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Conservatives, liberals unite against Silicon Valley

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The fading of the tech industry’s bipartisan glow in Washington puts it at risk for tighter regulations. NANCY SCOLA Politico The days of unqualified praise from Washington are over for the country’s biggest tech companies, whose size and power are increasingly drawing attacks from both the left and the right. Democrats are condemning Facebook for allowing “fake news” and Russia-linked ads during the election, while conservatives accuse Google of silencing right-leaning viewpoints. President Donald Trump routinely accuses Amazon of dodging ... Read More »

Six charts that show how much the world has changed since the 2007-08 financial crisis

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Ten years ago, fretting depositors formed lengthy queues in front of Northern Rock bank branches across the UK after news broke that it needed support from the Bank of England. Six charts that show how much the world has changed since the 2007-08 financial crisis Alex Mandilaras  The country’s fifth-largest mortgage lender, it was in real danger of running out of cash. The Conversation People were anxious to withdraw their money. They all managed to do so. But not without ... Read More »

Vote yes for human rights on same sex marriage survey

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The same sex marriage debate is not about religion, gender identity or the need to return to the values of “the good old days”. The Canberra Times It is, first and foremost, a question of human rights. Why should one section of our community be denied the right to exercise a choice the majority takes for granted? This is why, with the first postal survey forms due to begin arriving in home letter boxes across the nation this week, The ... Read More »

Norway’s sovereign wealth fund hits $1 trillion valuation for first time ever

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Norway’s sovereign wealth fund owns about 1.3 per cent of all listed stocks globally and about 2.3 per cent of all stocks listed in Europe Josie Cox The Independent  The value of Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, which is the world’s largest, has hit the equivalent of $1 trillion for the first time in history. Experts on Tuesday said that the value of the fund had been bolstered by rising global stocks and a strong performance of the euro. Major stock ... Read More »

Η Κομισιόν δείχνει τα «δόντια» της στην Πολωνία για τις μεταρρυθμίσεις στο δικαστικό σύστημα

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Η Ευρωπαϊκή Επιτροπή είναι αποφασισμένη να προχωρήσει σε κυρώσεις κατά των μεταρρυθμίσεων στο δικαστικό σύστημα της Πολωνίας, όπως άλλωστε είχε προειδοποιήσει και στο παρελθόν, ωστόσο αφήνει περιθώριο ενός μήνα στην Βαρσοβία για να δώσει τις απαραίτητες απαντήσεις για τις προθέσεις της. CNN Τον περασμένο Ιούλιο η Κομισιόν εκκίνησε τις νομικές διαδικασίες κατά της εθνικιστικής κυβέρνησης της Βαρσοβίας σχετικά με τις εν λόγω μεταρρυθμίσεις και σήμερα, Τρίτη, επέκρινε την αδράνεια που έχει επιδείξει η χώρα ως προς την παροχή απαντήσεων σχετικά τις ανησυχίες της ΕΕ. Πλέον ... Read More »

Pope Francis slams ‘stupid’ climate change deniers

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Pontiff calls on politicians to take scientists’ advice as he raises alarm over global warming after major storms. Al Jazeera and news agencies Pope Francis has sharply criticised climate change deniers as “stupid” in the wake of a spate of powerful hurricanes that have wreaked havoc in the US, Mexico and the Caribbean. “Those who deny it [climate change] should go to the scientists and ask them,” the pontiff said on Monday during an in-flight press conference on the return leg of ... Read More »

Greece warns ending EU talks with Turkey a mistake

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Halting accession talks with Turkey would be a strategic mistake by the European Union, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Sept. 10, amid a war of words raging between Berlin and Ankara. Agence France-Presse Hurriyet  During a recent election debate, both Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Social Democratic rival Martin Schulz endorsed ending Turkey’s EU accession talks. Ties between the two nations have become strained since last year’s failed coup attempt. Relations further deteriorated after the detention of several German citizens including Deniz Yücel, ... Read More »

Japan scrambles to growing incursions of China, Russia warplanes

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Russian and Chinese aircraft are probing Japanese air defenses at a rate not seen in more than a decade Peter J. Brown Asia Times Amid talk of Beijing and Moscow playing a role to defuse the confrontation with North Korea, actions by China and Russia’s air forces around Japan would seem to be adding pressure on Tokyo to boost military… Russian and Chinese military aircraft are probing Japanese air defenses at a rate not seen in over a decade, causing ... Read More »

Why the first 1000 days are crucial for children all over the world

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From the start of pregnancy through to a child’s second birthday, the clock is ticking on a crucial window of opportunity: the first 1,000 days. Amy Cooper World Vision We now know wellbeing, nutrition and care in this period of life, more than any other, has a profound impact on a future adult, their eventual children – and even wider society. “Not a year goes by where we don’t learn more and more about the importance of the first 1000 ... Read More »

Rohingya crisis: UN sees ‘ethnic cleansing’ in Myanmar

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The security operation targeting Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar “seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing”, the UN human rights chief says. BBC Zeid Raad Al Hussein urged Myanmar to end the “cruel military operation” in Rakhine state. More than 300,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since violence erupted there late last month. The military says it is responding to attacks by Rohingya militants and denies it is targeting civilians. The violence began on 25 August when the Rohingya militants ... Read More »

The Rise and Fall of Leftist Populism in Germany

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What happened to Martin Schulz? After Germany’s Martin Schulz stepped down as president of the European Parliament in late 2016, he embarked on a nationwide tour of his home country. Paul Hockenos The Atlantic His aim, he said, was to better understand the concerns of ordinary Germans.In speeches before packed union halls, beer tents, and farmers markets, Schulz, a prominent member of the troubled Social Democratic Party (SPD), touted the classic values of social democracy—fairness and dignity. Such values, in ... Read More »

‘Grandmother plant’: Ex-UN climate chief Christiana Figueres has advice for PM

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AGL’s Liddell power station is a “grandmother” plant that shouldn’t receive funds more usefully invested elsewhere to improve Australia’s energy prospects, Christiana Figueres, the former United Nations climate chief… Peter Hannam The Sydney Morning Herald Ms Figueres, who as executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change oversaw the Paris climate agreement, said time is running out for Australia to get its energy and carbon policies in… “The time is short,” Ms Figueres told Fairfax Media during a ... Read More »

What is the Future of the Media in Myanmar?

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Myanmar’s media is making progress, “two steps forward, one step back.” Edward Parker The Diplomat The media – once termed the “Fourth Estate” in society by British parliamentarian and philosopher Edmund Burke – plays a vital role in shaping democracy and open public discourse. Its role is particularly important in new democracies, as societies develop both economically and politically, with the people given the opportunity to think critically and vote in representatives of their choosing. The role of an open ... Read More »

Ο δημιουργός του Pilates. Έπασχε από ραχίτιδα και άσθμα. Με τις ασκήσεις του έσωσε τη ζωή φυλακισμένων από την πανδημία γρίπης

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Ο Γιόζεφ Πιλάτες γεννήθηκε το 1883, στην πόλη Μενχενγκλάντμπαχ της Γερμανίας. Υπήρξε ένα ασθενικό παιδί, έπασχε από ραχίτιδα, άσθμα και ρευματικό πυρετό. Μεγαλώνοντας αφιέρωσε όλη του ζωή για την βελτίωση της φυσικής του κατάστασης. Εκτός από σκι, έκανε γιόγκα και bodybuilding. Value for Life Ο ίδιος πίστευε ότι ο σύγχρονος τρόπος ζωής, η κακή στάση του σώματος και η αναποτελεσματική αναπνοή ήταν οι «ρίζες» της κακής υγείας. Από την Σκότλαντ Γιάρντ στο κελί Όταν μετακόμισε στην Αγγλία το 1912 κέρδιζε τα ... Read More »

Κώστας Γαβρόγλου: Θα αυξηθούν τα τμήματα στα ΑΕΙ

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Ο Κώστας Γαβρόγλου είναι από τους υπουργούς που βρίσκονται στο πρώτο πλάνο της επικαιρότητας και επειδή το χαρτοφυλάκιό του –η εκπαίδευση– έχει σημαίνουσα βαρύτητα για την πορεία ενός λαού αλλά και εξαιτίας των αποφάσεών του στο πλαίσιο της προσπάθειας της κυβέρνησης να παρουσιάσει ένα αριστερό ιδεολογικό προφίλ. ΑΠΟΣΤΟΛΟΣ ΛΑΚΑΣΑΣ Η Καθημερινή Στη συνάντησή μας προσήλθε διαθέτοντας την άνεση των πολλών, πλέον, συνεντεύξεων ως υπουργός, τηρώντας πάντα τη γραμμή, η οποία συμπυκνώνεται στη φράση του «για κάθε απόφαση που λαμβάνει ο ... Read More »

Ο ποιητάρης Άκης Σπανούδης, μεταφέρει τον Όμηρο στην κυπριακή

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Στο τουριστικό εστιατόριο που διατηρεί στην παραλιακή λεωφόρο της Πύλας στη Λάρνακα (παρά θίν’ αλός), ένας παραδοσιακός ποιητάρης μεταφέρει τον Όμηρο. Παύλος Νεοφύτου Πολίτης ‘‘Μούσα τον πολλοπάητον άντραν να τραουδήσεις / τα όσα είδεν τζι έπαθεν να μας τα ιστορήσεις’’. Ποιος θα το φανταζόταν; Στο τουριστικό εστιατόριο που διατηρεί στην παραλιακή λεωφόρο της Πύλας στη Λάρνακα (παρά θίν’ αλός), ένας παραδοσιακός ποιητάρης μεταφέρει τον Όμηρο στην κυπριακή διάλεκτο. Ώρες ολόκληρες επί καθημερινής βάσεως, εδώ και 21 χρόνια, μένει σκυφτός πάνω ... Read More »