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11 minutes | 2 days ago
In Beirut’s glass, fragments of a city rebuilding
Beirut’s reconstruction in the wake of the August port explosion needs billions of dollars and months of work, and with little political or economic progress, the engine of the city’s reconstruction so far has been civil society. One recycling initiative is focusing on the glass that shattered all over Beirut by recycling the shards into new products.In this episode:Ziad Abichaker, CEO of Cedar Environmental.For more:Finished glass products created from the Beirut blast.Connect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)
13 minutes | 5 days ago
The Black women redefining surf culture
Surfing has long been viewed as a white-dominated sport, but one woman is working to change the face of surf culture. From the shores of Dakar, Senegal, Rhonda Harper is training Black girls to become professional surfers through her organization Black Girls Surf. We’re diving into the swell to hear about the limitations, and triumphs of redefining the sport.In this episode:Rhonda Harper, founder of Black Girls Surf.Connect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)
24 minutes | 7 days ago
Why 30,000 refugees are fleeing Ethiopia
When Abiy Ahmed became Ethiopia’s Prime Minister in 2018, the country was full of promise and excitement for a better future. But this year, hope has turned to horror as headlines of ethnic violence and war have superseded those of peace-making. The conflict in northern Ethiopia has already lasted two weeks, and it threatens to destabilize the entire Horn of Africa.In this episode:Zecharias Zelalem (@ZekuZelalem), freelance journalist.Connect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)
22 minutes | 9 days ago
“This is war” — inside Poland’s abortion protests
Poland has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe. So when a Polish court tried to restrict abortion even further, it led to mass protests — the largest the country has seen since the fall of communism. Members of Poland’s emboldened feminist movement walk us through the protests and tell us what to expect next.In this episode: Scholar and writer Agnieszka Graff; Gosia Wochowska and Wiktoria Sakowicz of Gals4Gals Lodz; student and activist Kajetan Chlipalski.Connect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)
12 minutes | 12 days ago
Harvesting olives under tear gas
There are millions of olive trees in the Occupied West Bank, and they're a main source of the territory's agricultural income. But the olive harvest is often a source of conflict between Palestinians and Israeli settlers, and this season, that conflict was worse than usual.In this episode:Ibrahim Husseini (@husseiniibrahim), freelance journalist in Jerusalem; Sayel Kanan, Palestinian from Burqa.Connect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)
25 minutes | 14 days ago
Macron, and France’s complex relationship with Islam
After the reprinting of caricatures of Prophet Muhammad and a series of isolated and brutal attacks, French President Emmanuel Macron has become embroiled in controversy. He proposed a new bill to defend France's secular values against what he called “Islamist radicalism" and said the religion was "in crisis" all over the world. The backlash he received after his declaration included anti-French demonstrations in Muslim countries and the boycott of French goods. But French Muslims are concerned Macron's words are aimed at sympathizing with the country's far right ahead of the 2022 presidential elections.In this episode:Rim-Sarah Alouane (@RimSarah), French researcher, legal scholar and PhD candidate at the University of Toulouse.Connect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)
21 minutes | 16 days ago
Is Thailand on the brink of another coup?
Activists in Thailand have been pushing for a change of government for months now, but a coup is not what they originally had in mind. It is, however, what many people in the capital Bangkok are preparing for. Rumors are circulating at a time when protesters are bolder and more organized than they've seen in years. Could democratic stability be on the horizon for a country that’s had 12 coups and 20 constitutions in the past century?In this episode:Scott Heidler (@ScottHeidler), Al Jazeera journalist covering Asia Pacific.Connect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)
22 minutes | 19 days ago
For the US, waiting is the hardest part
It’s three days after the US election, and there will be plenty of time to talk about how the election was lost or won. But today, we’re zooming in to look at how these few days of uncertainty panned out for some of the many people who’ve spoken to The Take during a long and turbulent year of election coverage.In this episode: Marco Gutierrez (@MarcoGutierrez) of California, co-founder, Latinos for Trump; A. Raphael Johnson (@Ulitave), writer and consultant in Minneapolis; Aleesha Shaik (@aleeshaik627), doctor at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City; Nima (@nima_ab), PhD candidate in Tehran.Connect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)
32 minutes | 20 days ago
Special episode: US election roundtable with Ray Suarez
With key swing states still counting votes, the US Presidential election is too close to call as of Wednesday evening. But there's a lot to unpack already, and guest host and longtime Washington, D.C. journalist Ray Suarez joins The Take to talk through some big takeaways with reporters and editors from Al Jazeera — and what the path to victory could look like for either candidate.In this episode:Ray Suarez (@RaySuarezNews), journalist and author; Patricia Sabga (@patriciasabga), managing business editor, Al Jazeera; Steve Chagaris (@stevechaggaris), political editor, Al Jazeera; Zahra Rasool (@RXahra), editorial lead, AJ Contrast; Jennifer Glasse (@JenniferGlasse) Americas editor, Al Jazeera.Connect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)
25 minutes | 21 days ago
The other election results
It's the day after Election Day in the United States, but the US isn't the only country counting votes. We're taking you on a three-continent tour to fill you in on a few other contests — and the mixed results.In this episode:Dotto Mnyadi (@dottoa), Tanzanian journalist; Azat Asambaev, Kyrgyz journalist; Lucia Newman (@lucianewman), Al Jazeera Senior Correspondent and Latin America Editor.Connect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)
26 minutes | 23 days ago
Could Latino voters help Trump win again?
For the first time in US history, Latinx, Latina, Latino and Hispanic voters are projected to exceed the number of Black eligible voters in a presidential election, making this the largest ethnic minority voting group. Since his time as a candidate for the presidency in 2016, Donald Trump's language towards the Latino immigrant community has been charged.Though, not all voters are focusing on immigration reform at the ballot box. We're hearing from members of the community on what their key voting issues are, and what a Joe Biden win, or a second Trump presidency will mean to them.In this episode: León Krauze (@LeonKrauze), Univision anchor, Washington Post columnist, and a podcast host for Slate; Jens Manuel Krogstad (@jensmanuel), a senior writer and editor at Pew Research Center.Join The Take on Election Night:Watch Malika Bilal (@mmbilal) LIVE on the Al Jazeera Instagram feed (@aljazeeraenglish) discuss the 2020 presidential race at the top of each hour from 4 pm ET (9 pm GMT) to 8 pm ET (2 am GMT).
26 minutes | a month ago
The US Supreme Court v. the vote
From ballots and deadlines to envelopes and polling places, if it's part of the US election, there's probably a lawsuit about it. This is the most litigated election in US history, and decisions that could swing the result will come down to the nine unelected members of the Supreme Court. A newly appointed conservative justice has fueled fears about the court's power to decide whose votes count, and whose get thrown out.What does that mean for people of color who have fought decades of voter suppression? And what will the election mean for the future of the Supreme Court?In this episode: Franita Tolson (@ProfTolson), Vice Dean at the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law, and a fellow with The Justice Collaborative Institute; Ryan Doerfler (@rddoerfler), professor at the University of Chicago Law School.Join The Take on Election Night: Watch Malika Bilal (@mmbilal) LIVE on the Al Jazeera Instagram feed (@aljazeeraenglish) discuss the 2020 presidential race at the top of each hour from 4 pm ET (9 pm GMT) to 8 pm ET (2 am GMT).
24 minutes | a month ago
Can the 2020 election improve US-China relations?
The relationship between China and the US has been a rollercoaster since the beginning of the Trump administration. Tensions have escalated with a trade war, and the US has repeatedly blamed China for the coronavirus pandemic. But could this powerful relationship improve after the 2020 presidential election? We're exploring what an administration change, or not, could mean for foreign relations between the world's biggest economies.In this episode:Azhar Sukri, Asia business editor for Al Jazeera Digital; Katrina Yu (@Katmyu), Al Jazeera journalist in Beijing, China; and Josephine Wolff (@josephinecwolff), assistant professor of cybersecurity policy at Tufts University.Connect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)
28 minutes | a month ago
Why first-time voters in the US are on edge
Everything is harder the first time — even voting. Add to that the coronavirus pandemic, and a president who claims he doesn't trust the election process, and you have the potential for problems. So who are the people who will be first-time voters in this year's US presidential election? What are they excited about, and what is holding them back?In this episode:Kristen Clarke (@KristenClarkeJD), president and executive director of Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and 866OurVote (@866OurVote).Connect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)
13 minutes | a month ago
Nigerians speak out to #EndSARS
A movement to stop police brutality in Nigeria has taken over the streets, and international headlines. #EndSARS, the youth-led movement demanding an end to police violence, and specifically to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad known as SARS, has created a moment of reckoning for Nigeria's government. We spoke to protesters to hear what they've seen over the past two weeks, and where they think the movement will take Nigeria next.In this episode:Demonstrators throughout Nigeria.Connect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)
22 minutes | a month ago
Lessons on Russian meddling, from Poland
Russia’s interference in the 2016 US election shocked many across the United States. But many Eastern Europeans had seen behavior like this before. The 2020 election is quickly approaching, and Russian trolls are once again slyly spreading disinformation. We’re looking abroad to understand how and why Russia meddles, and best practices for safeguarding against it.In this episode:Agnieszka Legucka (@ALegucka), senior research fellow on Russia at The Polish Institute of International Affairs (@PISM_Poland).Connect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)
23 minutes | a month ago
Watching US elections, living under US sanctions
Iranians were already dealing with a currency crisis and another wave of coronavirus when the US announced an additional round of sanctions earlier this month, the latest in the Trump administration’s so-called maximum pressure campaign.What do the Iranians living under Trump’s sanctions think about the US elections? And how long can they expect those sanctions to last?In this episode:Dorsa Jabbari (@DorsaJabbari), Al Jazeera journalist.Connect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
25 minutes | a month ago
The long story between Armenia and Azerbaijan
Fighting in the tiny, sliver of land known as Nagorno-Karabakh is once again bringing the world's superpowers together to engage in what may escalate to full-scale war. What is the endgame for Armenia and Azerbaijan, and what role could Turkey, Russia, the US and France play in bringing resolution to the decades-long conflict?In this episode:Bernard Smith (@JazeeraBernard), Al Jazeera journalist.Connect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
19 minutes | a month ago
Will the US election be free and fair?
The 2020 vote will have the fewest international observers of any US election, despite having some of the biggest-ever concerns about the integrity of the vote: court disputes over mail-in ballots, loosened restrictions on voter intimidation, and an administration that's left the public guessing on whether it will commit to a peaceful transfer of power.So what is the role of international observers in the US, and why is it different from many of the countries the US itself observes?In this episode:Avery Davis-Roberts, associate director of the Democracy Program at The Carter Center; Al Jazeera journalist, Alan Fisher; and Jasmeet Sidhu, senior researcher with the End Gun Violence campaign at Amnesty International.Connect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
28 minutes | a month ago
The diverse voters who could decide the US election
As the November 3 election approaches, we’re hearing from a diverse group of voters who could help determine the next US president. Though Muslims, members of the LGBTQ community and evangelical Christians all represent different percentages of the electorate, each could be a deciding factor in determining the future of the United States.In this episode:Mohamed Gula, Muslim community organizer; Sarah Kate Ellis (@sarahkateellis), president and CEO of GLAAD; and Pastor Robert Jeffress (@robertjeffress) of First Baptist Dallas and host of Pathway To Victory.Connect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
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