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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Who are the real losers after this weekend’s inconclusive Syria talks?

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The inconclusive declaration that followed the talks on Syria here in Geneva over the  weekend seems certain to  further diminish the credibility of Kofi Annan and the United Nations itself, but the real losers...

Last Dance at Oak Flat

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The following column by contributing editor, journalist and author Mort Rosenblum is from his regular comment The MortReport. SUPERIOR, Arizona – Big Copper’s Last Stand is imminent at Oak Flat. Unlike Custer’s, the Indians seem likely...

Saying Goodbye to the Pharaoh

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Forced retirement is a frequently traumatic, ever-present danger in politics, writes William Dowell. In ancient Egypt, the pharaoh ran a ritual foot race, part of the jubilee Heb Sed, to demonstrate his fitness to...

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...

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....

Biden’s new America: Where do we go from here?

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Democracy may be the best form of government we have, but there’s never a guarantee that the government it produces will be a good one. While it looks as though Joe Biden’s “Blue Wall” consisting...

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 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...

This Is the Big One: Israel must survive, but requires coexistence with Palestine.

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DRAGUIGNAN, France -- Suppose cameras spot a terrorist cluster in Times Square Station at rush hour. Police can seal exits, lob in explosives and express regret for “unavoidable” collateral damage. To retain their old...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Will the World Humanitarian Summit pass the accountability test?

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Nick van Praag, who directs the Ground Truth Programme of   Keystoneaccountability, explores whether World Humanitarian Summit will really look hard at whether, and if not why, humanitarian response is really working. As the long...

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...

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...

On Remembering Christophe

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This piece by Edward Girardet was published by The Esssential Edge 22 December, 2007. CESSY -- Christophe de Ponfilly, the 55-year-old French film-maker, writer, and Afghan aficionado died on Tuesday, 16 May, 2006 by his...

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...

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...

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 Daily Doormat

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Political cartoon by Jeff Danziger, cartoonist, author and contributing editor to Global Insights. He is also a member of our media partner, Cartooning for Peace. TUCSON, Arizona -- I’ll get to the big picture in...

Tim to the rescue: Legislating accountability

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Nick van Praag sends this piece on the exceptional work achieved by US senatorial aide Tim Rieser regarding the reciprocal release of prisoners and the thawing of relations between the United States and Cuba. Tim...

ON SECOND THOUGHT: The Tweet That Kills

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This piece written by William T. Dowell was published by The Essential Edge 22 July,2012. Geneva -- “Good morning, Shooters! Happy Friday! Weekend plans?”   America’s  National Rifle Association hastily erased this tweet from their...

Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields, North Africa and the role of quality media

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Since starting out as a foreign correspondent during the late 1970s in Paris, Swiss-American writer and journalist Edward Girardet would often make a point of coming to Geneva to report on peace talks, wars...

In Lisbon, Still Savvy After All These Years, Growing Alarm

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LISBON – Techies snapping up real estate call this the new San Francisco. Moveable-feast jet setters see a new Istanbul. But this is still the old Lisbon, a fresh incarnation of the outward looking...