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William Pfaff-In Memorium

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 […]

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Donatella Lorch photo earthquake

‘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 […]

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Nepal Earthquake: Ensuring that the countryside is not forgotten

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 […]

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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. These are also issues being currently explored by the Geneva-based World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and UNESCO in Paris, both of which seek to show the potential of climate change on society today, but based on what has happened in the […]

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France to boost Geneva International

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 […]

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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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Expedition in the Congo rediscovers lost primate   

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 […]

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

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 […]

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Thomson Reuters Foundation

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

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 […]

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