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

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Journalist, writer and Central Asian specialist Thomas Goltz sends us this memory at the Azerbaijani Oil Baths of Bob Simon, who died tragically in a car crash in New York City on 12 February,...

How to Save Afghanistan’s Democracy

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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 explores the pitfalls - and options - for the country's...

Afghanistan – What went wrong?

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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 also co-editor of the 4th fully revised Essential Field Guide...

Rebranding the Millennium Development Goals

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by Priyash Bista Geneva - The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were supposed to create benchmarks for the developed world’s commitment to eliminating global poverty. The target date for completion is next year, and despite the...

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

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“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 graphic and direct.  It is sponsored by Canada, Ghana and...

World Press Photo of the Year 2013: John Stanmeyer

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This year's World Press Photo of the Year 2013 was won by American Photographer John Stanmeyer of the VII agency for National Geographic. John's extraordinary photograph shows African migrants on the shore of Djibouti city at...

Press Reset on AfPak Relations

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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 wrap-up of the coalition combat mission in Afghanistan, or even...

Fewer foreign journalists covering Geneva International

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Lackluster media coverage of international organizations in Geneva is not new but an independent study funded by city of Geneva in touch with the Swiss Mission to UN, calls for facilitating the work of...

Vers une coordination de la sécurité chimique mondiale

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The following piece in French on global chemical security is written by Essential Edge French editor Daniel Wermus.  Geneva -- Les secrétariats des trois grandes conventions sur la sécurité chimique (Bâle – déchets dangereux ; Rotterdam...

The True Story Behind the First Photo on the Web

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Physicists, like anyone else, appreciate beauty, and when CERN decided to test World Wide Web's capacity to relay photographs, they chose this picture of a "doo-wap" group known as Les Horribles Cernettes. Typical lyrics: You...

Afghanistan: the importance of being there

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This following piece published by The Essential Edge 19 June, 2011. Nick van Praag of the World Development Report 2011 sent us this blog regarding the role - and responsibilities - of aid workers and...

Fleecing the Faithful – A Ponzi scheme linked to Gex’s Le Rucher defrauds fellow...

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This piece by Ken Walker was first published by The Essential Edge 10 June, 2011. Gex, France -- When Jan and Henny Pauw visited Le Rucher, a Christian retreat centre outside Gex, they never dreamed...