• William Pfaff-In Memorium

    William Pfaff, who died last Thursday of a heart attack, had one great gift when it came to analyzing international affairs: it was not radical insight, but common sense. When you listened to him, the world made sense.  The Atlantic’s James Fallows offers a stirring commentary on a man whose success in life stemmed from maintaining a sense of balance in an […]

    William Pfaff-In Memorium
  • ‘My fear is always alive in my mind’ — the aftermath of the earthquake in one Nepali village

    This story by Donatella Lorch, an American journalist living in Nepal and a regular Essential Edge contributor,  was first published as part of Humaneeds by Public Radio International’s The World.PRI’s The World. Also see Lorch’s recent piece in The New York Times. Residents of the village of Khokana, near Kathmandu, are living in tents after many of their homes collapsed […]

    Donatella Lorch photo earthquake
  • Nepal Earthquake: Ensuring that the countryside is not forgotten

    The international community has been quick to respond to last Saturday’s massive earthquake in Nepal. However, as Julien Bettler of Norlha, the Swiss Himalayan support NGO, reminds us, it is vital not to forget those populations in remote rural areas who have yet to receive any aid at all. Furthermore, Alpine know-how can help make a crucial difference. When a […]

    Nepal Earthquake: Ensuring that the countryside is not forgotten
  • France to boost Geneva International

    While the Swiss government often fails to recognize the crucial importance of its international community, particularly in the Lake Geneva region, the French view it differently. The Lake Geneva area, which includes both Swiss and French territory, is being increasingly treated by France’s neighbouring Rhone-Alpes Region as a key priority. Swiss journalist and writer Daniel Wermus explores why the French […]

    France to boost Geneva International
  • Expedition in the Congo rediscovers lost primate  

    The last time there was a sighting of Bouvier’s red colobus disco was all the rage, the Internet was non-existent, and Madonna still referred solely to the mother of God. But then the African monkey vanished and conservationists feared it had gone extinct—a victim of the bushmeat trade. For years, research groups called for an expedition to find out if Bouvier’s […]

    Expedition in the Congo rediscovers lost primate   
  • 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 […]

    Thomson Reuters Foundation
  • 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

Other News

Finding signs of climate change and adaptation in the ancient Maya lowlands

Finding signs of climate change and adaptation in the ancient Maya lowlands

A new study pinpoints the devastating effects of climate change on ancient Maya civilization, despite attempts to adapt to it, writes Jim Shelton in Yale News. Researchers found that markers of historic droughts in Central America match the patterns of disruption to Maya society during centuries of hardship. The new information provides answers to longstanding questions about the role climate […]

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Yale project explores the diverse ways we speak English

Yale project explores the diverse ways we speak English

The following article by Bess Connolly Martell was first published by Yale News. “Here’s you a piece of pizza” may sound like an alien way of speaking to some — unless of course you’re one of the linguists working on the Yale Grammatical Diversity Project, in which case, it’s just one of the “fascinating” variations of the English language that […]

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Did the 2004 tsunami change emergency aid forever?

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, […]

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New report connects human health to biodiversity protection

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 […]

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The Offending Art: Political Cartooning after the Charlie Hebdo Attacks

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 […]

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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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Internews: The power of media and information

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 […]

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

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 […]

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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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