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Making sense of the world, one story at a time. Host Malika Bilal and journalists from Al Jazeera's international bureaus and beyond share their take on the most important stories every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
 
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According to the United Nations, last year brought "a spate of grave violations" against children in conflict zones, despite decades of advocacy by NGOs. One of the institutions working to improve the lives of children is Save the Children. Its chief executive officer, Inger Ashing, recently travelled to Burkina Faso as many minors living in the Ce…
 
Nearly six million Palestinian refugees in the Middle East rely on The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) for basic services such as food aid, healthcare and education. The agency is in desperate need of more funding, but what happens if it doesn't come through? Join host I'm Rob Matheson. Tamara …
 
The media’s packed up from the hotel where Novak Djokovic was detained in Australia, but after the tennis player’s deportation, more than 30 asylum seekers are still at the Park Hotel in the middle of Melbourne. The Australian Open brought the men’s years of indefinite immigration detention into the spotlight. We look at two stories from the Park H…
 
The United Arab Emirates has retaliated against the most significant attack by Yemen's Houthi rebels in years. At least three people have died when drones struck oil facilities near Abu Dhabi airport. So, why did the Houthis attack? Join host Rob Matheson. With guests: Hussain Al Bukhaiti - Journalist and Houthi Supporter. Sabah Al-Khozai - Academi…
 
In China, a handful of infections is enough to trigger lockdowns, mandatory tests and travel restrictions for millions of people. So, why is the government so determined to pursue a 'zero-covid' strategy? And how will this affect the economy and lives of one and a half billion Chinese? Join host Rob Matheson. With guests: Dan Wang - Chief economist…
 
Famine is a slow-moving disaster and when it is declared, people are typically dying of starvation already. It is too late to save every life. Much of Somalia is facing its third dry season which is bad news for crops, animals, and people. Famine could arrive as soon as March. The Take talks to Somalis trying to get the word out about what is happe…
 
The staredown on Russia’s border with Ukraine - The story gets the Cold War treatment and needs an update. Contributors: Olga Tokariuk - Journalist & CEPA non-resident fellow Max Seddon - Moscow bureau chief, Financial Times Terrell Starr - Host, Black Diplomats podcast & nonresident senior fellow, Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council Ekaterina Kotrika…
 
In 2016 dozens of US diplomats and their family members in Cuba fell sick with a mystery illness. Since then hundreds of cases of 'Havana Syndrome' have been reported amongst US Embassy personnel around the world. Now, new cases have been reported in the American missions in Paris and Geneva. But who, or what, could be to blame? Join host Peter Dob…
 
Russian-led forces are leaving the Central Asian country after days of unrest over the rise of gas prices, corruption, and inequality. 160 people have been killed and about 12,000 have been arrested, according to authorities. Many don't know the whereabouts of their loved ones. President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev claimed the unrest was an attempted cou…
 
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