Author Archives: Agora Dialogue

Tusk compares backstop to the Gordian Knot unravelled by Alexander the Great

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Analysis: May insists a deal is achievable; Barnier says negotiations need more time Denis Staunton The Irish Times As Theresa May prepares to address EU leaders before dinner at Wednesday’s summit in Brussels, both sides are determined that there should be no repeat of the rancorous displays at Salzburg last month. Michel Barnier said on Tuesday that the Brexit negotiations needed more time while May told her cabinet that negotiators had made significant progress and that a deal was achievable. Still unresolved, however, is the ... Read More »

‘We are not criminals’: The ‘March of the Migrants’ reaches Guatemala

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Esquipula, Guatemala: Hundreds of Hondurans hoping to reach the United States bedded down for the night in Esquipula overnight after Guatemala blinked in its attempts to halt their advance. The Canberra Times Reuters, AAP The group estimated at 1600 to 2000 people fleeing poverty and violence in Honduras marched into Guatemala in sweltering heat on Monday, twice pushing past outnumbered police sent to stop them – first at the border and then at a… After those encounters, Mexico’s immigration authority sent out ... Read More »

Australia’s chief medical officer on Nauru deported amid health policy crisis

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The chief medical officer contracted by the Australian government to look after the health of refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru is being deported from the island. Michael Koziol with Dana McCauley The Sydney Morning Herald Fairfax Media has confirmed with government sources that senior doctor Nicole Montana will be placed on a flight to Australia later on Wednesday and replaced. Other sources suggested Dr Montana was arrested by Nauruan authorities on Tuesday but it was not clear why. In ... Read More »

Cultural heritage has a lot to teach us about climate change

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Museums, archaeological sites and historical buildings are rarely included in conversations about climate change, which tend to focus on the wider impact and global threats to our contemporary world. Authors: The Conversation Yet these threats impact everything, from local cultural practices to iconic sites of outstanding universal value. In light of this, it’s worth exploring the relationship between our heritage and the changing global climate in more detail. More powerful storms, flooding, desertification and even the melting of permafrost are ... Read More »

‘It’s OK to be white’ is not a joke, it’s careless politicians helping the far right

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The far right lies, sows confusion, and hides its intentions in order to mainstream its messages Jason Wilson The Guardian The Australian Senate almost passed a motion affirming that “it’s OK to be white”. This probably sounds innocuous enough to the casual or incurious observer — and that’s exactly what the white supremacists who devised the slogan intended. To understand how and why the slogan came to be voted on by the Senate, you need first to engage with the ... Read More »

Isis kidnaps dozens of women and children as it makes desperate last stand in Syria

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Around 90 women and their children were among the hundreds of civilians captured from a camp for displaced people in the eastern Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Richard Hall Independent Isis fighters have kidnapped dozens of women and children in the eastern Syrianprovince of Deir ez-Zor, where the group is making a desperate last stand. The captives were among some 250 civilians taken from the al-Bahra displacement camp, near the town of Hajin, after Isis fighters stormed the area on ... Read More »

Turkey’s Erdogan drops bombshell twist in the Khashoggi case as Trump appears to side with Saudis

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While US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was meeting with Saudi Arabia’s leaders on Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan dropped a bombshell of a new twist in the investigation into the… Alex Lockie Insider According to Erdogan, Turkish investigators who searched the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul found surfaces there newly painted over. Previous news reports have cited anonymous Turkish officials suggesting that a hit team of 15 Saudis killed and dismembered Khashoggi, a… “My hope is that we can ... Read More »

Xinjiang top official defends Uighur ‘internment camps’

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The top official in China’s Xinjiang region has given the most detailed description yet of the alleged use of internment camps for Uighur Muslims. BBC In an interview with state media, Shohrat Zakir said the “vocational education” centres were proving effective in staving off terrorism. He said “trainees” were grateful for the opportunity to change their ways and make their lives more “colourful”. China’s massive security crackdown in Xinjiang has sparked widespread alarm. Rights groups say Muslims are being detained ... Read More »

More than three million Australians living in poverty, Acoss report reveals

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Peak welfare body calls for overhaul of employment services and at least two days a week of subsidised early childhood care Gareth Hutchens The Guardian Poverty has become a consistent feature of Australian life, with millions still living below the breadline despite 27 years of uninterrupted economic growth, the Australian Council of Social Service says. A vital circuit-breaker is needed, including a complete overhaul of Australia’s employment services, a commitment to “full employment” and a guarantee of at least two days ... Read More »

Κατεχόμενα: Σημαντική η έκθεση του Α. Γκουτέρες για το Κυπριακό

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Σημαντική, χαρακτήρισε ο Τουρκοκύπριος «πρωθυπουργός», Τουφάν Ερχιουρμάν τη δήλωση του γ.γ. του ΟΗΕ, Αντόνιο Γκουτέρες ότι «ένας ορίζοντας ατέρμονης διαδικασίας χωρίς αποτέλεσμα βρίσκεται πίσω μας και… Ναυτεμπορική με πληροφορίες από ΚΥΠΕ Σε ανάρτησή του στο Facebook ο κ. Ερχιουρμάν ανέφερε ότι είναι ρεαλιστική η προσέγγιση του κ. Γκουτέρες ότι θα στηρίξει μια διαδικασία η οποία θα έχει στόχο τη λύση, αλλά με… Είπε επίσης ότι και οι δύο πλευρές έχουν δικαίωμα στους φυσικούς πόρους, αναφερόμενος στα ενεργειακά και ότι η ένταση έχει ως αποτέλεσμα την απώλεια και ... Read More »

Ντοκιμαντέρ για τη ζωή δύο νεαρών μεταναστών στην Κύπρο (βίντεο)

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Με την ανθρώπινη κινητικότητα να βρίσκεται σε υψηλά επίπεδα ανά το παγκόσμιο αλλά και στην χώρα μας και την κοινή γνώμη να προβληματίζεται και να ανησυχεί, τα ντοκιμαντέρ της εκστρατείας «AWARE» είναι εδώ για να μας υπενθυμίσουν πώς οι πρόσφυγες και οι μετανάστες δίπλα μας δεν είναι μόνο αριθμοί. Είναι και άνθρωποι. Philenews Στο νέο ντοκιμαντέρ της εκστρατείας για τη ζωή των μεταναστών στην Κύπρο, πρωταγωνιστούν δύο νέα παιδιά, ο Ανδρέας και η Ανίσια. Ο Ανδρέας είναι φοιτητής φυσικής αγωγής ... Read More »

Έκθεση Γκουτέρες: Ζωντανή η προοπτική συνολικής διευθέτησης

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Ο κ. Γκουντέρες αναφέρεται στην έκθεσή του στα έξι σημεία που ο ίδιος πρότεινε τον Ιούνιο, αναγνωρίζοντας πιθανώς την ανάγκη διατύπωσης νέων ιδεών. Πολίτης Ζωντανές εκτιμά ότι παραμένουν οι προοπτικές μιας συνολικής διευθέτησης μεταξύ των κοινοτήτων του νησιού, ο Γενικός Γραμματέας του ΟΗΕ, Αντόνιο Γκουτέρες, στην έκθεση των καλών του υπηρεσιών, ανεπίσημο αντίγραφο της οποίας δόθηκε πριν λίγο στα… Ο κ. Γκουτέρες βασίζει αυτή του την πεποίθηση στην ενημέρωση που έλαβε από την απεσταλμένη του Τζέιν Χολ Λουτ, αλλά και ... Read More »

Yemen on brink of ‘world’s worst famine in 100 years’ if war continues

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UN warns that famine could overwhelm country in next three months, with 13 million people at risk of starvation. Hannah Summers The Guardian Yemen could be facing the worst famine in 100 years if airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition are not halted, the UN has warned. If war continues, famine could engulf the country in the next three months, with 12 to 13 million civilians at risk of starvation, according to Lise Grande, the agency’s humanitarian coordinator for Yemen. She told ... Read More »

Why did Turkey Choose the S-400?

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Turkey has chosen the S-400 over the Patriot. The S-400 is considered to be one of the most advanced systems in the world but it is incompatible with NATO systems. What does this mean for Turkey? Debalina Ghoshal Defence IQ Why didn’t Turkey Choose the Patriot?  For years, Patriot air and missile defence systems have proved their mettle as a defence against enemy threats. They are combat-proven and, hence, have found a market for themselves worldwide. NATO countries use Patriot ... Read More »

Washington Think Tanks Still Divided On Whether To Return Saudi Donations Over Journalist’s Disappearance

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The Middle East Institute, a prominent Washington think tank, said it would no longer seek donations from Saudi Arabia, but the Center for Strategic and International Studies said it was undecided. Emily Tamkin BuzzFeedNews The Center for Strategic and International Studies, one of Washington’s most prominent think tanks on international affairs, still has not decided whether to return funding from Saudi Arabia in the… But another influential research center, the Middle East Institute, said it would stop taking Saudi donations ... Read More »

We need a new human right – to protect our freedom to live without threat from the skies

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In little more than 100 years, humans have radically transformed the sky: chemically, territorially and militarily. Authors: The Conversation In this increasingly contested space, technological developments are accelerating the transformation. New forms of military and commercial exploitation are increasing the disparity of power between those who dominate airspace and outer space, and the billions of people on the ground affected by the… People are increasingly vulnerable to being tracked, watched and targeted from above. The use of combat drones is ... Read More »