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21 minutes | Oct 22, 2021
Gunfire and sectarian anger renew civil war fears in Lebanon
As fighting erupts across an old frontline in Beirut, Al Jazeera’s senior correspondent Lebanon Zeina Khodr shares her experiences reporting on a country mired in multiple crisis. In this episode: Zeina Khodr (@ZeinaKhodrAljaz), Al Jazeera’s senior correspondent in Lebanon Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)
20 minutes | Oct 20, 2021
In Libya, a Gaddafi makes a play for power
Muammar Gaddafi’s death shocked the world – and 10 years later, the instability the former leader’s death unleashed in Libya has yet to end. Many thought the family’s hold over Libya was done, but one of Gaddafi’s sons is trying to overcome his past – and his ICC charges – to maneuver for power. He could even be a contender in December’s upcoming elections. So what are the chances that Libya could see the rise of another Gaddafi? In this episode: Malik Traina (@libyanmind), Al Jazeera producer in Libya Tarek Megerisi (@tmegrisi), Senior Policy Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)
18 minutes | Oct 18, 2021
Are Hondurans the new climate refugees?
Increasingly, droughts, floods, and hurricanes are becoming a reason for people to leave their homes and even their countries. Last year, nearly half of the population in Honduras was affected by hurricanes. But the concept of climate refugees is not yet legally recognized by international law. So what’s left for migrants who are losing their jobs and homes to do in the face of climate change? Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)
21 minutes | Oct 15, 2021
Could this new malaria vaccine save millions of lives?
With close to half a million deaths from Malaria in 2019 --most in Sub-Saharan Africa-- scientists have spent decades working toward a vaccine, and last week, the World Health Organization approved the first. But, with only 30 to 40 percent efficacy some are also asking, is it worth it? And, there are other questions about how quickly it can be deployed. We talk to one Kenyan scientist who grew up in one of the world’s most malaria ridden regions and hear about how he’s helping to stop this dogged and deadly disease.
20 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
When Facebook went dark
For six hours on October 4, Facebook, Instagram, and Whatsapp, all owned by the same parent company, were inaccessible to the 3.5 billion people who use them. The outage exposed just how extensive Facebook’s communications empire is, and left people wondering if it’s a monopoly that needs to be broken up.
18 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
Taking the pulse of Tunisia’s democracy
Tunisia has a new prime minister, the first woman in the Arab world to hold the job. She’s replacing the prime minister that President Kais Saied sacked in July, when he suspended parliament. Many Tunisians, fed up with political parties and an economic crisis, thought that was the right move – but others called it a coup, and the question has lingered. As Saied continues to consolidate power, are these steps off the road to democracy, or will they make Tunisia’s democracy stronger? In this episode: Bernard Smith (@JazeeraBernard), Al Jazeera correspondent Rabeb Aloui (@rababalouii), Tunis-based journalist Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)
19 minutes | Oct 8, 2021
The mental health toll of survivors in Sierra Leone
After dealing with an 11-year war and the Ebola epidemic, Sierra Leoneans are now - like the rest of us - facing the COVID-19 pandemic. But for many, this can be particularly triggering. So what happens to people faced with generations of untreated collective trauma, and what can be done to help Sierra Leoneans heal? In this episode: Rawya Rageh (@RawyaRageh), Senior Crisis Adviser for Amnesty International Yusuf Kabba, President of the Sierra Leone Association of Ebola Survivors Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)
20 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
Can China encourage a baby boom?
China’s slowing birth rate has long been a concern for the government. It’s led to a slew of new policies meant to encourage a baby boom. But some new developments — like the mention of reducing abortions for "non-medical purposes" in new women’s health guidelines — have left some people worried about the role of the state in family planning. So what’s China doing to boost its population numbers, and how will it affect what happens in the bedroom? In this episode: Katrina Yu (@Katmyu), Al Jazeera's China correspondent Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)
23 minutes | Oct 4, 2021
Will Iraq's protesters vote in the election they demanded?
Iraqis are heading to the ballot box in less than a week, and it's a direct result of activists' efforts. But as the parliamentary election inches closer, a lot of Iraqis are wondering whether it can withstand influence from the US and Iran, and actually deliver on the changes they're asking for. In this episode: Imran Khan (@ajimran), Al Jazeera senior correspondent Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)
20 minutes | Oct 1, 2021
Germany’s fractured future
Sixteen years of Angela Merkel in Germany have ended in an election with a three-way split, and nothing yet is settled – including the legacy of Merkel, whose stability helped reshape a continent. The possible next chancellor, Olaf Scholz, is famously boring, but still has a scandal percolating around him. As the parties haggle it out, it’s left Germany and the world with one question – what’s next? In this episode: Ruairi Casey (@Ruairi_Casey), reports on Germany for aljazeera.com Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)
25 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
The journey of a Haitian migrant
US officials are saying upwards of 4,000 Haitians were sent back from the Texas border over the past few weeks, but what happened next? Daniel left Haiti for Chile four years ago. Last week, he finally made it to Texas. He says he was shackled, beaten and sent back to Haiti again. Today on The Take, what Daniel was hoping for and what happened in the end. In this episode: Santcha Etienne, Organizer for The Black Alliance for Just Immigration in Florida (@BAJItweet) John Holman (@johnholman100), Al Jazeera correspondent - Mexico City Kerry Kennedy (@KerryKennedyRFK), President of RFK Human Rights (@RFKHumanRights), lawyer and activist Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)
21 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
The subtext of France and Australia’s submarine deal
It was supposed to be an announcement of a pact, not the start of a foreign relations crisis between allies. But as Australia announced a new security partnership with the UK and the US, dubbed AUKUS, it also canceled a multi-billion dollar contract to buy submarines from France. So how did an abandoned deal for a dozen submarines turn into the diplomatic version of a lover's quarrel? In this episode: Natacha Butler (@natachabut), Al Jazeera Paris correspondent David Brophy (@Dave_Brophy), Senior Lecturer in Modern Chinese History at the University of Sydney Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)
19 minutes | Sep 24, 2021
An uncertain election victory for Canada's Trudeau
A lot of Canadians are frustrated with the 600-million-dollar pandemic election that took place earlier this week and resulted in an almost identical parliament. But the five weeks of electioneering did raise a lot of issues and highlight some trends that could define Canada’s future. In this episode: Fatima Syed (@fatimabsyed), host of BackBench podcast (@backbenchcast) and reporter at The Narwhal (@thenarwhalca). Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)
17 minutes | Sep 22, 2021
Has Lebanon found a lifeline?
Lebanon has had a few bright spots of news in its long running economic collapse. On Monday, a new government was confirmed for the first time in 13 months, and fuel is coming in to fill a dire need for electricity. But it was brought from Iran by Hezbollah, which could pose its own set of geopolitical problems. So could Lebanon finally be turning a corner? Or is optimism still out of sight? In this episode: Kareem Chehayeb (@chehayebk), Lebanon-based reporter Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)
21 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
Bitcoin, Bukele and democracy in El Salvador
This September, El Salvador rolled out Bitcoin as official legal tender. Nayib Bukele, the youngest president in the history of the country, wanted to adopt cryptocurrency to improve the economy. But his critics say this might be a distraction from the measures Bukele has taken to dismantle democratic institutions and criticize the press. In this episode: John Holman (@johnholman100), Al Jazeera Correspondent Roman Olivier Gressier (@romangressier), Reporter for El Faro (@_elfaro_) Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)
22 minutes | Sep 17, 2021
Trying to heal Afghanistan without international aid
Forty million Afghans still in the country live under the fear of their hospitals and healthcare system falling apart. Without international aid, medical supplies are running short. Since the Taliban took control of the country, the United States has led the way for many other countries, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, to stop necessary assistance from flowing into Afghanistan. As a result, doctors are left in the heartbreaking situation of doing their best to keep patients alive without proper resources. In this episode, we hear from those doctors who implore the international community to help heal Afghans rather than leaving them to die. In this episode: Dr Najmussama Shefajo: Ob/Gyn specialist, founder of Shefajo Group of Laboratories, and president of the Afghanistan Society of Obstetricians & Gynecologists Dr Tankred Stoebe, President of MSF Germany (@MSF) Dr Ashuq Urrahman, physician in Kabul Dr Muhammad Mustafa Sahibzada, physician in Kabul Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)
28 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
The Course of the Forever Wars: The future
This is the final episode of a three-part series looking at the past, present, and future of the so-called ‘war on terror’. For an idea of the next phase of the US’s war on terror, we look to East Africa, where a different version of the war has been unfolding for the past 20 years. American soldiers may not patrolling the streets of Kenya, but the US’s counterterrorism presence is very much there. In this episode: Fauziya Hussein (@diamamyn4zi1), Sister of disappeared Kenyan man Samar Al-Bulushi (@samar42), Political Anthropologist at University of California Irvine Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)
28 minutes | Sep 13, 2021
The Course of the Forever Wars: Amnesia
This is the second episode of a three-part series looking at the past, present, and future of the so-called ‘war on terror’. Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison was once a front-page headline in the "war on terror". Today, public knowledge of the torture that made it infamous is starting to fade – but 17 years later, one US lawsuit for its victims is still going on. It centers on private contractors: companies that became an integral part of the US military efforts post-9/11 attacks, which changed the way war is fought – and accountability is sought. In this episode: Rafael Shimunov (@rafaelshimunov), human rights activist Katherine Gallagher (@katherga1), Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights Majid, Abu Ghraib plaintiffs' legal team member in Iraq Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)
28 minutes | Sep 10, 2021
The Course of the Forever Wars: After 9/11
September 11, 2001, marked a milestone in a new chapter of warfare: after the 9/11 attacks, the US began not only the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, but a so-called “global war on terror". That meant building a new war infrastructure that is fully global in nature, massively profitable in scale, and now, after 20 years, part of the fabric of our lives. So how did we get here? In the first episode of our three-part series looking at the past, present, and future of the so-called 'war on terror' - we look at the US political climate after 9/11 and walk through the sweeping policy changes that would come to define the forever wars. In this episode: Kevin Harrington, former MTA train operator Hina Shamsi (@HinaShamsi), Director of the National Security Project at the American Civil Liberties Union (@ACLU) Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)
20 minutes | Sep 8, 2021
How hot is too hot? Extreme heat in the Middle East
For most people, climate change boils down to the simple fact that it’s just a lot hotter than it used to be. And for people in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), those temperatures have been rising too fast. Today, the Levant allows us to take a look at what the future might look like with global warming. In the Jordan Valley, farmers struggle with water scarcity. While in other parts of MENA outdoor air conditioner is the new normal. In this episode: Karim Elgendy (@NomadandSettler), Associate Fellow at Chatham House and Founder of Carboun Cities (@CarbounCities) Anwar AlAdwan, farmer in the Jordan Valley Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod)
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