Articles By: Edward R. Girardet

Local mayors – and Paris law – destroying French historic villages

Local mayors – and Paris law – destroying French historic villages

In France, they love their patrimoine, or cultural heritage — at least, that’s what they claim. Why, then, are developers being allowed to tear the heart out of historic villages. The following article by Edward Girardet – What’s French for Nimby? – was first published by the Sunday Times of London on May 15, 2016.  It has since received numerous comments, both […]

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Cartooning for Peace: Modern-day court jesters

Cartooning for Peace: Modern-day court jesters

The granting last week of the shared 2016 Cartooning for Peace award in Geneva to Tanzanian caricaturist Gado and Malaysian artist Zunar is not just in recognition of their talent, but also their willingness to risk loss of employment, prison and other forms of persecution.  Journalist and author Edward Girardet explores the role these artists play in the pursuit of […]

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Malaysia: Ensuring that corruption is not governance

Malaysia: Ensuring that corruption is not governance

  The 31st session of the Human Rights Council, which began earlier this week in Geneva, will troop out the usual high-level panels about universality, indivisibility, interdependence, and other such politically-correct verbiage. What is often missing, however, is the Council’s ability to shame those who abuse their own peoples in order to stay in power. Essential Edge co-editor Edward Girardet […]

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Fortress-America Walls Keep a Mean-Spirited Nation Inside

Fortress-America Walls Keep a Mean-Spirited Nation Inside

Former Associated Press senior foreign correspondent and Essential Edge contributing editor Mort Rosenblum, who currently lives occasionally in the United States but primarily in France, sent the following dispatch on how America’s penal system has become a worrisome indicator of an increasingly sick society. This is part of Mort’s every-so-often Unplugged series.      Florence, Arizona – The back road […]

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Migration, climate change, terrorism…Geneva’s 14th International Film Festival

Migration, climate change, terrorism…Geneva’s 14th International Film Festival

  The issues are all too painfully familiar, but this year’s Geneva International Film and Human Rights Festival (FIFDH), (14th edition from 4-13 March, 2016), will be placing particular focus on migration, refugees, rape and other forms of violence, coping with climate change, terrorism, Israel-Palestine, human trafficking, abuses in Saudi Arabia and Russia, the death penalty in the United States, […]

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HUMAN – Seven billion people tell their story

HUMAN – Seven billion people tell their story

Launched simultaneously last September at the United Nations in New York and the Venice Biennale Film Festival, HUMAN is based on 2,000 filmed interviews recorded over three years around the world. It is an exceptional cinematographic project that seeks to explore how ordinary people view life. “I wanted to try and understand humanity with this film,” explained French photographer and […]

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Overcoming extreme poverty by 2030 –  what can you do?

Overcoming extreme poverty by 2030 – what can you do?

There will be a double-anniversary concert in Geneva’s Victoria Hall 13 March 2016 at 17:00, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the 1% for Development Fund and the fifth anniversary of the United Nations Orchestra with Shostakovich’s 5th Symphony and Brahms double concerto for violin and cello. To remind readers about the purpose of the 1% for Development Fund, initially created […]

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Taken For A Ride –  A cautionary tale of wealth-management   

Taken For A Ride – A cautionary tale of wealth-management  

Many expatriates may not feel comfortable placing their hard-earned income with Swiss investment advisors because of language or unfamiliarity with local customs. But relying on fellow foreign nationals operating out of Switzerland also has its pitfalls. Claire Doole explains how she lost a small fortune after being taken for a ride by a Lake Geneva-based British financial consultant – and […]

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Ronnie Koven: International press freedom community loses doyen

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 […]

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The European Broadcasting Union’s Mini-FIFA

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 […]

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