Author Archives: Agora Dialogue

Theatre review: Master Class a masterful tribute to Maria Callas

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THEATRE Master Class ★★★★★ Terrence McNally fortyfivedownstairs Until August 28. The fiery Maria Callas – La Divina to her fans – was the ultimate diva as artist. She had a voice that will live forever, and a legend amplified by the essentially tragic arc of her life. Moving from the privations of wartime Greece (Callas performed Fidelio for the Nazis) to the ... Read More »

USA invites Russia to discuss elimination of ballistic missiles

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US authorities invited Russia to discuss the implementation of the treaty on the elimination of intermediate-range missiles at the top level, White House spokeswoman Marie Harf said.  She expressed a hope that the Russian Federation would promise the USA to resume the performance of contractual obligations. Harf said that the US was expiating a response from Russia on the subject. Harf ... Read More »

Conflict Alert: Protecting Pakistan’s Threatened Democracy

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A little over a year ago, Pakistan entered an unprecedented second phase of democratic transition, with one elected government handing power to another by peaceful, constitutional means. This fragile transition will be gravely threatened unless a fast-escalating political crisis is urgently defused. The protests rocking Islamabad threaten to upend the constitutional order, set back rule of law and open the ... Read More »

Tamil asylum-seeker court case may see UN intervene

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Refugee advocates are challenging the legality of the month-long detention of 157 asylum seekers on a customs vessel in June  Jump to comments The United Nations may become involved in the case of the Tamil asylum seekers who were detained on an Australian customs boat, with a court hearing to take place in Canberra in October. A brief high court ... Read More »

NGOs urge legal definition of ‘temporary resident status’ for Syrian refugees

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A group of NGOs has called for legislation formally defining the status of temporary residents, expressing concern about the latest attacks targeting Syrian refugees in several Turkish cities. Stressing that Syrians are only able to enjoy limited rights and cannot officially apply for asylum in Turkey due to geographic restrictions, the NGOs said their rights should be clearly determined by ... Read More »

Thailand coup General Prayuth Chan-ocha named PM

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Thailand’s junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha has been named the new prime minister of the southeast Asian nation. Gen Prayuth, 60, was nominated on Thursday in a legislature hand-picked by the junta and made up of mostly military and police figures. The general was the head of the army when he led a dramatic coup in May. It followed months of ... Read More »

Ρωσία για το εμπάργκο: Πολλά θα εξαρτηθούν από το πότε θα αρθούν οι κυρώσεις της Δύσης

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Επαφές της ελληνικής πρεσβείας με τις ρωσικές αρχές Η Ρωσία αναγνωρίζει τη ζημιά που προκαλεί στους αγρότες και στην ελληνική οικονομία, όμως «σηκώνει τα χέρια ψηλά» Επαφές με αρμόδιες ρωσικές αρχές πραγματοποιεί η ελληνική πρεσβεία στη Μόσχα, σε μια προσπάθεια να αντιμετωπιστούν οι συνέπειες του ρωσικού εμπάργκο στην ελληνική αγροτική παραγωγή. Η Ρωσία αναγνωρίζει τη ζημιά που προκαλεί στους αγρότες και ... Read More »

Η χρησιμότητα των κοινωνικών οργανισμών

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Τέχνες και αθλητισμός. Τομείς που πλήττονται αρκετά σε μια οικονομία συνεχούς ύφεσης όπως η δική μας. Μήπως όμως η κρίση είναι η ευκαιρία ώστε να στραφεί η νεολαία, κυρίως, σε δραστηριότητες που εξυψώνουν το ανθρώπινο πνεύμα; Είναι χαρακτηριστικό ότι το κοινό σε θεατρικές παραστάσεις στα φεστιβάλ ανά τη χώρα, μοιάζουν να αυξάνονται. Το ίδιο και οι συμμετοχές νέων σε αθλήματα, ... Read More »