• Post Runners, Aerogrammes and the Big E-Mail Challenge: Scenes from 135 years of Afghan postal service

    Thomas Ruttig, co-director of the Afghan Analysts Network, an independent non-profit research organization, wrote this piece for the AAN’s website on the Afghan postal service, which, despite years of war, still works – and is adapting to the modern age in its own way. He looks back 135 years of postal service, including a number of personal encounters he and colleagues have […]

    Post Runners, Aerogrammes and the Big E-Mail Challenge: Scenes from 135 years of Afghan postal service
  • 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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  • All aboard India’s disappearing railways

    In this review for The Australian, the BBC’s renowned former correspondent in India looks at the late Angus Mcdonald’s new book, India’s Disappearing Railways: A Photographic Journey (Hardie Grant Books, $59.95). Sadly, McDonald suddenly died at the age of 50 in Burma in 2013 following three years of travel compiling this exceptional book. A girl in Dungarpur, an image from India’s […]

    All aboard India’s disappearing railways
  • Did the 2004 tsunami change emergency aid forever?

    The following piece by Simon Levine of the Overseas Development Institute’s  Humanitarian Policy Group  (HPG) explores the increasing use of cash as a form of international humanitarian response. Exploring the changes that have come about over the past decade since the tsunami, Development Progress and ODI’s teamed up to ask what has changed in humanitarian responses. As part of a series, […]

    Did the 2004 tsunami change emergency aid forever?
  • New report connects human health to biodiversity protection

    Photo of strawberry dart frog in Costa Rica. Rhett Butler.  The following article published by Mongabay.com earlier this month explores a ground-breaking report linking biodiversity and health presented at the  14th World Congress on Public Health in Kolkata, India. It demonstrates the human health benefits that can be yielded from protecting Earth’s biodiversity. Developed by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological […]

    New report connects human health to biodiversity protection
  • 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 […]

    The Offending Art: Political Cartooning after the Charlie Hebdo Attacks
  • Internews: The power of media and information

    While billions of dollars are spent annually by the United States and other western countries on military, but also humanitarian and development support, there is insufficient backing for media as one of the most effective if not indispensable means for promoting democracy, transparency and accountability, plus reaching out to crisis-affected populations, such as Ukraine and Syria. And yet, interest for […]

    Internews: The power of media and information
  • 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 […]

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

Other News

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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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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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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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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Ebola diaries: Hitting the ground running

Ebola diaries: Hitting the ground running

The World Health Organization (WHO) has been much criticized for responding too late to the Ebola crisis, primarily because of lack of coordination among its regional offices and despite available information about the outbreak. The following article is by Dr Stéphane Hugonnet, one of WHO’s  first alert and response experts sent to Guinea to investigate cases of Ebola reported in late […]

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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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EBay sellers easily skirt rules banning assault weapon parts

EBay sellers easily skirt rules banning assault weapon parts

The following article by Matt Drange was published by Reveal Now, the multiplatform website of the non-profit Center for Investigative Reporting in San Francisco. Its mission is to engage and empower the public through investigative journalism and groundbreaking storytelling in order to spark action, improve lives and protect our democracy. CIR is among the most innovative, credible and relevant media organizations in […]

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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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Countdown to world-first Everest challenge in Verbier, Switzerland

Countdown to world-first Everest challenge in Verbier, Switzerland

Everest in the Alps is a highly imaginative initiative to raise money for the Brain Tumour Charity while at the same time roping in both mountain skills and the outdoors for a worthy cause. The effort is the world’s first ski-touring challenge to take place in this manner, notably at the Swiss ski resort of Verbier from 24-27 March, 2015. […]

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