Monthly Archives: July 2012

Seeing the light: Ethics and evidence in the asylum debate

Australia’s mistrust of its politicians is a common subject of media reporting. Voters are sick of ‘spin’ and want to hear something ‘real’ from candidates. They frown upon the language of ‘non core promises’ and the prevalence of political backflips (Howard with a GST, Abbott with Medicare, Gillard with the Carbon Tax). Abbott  in particular is criticised for his entrenched and ... Read More »

Abu Qatada bid for release fails

Judges reject attempt to end what cleric’s lawyers claimed was longest administrative detention in modern English history. Abu Qatada is being held pending a high court hearing in October over whether he can be deported to Jordan. Photograph: Prison Service/PA Two high court judges have dismissed a fresh attempt by the radical Islamist preacher Abu Qatada to be released from ... Read More »

The Right Way Out of Afghanistan

The signing in May of a strategic partnership agreement between the United States and Afghanistan came at a tense time in the Afghan war. Article Summary and Author Biography Taking off: U.S. paratroopers in Paktika, Afghanistan, October 2009 (Andrya Hill / U.S. Army) As NATO and the International Security Assistance Force work to transfer security responsibility for much of the ... Read More »

Street artists forced to play by the rules

An javelin thrower stands poised to make his throw — but in place of a spear, he holds a missile. Mystery … Banksy’s Olympic-themed stencil at an undisclosed location. Photo: Banksy.co.uk The striking image, stencilled in black onto a dirty wall, is one of two new works recently unveiled on the website of British satirical street artist Banksy to coincide ... Read More »

Γερμανοί οικονομολόγοι προτείνουν παράλληλη κυκλοφορία δύο νομισμάτων στην Ελλάδα

Στόχος τους όπως επισημαίνει η Deutsche Welle να αποφευχθούν οι αρνητικές επιπτώσεις της επιστροφής στη δραχμή. Την παράλληλη κυκλοφορία ευρώ και «νέας δραχμής» στην Ελλάδα, προτείνει ομάδα Γερμανών οικονομολόγων και εκπροσώπων της γερμανικής οικονομίας, σύμφωνα με δημοσίευμα της οικονομικής εφημερίδας Handelsblatt. Όπως επισημαίνει η Deutsche Welle, στόχος τους να αποφευχθούν οι αρνητικές επιπτώσεις της επιστροφής της Ελλάδας στο εθνικό νόμισμα, ... Read More »

‘Olimpicamente’: In Praise Of Feistiness And Big Feet

A poet and editor living in Brooklyn, Monica de la Torre was born in Mexico City. Ron Tanovitz - Audio for this story from Morning Edition will be available at approx. 9:00 a.m. ET Her poem “Olimpicamente” is told in the voice of the Mexican taekwondo champion Maria del Rosario Espinoza, who was born in the village of La Brecha, in ... Read More »

Olympic Ostracism

International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge cannot help himself from slighting Greece, at every opportunity. Fervent patriots will recall his breaking with the tradition of IOC presidents calling each successive Olympic Games “the best ever,” when at the 2004 Athens Games, after swallowing copious amounts of ascending bile, he called them the “unforgettable, dream games.” This of course, was well ... Read More »

Πανεπιστήμιο της Ταϊβάν μήνυσε την Apple για παραβίαση πατεντών

Πανεπιστήμιο της Ταϊβάν, κατέθεσε μήνυση κατά της Apple για παραβίαση πατεντών, σε δικαστήριο των ΗΠΑ. Η υπόθεση αφορά στην περίφημη υπηρεσία αναγνώρισης φωνής Siri, την οποία χρησιμοποιεί η Apple σε συσκευές της. Από το εθνικό πανεπιστήμιο της Ταϊβάν Cheng Kung, ανέφεραν πως η χρήση της υπηρεσίας Siri στα iPhone και τις μελλοντικές εκδόσεις του iPad, παραβιάζουν δύο πατέντες τους σχετικές ... Read More »

Swiss bishop calls on power of prayer to bring back ice

YOU’VE got to hand it to the Catholic Church – sometimes its methods work. In 1678, the inhabitants of Fiesch, in the Swiss canton of Valais, exasperated with the glaciers that loomed ever larger over their village and swallowed up their pasturage, inaugurated an annual pilgrimage. Running out … Swiss glaciers are shrinking, on average, by 10 metres a year. ... Read More »