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

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Recent events underscore what is really at stake in the upcoming US presidential elections, and, more to the point, they raise serious doubts as to whether Republican candidate Mitt Romney is really up for...

Curiosity on Mars!

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This piece written by William T. Dowell was first published by The Essential Edge on 5 August, 2012. Geneva -- To get an idea of the true significance of Curiosity’s successful landing on Mars you...

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

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The inconclusive declaration that followed the talks on Syria here in Geneva over the  weekend seems certain to  further diminish the credibility of Kofi Annan and the United Nations itself, but the real losers...

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

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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 Bonn conference on Afghanistan in December, 2001 to help put...

Afghanistan – And the war goes on…

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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 Edge 13 June, 2011. New Delhi -- The killing of Osama...

Aid Agencies Must Listen to the People They Are Helping

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This piece by contributor Nick van Praag was first published by The Essential Edge on 31 March, 2011. Washington, DC -- We spend $10bn a year on humanitarian emergencies, but most projects are run without...

Saying Goodbye to the Pharaoh

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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 of the jubilee Heb Sed, to demonstrate his fitness to...

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

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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 by French-born director Rachid Bouchareb that created a scandal at...

The Global Fund Fights HIV/AIDS in El Salvador

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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 fact of life which nearly got her killed. If it...

Pakistan, water and the “third pole”

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

The Implications of Pakistan’s Flood

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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 provide immediate relief is the US military, yet because the...

Remembering Mr. Swatch

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William Dowell explores the life of Nicolas Hayek, founder of Swatch and saviour of the Swiss watch industry. Geneva -- Nicolas Hayek, who died of heart failure at the age of 82 on June 28,...

Afghanistan: The Pretend Game

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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 that the results really do not matter. Seventeen million Afghans...

Beijing Bubble: Travel Notes from China

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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 the hip hop,” says Jamel, an African American from Washington...

Charlie Wilson and Afghanistan’s Unwinnable Wars

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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 troops to Afghanistan in a bid to improve a steadily...

On Remembering Christophe

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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 Afghan aficionado died on Tuesday, 16 May, 2006 by his...