Author Archives: Agora Dialogue

Returning from the Land of Jihad: The Fate of Women Associated with Boko Haram

Women are streaming home from Boko Haram’s domain in north-eastern Nigeria, some having escaped captivity and others having left jihadist husbands behind. ICG The state should safeguard these women from abuse, so that they stay in government-held areas and encourage men to come back as well. What’s new? The Nigerian military’s battle with Boko Haram has led tens of thousands of women formerly associated with the group to return to government-held towns across the north east. While prejudice against them ... Read More »

Of Tanks and Banks: Stopping a Dangerous Escalation in Libya

An under-reported banking crisis threatens to exacerbate deadly fighting in Tripoli, ignite a protracted resource war and deepen the country’s east-west divide. ICG A way out requires agreeing to a ceasefire in Tripoli and ending the four-year split between the Central Bank’s rival branches. What’s new?  A neglected banking crisis in Libya is coming to a head just as forces under Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar are trying to capture Tripoli. A protracted conflict will hinder efforts to reunify the divided ... Read More »

Así benefician las relaciones sociales a las personas mayores

El envejecimiento de la población constituye uno de los mayores retos del siglo XXI. Elvira Lara Pérez The Conversation Vivir durante más tiempo es un indiscutible logro fruto del desarrollo de nuestra sociedad. España será el país más longevo del mundo para el año 2040, por delante de Japón. El porcentaje de europeos octogenarios se duplicará para el año 2080, constituyendo alrededor del 12% de la población. Ante este escenario, la Unión Europea, en el Marco de Acción Europeo sobre ... Read More »

Migration is a growing issue, but it remains a challenge to define who actually is a migrant

According to the United Nations, more people live in a country other than their place of birth today than ever before. Authors: The Conversations The 2017 migration statistics show that about 34 people out of every 1,000 lived away from their place of birth. This number was over 31 in 2010, and 28 in 2000. Although the number of migrants is expected to grow, a clear understanding of contemporary migration remains a challenge. Defining who is a migrant This challenge ... Read More »

Why the US and China will have to make it work

Earlier this month, the US and China seemed on the point of a trade rapprochement. The tariffs Washington and Beijing have slapped on each other in recent months were about to be reversed. Brisbane Times / Telegraph, London Then Donald Trump took to Twitter – a phrase future historians will be using a lot, perhaps – signalling Sino-US trade negotiations had shifted from sweet to sour. “The trade deal with China continues, but too slowly,” Trump tweeted. “They broke the ... Read More »

A Path to War With Iran

How Washington’s Escalation Could Lead to Unintended Catastrophe Philip H. Gordon Foreign Affairs When President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal last May, many critics argued that he risked setting off a chain of events that could lead to war. The nuclear deal wasn’t perfect, supporters of the deal acknowledged, but if the United States precipitously walked away and the deal collapsed, Iran might resume its nuclear enrichment program, and to stop it, the ... Read More »

Η Μουσουλμανική Αδελφότητα δεν είναι τρομοκρατική οργάνωση

Πώς ο χαρακτηρισμός της ως τέτοιας θα υπονόμευε τις Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες Daniel Benjamin και Jason Blazakis Foreign Affairs Στα τέλη Απριλίου, ο πρόεδρος των ΗΠΑ, Ντόναλντ Τραμπ, ανακοίνωσε ότι θα επιδιώξει ώστε το Υπουργείο Εξωτερικών των ΗΠΑ να ορίσει την Μουσουλμανική Αδελφότητα [1] ως Ξένη Τρομοκρατική Οργάνωση (Foreign… Η οδηγία ήρθε αμέσως μετά από μια επίσκεψη του Αιγύπτιου προέδρου Abdel Fattah el-Sisi [2] στον Λευκό Οίκο, έναν από τους αγαπημένους αυταρχικούς [ηγέτες] του Trump και εχθρό της Αδελφότητας. Ο Trump πρωτοζήτησε από… ... Read More »

Vincent Lambert: un rassemblement en soutien devant le CHU de Reims

Présente, la mère de Vincent Lambert a dénoncé en larmes “une euthanasie déguisée”. Le HuffPost avec AFP VINCENT LAMBERT – “Vincent Lambert n’est pas en fin de vie, nourrissez Vincent Lambert”: environ 150 personnes étaient rassemblées ce dimanche 19 mai dans l’après-midi devant le CHU de… “O Eternel, ne leur pardonne pas car ils savent ce qu’ils font”, “Je suis Vincent Lambert”, pouvait-on lire sur les pancartes de ce rassemblement à l’appel des parents de Vincent Lambert, Pierre, 90 ans, et ... Read More »

Election 2019: This is where it all went wrong for Labor and Bill Shorten

In the end, it was probably a blessing that Bob Hawke wasn’t alive to see it. Samantha Maiden The New Daily Scott Morrison has emerged as a modern-day Liberal Party hero, defying the predictions of the polls, his critics, his predecessors and even Liberal frontbenchers who voted with their feet to… The Labor Party was trounced on Saturday night, and it is a result that will ensure the ALP doesn’t pick a fight with retirees on tax reform again any ... Read More »

Diario de campaña, día 9: Queda una semana de imágenes como esta

El debate en Telemadrid marca la jornada electoral. Por Pablo Machuca HuffPost La polémica del día A la que ha tenido que responder Isa Serra, candidata de Unidas Podemos a la Comunidad de Madrid, quien aseguró, en una entrevista en la SER, que la sanidad pública no tendría que aceptar donaciones de Amancio Ortega, fundador de Inditex. Algunos, como el periodista Pepe Oneto, han cargado contra ella por sus… A lo que ella ha contestado con un hilo en su ... Read More »

Be principled, but not so much that you scare voters

“The art of democratic statesmanship,” said the politician, “is of presenting your principles, presenting your convictions, in ways which sufficiently impress the public such that you are seen as a man or woman of principle, but which don’t so worry the public that they think you would be a risk if you found yourself in a… Jacqueline Maley The Canberra Times SMH/The Age The sentiment was pure pragmatism. The politician expressing it was Tony Abbott, talking in 2008 to a ... Read More »

The Merkel Model

The German chancellor has shown how to win and keep power in a man’s world. Kati Marton, Author of Alone: The Life and Times of Angela Merkel The Atlantic To the six women currently running in the 2020 presidential race, I offer this advice: Study German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the world’s most successful living politician, on the basis of both achievement and longevity. Now in her 14th year as chancellor of Europe’s powerhouse, Merkel has upended the rules of the ... Read More »

Έπεα πτερόεντα;

Ανάλυση της Διακήρυξης του Σιμπίου και των σχετικών δηλώσεων της ΕΕ Στα Αγγλικά, οποιαδήποτε δήλωση που δεν έχει συνέπειες στην πράξη, θεωρείται ως «Hot Air», δηλαδή «Ζεστός Αέρας» ή Έπεα Πτερόεντα. Επομένως, τα λόγια δεν αρκούν. Εάν η διακήρυξη του Σιμπίου δεν πρόκειται να μείνει απλώς «Ζεστός Αέρας», η ΕΕ πρέπει να λάβει αποφασιστικά και αυστηρά μέτρα που θα βλάψουν την Τουρκία και θα την αναγκάσουν να συμμορφωθεί. Κλέαρχος Α. Κυριακίδης * η σημερινή Προσέξτε το ρήμα που χρησιμοποίησε ο ... Read More »

India’s acrimonious election comes to an end

Voting in one of India‘s most acrimonious elections in decades entered its final day on May 19 as Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi scrambled to hang on to his overall majority. VARANSI, India – Agence France Presse Hurriyet Polls close at 6:00 pm (1230 GMT) in the seventh and final round of voting, ending the world’s biggest election with 900 million eligible voters from Goa’s beaches to Mumbai’s slums and… Long queues formed outside polling stations in eight northern states electing the final ... Read More »

Débat : Sous l’amour du « local », la haine de l’étranger ?

L’amour du local, sous toutes ses formes, constitue l’un des traits culturels dominants de nos sociétés. Daniel Boy The Conversation Dans l’ordre de la consommation, nous sommes incités, à la fois pour des raisons de respect de l’environnement et de sûreté alimentaire à choisir des produits « locaux ». À l’inverse, des denrées produites à proximité, celles qui sont importées d’un pays voisin, et plus encore d’un pays lointain, cumulent l’inconvénient de contribuer par leur transport, à de fortes émissions de CO2, ... Read More »

HEMP’s grassroots campaign hot on heels of Palmer’s $60 million ad barrage

Clive Palmer and his staggering $60 million spend on United Australia Party’s election campaignhas only managed to secure 20,000 more Senate votes nationally than a minor party forced to “scratch around” just to… Hamish Hastie WAtoday As of Sunday afternoon the Help End Marijuana Prohibition party had secured 141,500 first preference Senate votes or 1.9 per cent of the national vote, just behind UAP’s 161,000. It’s the party’s best result since being registered in 2010 and is a huge jump in ... Read More »