Monthly Archives: November 2011

Axarlis, Stella (AM)


From mathematics teacher to internationally acclaimed opera singer, managing director, Board member and community advocate, Stella Axarlis’ career has been one of diversity, determination and inspiration She consults with organisations that are undertaking significant cultural change and presents nationally and internationally on issues of business excellence, change management, organisational culture and education and training. Stella Axarlis holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (Melbourne University). She has been a member of the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council for a ... Read More »

Almanya’da işsizlik azalıyor

Almanya’da işsizlerin sayısının, Kasım ayında azalmaya devam ettiği bildirildi. Federal İş Ajansı (BA) tarafından bugün Nürnberg kentinde yapılan açıklamada, işsizlerin sayısının bu ay Ekim ayına göre 24 bin azalarak 2 milyon 713 bine gerilediği belirtildi. İşsizlerin sayısının geçen yılın Kasım ayına göre de 214 bin azaldığı ifade edilen açıklamada, geçen yılın Kasım ayında yüzde 7 olan işsizlik oranının da bu Kasım ayında yüzde 6,4’e düştüğü kaydedildi. BA Yönetim Kurulu Üyesi Heinrich Alt, ülkedeki işsizliğin daha da azalacağı yönünde tüm Read More »

”Γράφοντας για τον εαυτό μου”

Προέχει η κοινωνική συναίνεση για έξοδο από την κρίση Η φορολογία δεν μπορεί να αλλάζει κάθε Σαββατοκύριακο, επεσήμανε ο Β. Μαρκεζίνης, στην παρουσίαση του νέου βιβλίου του Το νέο βιβλίο του διαπρεπούς ακαδημαϊκού Υπέρ της κοινωνικής και όχι τόσο της πολιτικής συναίνεσης τάχθηκε χθες στην παρουσίαση του νέου του βιβλίου από τις εκδόσεις Λιβάνη με τίτλο “Γράφοντας για τον εαυτό μου“, ο ακαδημαϊκός σερ Βασίλειος Μαρκεζίνης. Στην ομιλία του μπροστά στην κατάμεστη αίθουσα ξενοδοχείου του κέντρου των Read More »

“The People Who Created the Crisis Will Not Be the Ones That Come Up With a Solution”

The prize-winning author of The God of Small Things talks about why she is drawn to the Occupy movement and the need to reclaim language and meaning Arundhati Roy: ‘The expropriators should have their wealth expropriated.’ Photograph: Sarah Lee Article history Sitting in a car parked at a gas station on the outskirts of Houston, Texas, my colleague Michelle holds an audio recorder to my cellphone. At the other end of the line is Arundhati Roy, author of the Booker ... Read More »

UN envoy: No reunified Cyprus if peace talks fail

It’s unlikely ethnically divided Cyprus will ever be reunified if ongoing peace talks aimed at creating a federation collapse, a United Nations envoy said Wednesday. Alexander Downer (Photo: Cihan) Alexander Downer said the latest round of negotiations between internationally recognized Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots that began more than three years ago amid high hopes of a peace deal haven’t broken down. But he warned that their failure would mean the end of trying to reunify Cyprus as a federation. Read More »

Michael Shannon: ‘I’m not trying to exorcise any demons’

‘If I were God,” says Michael Shannon, “I would just be up there scratching my head, thinking: what the hell am I supposed to do with this? Michael Shannon in Take Shelter, a part written for him by director Jeff Nichols. Photograph: Sony Pics/Everett/Rex Features For everyone helping an old lady across the street, there’s someone else bludgeoning a person to death. And sometimes they’re the same. How can He separate us all out?” He stares at his latte, confounded. The ... Read More »

Atheists say EU privileging religious leaders over non-believers

BRUSSELS – The European Union is keen to involve religious leaders in a policy dialogue, as required by the EU treaties, while consultations with atheists appear to be more of a chore that Brussels is resigned to, representatives of European secularist organisations are complaining. St Peter’s dome in The Vatican: non-theists say believers get too much of a say (Photo: flip.and.serena) At the second annual ‘summit’ in Brussels between the three presidents of the European Union and representatives of atheist ... Read More »

CSIS right to worry about Chinese spies

Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) director Richard Fadden was right all along. Former diplomat Brian McAdam, who detailed how the Chinese government recruits many of its informants — sexpionage. He said “virtually all” hotels in China are rigged with microphones and video cameras and many brothels, karaoke bars and massage parlours are owned by Triads who co-operate with Chinese intelligence services GETTY CREATIVE IMAGES According to a former Chinese spy speaking to a security conference Wednesday, the Ministry of State ... Read More »

Is the OSCE relevant to Cyprus? Or is Cyprus irrelevant to the OSCE?

The 18th Ministerial Council of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is being held in Vilnius, Lithuania, on December 6 and 7. What is the purpose of the Permanent Mission of Cyprus to the OSCE, if the Organization refuses to address the challenge in Cyprus? What is the need for the Foreign Minister of Cyprus to travel to Vilnius, if his counterparts have no intention to contribute to conflict resolution and peace building in Cyprus? Two years ... Read More »

Myanmar: A New Peace Initiative

After demonstrating commitment to an extraordinary series of social, economic and political reforms, Myanmar’s new government has launched a bold peace initiative with potential to resolve the devastating 60-year civil war with ethnic groups. Since taking office in March 2011, President Thein Sein has moved remarkably quickly to implement reforms. He has reached out to opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, released significant numbers of political prisoners, cut back on media censorship and signed a new law allowing labour unions ... Read More »

The Orwellian “Responsibility to Protect” (R2P) used to Justify “Regime Change” and All Out War

The Arab League coupled with a proxy group called the Syrian National Council (SNC) that is the creation of a tactical alliance between the Syrian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, Washington, NATO, Israel, and the Persian Gulf’s petro-monarchs is being used within the framework of false pretences of humanitarianism for a plan to oust President Bashar Al-Assad from power and install a new client government in Damascus. The Arab League: A Chamber of Treachery and Cowardice The Arab League is ... Read More »

Το «γκέτο» ενός πρώην μπον βιβέρ

Τα είχε όλα: Ακριβό αυτοκίνητο, πολυτελές σπίτι στο Ψυχικό, καλή θέση στην πολυεθνική, κυρίως όμως υψηλό κοινωνικό status. Εν μια νυκτί θα χάσει σπίτι, δουλειά και φήμη και θα αναγκαστεί να μείνει σε ένα υπόγειο στον Αγιο Παντελεήμονα Αχαρνών περνώντας από την πλευρά του «σούπερ επιτυχημένου» στην αντίπερα όχθη Ο Ελληνας του 2012 είναι ο πρωταγωνιστής του νέου θεατρικού έργου που υπογράφει η Δήμητρα Παπαδοπούλου και τον ενσαρκώνει ο γνωστός ηθοποιός Φάνης Μουρατίδης. Τίτλος της άκρως επίκαιρης θεατρικής παράστασης «Ο ... Read More »

Επαναπάτρισε όλο το χρυσό της Βενεζουέλας ο Τσάβες

Με μια ακραία – και απολύτως ασυνήθιστη κίνηση – ο Πρόεδρος της Βενεζουέλας, Ούγκο Τσάβες, αποφάσισε τον πλήρη επαναπατρισμό των συνολικών αποθεμάτων χρυσού της χώρας του, ύψους 160 τόνων και αξίας 11 δις δολαρίων. Σύμφωνα με τον Τσάβες, η κίνηση αυτή έγινε ώστε να προστατευθεί η χώρα του από την «αστάθεια που μαστίζει την παγκόσμια οικονομία»… Σε συνθήκες ύψιστης ασφαλείας και μυστικότητας, την Τρίτη, το πρώτο αεροσκάφος με τον… ολόχρυσο επιβάτη προσγειώθηκε στην πρωτεύουσα της Βενεζουέλας, Καράκας. Η πτήση αυτή ... Read More »

Το τανγκό της ισότητας

Σίγουρα τα ποσά που ακούγονται το τελευταίο διάστημα, όσον αφορά στα χρέη προς το Δημόσιο, είναι εντυπωσιακά και δημιουργούν αίσθηση στην κοινή γνώμη, που μάλλον είναι και το ζητούμενο, αφού σε αρκετές περιπτώσεις τα ονόματα που οδηγούνται στον εισαγγελέα είναι, όπως λέμε στη δημοσιογραφική γλώσσα, τρανταχτά. Όλοι συμφωνούμε ότι πρέπει να παταχθεί η φοροδιαφυγή και να εισπραχθούν τα ληξιπρόθεσμα χρέη, αφού είναι ο μόνος δρόμος για να ορθοποδήσει η οικονομία και να σταματήσουν να πληρώσουν τα συνήθη υποζύγια, να διευρυνθεί ... Read More »

Durban dispatches: Carbon collapse

The most dramatic developments in international climate change policy seem to be happening away from Durban, particularly those that have a direct impact on Australia Deutsche Bank overnight issued a particularly downbeat assessment of the European carbon market, effectively saying it was doomed unless the EU struck a political agreement to lift its emissions reduction target to 30 per cent by 2020 (from 1990 levels) from 20 per cent, or enjoyed a spectacular economic recovery. Read More »

Το σύνδρομο της Βαϊμάρης

Η κοινοβουλευτική Δημοκρατία είναι αλήθεια ότι υπέστη τα πάνδεινα από τους υπηρέτες της. Την κακομεταχειρίστηκαν αρκετοί, τη χρησιμοποίησαν ως εφαλτήριο προσωπικής προόδου, ως εργαλείο πλουτισμού, ως βάση ικανοποίησης κενών φιλοδοξιών και εξουσιαστικών συνδρόμων. Ωστόσο, παρά τα πολλά πλήγματα που εδέχθη, παραμένει το μόνο ανοιχτό, διαφανές και ανεκτικό πολίτευμα, που επιτρέπει στον καθένα να εκφρασθεί,να δηλώσει και να διαδηλώσει τα πιστεύω του, να αντιδράσει, να λοιδορήσει, μέχρι και να βιαιοπραγήσει εναντίον της. Διατηρεί ανοχές ακόμη για τους διακηρυγμένους εχθρούς της, για ... Read More »