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...

Afghan Offensives: Lessons from the Past (2009)

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This piece by journalist and author Edward Girardet was published by The Essential Edge 19 March, 2009. The recent US-led Coalition-Afghan offensive in Marjah, Helmand Province, has been heralded as a success by some. The reality,...

Reflections on Access to Health Care

American film director Michael Moore’s documentary “Sicko” on health care in the United States – 50 million people without insurance or access to proper treatment – may have engaged in a bit of hyperbole...

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...

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...

Putting the message across on planetary isses

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The 2007 Nobel Award to former US Vice President Al Gore and the 3,000 scientists of the UN Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) recognizes the need for advocacy and established fact as crucial for...