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Joe Biden promised to be the most progressive president in the history of the United States but he has maintained some of Donald Trump’s harshest immigration policies, opposes the Green New Deal and defunding the police.This week on UpFront, Marc Lamont Hill challenges Democratic candidate for the US House of Representatives and outspoken progressi…
 
China has consolidated its grip on Hong Kong by imposing a sweeping national security law and overhauling the electoral system; moves critics say strip the opposition of any space for dissent.This week on UpFront, Marc Lamont Hill challenges Hong Kong Legislative Council Member Regina Ip on the principle of “one country, two systems” and the crackd…
 
In an UpFront special, we ask whether capitalism and climate justice are compatible.Marc Lamont Hill discusses with guests Naomi Klein, the author of On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal, and Kshama Sawant, the first socialist Seattle City Council member in nearly a century, who has first-hand experience of organising against big business…
 
This week on UpFront Marc Lamont Hill challenges Hungary’s Secretary of State for International Communication and Relations Zoltan Kovacs on the erosion of democratic standards under nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban.And in the Arena, Barbara Ransby, a professor of African American studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Jared Ba…
 
Fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray region between the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and Ethiopian and Eritrean forces has left thousands dead and forced more than 600,000 to flee to neighbouring Sudan.This week on UpFront we ask Getachew Reda, Executive Committee member of the TPLF, about the conflict and whether the group’s ultimate goal is a…
 
With more than 2,500 people arrested and, according to some estimates, at least 250 killed, the crackdown by Myanmar’s military on pro-democracy protesters is showing no signs of abating. In this episode of UpFront we ask the international envoy for Myanmar’s overthrown civilian government, Dr Sasa - who is in hiding after being charged with treaso…
 
India, long considered the world’s largest democracy, slid down the democracy scale this month, with Freedom House classifying it as "partly free", and the V-Dem Institute calling it an "electoral autocracy" under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).In this week’s UpFront, we challenge BJP spokesman Syed Zafar Islam on the g…
 
In this episode of UpFront, Marc Lamont Hill speaks with climate activist Greta Thunberg about her awareness campaigns, why so few are treating climate change as an emergency and whether it is time for disruptive direct action.And in the Arena, we find out why US-based conspiracy theory QAnon is gaining followers overseas, with Melanie Smith, the h…
 
Debates around free speech and “cancel culture” seem never-ending in democracies around the world. Central to the conversation are technology companies like Twitter and Facebook, which in the United States have played a role in recent months by denying former President Donald Trump and many of his supporters a platform for spreading disinformation.…
 
In a special edition of UpFront, we ask Rwanda’s justice minister about the circumstances surrounding government critic Paul Rusesabagina’s sudden appearance in Kigali, after years of living in exile.Human rights organisations, members of the United States Congress and the European Parliament have described Rusesabagina's rendition to Rwanda as ill…
 
A recent Oxfam study found that since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the world’s richest 10 billionaires have seen a wealth increase of half a trillion dollars – enough to pay for every person on the planet to get a vaccine.In this UpFront special, Marc Lamont Hill discusses with economist and former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis …
 
In this episode of UpFront, Marc Lamont Hill asks Israel’s former ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, why Israel should be exempt from an International Criminal Court investigation into potential war crimes.And in the Arena, we debate the future of Russia’s opposition movement - now that its leader has been jailed - with Russian chess gr…
 
In this episode of UpFront, we discuss the surveillance industry and how it is operating unchecked with Ron Deibert, the director of Citizen Lab, a cybersecurity watchdog group in Canada and Luis Fernando Garcia, the director of R3D, a digital rights organisation in Mexico.And in a special interview segment, we take stock of the international commu…
 
In this episode of UpFront, we debate India’s new agricultural laws with Anila Singh, spokeswoman from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, and Yogendra Yadav, president of the Swaraj India Party. The reforms have triggered huge protests, with farmers saying the laws will put them at the mercy of big business but the government insists it will actual…
 
In this episode of UpFront we ask New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta whether New Zealand has failed to speak up on human rights violations in China, West Papua and Western Sahara.And in a special interview, we challenge Thailand government spokesperson Anucha Burapachaisri on the government’s heavy-handed response to a wave of protests ca…
 
Afghanistan’s government and the Taliban announced they had reached a deal this week that would allow them to press forward with negotiations aimed at ending decades of violence.In this episode of UpFront, we speak to government negotiator Fawzia Koofi, one of the few women sitting at the table with the group, about whether peace is really possible…
 
Mass protests in Poland over the tightening of an already restrictive abortion law are showing no signs of easing.Since October 22, hundreds of thousands of people have rallied across the country over the Constitutional Tribunal’s ruling, and their grievances are now morphing into a broader rejection of the country’s governing conservative party.In…
 
Last year, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Now, he is waging war on his country’s northern region of Tigray.The conflict between Abiy’s government and Tigray’s leaders, The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) has reportedly left hundreds dead and forced tens of thousands to flee across the border into Sud…
 
In this week’s episode of UpFront, Richelle Carey speaks to former Republican Congressman and Donald Trump supporter Joe Walsh - now a vocal Trump critic - about the future of the Republican Party.And in a Special Interview with epidemiologist Eric Feigl-Ding, we ask whether a coronavirus vaccine will solve all of our pandemic problems.- Subscribe …
 
Note: This episode was recorded on Thursday, November 5, 2020.In this episode of UpFront we ask former Congressman Jack Kingston why the president of the United States is repeatedly claiming, without evidence, that Democrats are "stealing" the election.And in the Arena, as more than 68 million Americans vote for President Donald Trump, we debate th…
 
The rise in recent years of right wing, so-called strongmen leaders - from Donald Trump in the United States, to Viktor Orban in Hungary and Narendra Modi in India - has fuelled fears that liberal values are under attack around the world.Now as millions of Americans head to the polls, many worry a second term for Trump would put democracy under ser…
 
US President Donald Trump’s failure to condemn white supremacy during the first presidential debate triggered renewed focus on his racist rhetoric.In this season's first episode of UpFront, we discuss Trump’s racism with journalist Jemele Hill, who faced a backlash for calling the president a white supremacist back in 2017 and was not long after su…
 
According to official figures, at least six people die every hour in Iran from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. The Islamic republic has become one of the world's coronavirus epicentres, with the death toll surpassing 3,000 this week and the number of cases topping 50,000.As the virus spreads in Iran, the government has been critici…
 
With some 7,000 cases and 200 deaths, Brazil has more coronavirus infections than any other country in Latin America. The country's health minister warns the healthcare system could be overwhelmed by the end of April.Yet, President Jair Bolsonaro has been downplaying the pandemic. He has referred to the virus as a "little flu" and "hysteria" and ev…
 
In this episode of UpFront we challenge prominent Iranian political analyst Mohammad Marandi on how Tehran is handling the coronavirus.And in a Special Interview, Brazilian congresswoman Tabata Amaral explains why she thinks President Jair Bolsonaro is putting millions of lives at risk.COVID-19: Iran's government 'didn't botch the response'Accordin…
 
As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the US surpasses 11,000, major cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York are in lockdown. Experts say a lack of available testing has been a major setback for the US and has prevented the country from getting ahead of the pandemic. Former Utah Republican Governor Mike Leavitt suggested the U…
 
The coronavirus continued to spread around the world this week and Italy's death toll surpassed that of China's. Governments called on citizens to self-isolate, closed borders, put cities into lockdown and shut all but essential businesses.Amid the crisis, and despite a second wave of infections in Asian countries, South Korea continues to lead the…
 
In an UpFront special we ask Jerome Kim, director general of the International Vaccine Institute in Seoul, about the actions South Korea is taking to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The country has been widely applauded for its swift and successful strategy.We also discuss the United States's approach to COVID-19 with Mike Leavitt, former Repub…
 
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus a pandemic this week as many countries expanded travel restrictions, shut down schools and universities and clamped down on large public gatherings in a bid to contain the virus. Speaking on Wednesday, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that in the past two weeks the number of case…
 
A year ago this week a white supremacist massacred 51 Muslims in mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand in an attack that shocked the world and put the spotlight on the rise of racist attacks occuring worldwide.“The level of violence, the number of people killed, the way it was live-streamed...I think was really shocking,” said Christian Picciolini, …
 
This week on UpFront, epidemiologist Eric Feigl-Ding tells us why he believes it was right to declare the coronavirus a pandemic, and why governments should do more to stop the spread of it.And in the Arena, we discuss the growth of far-right nationalist movements across the world with author and former Neo-Nazi Christian Picciolini, and Cynthia Mi…
 
Former United States Vice President Joe Biden made a spectacular comeback this week when he swept to victory on Super Tuesday, the biggest event in the 2020 election calendar so far.Super Tuesday is the day when most voters go to the polls to pick which Democrat they want to take on President Donald Trump in November's presidential election. Fourte…
 
It has been described as Malaysia's political Game of Thrones: a fortnight of mind-bending political turmoil, triggered by the resignation last week of 94-year-old Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad after his coalition collapsed.After being reinstated as interim prime minister by the king, Mahathir seemed poised to form a new government that may have …
 
In this episode of UpFront we debate the results of Super Tuesday with Lindy Li, a member of Joe Biden's outreach team, and Linda Sarsour, national surrogate for the Bernie Sanders campaign.In the tumultuous world of Malaysian politics, Mahathir Mohamad, who governed the country for close to a quarter of a century, is out. We ask one of his former …
 
In the past three months, nearly one million people have fled advancing Syrian government forces in Idlib province near the border with Turkey. With Ankara refusing to open border crossings and millions of civilians trapped, the United Nations has warned of an impending bloodbath and a "massacre on a scale that has never been seen during this entir…
 
In the midst of the 2020 US presidential race, President Donald Trump continues to enjoy overwhelming support from white evangelical Christian voters, with a recent poll finding 75 percent approve of the president.While Trump claims that "no president has ever done what I have done for evangelicals, or religion itself", Reverend William Barber beli…
 
Idlib: Has the world stopped caring about Syria?We challenge a UN official on the international response to the Idlib crisis and discuss Evangelical support for Trump.28 Feb 2020 06:20 GMT Battle for Idlib, Syria's War, Donald Trump, Christianity, Middle EastIn this episode of UpFront we ask the United Nation's deputy regional humanitarian coordina…
 
This week, President Emmanuel Macron's pension reforms went to Parliament and tens of thousands of protesters in France returned to the streets in opposition.Demonstrations have become a regular feature of Macron's presidency, during which French police have been accused of using excessive force.According to French journalists, 325 people have suff…
 
In January the International Court of Justice ordered Myanmar to prevent the genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state. Myanmar's government rejected the ruling, saying it was based on a "distorted picture of the situation".According to the UN, at least 10,000 people have been killed and more than 700,000 have fled Rakhine state since the Myanm…
 
In this episode of UpFront we challenge Aung San Suu Kyi's former spokesperson on allegations of genocide in Myanmar's Rakhine state.And we debate the police response to protests in France against President Emmanuel Macron's government with La Republique En Marche MP Roland Lescure.Follow UpFront on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJUpFront and Facebo…
 
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