Author Archives: Agora Dialogue

‘I feel like an empty shell’: the patients left behind when MSF had to quit Nauru

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MSF says five years of ‘indefinite limbo’ endured by refugees and asylum seekers has led to a radical deterioration in mental health Helen Davidson and Saba Vasefi The Guardian On Thursday Médecins Sans Frontières took a rare step in front of the microphone and publicly criticised the Australian government, demanding an end to its offshore processing policy. Six days earlier its team of mental health workers had been forced by the Nauru government to abruptly stop work and leave the ... Read More »

Inside torture and trauma counselling sessions on Christmas Island

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For three years from 2011, social worker Poh Lin Lee worked as a trauma counsellor for the Christmas Island Torture and Trauma Service. RN – By Teresa Tan ABC She offered therapy and support to detained asylum seekers referred from the nearby detention centre, which closed this month. At her lowest, most conflicted moments she wondered who she was providing the care for. “It might be enough for someone to get through the next week or the next day, but for ... Read More »

UN: ‘health crisis’ demands closure of Australia’s offshore detention centres

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Government bears responsibility because it designed and paid for the systems in Nauru and Papua New Guinea, says UNHCR Naaman Zhou The Guardian The United Nations has called on Australia to immediately evacuate its offshore detention centres to prevent an unfolding health crisis. Doctors from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) were ejected from Nauru on Wednesday and the UN high commissioner for refugees has warned that many asylum seekers who have attempted self-harm or have critical health issues now have no access ... Read More »

My Fiancé Jamal Khashoggi Was a Lonely Patriot

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His ideas will reverberate from Turkey to Saudi Arabia and beyond. Oppression never lasts forever. Tyrants eventually pay for their sins. Hatice Cengiz The New York Times Jamal Khashoggi and I met at a conference in Istanbul in May. I was familiar with his work because I am interested in the Middle East and the Gulf region. We spoke for about half an hour about politics. Jamal talked about the extraordinary transformation taking place in Saudi Arabia, his native country, ... Read More »

Τρία δισ. € θα στοιχίσει το Brexit στη Γερμανία

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Αύξηση δασμών για τις επιχειρήσεις Αντιμέτωποι με τους χειρότερους εφιάλτες τους, αυτούς που περιγράφουν τη διάλυση της καλοστημένης -στις πλάτες άλλων λαών- οικονομίας τους, βρίσκονται πλέον οι Γερμανοί. δημοκρατία Κι αυτό λόγω… Βρετανίας! Ενα σκληρό Brexit θα οδηγούσε σε επιπλέον δασμούς άνω των 3 δισ. ευρώ για τις γερμανικές επιχειρήσεις για κάθε έτος, όπως ανακοίνωσε χθες γερμανικό ινστιτούτο, προσθέτοντας ότι οι γερμανικές εξαγωγές προς τη… Συγκεκριμένα, το οικονομικό ινστιτούτο IW στην… Τρία δισ. € θα… Read More »

Με δημοψήφισμα ο λαός να απαντήσει για την μορφή της λύσης που επιθυμεί

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Γραπτή Δήλωση Εκπροσώπου Τύπου Συμμαχίας Πολιτών Ανδρέα Αποστόλου Την τελευταία εβδομάδα ξεκίνησε να συζητείται ξανά η μορφή και η βάση λύσης του Κυπριακού που επιθυμεί η πλευρά μας. Δυστυχώς μετά από διαρροές από το εθνικό συμβούλιο αλλά και από ατυχείς δημόσιες δηλώσεις πολιτικών αρχηγών και πολιτικών προσώπων ξεκίνησε ένας κύκλος νέων αντιπαραθέσεων που δεν εξυπηρετούν την εθνική μας υπόθεση. Την στιγμή που η Τουρκία δεν είναι διατεθειμένη να υποχωρήσει στα σοβαρά ζητήματα της ασφάλειας, του στρατού και των εγγυήσεων και ... Read More »

Ντράγκι: Μειώθηκαν τα spreads μεταξύ Ιταλίας και Ελλάδας

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Καθησυχαστικός εμφανίστηκε ο πρόεδρος της ΕΚΤ, Μάριο Ντράγκι αναφορικά με τα ελληνικά ομόλογα καθώς, όπως είπε, η αύξηση στις αποδόσεις των ιταλικών ομολόγων είναι τοπικό φαινόμενο και… Nooz. Στη διάρκεια συνέντευξης Τύπου που έδωσε στην Ινδονησία, στο πλαίσιο της ετήσιας συνόδου του Διεθνούς Νομισματικού Ταμείου ο κ. Ντράγκι σημείωσε ότι η αύξηση των αποδόσεων των ομολόγων που… Είπε ακόμα ότι οι αγορές δεν είχαν αντιδράσει τον Ιούνιο στην απόφαση της ΕΚΤ να σταματήσει το πρόγραμμα αγορών ομολόγων. Για να δείξει ότι οι κινήσεις των αγορών προήλθαν από… Ντράγκι: ... Read More »

For Popular Sovereignty, Beyond Absurdity

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It is disgusting almost beyond words that the onetime sexual predator and obvious dissembler Brett Kavanaugh will render judgement on matters of solemn legal, political, and societal relevance in… Paul Street CounterPunch Troubling as the noxious Kavanaugh’s personal history and untruthfulness are, however, it was even more depressing to see the highly personalized soap opera over his past behavior trump momentous questions of… Equally distressing was our continuing abject failure to address the authoritarian absurdity of core political and judicial ... Read More »

Lynsey Addario on maternal mortality

Noor Nisa, eighteen (right), in labor and stranded with her mother in Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan, November 2009.
Her husband’s first wife died during childbirth, so he was determined to get her to the hospital, a four-hour drive from their
village. His borrowed car broke down and I ended up taking them to the hospital, where Noor Nisa delivered a baby girl.

Renowned for her fearless coverage of conflicts, Addario reflects on the experience of documenting a silent epidemic of epic proportions Words: Hannah Abel-Hirsch British Journal of Photography Throughout the Wellcome Photography Prize submission period, British Journal of Photography is profiling photographers who are exploring the importance of health in society and the… In line with theMedicine in Focus category, BJP spoke to Lynsey Addario about her series on maternal mortality in Sierra… Lynsey Addario is no stranger to conflict. The Pulitzer Prize-winning ... Read More »

Daughter’s hilarious obituary unravels mysterious life of her father

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Delaware: The obituary that ran on the Delaware Online last week was a mystery – the tale of a globe-trotting Renaissance man who disappeared in a single-engine plane over the Atlantic Ocean… Allison Klein The Age / The Washington Post It was written by Alex Walsh about her father, Rick Stein, 71, a man who she said had an endless appetite for comedy. The huge response on social media has been comfort to the mourning family, she said, as people who never knew her ... Read More »

Bill Shorten: ‘We’ve got to end the climate change war’

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Exclusive: Marking five years as opposition leader, Shorten tackles thorny topics – energy, offshore detention and trade Katharine Murphy The Guardian Bill Shorten has signalled Labor will keep the national energy guarantee and maintain subsidies for households and businesses to install small-scale renewable energy until 2030, as the shadow cabinet prepares to deliberate on energy policy. In a wide-ranging interview marking five years as opposition leader, Shorten also revealed Labor was in talks with the Australian Medical Association about conditions ... Read More »

Philippine, Vietnam Leaders Discuss Disputed Sea Boundaries

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MANILA, Philippines — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Vietnam’s prime minister have discussed efforts by their countries to delineate their maritime boundaries in the disputed South China Sea, most… The Associated Press The New York Times Duterte said Friday, without elaborating, that he told Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in a meeting in Indonesia that such boundary talks may take longer because the Philippines is still establishing its… “I told him that in due time, but we will take a ... Read More »

Το μυστήριο της πτήσης CY 284

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Βαθιά συγκλονισμένος έφυγα ψες μετα την παρουσίαση του βιβλίου του Βρετανού συγγραφέα Simon Hepworth ‘’ Το Μυστήριο της Πτήσης CY284’’. Δάφνις Παναγίδης * Ομολογώ ότι δεν έκλεισα ματι   γιατί ΄όσο με τον χρόνο ξετυλίγονται τα γεγονότα και ξεκαθαρίζει η εικόνα των συμπεριφορών της πολιτικής ηγεσίας της Κύπρου με την  στήριξη του λαού στην προσπάθεια να κτίσουμε την νεοσύστατη Κυπριακή Δημοκρατία, τόσο και περισσότερο αντιλαμβάνομαι γιατί βρισκόμαστε στα χάλια που βρισκόμαστε σήμερα. Και  ο Θεός να βάλει το χέρι Του, ίσως ... Read More »

Religious freedom not under threat, but we should debate limits

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The immediate eruption of controversy over the selective leaking of recommendations from the Ruddock report on religious freedom shows both why the government has sought to avoid releasing the report, and… Simon Cowan Brisbane Times It is a major issue, notwithstanding that marriage equality has been one of the few direct challenges to freedom of religion in Australia in recent years. And, while there have been major court cases in the US and the UK testing the limits of free ... Read More »

What would it take for North Korea to join the IMF?

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At the recent UN General Assembly, South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in was discussing North Korea’s strides to build relations and open up to the world. Ana Nicolaci da Costa BBC He said Kim Jong-un had even said he would be “willing to join the IMF and the World Bank and other international agencies”, Reuters reported. Those ambitions, if vague for now, cast a light on the challenges North Korea will face as it tries to become part of the global ... Read More »

Commentary: Saudi First foreign policy comes back to bite Trump

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Mounting evidence that Saudi Arabia is behind the disappearance of regime critic Jamal Khashoggi has laid bare the risks of a US Middle East policy aligned closely with Riyadh. Julian Pecquet Al-Monitor From the war in Yemen to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Washington has invested heavily in a relationship built largely on the personal bond between Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and presidential son-in-law and… With Prince Mohammed widely suspected of having ordered Khashoggi’s murder inside a diplomatic facility on NATO ... Read More »