Category: Columns

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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The Ethics of Impact

The Ethics of Impact

The following piece by Jonathan Leighton was published by the Huffington Post on March 17, 2015 as part of the Pioneers for Change initiative. This is a UK social enterprise committed to igniting an international movement of change makers and talented individuals to be catalysts for the positive change they wish to see in the world.  When we hear the word “ethics”, […]

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Plane crashes and trying to get in – and out – of Katmandu

Plane crashes and trying to get in – and out – of Katmandu

Husband, Bollywood Star, Migrant Worker, Tourist: Everyone is Trying to Get in or out of Nepal. Journalist Donatella Lorch offers her own personal perspective as a journalist on human interest stories in her regular blog –  Tangledjourneys –  from Katmandu. It’s was quite a week here in Kathmandu following the crash-landing on March 4th of a Turkish Airlines plane in Nepal’s only […]

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Oman: The Call of Desert Sand

Italian-American Journalist Donatella Lorch, a former New York Times correspondent based in Peshawar, Nairobi and New York, writes a regular column, Tangled Journeys, from her current home in Katmandu. She recounts here her family’s recent journey to Oman.    Bakhit wasn’t the Bedouin I expected. At 54, his beard grizzled-white, he needed to recline his car seat to accommodate his […]

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Many journalists, including cameraman, had to walk clandestinely hundreds of miles to obtain their coverage during the Soviet war.

Williams and O’Reilly: Not the only truth-fudging in the name of journalism

The recent incidents of two leading American TV personalities claiming to have covered specific events, when they had not, only come across as yet more nails in the journalistic coffins of those still seeking to do real reporting. As writer Edward Girardet maintains, the truth-fudging of disgraced NBC anchor Brian Williams that he had been travelling in a US military helicopter […]

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Will the World Humanitarian Summit pass the accountability test?

Will the World Humanitarian Summit pass the accountability test?

Nick van Praag, who directs the Ground Truth Programme of   Keystoneaccountability, explores whether World Humanitarian Summit will really look hard at whether, and if not why, humanitarian response is really working. As the long run-up to next year’s World Humanitarian Summit gathers pace, a legitimate question is whether it will ratchet up pressure on the humanitarian system to do […]

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Don’t Expect a ‘Grexit’: Greece Can’t Escape Europe

Don’t Expect a ‘Grexit’: Greece Can’t Escape Europe

The following article by Wayne Merry, a former US diplomat and a now a member of the American Foreign Policu Council, was first published in The National Interest http://nationalinterest.org Global financial markets currently obsess about the fate of a small Balkan country’s sovereign debt and its impact on the Eurozone. However, if the burden of Greek debt were to disappear overnight, […]

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Switzerland’s Anne Frank Legacy: Beyond frontiers and religions

Switzerland’s Anne Frank Legacy: Beyond frontiers and religions

The following article was first contributed in November, 2014 to Le News, an English-language newspaper for the Lake Geneva region, by then editor Edward Girardet. The article received an enormous amount of interest, so we are publishing it here. Several weeks ago, I travelled to Basel with my wife and 14-year-old son to see an old family friend, Buddy Elias, […]

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Tim to the rescue: Legislating accountability

Tim to the rescue: Legislating accountability

Nick van Praag sends this piece on the exceptional work achieved by US senatorial aide Tim Rieser regarding the reciprocal release of prisoners and the thawing of relations between the United States and Cuba. Tim to the Rescue is one of my favorite children’s books. Written and illustrated by Edward Ardizzone, it tells of the courage and determination of its hero […]

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Stepping over the line

Stepping over the line

In 1979, I happened to run across Georges Bernier, the creator of the bitingly satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo. The motto  was “Bête et Méchant,” which translates roughly as “stupid and nasty.” It had started in 1960 as a monthly, Hara Kiri, which became a weekly, Hara Kiri Hebdo, in 1969.  It was temporarily banned on government orders in 1961 and 1966, mostly for taking pot […]

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