Author Archives: Agora Dialogue

Quo Vadis Graecia?

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Ελλάς που πας; Ποια είναι η πυξίδα για τη χώρα; Εκείνη που χαράσει ο Νότος (η Αθήνα) ή ο Βορράς του Σόιμπλε (όπου στη συγκεκριμένη περίπτωση ταυτίζονται γεωγραφικός και μαγνητικός); Ανδρέας Παναγόπουλος CNN Η χώρα βρίσκεται σε κρίσιμο σταυροδρόμι και χωρίς περιστροφές όλοι αναγνωρίζουν ότι χωρίς ρύθμιση του χρέους δεν έχει προοπτική. Εάν η αβεβαιότητα συνεχιστεί και… Quo Vadis Graecia? Read More »

“Η Δίκη” του Φραντς Κάφκα ακόμη στοιχειώνει (pics)

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Σαν σήμερα (3/6), το 1924, πεθαίνει ο Φραντς Κάφκα. “Η Δίκη”, το πιο διάσημο έργο του, είναι πιο επίκαιρη από ποτέ και το Weekend γράφει γι’ αυτή! Επιμέλεια: Αλέξανδρος Στεργιόπουλος Weekend Journal Tο λογοτεχνικό modus operandi του Φραντς Κάφκα βρίσκεται στο μήνυμα το “ακατανόητο δεν μπορεί να κατανοηθεί”. Μέσω των παραβολών και των αλληγοριών του αυτό ήθελε να εκφράσει και σε αυτό βασίστηκε το…l •”Η Δίκη” του… Read More »

Sweden, Germany and France are the EU’s climate leaders, says study

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European leaders have vowed to continue fighting climate change after President Donald Trump announced last night he was pulling the US out of the… Catarina Walsh World Economic Forum So what are EU states doing – or not doing – to contribute to the bloc’s pledge of a 40% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, compared… According to a new study, only three European countries – Sweden, Germany and France – are doing enough to keep the EU on ... Read More »

Uluru summit delivers clear message to Australian lawmakers

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Lawyers and legal academics have weighed in on new calls for constitutional reform to empower Australia’s first peoples as part of the nation’s next serious step towards Indigenous… Melissa Coade Lawyers Weekly A group of Indigenous Australians have issued a statement following three days of meetings at Uluru last week, with many describing it as a national way forward for serious… Two propositions were expressed in the Statement from the Heart to come from the Uluru National… Uluru summit delivers… Read More »

Why Mueller Is Taking Over the Michael Flynn Grand Jury

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The special counsel is consolidating his control of existing investigations—and may gain leverage over the former national-security adviser in the process. Matt Ford The Atlantic Special Counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly taking command of the federal probe into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s Turkish lobbying deals, a move that could give him leverage over a… Reuters reported Friday that Mueller will now oversee an… Why Mueller Is… Read More »

Ethics office will press White House on undated conflict-of-interest waivers

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The Office of Government Ethics plans to press the White House to clarify when it issued a slew of ethics waivers giving its staffers permission to interact with their former employers or clients, an indication that the… Matea Gold  The Washington Post Ten of the 14 waivers publicly disclosed this week by the White House are undated and unsigned, raising questions about when they… Particularly troubling, ethics experts said, was a… Ethics office will… Read More »

MIT issues statement regarding research on Paris Agreement

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MIT issued the following statement on Thursday, June 1 2017. A set of talking points circulated in support of President Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement included this statement: “The [Paris] deal also accomplishes LITTLE for the climate MIT “According to researchers at MIT, if all member nations met their obligations, the impact on the climate would be negligible. The impacts have… The researchers in MIT’s Joint Program on the Science and MIT issues statement… Read More »

When America Barred Italians

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Twelve years ago, I began researching a family murder that happened in Southern Italy in the 19th century. HELENE STAPINSKI The New York Times It took a decade to find the details of the crime, but the facts I uncovered about the daily life of my ancestors and the racism they faced — even from their own countrymen — were more shocking than the killing. In today’s climate of refugee bans and xenophobia, the facts have taken on a new ... Read More »

Iraqi Kurdistan faces many obstacles to independence referendum

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BAGHDAD — Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) announced May 24 that it had formally informed the United Nations Security Council of its intention to hold a referendum on the independence of Kurdistan through the… Omar Sattar AlMonitor The KRG is working on three levels to have this referendum held by the end of this year and make the… While the first level consists of solving the internal crises plaguing the… Iraqi Kurdistan faces… Read More »

We shouldn’t airbrush Margaret Court or anyone else from our history

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We are a mad, shortsighted, often awful and contradictory species. Julia Baird The Sydney Morning Herald Margaret Court has provided ample evidence of that this week, with bizarre and ignorant remarks as she attempted to explain her boycotting of Qantas because of its support of same sex-marriage. When she swung from biblical arguments about the definition of marriage, to musing on whether there was a… We shouldn’t airbrush… Read More »

George Soros accuses Viktor Orban of making Hungary a ‘mafia state’

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London: For the first time since the government of Hungary threatened to shutter the university he founded in Budapest, American financier and… Palko Karasz Brisbane Times Bloomberg In a keynote speech Thursday at the annual economic forum of the European Commission, Soros cited “the deception and corruption of the mafia state the… Soros, a benefactor of civil society groups… George Soros accuses… Read More »

Nicolas Maduro vows constituent assembly referendum

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President’s pledge follows criticism from within government that move to create constituent assembly was not democratic. Al Jazeera and news agencies Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has pledged to hold a referendum on a new constitution he is proposing, in response to two months of violent anti… The move on Thursday came after the plan to create a new grassroots super-body. known as a constituent assembly, to rewrite the… Nicolas Maduro vows… Read More »

Freedom struggle hero Barak Sope awarded Timor-Leste honour

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“I was fighting in the mountains and I heard your voice from across the ocean coming to support my people, to cherish the same freedom that you have struggled for and… By Len Garae in Port Vila By PMC Editor Asia Pacific Report Former Prime Minister Barak Sope says the former FRETILIN guerrilla fighter-turned President of Timor-Leste, Taur Matan Ruak, spoke with words to that effect when he awarded him with the Order of… It is the highest medal in ... Read More »

When mosques refuse to bury Muslim terrorists

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The Manchester Central Mosque has declined to be involved in Salman Abedi’s funeral. Yasmeen Serhan The Atlantic SBS The decision is hardly unprecedented. More than a week has passed since 22-year-old Salman Abedi detonated an explosive outside a concert at the Manchester Arena, killing himself and 22 concert-goers and… Still, Abedi’s remains have reportedly not been buried. This carries particular significance for a… When mosques refuse… Read More »

Gaza on the Brink

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When the fear is gone. If you ask Palestinians in either Gaza or the West Bank who’s responsible for their suffering, most would probably say Israel. But what would they say if they were safely overseas and… Evelyn Gordon Commentary That’s not a question reporters, diplomats, or nongovernmental organizations usually bother asking. We now have an answer to it, at least with regard to Palestinians who… Gaza on the… Read More »

Notre-Dame-des-Landes : le retour des médiateurs

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Nommés par le premier ministre, trois médiateurs ont six mois pour trouver une solution au casse-tête du projet de nouvel aéroport nantais. Par Rémi Barroux Le Monde Les noms des trois médiateurs pour la mission relative au projet de transfert de l’aéroport de Nantes-Atlantique à Notre-Dame-des-Landes sont connus : Anne Boquet, Michel Badré et Gérald… Une femme et deux hommes vont donc avoir la délicate tâche de… Notre-Dame-des… Read More »