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World Review is the global affairs podcast from the New Statesman, hosted by Jeremy Cliffe in Berlin and Emily Tamkin in Washington D.C.
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World Review is the global affairs podcast from the New Statesman, hosted by Jeremy Cliffe in Berlin and Emily Tamkin in Washington D.C.
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    Who counts? Voting rights under Joe Biden | Battle for the Soul of America

    Who counts? Voting rights under Joe Biden | Battle for the Soul of America

    Emily Tamkin presents Battle for the Soul of America, a three-part series from the World Review podcast that looks at Joe Biden’s first year in office. How have some of his core campaign pledges – on foreign policy, immigration and voting rights – held up? 
      
    In our final episode, we look at the state of voting rights under Joe Biden. Just over a year ago, on 6 January 2021, supporters of Donald Trump stormed the Capitol in Washington, DC. They believed what Trump said: the presidential election was stolen, not lost to Biden. Since the attack, unsubstantiated assertions of voter fraud have sparked a Republican movement to restrict voting access. While Biden has denounced this attack on democracy, voting rights activists are critical of his lack of action. Is it too late to save American democracy? 
      
    Emily Tamkin is joined by Dr Keisha Blain, associate professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh, and Brandon Tensley, a national political writer at CNN who heads the Race Deconstructed newsletter. Then she speaks to Sylvia Albert, director of voting and elections at democracy watchdog Common Cause, about anti-democratic trends under the Biden administration and what can be done to reverse them. 
      
    Further Reading: 
      
    Emily on why the 6 January attacks never ended. 
      
    Emily reports on the four-pronged attack on American democracy. 
    Emily on why Joe Biden’s failure on voting rights could cost the Democrats the White House.

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    Could Silvio Berlusconi become Italy’s next president?

    Could Silvio Berlusconi become Italy’s next president?

    The New Statesman’s international editor, Jeremy Cliffe, speaks to author Tim Parks about the upcoming Italian presidential election.
     
    They discuss whether Italy’s strict Covid regulations are popular, why Mario Draghi wants to become president and whether the disgraced former prime minister Berlusconi could make another political comeback.
     
    If you have a You Ask Us question for the international team, email podcasts@newstatesman.co.uk.
    Further reading:
    Ahead of the presidential election, Italians are divided on the unvaccinated
     
    Mario Draghi, “ungovernable” Italy and the EU
     
    What we can learn from Giuseppe Garibaldi.
    Italy in the wake of coronavirus.

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    Crises at Russia’s borders, a new Czech prime minister signals West, and Trump’s hold on the Republican Party

    Crises at Russia’s borders, a new Czech prime minister signals West, and Trump’s hold on the Republican Party

    While Russia builds troops at the border with Ukraine, Russian officials have been on a tour of Europe, meeting the US in Geneva and Nato in Brussels. Emily Tamkin in Washington, DC and Ido Vock in Berlin discuss why this round of diplomacy has once again failed to defuse tensions.
    At the same time, Russia has sent troops from the Moscow-based CSTO military alliance to Kazakhstan to prop up President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev after widespread protests. The team discuss the unrest and the political gain of Russian intervention.
    We then turn to the Czech Republic where Petr Fiala took office last year, promising a shift to the West. Emily and Ido discuss the significance for the Visegrad alliance and relations with Europe more widely.
    In You Ask Us, a listener asks if there are significant anti-Trump factions who could lead the US Republican party in a different direction.
     
    Further Reading:
     
    Ido Vock reports Russia intervenes in Kazakhstan to prop up President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.
     
    Ido Vock asks can Joe Biden’s diplomacy stop Russia from invading Ukraine?

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    Undoing Trumpism? Immigration under Joe Biden | Battle for the Soul of America

    Undoing Trumpism? Immigration under Joe Biden | Battle for the Soul of America

    Emily Tamkin presents Battle for the Soul of America, a three-part series from the World Review podcast that looks at Joe Biden’s first year in office. How have some of his core campaign pledges – on foreign policy, immigration and voting rights – held up?
     
    Our second episode looks at Biden’s record on immigration. Implementing the "fair and humane" immigration system he promised on the campaign trail is proving a huge undertaking. The administration continues to embrace Trump-era policies, most controversially using Title 42 – ostensibly a public health measure that experts say is being misapplied – to deny people the right to seek asylum. And recently, the controversial “Remain in Mexico” programme was revived – a policy Biden campaigned to repeal.
     
    Emily Tamkin speaks with two journalists covering immigration under the Biden administration: Tanvi Misra, an independent reporter based in NYC, and Adolfo Flores from BuzzFeed News. She then interviews Nancy Meza from the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (Raices) about fighting for immigrant and refugee rights in the Biden era and how it differs (and doesn’t) from that of Trump.
     
    Further reading:
     
    Emily asks why Joe Biden’s immigration policy looks so much like Donald Trump’s.
     
    Emily says that on Cuba and Haiti, US policy should first seek to do no harm.

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    What threatening Ukraine says about Russian identity, with Peter Pomerantsev

    What threatening Ukraine says about Russian identity, with Peter Pomerantsev

    The New Statesman’s senior editor, US, Emily Tamkin, speaks to author, journalist and TV producer Peter Pomerantsev about the growing tension between Russia and Ukraine.
    They discuss why Russia finds Ukraine so important, what closing down Memorial, the country's oldest human rights organisation,says about its historical memory, and how Russians might feel about a potential war.
    If you have a You Ask Us question for the international team, email podcasts@newstatesman.co.uk.
    Further reading:
    Donald Trump’s endorsement of Hungary’s Viktor Orbán makes sense
    Can Joe Biden’s diplomacy stop Russia from invading Ukraine?


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    Elections to watch in 2022

    Elections to watch in 2022

    Jeremy Cliffe and Ido Vock in Berlin are joined by Emily Tamkin in Washington, DC to discuss some key elections that could shake up political dynamics across the world in 2022.
    Has leftish, resurgent Lula da Silva shaken Jair Bolsonaro’s grip on Brazil? What will happen when Sweden’s first female prime minister Magdalena Andersson goes to the polls? And will the Donald Trump-endorsed Viktor Orbán cling on to power in Hungary?
    Then, in You Ask Us, a listener wonders what it is going to take to prevent another member of the Marcos dynasty from occupying the presidential office in the Philippines.
     
    Further reading:
     
    Ido Vock outlines four questions ahead of France's presidential election.
    Emily Tamkin on why Donald Trump’s endorsement of Hungary’s Viktor Orbán makes sense.
    Jeremy Cliffe on how strongmen cling to power.
    Jeremy Cliffe on whether Covid-19 will mean another lost decade for Latin America.

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    • 28 min

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