Category: Dispatches

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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Is the US Slouching towards a Weimar Scenario?

Is the US Slouching towards a Weimar Scenario?

Remember Germany’s 1930’s Weimar Republic and the diminutive, firebrand populist who eventually seized power?  Although he sees no problem in quoting Mussolini and at least initially hesitated at denouncing the Ku Klux Klan, Donald Trump is not exactly comparable to Hitler, at least not quite yet, but then neither was Hitler at the beginning. The true extent of depravity only […]

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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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Arrest in the Netherlands: How an Afghan war crime came to light

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 […]

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Bombing hospitals and getting away with it

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 […]

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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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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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Thomson Reuters Foundation

Dominican Republic busts child sex parties to combat trafficking

The following piece by Anastasia Moloney on human trafficking in the Dominican Republic was first published by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, a non-profit media trust. A boy walks past waves churned up by the approaching tropical storm Chantal, at Haina Beach in Santo Domingo, July 10, 2013. REUTERS/Ricardo Rojas When Matt and seven traffickers lay face down and handcuffed in […]

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Human rights abuses in Mali: the problems persist

Human rights abuses in Mali: the problems persist

With the United Nations’ human rights sessions coming to an end in Geneva, contributor Christopher Woodburn writes about Mali’s worsening situation. With countries such as Libya and Sri Lanka remaining profound issues of a concern, a recent side-event involving high-level international experts took place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva to draw attention to the deteriorating human rights situation […]

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Our Responsibility: 100 Years after the Armenian Genocide

Our Responsibility: 100 Years after the Armenian Genocide

Vicken Cheterian is a Geneva-based author, journalist and media specialist, whose latest book Open Wounds, Armenians, Turks and a Century of Genocide has just been published by Hurst (See more details at the bottom of this piece). He recently attended the Responsibility 2015 conference in New York dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide by the Turks. Armenians […]

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