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Tibetan warrior turns to pop

Tibetan warrior turns to pop

After hauling a coffin from Bern to Geneva and starring in a documentary, musician and cartoonist Loten Namling has now turned to pop-rock to agitate for Tibet’s freedom. His powerful voice and sincerity make the first Tibetan-Swiss alternative rock group more than a stunt. Peter Hulm writes from the Swiss Alpine town of Leuk in the Valais. Loten Namling, star […]

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The greenest deal ever? From a car company.

The greenest deal ever? From a car company.

Business funding of public projects, including actions by Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, have come under cold scrutiny lately. But private-public partnerships are also becoming crucial as conventional donors cut back on funding to non-profit initiatives. Are the ideological purists missing the story? Peter Hulm in Geneva considers the question.   The company’s called Plentiful Rice. You probably know it […]

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Too tall tiger tales

Too tall tiger tales

When the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Global Tiger Forum (GTF) roared the news last week that “for the first time in 100 years, tiger numbers are growing”, the media, including the New York Times, splashed the headline around the world.  Few journalists checked out the headline or the facts. After all, WWF said so. Yet, as science writer […]

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Will climate change destroy Columbus’s islands?

Will climate change destroy Columbus’s islands?

Earlier this month, the Bahamas National Trust held a special workshop to explore how climate change is affecting the fauna and flora of this Caribbean island chain. Contributing editor Peter Hulm highlights some of the issues discussed in advance of this week’s Bahamas Natural History Conference in Nassau. If any country should care about climate change it’s The Bahamas, an […]

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Why the World Humanitarian Summit is adrift – and how to salvage it

Why the World Humanitarian Summit is adrift – and how to salvage it

With two months to go until delegates assemble in Istanbul for the first-ever UN summit devoted to humanitarian affairs, the odds on a successful outcome are slim. As Nick van Praag of Ground Truth Solutions maintains, the problem is not lack of urgency in shoring up a sector under strain. The challenge is translating a long list of disparate topics into […]

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Battling the wrong giants: Security snoopers vs Wikileaks

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 […]

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Is this the new face of philanthropy?

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 […]

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 Grand title winner

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, […]

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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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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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