• 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
  • 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 […]

    Human rights abuses in Mali: the problems persist
  • 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

    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 […]

    When Kabul Lost its Honour
  • 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 […]

    Photo by Edward Girardet
  • 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 […]

    EBay sellers easily skirt rules banning assault weapon parts
  • 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 […]

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

Other News

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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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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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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Everest in the Alps – Toby’s Story

Everest in the Alps – Toby’s Story

Toby is battling with a brain tumour and suffered terribly before it was diagnosed. Now he is battling through his first 18 months of chemotherapy. His father Rob explains what’s happening.  (See Everest in the Alps Challenge.)  My son, Toby, has a brain stem tumour. His tumour was diagnosed when he was five following a very traumatic 10 day spell […]

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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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Jeff Danziger on Netanyahu and Iran

Jeff Danziger on Netanyahu and Iran’s Hardliners

Jeff Danziger is a US-based cartoonist, author and contributor to The Essential Edge. For his cartoons and books, please see:  http://www.danzigercartoons.com/

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Swiss tourism focusing on quality – and eco-awareness

Swiss tourism focusing on quality – and eco-awareness

Following the recent 15 percent drop of the Euro to the Swiss franc making neighbouring Eurozone countries cheaper, Swiss tourism is seeking ways of alleviating the extra costs while embracing more long-term and innovative approaches. Journalist and author Edward Girardet, who is based outside of Geneva, explores Switzerland’s tourism predicament and how both the industry and the southern Alpine resort […]

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Photograph by Mike DeBose

Photo essay on Ivory Coast by Mike DuBose Part II

This is the second part of the Ivory Coast photo essay by award-winning American photographer Mike DuBose. Part I is published here. Victor Diby Gnangbi is secretary general of Man Prefecture and a United Methodist lay preacher. “We have been frightened by the sickness of Ebola,” he said. Health workers watch a video presentation about preventing the spread of Ebola in […]

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Ivory Coast Photo Essay – By Mike DuBose. Part I

Ivory Coast Photo Essay – By Mike DuBose. Part I

The following photo essay based on a recent trip to Ivory Coast was shot by award-winning photographer Mike DuBose. (Part I).  See UMNS site for original coverage. Dubose currently works for United Methodist Communications in Nashville, Tennessee. Previously, he was a photojournalist with  The Tennessean, The Knoxville News-Sentinal and the 1982 World’s Fair. See Part II. United Methodist Communications photographer Mike DuBose […]

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Ebola changes Ivory Coast without crossing border

Ebola changes Ivory Coast without crossing border

The following first in a series of two was contributed by American journalist Kathy Gilbert of the United Methodist News Service based on a recent trip to Ivory Coast in West Africa.  Also see photo essay Part I and Part II by American award-winning photographer Mike DuBose. First in a two-part series.  Inside United Methodist churches in Côte d’Ivoire and the communities where […]

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