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“Δηλητήριο” για την οικονομία η έλλειψη δικαιοσύνης

Πολωνία, Ουγγαρία και Ρουμανία προκαλούν δυσφορία στην ΕΕ για νομοθετικές παρεμβάσεις που υπονομεύουν το κράτος δικαίου. Νάταλι Σκζίπσακ, Γκέγκορ Μάιερ, Κάτριν Λάουερ, Άλκιμος Σαρτόρος (DPA) Επιμέλεια: Γιάννης Παπαδημητρίου DW Επιπλέον, μπορεί να έχουν οδυνηρές επιπτώσεις και για την οικονομία. Διαμφισβητούμενες “μεταρρυθμίσεις” στη δικαιοσύνη, παρεμβάσεις στην τριτοβάθμια εκπαίδευση, πιέσεις πος τα μέσα ενημέρωσης. Μακρύς ο κατάλογος με τα κυβερνητικά ολισθήματα σε Πολωνία, Ουγγαρία και Ρουμανία, που προκαλούν ανησυχία και δυσθυμία ανά την Ευρώπη. Ήδη η ΕΕ… “Δηλητήριο” για την… Read More »

Οικουμενικός Πατριάρχης: Έχουμε τη βεβαιότητα ότι πράξαμε το ορθό για την Εκκλησία της Ουκρανίας

Στο ιστορικό γεγονός της χορηγήσεως του Τόμου της Αυτοκεφαλίας στη νεοσύστατη Ορθόδοξη Εκκλησία της Ουκρανίας αναφέρθηκε ο Οικουμενικός Πατριάρχης Βαρθολομαίος, παρουσία των μελών της Αγίας και… Liberal «Είναι ένα γεγονός το οποίον έχει ήδη καταγραφεί εις τας δέλτους της εκκλησιαστικής και όχι μόνον ιστορίας και εναπόκειται εις τας αδελφάς Εκκλησίας, τας κατά τόπους, τας Αυτοκεφάλους, με πρώτα τα Πρεσβυγενή Πατριαρχεία, να… Και πρόσθεσε: «Υπάρχουν ίσως δισταγμοί ακόμη, αλλά είμεθα βέβαιοι ότι τούτο θα γίνει και η μία Εκκλησία μετά την ... Read More »

Tumor-free flounder are just 1 dividend from the cleanup of Boston Harbor

Thirty years ago, during the 1988 presidential campaign, then-Vice President George H.W. Bush took a boat ride across Boston Harbor and derided the environmental record of his rival, Massachusetts… Michael Moore The Conversation Bush was right. For decades Boston had been dumping barely treated sewage into the harbor, although a court-ordered cleanup was just starting. Since 1986 colleagues and I have studied tumors in Boston Harbor flounder, which were a major driver of public outcry over the state of the ... Read More »

The Damage of Demographic Misinterpretations

The way demographers treat Hispanics is both out of date and incorrect. Amitai Etzioni The National Interest The New York Times recently repeated an often cited misleading figure on demographics, that by 2044 “white Americans [are] projected to fall below half the population and lose their majority status.” This claim has unusually wide-reaching implications for America’s polarized politics. It is leading many whites, especially among those who have not been to college and who live in rural areas, to fear that they will be ... Read More »

The US could lose its crown as the world’s most powerful economy as soon as next year, and it’s unlikely to ever get it back

The United States of America could lose its position as the world’s biggest economy as soon as next year — and once that happens, it is unlikely to regain the top spot as developing Asian economies power… Will Martin Business Insider According to research released this week by Standard Chartered Bank, China is likely to become the world’s biggest economy at some point in 2020, when measured by a combination of purchasing-power-parity exchange rates and… Using PPP alone, China is ... Read More »

The art of distraction: Sebastian Smee’s Quarterly Essay

Guilty as charged. Yes, I spend too much time on social media. Yes, I have become more easily distracted. Yes, I have given up too much personal information to various apps and websites over the years. And yes, I have read a number of articles that articulate precisely how foolish, or at least, misguided this… Stephanie Trigg The Conversation And so when I opened up Sebastian Smee’s Quarterly Essay, Net Loss: The Inner Life in the Digital Age, I was ... Read More »

How Big Is Turkey’s Stick? #TurkeyUS

The strained relationship between Turkey and the U.S. appears unlikely to improve any time soon. Semih Idiz Sigma Insight Turkey There is simply too much of a backlog of unresolved issues for the situation to change for the better. The visit to Ankara by the high level delegation, headed by President Donald Trump’s national security advisor John Bolton, did little to ameliorate tensions between the two capitals. To the contrary, it seems to have aggravated the… The atmosphere was already ... Read More »

Les procès climatiques gagnent la France : quatre initiatives à suivre de près

Depuis la « décision Urgenda » de 2015 aux Pays-Bas – récemment confirmée en appel et qui a vu le gouvernement néerlandais condamné pour inaction climatique – on observe une multiplication de ce type de procès dans… Marta Torre-Schaub The Conversation Un peu partout, des citoyens, des associations, mais aussi des villes optent pour la voie juridique dans le but de faire pression sur leurs gouvernements mais aussi les grands groupes, au nom de la justice climatique et du respect de… Ce mouvement ... Read More »

The End of Likability Politics

The nasty women of America are delivering on their promises—and they don’t care what their conservative male colleagues think. Katha Pollitt The Nation Last month, Politico asked how Elizabeth Warren could “avoid a Clinton redux—written off as too unlikable before her campaign gets off the ground.” The piece (written by a woman, sigh) ran the day the Massachusetts senator announced she was “exploring” a run for the White House. No time to lose, apparently, when it comes to setting the ... Read More »

Rahaf and Hakeem: why has one refugee captured the world’s attention while another is left in jail?

When it comes to Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun and Hakeem al-Araibi, the reasons are varied but likely include the age-old non-science of what makes news and what doesn’t Helen Davidson The Guardian Australia, Thailand and the Gulf states have been inextricably linked in two global news stories lately, when two young people faced being forcibly returned to the places and people they fled simply because they happened to step foot in Bangkok. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, an 18-year-old Saudi woman, was on ... Read More »

Older, conservatives are the most likely to share fake news, study finds

People aged over 65 were more likely to share fake news on Facebook than younger people according to a new study. AFP – SBS Facebook users aged 65 plus and conservatives are more likely to share fake news on the platform than younger or more liberal counterparts, according to a new study published Wednesday. During the 2016 US presidential campaign, researchers from Princeton University and New York University surveyed over 2,711 Facebook users, of whom 49 percent agreed to share ... Read More »

Don’t Blame Everything on Erdogan

The Turkish government doesn’t have a soft spot for the Islamic State, and Ankara stands to lose more than anyone if the terrorist group makes a comeback. Selim Sazak FP Washington’s Turkey experts were left working overtime during the holidays when a routine conversation between Donald Trump and Recep Tayyip Erdogan ended with the announcement that the… Trump’s maneuver had raised worries that a premature withdrawal risks reversing the gains that have been made against the Islamic State. Indeed, on ... Read More »

Δέκα καυτά ζητήματα για το 2019

Το 2019 βρίσκει την Κύπρο ενώπιον σοβαρών διλημμάτων τα οποία θα πρέπει να αντιμετωπισθούν αποτελεσματικά Ανδρέας Θεοφάνους * Και τούτο σε μια περίοδο περιφερειακής και διεθνούς αστάθειας και ρευστότητας σε διάφορα επίπεδα. H πολιτική στο Κυπριακό απέτυχε να οδηγήσει σε μια διευθέτηση. Τυχόν εφαρμογή του διαπραγματευτικού κεκτημένου θα οδηγήσει σε περιπέτειες με απρόβλεπτες συνέπειες. Λαμβάνοντας επίσης υπ’ όψιν ότι ελλοχεύουν κίνδυνοι και από το status quo, το οποίο συνεχώς μεταβάλλεται, προβάλλει η ανάγκη για μια νέα προσέγγιση.  Βασικός στόχος θα ... Read More »

Picturing Baghdad

Despite their traumatic history, Iraqis are finding individual and civic solutions to their country’s political failures. Julie David de Lossy ICG Crisis Group photographer Julie David de Lossy visited Baghdad in October-November 2018 and returned with portraits of its people’s search for normalcy. Iraq has endured decades of sanctions, war, invasion, regime change and dysfunctional government. These span Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship, a devastating eight-year war with Iran in the 1980s and crippling UN sanctions throughout the 1990s. Those difficult years ... Read More »

Why Australia should not have a public register of child sex offenders

To many, “sex offender” conjures a specific image: stranger abduction, child victim, sexual assault, murder. Danielle Harris Brisbane Times Such horrible things do happen but’s it extraordinarily rare. It’s so horrible that it makes the news. And it happens so rarely that it makes the news every time it happens, and when it happens it shakes us to our core. As a child, I was keenly aware of the fates of Sian Kingi and then of Ebony Simpson, and of ... Read More »

Are women escaping family violence overseas considered refugees?

Saudi teenager Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun’s story has travelled around the world this week, highlighting Saudi Arabia’s repressive treatment of women and that not only those who seek asylum by… Tamara Wood The Conversation For now, al-Qunun remains in Thailand, and it’s been reported the UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR) has deemed her to be a refugee. Australia has said it will consider granting her asylum. Reports say al-Qunun fears, if she is returned to Saudi Arabia, she will be abused and ... Read More »