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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

Latest inflation figures are good news

The U.S. economy is slowing, but not crashing. In the dismal science, this is what counts as good news. Thats the message I took away from the latest inflation data, released May 15, 2024, which showed U.S. consumer...

The budget is full of good news, but good news isn’t the same as good management

This years budget has something for everyone, with very little in the way of cuts and no new taxes. Its a classic good news pre-election budget. Whether it is too good to be true hinges on whether this budget...

Interest rates: the ugly dilemma facing Europe’s central banks – and why it’s a mistake to cut too soon

Central banks in Europe are discovering an old dilemma: when they lower interest rates because inflation is slowing down, its likely to weaken their currencies. This in turn may delay the fall in inflation towards their...

Europe is still in short-term crisis mode over Ukraine and lacks a vision for its post-war identity

Some believe that the war in Ukraine has fundamentally changed Europe, giving birth to a different kind of European order. That is, it appears to be driving structural shifts in the way Europe is run and organised that...

Mortgage prisoners: regulatory changes and low credit scores have left thousands trapped in a cycle of high payments

There are 8.5 million households in the UK who own a home with a residential mortgage, often with fixed interest rates from two to five years. Usually, when that mortgage deal ends, the borrower will move to another deal...

Politics

Why is the government proposing caps on international students and how did we get here?

The federal government is due to introduce legislation on Thursday to enable new caps on the number of international student places at educational institutions in Australia. These include universities, TAFEs and private...

Britain is not as broken as everyone seems to think

According to many politicians and commentators, the UK is in a very sorry state. Ahead of the general election expected this year, Labour leader Keir Starmer has pledged to fix broken Britain. He has spoken of his vow...

Belief in democracy is on the decline in Africa

Democracy in Africa has not had a good year. Military juntas from Mali to Niger appear to have cemented their grip on power. Sudans democratic dreams were dashed when the countrys two most powerful strongmen opted for war....

Term limits aren’t the answer

Theres no denying that the current Congress has been one of the most chaotic in recent memory. The paralysis in 2023 and 2024 over the selection of the speaker of the House helped lead to one of Congress most unproductive...

An obscure provision of Ohio law could keep Biden off the ballot there in November

President Joe Biden might not appear on the November 2024 presidential ballot in Ohio. Ohio law requires that presidential candidates be certified that is, the state must be notified that presidential candidates have been...

Science

Black holes are mysterious, yet also deceptively simple − a new space mission may help physicists answer hairy questions about these astronomical objects

Physicists consider black holes one of the most mysterious objects that exist. Ironically, theyre also considered one of the simplest. For years, physicists like me have been looking to prove that black holes are more...

Is dark matter’s main rival theory dead? There’s bad news from the Cassini spacecraft and other recent tests

One of the biggest mysteries in astrophysics today is that the forces in galaxies do not seem to add up. Galaxies rotate much faster than predicted by applying Newtons law of gravity to their visible matter, despite those...

Why are algorithms called algorithms? A brief history of the Persian polymath you’ve likely never heard of

Algorithms have become integral to our lives. From social media apps to Netflix, algorithms learn your preferences and prioritise the content you are shown. Google Maps and artificial intelligence are nothing without...

IceCube researchers detect a rare type of energetic neutrino sent from powerful astronomical objects

About a trillion tiny particles called neutrinos pass through you every second. Created during the Big Bang, these relic neutrinos exist throughout the entire universe, but they cant harm you. In fact, only one of them is...

The Mars Sample Return mission has a shaky future, and NASA is calling on private companies for backup

A critical NASA mission in the search for life beyond Earth, Mars Sample Return, is in trouble. Its budget has ballooned from US$5 billion to over $11 billion, and the sample return date may slip from the end of this...

Technology

Top 5 Reasons Why SEC's Approval Shocks the Crypto Community

The landmark acceptance of eight Spot Ethereum ETFs by the United States. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) represents a significant milestone in the evolution of cryptocurrency investment products. Influenced...

Top 2024 Memorial Day EV Deals: Savings on Tesla, Kia, Ford, and Mercedes Models

CarsDirect has compiled a list of the best Memorial Day EV deals of 2024, featuring notable savings on electric vehicles from Tesla, Kia, Ford, and Mercedes. Mercedes EQB Mercedes unveiled new lease deals for the...

ASML and TSMC Prepared to Use Kill Switch if China Invades Taiwan

ASML and TSMC have a kill switch that can remotely disable chipmaking machines if China invades Taiwan, raising global concerns over the semiconductor industrys vulnerabilities. Global Concerns Rise as ASML and TSMC...

Resolution Overturning SEC Crypto Rule Awaits Joe Biden's Decision — What's Next?

President Joe Biden has ten days to decide on H.J.Res.109 seeks to overturn the SECs crypto rule, which would impact financial institutions that deal with cryptocurrency startups. Despite House Approval, Bidens...
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