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For the first time in six decades, Cuba is set to be governed without a Castro at the helm. Raul Castro, the brother of the late Fidel Castro, is expected to step down from his position as First Secretary of the Communist Party this weekend. However, the change comes in the middle of a devastating economic crisis and unprecedented anti-government p…
 
As people in wealthy countries look toward a vaccinated future, shopping is on the rise, and for many, the tide of fast fashion is pulling in a way that can feel difficult to escape. Love it or hate it, many feel they can’t live without quick and cheap clothes from brands like H&M or Zara. But activist Hoda Katebi and a collective of garment worker…
 
US President Joe Biden has promised every American adult they will be eligible for a COVID vaccination by April 19th. But what about the rest of the world? Only 0.01% of all vaccines distributed have gone to the developing world and now Kenya is being a hit by its 3rd wave of the virus. Many complain COVAX, the vaccine program run by the WHO, isn’t…
 
Jordan’s King Abdullah II has tried to put to rest a week of royal scandal after his half-brother, former crown Prince Hamzah Bin Hussein, was accused of conspiring to destabilise the country. What does an internal fight reveal about a nation known for its stability? We speak to Al Jazeera’s Hoda Abdel-Hamid to get to the bottom of what sparked the…
 
Threatened aid workers, an empty hospital, and questionable COVID testing. An exclusive investigation by The New Humanitarian and Al Jazeera has uncovered multiple allegations of corruption in South Sudan’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. In this episode: Sam Mednick, journalist (@sammednick), and Edmund Yakani, civil society activist and hea…
 
Kenya has hosted Dadaab refugee camp since the 1990s. And those camps have hosted hundreds of thousands of refugees, mainly from Somalia. Dadaab was meant to be temporary, and Kenya’s government is very aware of that. The government called for Dadaab to be shut down last month — something it’s asked for before. What does this mean for the refugees …
 
The United States Border Patrol estimates that up to 22,000 children could cross the border with Mexico in April. President Joe Biden promised a more humane treatment of migrants than his predecessor, but images of a crowded migrant processing center in Donna, Texas with thousands of children crammed in small spaces have many questioning his approa…
 
Australia is facing a reckoning on sexual violence, specifically within the field of politics. One woman says she was raped inside Parliament House. In a separate case, the now-former Attorney General has been accused of assault. And many Australians say the government isn’t doing enough to address a culture of toxicity for women in political space…
 
When France's President Emmanuel Macron announced a controversial bill on “Islamist separatism” last year, members of the country’s Muslim population worried about what would happen next. Now, the bill has reached the Senate. As France's politicians try to outmaneuver each other from the right, what impact will their politicking have on a community…
 
Alexey Navalny is a man with many titles: Russian dissident, opposition leader, activist, investigator, lawyer. Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly refuses to say his name. But this larger-than-life persona leaves out a crucial part of Navalny’s past — his history of nationalism. In this episode: Journalists Mansur Mirovalev (@mirovalev) an…
 
After nearly 20 years at Guantanamo Bay with no charges against him, Mohammed al-Qahtani has what some attorneys describe as ‘generations’ of lawyers defending him. Last year, he was the closest he’d ever been to going home. But Donald Trump’s administration changed that and this week, President Joe Biden will have a chance to reverse that decision…
 
Americans have some of the highest rates of student debt in the world, and 92 percent of it belongs to the US government. That means President Joe Biden could erase the debt with the stroke of a pen, and some activists are going on a ‘debt strike’ to urge him to do so. As Biden takes a victory lap from passing a massive economic stimulus bill, acti…
 
Sarah Everard was a 33-year-old marketing executive. She went missing while walking home from a friend’s house on the evening of March 3rd in South London. A London Metropolitan Police officer has been charged with her kidnap and murder. Sarah's killing, her alleged murderer, and the events that followed have spawned an outcry in the UK about viole…
 
Bitcoin is having a moment. The cyber currency broke through its own record this past weekend with each bitcoin valued at over $60,000 USD. That’s more than two times Bitcoin’s value at the start of the year. If FOMO is getting the best of you, consider this: Bitcoin may be making some investors fabulously rich, right now at least, but at what cost…
 
The first trial of crimes against humanity in Syria is taking place — but not at the International Criminal Court. 10 years after the first protests in Syria, a tiny spark of accountability has been lit, with the trial of two Syrians who first came to Germany seeking asylum. On the anniversary of Syria’s uprising, we hear from a reporter who’s been…
 
More than 70 protesters have been killed and nearly 2,000 detained since early February when the protest against the military coup began in Myanmar. Amnesty International says many of the killings documented amount to “extrajudicial execution” by military security forces. Still, some say the coup has not succeeded yet. Today, we talk to a Pulitzer …
 
A year ago this week, the coronavirus outbreak was officially declared a pandemic. Now, Pfizer, a leading vaccine manufacturer, is being accused of bullying governments with negotiation tactics so harsh that deals have been delayed or flat out refused. On the anniversary of the pandemic, we’re discussing the Pfizer controversy, and taking stock of …
 
International Women’s Day is inextricable from women’s labor, but the pandemic has pushed unprecedented numbers of women out of the workforce around the globe. For women still working, the pandemic has divided those who work at home from those who don’t. We hear from women in different parts of the world, from a psychiatrist for new mothers, a sex …
 
The streets of Armenia are hot with protest, as several military generals and hundreds of protesters are demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan over his handling of last year’s deadly conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. After accusing the military of a coup attempt, Pashinyan is calling for early elections and proposing a …
 
Two and a half years after the killing of Saudi critic and Washington Post columnist, Jamal Khashoggi, the United States has released its official report. The report states that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman approved the operation that led to his killing. But in the days since the report, the Biden administration has resisted sanctioning t…
 
Somalia is weeks overdue for a presidential election. The president’s term has expired without a successor in place. At the center of the crisis is President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, better known as Farmaajo, a former US dual citizen whose previous job was as a local bureaucrat. Four years ago, he was a new hope for the Somali people. This electi…
 
Days before a US airstrike hit “Iranian-backed targets” in Syria, Iran and the US were trying to get back to the negotiating table. This week is the closest the two nations have come to returning to the nuclear deal. It’s also the closest Iran has been to seeing an end to the latest round of US sanctions — sanctions that began with Donald Trump aft…
 
More than 5 million Venezuelans have fled the country — and almost half of them are in Colombia. Nearly 2 million people are living in the neighboring country without stability or visas. Now, the Colombian government is offering an alternative to Venezuelans living there. Colombian President Iván Duque hopes this measure will get the country intern…
 
Two viruses, two vaccines, one unequal system: Guinean health officials declared an Ebola epidemic after reporting the first cases of the virus since West Africa’s deadly outbreak ended in 2016. One thing that’s changed since that last outbreak: the availability of a vaccine. But like we’ve seen with the coronavirus pandemic, the existence of a vac…
 
Blackouts and power outages are happening in Texas just as climate activists in the United States celebrate the country’s re-entry into the Paris Climate Accord. After a year of grounded flights and limited travel, global emissions are barely lower than before the COVID-19 pandemic. And the disastrous effects are clear, not just in the US, but arou…
 
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