The Silver Fox Remembered

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With the death of former Soviet Foreign Minister and Georgian leader Eduard Shevardnadze earlier this month, journalist and writer Thomas Goltz remembers.  Livingston, Montana -- Eduard Shevardnadze and I bonded during the siege and fall...

The PCDN Network – More than just information

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For anyone - UN or NGO aid worker, policy analyst, researcher, journalist, donor, private sector - serious about being effective, the Peace and Collaborative Development Network (PCDN) is more than just an information tool,...

Which Way for the U.S. in the Middle East?

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Recent events underscore what is really at stake in the upcoming US presidential elections, and, more to the point, they raise serious doubts as to whether Republican candidate Mitt Romney is really up for...

The spies among us

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Ed Snowden, the whistleblower who revealed the US National Security Agency’s efforts to track virtually all of America’s phone calls as well as secretly penetrate the Internet servers of major companies, says that Switzerland's...

Russia and China: The Bros in the Owner’s Box

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I call this Mort Report non-prophet; correspondents can only speculate on the future based on the present in light of the past. I am scared witless about far more than Ukraine — less because...

MortReport Extra: Hearts of Stone

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Ground truth is buried under pent-up hatreds, hidebound bias, distorted history, prostituted faux-news and manipulation. Solid reporting competes with so much well-meant but misleading speed-of-light coverage that peace seems an impossible dream. Still, Jonathan Dekel-Chen...

How bad language leads to poor humanitarian outcomes

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Nicholas van Praag of Keystone's Groundtruth programme writes about the importance of language when dealing with the people one is trying to help. When someone as eloquent as Robert Chambers chides you on your use of language,...

The #MeToo Movement: turning up the heat

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Global Eye is an independent column on human rights issues. Kathryn Mayorga has now decided to break her silence. In a backroom deal, in which she received US$375,000, the schoolteacher and former model was gagged...

The Global Fund Fights HIV/AIDS in El Salvador

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Carla, in her late 40s, is a big-boned woman locked in a man’s body, a sweet-natured figure on the streets of San Salvador, a fact of life which nearly got her killed. If it...

Switzerland’s Immigration Vote: Nationalism, racism or fear.

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A version of this was first published by Le News, the free English-language weekly for the Lake Geneva region. This includes the cartoon by award-winning American artist Jeff Danziger - excellent cartoons on his website...

MortReport: Paris – An Immoveable Beast

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Walking and bike path along former railway line in Paris. (Photo: Ville de Paris) The following column by contributing editor, journalist and author Mort Rosenblum is from his regular comment The MortReport. Global Insights Magazine/Global Geneva Group...

Beyond the blah-blah: What now with the Sustainable Development Goals?

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The creation of a new and more realistic post-2015 agenda to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is already happening with Geneva in the forefront. But how will the new SDGs be implemented and...

Stepping over the line

In 1979, I happened to run across Georges Bernier, the creator of the bitingly satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo. The motto  was “Bête et Méchant,” which translates roughly as “stupid and nasty.” It had started in 1960...

Switzerland’s Anne Frank Legacy: Beyond frontiers and religions

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The following article was first contributed in November, 2014 to Le News, an English-language newspaper for the Lake Geneva region, by then editor Edward Girardet. The article received an enormous amount of interest, so...

Modern assassins, murder and social media

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Steven Sotloff’s murder and decapitation is a tragedy in itself, but it also marks a turning point both for journalism and the communications strategy for the world's most murderous insurgencies. Terrorists these days are...

Mort Report Extra: The Scream

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The following column by contributing editor, journalist and author Mort Rosenblum is from his regular comment The MortReport. Illustrations are by Global Geneva contributing editor Jeff Danziger, a poltical cartoonist and author. TUCSON — On a...

Beijing Bubble: Travel Notes from China

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This piece by journalist and author William T. Dowell was first published by The Essential Edge on 31 May, 2009. BEIJING -- “I’m here for the hip hop,” says Jamel, an African American from Washington...

The Ethics of Impact

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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...

In France, a Mission to Uncivilize

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The following column by contributing editor, journalist and author Mort Rosenblum is from his regular comment The MortReport. Also see his latest book: Saving the world from Trump. Conflict, climate and hunger swell human tides of millions...

The Essential Edge Guide to Aid Speak – Part I

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The following is to help ordinary human beings understand the impressive but often incomprehensible-sounding terminology of the international aid community. We thank all those for their contributions and look forward to more. Accountable: Key buzzword....

The Implications of Pakistan’s Flood

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Pakistan’s flood underscores a basic paradox in humanitarian operations, writes William Dowell.  The single organization that has the most helicopters and logistics capacity  to provide immediate relief is the US military, yet because the...

Snow White and Rose Red Recipe

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Cranberries and Camembert: Culinary Tales from an Expatriate's Kitchen in France - and across the Swiss border. This column by Amelia Alexander explores the art of cooking from the American point of view in France and...

Facing realities in Afghanistan – The road to recovery goes through the countryside

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This piece by journalist and author Edward Girardet was first published by The Essential Edge 4 December, 2011. ZANZIBAR CAFE - Edward Girardet Geneva -- The first Bonn conference on Afghanistan in December, 2001 to help put...

Poking Our Eyes Out 

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I always felt a wave of relief as wheels touched down at JFK after working in dicey places. Foreign correspondents accept the risk. “It’s traumatic,” Jon Lee Anderson of The New Yorker once told an...

Over the Horizon

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The following column by contributing editor, journalist and author Mort Rosenblum is from his regular comment The MortReport. WILD OLIVES, France — Whether on battlefields or in backwoods Provence, reality bites up close. “Over the horizon,”...

Jimmy and Joe

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The following column by contributing editor, journalist and author Mort Rosenblum is from his regular comment The MortReport. Global Insights Magazine/Global Geneva Group are supporting Mort’s insightful and frank reporting from different parts of the world. If...

Oman: The Call of Desert Sand

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Italian-American Journalist Donatella Lorch, a former New York Times correspondent based in Peshawar, Nairobi and New York, writes a regular column, Tangled Journeys, from her current home in Katmandu. She recounts here her family's...

Pakistan, water and the “third pole”

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The worsening floods in Pakistan may only be the first event in a series of crises that are likely to become a global trend, a consequence of what scientists are beginning to refer to...

Focus on Afghanistan: “We tried to tell you”

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The following column by contributing editor, journalist and author Mort Rosenblum is from his regular comment The MortReport. FLAYOSC, France — Here we go again. Americans clamor for the exits, leaving behind innocent blood and sophisticated...

Time to focus on the people behind the numbers

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This piece is contributed by Nick van Praag, a humanitarian specialist and director of Keystone's Ground Truth programme. A slew of statistics released this week by UNHCR points to a rising tide of human misery as the...

Afghanistan: The Pretend Game

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This piece by journalist and author Edward Girardet was published by The Essential Edge 20 August, 2009. The sad reality of the Afghan elections is that the results really do not matter. Seventeen million Afghans...

Mort Report: France and “Bombs Bursting in Air…”

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The following column by contributing editor, journalist and author Mort Rosenblum is from his regular comment The MortReport. Global Insights Magazine/Global Geneva Group are supporting Mort’s insightful and frank reporting from different parts of the world. If...

The Mort Report: A crime against humanity

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The following column by contributing editor, journalist and author Mort Rosenblum is from his regular comment The MortReport. TUCSON — Let’s be clear. Deadly plague and deadlier politics put America at more risk than perhaps anything...

Gérer internet… sans les médias? (Manning the internet…without media?)

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The following article by Essential Edge French-language editor, Daniel Wermus, explores the role of the internet - and journalism. En 2003 et 2005, le Sommet mondial sur la société de l’information (SMSI) donnait l’élan aux...

MortReport Extra: Now or Never

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The following column by contributing editor, journalist and author Mort Rosenblum is from his regular comment The MortReport. Global Insights Magazine/Global Geneva Group are supporting Mort’s insightful and frank reporting from different parts of the world. If...

Coronavirus Stories: My Verbier Covid-19 Experience

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It all started with a get-together in the 1,500 metre-high Swiss alpine resort of Verbier. Perhaps it started even before then; I will never know.  My closest friends and I from here, there, and everywhere ...

Charlie Wilson and Afghanistan’s Unwinnable Wars

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This piece by journalist and author Edward Girardet was published by The Essential Edge 27 February, 2008. The United States is sending an additional 3,000 troops to Afghanistan in a bid to improve a steadily...

A Mort Retort: Facete Rectos Pagare

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The following column by contributing editor, journalist and author Mort Rosenblum is from his regular comment The MortReport. Global Insights Magazine/Global Geneva Group are supporting Mort’s insightful and frank reporting from different parts of the world. If...

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

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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...

Williams and O’Reilly: Not the only truth-fudging in the name of journalism

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The recent incidents of two leading American TV personalities claiming to have covered specific events, when they had not, only come across as yet more nails in the journalistic coffins of those still seeking...

80 Is the New (…Um, I Forgot)

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The following column by contributing editor, journalist and author Mort Rosenblum is from his regular comment The MortReport. Global Insights Magazine/Global Geneva Group are supporting Mort’s insightful and frank reporting from different parts of the world. If...

Geneva in danger of losing international presence

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ZANZIBAR CAFE: A Column by Edward Girardet This piece by journalist and author Edward Girardet was first published by the Essential Edge on 9 June, 2013. The extraordinary lack of interest and imagination among Swiss politicians for the...

Michel Lavollay: A Cri du Coeur From a Doctor-Diplomat Who Knows

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The following column by contributing editor, journalist and author Mort Rosenblum is from his regular comment The MortReport. PARIS — Breakfast with Michel Lavollay at Café Flore, pleasant under any circumstance, was beyond joyful this time....

Curiosity on Mars!

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This piece written by William T. Dowell was first published by The Essential Edge on 5 August, 2012. Geneva -- To get an idea of the true significance of Curiosity’s successful landing on Mars you...

On the Golden Calf and Cow Flop

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The following column by contributing editor, journalist and author Mort Rosenblum is from his regular comment The MortReport. Global Insights Magazine/Global Geneva Group are supporting Mort’s insightful and frank reporting from different parts of the world. If...

The Artistic World of Betsabeé Romero in Mexico

Betsabeé Romero is now listening to the suddenly silent streets of Mexico City, North America’s largest city. From her little street house in the Villa de Cortés district, the artist is on the lookout...

The Mort Report: Extra! French Poodle Bites Puffed-Up Yank in the Ass

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The following column by contributing editor Mort Rosenblum is from his regular comment The MortReport. WILD OLIVES, France: -– Just back from America, I lit up the TV to hear a presidential president, in complete English...

80 Is the New (…Um, I Forgot)

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The following column by contributing editor, journalist and author Mort Rosenblum is from his regular comment The MortReport. Global Insights Magazine/Global Geneva Group are supporting Mort’s insightful and frank reporting from different parts of the world. If...

Aid Agencies Must Listen to the People They Are Helping

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This piece by contributor Nick van Praag was first published by The Essential Edge on 31 March, 2011. Washington, DC -- We spend $10bn a year on humanitarian emergencies, but most projects are run without...

Sh’ma Yisrael – A Mort Report Extra

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The following column by contributing editor, journalist and author Mort Rosenblum is from his regular comment The MortReport. Photo courtesy of Letizia Agosta, Unsplash. Jews have come a long way. Had a Supreme Being not eased our...