William Pfaff-In Memorium

William Pfaff, who died last Thursday of a heart attack, had one great gift when it came to analyzing international affairs: it was not...

‘My fear is always alive in my mind’ — the aftermath of the earthquake in...

This story by Donatella Lorch, an American journalist living in Nepal and a regular Essential Edge contributor,  was first published as part of Humaneeds...

‘My fear is always alive in my mind’ — the aftermath of the earthquake in...

This story by Donatella Lorch, an American journalist living in Nepal and a regular Essential Edge contributor,  was first published as part of Humaneeds...

The Offending Art: Political Cartooning after the Charlie Hebdo Attacks

Satirists around the world come to terms with the danger of "punching up" at those in power. In this piece for the Nieman Foundation published...

A video to re-inspire us in humanity

The following video by True Move came to us via Salha Zain, Pranay Gupte and others. It is a simple message about what simple...

Ukraine’s Real Crisis: A Demographics and Health Time Bomb

Efforts by new leaders and by Western sponsors to restore the unity of Ukraine must include improving the health of its population, West and...

Stalling Justice in Sri Lanka

The following article by award-winning documentary film-maker Callum Macrae is part of the project: "No Fire Zone - In the Killing Fields of Sri...

When Kabul Lost its Honour

The following piece about the lynching of a psychologically-disturbed woman by Amina Zia Massoud was published earlier this week by Khaama Press. This shameful...

Last known interview with Afghanistan’s Ahmad Shah Massoud

The following interview by Polish academic and orientalist Piotr Balcerowicz is the last known one with Afghan resistance leader Ahmed Shah Massoud, the renowned...

EBay sellers easily skirt rules banning assault weapon parts

The following article by Matt Drange was published by Reveal Now, the multiplatform website of the non-profit Center for Investigative Reporting in San Francisco....

Jeff Danziger on Netanyahu and Iran’s Hardliners

Jeff Danziger is a US-based cartoonist, author and contributor to The Essential Edge. For his cartoons and books, please see:  http://www.danzigercartoons.com/

Jeff Danziger on Europe’s Backyard War

Jeff Danziger is a US-based cartoonist, author and contributor to The Essential Edge. For his cartoons and books, please see:  http://www.danzigercartoons.com/ Putin's Solution cartoon

HSBC Sheltered Murky Cash Linked to Dictators and Arms Dealers

A team of journalists from 45 countries unearths secret bank accounts maintained for criminals, traffickers, tax dodgers, politicians and celebrities. In the wake of Wikileaks,...

To Kill a Sparrow: Afghan women jailed for love

For years, filmmaker Zohreh Soleimani followed a tragic romance set in Afghanistan. The couple met, fell in love … and went to jail. So what...

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...

Youth letter writing contest: the world they want

As young people gather this week for the Youth Assembly at the United Nations (UN) in Geneva, the Swiss-based Universal Postal Union (UPU) is...

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...

This little piggy went to China: How China purchased a prime cut of America’s...

The Chinese have been moving steadily into Africa cornering natural resources but often in a manner that offers little to ordinary people such as...

One (difficult) step to curbing extremism

The following article written by Sarah Chayes, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment, was contributed as a blog to the Reuters.com website. (See...

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...

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...

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 --...

No accounting for what charities ship overseas

The following report was published 24 January 2014 by the Center for Investigative Reporting in San Francisco as part of the America's Worst Charities'...

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...

Life after Guantanamo prison

The following piece on Afghans incarcerated -- often with little or no evidence - by the Americans in Guantanamo by Dawood Azam was published...

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...

TedX plea for West not to abandon Afghanistan

Masood Khalili, Afghan ambassador to Spain - and son of famed 20th century Afghan poet Khalillulah Khalili - makes an impassioned plea from the...

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...

Press Reset on AfPak Relations

The following piece by Omar Samad was first published by Foreign Policy's SOUTH ASIA CHANNEL. Contrary to popular opinion, it is not so much the 2014...

The newsonomics of measuring the real impact of news

Ken Doctor of The Nieman Journalism Lab explores whether one can raise more money for the news by harnessing the power of social sharing...

Afghanistan As It Once Was

The following piece by William Podlich was published by The Essential Edge 21 March, 2013. Then... The Kabul in William Podlich's photographs is an almost unrecognizable place...

Heavyweights Go Toe-to-Toe in Cyprus

The following comment published by The Essential Edge 27 March, 2013 was written by E. Wayne Merry and published by US News. Washington, DC --...

The Threat to Greek Democracy

Everyone knows Europe faces the potential for Greek financial collapse, with serious ramifications for the euro zone and its financial institutions. Less discussed is...

Is it time to reconsider appointing a humanitarian ombudsman?

This piece by Mark Tran was published by The Essential Edge 6 July, 2012. Photograph: Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images -- An assessment of emergency responses to crises...

Real security in Afghanistan depends on people’s basic needs being met

Photograph: Aref Karimi/AFP/Getty Images. The Essential Edge's Global Beat focuses on articles with insight that have appeared in the media. Here Michael Keating, head...

West Africa: Governance Matters

Deepening and consolidating the democratic transformations taking place in Africa, as well as strengthening regional and global governance arrangements, remain key challenges for African...