Author Archives: Agora Dialogue

One small step for Brussels and its space dreams

Brussels makes the argument for cosmic projects ranging from moon villages to a Space Force. Joshua Posaner and Saim Saeed Politico The European Commission has a vision to boldly go where no European has gone before. “I hear some spoke about an orbital society: Why not?” Commissioner for the Internal Market Elżbieta Bieńkowska told a space industry conference in Brussels Tuesday. “I hear others targeting the moon and the moon village: Why not? I hear also that Europe should have the capacity to ... Read More »

Does Journalism Have a Future?

In an era of social media and fake news, journalists who have survived the print plunge have new foes to face. Jill Lepore The New Yorker – Audio: Listen to this article. To hear more, download the Audm iPhone app. The wood-panelled tailgate of the 1972 Oldsmobile station wagon dangled open like a broken jaw, making a wobbly bench on which four kids could sit, eight legs swinging. Every Sunday morning, long before dawn, we’d get yanked out of bed ... Read More »

Corporations ‘failing to pay proper tax rates’ in EU

An investigation by the Greens in the European Parliament has shown big companies throughout the bloc are failing to pay their statutory taxes. The party has called for more social responsibility. Jane Mcintosh DW The only state in the EU where big corporations pay the statutory rate of tax is Bulgaria. In all other states, they pay, on average, less than the official rate. Those are among the key findings in a report is to be presented in Brussels Tuesday by ... Read More »

China’s gene-edited babies are real, and one more is on the way

Beijing: A second Chinese woman is pregnant with a “gene-edited” baby and is being medically supervised by local authorities, a Chinese government investigation has revealed. Kirsty Needham The Sydney Morning Herald Chinese researcher He Jiankui shocked the science world when he revealed the existence of baby twins, born to fathers carrying HIV, who had been altered genetically to make them HIV resistant. Authorities in Guangdong province moved swiftly to investigate the claims amid a worldwide backlash. On Monday investigators announced their preliminary findings, ... Read More »

Davos 2019: David Attenborough issues stark warning about future of civilisation as he demands ‘practical solutions’ to combat climate change

‘What we do now…will profoundly affect the next few thousand years’ Zamira Rahim Independent Sir David Attenborough has issued a stark warning about climate change to business figures gathered in Davos, telling them that “what we do now…will profoundly affect the next few thousand years”. On the eve of this year’s World Economic Forum, the renowned naturalist told the audience that the worlds of business and politics should “get on with the practical solutions” needed to prevent environmental damage. “As a species we are expert ... Read More »

Left Behind: How Privatization Disenfranchises the Poor and Endangers Democracies

Public services are dividing countries instead of uniting them. Joergen Oerstroem Moeller The National Interest In Democracies Are Fighting for Their Lives, Joergen Oerstroem Moeller described how democracies are under pressure. The following article is an analysis of how he came to that conclusion. The Privatization of Online Money 1. Public services are dividing the nation instead of uniting it. Public services used to serve a double purpose. The first one was to deliver electricity, water, transport, postal services, etc. ... Read More »

My Australia: The woman tackling workplace ignorance about Indigenous Australians

Djiribul woman Shelley Reys has spent her career trying to bridge the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Today she counts Microsoft, Qantas and Telstra as clients. Matt Connellan SBS My Australia is a special series exploring cultural heritage and identity, and asking what it means to be Australian in 2019. When Shelley Reys was a little girl, she watched her father win ‘the race that stops a nation’. Frank Reys became the only Aboriginal jockey to win the Melbourne ... Read More »

Three Charts on who uses illicit drugs in Australia

To demonstrate the failure of the war on drugs, NSW Greens MP Cate Faehrmann came out this week about her own drug use: Since my 20s, I’ve occasionally taken MDMA [ecstasy] at dance parties and music festivals. I know journalists, tradies, lawyers, public servants, doctors, police and yes, politicians (most well into their forties), who have done the same. Nicole Lee The Conversation When asked by journalists on Monday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he’d never taken illicit drugs, while ... Read More »

Bogotá Bomb Shatters Peace Talks with Colombia’s Last Guerrillas

After Bogotá’s deadliest bombing since 2003, the government is likely to crack down hard on Colombia’s last guerrilla group, the ELN. In this Q&A, Crisis Group’s Senior Analyst for Colombia Kyle Johnson says any new military campaign should distinguish between ELN factions and is unlikely to inflict a lasting defeat on the rebels. What happened? On 17 January, a car drove into the General Santander police academy in Bogotá and exploded, killing 21 police officers and injuring 68 more. Though the perpetrator also died, the ... Read More »

‘Children are the real victims of conflict’

The global refugee crisis through the lens of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Muhammed Muheisen Words: Argyro Vourdoumpa, SBS Greek | Production: John Dexter  Jordanian photojournalist Muhammed Muheisen aims to bring to life the stories of refugees, migrants and internally displaced people, as well as the challenges they face settling in new countries. The two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, has been documenting refugee crises across the Middle East, Asia and Europe for over a decade. “Not everyone is aware of what is happening in our world,” Muheisen ... Read More »

Davos: leaders talk about globalisation as though it’s inevitable – when it isn’t

Global leaders have descended on the Swiss ski resort of Davos for the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting. Jennifer Johns The Conversation This year’s theme is “Globalisation 4.0: Shaping a Global Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution”. On the agenda is how countries can respond to and shape changes in how goods are produced, distributed and consumed. It is based on the idea that the world is entering a fourth industrial revolution, where a new wave of ... Read More »

The Real Issue Behind the Border Wall Debate

For the United States, immigration has always been a necessity and an agony. The debate over a wall separating the United States and Mexico goes to the heart of American society. The wall itself is about preventing illegal immigration, but the debate inevitably flows to the question of immigration in general, as it always has in American history. George Friedman Geopolitical Futures An Agonizing Experience The American nation was forged from fragments of other nations. The English, Scotch-Irish, Swedish, Germans, ... Read More »

Love thy neighbour? Just 4 per cent of Canberrans socialise in their street

When was the last time you caught up with your neighbours? Or borrowed a cup of sugar? Could you even recognise them out in public? Serena Coady The Canberra Times New research suggests most Canberrans wouldn’t, with just four per cent of ACT residents currently socialising with their neighbours. The study – undertaken by Mastercard and the Happiness Institute – found that 55 per cent of Canberrans didn’t know their neighbour’s name, and 25 per cent didn’t know what they looked ... Read More »

Χαιρετισμός Καθηγητή Ανδρέα Θεοφάνους στην παρουσίαση του βιβλίου: Ο κυπριακός κοινωνικός μετασχηματισμός

Tο βιβλίο παρουσιασίασαν σε εκδήλωση στο Αμφιθέατρο UNESCO του Πανεπιστημίου Λευκωσίας το Κυπριακό Κέντρο Ευρωπαϊκών και Διεθνών Υποθέσεων σε συνεργασία με την Agora Dialogue, την Τρίτη, 22 Ιανουαρίου o Αναπληρωτής Καθηγητής Ιστορίας και Αρχαιολογίας στο Πανεπιστήμιο Κύπρου Πέτρος Παπαπολυβίου και o Δημοσιογράφος και Μέλος ΣΕΠ του Τμήματος Πολιτικών Επιστημών και Διακυβέρνησης στο Πανεπιστήμιο Λευκωσίας Κώστας Βενιζέλος. Για το βιβλίο μίλησε και ο συγγραφέας, ο οποίος είναι Καθηγητής στο Τμήμα Κοινωνικής Πολιτικής στο Πάντειο Πανεπιστήμιο. Την εκδήλωση συντόνισε η Ανώτερη Επιστημονική Συνεργάτιδα του Κυπριακού Κέντρου Ευρωπαϊκών και ... Read More »

Οι πολυεθνικές πληρώνουν ελάχιστους φόρους στην ΕΕ

Οι φορολογικοί συντελεστές κάθε χώρας είναι λίγο πολύ γνωστοί. Süddeutsche Zeitung Επιμέλεια: Στέφανος Γεωργακόπουλος DW Σε πολλές χώρες- μέλη της ΕΕ ωστόσο οι πολυεθνικές καταβάλλουν πολύ χαμηλότερους φόρους από τους προβλεπόμενους, διαπιστώνει έκθεση των Ευρωπαίων Πρασίνων. Οι πολυεθνικές εταιρίες δεν καταβάλλουν σχεδόν σε καμία χώρα της ΕΕ τον προβλεπόμενο φορολογικό συντελεστή, διαπιστώνει έκθεση των Ευρωπαίων Πρασίνων που παρουσιάζεται σήμερα. Η έκθεση καταπέλτης για την φορολογική πολιτική στην ΕΕ διαπιστώνει σημαντικές διαφορές μεταξύ καταβαλλόμενου και προβλεπόμενου φόρου, γράφει σήμερα η… Οι ... Read More »

Ομιλία Κώστα Βενιζέλου στην παρουσίαση του βιβλίου ”Ο κυπριακός κοινωνικός μετασχηματισμός” του Σπύρου Σακελλαρόπουλου

Από τη συγκρότηση στη διχοτόμηση Tο βιβλίο παρουσιασίασαν σε εκδήλωση στο Αμφιθέατρο UNESCO του Πανεπιστημίου Λευκωσίας το Κυπριακό Κέντρο Ευρωπαϊκών και Διεθνών Υποθέσεων σε συνεργασία με την Agora Dialogue, την Τρίτη, 22 Ιανουαρίου o Αναπληρωτής Καθηγητής Ιστορίας και Αρχαιολογίας στο Πανεπιστήμιο Κύπρου Πέτρος Παπαπολυβίου και o Δημοσιογράφος και Μέλος ΣΕΠ του Τμήματος Πολιτικών Επιστημών και Διακυβέρνησης στο Πανεπιστήμιο Λευκωσίας Κώστας Βενιζέλος. Για το βιβλίο μίλησε και ο συγγραφέας, ο οποίος είναι Καθηγητής στο Τμήμα Κοινωνικής Πολιτικής στο Πάντειο Πανεπιστήμιο. Χαιρετισμό απηύθυνε ο Πρόεδρος του Κυπριακού Κέντρου ... Read More »