Author Archives: Agora Dialogue

Global data shows 2017 is shaping as the best year ever

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Amid mass shootings, super storms and talk of nuclear conflict, here’s some good news. Matt Wade Barring a global catastrophe, 2017 is shaping as best year ever for the world’s average person. The Sydney Morning Herald That doesn’t mean everyone is better off, of course, but the positive trend in international wellbeing data since 2000 is striking. Global life expectancy at birth sums it up pretty well. It rose by 5 years between 2000 and 2015 to 71.4 years, the ... Read More »

Mr. Trump Nails Shut the Coffin on Climate Relief

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The Trump administration formally proposed on Tuesday to roll back yet another of President Barack Obama’s efforts to position the United States as a global leader in the fight against climate change The Editorial Board The New York Times  The move, though widely anticipated, was deeply disheartening. In March Mr. Trump ordered Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, to repeal the Clean Power Plan, which was aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants. Mr. ... Read More »

IMF raises growth forecast for all advanced economies except UK

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The pound has made gains despite a flurry of gloomy economic reports, while advances among bank stocks helped the wider market push higher Holly Williams The Scotsman Official figures showing disappointing trade data, but a stronger-than-expected performance from the manufacturing sector, saw the pound make strong gains against the US dollar and hold firm against the euro. Sterling lifted 0.6% to 1.32 US dollars and was flat at 1.12 euros. The FTSE 100 Index closed the session 30.4 points higher ... Read More »

Explainer: how our understanding of risk is changing

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Under the traditional notion of risk, people react predictably based on how risk-tolerant they are. Here, risk is calculated by combining the probability of something occurring (such as rolling a six with a pair of dice) with the value of the outcome (how much you have wagered). Robert Hoffmann  Adrian R. Camilleri  But our understanding of risk is changing. The Conversation We now know that a whole host of factors, from your personal history to your mood and age, all ... Read More »

The Domestic Challenge to Kyrgyzstan’s Milestone Election

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While Kyrgyzstan’s 15 October elections are a rare milestone for Central Asian democracy, the campaign is exposing dangerous fault lines. Deirdre Tynan  In the largest city of Osh, the new president will have to face down robust local power brokers, defuse Uzbek-Kyrgyz tensions and re-introduce the rule of law. ICG Kyrgyzstan’s forthcoming presidential elections on 15 October are a milestone for Central Asia: for the first time, a president from the region will voluntarily stand down at the end of ... Read More »

The Prophet of Germany’s New Right

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From a tiny village in the country’s rural east, a leading nationalist intellectual builds a vision for the future of his movement across Europe. James Angelos The New York Times Götz Kubitschek, a self-proclaimed “rightist intellectual,” lives in a medieval manor house in Schnellroda, a rural village in eastern Germany. From this isolated, antique outpost, Kubitschek, who is 47, wields considerable influence over far-right thinkers, activists and politicians across Germany, who make regular pilgrimages to Schnellroda for an audience with ... Read More »

Ενεργειακή νοοτροπία: Ο κρίσιμος παράγοντας

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Μόλις πριν από λίγες ημέρες από το βήμα του συνεδρίου «Καθαρή Ενέργεια για τα Νησιά της ΕΕ» που συνδιοργάνωσε με μεγάλη επιτυχία στα Χανιά το ΥΠΕΝ και η Ευρωπαϊκή Επιτροπή, αναδείχθηκε ο στόχος αυτής της πρωτοβουλίας που δεν είναι άλλος από τη συμβολή στην ελαχιστοποίηση του υψηλού ενεργειακού κόστους, την απεξάρτηση από την… Δρ. Παναγιώτης Ζέρβας CNN Ενδεικτικά οι παραπάνω κινήσεις και πολιτικές δύνανται να υλοποιηθούν σε ευρωπαϊκό επίπεδο μέσω ανάδειξης και υποστήριξης έργων σε πιλοτική κλίμακα αξιοποιώντας κάθε φορά ... Read More »

Η Ελεύθερη Καρπασία και ο καλλωπισμός της κατοχής

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Ο δρόμος του Λήδρα Πάλας και το κτήριο που στεγάζεται το προσφυγικό σωματείο «Ελεύθερη Ενιαία Καρπασία», μετατράπηκε μετά το 1974 σε ένα ιστορικό σημείο αναφοράς. Άριστος Μιχαηλίδης Υπήρχαν εποχές, που τρόμαζε κανείς να πλησιάσει την περιοχή. Ο Φιλελεύθερος Παντού ερείπια, τραυματισμένα από τις τουρκικές επιθέσεις και μια ανάσα από τους κατακτητές, που για αρκετά χρόνια μετά από την εισβολή ανέβαιναν στα απέναντι τείχη και πάνω από τη Μάρκου Δράκου, έβριζαν, έριχναν πέτρες, προκαλούσαν. Κάποιοι άνθρωποι επέμεναν να είναι όσο πιο ... Read More »

Δύο κράτη, ένας ύμνος και το δάκρυ του φεγγαριού…

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Σάββατο 7 Οκτωβρίου 2017. Στάδιο ΓΣΠ. Ένας ποδοσφαιρικός αγώνας. Γιώργος Καλλινίκου Δύο εθνικές ομάδες. Ανάδειξη ενός μοναδικού αισθήματος. Ο Φιλελεύθερος Τρεις εικόνες αποκρυσταλλώνονται στο μυαλό. Και στην καρδιά. Στη βόρεια κερκίδα περίπου 100 οπαδοί της εθνικής Ελλάδος. Με πανό που προσδιορίζουν την προέλευση τους Χανιά, Σφακιά, Κόρινθος… Το μεγαλύτερο μέρος της κερκίδας καλύπτεται από μια τεράστια ελληνική σημαία. Η καρδιά ήδη είχε αρχίσει να φτερουγίζει. Εικόνα δεύτερη, στις άλλες κερκίδες οι ελληνικές σημαίες είναι όσες και οι κυπριακές. Σε ένα ... Read More »

«Βλέπουμε μόνο συντετριμμένους ανθρώπους»: Κραυγή αγωνίας από τους ΓΧΣ για να τερματιστεί ο εγκλωβισμός προσφύγων στα νησιά

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Επιστολή στον Αλέξη Τσίπρα «Οι συνθήκες για τους πρόσφυγες στα νησιά επιδεινώνονται διαρκώς τους τελευταίους μήνες. Καθώς βασικές ανθρώπινες ανάγκες δεν καλύπτονται ακόμα, παρατηρούμε τη δυστυχία των ανθρώπων αυτών να γίνεται ολοένα και πιο έντονη. Ένα τεράστιο κύμα αβεβαιότητας και φόβου έχει κατακλύσει τα νησιά, βυθίζοντας ανθρώπους στην απελπισία. Οι συνάδελφοί μου που εργάζονται στη Λέσβο και τη Σάμο βλέπουν μόνο συντετριμμένους ανθρώπους.» Documento Αυτά αναφέρει μεταξύ άλλων σε ανοιχτή του επιστολή προς τον πρωθυπουργό, Αλέξη Τσίπρα, ο Πρόεδρος των ... Read More »

Pierre Omidyar: 6 ways social media has become a direct threat to democracy

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While it’s hard to believe that helping strangers connect through the Internet was ever a radical idea, when I started eBay 22 years ago, it felt more like a social experiment than a business endeavor. Pierre Omidyar The Washington Post And in many ways, it was. Back then, online commerce was a new and wild frontier.I believed in our mission to empower people to conduct private trade on the Internet, but there were unforeseeable challenges lurking deep in those uncharted ... Read More »

Push to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day gathers momentum

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A movement to abolish Columbus Day and replace it with Indigenous Peoples Day has gained momentum in some parts of the United States, with Los Angeles recently becoming the biggest city yet to stop honouring the Italian explorer and instead recognise victims of… ABC Austin, Texas, followed suit last week. It joined cities including San Francisco, Seattle and Denver, which had previously booted Columbus in favour of Indigenous Peoples… But the gesture to recognise indigenous people rather than the man ... Read More »

How to Turn Battleground Ukraine Into a Success Story

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If the West manages to talk Kiev out of any hasty ill-judged decisions and convince it to accept Moscow’s peacekeeper proposal as it is, then the world will finally see a win-win Anna Tikhonova, Cyril Fokin The National Interest Putin’s early September suggestion that a UN peacekeeping force be sent to the Donbass region triggered a skeptical reaction from the Western block To a certain degree, the Kremlin’s acceptance of the deployment of UN peacekeepers signifies a diplomatic victory of the ... Read More »

Old sites, new visions: art and archaeology collide in Cyprus

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Over the past two decades Australian archaeologists have been slowly uncovering the World Heritage-listed ancient theatre site at Paphos in Cyprus. Craig Barker  Diana Wood Conroy The Conversation The Hellenistic-Roman period theatre was used for performance for over six centuries from around 300 BC to the late fourth century AD. There is also considerable evidence of activity on the site after the theatre was destroyed, particularly during the Crusader era. The excavation of the site, and of the architectural remains ... Read More »

Tony Abbott says climate change is ‘probably doing good’

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Former Australian PM delivers speech in London comparing global warming action to ‘killing goats to appease volcano gods’ Karl Mathiesen for Climate Home in London The Guardian Former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott has suggested climate change is “probably doing good” in a speech in London in which he likened policies to combat it to “primitive people once killing goats to appease the volcano gods” . Abbott delivered the annual lecture to the London-based Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), a ... Read More »

George Brandis slaps down Peter Dutton over ‘un-Australian’ lawyers attack

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Australia’s first law officer has delivered a sharp rebuke to Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, and reminded government ministers of the need to respect the rule of law and authority of the courts In a Sunday night speech to the International Bar Association in Sydney that initially flew under-the-radar, Attorney-General George Brandis delivered a full-throated defence of the rule of law and the legal profession. James Massola The Sydney Morning Herald While he did not name Mr Dutton, Senator Brandis’ comments have been interpreted as a repudiation of his cabinet colleague, who ... Read More »