Category: Global Beat

‘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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The Offending Art: Political Cartooning after the Charlie Hebdo Attacks

The Offending Art: Political Cartooning after the Charlie Hebdo Attacks

Satirists around the world come to terms with the danger of “punching up” at those in power. In this piece for the Nieman Foundation published as a Nieman Report, Jonathan Guyer, senior editor of the Cairo Review of Global Affairs, explores the problems facing political cartoonists today. For more information about the Nieman Foundation and Fellowships, please click here. Philadelphia Daily News […]

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A video to re-inspire us in humanity

A video to re-inspire us in humanity

The following video by True Move came to us via Salha Zain, Pranay Gupte and others. It is a simple message about what simple kindness can do, even for cynical journalists. Watch it! Simple Kindness for restoring humanity.  

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Ukraine’s Real Crisis: A Demographics and Health Time Bomb

Ukraine’s Real Crisis: A Demographics and Health Time Bomb

Efforts by new leaders and by Western sponsors to restore the unity of Ukraine must include improving the health of its population, West and East—a challenging, but necessary task. Judie Twigg and Wayne Merry, a regular contributor to The Essential Edge, comment on this little reported aspect of Ukraine in an article recently published by The National Interest. Western attention […]

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Stalling Justice in Sri Lanka

The following article by award-winning documentary film-maker Callum Macrae is part of the project: “No Fire Zone – In the Killing Fields of Sri Lanka” funded by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. As the Pulitzer Center points out, while the world looked away as many as 70 thousand civilians lost their lives, most at the hands of government shelling. […]

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When Kabul Lost its Honour

When Kabul Lost its Honour

The following piece about the lynching of a psychologically-disturbed woman by Amina Zia Massoud was published earlier this week by Khaama Press. This shameful incident illustrates the urgent need for Afghans to realise that real recovery after more than three and a half decades of war is not only about bringing peace to the country, but also respecting women and […]

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Last known interview with Afghanistan’s Ahmad Shah Massoud

The following interview by Polish academic and orientalist Piotr Balcerowicz is the last known one with Afghan resistance leader Ahmed Shah Massoud, the renowned Lion of Panjshir, prior to his assassination on September 9, 2001 two days before the events of 9/11 by two Al-Qaeda suicide operatives posing as television journalists. The conversation took place in Khoja Bahouddin  in northern […]

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