour intégrer les expats

The following article on the new English-language weekly, Le News, for the Lake Geneva Region in French is by Essential Edge French editor Daniel...

Jokhar Tsanaev and the Boston Marathon

The following piece was contributed by Montana-based journalist and writer, Thomas Goltz, a Caucasus and Central Asian region specialist, and contributing editor to The Essential...

Rio+20: Abort, retry, fail?

The Rio+20 sustainability summit may be looking more and more like a big bust but greenies have not given up on it yet, writes...