• Ronnie Koven: International press freedom community loses doyen

    Ronald Koven, a distinguished journalist who became a defender of a free press around the world, died on Friday, Oct. 30 in Paris of complications following a long battle with cancer. He was 80. For those of us at The Essential Edge who knew him as a friend and colleague, he will be  missed. A report from Reporters sans Frontières.  The […]

    Ronnie Koven: International press freedom community loses doyen
  • The European Broadcasting Union’s Mini-FIFA

    The FIFA corruption scandal may be growing steadily worse, but yet another Swiss-based organization may not be far behind. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which manages the Eurovision Song Contest, has come up with its own version of hidden agendas, lack of transparency and blatant conflict of interest. Of concern, too, is the impact of such abuses on international organizations […]

    The European Broadcasting Union’s Mini-FIFA
  • 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 ago. This article was first published by the Christian Science Monitor on 4 November, 2015. Two accounts of the atrocity by Essential Edge co-editor Edward Girardet, who is also a Monitor correspondent, played a role. (A […]

    Arrest in the Netherlands: How an Afghan war crime came to light
  • Battling the wrong giants: Security snoopers vs Wikileaks

    Which is more important for media in society? Security snoopers or Wikileaks? Or is it the collapse of traditional business models with the rise of social media? Swiss journalists came together at the Fourth Journalistic Assizes on 27 October at the Swiss Press Club in Geneva. Contributing editor Peter Hulm reports. Europe’s private print and public broadcast media are battling each […]

    Battling the wrong giants: Security snoopers vs Wikileaks
  • Is this the new face of philanthropy?

    Still in his 30s, Yonathan Parienti is a straggle-haired ex-banker in blue jeans. Now his mission is to bring social activists together via the Internet. For under-35s there’s no paradox. As Essential Edge contributing editor Peter Hulm writes, they don’t have their parents’ hangups about the public vs private sector. The Occupy Me generation also believe in action for causes […]

    Is this the new face of philanthropy?
  • Bombing hospitals and civilians in Yemen

    The American airstrikes against a Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, earlier this month indicate either a lethal flaw in US intelligence or, in a worst case scenario, a callous disregard for international humanitarian law. (SEE Essential Edge story) The US is not alone in its readiness to risk collateral damage and civilian deaths in the pursuit of […]

    Bombing hospitals and civilians in Yemen
  • Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 Grand title winner

    Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015: Don Gutoski, Canada A Tale of Two Foxes Natural History Museum From a distance, Don could see that the red fox was chasing something across the snow. As he got closer, he realised the prey, now dead, was an Arctic fox. For three hours in temperatures of -30 degrees Centigrade Don stayed at the scene, […]

    Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 Grand title winner
  • 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 the right to destroy humanitarian havens just because it serves their purposes. They should also be held accountable. Edward Girardet, who has covered Afghanistan’s 37-year war since October, 1979, explores why the Kunduz incident may not […]

    Bombing hospitals and getting away with it

Other News

La pression urbaine Suisse et la loi francaise sont en train de detruire des villages francais.

La pression urbaine Suisse et la loi francaise sont en train de detruire des villages francais.

(French version: Swiss urban pressure and Paris law destroying French villages. ) Par Edward Girardet et Christopher Woodburn. Cessy, France — De Versailles à Aix-en-Provence en passant par Bordeaux, la politique d’urbanisation Française permet aux promoteurs de remplacer, au lieu de rénover, des anciens bâtiments avec des édifices trop souvent insipides dont l’architecture a peu en commun avec le style et […]

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Morges Literary Festival 4-6 September, 2015

Morges Literary Festival 4-6 September, 2015

By Edward Girardet Geneva — Rapidly becoming one of Europe’s most renowned French-English language book festivals, the Swiss lakeside town of Morges will host its 6th annual event,  or Le Livre sur les Quais, at the end of this week featuring some 300 writers from all over the world. Held in tents along the waterfront overlooking Lake Geneva and the […]

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New construction promotion in St Genis, Pays de Gex, France

Swiss urban pressure and Paris law destroying French villages

Swiss reluctance to ruin its own idyllic countryside in the Lake Geneva region combined with French laws enabling unfettered urban development is leading to the rapid destruction of the historic centres of numerous villages in neighbouring France. Edward Girardet and Christopher Woodburn explore why Paris no longer seems interested in ‘Patrimoine”, once one of the most hallowed words of French […]

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Helping to ‘fix’ global media coverage

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 media outlets around the world to improve their coverage of events. However, as former broadcast producer Mike Garrod explains, World Fixer can also help NGOs, governments and corporate entities improve their public information outreach through access […]

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‘No wilder place on Earth’: explorers tackle the full Okavango Delta

‘No wilder place on Earth’: explorers tackle the full Okavango Delta

Recently, wildlife news from Africa has been almost universally bleak and frustrating to the point of despair: rhinos with their faces cut off, elephants slaughtered en masse via helicopter, and chimps and gorillas gunned down or snared for bushmeat. A massive onslaught of people, poaching and habitat destruction has led to declines in everything from lions to giraffes and hippos to […]

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

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 one of Philadelphia’s most innovative galleries for contemporary art, but also happens to be Switzerland’s Honorary Consul. For a few brief moments, all three came together last week to produce an extraordinary event highlighting the ongoing […]

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William Pfaff-In Memorium

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 radical insight, but common sense. When you listened to him, the world made sense.  The Atlantic’s James Fallows offers a stirring commentary on a man whose success in life stemmed from maintaining a sense of balance in an […]

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Donatella Lorch photo earthquake

‘My fear is always alive in my mind’ — the aftermath of the earthquake in one Nepali village

This story by Donatella Lorch, an American journalist living in Nepal and a regular Essential Edge contributor,  was first published as part of Humaneeds by Public Radio International’s The World.PRI’s The World. Also see Lorch’s recent piece in The New York Times. Residents of the village of Khokana, near Kathmandu, are living in tents after many of their homes collapsed […]

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Nepal Earthquake: Ensuring that the countryside is not forgotten

Nepal Earthquake: Ensuring that the countryside is not forgotten

The international community has been quick to respond to last Saturday’s massive earthquake in Nepal. However, as Julien Bettler of Norlha, the Swiss Himalayan support NGO, reminds us, it is vital not to forget those populations in remote rural areas who have yet to receive any aid at all. Furthermore, Alpine know-how can help make a crucial difference. When a […]

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Finding signs of climate change and adaptation in the ancient Maya lowlands

Finding signs of climate change and adaptation in the ancient Maya lowlands

A new study pinpoints the devastating effects of climate change on ancient Maya civilization, despite attempts to adapt to it. These are also issues being currently explored by the Geneva-based World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and UNESCO in Paris, both of which seek to show the potential of climate change on society today, but based on what has happened in the […]

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