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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.

Ukraine recap: drones strike inside Russia while western sanctions get smarter

Dec 19, 2022 16:37 pm UTC| Insights & Views

If you expected things to come to a grinding halt for a few months as winter takes hold in Ukraine and Russia, it looks as if you may need to think again. Military analysts are confidently predicting that Ukraine will...

Ukraine recap: targeting power supply earns Russia new title of 'state sponsor of terror' as winter begins to bite

Nov 25, 2022 14:07 pm UTC| Economy Life

Temperatures are falling steadily across Ukraine. The UKs Met Office forecasts light (but pretty cold) rain in Kyiv for the next day or two followed by snow, snow, snow, as the mercury drops steadily into minus numbers...

Global Geopolitics Series

Ukraine recap: the approach of 'General Winter' and what it means for the conflict

Oct 31, 2022 08:51 am UTC| Insights & Views

The next couple of weeks is likely to see Ukraines weather taking a turn for the worse, bringing first rain and then, as temperatures plummet, increasingly heavy snowfalls. General Winter has always had an important part...

Ukraine recap: 'kamikaze' drone attacks on civilian infrastructure show Putin is moving closer to total war

Oct 21, 2022 06:12 am UTC| Politics

Having suffered several weeks of setbacks in the field, Russia appears to have renewed its assaults on Ukraines major cities, mainly via missile and drone attacks. Despite protestations to the contrary from Kremlin ally...

Global Geopolitics Series

Ukraine recap: Russia targets civilians as the world argues about how to end the war

Oct 16, 2022 13:38 pm UTC| Politics

Ever since Vladimir Putin sent Russian troops across the border into Ukraine, the role of the UN as global problem solver has come under scrutiny. Any attempts for meaningful action by the security council are immediately...

Global Geopolitics Series

Ukraine Recap: grain and gas were problems the west should have seen coming

Aug 06, 2022 10:18 am UTC| Politics

There was a perceptible sense of relief on Monday when the Razoni, a Sierra Leone-flagged vessel, left the port of Odesa with 26,000 tons of grain bound for Tripoli in Lebanon. This was the first ship out of the port city...

Global Geopolitics Series

Ukraine Recap: Putin goes in search of friends while his ministers threaten his enemies

Jul 23, 2022 16:16 pm UTC| Politics

Its childish, I realise, but I experienced a frisson of amused pleasure on watching the video of Vladimir Putin pacing up and down for nearly a minute while waiting for the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, to show...

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Economy

Argentina's Inflation Rises in June, Challenging President Milei’s Economic Reforms

Argentinas consumer price index rose to 4.6% in June, breaking a five-month trend of declining inflation. This increase challenges President Javier Mileis economic reforms aimed at combating the countrys severe economic...

Saudi Arabia Quadruples Fuel Oil Imports to Meet Soaring Summer Power Demand

Saudi Arabia has quadrupled its fuel oil imports to the highest level in over three years to meet soaring power demand during the scorching summer. Fuel oil shipments surged in June and are expected to remain elevated in...

Pakistan Secures $7 Billion IMF Loan to Bolster Economy and Address Debts

Pakistan has secured a $7 billion loan agreement with the International Monetary Fund, aiming to stabilize its economy and address outstanding debts. This 37-month arrangement focuses on enhancing fiscal and monetary...

U.S. Inflation Hits Three-Year Low, Yet Stocks Slide Amid Rate Cut Speculation

Americans received some relief in June as U.S. inflation fell to a three-year low of 2.97%, surpassing expectations. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a 0.1% month-over-month decline, raising hopes for potential...

Politics

Special Counsel to Appeal Ruling Dismissing Donald Trump’s Documents Case; Legal Expert Weighs In

Special Counsel Jack Smith is set to appeal U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannons dismissal of former President Trumps classified documents case. The ruling, citing improper appointment, has been labeled a blessing in...

Private Efforts to Urge Joe Biden to Exit Presidential Race Intensify Amid Polling Concerns

Despite public silence, private efforts to influence President Joe Biden to withdraw from the presidential race persist. Democratic insiders, citing dire internal polling data, continue to urge Biden and his advisers to...

Would-Be Donald Trump Assassin Aimed Gun at Officer, Prompting Security Probes: Report

A report reveals that the would-be assassin of former President Donald Trump aimed his gun at a local officer, prompting the officer to retreat just moments before the attack. Congress is now calling for probes into the...

Melania Trump Speaks Out After Assassination Attempt on Husband Donald Trump

Melania Trump has broken her silence following the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump, urging Americans to rise above hatred and seek unity. Her poignant letter highlighted the personal impact of the...

Science

SpaceX Moves Starship Booster to Launch Pad for Historic Flight 5 Test Attempt

SpaceX has moved its rocket booster to the launch pad for the fifth Starship test flight, following a series of prelaunch tests. This test, set for next month, includes the unprecedented attempt to catch the first stage...

Study: Alcohol and Energy Drink Mix Impairs Memory and Learning in Rodents

Researchers at an Italian university found that mixing alcohol and energy drinks leads to long-term memory and learning issues in rodents. The study, published in Neuropharmacology, highlights the potential risks to...

SpaceX to Help NASA Deorbit ISS; Starlink Lands Major Comcast Business Partnership

SpaceX will develop the U.S. Deorbit Vehicle so that NASA can safely deorbit the ISS by 2030. Meanwhile, SpaceX Starlink secures a significant partnership with Comcast Business to enhance rural connectivity. NASA Taps...

Japan Discovers 230 Million Ton Manganese Deposits, Boosting EV Battery Industry

Japan has discovered 230 million tonnes of manganese deposits near Minami-Torishima Island, potentially transforming its EV battery industry by significantly reducing reliance on imports and providing enough cobalt and...

Technology

Bitcoin Moves: Mt Gox Transfers 44,527 BTC to New Wallet Amid Repayment Plans

Mt Gox moved 44,527 Bitcoin to a new wallet in preparation for creditor repayments, causing a stir in the crypto community. Significant BTC Transfer by Mt Gox to New Wallet Crypto exchange gone In preparation for...

Huawei's Chairman Teases Ambitious Tri-Fold Foldable Phone Set for Potential 2024 Launch

During a live broadcast on July 15, Huaweis chairman, Yu Chengdong, teased the potential release of a tri-fold foldable smartphone. Huaweis Tri-Fold: A Technological Marvel in the Making Per Huawei Central, for the...

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 Ultra Firmware Spotted, Korean Market Release Probable

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 Ultra has been spotted in test firmware, suggesting it may launch in the Korean market soon. Exclusive Korean Codes The Galaxy Z Fold 6 Ultra/Slim model is reportedly still in development,...

SEC's Preliminary Nod to Ether ETFs: Three Issuers Gear Up for Potential Tuesday Launch

The SEC has reportedly granted preliminary approval to Ether ETFs from three issuers, setting the stage for a potential trading debut next Tuesday. Preliminary Approval Granted by SEC to Three Ether ETF...
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