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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: 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...

Global Geopolitics Series

Ukraine Recap: Russian threats, Europe frets and China rises

Jul 18, 2022 07:00 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Vladimir Putins imperial ambitions in Ukraine, dressed up for domestic consumption as a military operation to de-Nazify the country, have sent a shiver of apprehension through the rest of the region. In Moldova,...

Ukraine recap: why words are important – and truth must triumph over propaganda

Apr 23, 2022 08:29 am UTC| Insights & Views

Its eight weeks since the Russian military rolled across the border into Ukraine, telling the world that this was just a special military operation aiming to free an oppressed people from what Vladimir Putin called a gang...

Ukraine Recap: game theory and psychology shed light on negotiations

Mar 27, 2022 14:15 pm UTC| Insights & Views Economy

As the war approaches the one-month mark, this week a lot of the thinking has shifted to how negotiations might bring the violence to an end. As western leaders gather in Brussels to discuss what might be done to pressure...

Global Geopolitics Series

Ukraine Recap: Putin's plans explained – at home and abroad

Mar 21, 2022 15:19 pm UTC| Politics

The image that I cant get out of my head this week is that of Marina Ovsyannikova, the brave Russian television producer, who risked a lengthy jail sentence when she burst into a live news bulletin going out on state-owned...

Ukraine Recap: how can Putin be stopped?

Mar 11, 2022 16:59 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Two weeks into Russias war on Ukraine and the small sense of optimism some of us felt this time last week at the strength of the resistance to Putins war machine has given way to dismay at the atrocities we are now seeing...

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Economy

Marcos Expresses Optimism on Coca-Cola’s $1 Billion Expansion Plans in the Philippines:

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. welcomed the $1 billion expansion plans of the international beverage brand Coca-Cola in the Philippines. The Palace announced this development on Tuesday. Marcos engaged with Coca-Colas...

China’s doom loop: a dramatically smaller (and older) population could create a devastating global slowdown

China has announced that in 2023 its population declined from 1.4118 to 1.4097 billion people. Forecasting by the UN suggests Chinas population will dip to 1.313 billion by 2050 and then down to about 800 million by 2100....

The private sector housing experiment has failed: Ottawa must now step up on social housing

Politicians of all stripes say that housing affordability is a top priority. But few are saying much about social housing the kind thats needed for low-income households in greatest need of affordable rental...

Wholesale power prices are falling fast – but consumers will have to wait for relief. Here’s why

Wholesale power prices are falling steeply in Australia, following two years of surging prices after the Ukraine war triggered an energy crisis. New data shows annualised spot prices for power in Australias main grid fell...

Mortgage and inflation pain to ease, but only slowly: how 31 top economists see 2024

A panel of 31 leading economists assembled by The Conversation sees no cut in interest rates before the middle of this year, and only a slight cut by December, enough to trim just $55 per month off the cost of servicing a...

Politics

Disinformation threatens global elections – here’s how to fight back

With over half the worlds population heading to the polls in 2024, disinformation season is upon us and the warnings are dire. The World Economic Forum declared misinformation a top societal threat over the next two years...

Vladimir Putin’s history war where truth is the first casualty

The Kremlins decision to sanction several UK historians for their allegedly erroneous coverage of Russian history shows the extent to which Vladimir Putins regime is doubling down on its view of Ukraine as historically...

Doxing or in the public interest? Free speech, ‘cancelling’ and the ethics of the Jewish creatives’ WhatsApp group leak

The recent release of a leaked transcript of a private WhatsApp group for Jewish writers, artists, musicians and academics has stirred a controversy that has led to threats of violence, a family in hiding, and the...

Tasmania is going to an early election. Will the country’s last Liberal state be no more?

After months of speculation about an early election and a battle to keep minority government alive, Tasmanian Premier Jeremy Rockliff Australias last remaining Liberal Premier has called an election for March 23, three...

Who will be picked for vice president? Let’s discuss who’s qualified for the job

The November presidential election might seem far away, but its time for the veepstakes already. You know, that favorite game of pundits, politicos and political junkies who, every four years, obsess over the presidential...

Science

The brain is the most complicated object in the universe. This is the story of scientists’ quest to decode it – and read people’s minds

In the middle of 2023, a study conducted by the HuthLab at the University of Texas sent shockwaves through the realms of neuroscience and technology. For the first time, the thoughts and impressions of people unable to...

Synthetic human embryos let researchers study early development while sidestepping ethical and logistical hurdles

Embryonic development, also known as embryogenesis, is a cornerstone in understanding the origins of life. But studying this marvel of intricate and layered biological processes in people faces considerable challenges....

Genetic diseases: How scientists are working to make DNA repair (almost) a piece of cake

I have always been fascinated by genetics, a branch of biology that helps explain everything from the striking resemblance between different members of a family to the fact that strawberry plants are frost-resistant. Its...

Orbital resonance − the striking gravitational dance done by planets with aligning orbits

Planets orbit their parent stars while separated by enormous distances in our solar system, planets are like grains of sand in a region the size of a football field. The time that planets take to orbit their suns have no...

Why now is the time to address humanity’s impact on the moon

Humans have always looked at the sky, using the stars as navigation guides or for spiritual storytelling. Every human civilization has looked to the stars and used celestial movements to measure time and find...

Technology

Nintendo Switch 2 May Struggle to Match Xbox Series S Performance, Leak Suggests

Much has been said about the performance level anticipated for the Nintendo Switch 2 console, but a prominent leak suggests that the console will have difficulty matching the Xbox Series S. Leaker Casts Doubt on...

NXU Breakthrough: Cybertruck Charged at Non-Tesla Station with Universal Tech

NXU, an energy storage and electric vehicle provider, recently charged a Cybertruck at a non-Tesla DC rapid charging station using NACS. NXU Pioneers with First-Ever Third-Party NACS Charging of a Tesla...

Google to Remove Popular Indian Apps from Play Store for Policy Violations

Google LLC has warned that it will be forced to pull out at least 10 Indian apps from its Play Store due to non-compliance with its policies. Some apps affected may include the most popular ones in the country. Apps at...

OpenAI to Expand Board Amid Regulatory Challenges, Names New Members Soon

OpenAI, the maker of ChatGPT, is currently facing legal issues and regulatory scrutiny, and amid these troubles, it revealed its plan to appoint new board members. OpenAI is expected to name several new board members...
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