Author Archives: Agora Dialogue

The new school bullies aren’t children – they’re parents

Furious Facebook posts, abusive emails, school sit-ins, menacing behaviour: the bullying of staff by parents is becoming increasingly common and can have devastating consequences. By Melissa Fyfe and Henrietta Cook Brisbane Times When something inside you breaks, the most basic matters can be overlooked. Take, for example, the case of Queensland construction worker Matt Barreno*. One Sunday evening in May last year, the 48-year-old flew out of his house in such a fury, he barely registered his outfit: grey flannelette pyjamas and ... Read More »

How much of Europe does China own?

The European Union has introduced a new mechanism for screening foreign investment. It’s widely believed to have been prompted by concerns over China’s economic ambitions in Europe. By Reality Check team BBC News It will allow the European Commission – the EU’s executive arm -… In March, the European Commission called China a “systemic rival” and a “strategic competitor”. The Chinese Ambassador to the EU urged the bloc to remain “open and welcome” to Chinese investment, and not to “discriminate”. ... Read More »

Our leaders are ignoring global warming to the point of criminal negligence. It’s unforgivable

Humanity survived the cold war because no one pushed the button. On climate change, the button has been pushed again and again Tim Winton The Guardian I’ve been asking myself a question – and even posing it makes me queasy. Is it too late – are we beyond saving? As a culture and a polity, when it comes to climate change, have we arrived at a point where we are now expected – even trained – to abandon hope and ... Read More »

Α. Συρίγος: «Γαλάζια πατρίδα» και συνεκμετάλλευση

Τον Μάρτιο του 2013, ο Ερντογάν στο τέλος ακόμη μιας ελληνοτουρκικής συναντήσεως χρησιμοποίησε τη φράση «καζάν-καζάν». Άγγελος M. Συρίγος Η Καθημερινή Πρόκειται για την τουρκική μετάφραση του αμερικανικού όρου «win-win» που χρησιμοποιείται στο παίγνιο αμοιβαίου οφέλους. Στόχος είναι μέσα από μια διαπραγμάτευση να βγουν ωφελημένα και τα δύο ενδιαφερόμενα μέρη. Ο Ερντογάν αναφερόταν για ακόμη μία φορά στη συνεκμετάλλευση των υδρογονανθράκων που βρίσκονται σε περιοχές που ενδιαφέρουν την Τουρκία. Πρόκειται για μια παλιά ιστορία. Είχε ξεκινήσει το… Α. Συρίγος: «Γαλάζια… Read More »

Οι Μαυροφορεμένες Παναγιές της Κύπρου

Εισερχόμαστε στη Μεγάλη Βδομάδα των παθών που είναι συνδεδεμένη με τα πάθη των ανθρώπων μας. Κώστας Μαυρίδης * Η Κύπρος,  ιδιαίτερα από το 1974, γέμισε με μαυροφορεμένες Παναγιές, που μια-μια αναχωρούν εις απάντησιν του Νυμφίου και του χαμένου τους σπλάγχνου. Εις μνήμην των μαυροφορεμένων Παναγίων μας, αναδημοσιεύω περσινό μου κείμενο. «Από τη μέρα που η Λαλλού παντρεύτηκε τον Κυριάκο, ήταν η αφοσιωμένη γυναίκα του και ο πιστός υπάλληλος στο σπαστήριο πέτρας (για άμμο, χαλίκια κ.ά.), έξω από το χωριό στα ριζά ... Read More »

Peace hopes suffer setback as Taliban-Afghan talks derailed

Hopes for a breakthrough in a push to end Afghanistan’s grueling conflict suffered a major setback on April 19 after a key summit between the Taliban and Afghan officials was indefinitely postponed. Doha Hurriyet The so-called intra-Afghan dialogue, due to take place in Doha this weekend, fell apart at the last minute in a row over the large number of delegates Kabul wanted to send. The collapse comes at a critical time and amid continued bloodshed. The Taliban now control or influence about half of Afghanistan ... Read More »

Hard Truths in Syria

America Can’t Do More With Less, and It Shouldn’t Try Over the last four years, I helped lead the global response to the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS)—an effort that succeeded in destroying an ISIS “caliphate” in the heart of the Middle East that had served as a… Brett McGurk Foreign Affairs Working as a special envoy for U.S. Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump, I helped establish a coalition that was the largest of its kind in history: ... Read More »

Meet ‘Mr. Earth Day,’ the Man Who Helped Organize the Annual Observance

Nearly 50 years after 20 million Americans participated in the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, more than 190 countries mark the annual day for raising awareness of environmental causes. Olivia B. Waxman Time And the stakes only grow as the years go by. Though Earth Day has been dogged by rumors that it was founded by a murderer and as communist propaganda, the truth is much more straightforward — but no less fascinating. TIME spoke to Denis Hayes, ... Read More »

God, Guns, and Country: The Evangelical Fight Over Firearms

On the afternoon of Good Friday in April, 2010, Shane Claiborne, a thirty-five-year-old evangelical activist sporting dreadlocks and homemade pants, followed a group of teen-agers carrying an… Eliza Griswold The New Yorker They marched to a gun store in Kensington called the Shooter Shop, which was notorious for allowing straw buyers to purchase guns illegally. Philadelphia has been hit hard by the heroin epidemic and its associated gun violence. In 2010, some two hundred and fifty people were killed with ... Read More »

Militia detains migrants at gunpoint along the US-Mexico border

A video has emerged of armed right-wing militia members stopping over 300 migrants as they cross the Mexico border into the US state of New Mexico. BBC The group calls itself the United Constitutional Patriots, and are seen in the Facebook clip standing over migrants sitting on the desert ground. The group’s actions have been condemned by civil liberties groups and New Mexico state officials. The militia supports President Donald Trump’s plan for a border wall. The incident comes amid ... Read More »

The Church of Living Dangerously: How One of America’s Biggest Pastors Became a Drug Runner for a Mexican Cartel

He looked like Sammy Hagar, preached like Billy Graham, and brought a 350-pound tiger to church. David Kushner Vanity Fair Then he shot heroin with his son and was busted at the border for running drugs for a Mexican cartel. A little after five A.M. on December 11, 2017, a gray Volkswagen Passat inched through the darkness of Tijuana toward the brightly lit Customs and Border Protection port of entry at San Ysidro, California. It was in the SENTRI lane, ... Read More »

Alan García dejó carta: no quería sufrir “injusticia”

Luciana García, una de las hijas del exmandatario, leyó el documento durante el velatorio realizado en la sede del Partido Aprista Peruano. Deutsche Welle Luciana García Nores, una de las hijas del expresidente de Perú Alan García, dio a conocer este viernes (19.04.2019) una carta que su padre escribió a sus seguidores, en la que afirma que no… La lectura de la misiva la realizó durante el velatorio llevado a cabo en la llamada “Casa del Pueblo”. “He visto a ... Read More »

‘Absolute madness’ in Northern Ireland

Journalist Lyra KcKee is the latest victim of the conflict she covered. Once a year in the Good Friday Dublin Unitarian Church, thousands of names are spoken aloud in a reading that takes three hours. Naomi O’Leary Politico These are the victims of Northern Ireland’s decades of conflict, remembered on the Christian holiday from which the Good Friday peace deal that ended it takes its name. Twenty-one years since the signing of the historic accord, Ireland woke up to find ... Read More »

‘Haters like to pick on China’: Huawei exec defends video surveillance

Shenzhen: China’s use of video surveillance on its citizens has been defended by a senior Huawei executive, who said it was critical to catching criminals, and the media attention on the country’s policing was “anti… Jennifer Duke WAtoday Huawei’s global chief public safety scientist, Hong-Eng Koh, a former Singapore police officer, said there was video surveillance “everywhere” and criticised “anti-Chinese” media companies for attacking China specifically for using the… “Excuse me, video surveillance started in New York and London long ... Read More »

A Shadow over Ukraine’s Presidential Election

With Ukraine’s establishment forecasting doom after the presidential runoff, the far right’s influence on politics is impossible to ignore. Katharine Quinn-Judge ICG Its resurgence is both a symptom and a cause of the country’s ills: there is less daylight between it and the political mainstream than either admits. On 31 March, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko suffered a double-digit defeat in the presidential election’s first round to comedian Volodymyr Zelensky, whose only previous political experience is playing the… The incumbent is ... Read More »

Facebook bans Britain’s far-right hate groups

London: Facebook has banned far-right groups including the British National Party (BNP) and the English Defence League (EDL) from having any presence on the social network for violating the… By Martyn Landi Brisbane Times The banned groups, which also includes Knights Templar International, Britain First and the National Front as well as key members of their leadership, have been removed from both Facebook and… The social network’s policy does not allow groups or individuals which engage in “terrorist activity, organised ... Read More »