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Published on Mar 1, 2012
http://www.tedxlausanne - American-Swiss journalist and author Edward Girardet is one of the world's foremost experts on Afghanistan. His recent book Killing the Cranes details his experiences and encounters over the past 30 years and sheds light on the reasons for the West's failures in this country.
In his talk, he uses Afghanistan as an example of the crucial need for credible, independent and reliable global reporting as a prerequisite for making informed decisions about the predicament of crisis-affected populations. He argues that new media are insufficient for filling the gap left behind by many mainstream media in the wake of 9/11, and he offers some new ideas about potential solutions.
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