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Jonathan Este

Jonathan Este

Associate Editor, Arts + Culture Editor

Jonathan Este spent 20 years as a reporter, columnist and editor on The Independent as well as The Australian. He joins The Conversation from the Media Alliance in Australia where he specialised in media law and policy and the digital revolution in journalism.

Global Geopolitics Series

Ukraine recap: Putin on top as Kyiv scrambles to play catch-up on the battlefield

May 24, 2024 08:10 am UTC| Insights & Views

Vladimir Putin has been looking pretty chipper of late. Two weeks ago saw him wearing his trademark vulpine smile as he presided over the Victory Day commemorations in Moscow. It was a rather more upbeat occasion than in...

Ukraine recap: US$60 billion aid package brings fresh hope to desperate Kyiv

Apr 26, 2024 01:31 am UTC| Insights & Views

Across the broad sweep of history, its usually overly simplistic to talk about a single event as a turning point. This is especially the case in a conflict such as the one in Ukraine. So many factors geopolitical,...

Ukraine recap: Russia won’t attack Nato countries says Putin, believe it or not

Apr 01, 2024 03:48 am UTC| Insights & Views

Vladimir Putin says has no intention of attacking any Nato members. Visiting an airbase in Torzhok, on the road between Moscow and St Petersburg, the Russian president told a group of pilots he didnt plan to spark a war...

Ukraine recap: Russian election special – and the winner will be … Vladimir Putin

Mar 16, 2024 07:19 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Russian voters have been heading to the polls this week. But it would be misleading to say they were voting to choose a president. Thats already been done for them itll be Vladimir Putin. If there had ever been any...

Global Geopolitics Series

Ukraine recap: prospect of renewed US funding a boost for beleaguered Zelensky

Feb 16, 2024 07:06 am UTC| Insights & Views

Its appropriate, a fortnight out from the second anniversary of the full-scale Russian invasion, to look back and see what the mood was this time last year as we marked the end of the first year of all-out war in Ukraine....

Global Geopolitics Series

Ukraine recap: possibility of imminent Russian offensive focuses minds on Kyiv's weapons shortages

Jan 20, 2024 06:04 am UTC| Insights & Views

As youd expect, Ukraines president, Volodymyr Zelensky, has been working the room at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week. After a disappointing end to 2023 on the battlefield, with signs of battle fatigue among...

Gaza Update: as the world debates 'ceasefires' and 'pauses', Israel silent on the 'day after'

Nov 19, 2023 05:53 am UTC| Insights & Views

I spent several hours on Wednesday night wrestling over how we could best cover the raid by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) on Gazas al-Shifa hospital. My initial plan was to get an expert in international law to write a...

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Economy

Rotting sargassum is choking the Caribbean’s white sand beaches, fueling an economic and public health crisis

The Caribbeans sandy beaches, clear turquoise water and vibrant coral reefs filled with an amazing variety of sea creatures have long been the pride of the islands. The big three sun, sea and sand have made this...

Sierra Leone’s bushmeat markets pose serious health hazards – we studied two for six months to find solutions

You are walking through the bustling centre of Bo, Sierra Leones third largest city. Following the crowd, you turn off the main road onto a narrower thoroughfare and find yourself in an open-air market. Shelters...

Africa doesn’t have a choice between economic growth and protecting the environment: how they can go hand in hand

Heathrow Airport in the UK currently uses more energy than the entire west African country of Sierra Leone. Despite Africa accounting for less than 4% of all global greenhouse gas emissions, many of its countries face...

Spare us the talk about a wages explosion. There’s nothing wrong with lifting Australia’s lowest wages in line with inflation

What is it with the Coalition and wages? When, in the final days of the 2022 election campaign, the then opposition leader Anthony Albanese backed an increase in award wages to keep pace with inflation, his opposite...

Net zero is not just good science – it’s also a good deal for ordinary people

As the UK moves into a general election, a misinformed debate over the countrys climate transition and legally binding net zero targets risks further dividing people. Much of this debate in the UK focuses on the cost of...

Politics

Unmarred by Russian spying scandal, Austria’s far-right expected to cruise to victory in European elections

For the Freedom Party of Austria (FP), the weeks are going by like clockwork. The far-right party continues to top the polls. It is expected to clinch a comfortable victory in the European elections on 9 June with almost...

Indian election: Narendra Modi hasn’t delivered the expected landslide – where the BJP may have gone wrong

Narendra Modi may have led his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to a historic third term, but the landslide victory that many had expected failed to materialise. With half of the 640...

Iran: president’s death has set hardliners jostling for position to replace ageing supreme leader

The death of Irans president, Ebrahim Raisi, in a helicopter crash in May plunged Iran into political uncertainly. Raisis death has set off an intense power struggle within the Islamic Republic. Irans consitution...

Modi’s narrow win suggests Indian voters saw through religious rhetoric, opting instead to curtail his political power

Indias ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, had hoped for a landslide victory in the countrys six-week general election the largest display of democracy, by far, in a year of voting around the world. But with results...

Science

Eye exercises to improve sight – is there any science behind them? An ophthalmologist explains why you shouldn’t buy the hype

You may have seen advertisements claiming to eliminate the need for eyeglasses through vision therapy or vision training basically, eye exercises. These exercises include putting pressure on or palming the eye; eye...

The universe’s biggest explosions made some of the elements we are composed of. But there’s another mystery source out there

After its birth in the Big Bang, the universe consisted mainly of hydrogen and a few helium atoms. These are the lightest elements in the periodic table. More-or-less all elements heavier than helium were produced in the...

Engineering cells to broadcast their behavior can help scientists study their inner workings

Waves are ubiquitous in nature and technology. Whether its the rise and fall of ocean tides or the swinging of a clocks pendulum, the predictable rhythms of waves create a signal that is easy to track and distinguish from...

If an asteroid hit Earth and all the humans died, would the dinosaurs come back?

Many, many years ago dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Six-year-old Aga knows that a meteorite wiped them out… but could another meteorite bring them back? You can read a print version of this story...

Ancient DNA from an extinct native duck reveals how far birds flew to make New Zealand home

Ask a bird lover if they have heard of the extinct giant moa or its ancient predator, Haasts eagle, and the answer will likely be yes. The same cant be said of New Zealands extinct, but equally unique, mergansers a group...

Technology

Tesla Cybertruck Deliveries Halted Amid Windshield Wiper Issue; Watch Elon’s Victory Lap

Tesla has paused Cybertruck deliveries due to a problem with its massive windshield wiper. The issue, which affects the largest wiper ever installed on a consumer vehicle, has caused a temporary halt in deliveries, with...

Shein and Temu Face Tax Crackdown in South Africa, Higher Duties Imposed

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) will impose higher import duties on low-value clothing orders from Shein and Temu, addressing local retailers concerns about unfair competition. Starting July 1, 2024, all clothing...

Elon Musk Claims the New Tesla Roadster Will Be Able to Fly

Elon Musk has revealed that the new Tesla Roadster will be able to fly, hinting at a possible collaboration with SpaceX. This exciting announcement has left many eagerly anticipating further details about the electric...

Tesla Extends FSD Transfers for Another Quarter, Confirms Elon Musk

During Teslas 2024 Annual Stockholder Meeting, Elon Musk announced that the company will extend Full Self-Driving (FSD) transfers for one more quarter, starting in Q3, following a spontaneous suggestion from an audience...
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