Ground Truth http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/22215/all en How do journalists write about Africa? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/commentary/journalists-africa-reporters NAIROBI, Kenya — When I write that the people of the Nuba Mountains are terrified of Khartoum’s Antonov bombers, it’s not because I have read an article on the psychology of air raids or trawled through academic tomes weighed down with footnotes and references. It’s because I’ve lain in the dirt with them when the bombs fell. I’ve seen the terror on their faces and I’ve felt it myself.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/commentary/journalists-africa-reporters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Ground Truth Commentary Political Risk Tue, 29 May 2012 10:14:00 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5705858 at http://www.globalpost.com A Daughter's Journey: On the Ground in Cape Town http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/daughters-journey-cape-town-video “A Daughter's Journey" is a series of blog posts by Tracy Jarrett, a GlobalPost/Kaiser Family Foundation global health reporting fellow. Tracy is traveling from her hometown, Chicago, to Cape Town, South Africa as part of a Special Report entitled "AIDS: A Turning Point.” <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/daughters-journey-cape-town-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Africa Global health Ground Truth HIV/AIDS South Africa South Africa Health Global Pulse GroundTruth GlobalPost Blogs Fri, 29 Jun 2012 15:24:09 +0000 Emily Judem 5709996 at http://www.globalpost.com Morsi represents 'new Egypt' at Clinton Global Initiative http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/groundtruth/egypts-morsi-represents-at-clinton-global-initiative <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Egypt's new president appealed to an assembly of leaders and investors, hosted by former US President Bill Clinton. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Charles M. Sennott </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>NEW YORK &mdash; Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi made his debut on the world stage here Tuesday by condemning the recent anti-American violence in the region and hastening to add that freedom of speech must be joined with responsibility.</p> <p>Morsi, who emerged from Egypt&rsquo;s once-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to become Egypt&rsquo;s first democratically elected president earlier this year, addressed a packed audience of leaders in American business, government and philanthropy gathered for the Clinton Global Initiative.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/groundtruth/egypts-morsi-represents-at-clinton-global-initiative" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Egypt Ground Truth GroundTruth Wed, 26 Sep 2012 00:25:00 +0000 Charles M. Sennott 5720510 at http://www.globalpost.com Aung San Suu Kyi, and other stories from the San Francisco Freedom Forum http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/groundtruth/aung-san-suu-kyi-san-francisco-freedom-forum <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GlobalPost executive editor Charles Sennott brings us stories from the first Freedom Forum held in the US. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Charles M. Sennott </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>SAN FRANCISCO &mdash; I am here at the <a href="http://sanfranciscofreedomforum.com/">San Francisco Freedom Forum</a>, which is one of a host of forums around the world sponsored by the <a href="http://www.thehrf.org/">Human Rights Foundation</a>. Tonight the Freedom Forum is honoring Burmese opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi for her work in helping Burma make a transition to democracy. There is still much work to do, as she is expected to share tonight in her speech.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/groundtruth/aung-san-suu-kyi-san-francisco-freedom-forum" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ground Truth World Leaders Diplomacy GroundTruth Fri, 28 Sep 2012 17:53:56 +0000 Charles M. Sennott 5720967 at http://www.globalpost.com Has the digital age changed the ethics of journalism? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/groundtruth/has-digital-age-changed-ethics-journalism <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GlobalPost executive editor Charles Sennott looks at how reporters find truth in an increasingly digital world. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Charles M. Sennott </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>NEW YORK &ndash; How do you set a standard for ethics in journalism in the digital age?</p> <p>Is it any different than the ethical standards that have been enshrined by generations past in the old-school world of newspapers and network news?</p> <p>And how do reporters out there in the world establish &lsquo;truth&rsquo; in a landscape where spouting opinion too often prevails over digging for facts?</p> <p>The Paley Center for Media hosted a gathering of journalists, entrepreneurs and new media thinkers to ponder these questions at a forum on &ldquo;The New Ethics of Journalism: A Guide for the 21st Century.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/groundtruth/has-digital-age-changed-ethics-journalism" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ground Truth GroundTruth Tue, 23 Oct 2012 21:46:42 +0000 Charles M. Sennott 5723600 at http://www.globalpost.com A message for the newly unemployed Clark Kent http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/groundtruth/message-the-newly-unemployed-clark-kent <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Now that you've moved on from the Daily Planet, take a look at what GlobalPost is doing. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Charles M. Sennott </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>NEW YORK &mdash; Clark Kent isn&rsquo;t the only superhero to quit his newspaper job.</p> <p>I know quite a few men &ndash; and women &ndash; of steel who&rsquo;ve packed it in. And I am certain that since these great reporters stopped outrunning trains on deadline and leaping tall buildings in a single bound, there are a lot more bad guys operating in the shadows of the city as a result.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/groundtruth/message-the-newly-unemployed-clark-kent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ground Truth GroundTruth Thu, 25 Oct 2012 13:24:00 +0000 Charles M. Sennott 5723783 at http://www.globalpost.com After Hurricane Sandy, climate change blows into the election http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/groundtruth/hurricane-sandy-brings-climate-change-to-election <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The differences between Obama and Romney on climate change have become part of the race in a big way. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Charles M. Sennott </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BOSTON&mdash; The powerful winds of Hurricane Sandy seem to have blown in the direction of President Barack Obama.</p> <p>At least that was the general consensus among political pundits on the Sunday talk shows who also expressed surprise that the devastation caused by rising waters and Sandy&rsquo;s high winds have put the issue of climate change at center stage in a presidential race where environmental policy was hardly mentioned.</p> <p>The damage along the East Coast caused by 70 mph winds and surging tides &ndash; projected to cost as much as $50 billion &ndash; may indeed end up a deciding factor, but polls suggest it is still an election that is just too close to call.</p> <p>On CBS&rsquo; <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50134475n&amp;tag=contentMain;contentBody">Face the Nation</a>, Bob Schieffer underscored that while the storm will not sway loyal party voters, it could impact independents and undecided voters who saw President Obama in a decidedly presidential moment of leadership in one of the worst hurricanes in the nation&rsquo;s history.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/groundtruth/hurricane-sandy-brings-climate-change-to-election" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ground Truth World Leaders Elections Politics GroundTruth Mon, 05 Nov 2012 21:16:22 +0000 Charles M. Sennott 5724935 at http://www.globalpost.com New dangers threaten Kenya's Kakuma refugee camp http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/groundtruth/kenya-kakuma-refugee-camp-al-shabaab <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Home to 100,000 displaced people, the camp now faces potential infiltration by al-Shabaab militants — another terrifying concern on a long list of worries. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sam Loewenberg </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>KAKUMA, Kenya &mdash;The Kakuma refugee camp is 60 miles from Sudanese border, in the uppermost reaches of the arid Turkana region of Kenya. It was opened in 1992 to house the 16,000 &ldquo;lost&rdquo; girls and boys fleeing the war from Sudan. These days, the overcrowded facility is home to around 100,000 people, driven there by violence not only from Sudan but also Ethiopia, Congo, Somalia, Rwanda, Burundi and a handful of other nations.</p> <p>Kakuma does not look like a refugee camp in the movies, with rows of canvas tents ringed by barbed wire. Or rather, structures like that do exist, but that is where the aid workers live. Most of the refugees live in handmade huts, built of sticks, mud, metal scrap, and materials salvaged from aid packaging.</p> <p>At the camp&rsquo;s entrance, myriad signs list Kakuma&rsquo;s sponsors, which include the United Nations&rsquo; refugee agency (UNHCR), The Lutheran World Federation, The World Food Program and Handicap International. The latter advertises a &ldquo;mine risk education program.&rdquo; Poisonous spiders, snakes, and scorpions abound in the area.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/groundtruth/kenya-kakuma-refugee-camp-al-shabaab" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ground Truth Rights GroundTruth Fri, 09 Nov 2012 19:39:00 +0000 Sam Loewenberg 5725514 at http://www.globalpost.com Petraeus's fall a reminder of the personal toll of military service http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/groundtruth/petraeus-fall-reminder-the-personal-toll-military-service <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> One of the most highly decorated US military generals in history comes to terms with a very costly mistake. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Charles M. Sennott </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON&mdash;Honoring Veterans Day is about remembering the sacrifices of the fallen and the struggles of those soldiers who come home wounded by war.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s about pondering the toll of the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan on the over-stressed less than one percent of the American population that actually serves in the military, and this year it forces the country to ask whether General David H. Petraeus and his family are part of that wider toll.</p> <p>This Veterans Day falls amid the wreckage of one of the most distinguished military careers in modern history, and what those who know Petraeus well say is an uncharacteristic failure of judgment and lack of discipline.</p> <p>It turns out that the venerated four-star general is perhaps not so different from the 800,000 men and women who have served multiple combat tours, many of them suffering the strains and invisible wounds that can fracture families, break marriages and crush spirits.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/groundtruth/petraeus-fall-reminder-the-personal-toll-military-service" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Afghanistan War Ground Truth Petraeus Affair Military War Iraq GroundTruth Mon, 12 Nov 2012 14:45:00 +0000 Charles M. Sennott 5725664 at http://www.globalpost.com Thankful for courage, diplomacy, and rock n' roll http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/groundtruth/thankful-courage-diplomacy-and-rock-n-roll <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Here's a list of 'a few of my favorite things’ for which I am truly grateful. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Charles M. Sennott </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>PLYMOUTH, Massachusetts – A few of my favorite things for which I am truly thankful: courage, rock n’ roll and diplomacy.</p> <p>The American tradition of Thanksgiving is, of course, always open to sharp criticism from my friends and colleagues around the world. They love to point out the obvious and bitter irony of Thanksgiving. That is that we celebrate how Native Americans helped a group of religious pilgrims through the early harvests when they first landed on the shores of New England right here in Plymouth.</p> <p>The bitter part comes, of course, with the history of how these indigenous people were treated in the many decades that followed. These global friends also like to point out just how American it is to have a national holiday in which we over-eat and sit on couches watching football.</p> <p>Okay, these are fair and important, albeit a bit well-trodden, criticisms.</p> <p>That said, it is still a great day for families to come together and for everyone to remember to be thankful. I passed through Plymouth last night on my way to Cape Cod where my wife, our four boys, and our whole extended family is gathering for the day.</p> <p>So in no particular order, here’s a list of ‘a few of my favorite things’ (John Coltrane’s version of this melody is certainly one of them) for which I am truly grateful. </p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/groundtruth/thankful-courage-diplomacy-and-rock-n-roll" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ground Truth GroundTruth Thu, 22 Nov 2012 15:34:00 +0000 Charles M. Sennott 5726825 at http://www.globalpost.com In Search of GroundTruth: The World Bank captures inequality with photographs http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/groundtruth/world-bank-captures-inequality-photographs <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The World Bank has launched a photo contest, "Picturing Inequality," in order to start a conversation about inequality on the ground. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Judem </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Everyone sees inequality differently.</p> <p>This was the World Bank&rsquo;s assumption, at least, when its Poverty Reduction and Equity department launched a contest last week that challenged participants to capture inequality in a photograph.</p> <p>&ldquo;Inequality is a very tough subject,&rdquo; said Karin Rives, online communications officer for the World Bank&rsquo;s poverty reduction and equity department. &ldquo;I mean, how do you photograph that?&rdquo;</p> <p>Some submitted photographs of children. Some captured landscapes of poor neighborhoods next to rich estates. Some snapped pictures that showed extreme, desolate poverty. And most demonstrate a real, honest understanding of the GroundTruth they highlight.</p> <p>The contest was launched on October 25 by the World Bank Group in order to spread information about the growing problem of inequality around the world. While alleviating poverty has always been the World Bank&rsquo;s focus, Rives explained, recently the Bank has been focusing on inequality issues, because economists have found that as countries develop, inequality often rises.&nbsp;</p> <p>As a March 1 <a href="http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/03/01/confronting_the_rise_of_inequality ">Foreign Policy </a>article put it, &ldquo;the big worry is that economic growth and inequality go together like doughnuts and heart attacks.&rdquo;</p> <p>And the World Bank seems to agree.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/groundtruth/world-bank-captures-inequality-photographs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ground Truth GroundTruth Fri, 07 Dec 2012 19:19:14 +0000 Emily Judem 5727904 at http://www.globalpost.com The Story Behind the Story: Reporting on immigration and faith http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/groundtruth/reporting-immigration-and-faith-nuns-mexico-border <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kevin Grant, GlobalPost's deputy editor for special reports, talks about what it's like to report on the Mexico-Arizona border. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kevin Douglas Grant </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>TUCSON, Arizona — It has too often been said that there are two sides to every story, but reporting on immigration from both sides of the fence in the sister border towns of Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/mexico">Mexico</a> infuses this maxim with fresh, more literal meaning.</p> <p>For the deported Mexican and <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/americas">Central American</a> migrants biding time at Kino Border Initiative's soup kitchen on the Mexico side and desperately planning an attempt to rejoin their families in the <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/united-states">United States</a>, American immigration laws seem unreasonably cruel and heavy-handed, the US Border Patrol predatory and abusive.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/groundtruth/reporting-immigration-and-faith-nuns-mexico-border" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ground Truth GroundTruth Tue, 18 Dec 2012 09:21:00 +0000 Kevin Douglas Grant 5729416 at http://www.globalpost.com GroundTruth: Kevin Grant on reporting on the border http://www.globalpost.com/internal/video/5729437 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Kevin Grant, GlobalPost's deputy editor for special reports, talks about what it's like to report on the Mexico-Arizona border. </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Judem </div> </div> </div> <p>Via a Skype Interview, Kevin Grant, GlobalPost's deputy editor for special reports, talks about what it's like to report on the <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/mexico">Mexico</a>-Arizona border. </p> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-copyright"> <div class="field-label">Copyright/Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GlobalPost </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-lead-image"> <div class="field-label">Still Frame:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_lead_image" width="720" height="480" alt="" src="http://www.globalpost.com/sites/default/files/twistage_stills/6c84f0e27ecb1-original_0.jpg?1355828401" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datestamp field-field-publish-date"> <div class="field-label">Publish Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">2012:12:18 06:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="vid-wrapper"> <script type="text/javascript"> //not in site and viewNode("6c84f0e27ecb1", {player_profile:"_gp3_full", server_detection:true}); </script> </div> Ground Truth Special Reports Tue, 18 Dec 2012 11:00:03 +0000 Emily Judem 5729437 at http://www.globalpost.com Snowfall in Jerusalem temporarily cools tension...again http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/groundtruth/snowfall-jerusalem-temporarily-cools-tension-again <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Journalists based in Jerusalem are covering the same story they covered 15 years ago. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Charles M. Sennott </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The ancient stone walls of <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/israel-and-palestine">Jerusalem</a>’s Old City hold the heat of the day, and too often the heat of politics and religion.</p> <p>But there is nothing like a snowstorm to chill out the Holy Land.</p> <p>Freelance journalist Genevieve Belmaker was out and about in Jerusalem, where she is based, and sent along these snowy images of ‘ground truth’ in Jerusalem: A snow cap on the Dome of the Rock. A drift of white powder up against the Western Wall.The faithful playfully throwing snow balls in front of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. A Jerusalem evergreen toppled by the weight of the snow.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/groundtruth/snowfall-jerusalem-temporarily-cools-tension-again" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ground Truth Israel and Palestine GroundTruth Fri, 11 Jan 2013 02:32:16 +0000 Charles M. Sennott 5732915 at http://www.globalpost.com GroundTruth: Patrick Winn on inequality in Thailand http://www.globalpost.com/internal/video/5734164 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Patrick Winn travels from one of Bangkok's most notorious slums to its glitzy mall district as part of GlobalPost's exploration of income inequality around the world.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Judem </div> </div> </div> <p>Patrick Winn travels from one of Bangkok&#39;s most notorious slums to its glitzy mall district as part of GlobalPost&#39;s exploration of income inequality around the world.</p> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-copyright"> <div class="field-label">Copyright/Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GlobalPost </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-lead-image"> <div class="field-label">Still Frame:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_lead_image" width="1024" height="683" title="The streets of Bangkok, Thailand." alt="The streets of Bangkok, Thailand." src="http://www.globalpost.com/sites/default/files/20130114_bangkok_inequality_still.jpg?1358188886" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datestamp field-field-publish-date"> <div class="field-label">Publish Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">2013:01:14 13:53</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="vid-wrapper"> <script type="text/javascript"> //not in site and viewNode("a392075af9142", {player_profile:"_gp3_full", server_detection:true}); </script> </div> Ground Truth Special Reports Thailand Mon, 14 Jan 2013 18:53:29 +0000 Emily Judem 5734164 at http://www.globalpost.com