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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

Space arms race may be underway

As conflict rages on Earth, an arms race may be underway in outer space. On May 30, a US diplomat warned that Russia had launched a weapon into orbit, something Russias deputy foreign minister, Sergey Ryabkov, branded as...

Mauritius’ next growth phase: a new plan is needed as the tax haven era fades

Mauritians will head to the polls by November 2024 and politicians are considering the economic direction of the island country. For the last two decades, the countrys economic growth has depended heavily on its...

Canadians are feeling increasingly powerless amid economic struggles and rising inequality

If you feel like youre being pushed around in life, youre not alone. Our recent research has found that Canadians are increasingly feeling a sense of powerlessness in their lives. This sentiment has been steadily...

Myth: How the US manipulates global markets for economic supremacy

US president, Joe Biden, raised tariffs on Chinese-made goods sharply in May, claiming that the Chinese government has cheated by pouring money into Chinese companies … hurting competitors who play by the rules. The...

The world no longer needs fossil fuels – and the UK could lead the way in making them taboo

North Sea oil and gas has become a battleground issue in the UK general election. The Labour partys manifesto promises an end to issuing new licenses for finding oil and gas. The Conservative party meanwhile proposes a...

Politics

Three ways politicians always promise to raise money without increasing taxes – and why they rarely deliver

After weeks of controversy over Labour and Conservative costings in which each side accused the other of dishonesty the manifestos show that both parties had wildly exaggerated their rivals plans. But there has been...

Election 2024: migrants aren’t to blame for Britain’s housing crisis

Migration has become the most toxic issue in British politics, driving intensely emotional debates that are often based on prejudice and misunderstanding. Similarly emotional is housing a finite resource in high demand at...

How Vladimir Putin projects his image as a modern-day Peter the Great

Russian energy giant Gazprom is reported to have been hit particularly hard by sanctions imposed as a result of the war with Ukraine. An internal report obtained and published by the Financial Times has forecast that the...

Another election, another round of Nigel Farage hype, with no lessons learned

Nigel Farage, a man who has never been elected to the House of Commons despite years of trying, has again been allowed to set the agenda in the UK. Ten years after Ukip won the European parliament elections, throwing...

Science

Nations realise they need to take risks or lose the race to the Moon

The Nasa-led Artemis-3 mission will place the first human boots on the surface of the Moon since Apollo 17s Gene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt left the lunar surface in December 1972. The goal of the Artemis programme is...

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...

Technology

Iranian Officials Criticize 'Hamster Kombat' Blockchain Game as Election Distraction Tool

Iranian officials have condemned the popular blockchain game Hamster Kombat, alleging it distracts citizens from the upcoming presidential elections. Deputy Chief Habibollah Sayyari and religious leader Ayatollah Nasser...

Bitcoin Price Fluctuates Amid Stablecoin, Fiat, and ETF Market Dynamics

Bitcoins price is currently influenced by stablecoins, fiat currencies, and spot-based ETFs, as stated by CryptoQuant CEO Ki Young Ju. Despite recent market volatility and political events, these factors are shaping the...

Shiba Inu Faces Uncertainty as 1 Trillion SHIB Dumped on Binance by Whale

Today, June 24, the cryptocurrency world has been flooded with speculative talk due to the emergence of Shiba Inu, the well-known dog-themed meme coin. Amid the tokens price decline throughout the course of the previous...

Shocking Costs: Tesla Cybertruck Repairs Lead to Totals and High Insurance Premiums

Concerns about the price of repairs have led to the appearance of a couple of Tesla Cybertrucks labeled totaled, which means they have suffered a complete loss. Insurance Concerns Arise Over Costly Cybertruck Repairs...
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