• Putting UNRWA back on the Map

    With the civil war in Syria stalemated in its fourth year and more than 164,000 Syrians dead, the public has begun to be anesthetized to what is really at stake.  That changed briefly Thursday night (March 20) when photographs of refugees caught up in the conflict flashed for nearly an hour on giant video screens in New York’s Times Square […]

    The scene in Damascus on March 19
  • The Killing of a journalist – Plus statement of the AFPA

    By Edward Girardet. (Followed by an open letter of the Afghanistan Foreign Press Association (AFPA). The brazen assassination of veteran British-Swedish radio journalist Nils Horner by unknown assailants in the streets of Kabul earlier this week has been claimed by Fidai Mahaz, a hardline fundamentalist group. Mahaz, which was linked to the kidnapping of New York Times correspondent David Rohde in 2008, […]

    The Killing of a journalist – Plus statement of the AFPA
  • By air, by land and by Karma – transportation in Nepal’s Himalayas

    The following article on travelling in Nepal was written by Donatella Lorch, an American-Italian journalist living in Katmandu. Katamandu — I learned a new expression this week: Controlled Flight into Terrain or CFIT meant to describe a plane crash where a pilot unintentionally flies into the ground or a mountain. For anyone who flies around Nepal, this is a stark […]

    The Canadian Twin Otter is the war horse of airplanes and an expert at treacherous routes through mountains and short take-offs and landings
  • TedX plea for West not to abandon Afghanistan

    Masood Khalili, Afghan ambassador to Spain – and son of famed 20th century Afghan poet Khalillulah Khalili – makes an impassioned plea from the heart in an Alcobendas, Spain TedX  for the West not to abandon Afghanistan post-2014. The United States and Europe did this once before following the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan in 1989. The end was result was […]

    TedX plea for West not to abandon Afghanistan
  • The UN Takes on FGM/C in an Art Exhibit at the Palais

    “A woman wounded is a nation wounded.” The exhibition of paintings currently on display at the UN’s Palais des Nations in Geneva is both graphic and direct.  It is sponsored by Canada, Ghana and Togo, its goal is to draw attention to the UN’s ongoing campaign against FGM/C, the current acronym for Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting.  The tradition of using a […]

    The UN Takes on FGM/C in an Art Exhibit at the Palais
  • Switzerland’s Immigration Vote: Nationalism, racism or fear.

    A version of this was first published by Le News, the free English-language weekly for the Lake Geneva region. This includes the cartoon by award-winning American artist Jeff Danziger – excellent cartoons on his website plus latest books. The razor-edge win by Switzerland’s rightwing People Party (SVP) on 9 February, 2014 to curb immigration is bad news for those who see […]

    The boat is full. Switzerland's right-wing response to immigration. Copyright Jeff Danziger.
  • World Press Photo of the Year 2013: John Stanmeyer

    This year’s World Press Photo of the Year 2013 was won by American Photographer John Stanmeyer of the VII agency for National Geographic. John’s extraordinary photograph shows African migrants on the shore of Djibouti city at night, raising their phones in an attempt to capture an inexpensive signal from neighboring Somalia—a tenuous link to relatives abroad. Djibouti is a common stop-off […]

    Photograph by John Stanmeyer of African migrants on the shores of Djibouti holding up their cell phones to capture an expensive signal from neighbouring Somalia.
  • The newsonomics of measuring the real impact of news

    Ken Doctor of The Nieman Journalism Lab explores whether one can raise more money for the news by harnessing the power of social sharing — and making the impact of journalism a little more clear. Hello there! It’s me, your friendly neighborhood Tweet Button. What if you could tap me and unlock a brand new source of funding for startup […]

    The newsonomics of measuring the real impact of news

Other News

Frontline Earth: Maidan, Taksim, Tahrir – Revolution 2.0

The following piece in French is by Essential Edge French editor Daniel Wermus.  Geneva — Chaque bouleversement technologique a, dans l’histoire, produit un bouleversement social. L’imprimerie a déclenché la Réforme. La révolution industrielle, le mouvement ouvrier. Aujourd’hui, internet, facebook et smartphones bousculent les autocrates. Maidan, Taksim, Tahrir drainent des foules immenses, attirées au départ par quelques blogueurs éberlués de leur […]

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How bad language leads to poor humanitarian outcomes

How bad language leads to poor humanitarian outcomes

Nicholas van Praag of Keystone’s Groundtruth programme writes about the importance of language when dealing with the people one is trying to help. When someone as eloquent as Robert Chambers chides you on your use of language, it is smart to listen. Last week the grand old man of ‘people first’ development challenged participants at the annual meeting of ALNAP to find […]

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Senegal turns toward agro-ecology

The following piece is by Essential Edge French editor Daniel Wermus. Le Sénégal veut se tourner vers l’agro-écologie Le processus « Changement de cap dans l’agriculture », lancé après Rio+20 par le Comité de la sécurité alimentaire mondiale, est pris en charge par l’Etat et la société civile sénégalaise. L’ONG suisse Biovision joue le rôle de facilitateur. Le Sénégal pourrait devenir un […]

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No accounting for what charities ship overseas

No accounting for what charities ship overseas

The following report was published 24 January 2014 by the Center for Investigative Reporting in San Francisco as part of the America’s Worst Charities’ Project with the Tampa Bay Times and CNN. It was reported by Kendall Taggart (CIR) and Kris Hundley (Tampa Bay Times). GUATEMALA CITY – In 2010, one of Central America’s poorest countries received huge shipments of humanitarian […]

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Essential Media Associates

Essential Media Associates

CORE MEDIA ASSOCIATES Crosslines Essential Media Consultancies is based out of Geneva, Switzerland and London, United Kingdom. It is part of Crosslines Essential Media (UK), Ltd. working in close collaboration with the Media Action International Journalism Network, a non-profit association. Our network consists of local, regional and international editors, journalists, producers, photographers, film-makers, social media experts, communications’ representatives and others interested in the […]

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Essential Media Consultancies

Essential Media Consultancies

What we do  Crosslines Essential Media  (UK) Ltd offers your  organization expertise and  collaboration on a  consultancy basis with  professional editors,  journalists, writers,  photographers and  producers in the Lake Geneva region as well as the services of more than 1,500 local, regional and global editors, reporters, photographers, film-makers, producers, designers and social media experts who are part of the worldwide Media […]

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Life after Guantanamo prison

Life after Guantanamo prison

The following piece on Afghans incarcerated — often with little or no evidence – by the Americans in Guantanamo by Dawood Azam was published on the BBC World website. See link. Kabul — Some 220 Afghans have been held at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, making them the largest single group of the nearly 50 nationalities involved. […]

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Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields, North Africa and the role of quality media

Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields, North Africa and the role of quality media

Since starting out as a foreign correspondent during the late 1970s in Paris, Swiss-American writer and journalist Edward Girardet would often make a point of coming to Geneva to report on peace talks, wars and humanitarian crises. After all, the UN’s Palais des Nations was one of the few places where some of the world’s most renowned thugs, such as […]

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The PCDN Network – More than just information

The PCDN Network – More than just information

For anyone – UN or NGO aid worker, policy analyst, researcher, journalist, donor, private sector – serious about being effective, the Peace and Collaborative Development Network (PCDN) is more than just an information tool, writes Edward Girardet. It is a resource site that has come a far way to bringing together different groups and individuals focusing on international development, conflict […]

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A 15 foot mountain of plastics and garbage lines the holy Bagmati River recently dredged as part of a road expansion project. Copyright Donatella Lorch

In Nepal’s Himalayas, the uphill battle is against plastic

Letter from Katamandu Journalist Donatella Lorch has sent us this dispatch from Nepal.  As any tour company will tell you, Nepal is the land of the Gods. It is the birthplace of Buddha and home to a vast pantheon of Hindu deities. The power of these gods is taken seriously. Even the secular government has decreed that certain sacred peaks […]

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