Author Archives: Agora Dialogue

World’s tallest building lit up with image of Jacinda Ardern

The world’s tallest building has been lit up with a giant image of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern embracing a woman at the Kilbirnie mosque in Wellington. Joel MacManus The Sydney Morning Herald The Burj Khalifa, an 829-metre-tall skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, beamed out a photo taken by Wellington photographer Hagen Hopkins, as well as the Arabic word “salam” and its English translation, “peace”. Sheik Mohammed, the prime minister and vice-president of the UAE, and ruler of ... Read More »

Fraser Anning staffer and alleged Nazi enthusiast employed by Home Affairs

The political staffer accused of writing Fraser Anning’s infamous “final solution” speech and holding an obsession with Nazi Germany is employed by the federal government agency managing Australia’s immigration program, it… Nicole Hasham The Age The staffer, Richard Howard, is on unpaid leave from the Department of Home Affairs and has left the door open to returning should Senator Anning fail to be re-elected in May. However Home Affairs secretary Michael Pezzullo on Friday said if any staff member was ... Read More »

The Quick Read on Thailand’s First Election in 8 Years

What Happened This Week: The Thai people head to the polls this Sunday for the first time since the country’s military seized power in a 2014 coup. Ian Bremmer Time It’s the first general election since 2011. Why It Matters: For years now, the country’s real political power has lain in the hands of the military, backed by the country’s monarchy. The country maintained a democratic façade over the years by holding elections from time to time leading to the ... Read More »

Journalism needs to practice transparency in a different way to rebuild credibility

Public trust in media continues to hover near all-time lows, driven by perceptions that the news industry is partisan and peddles inaccurate information (“fake news”), as well as ambivalence about news from social media. Authors: The Conversation According to a new Knight Foundation report on news media trust, transparency is a key factor in restoring trust. Although media organizations promote the inherent value of transparency, they often do not explain what it means in practice. In contrast, research in business ... Read More »

The Ambition Europe Needs

Whereas the Europe of the 1950s was desperate to ensure peace and freedom, underpinned by liberal democratic systems and values, the Europe of 2019 is electing nationalist and populist parties that are actively undermining that effort. Dominique Moisi Project Syndicate This is not a status quo anyone – especially not Germany – should be defending. PARIS – French President Emmanuel Macron recently launched his platform for the upcoming European Parliament elections. Official reactions to his approach – outlined in a ... Read More »

Χωρίς ενιαία γραμμή η Ευρώπη στις εμπορικές συνομιλίες με τις ΗΠΑ

Ανάλυση Ο σχεδιασμός τον οποίο έχει κάνει η Ευρωπαϊκή Ενωση, και αφορά τις διαπραγματεύσεις για το διμερές εμπόριό της με τις Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες, απέχει παρασάγγας από το τι πραγματικά απαιτείται στη… Philip Blenkinsop / Reuters Η Καθημερινή Συν τοις άλλοις, η οποιαδήποτε πρόταση για να μετατεθούν χρονικά οι επίσημες συνομιλίες δεν πρόκειται να φέρει αποτέλεσμα. Τα σχετικά δήλωσε χθες ο Γκόρντον Σόντλαντ, ο Αμερικανός πρέσβης στις Βρυξέλλες. Ειδικότερα, η Ευρωπαϊκή Επιτροπή, η οποία αναλαμβάνει εκ μέρους των 28 κρατών-μελών της ... Read More »

House prices keep dropping – and there’s no end in sight

Prices will continue to fall, unless the Reserve Bank gets involved and cuts rates soon Greg Jericho The Guardian Τhe latest residential housing prices figures confirm what buyers and sellers have known for some time: the drop in housing prices is continuing without any real sign of a bottom being reached. This fall, as with the housing boom, is most pronounced in Sydney and Melbourne. This has seen an improvement in housing affordability but it remains above the pre-boom levels. In the ... Read More »

Super worm moon – in pictures

Wednesday night’s rare occurrence of a super worm moon coincided with the equinox. Matt Fidler The Guardian  The name is a nod to the emergence of worms from the soil around the time of the March full moon The super worm equinox moon rises behind the Statue of Liberty in New York. Photograph: Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu/Getty Images… Super worm moon – in… Read More »

Sanders, Harris, Biden… can anyone beat Donald Trump to become the next US president?

No sooner had the US midterm elections for Congress concluded than jockeying began for the presidential elections in 2020. Dennis Altman The Conversation Barring either impeachment, which seems unlikely, or a health crisis, Donald Trump will seek re-election. Although the last sitting president not to be re-elected was George Bush Sr in 1992, polls suggest Trump is consistently disliked by a majority of Americans. Democrats see a remarkable opportunity to regain the White House. It’s all about the Electoral College ... Read More »

Torra desafía a la Junta Electoral con otra pancarta a favor de los presos

Nuevo capítulo de los lazos en Cataluña. El presidente de la Generalitat, Quim Torra, ha sustituido este jueves la pancarta a favor de los “presos políticos” del balcón del Palau de la Generalitat por otra con el mismo mensaje pero que, en lugar de un… Redacción El HuffPost Torra ha aplicado de esta manera la resolución de la Junta Electoral Central (JEC) después de que el Síndic de Greuges, Rafael Ribó, le recomendara cumplir con la orden de ese organismo de ... Read More »

Eminent Byzantinist Dr. Speros Vryonis, Jr., Supporter of Armenian Studies, Dies

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Eminent Byzantinist and historian Dr. Speros Vryonis, Jr. passed away on March 11 peacefully in his sleep at the age of 90. Aram Arkun The Armenian Mirror-Spectator Vryonis wrote extensively on Byzantine, Balkan and Greek history. Secondarily, he contributed to the advancement of Armenology through his research in Byzantine history, his unwavering stand against shoddy scholarship and… Incongruously, or at least unexpectedly, combining a Southern twang and courtesy with ancient Greek aphorisms, Vryonis was witty and gregarious. ... Read More »

How a simple act of kindness from a stranger ended my career as a neo-Nazi

‘There was no defining moment that made me become a neo-Nazi – but there was one defining moment that made me stop,’ writes Tom Olsen who now helps police in Norway de-radicalise extremists. Source : SBS Insight Preview Above: Tom Olsen discusses the moment his neo-Nazi beliefs were challenged. Watch the full episode on On Demand. When news broke last week that a gunman had stormed a mosque in New Zealand, unlike most, I didn’t ask myself ‘How could someone do that?’ I ... Read More »

NT to pass new youth justice laws that contradict Don Dale findings

Northern Territory laws to clarify how and when guards can use force, restraints and isolation on children Lorena Allam and Helen Davidson The Guardian The Northern Territory is set to pass controversial youth justice laws that clarify how and when guards can use force, restraints and “separation” (isolation) on children in its two detention centres, Don Dale and Alice Springs. “This is about backing our frontline staff and their ability to make decisions under difficult circumstances,” the territory families minister, Dale Wakefield, ... Read More »

Fog of War Clouds India’s Stocks Rally

Military posturing has revived animal spirits. Cooler heads will suggest the gains are unlikely to last. Anjani Trivedi Bloomberg It’s amazing what a bit of chest-beating and military posturing can do. India’s war of words with and air strikes on Pakistan have reinvigorated the re-election campaign of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Opinion polls (if you believe them) are predicting a bigger margin of victory for Modi’s National Democratic Alliance than they were two months ago. A creeping skepticism that had ... Read More »

In major shift, Trump says time for U.S. to recognize Israeli sovereignty over Golan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday it was time to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights that Israel seized from Syria in 1967, marking a dramatic shift in U.S. policy and giving a boost to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the middle of his re-election campaign. Steve Holland , Matt Spetalnick Reuters The disputed area was captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed in 1981 in a… Netanyahu has pressed ... Read More »

The sudden shift that should have all of us worried about the global economy

The markets’ responses to the latest US Federal Reserve Board’s interest rate and balance sheet decisions were telling. Stephen Bartholomeusz Brisbane Times The immediate reaction of the share market was to mark stocks up, before a more considered assessment sent them back down. Bond rates eased and the US dollar slid against its major trading partners’ currencies. The nature of the Fed’s announcements – a majority of the members of its Open Market Committee expect no rate increases this year and the Fed ... Read More »