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A mosque has been ordered shut and a pro-Hamas group disolved.It follows dozens of raids on muslims and organisations suspected of inciting hatred.The campaign comes after the stabbing and decapitation of a teacher by a Moscow-born Chechen refugee, who was later shot dead by police.Samuel Paty had discussed cartoons of Prophet Mohammed in a class o…
 
In the early months of the pandemic, meatpacking plants emerged as deadly hot spots for COVID-19.In the poultry industry, workers describe conditions that make physical distancing impossible inside plants - above all, the fast line speeds.Chicken companies have reduced calls to slow the line speeds and space workers further apart. Federal regulator…
 
As many as 150 million votes are expected to be cast in this year's U-S presidential election.But the votes that really count will belong to just 538 people: the presidential electors. That's who voters are really choosing when they tick a box for Donald Trump or Joe Biden. It's a system that's unique - and often confusing for outsiders.Is the inst…
 
In recent years, the central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan has travelled a lot further along the path towards democracy than its neighboring post-Soviet states.Two revolutions in the last 15 years have deposed two presidents who, many Kyrgyz say, failed them.But the events following recent parliamentary elections are being called a “third revolution”…
 
Thailand's King is facing his biggest challenge since ascending to the throne four years ago.Pro-democracy protesters are demanding curbs on his powers and are calling for the resignation of the Prime Minister, a former army general.Presenter: Imran KhanGuests:Nutta Mahattana - Leader of the 'We Vote' movement.Pavin Chachavalpongpun - Kyoto Univers…
 
Seychelles is an island archipelago in the Indian Ocean, at the eastern edge of the Somali Sea.For many, it is a paradise on Earth.With a presidential election due to take place later in October, President Danny Faure aims to keep his party, ruling since 1977, in power.But the opposition seems stronger than ever before.Is there something new Faure’…
 
It's been nearly ten years since the Fukushima nuclear disaster and Japan is still struggling to manage its consequences.One of the most serious challenges involves some 1.2 million tonnes of contaminated water that's still being stored near the site.This week, Japanese media reported the government is considering releasing that water into the Paci…
 
It has been more than a year since New Delhi scrapped Indian-administered Kashmir’s special status. Why has the region’s history been so hotly disputed - on the ground and in the news media - since India’s independence from the United Kingdom more than 70 years ago?Contributors:Rahul Pandita - Journalist and author, Our Moon Has Blood ClotsSiddiq W…
 
It has been more than a year since New Delhi scrapped Indian-administered Kashmir’s special status. Why has the region’s history been so hotly disputed - on the ground and in the news media - since India’s independence from the United Kingdom more than 70 years ago?Contributors:Rahul Pandita - Journalist and author, Our Moon Has Blood ClotsSiddiq W…
 
There is one trade war that has dominated headlines for more than two years now.US President Donald Trump's loud, brash and transactional battle with China has yielded success and self-harm in seemingly equal measures.The US has been pushing to curtail China's economic rise - which earned Beijing some sympathy at first.But as part of Beijing’s push…
 
Turkey's renewed seismic survey in the Eastern Mediterranean is reigniting tensions with Greece.Both NATO members claim the right to drill the same areasAthens considers the redeployment of Turkey's vessel the Oruc Reis in disputed waters a major escalation. Ankara insists the operations are within its continental shelf and it's responding to provo…
 
They have been stabbed, had acid thrown at them and barred from public transport. This is now a reality for some Asian Americans bearing the brunt of increasing tensions between the United States and China.The COVID-19 pandemic and US presidential race are creating the perfect storm, as experts warn the two countries could be heading towards a new …
 
This is the story of a much-loved Palestinian singer-songwriter whose life encompasses creativity, artistic success, political activism and personal tragedy.Rim Banna was born into a creative family in Nazareth in 1966. Her mother was the Palestinian poet Zouhaira Sabbagh and she was raised listening to famous artists like Fairuz. At 16, she was de…
 
He's been on the verge of leading Malaysia for decades.Now, opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim is again trying to grab the post of prime minister.He says he's presented the king with evidence he has the required majority in parliament to unseat Muhyiddin Yassin.Muhyiddin has only a two-seat majority and is struggling to maintain support.The palace say…
 
Its theories have been repeatedly debunked, yet the conspiracy movement known as 'QAnon' continues to thrive.Its supporters say U.S. President Donald Trump is saving the world from an elite cult of Satan-worshipping paedophiles made up of Democratic Party politicians, billionaires and Hollywood celebrities. Many of the theories repeat centuries-old…
 
Throughout 2020 few things have separated Democrats and Republicans more than their approaches to campaigning during the coronavirus pandemic.That was never clearer than on Saturday when Donald Trump held a rally on the White House lawn to mark his return to campaigning after testing positive for the virus.How has the pandemic changed the business …
 
This year's Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the World Food Programme.In the public mind, the WFP is often associated with famine relief. But it's mandate is actually much broader.It works extensively in war zones and with refugees around the world.Can the recognition that comes with the Nobel also draw attention to the use of food as a weapon…
 
After three weeks of fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia, both sides have leaned on their domestic media to give their version of events. We examine the events in Nagorno-Karabakh and the dangers of war reporting in the age of COVID-19.Contributors:Cavid Aga - Writer, Open Caucasus MediaDaniel Hamilton - Political and communications analystNeil…
 
After three weeks of fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia, both sides have leaned on their domestic media to give their version of events. We examine the events in Nagorno-Karabakh and the dangers of war reporting in the age of COVID-19.Contributors:Cavid Aga - Writer, Open Caucasus MediaDaniel Hamilton - Political and communications analystNeil…
 
Without a COVID-19 vaccine, millions of people who lost their jobs due to the pandemic are unlikely to find work. And millions more in middle-income nations will be pushed into poverty.Advocates say that getting a vaccine to the world's poorest is key to reversing poverty and ending the health crisis.We talk to Dr Bruce Aylward, senior adviser to t…
 
On this edition of Talk to Al Jazeera, we connect with Stef Blok, the minister of foreign affairs in the Netherlands, to review continuing crises around the world.From Belarus to Nagorno-Karabakh; from the dynamics between China and the United States to the geopolitical race between Turkey and Russia; and from the COVID-19 pandemic to Brexit and th…
 
For decades, Turkey's membership in NATO was seen as a stabilizing force. The Atlantic Alliance helped both to anchor the country in the western world and to cool tensions with neighbouring Greece. But 21st century Turkey is a more assertive power. It has interests in both the Middle East and Central Asia and those may not sit comfortably with its …
 
In the small, secluded country of Bhutan, happiness is not just a traditional way of life - it is a national statistic.Bhutan’s government introduced "Gross National Happiness" as a measure of the nation’s progress.Opening the country up to international tourism has allowed for some development, but the weight of tradition still weighs heavily on t…
 
The wealth of the world's billionaires has reached record highs at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic.A new report by Swiss bank UBS says the richest elite have done 'extremely well' during the crisis.That's as millions of people are losing their jobs.Another report by the World Bank expects extreme poverty to rise this year for the first time in…
 
When Ethiopia’s prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, came to power in 2018, he promised a new era of democratic reforms and an end to years of autocracy.Political prisoners were freed, opposition parties were allowed to operate, and the new prime minister even won a Nobel Prize for securing peace with neighbouring Eritrea after decades of an uneasy armistic…
 
The Swedish city of Malmo, positioned at the eastern end of the Oresund Bridge with Denmark, and the Austrian town of Nickelsdorf, located near the borders of Hungary and Slovakia, have been on the route for refugees fleeing conflict and hardship for years.In this film, we follow the stories of people who have left their native countries, each for …
 
Villagers beheaded and homes torched in Northern Mozambique.More than 2,000 people have been killed and 300,000 displaced over the past three years following attacks by fighters linked to Isil.As the security threat from the armed group has grown significantly in recent months, the lives of many more are now at risk.The fighters seized a key port f…
 
As the world battles a new and deadly pathogen, three scientists have been honoured for their work on a virus that's ravaged people for decades: Hepatitis C.Research dating back to the 1960s successfully identified the virus, limited its spread, and led to effective treatments.But, as with the new Coronavirus, there's no vaccine.Presenter: Hashem A…
 
Leaders of Ethiopia's Tigray region are stepping up their feud with the federal government, led by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.They say they'll no longer recognise the Addis Ababa administration after the Electoral Commission delayed polls due in August because of Coronavirus.Tigray went ahead with its local elections anyway, a move Prime Minister Ah…
 
The coronavirus pandemic is causing a world-wide crisis for democracy.That's the conclusion of Freedom House, the U.S. based research group.It highlights five areas that researchers say have been weakened during the pandemic: checks against abuses of power, protection of vulnerable groups, government transparency, media freedom and credible electio…
 
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