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Is this the new face of philanthropy?

Is this the new face of philanthropy?

Still in his 30s, Yonathan Parienti is a straggle-haired ex-banker in blue jeans. Now his mission is to bring social activists together via the Internet. For under-35s there’s no paradox. As Essential Edge contributing editor Peter Hulm writes, they don’t have their parents’ hangups about the public vs private sector. The Occupy Me generation also believe in action for causes […]

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Bombing hospitals and civilians in Yemen

Bombing hospitals and civilians in Yemen

The American airstrikes against a Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, earlier this month indicate either a lethal flaw in US intelligence or, in a worst case scenario, a callous disregard for international humanitarian law. (SEE Essential Edge story) The US is not alone in its readiness to risk collateral damage and civilian deaths in the pursuit of […]

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 Grand title winner

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 Grand title winner

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015: Don Gutoski, Canada A Tale of Two Foxes Natural History Museum From a distance, Don could see that the red fox was chasing something across the snow. As he got closer, he realised the prey, now dead, was an Arctic fox. For three hours in temperatures of -30 degrees Centigrade Don stayed at the scene, […]

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Bombing hospitals and getting away with it

Bombing hospitals and getting away with it

The recent bombing by US warplanes of a Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Afghanistan only underlines, yet again, that belligerents do not have the right to destroy humanitarian havens just because it serves their purposes. They should also be held accountable. Edward Girardet, who has covered Afghanistan’s 37-year war since October, 1979, explores why the Kunduz incident may not […]

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La pression urbaine Suisse et la loi francaise sont en train de detruire des villages francais.

La pression urbaine Suisse et la loi francaise sont en train de detruire des villages francais.

(French version: Swiss urban pressure and Paris law destroying French villages. ) Par Edward Girardet et Christopher Woodburn. Cessy, France — De Versailles à Aix-en-Provence en passant par Bordeaux, la politique d’urbanisation Française permet aux promoteurs de remplacer, au lieu de rénover, des anciens bâtiments avec des édifices trop souvent insipides dont l’architecture a peu en commun avec le style et […]

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Morges Literary Festival 4-6 September, 2015

Morges Literary Festival 4-6 September, 2015

By Edward Girardet Geneva — Rapidly becoming one of Europe’s most renowned French-English language book festivals, the Swiss lakeside town of Morges will host its 6th annual event,  or Le Livre sur les Quais, at the end of this week featuring some 300 writers from all over the world. Held in tents along the waterfront overlooking Lake Geneva and the […]

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New construction promotion in St Genis, Pays de Gex, France

Swiss urban pressure and Paris law destroying French villages

Swiss reluctance to ruin its own idyllic countryside in the Lake Geneva region combined with French laws enabling unfettered urban development is leading to the rapid destruction of the historic centres of numerous villages in neighbouring France. Edward Girardet and Christopher Woodburn explore why Paris no longer seems interested in ‘Patrimoine”, once one of the most hallowed words of French […]

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Helping to ‘fix’ global media coverage

Helping to ‘fix’ global media coverage

World Fixer is a new company which connects employers and trusted fixers or facilitators around the world. Its 2,000 members are already working with media outlets around the world to improve their coverage of events. However, as former broadcast producer Mike Garrod explains, World Fixer can also help NGOs, governments and corporate entities improve their public information outreach through access […]

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‘No wilder place on Earth’: explorers tackle the full Okavango Delta

‘No wilder place on Earth’: explorers tackle the full Okavango Delta

Recently, wildlife news from Africa has been almost universally bleak and frustrating to the point of despair: rhinos with their faces cut off, elephants slaughtered en masse via helicopter, and chimps and gorillas gunned down or snared for bushmeat. A massive onslaught of people, poaching and habitat destruction has led to declines in everything from lions to giraffes and hippos to […]

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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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